Monday, 23 January 2012


January 2012.

1999 Kracher Blend 1, Blaufrankisch Zweigelt.

Noel Young | B

Generic red fruits on the nose, somewhat closed. Nice burst of fruit initially, sour cherry, then quickly disappears to a green, woody and somewhat sappy mid palate; the finish is drying and really saps the mouth. Its 14% alcohol and at this stage in its life, isn't carrying it well. unfortunately past its best.

1999 Cono Sur '20 Barrels' Cabernet Sauvignon. Rapel Valley, Chile.

Blackberry and cassis on the nose. Lots of fruit on the palate, fully extracted blackberries; some developed secondary characters too; green, leafy, even mushrooms; then also woody and also touches of coal dust. Low acidity; grips and slightly drying on the finish, enticing you to more. Very drinkable actually, interesting and showing well.

2002 Ch Rousseau de Sipian
Cambridge Wine £11.99 | B+

Developed nose of sweet cedar and leather showing, along with red fruits. Soft attack on the palate; juicy and rounded red fruits, fat acidity. It has mellowed with time; I remember tasting this a couple of years back and thought it was probably fading away but its still holding on just fine; showing nicely now. Incredibly well priced for a mature Bordeaux.

2011 Brewery Hill Jacko's Leap Savagnin
Naked Wines £8.99 | B+

White peach, some white flowers, plenty of sherbet and touch of spritz. Fresh, plump white fruits; forward and showing nice width on the palate; fat and soft acidity throughout. May not be terribly exciting, but this is very pleasant and straightforwardly nice to drink.

2010 Anchorage Pinot Noir.
Naked Wines | B+

Sweet spices, some vanilla; light touch earth and mushrooms; plenty of red fruits and cherries. Fresh acid, fat; crunchy red berries but slight woodiness shows at the end (somewhat out of place). A fruit forward Pinot Noir, made in a lighter, easy going style; somewhat lacks the gloss.

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