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Red wines

Red wines

Favourite red wines

Name Price Rating Remarks Date
Château Larcis Ducasse, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2007 60 10 Rich, aromatic, creamy dark red fruits, spicy. 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc 2011-07-10
Cascina Ballarin Barolo Bussia 2004 22 9.5 Tame tannins under layers of smoky nuts, spices and elegant fruit; fantastic. Il Laghetto, La Morra. 2011-09-27
Château Vrai Canon Bouché, Canon Fronsac (Bordeaux), 2007 21.5 9.5 Excellent from the first sip 2011-07-10
Elio Altare Nebbiolo Langhe, La Morra, 2009 24.5 9.5 Harsh tanninic start, then just perfect 2011-07-10
Valpantena Torre del Falasco Amarone 2006 25 9.5 Very concentrated dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, spices; perfect alone, but dry enough for food. Stunning and happy. 2011-08-16
Château Moulin du Cadet, Rouge, Saint-Emilion Grad Cru, 2003 35 9 Great wine, complex taste with dark red fruits and spices, but dry and balanced acidity. 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in oak for 18 months. One of only two organic Grand Crus. 2011-08-10
Domaine Alary Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2009 11.15 9 Moderately plentiful very ripe fruit, black cherries, strong alcohol (14.5%), nicely balanced, a pleasure. 2011-07-13
Pio Cesare 'Fides' Barbera d'Alba 2007 15 9 Smooth, ripe with tame, balanced tannins. More e Macine, La Morra. 2011-09-26
Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio 2007 23.9 9 Elegant and supple, but robust and good finish; mild tannins and pairs excellent with cheese. 2011-11-01
Borgo di Colloredo Gironia Biferno Rosso, 2005 13.45 9 Montepulciano and Aglianico, wonderful balance of structured tannins, oak and fruit, keeps perfect both on its own and with food. 2011-12-20
Château Pauillac, Pauillac (Bordeaux), 2006 19.99 9 Opens slowly, needs airing 2011-07-10
Château la Voulte-Gasparets Cuvée Réservée, Corbières, 2008 12 9 An amazing red from south of France 2011-07-10
Mas de les Vinyes Racó d'Atans D.O. Montsant selecció criança, 2003 22 9 concentrated fruit, flavour packed, strong and absolutely lovely 2011-07-10
Mauro Molino Nebbiolo Langhe, La Morra, 2007 16 9 Mellow, medium bodied, easy and pleasant drinking 2011-07-10
Serradenari Nebbiolo D'Alba, 2008 18 9 Supple, elegant and lighter bodied, paired with cheese and sausage for complex flavours of black cherries and spices. 2011-08-21
Teanum Alta Merlot 2009, Puglia 14 9 Pure dark red cherries, honey softness, smoky finish. Typical merlot mild tannins. From Le Delizie on Vijzelstraat. 2011-07-27
Tenuta Olim Bauda Barbera d'Asti Superiore, Le Rocchette, 2008 13.9 9 Needs decanting for at least 1/2 hour. Elegant, understated, perfectly balanced, medium tannins, acidity levels that compel eating with it. 2011-08-06
Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore 2008 15 9 Typical ripasso valpolicella, with strong, natural taste of pomace and must, similar to the Sudtirol Lagrein. 2011-08-16
Château Cesseras Minervois La Livinière Languedoc 2007 13.45 8.5 Concentrated syrah and grenache, deep dark red colour and thick, mixed dark fruits, herbs and spices; powerful but elegant and smooth. Highly rated RVF. 2011-08-28
Château L'Euzière, Les Escarboucles, Pic Saint-Loup, Languedoc, 2008 16.2 8.5 drink at 17C, beautiful black cherries and ripe fruit 2011-07-10
Côstières de Nîmes Nostre Païs, 2008, Rhone 11.95 8.5 Creamy, strong aroma of ripe cherries, berries and a hint of oak. The taste is full but gentle, intense and complex with mild tannins and great length. 2011-11-10
De Angelis Rosso Piceno Superiore, 2008, Castel di Lama (Marche) 7.75 8.5 Food-friendly acidity, nicely balanced, subdued red fruits, spices, long finish. 2011-07-14
Domaine Alary La Font d'Estévenas, Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2008 15.25 8.5 Less forward and exciting than the 2009 Cairanne from the same producer, a nice, well rounded, unsurprising but pleasant wine. 2011-07-13
Nusserhof Heinrich Mayr Südtirol Lagrein Riserva 2005 18.7 8.5 Remarkably different, tasting at first like must becoming wine and crushed grape seeds. After a while it turns serious while keeping its very particular character. Organic. From http://vkwijn.nl. 2011-08-10
Stefano Accordini Paxxo 2009 21.8 8.5 Better than the ripasso, less sweet, more complex. 2012-01-06
Collefrisio Uno Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2007 12.65 8.5 A concentrated, ripe yet quite fresh taste. 2011-08-28
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup Tour de Pierres, Languedoc, 2008 11.5 8.5 rich and heady, food friendly acidity, sweet thyme on the nose 2011-07-10
Icario Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007 16.75 8.5 ripe red fruit, spices, soft tannins, long aftertaste 2011-07-10
Stefano Accordini Rosso del Veneto Passo, 2008 21.8 8.5 Corvina, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend. Very powerful dark red fruit (cherry) and spices, concentrated; high residual sugar. 2011-07-27
Stefano Accordini Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, 2008 17.45 8.5 Concentrated, powerful, complex blend of dark, sweet red fruits and spices, very soft tannins, long aftertaste, superb on its own. 2011-07-10
Domaine Saint-Jacques Rully 1er Cru "La Fosse" 2009, Bourgogne 19.75 8 Interesting and elegant but surely too young. Comes alive with rich cheese, sausage pairing. Long decanting required. 2011-07-29
Gere Attila Cabernet Sauvignon, Villany, 2007 8 Nicely balanced and pleasantly , if a tad too sweet aftertaste. 2011-11-22
Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese 2008 14 8 A food-friendly, less concentrated Valpolicella style Ripasso, with black cherries, a little spice and balanced acidity. 2011-07-25
Masi Campofiorin, Verona, 2007 19.99 8 Quite pleasant once it gets going 2011-07-10
Terre da Vino Bricco del Bosco Barbera d'Asti, 2007 10.95 8 Fruit, medium body 2011-07-10
Alasia Barolo Flori 2007 15.99 7.5 Nice and subtle when it gets started, but lacks any real presence, or force. 2012-01-03
Tormaresca Neprica, Puglia, 2009 15.5 7.5 Negroamaro, Primitivo, Cabernet. Nice but forgetable. 2011-08-07
Valle dell'Acate Il Moro Nero d'Avola 2008 14.75 7.5 Simple and on the light side, short finish. 2011-07-29
Calatrasi Terre di Ginestra Nero D'avola, 2008 10 7.5 Friendly, dependable, linear 2011-07-10
Capçanes Mas Donis Negre, Montsant, 2009 8 7 nice everyday wine, fruity and relaxing 2011-07-10
Domaine Clavel Les Garrigues, Languedoc, 2008 9.8 7 Syrah 52, Mourvedre 26, Grenache 22 - nicely rounded taste, but a heart attack 2011-08-18
Mauro Molino Barbera d'Alba, La Morra, 2010 14 7 Too acidic. 2011-11-23
Château Milens Rouge, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2007 42 2011-07-10
Château Beauregard, Pomerol, 2006 49 Merlot - Cabernet Franc 2011-07-10
Conterno Fantino Dolcetto d'Alba , 2009 12.35 0 barely drinkable, suspect corking due to complete lack of flavour and vinegar-sharp acidity 2011-07-10
Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba, La Morra, 2009 16.5 re-taste 2011-07-10
Frederic Mabileau St. Nicolas de Bourgueil Les Rouillères, Loire, 2009 12.85 0 2 out of 3 undrinkable, suspect corking but really flavourless 2011-07-10


Masi Campofiorin bottle. Masi Campofiorin label.

Elio Altare bottle. Elio Altare label.


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