Drinking Outside The Box

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Wine Tasting Video: Assorted whites from France, Spain, Portugal & Italy January 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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Les Crouzes Colombard 2010, Comté Tolosan, South West France (£5.39 Co-operative)
Reasonable crunchy ripe pear with an earthy zing, but there’s also a lemon edge that shrieks just a little too loudly. C(+)

Sacha Lichine La Poule Blanche2010, Vin de France (£9.95 Wine Hound,  Last Try Wines, Wine Reserve, Living In Store, E. H. Booths, Clear Black Wine Shop, Zoran’s)
Rather vague style, quite plump and peachy with a touch of herbs, but overall doesn’t need the fatness it gets from the Viognier. C-

Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc Classique 2009, Languedoc, France (£11.99 Wine Rack)
There’s a juicy, waxy, honeyed, side, with honeysuckle, peach, apricot and tinned pear flavours plus a waft of smoky oak, but there’s also a stony mineral edge that seems at odds with the rest of the wine. Good but can’t quite decide what it wants to be. B(-)

Miopasso Fiano 2010, Sicily, Italy (£8.99 Field & Fawcett, Oxford Wine Company, Last Drop Wines, Mill Hill Wines, SH Jones, Whitebridge Wines, Trina’s Wines)
Quite a fleshy style of Fiano, with touches of candied fruit, honey and vanilla on top of the plum and green apple flavours. Would prefer just a little more crispness. B

Sogrape Duque de Viseu Dão Branco 2010, Portugal (£8.45 Barrica Wines)
Soft nutty style, has a touch of ripe citrus, but spoiled by a lack of zip and a slightly dusty cardboard edge. C

Julia Kemper Dão Branco 2010, Portugal (£16.25-17.95 Halifax Wine Company, Noel Young, Alliance Wine)
Classy wine, has the smoky spent match reduction edge found in some white Burgundies, nutty apple (fresh and cooked) and citrus flavours, nicely handled oak, and a finish that combined toasty, honeyed richness with herby freshness. S(-)

Torres Nerola 2008, Catalunya, Spain (£10.99 www.vintagemarque.com, Bottlestop, Zelas, Fareham Wine Cellar)
Rich rounded apple and pear flesh with a touch of pebbly minerality and a waxy vanilla edge, OK, but finishes a touch flabby. B

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