Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Vins De Taller

This unassuming red was recently retrieved from our little collection to go with the last of the fresh evenings.  Bold reds are fine for autumn and winter but late spring and summer evenings call for whites, rosés or even chilled reds, which we have been served several times, even in the heart of wine-growing country.

The vinyard goes by the handle 'Vins De Taller', and does not seem to originate from any appellation, rather building their reputation independently, working with small quantities of grapes grown and processed in Siurana d’Empordà, in Northern Catalonia.

The bottle we were given several months ago was labelled MM.07, and was a combination of merlot and marselan, a French grape that is a cross between Cab Sauv and Grenache.  After spending 11 months in Hungarian and French oak barrels, it eventually found its way to Sexy Wine, our local quality wine shop.

When we uncorked it, it was evident that it was a good time to do so: the colour of the trim was just between aged orange and young purple.  We were having pizza so that suited the baked fresh tomatoes without overpowering them.  It smelt like the damp, woody vinyard atmosphere that hits you when on a visit, warm and reassuring.

After a sip of water and a bit of pizza, it was time for a taste.  We were not disappointed!  It was powerfully fruity, like strong Ribina, light for its age and with a suggestion of tannins.  We later found caremelised plums and cherries, agreeing that this was a really individual wine, and will be hard to forget.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Declassified Cornas

A chance to try a wine from a really famous producer for a reasonable price and its fairly easy to get hold of as it is stocked by the Rhythm and Booze off licences.

The famous Northern Rhone wine producer Jean Luc Colombo makes this
alongside his other more prestigious bottlings. The Cornas appellation
where Jean Luc Colombos wines come from sits in an east facing
amphitheatre and is sheltered from the elements which helps the Syrah
grapes ripen earlier than other regions. Wines grown here are said to
have authority and power!

Jean Luc Colombo
2009 Les Forots Cotes Du Rhone.
100% Syrah
Dark crimson purple in colour and sitting in a heavy bottle with very
deep punt.
On the nose it is very aromatic with cedar wood, smoke and dark brooding fruit!
The palate is mid bodied with a lovely tannin grip and texture in the
mouth. The fruit is fresh and has a nicely balanced acidity. Tastes
like wild hedgerow berry fruits with an aromatic spice finish.
Really excellent wine which got better through the evening. The 2008
vintage was superb in the Rhone Valley.
£12.49 from Rhythm and Booze

Saturday, 14 January 2012


It's a lovely evening in front of the fire with this excellent spanish tinto!

Vega del Cega
£5 from Aldi
This wine is made from a Tempranillo Garnacha mix from the realtively
new Valdepeñas Denominación de Origen.
Cherry red in colour and bright in the glass. Vibrant fresh fruit on
the nose with aromatic pear drop tinge.
The palate is dry with blueberry and blackberry fruits. It's
refreshing and has a long lasting finish.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Pedro X

Pedro Ximenez

Pedro Ximenez Sherry from Jerez Near Seville, Spain.
This delightful sherry is extremely sweet and treacly in colour and texture.
On the palate there are lovely coffee and chocolate raisin tastes going on.
This is the richest form of Sherry and is made by sun drying the grapes before making the wine and then aging in the Solera barrel aging system! Lovely

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