Tempranillo


Two wines from the same stable, both lovely but quite different in style… Torre de Oña Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£22 Armit) Currently showing some youthful oakiness, but it’s in balance with the gushing red and dark berry, apple and orange peel flavour and hints of spice. Powerful and persistent, […]

Two excellent Riojas


Quinta Nova Unoaked Douro Tinto 2015, Portugal (~£13-15 Oakley Wine Agencies) Young, bouncy, Tigger-like wine, lots of dark fruit flesh pepped up by notes of ginger and orange peel, juicy and vibrant with punch and power, but supported by a framework of tannin and citrus freshness. Very tasty youngster. S(-)

Quinta Nova Unoaked Douro Tinto 2015, Portugal


CVNE Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£15.40 Majestic, Waitrose, Wholefoods, Wine Rack, Fresh and Wild, Eynsham Cellars, Islington Wine) Nicely structured young wine with lightly bitter herb-tinged red berry, orange peel and gentle vanilla spice flavours supported by fresh acidity and quite bold tannin. Young, chunky, quite tight-knit at the moment […]

CVNE Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain



Quinta Nova Douro Rosé 2016, Portugal (~£15 Oakley Wine Agencies) Pale in Provence rosé fashion, with similar peach-infused red berry flavours (think peach Melba) but perhaps not the complexity and saline bite of the best wines. But still a decent, delicate, fresh, summer day wine. B

Quinta Nova Douro Rosé 2016, Portugal


This is the Spring Into Summer Case from Tesco Wine By The Case which I’ve been sent to review. It’s £54 for one of each of the bottles, the estimated bottle prices below are those where the wines aren’t available individually. Valtier Utiel-Requeña Reserva 2009, Spain (~£9 Tesco) Some mature […]

Tesco’s Spring Into Summer red collection


I nearly like this a lot… Las Chorlas Tempranillo 2013, Arlanza, Spain (£9.99 Laithwaites) Bits of this I like, and bits I don’t. The latter is probably a consequence of the less than ideal vintage, so there’s a slightly earthy green edge and it’s not as concentrated as it could […]

Las Chorlas Tempranillo 2013, Arlanza, Spain