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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.

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.

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.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – St. Estèphe 2006

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – St. Estèphe

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks. I found this Bordeaux a bit overpowering to drink by itself — it is definitely a food claret best served with red meat.  Lots of dark berries, black fruit and spice, hints of tobacco and it will need decanting at the moment to enjoy (or hold on to it for another 4-5 years).

Calvet Claret Limited Release 2006

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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

I did not enjoy this claret at all. The tannins were harsh, the flavours of berries were distant and muted and even with a fair amount of air, the wine did not settle down to an enjoyable drink. There are much better alternatives at this price point available.

Jacob’s Creek Shiraz – Cabernet 2006

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Shiraz Cabernet
Country: Australia

This bottle is typical of most mass-produced Australian reds, good flavour and easy to drink without being memorable.  Nice flavours of blackberries with a layer of oak.  I would certainly order this in a bar, as it’s easy and pleasurable to drink.

Baron de Ley Rioja Club Privado 2006

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain – Rioja

Great notes of berries on the nose with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Refreshing flavours of oak and spice with lots of fruit on the palette. Very good value for money and worth a try.

Clos Payrol 2006

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

This is one of the best wines that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Knowing that the wine would require some time to breathe, I decanted the bottle and let sit for several hours. To get a sense of what was in store, I had a tiny taste of the wine after it was decanted: pure pleasure. The tasting left my mouth watering for more, though I forced myself to wait.

The nose was dark and closed – even after being left to breathe. Classic Pomerol herb-tinged, caramel, and sweet black cherry notes intermixed with mocha and spice box. Tannic with a good level of acidity, many levels of complexity, full body flavours of cherries and plums.

Payrol is right next door to Petrus, a small vineyard – much like Petrus and is ideally placed in Pomerol. flavours of berry and terroir. Quite young, but drinking well. This wine can certainly be set down for another 10+ years. Very highly recommended!

Clos René 1998

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

Still has lovely tones of florals and earth. Colour still deep red with fading at the edge. Flavours of plum and berries with a long finish. Drinking well now and it had the tannins for keeping a bit longer.

Cedar Creek Pinot Noir Platinum Reserve 2006

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: Canada-Okanagan Valley

Pungent when opened but opens beautifully after an hour or so. The colour is bright and slightly transparent (not unusual for a 2006!). This wine bursts with dark berry flavours and makes the mouth water. Although on the sweet side, this wine leave a tannic after-taste on the tongue.