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Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Sideral 2002

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: Chile – Rapel Valley

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is a collaboration with Chile and St. Emilion.

Big full flavours of prunes and black fruits. Nice highlights of oak with strong, but not overpowering tannins. Could use some more time in the cellar.

Meerlust Rubicon 2005

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Bordeaux style blend
Country: South Africa

This wine is still quite young and brutish. Heavy unbalanced oak with blasts of fruit and spice. Intense nose, still smells young. The flavours did start to level off after a few hours of decanting, so I am hopeful that this wine will benefit from a few more years in the cellar.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot Blend

Duszi Tamas Szekszárd 2004

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Cabernet Franc
Country: Hungary – Szekszárd

We picked up this wine in Hungary during a wine festival in Budapest.  It has a very strong flavour, as most straight Cabernet Francs do, with quite a bit of tannin to sift through to start.  Once it has breathed for a while, great flavours of berries and earth start to flow through and the wine mellows out with a nice relaxing finish.  Quite nice, but stay away if you don’t like your Franc!

Le Carillon De l’Angélus 1997

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Vintage: 1997
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

An excellent wine from St. Emilion made from merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.  The flavours were intense and full, which you would expect from a St. Emilion.  This wine needs to be decanted and left to breathe, as the wine took some while to open up.  Recommended.

Summerhill – Cabernet Franc

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Vintage: 2004
Type: Cabernet Franc
Country: Canada – Okanagan

This wine was picked up in our March trip to the Okanagan Valley. Summerhill is one of the better know vineyards in the area and this Cabernet Franc is a good representation of their wine. Very good flavours of berry and blackcurrent with some woody bouquet and finish. Recommended.

Château de la Dauphine

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Vintage: 1999
Type: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Country: Bordeaux, France

V-day Dinner at ROSL 4

This wine we had for with our Valentine’s day menu. It was superb. A wine this old needs to be decanted and left to breath, but afterwards it is an experience. The bouquet was amazing and full, whilst the flavours were subtle (hints of leathery smokiness). If you can find it have some!