Two wines on tasting at Cambridge Wine Merchants, Friday 28 October 2011.
2009 Cotes du Rhone 'Samorens' Ferraton Pere et Fils
Cambridge Wine £7.99. B
Crushed red fruits, cherries and plums, fruit is forward. On the palate its quite filling, again fruit is forward, feels fleshy, acidity is sufficient, slight tannic grip. A simple but well made wine, cheerful.
2009 Crozes Hermitage 'La Matiniere' Ferraton Pere et Fils
Cambridge Wine £13.50. B+(+)
Gold medal - International Wine Challenge 2011
The nose has green and herby notes; capsicum, dusted white pepper; then the red fruits and maybe even violets - very attractive and classical. On the palate its big, lots of extracted dark fruits, very juicy; textured mouthfeel, theres plenty of going on, more concentration of flavours too. Acidity still very fresh, decent length; rather tannic now, really grips from the mid palate onwards; needs food and time - has potential to improve 5-10years.