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.
1998 FONSECA GUIMARAENS Single Wooden Box with Decanting Funnel
Single Quinta from the Fonseca stable which is showing very attractive signs of evolution and makes for delicious early drinking 'vintage' port. Sweet liquorice notes with dry plummy tannins and... ( more info )
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
60% Carignan, 32% Grenache, 8% Cabernet Sauv Sinewy, savoury, sweet red fruits, macerated skins, spice, aromatic garrigue, earth, herb and balsamic, liquorice. Grip and weight, fleshy fruit, herb... ( 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
True tawny colour. If I say musty, you may think this is corked, but it is not – it just has a nice smell of dusty cupboards with a slightly nutty quality. On the palate, there's lovely sweet plu... ( more info )
Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com
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 )