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2009 Tres Hermanos (GSM) by Hart Family Winery

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Vintage: 2009
Type: GSM 62% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah
Country: USA — California — Temecula Valley

2009 GSM Tres Hermanos by Hart

This is a “local wine” that I picked up at a specialist wine shop off Market Street in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. The sales guy said that this was one of his favourites. Based on this recommendation, it came back to the hotel with me.

Technical Review

Clear, deep garnet. (NB: lighting in the hotel was not ideal but I believe this wine was garnet in colour).

Clean, medium aromas of ripe plums with a herbacious note.

Dry, high acidity, medium body. Flavour characteristics of blackberry, raspberry and, again, that unidentified herbacious note.

Medium to Long finish.

Good. Can drink now but has potential for ageing. High price (USD$20+ per bottle).

Berry Bros. & Rudd Extra Ordinary Red Burgundy 2009

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Vintage: 2009
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: France – Burgundy

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Berry’s team of experts were behind this beautiful Pinot Noir from the Bourgogne. Berry’s website describes this wine as intense, perfumed and pretty. I would agree. Save this bottle for a nicer meal at home, for example, when serving a rotisserie chicken with dressed vegetables. When I drink this wine, I can imagine myself dining al fresco on a tiled patio of a Chateau, overlooking the rolling hills covered in vineyards. It’s a lovely wine.

Technical Review

Clear, light Ruby.

Clean, with aroma characteristics of raspberry and vanilla.

High acidity, with flavour characteristics of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. Light body, light tannins but a long finish.


Brancott Vineyards Pinot Noir Terraces 2009

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Vintage: 2009
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand – Marlborough

This is another wine that I sampled at the Tesco Wine Fair 2011 and I just had to buy a case. At first sip, I fell in love with the Burgundy-style wine. This is Brancott’s 7th iteration off this flagship T wine (its predecessor won several Silver medals at international competitions) and it does not disappoint. Enjoy this wine with a rich meal, like a creamy mushroom risotto with venison sausages. That would be excellent!

Technical Review

Clear, deep Garnet.


Clean, pronounced aromas of cherry, vanilla and spice. Some plummy notes.


Medium-high acidity. Light tannins. Medium body. Flavour characteristics of ripe cherries and hints of mocha.

Very Good.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection Pomerol 2009

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Vintage: 2009
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol – Château Feytit-Clinet

Another excellent wine Berry’s. The Pomerol is full of blackberries and dark fruit with a full body and excellent finish.  Good value for money and will age well for a few more years.

Technical Review

Deep purple

Clean, pronounced notes of blackberries, black fruits a bit of plum and spice

Dry, medium acidity, high tannins, full body with lots of black fruit and a bit of oak.  Medium finish

Very good especially for the price point

Errazuriz Carménère Estate 2009

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Carménère
Country: Chile – Aconcagua

Peppery notes with nice level of spice. Oak and tobacco. Tannins are a bit harsh, but not unexpected for a carmenere. Deep red colour, almost black with strong legs.

Freie Weingärtner Wachau / Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Weingärten Weißenkirchen 2009

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Grüner Veltliner
Country: Austria – Wachau

I am BIG fan of this Austrian grape variety, so anything beyond this sentence will be biased. Achtung … hier ist Herbalicious!!

On the nose, this Gruner Veltliner has notes of grapefruit and ripe apple but after you have swirled it around your mouth, you realise that this is actually pretty herbal (with a decent, elegant finish).

Perhaps not my favourite Gruner Veltliner but this is what I would drink to re-energise myself after a depressing day at work. If I were still living in Vienna, I would be drinking this wine to accompany my deliciously, shallow-fried Schnitzel and Sauerkraut. However, because I live in London where I have to make Schnitzels by hand (and it’s a lot of work!), I drink this wine with slightly spiced food, such as a Thai stir fry or home-made gyros/kebab.

Domaine Lucien Jacob Bourgogne – Aligoté 2009

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Aligote
Country: France

Last summer, my husband and I visited a beautiful vineyard that is owned and operated by a French brother and sister duo. Domaine Jacob is tucked away in a small town north of Beaune on the Cote d’Or Ridge, and it was here I was introduced (in English!) to local Burgundy wines.

What a delicious journey! This Aligote was one of the first dry whites that I truly enjoyed.  It was bright, acidic and un-oaked. Did you know that “Aligote”  should be consumed young, as it does not age well? Drink Aligote as much as possible because I fear that most people will abandon it in favour of the more common Chardonnay.

Do visit this winemaker in person! Lucien’s wife is a beautiful British lady who takes care of the tastings and sales. Chantal is Lucien’s sister and she can drive groups up to the vineyards to show you the grapes up close and personal!

Some Young Punks Riesling Monsters, Monsters, Attack! 2009

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Riesling
Country: Australia – Clare Valley

If you thought that bright, juicy Rieslings could only originate from Germany or the Alsace region, think again. This Australian beauty just bursts with fruity fragrances and flavours that make my mouth water.

The bottle is tall and slim like most Germanic whites but the label is thoroughly untraditional: it has a scene of Godzilla attacking a city and all the skyscrapers falling down. Could this be a metaphor for the Riesling knocking my taste buds out?

This went down well with a salmon fillet and oriental stir fry.

Some Young Punks The Squid’s Fist 2009

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Sangiovese Blend
Country: Australia

This Sangiovese-Shiraz blend from the Some Young Punks winery is quite enjoyable. The bottle is a work of pulp art, one of the winery’s trademarks.

The wine has smooth tannins with chocolate and cherries on the pallet. The finish has a nice hint of herbs, which is subtle but noticeable. Drink with a hearty fare.

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Georges Dubœuf Brouilly 2009

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Brouilly

Great flavours of berries and fruit. Hints of flowers on the nose. A nice light wine that is easy to drink.