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Concha Y Toro – Firemark Tempranillo Bonarda, 2012

Hello wine lovers,

Today I bring you another from a recent red wine spree. This is an Argentinian offer utilising the Spanish native Tempranillo grape (blended with other red grapes not listed). This can be bought for around £6 at Tesco.

Wine: Firemark Tempranillo Bonarda, 2012

Vineyard: Concha Y Toro, Argentina

Grape: Tempranillo / Red Grape Blend

Very smooth dry wine light tannin on the tongue bitter grape un appetising nose easy drinking 6 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth red wine. Dry, with a puckering light tannin on the tongue. Bitter grapes within and an unappetising finish. The nose of this wine is very alcoholic.

ABV: 12%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: Long story short, I was not a great fan of this one. The bitterness of the grape, dryness of the tannin, and sharpness of the nose left this as a squarely pedestrian wine. Still fairly easy drinking in its lighter body. Better options on offer for less.
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LIVE UPDATE: Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva 2007

Hello all,

Today I bring you a delicious red wine from the Rioja wine region in Spain. Purchased from Tesco for £6 down from £12.

Described by Tesco as:

“Richly flavoured and spicy, this classic Rioja combines ripe plum and dried fruit characters with cinnamon and vanilla.”

Wine: Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, 2007

Grape: Graciano and Tempranillo

Vineyard: Criadores, Spain

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Impressions: This is a very smooth deep red wine. Lightly dry, with little to no tannin. Soft fruit notes hit your mouth right away, with a sweeter raisin in the foreground followed by a deep grape. Notes of vanilla and caramel hide in the background. Cinnamon finish. Medium body.

ABV: 12.5%

Score: 8.75 / 10 (Very Excellent to Ambrosia)

Verdict: I really enjoyed this wine. Again, falls into the easy drinking category. I’m partial to wines that fall in the dry zone with a hint of sweetness (found in the caramel and vanilla notes). The initial flavour in the mouth is excellent, and the finishing notes are excellent. Smooth, medium bodied, and well worth a try at either price. Bargain. Buy one.

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Happy Easter! LIVE UPDATE: Isla Negra Reserva 2011

Happy Easter Y’all!

Today I offer a live update of another Tesco ‘half price’ wine offer: Isla Negra Reserva 2011 (£5 down from £10).

Wine: Isla Negra Reserva, 2011

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Cono Sur, Chile

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Impressions: This was another very smooth dry, red wine from Chile. Very mild, with a light body. The dryness hits your mouth with a light amount of tannin, but again is quite mild. Almost refreshing in lightness, with light grape flavour.

ABV: 12%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: Again, another easy drinking red wine from Chile. A light amount of tannin hits your mouth, but still an ‘easy drinking’ wine. Light bodied with light grape flavours.  Presumably lighter due to the lower ABV. At only £5, worth a try, but I would have liked a bit more body. Still very good value.
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LIVE UPDATE: Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011

Hey all, today I bring you another reduced price Tesco offer (£5, down from £8), Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011. A vineyard I’ve been familiar with for many years which (from my experience) produce excellent wines. “The beautiful vineyards of Casillero del Diablo are home to some of the finest wines in the world. But few outsiders know the dark secret that lies beneath them. For the locals say that in the depths of the cellar lives the Devil himself. A tale so infamous, they named the wine Casillero del Diablo, the Devil’s Cellar.”

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile

B - Castillera del diablo cab sauv 2011 reserva very smooth dry tannin puckering sharp at front with a buttery smooth finish med body 13o5 abv 8o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth dry, red wine. The first thing that hits your mouth is a light-to-medium tannin, drying your tongue, followed by smooth, dark fruits (grape). A buttery smooth finish to the medium bodied wine.

ABV: 13.5%

Score: 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Verdict: Another easy drinking red wine. Quite a bit more tannin than other reds I’ve reviewed, but well within the acceptable limits of ‘easy drinking’. Medium bodied with the usual ‘dark fruits’ (ie. grape), but with minimal bitterness or strong after taste that often follows dry wines. At only £5, definitely good value and worth a try.

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LIVE UPDATE – El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion Rioja 2010

RIGHT NOW I am enjoying a bottle of El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion Rioja from 2010, served at a perfect 17*C. Currently available at Tesco for £4.99 (Half Price, they say).

Wine: El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion, Rioja, 2010

Vineyard: Garcia Carrion, Spain

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Impressions:  This is a velvety smooth wine, with and equally soft flavour. Very dry but with little tannin puckering mouthfeel. Very light notes of grape are followed by a light alcohol after taste. Update: After having the bottle open for 1 hour+, the smoothness of the wine has decreased. A much more potent alcohol feel is prevalent, with a sharper, drier, more pungent taste. Not as nice.

ABV: 13.5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good  to Very Good8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: Addendum: As per the tasting notes above, this wine has seemingly lost some of it’s smooth qualities after being opened for around 2 hours (uncorked/lidded) and thus, the score has suffered. Still an enjoyable wine however. This wine is definitely an easy drinking wine. It’s so soft that it could definitely be marked down on its subtle fruit notes, but the value for money here at this (half) price point more than make up for that. For someone who isn’t a connoisseur, I’m sure this will be highly enjoyable.

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