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Clos Figueras Serras del Priorat 2011

Clos Figueras Serras del Priorat 2011

A nice looking label hides a rather tricky to evaluate wine inside.  A blend of 65% garnacha, 10% syrah, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 15% c...
Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2013

Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2013

It's hard to be too critical at this price.  It's $13, no particular Spanish appellation is identified on the label, and the win...
Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2012

Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2012

Alvaro Palacios is one of "names" of Spanish wine.  The Camins del Priorat is rather obviously oaky in terms of aromatics, with...
Agnès de Cervera La Petite Agnès Priorat 2012

Agnès de Cervera La Petite Agnès Priorat 2012

Forgive the minor Spanish detour, but here is another Spanish wine, this time from Spain's other heavy weight wine region of Priorat....
Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza Rioja 2011

Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza Rioja 2011

If I had to recommend an imported red wine at around the $20 mark that over delivered for quality, Rioja would be on my list at the mome...
Hahndorf Hill Winery Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2013

Hahndorf Hill Winery Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2013

Blaufrankisch is a relatively little known grape variety in Australia.  It is one of Austria's most planted varieties at home in B...
d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The High Trellis 100% cabernet sauvignon from d'Arenberg is of interest, and is an example of the regional style that constitutes McL...
d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2012

d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2012

d'Arenberg is the guardian of approximately one-third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine grenache vineyards.  Exactly how old, and h...
Le Serre Nuove Dell Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso 2005

Le Serre Nuove Dell Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso 2005

Le Serre Nuove is the second wine of its more famous Tuscan sibling, the  Ornellaia .  In 2005, the wine is a blend of 35% cabernet sauv...
Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Angullong's sauvignon blanc from Orange is very good substitute for its benchmark Marlborough cousin across the Tasman.  Surprisingl...
A couple more Bordeaux 2000s: Château du Tertre 2000 and Château Marquis de Terme 2000

A couple more Bordeaux 2000s: Château du Tertre 2000 and Château Marquis de Terme 2000

This rather promising pair of cru classés from Margaux were tasted with the outstanding Cos Labory 2000 vintage, the review for which I pos...
Cos Labory Saint-Estèphe 2000

Cos Labory Saint-Estèphe 2000

Cos Labory is a cru classé from Saint-Estèphe in Bordeaux that is seen infrequently on these shores.  This particular bottle from the ou...
Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot 2013

Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot 2013

From the Hilltops region in New South Wales, this cabernet merlot from Windowrie needed some air to settle down.  Initial aromatics of sh...
Le Petit Caillou Saint-Julien 2009

Le Petit Caillou Saint-Julien 2009

Le Petit Caillou is the second wine of Bordeaux classed growth Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint-Julien.  Its label - reminding perha...
Ten Minutes by Tractor Judd Pinot Noir 2012

Ten Minutes by Tractor Judd Pinot Noir 2012

Having just reviewed the McCutcheon pinot noir release from Ten Minutes by Tractor from the 2012 vintage (see here ), it seems right to exam...
Caymus Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

Caymus Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

This is the second vintage I have tasted of this producer's zinfandel.  The 2011 is reviewed here .  As is zinfandel's inclinati...
Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2012

Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2012

The McCutcheon pinot noir is one of three single vineyard offerings from Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Peninsula.  And, as is...
Buil & Giné "Giné Giné" Priorat 2012

Buil & Giné "Giné Giné" Priorat 2012

This wine is good, interesting, something a bit different, but probably not something I'd quite buy for the cellar.  It is a blend of...
Capçanes Lasendal Garnatxa Barrica 2012

Capçanes Lasendal Garnatxa Barrica 2012

Here's the first of a few Spanish wines spotted by chance prior to the Easter long weekend.  The first hails from the Montsant appel...
d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2012

d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2012

This is the best of the d'Arenberg new releases at this price point.  A 50/50 blend of shiraz and grenache from McLaren Vale, it'...

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