2008 QUINTA DO NOVAL Late Bottled Vintage
Rich, full, thick and plummy, this has a subtle dryness too which makes it somehow both lush and bracing. It is a gorgeous modern and yet traditional take on the vintage style. Brilliant value.
2004 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe
Fantastic fruit nose - very bright sweet cassis. More structured and serious than many young Ormes de Pez, roundly full in the mouth, yet keeping its freshness and expression. ‘Level of 2003’ say the C... ( more info )
2005 CLOS ABELLA Bodegas Marco Abella
A similar blend of Garnacha and Cariñena to the Mas Mallola (with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah), but from the oldest and best vines of the estate. Aged entirely in French oak barrels (... ( more info )
2005 CHÂTEAU POUJEAUX Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Moulis-en-Médoc
Very much in the Poujeaux style (quite loose-knit and soft) and a successful Poujeaux at that, bready fruit and good clinging length in the juice, if no very striking structure.
2005 DOMAINE DE LA BON GRAN Cuvée Levroutée Mâcon Viré
"Levroute" is a Mâcon dialect word meaning "the colour of the hare", a reference to the deeper colour of grapes starting to show the effects of noble rot.
SANDEMAN 30 Year Old Tawny
Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold- and Trophy- winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate-covered sultanas and orange pe... ( more info )
2005 SCRIO Syrah Le Macchiole
One of the lighter vintages of Scrio Syrah, and yet still impressive with notes of mint, chocolate and dark fruit.
Tasting fabulous. After decanting, the weight of fruit builds to an impressive level for a wine of this age. This is drinking beautifully. Complex with elegantly layered nuances of spice, red fru... ( more info )
2005 TAITTINGER Comtes de Champagne Brut
Bright yellow. Vibrant pear and melon aromas are complicated by suggestions of ginger, brioche and smoky minerals. Dry, smoky and precise, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors that gain... ( more info )
Josh Raynolds, Vinous
2005 LUPICAIA Castello del Terriccio
The 2005 Lupicaia is sleek and elegant in this vintage. The year was a touch cooler and rainier than normal and like so many wines in this harvest, the 2005 Lupicaia remains rather lithe. This is... ( more info )
Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com