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N.V. Offley Porto Rosé Porto

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Rose Port
Country: Portugal- Douro- Porto

This is a straight forward pink port that I picked up in the Waitrose Wine Hall. Served chilled between 10-12 degrees Celcius and it releases its fruity aromas. Try drinking this in the early afternoon when it is hot outside, maybe while snacking on honey roasted peanuts. This could easily replace a Pimm’s when you are enjoying the sunshine in your back garden … because everyone has a sunny back garden in Central London, right?

Technical Analysis

Appearance

Clear medium pink.

Nose

Clean, strawberry aromas.

Palate

Sweet. Medium acidity and medium body. Low tannin. Flavour characteristics of strawberry. Medium finish.

Conclusion

Good.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Extra Ordinary White 2007

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2007
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Graves

This bottle was a free gift  after buying a case of extraordinary Claret (this is what English people call any red wines from the Bordeaux region!) from Berry Brothers. It was a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately, I did not take very detailed notes at the time of tasting, so you will not see my technical analysis here, but I recall the wine having the following characteristics:

Dry, high acidity, light bodied, with flavours of citrus zest and tropical fruits. Very good.

I promise, if I receive another bottle of this decent white Bordeaux, I will detail its appearance, nose and palate characteristics! Remember to chill it. It would go well with any fresh summer salad.

Errazuriz Founder’s Reserve Don Maximiano 2006

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: Chile – Aconcagua

Lovely notes of oak on the nose with fruit and tobacco. Full flavours of cassis, and blackberry with nice integrated tannins and a sumptuous finish. Very good.

Warburn Estate Shiraz Yarrunga Field Black Label 2008

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Shiraz
Country: Australia – Barossa

This wine has nice oak hints with black fruit, chocolate, vanilla and tobacco. Still quite dark, almost purple colour. Good effort.

Quinta de la Rosa Douro Aguia 2006

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal – Douro

I am generally a fan of Douro table wine, though I was a bit disappointed with this one. The wine has a deep colour, typical of the area and the grapes used (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz.) The flavours of dark berries are evident has hints of pepper with a decent finish.

I love a “Bad Boy”

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Why do I find a man who does not follow the rules so attractive and intriguing? In the City, there are millions of men, all wearing similar variations of the same suits, all wearing silk ties, all wearing polished black leather shoes, all talking about how America’s credit rating has been downgraded by S&P to AA+.

So when I meet someone who wears worn-out and fraying jeans, has a uniquely printed t-shirt and he speaks about a colourful past, I feel an instant chemistry.

This is a metaphor for how I feel about a special St. Emilion wine: Bad Boy. A cute blond guy in a wine shop pointed our tour group to a box of bottles with cartoon-ish sheep on their labels. It was in the corner of the shop and none of the tourists were paying it any attention. Interesting. What’s so special about this 2007 St. Emilion? Firstly, it is part of the garage movement. Eh? I mean that the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon fruits are processed, fermented and aged in a garage. Not in a chateau’s cellar, in a garage! Around the corner from the wine shop, the cute guy opened his doors to the garage and within were stainless steel vats and barrels. Everything you would find at a chateau was here but on a micro scale. Talk about different! Secondly, the histories of the wine makers are interesting in themselves (nursing, journalism, restaurants, etc.) but I will leave you to speak to the cute guy about those details. Thirdly, this wine experiment has been highly rated by the wine critic, Parker, and the Chinese consumer market is hungry for it.

So here, Bad Boy, offers the perfect combination for women (or just me): unconventional, rule-breaking, modern, has a dramatic past, and is a cute devil. I love a Merlot-dominant wine with a twist. Leave my Bad Boy alone … he is all mine!

Vintage: 2007
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux