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  • 2007 Torbreck Mataro The Pict

    Unusual wine this, worth trying. Its made from 100% Mataro (called Mourvedre in the Rhone) from some very old vines. Deep ruby in the glass, with an intriguing nose of cassis and leather and spices. On the palate it really hits some high notes early on, with lots of adiditiy and tannins, then the fruit coming through to deliver a long, sweet, finish. A really fun bottle to share with friends, a bit different.

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  • 2008 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard

    Good grief, this is unusual (not having tried any Cayuse wine before). A dark ruby red in the glass, and a really funky, sweet, aromatic nose that really invites you in to find out what the hell is in the glass. The wine is full of flavour, loads of ripe fruit, with perfectly balanced acidity and tannins, really well put together, with a long decadent finish. This really is a bit of a star, and i am going to give a bottle to my friends (we don't come across this in Europe very often). Its so unusual i think i would score it 100 when in the mood, and 90 when not.

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  • 1978 Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

    Maddening! I bought three bottles of this, from the legendary 1978 vintage, that had been released from the Drouhin family collection in July 2014. Two of the bottles had gone, totally undrinkable, but luckily the third one was amazing. I have not had old Burgundy before, and clearly you have to be very careful buying it. Lovely ruby colour, with some slight bricking around the edges. Quite a sweet, fruity nose i thought given the age, and plenty of fresh summer fruits on the initial taste, which then transforms into an incredible aftertaste, which goes on for 10 minutes or more, and is basically a taste of Autumn, forest floor, truffles. Really complex, eye opening. That said, i think i would prefer to approach my Burgundy younger when its more reliable!

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