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Le Petiole Castieres De Nimes Rouge 2010


Producer: Le Petiole
Name: Castieres De Nimes Rouge
Vintage: 2010
Category: Red Wines
Country: France
Region: Rhone Valley
Rating: 6/10

Wine Review:

This Rhone Valley red small was flat, but nice deep red colour, I think this was all due to me drinking this too early. The taste was
much better than the introduction, it has a easy sweet berry taste, for me was too much on the sweetness, it just didn't really hit it off with the tannin.

Overall it's a drinkable red wine, the balance was not as good as expected, it is still a gentle wine, should be better as a table wine served with red meat. I feel it was a bit over-rated, but for the price it's still value for money.

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Blossom Hill California White Zinfandel Rose Wine

Vineyard: Blossom Hill
Name: California White Zinfandel
Category: Rose Wines
Country: USA
Region: California
Grapes: White Zinfandel
Rating: 7/10

Review:

A Super juicy rose wine, strong flower and strawberry flavor, with a hint of watermelon. Great example of how a nice Zinfandel wine should taste like, the wine feels soft and non alcoholic, maybe that's the only downside of this rose wine.

You can never go wrong with big brand wines like Blossom Hill, it's name gives assurance, I still haven't tasted a Blossom Hill wine that went wrong, this is above the average Blossom Hill usual rose wine.

This is more like a casual drinking wine for the summer drinking, fun and flowery and not really for serious rose drinkers that may expects more character.

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Selected by Morrison Red Wine Organic Corbieres 2005


Producer: Selected by Morrision (Château de Caraguilhes?)
Name: Corbieres Organic
Vintage: 2005
Category: Red Wines
Country: France
Grapes: Blend of Old Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre
Rating: 5/10

Review:

This is an old bottle, of which I know I left it a bit too long to drink(2011 perfect this would have been 5 years ago). This is a affordable table wine selected by Morrisons, Producer unknown, but it does say bottled by CDC, and I know Chateau de Caraguilhes produces organic Corbieres in that area, please let me know if I am wrong.


As i had left it to mature unnaturally in the bottle, it's surprisingly bouquet on the nose, the colour is cloudy dull red, maybe caused by long oxidization being screw cap wines by my experience doesn't store well. I advise drinkers to let an aged wine breath before drinking, or it might shock you on the taste as I had made the mistake on this one.

At first taste the wine was a bit volatile, after letting it settle the wine is less tarty and much easier to drink. This Corbieres taste spicy with flat strawberry and herb, it's truly a table wine, best serve with cheese or meat. as the date of drinking gave the wine an unfair disadvantage, I will up the rating and give it a 5.

Damien Hurst White Chenin Blanc 2008

Producer: SAMM Mountain Vineyards
Name: White Chenin Blanc
Vintage: 2008
Category: Red Wines
Country: South Africa
Grapes: NA
Rating: 2/10

Review:

As Red Nose day is coming up, I have decided to open a bottle Comic Relief Chenin Blanc where the label were designed by Damien Hirst. This white wine was way below average, given normal standard it won't even make it to the shop, the wine smelled good on the nose, but lack of taste.

This wine was on sale last year, I had bought a two bottle as they said every bottle purchased £1 goes to Comic Relief. Tasted the second bottle a year on and no change on my rating, using it as a cooking wine instead.

Some of you might asked, so why didn't you give us a review of this last year when this wine was on sale? Well the simple answer is that they're giving to charity per sale, I would have felt guilty if my review affected their sales.

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Buenos Aries Reserve Bonarda-Malbec 2008 Argentina Red Wine

Name: Buenos Aries Reserve Bonarda-Malbec
Vintage: 2008
Category: Red Wines
Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Grapes: Bonarda, Malbec
Rating: 6.5/10

Wine Review:
This Argentine Bonarda is very soft on the nose, with a strong berry fragrant, the colour is a good deep red with little legs, The texture is smooth yet spicy, it's medium bodied for sure and also smooth but not a lasting finish.

I wasn't expecting miracle from a young Argentine red wine, but this is a good wine for stand-alone drink or serve with pasta and white meat, it's certainly a wine I will buy again if limited choices are available, or for convenience as it's on sale at Iceland.

The 2009 vintage one is probably on sale now at Iceland, I had a taste on both and made no difference on my wine review of the 2008 vintage wine. If you haven't tried this yet, then pop down to your local Iceland, it's worth the try for a mere £4 to £5, and it's probably the best wine on the wine shelve at Iceland.

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Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Rio Rojo Tempranillo 2007 Red Wine Review

Vineyard: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Name: Rio Rojo Tempranillo
Vintage: 2007
Category: Red Wines
Country: Spain
Grapes: Tempranillo
Rating: 4/10

Wine Review:

This youthful Spanish Tempranillo has been aged in oak for 6 months before bottle. Oak barrel ageing gave the wine a medium body, and an essence of wood.

The wine colour was a young pinkish red, no particular fragrant at the first sniff, the wine tasted fresh and very dry, and a slight bitterness in the tail.

This is probably one of the cheapest Spanish Tempranillo that taste half decent, I won't recommend it to be drunk alone, but it will be well suited to pasta and white meat.

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