Wine tasting Video: Pinot Noir & Gamay from Beaujolais, Slovenia and California

Harvey Nichols Beaujolais-Villages 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.50 Harvey Nichols)
Quite a rich style, with notes of sweet strawberry, plum and rose hip syrup. There’s an undercurrent of earthiness (with just a hint of rot?) but overall this is refreshing and tasty. B(+)

Henry Fessy Morgon 2011, Burgundy, France (£10.50 Oddbins)
Ample but fresh style, with fleshy raspberry, plum and red cherry to the fore, but a succulent crunchy edge to hold it all together. Full in flavour but lighter in body, this is structure but still lithe and succulent. S(-)

Pullus Modri Pinot 2011, Stajerska, Slovenia (£9.95 Winety)
I like the peppery blackcurrant and cherry freshness and sappy finish, but there’s also a stalky note, and the finish is just a little too medicinal for real class. B(-)

Marimar Estate La Masia Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, California (£31.72
Big, ripe, opulent style, more Rhône-y in profile than Pinot-like, the vanilla-tinged cherry flavours are pleasant enough, but the high alcohol tips them into the kirsch spectrum – rich and oily, just too big for its boots, although some will love this. B+

Pullus Gamay/Modra Frankinja 2011, Stajerska, Slovenia (£9.95 Winety)
Vibrant and crunchy, really interesting style with spicy plumminess pepped up with notes more associated with white wines – quince, even lychee. Has youthful vigour, full and fruity but still fresh and unoaked. S-

Kocabag Kaya Kapadokia 2012, Uchisar, Turkey (~€15 N/A in the UK)
Plush, welcoming style, rustic in the best sense of the term, with warm earthy, plummy cherry fruit, a slight ferrous character and lovely rounded texture. S

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