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Cabirol 2011 Organic Tempranillo Garnacha Montsant

Cabirol 2011 Organic Garnacha Tempranillo Montsant

Cabirol 2011 Organic Garnacha Tempranillo made in Montsant, a Spanish region that is adjacent to Priorat and yet is not enjoying the exclusive reputation of the latter, but, I shall say, quickly catching up. The wine is strong with 14.5% abv, typical for warmer climates. For the same reason, you should be expecting ample aromas of…

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Stellar Organics 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa

Stellar Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, South Africa

Stellar Organics 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa can almost look like a Christmas tree with awards recognising their fair trade, organic and also no sulphites added status. The wine is young and light, but opens up to a more herby, black currant leaf and cassis flavours. These aromas also more aromatic than juicy as with…

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Beyra 2012 Organic Mencia Portugal

Beyra 2012, Organic Mencia, Portugal

Beyra 2012 of Vinhos de Altitude is made of organic Mencia grape and screams to be presented using my geeky wine facts!:) 1 – When wine snobs mention the word ‘terroir’, it may be not that easy to grasp what the .. it is, but as a combination of soil, aspect, climate and other conditions, plays the most…

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Domain de Rancy 2011 Le Mourvedre Cotes Catalanes

Domaine de Rancy, Organic Mourvedre 2011, Cotes Catalanes

Arguably this is a long name, yet the label was very stylishly done, so it reads just Rancy, Mourvèdre at first and then on the back you get the full one: Domaine de Rancy, Organic Mourvedre 2011 from Cotes Catalanes It is where France meets Spain, yet it is already quite Spanish in its name –…

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Adobe Reserva 2013 organic Carmenere Chile

Adobe Reserva 2013 Organic Carmenere, Chile

Adobe Reserva 2013 is an organic red wine made from Carmenere, a popular Chilean grape that has been organically grown in Colchagua Valley. When someone called me a wine geek recently, I just thought I would need to back it up with something, so here you go, a few geeky facts about this wine: 1…

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Scala Dei Priorat 2013

Scala Dei 2013 Priorat

Scala Dei is one of the most prominent brands in Priorat. It is situated in the most northern and mountainous areas of Priorat. The Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei represents the birthplace of wines and winemaking in the DOQ Priorat region. as the Carthusian monks brought from Provence in the 12th century the knowledge and techniques…

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Organic rose wine from Greece: Southern Wine Roads

Greek organic rose wine: Xinomavro 2013

Xinomavro Rose 2013 is an organic wine produced and bottled at the winery of Anestis Babatzimopoulous (wow, what a name!), in a district of Ossa, Lagadas. First impression is the aroma – a candy-like, floral and sweet red fruit (strawberry), very intensely perfumed. The flavour does not disappoint – you should expect a good balance of refreshing acidity, but not…

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Southern Wine Roads

New organic wines from Greece: dare to try?

I have been reviewing one Greek organic earlier on, and it appeared in my TOP Organic wine list, but I haven’t seen many of this sort on the supermarket or specialist retailer shelves. To be honest with you, I haven’t really expected or was thriving to learn more about Greek wines specifically. Why? Well, in…

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Barranc Dels Comellars Priorat 2012

Barranc Dels Comellars 2012, organic Priorat

Barranc Dels Comellars 2012 from Priorat, Spain is an organic red wine. Alcohol 13.5% is surprisingly lower than what you get in Priorat usually (14.5-15%) . It has been aged for 3 months in barriques, so you can get first hints of woodiness and light touches of sweet spice, but not more than that. Let’s try…

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Toscar Tempranillo No Sulphites added organic

Toscar 2014, Organic NSA, Tempranillo

Toscar 2014 is a no sulphites added and also organic Tempranillo. It states that it has been produced at Hillside vineyard, located in ‘la tierra de castilla’. Alcohol is 13.5% abv. First impression is not very good. I started to think that this is the case why many producers still stick to adding sulphites, as they…

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VinaArana2006RiojaReserva_RiojaAlta

Vina Arana 2006, Rioja Reserva

This wonderful bottle was sourced in Waitrose on my birthday (I thought I would buy something I know, but maybe better), so after paying approximately £22, I rushed back home to taste it. The name already promised much, as Alta is small, but very mighty sub-region, that normally produces only exceptional examples. The wine was…

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Frares Priorat Marks and Spencer

Frares 2013, Priorat

Frares 2013 is a young-ish  wine from Priorat. This was my first stop at Marks and Spencer to source Priorat fro dinner. I was quite surprised of the retail price as it was there at £11 (no special promotions). Let’s explore what’s the trick here. First of all, as you can expect from Priorat, it…

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Organic Tsantali Cabernet Sauvignon Greece

Tsantali 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon, Greece

The full name of the wine is Organiki Tsantali, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Greece and I sourced it from Waitrose. The label says it all – it is organic, Greek and made from Cabernet Sauvignon (which is somewhat unusual as they normally prefer to work with the local varieties). The flavours are recognisable and full of black fruit, hints…

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Thirsty Earth Primitivo Puglia

Thirsty Earth 2012, Organic Primitivo, Puglia

This interestingly named wine, Thirsty Earth, is organic and made from Primitivo grapes in IGT Puglia. It is anothr organic find for me in Ocado, so let’s try. It has some bold black cheery flavours, woody vanilla undertones and hints of violets. It is amazing how good these flavours are expressing themselves – the wine comes from…

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Pure Cabernet Franc 2012

Pure Cabernet Franc 2012 Organic, Domaine Brau

Another good organic wine find this month was Pure Cabernet Franc, made by  Domaine Brau in Pays d’Oc, France. It is slightly aged wine of 2012 vintage and made exclusively from organic Cabernet Franc grapes. I must add a word about he grape and the region – first of all, there aren’t many examples of…

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