“This very famous Ribera del Duero is a much darker, denser wine than it used to be...This has buckets of dark fruit, but it’s more brooding than of yore and the tannins grip on to your palate, telling you the wine would really like a few more years before you broach the bottle. Even so, the traditional butter and confectioners’ cream richness of the oak makes for a pretty impressive mouthful, which will be even better in a year or two.”
“This is such a joyous style of Syrah. The red wines of the northern Rhône all use Syrah and they can get pretty serious, but just away from the main vineyards, in the hills behind the river, are numerous little plots of land that grow Syrah but which can’t call themselves by a famous name or sell for a ludicrous price, so they don’t try to tart the wine up. Instead, they make it the way they’d want it out of flagons for their Sunday lunch. This bursts with exuberant juicy red plum and loganberry fruit, cinnamon spice, the crunch of peppercorns and the fresh dust from a harmless rockslide up the valley.”
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2010 Torrontés Finca La Linda, Bodegas Luigi Bosca
“Lovely scented, sensual stuff. I couldn’t find any acid evident in this wine, and yet it was delightfully refreshing and remarkably dry. That’s the nuts and bolts of it, but the excitement comes from wafts of rosehip, lavender and peach blossom perfume, brioche softness and a surprising and very welcome marmalade peel bitterness.”
All tasting notes are Oz Clarke's from his new book "250 Best Wines 2012"