Torres, Gran Sangre de Toro, Reserva, 2010

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We served this to the Collets at our pre Movie dinner and very well received it was too.

This is the 2010 vintage and I remember being disappointed by the 2009 so this richly mellow offering surpassed the movie experience – true to its name – ‘Cold in July’.

 

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Ibéricos. Crianza, Rioja, Torres, 2011

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Oakey Tempranillo from Miguel Torres who produce consistently acceptable quality wines.

Not as big a Rioja bang as I’d expected.  Apparently, this is their first Rioja – with Torres notes here.

So perhaps a little more to do to bring it up to Torres benchmark.

Good article from the Independent Wine Review on the 2010 vintage here

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Les Auzines “Hautes Terres” Grand vin du Languedoc, 2010, Corbieres

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Reduces to €11:99 from €14:49 in O’Briens

Laurent Miguel is producing some good stuff and this price point is moving him up the food chain.

A lovely chunky Oaked Blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah from the Highlands.

Buy on offer.

Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz

Summary

Country France
Colour Red Wine
Style Medium bodied dry reds (oaked)
ABV 13.50 %
Region Languedoc
Features Made from organically grown grapes, Oaked
Grape Variety Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz
Food Match Duck, Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Roast lamb/beef
Vintage 2009

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf

Summary

Country France
Colour Red Wine
Style Medium bodied dry reds (oaked)
ABV 13.50 %
Region Languedoc
Features Made from organically grown grapes, Oaked
Grape Variety Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz
Food Match Duck, Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Roast lamb/beef
Vintage 2009

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf

Cru des Côtes du Rhône 2010 Vinsobres Cellier des Dauphins

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Vinsobres is located in the heart of the Drôme Provençale, technically in Provence.

In 1967 the village was elevated to Côtes du Rhône and in 2005 achieved Cru status.

A blend of Grenache and Syrah by Thiery Walet, aged in oak with lots of fruit. Quite dry.

Dunnes are running offers on a range of Côtes du Rhônes and this stood out @ €10.50.

Cellier des Dauphins is a local co-op and claim to be the most well known Rhône brand with over 15% market share of Rhône wines shipped.

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Reserve Saint-Clair Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 2010

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Reserve Saint-Clair Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 2010

Puisseguin (puis-gan) allegedly means “hill with the powerful wine” in folklore and is one of the strictest appellations in Bordeaux.

This estate is under the wing of the Yvon Mau company, itself part of the Freixenet Group

Mainly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.

Slightly sm-oaky nose, fresh fruit, and solid dry structure.

A regular Tesco offer, buy it only when it’s on offer.

Montefalco Rosso DOC. 2010. Arnaldo Caprai. Bronze Tari. Rocca dei Conte

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We had this with dinner on the Terrace at Villa Milani.

Me radish & pistaccio nut salad followed by tagliatelle of sanguigne beef on a bed of rucola. Lesley melon on top of carpaccio of beef followed by pork fillet with endive.

The meal was nice, the wine very nice.

Local – within 30 Kilometres. 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot. Arnaldo Caprai started with 5 acres under vine in Monte Falco and now the estate runs to a hefty holding run by his son Marco and they have been championing the Sagrantino grape since 1971.

Sagrantino is the grape indigineous to Umbria / Montefalco which tastes of Blackberry. I must admit I couldn’t detect it. Deep colour in the glass, the 2010 tasted of well structured tanins, lots of black cherry and a satin smooth finish.

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For a nightcap we enjoyed this craft Bronze Tari Pale Ale from the Rocca dei Conti brewery in Modica South Eastern Sicily. The ABV was smuged out but I suspect it was quite a bit stronger than the stated 5.8%. Good hops, nice refreshing bite, this would have gone well with our meal too.

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