Category Archives: New Wine to Blame

Blau Montsant

Blau 2012, Montsant

Blau 2012 is coming from Montsant region, which is adjacent to Priorat, but doesn’t have their remarkable slate soils, and also the price tag. Yet all and all, the wines could be compared to the more prominent brother, and they normally offer a very intriguing complexity. This wine comes with the typical alcoholic strength of 14% and…

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Ayres De Escal 2008 Priorat

Ayers de Escal Priorat 2008

Ayers de Escal 2008 comes from one of my favourite Spanish regions of Priorat. I had been shopping in Clapham and decided to try Oddbins, whether they had something to match with my upcoming venison feast. So I bought this Priorat (there were just two different ones) for £12, which is quite cheap for good…

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Art 2010 Bierzo

Art 2010, Bodegas Luna Beberide, Bierzo

Art 2010 made by Bodegas Luna Beberide comes from DO Bierzo in Spain and even though I have mentioned about it before, I would like to re-instate the overall growing reputation of this Spanish region, which produces intensely fruity wines full of elegant peppery spices and herbal notes. This Bierzo wine has spicy cherries when you…

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El Chaparral Navarra 2011

El Chaparral Navarra 2011, Bodegas Nekeas

El Chaparral 2011 from Navarra is produced by Bodegas Nekeas and is an estate bottled wine. I feel more attracted to estate bottled wines, because they were made by proud winemakers, who showcase how a single estate can produce grapes, do magnificent work with them (winemaking) and then should it be required, mature the wine. That…

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Les Jamelles Pays d'Oc 2013

Les Jamelles 2013, Syrah, Pays d’Oc

Les Jamelles wine is made from Syrah grape from a French region normally associated with the bulk production, Pays d’Oc. It was a last minute purchase at ‘Co-Op’ – so frankly speaking, no major expectations at all. Yet let’s see what this bottle offers. For the budget wine it offers a good and straightforward nose of…

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Spartico Valencia 2014 organic NSA

Spartico Organic NSA Tempranillo 2014

Spartico is a NSA wine (that is for no sulphites added!). It is also organic and gluten free wine that made last year (2014) just nearby Valencia. It is deep purple in colour – just to reassure us of its young age (no age at all now!) Wonderful and pure organic Tempranillo gives this juicy…

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One 2009 Ribera Del Duero

One 2009, Ribera Del Duero

One 2009 from Ribera Del Duero was a recommendation from Oddbins. I have a nice corner shop in Clapham and I was pleasantly surprised how passionate and somewhat knowledgeable was the sales adviser. This was a Ribera del Duero for only 11 pounds, yet it offered a punch of a premium one. Let’s go on talking flavours here. Dark…

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LasUvasdeLaIra2012_Mentrida

Las Uvas de la Ira 2012, Mentrida

This one has an amazingly long name. Starting with Las Uvas de la Ira, it is made at Vino del Pueblo in the Spanish DO Mentrida. Vintage is 2012 and is made of 100% Garnacha. Ok, not too bad of a name then, but this label is full of information, which could be really confusing…

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Regoa_2009_RiberaSacra

Regoa 2009 Ribeira Sacra

Regoa 2009 is a true Spanish gem that was awarded of more than 90 points, that is if you care about that! The wine is so mellow and bursting with fruit you don’t say it is 14.5% alc. It’s nose is quite restrained, but let it now fool you – the palate is juicy, elegant…

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Juan Gil 2012

Juan Gil 2012 Jumilla

DO Jumilla, Spain is becoming increasingly famous for their work with Monastrell.  This wine is of no exception- made in 2012 from 100% Monastrell grape on more than 40 years old vines it is bold (read, alcoholic as well, at 15%), and elegant example for Jumilla. Hot climates can make these wines rather sweet-ish and…

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Sula_Nasika_Zinfandel_India

Sula Nasika Zinfandel India

Zinfandel is quite an American prerogative since quite a few years, yet knowing that this perfumed grape also needs quite a heat to ripen, I thought why not, India is an up and coming wine region, let’s try that! The wine is highly perfumed and somewhat roundly, with intense flavours of cooked strawberries and plums,…

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Laurel Priorat 2012

Laurel Priorat 2012

Laurel Priorat 2012 is a unique find. If you are looking for a taste explosion then it is it. Yet how many wines offered this big explosion? They are alcoholic and powerful (in the simple way), but definitely not this one! After tasting this wine, and sipping it slowly bit by bit, sip after sip, you…

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Pedra Viva Priorat 2013

Pedra Viva Priorat 2013

Pedra Viva Priorat 2013 is made from Garnacha and Samso grapes and comes from this renowned Spanish wine region, which was supposedly left to die in the middle of last century, but was reanimated by a group of enthusiasts who not only made it work, but now command really high prices for Priorat. The most expensive Spanish…

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Altos Ibericos Crianza 2012

Altos Ibéricos Rioja Crianza 2012

This wine comes from Torres, which is a great wine house stretching their interests from Spain to Chile and encompassing a lot if different styles and grape varieties. This Rioja wasn’t detectable as a great one when just having a first sniff at it, but, oh boy, it so delivered later on – this wine…

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Petalos Bierzo

Petalos 2012 Bierzo

Petalos 2012 is coming from Bierzo, which in my opinion is, as they say, a major up and coming region. Yet to be honest I believe the ascension has already  happened and you may recognise these bright, fresh, but spicy Spanish wines. This Bierzo wine is gorgeous – you see that colourful yet stylish label and already…

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