The Devil’s Chardonnay. Concha y Toro, Reserva, 2012, Chile. La Farra Prosecco Spumante. The Reluctant Cannibals

20131004-094906.jpgGulp, all I had chilled was this number, a C from The Devil’s Cellar in Chile.

A blend of grapes from the Casablanca, San Antonio (62%) and Limari (38%) areas.

Despite my ABC prejudices, this wasn’t bad: buttery, slightly oaked structure, well presented, rich takeaway.

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La Farra Prosecco Supmante.

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Ian & Jean served this at Ian’s launch of The Reluctant Cannibals in the Winding Stair bookshop.

Very dry, effervescent bang of an Apple Orchard in the mouth, very moreish. If the book is as good as this it’s a runaway, buy it now.

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Monte Real Rioja Reserva 2006

Monte Real (2) (Custom)

Continuing the Spanish Red theme, this went with the cheese.

Aged for 24 months in Oak barrels and a further 36 months in the bottle this is mellow yet full bodied.

Typical Rioja, 100% Tempranillo from the Cenicero Vineyards.

Superior to the Gran Sangre de Toro we tasted at the same meal.

A Christmas Corporate Gift. The Bodegas Riojanas S.A. Group is a publically quoted group with Spanish and Portugese interests.

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Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva 2009. Miguel Torres. Catalunya

Gran Sangre de Toro 1 (Custom)

I am a big fan of Miguel Torres and his wines and regularly buy Vina Sol and the Coronas table wines.

His Chilean Santa Digna offerings are pretty good too.

So I was a bit disappointed with this Reserva which I found in Dunnes and served at a dinner party.

Deep berry colour, fruity with a slight hint of spice but just didn’t have the complexity going the extra distance for a grand reserve.

60% Grenache with 25% Carignan (Mazuelo) and 15% Syrah

Dunnes: on offer at €12:20

2nd bottle served showed signs of slight oxidation so perhaps it’s approaching / passing its drink by.

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Marques de Montino Rioja Reserva 2008

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Ready to drink now, slightly rusty / over the hill.

No legs and I would have expected a fuller body from a Reserva.

Nonetheless, not unpleasant and had a decent mouth feel and delivery.

The label didn’t give a lot away and it looks like a co-op, though the address suggests it could be this winery.

The blend is the Rioja standard of Tempranillo and Garancha.

Fish this out from under the stairs and enjoy it now before it oxidizes futher.