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Tesco’s Finest Douro 2010

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Vintage: 2010
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal–Douro

This is a wine that I sampled at the Tesco Wine Fair held at the Royal Horticultural Halls this past autumn.  I wasn’t considering buying any Portuguese wines to stock the racks at home but after swirling this wine around and around my glass, it grew on me. This is a perfectly acceptable blend of various regional grapes, appropriate to serve with a basic dinner or selection of cheeses. Tesco describes this wine as, “a deep coloured, rich and warming red wine with aromas of violet and black fruits.” I would not disagree but I do recommend swirling small amounts in your glass for a few minutes in order to encourage aeration. After some minutes, taste it. If it is still highly tannic and a bit sour, just give it a bit more exposure to air.

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, medium Ruby.

Nose
Clean, with aroma characteristics of flowers (violets, in particular) and dark, black fruits.

Palate
Medium acidity. Strong tannins. Medium body.

Conclusion
Good.

Château Trebiac 2006

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Graves

This is a bottle that came in a Bordeaux sample pack provided by the merchant, Adnams.

Given that this is a Bordeaux blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, I knew that it would be an acceptable bottle to drink.

This wine was aged 3 months in oak barrels and then another 9 months in stainless steel vats.

Appearance:

Clear, medium Garnet

Nose:

Clean, medium nose of red fruit (strawberries and cherries), as well as vanilla.

Palate:

Full-bodied, high acidity, medium tannins. Characteristics of sweet spice. Medium finish.

Conclusions:

Good.

This is a claret that would go well with simplistic, lightly-flavoured, traditional English food, like Chicken and Mushroom pie or Toad in the Hole.