Torres, Vina Sol, 2013

Vina Sol, Torres 1706

This distinctive ever reliable table wine from Torres was purchased in Dunnes.

Apples and Pears best describe this with a touch of Fennel or Menthol.

A blend of Parellada and Garnacha Blanca grapes from the Penedès, perfect for the hot spell we’re enjoying. Not bad for a Garage blend.

Parellada and Garnacha Blanca grapes, grown in the Penedès region of Catalunya. – See more at:
Parellada and Garnacha Blanca grapes, grown in the Penedès region of Catalunya. – See more at:
Elegant, fresh, fruity aromas with fine spicy hints. Smooth, rich and crisp on the palate, with plenty of fruity flavours (apples and pineapples) and a touch of spice (fennel). – See more at:

Vina Sol, Torres R

Gargantua Cotes du Rhone 2011 L’Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone

20130927-225021.jpgGargantua. Quite. I risked this in Dunnes, the hungry cherub Giant is a nice touch but they say never to judge a book by its cover which in this case I should have. Not all bad but quite a raw blunt delivery of alcohol, I felt.

L’Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone is a brand of Cellier des Dauphins, a co-op of 13 producers. Maybe they didn’t want to put their name to this rough and ready product. Disappointing because I quite liked their Cru des Cotes du Rhone offering.

A stated blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault

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Chateau Millegrand 2011 Minervois Languedoc

Millegrand F (Custom)

€11 in Dunnes. This wine is always reliable & enjoyable.

A blend of 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre according to the label.

Opaque in the glass – almost squid Ink coloured. Oak aged, good legs, vanilla nose with lots of fruit and lovely aftertaste.

You can read more about the Chateau Millegrand which used to be part of the Bishop of Carcassonne’s Estate, here. and is part of the BonFils “empire”.

Millegrand  2011 (Custom)

Horizon de Lynch, Medoc, 2011

Horizon de Lynch F

Had this with Lesley, Liz and Brian to accompany a Bombay Pantry Special on our return from Portrush following the excellent Barranore Merger fest at the weekend.

Surprisingly good. Dull colour but nice aroma and flavour of vanilla, good fruit, dry with nice aftertaste.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, amongst others – so the label claims.

I suspect an exclusive to Dunnes where I spotted it on the shelf in Cornelscourt and was enticed by the Irish Pedigree.

According to wikipedia: “Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut-Batailley were part of the same property until they were split in 1942. Since that time, Chateau Batailley belonged to the Borie Brothers company and then solely to Mr. Marcel Borie. After the death of Mr. Borie in 1961, his son-in-law, Mr. Emile Casteja managed the estate until his son Philippe Casteja took over. Philippe Casteja is the current manager”.

Which explains the Emile Casteja signature / pedigree. Dunnes – €12.

Horizon de Lynch R