A selection of European wines shown at a tasting for Downing College MCR. Retail price and stockists are indicated where known.
2009 Ridgeview Estate Bloomsbury. England.
Waitrose £22 | B+
Citrus and some green apples on the nose, with slight signs of yeasty development. On the palate, its taut and nervy, plenty of acidity going on without being uncomfortable. Tending towards primary flavours as opposed to secondary / more bready characters. Clean and lively, well made stuff, does open up in the glass too - I enjoyed this more after the mousse has died down a bit.
Cambridge Wine £38.99 | A-
Cambridge Wine £9.49 | B+
Cambridge Wine £8.99 | B+
Distinctly sweeter nose: ripe peaches and nectarines, with acacia and floral elements too, very pretty and even hinting at sweetness in the wine. Bone dry on the palate, with clean citrus fruit; fleshy mid palate, good acidity and width; the palate maybe pretty ordinary but I'd buy another bottle if only for the nose.
The Wine Society (en primeur) | B+
Black cherries and plums, some smoky / toasted oak there, sweet vanilla and also licorice, some cooked jammy fruit too. Palate is big, or trying to be big anyway; lots of dark fruit, blackberries and plums, feels extracted and overdone; the oak is just about supported by the fruit; bit brash and showy for my liking. Not much tannins, spicy finish; not quite balanced. Insanely heavy bottle - absolutely mindless ...
A basic ruby port - sweet red fruit abounds, but the fortification is very obvious; tastes quite disjointed, especially next to the vintage port. A correct but unexciting commercial wine.
style="font-family: inherit;">Wine gums and pastilles, with rosewater and turkish delights, theres a nice floral element to the nose, violets and rose petals; lifted and fragrant. Sweet fruit on the palate, very rounded and generous; a ripe, fruit forward style with a spicy kick on the midpalate; sweet and resolved tannins on the finish. I fear it tastes rather older than it should, it feels a bit too mature; perhaps its just entering its drinking window but I'd keep an eye out for it; drink now - 2020+