Daily Archives: September 10, 2008

The Carpenters’ favourite

Domaine des Bernardins, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2006 A complex mix of fresh peaches, flowers and alcohol, in check for the style. The RS is on the low side so it would be better to look to fresh fruit as a … Continue reading

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Miner wine

Chateau Sainte-Eulalie, Minervois La Liviniere, La Cantilene 2005 There’s lots of beautiful, sun-drenched New World fruit with black pepper as well. The wine is moderately dense, structured with chewiness and acidity and nicely balanced – delicious.The grapes are 55% Syrah, … Continue reading

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Last stop in France

Domaine La Tour Vieille, Collioure, La Pinède 2004 This wine showcases cooked fruit, pastry notes and a bit of cheese on top of a tannic backbone. The wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignane. Mis par Vincent cantie … Continue reading

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To the core

Col des Vents, Corbieres 2006 Black fruits dominate the nose; the mouth is light-bodied, lean and a little gripping. This is the budget Corbieres from Castelmaure made of 50% Carignane, 35% Grenache and 15% Syrah 13.5% $8.99 at Bottle Barn … Continue reading

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Not really wormwood

Noilly Prat, Original French Dry Vermouth nv This is always a great example of the complexity of herbs, white wine and fortification; yet the students usually hate it. Tonight a full 25% of the group enjoyed the wine or at … Continue reading

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A stinger in the south

Hugues Beaulieu, Coteaux Du Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet 2007 Each vintage of this wine has been marked by true-to-form high acidity. The ’07 is the same with lip-smacking acidity, green herbs of the landscape and a sense of lemon peel … Continue reading

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