Sunday, 5 February 2012

CUWS L12 - CWM Southern Europe

A selection of wines from Cambridge Wine Merchants presented by Brett Turner for Cambridge University Wine Society; focuses on wines from Southern Europe, covering Southern France, Spain and Italy. Prices are retail to Cambridge Wine.

 2010 Lagar de Bouza Albarino
£11.99 | B+

Clean, citrus, touch of spritz; quite perfumed and lifted. Fresh, citrus dominated; cutting acidity which is quite bracing; sucking on juicy lemons; very refreshing, crying out for a good plate of seafood.

2010 Chateau Viranel 'Trilogie' Rose. Languedoc.
£8.99 | A-

Primary fruit on the nose, maybe red strawberries; also fresh citrus, with a touch of spritz in the nose. Acidity is firm but rounded, good fruit; theres a touch of body to this, unusual in that it had some texture, just a bit more complex than your average rose. Cheerful.

2010 Adesso Nero d'Avola. Sicily.
£7.99 | B

Red fruit, some violet; lots of warmth and sweet spice. Light fruit, not fully extracted; warmth in the wine again (perhaps the alcohol shows), some woody touches, attractive red fruit; fresh acidity. Again, not the most complex but very drinkable.

2007 Camillo de Lellis, Biferno Rosso Reserva. Molise.
£7.99 | B+

Funky nose, meaty, gamey, ferral mushroom, developed nose, smoked cured meats, again some violets. Nice fruit, good extraction, juicy; some woody notes, slight tannic grip, drying finish, rustic, charming, should be great with food.

2004 Domaine Combe Blanche 'La Chandeliere'. Minervois La Liviniere.
£13.95 | B+

Dark fruit; sweet spice, with lots of rustic charm; secondary notes of sweet oak with wild dried herbs. Nice depth of fruit, extracted, dark berries; texture is there, tannic grip at the end, quite big. Not a fruit bomb, gentle on the entry but is sustained; decent lingering finish. Has aged well and will continue to develop, drink now - 2015+.

2004 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva
£17.99 | A-

Red cherries; lacquer and tanned leather; sweet oak, spice, cinnamon; textbook Rioja. Fresh, nice fruit expression, sweet red cherries and currants; not fully extracted; savoury with nice acidity, vanilla and warming spice. Sustained, but not large mid palate; everything in balance, drink now - 2015+.

2009 Torres 'Celeste' Crianza. Ribera del Duero.
£13.99 | B+(+)

Dark fruit, blackberry, sweet oak as well. Lots of fruit, extracted; made in a fruit forward style, dark and thick, brawny if you will; full blown fruit. Some chunky tannins at the end.

2007 Cedro do Noval. Douro.
£17.99 | B+

Dark fruit, savoury; cured meats bacon, smoke; something like cedar and sweet spice. Lots of dark currants and berries, not over extracted; some developed palate, quite full on in style; woody notes, licorice. Rather savoury on the finish.

NV Maury Solera 1928, Cask no 886, Les Vignerons de Maury.
£19.99 (50cl) | B+

Stewed fruits, dried prunes and plums; citrus rind and sweetened orange peel; walnuts, marmalade, oxidised, then coffee, cinnamon - the oxidation has done wonders on the nose, so complex, many things going on. Lots of acidity, really bright and fresh, orange and dried prunes; not sweet, only gently so but still rich and thick texturally, acidity really makes it refreshing. Zingy, nutty freshness.

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