Estevez Pinot Noir 2016, Valle Central, Chile (£4.79 Aldi) Perhaps the oak is a bit clunky, and there’s a slight medicinal note, but at the price, it’s hard to complain about the gentle, every-so-slightly jammy, juicy strawberry-ish little number. C+ Parker Station Pinot Noir 2015, California (£13.50-£14.50 The Wine Society) […]

Two Pinot Noirs from Chile & California

The Society’s Exhibition Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Frog’s Leap), California (£18 The Wine Society) On the subtle side for Napa, but still with no shortage of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with some vanilla and spice to back it up. Tasty now, but there’s freshness and ripe tannin here, so […]

A trio of Cabernet Sauvignon-influenced reds

Paumanok Prestige Cuvée 2012, North Fork of Long Island, New York State, USA (£18.49 Laithwaites) This smells like 10-year-old, mid-price red Bordeaux, with its gentle, slightly leafy blackcurrant and berry flavours. It tastes a bit younger, with a sweet, almost cola-like edge to the fruit, a lightly briny note, and […]

Paumanok Prestige Cuvée 2012, North Fork of Long Island, New ...

Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel 2013, California (£19.49 Partridges of Sloane Street, Remarkable Wines, Mr and Mrs Fine Wine, Italian Continental Stores, Telford Wines, SH Jones, Thomas Peatling, Wadebridge Wines, Aged in Oak, Vin de Bordeaux, Soho Wine Supply) Just what Zinfandel should be, with that balance between bold, ever-so-slightly jammy/baked […]

Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel 2013, California

Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014, Penedès, Spain (£13.99 Hailsham Cellars, Lancaster Wine Company, Dartmouth Wine Company) Rich and rounded, broad peach and pineapple chunk flavour, tinned fruit juice, smells fleshy but while there’s some lemony zip to bring some freshness, it’s not subtle – feels like yesterday’s wine… B- La […]

Chardonnays from Spain and California