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Red
4/20/2018 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank with BBQ Bavette steak. What a wine! Very varietal with black fruit, spice, acidity in balance and expansive soft tannin. I had resisted opening any until now, but this wine is drinking beautifully now. Will struggle to make the remaining 5 I hold last the drinking window up to 2028.
White
3/25/2018 - tonythepony wrote:
A massive St Peray - if you don't love oak in your wine stay away! This is now pretty mature, but still drinking well. Some of the acidity has diminished, but it's still got the varietal floral notes that come with the beautiful Marsanne grape. Will probably drink my remaining 3 bottles over the next year.
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Red
2013 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2018 - tonythepony wrote:
Much too young - drunk alongside a 2003 and whilst it showed promise, was still very tannic and closed. Will keep the rest for another 5 years at least.
Red
3/11/2018 - tonythepony wrote:
Great value Syrah. Spicy nose, balanced on the palate with black fruit, more spice and soft tannins. Drank with BBQ roast chicken and BBQ roast potatoes. A winner at around £10.
Red
1/22/2018 - tonythepony wrote:
86 points
Drunk it young as I presume it is meant to be - not sure how 2016 bordeaux is already in my wine cabinet but here it is (as part of a mixed case from a local merchant). Found the wine uncomplicated but pleasant - some fresh red fruit on the nose and balanced on the palette - with the fruit showing well and enough acidity. Clearly not a keeper - but a good daily drinker to go with lighter red meat/pasta dishes.
Red
1/22/2018 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
88 points
Rated this wine poorly on a previous sample but much improved on this try. Ripe cherry on the nose and balanced acidity with some good wood and leather notes that hint at a much more expensive wine that it is. Very enjoyable - would buy again.
White - Sparkling
12/27/2017 - tonythepony wrote:
85 points
A bit disappointing to be honest. Clean on the nose with a little lemon and green fruit, more on the palette with decent balance and acidity. Mousse poor - large bubbles in the bath and very little developing in the mouth, and completely lacked any of the toasty notes that better quality vintage fizz has, even younger in life.
Red
12/12/2017 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
86 points
Interesting - unmistakably Musar, but softer and more approachable without the oak of its more expensive cousin - not as complicated or structured either, but it's not meant to be. Excellent mid-week red for the winter.
White
12/9/2017 - tonythepony wrote:
85 points
Good uncomplicated Chardonnay - varietal notes and a fresh, clean finish. Can't help thinking a little oak would have balanced it out, but as an example of the unoaked style it's good.
White - Sparkling
12/4/2017 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
89 points
Great value grower champagne. Fresh on the nose with lemon and apple coming through - more on the palette supported by a fine mousse and balanced acidity. Not going to win any prizes for briochey yeasty notes, but that's not what this wine is about. Very enjoyable.
Red
12/3/2017 - tonythepony wrote:
88 points
This is exceptional for the money (I paid £7.50). Perfumed black fruit on the nose with more in the mouth and a spicy/anise note in the background - soft tannins and all in balance. Really good.
Red
12/2/2017 - tonythepony wrote:
82 points
Didn't really work for me. Some cherry on the nose and slightly cedary notes - but a distinct mustiness that wasn't caused by any oxidative flaw, but wasn't pleasant either. In the mouth it's totally dominated by the tannins, which are quite drying - the cherry fruit is there somewhere and so are the wood notes, but not a wine in balance. Maybe should have been drunk very young, but overall not convinced that Monastrell make a good varietal wine.
Red
11/9/2017 - tonythepony wrote:
89 points
First drank this quite young in 2015 and was very closed with the alcohol overpowering everything. Couple of years on though and it's really opened up - with that Rhoney peppery red fruit and starting to show some animal notes as well. Think this can do a little more in the bottle from here, but very good already.
White
11/9/2017 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine was in balance from the start and that is still evident - packed with aromatic fruit and the right amount of Oak. Has aged well but probably past its peak - will be drinking up my last ones soon!
Red
2014 Clos des Fous Pour Ma Gueule Itata Valley Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
8/22/2016 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
88 points
Softer style Malbec blend. No great oak but good fruit and balance. Would recommend at the price.
White
8/17/2016 - tonythepony wrote:
87 points
Distinctive oak on the nose, some fruit but not overwhelming. Oak too on the palette, but not overwhelming. What this lacked though is either that rich buttery texture or freshness that more fruit would have brought in the mouth. Finish not hugely long either. North American wine tends to be pricier, but even taking that into account this is an expensive wine in the UK (£29). This isn't a bad wine but I expected more for the money.
Red
7/8/2016 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
85 points
Classic Rhone red - acidity but balanced, full bodied with a delicious spiciness from the Carignan. Very good value.
White
6/6/2016 - tonythepony wrote:
92 points
We Drank think with lobster, seabass and a crab Tian on warm evening and it paired beautifully. Originally opened and tasted the wine at 12-14C at which I would normally serve Northern Rhone's. However I found it a touch cloying and so chilled it a few more degrees at which point it really came into it's own.

Distinctive Marsanne/Rousanne on the nose with peach and petroleum overtones. Rich buttery mouth-feel without being too oakey, and a nice balancing acidity with it that combined to give a glorious long finish.

Feels like this could age for longer - unfortunately this was my only bottle, but I'm tempted to re-stock!
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Red
5/19/2016 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
82 points
Big easy drinking shiraz - fruit forward but not overwhelmingly so. Alcohol relatively high but not out of balance. Great value BBQ wine
Red
12/1/2015 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted well before drinking. This is first class Syrah - showing good fruit but well balanced and with lovely silky tannins. I think it can still improve, but will be hard to resist running through my remaining bottles.
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White
5/17/2016 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
90 points
Gorgeous golden colour, rich citrus on the nose. Full buttery flavour with well balanced oak. Beautiful creamy finish. Fantastic now but will improve.
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Red
5/17/2016 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
90 points
Very closed with tannins still very astringent but all the good Pauillac notes evident and hints of fruit showing through. Has the potential to be a much better wine than the price suggests but needs a lot more time. Try again in 2018.
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Red
5/17/2016 - tonythepony Likes this wine:
87 points
Blackcurrant with a bit of blueberry on the nose. Well rounded with softer tannins than you might expect. Good structure though and nice balance with a shortish finish. Ready now.
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