"I don't envisage myself revisiting this peculiar wine anytime soon."

"I don't envisage myself revisiting this peculiar wine anytime soon."

Korambon Sol Lucet Koshu 2014 Yamanashi, Japan Produced entirely from the Koshu grape, a thick and pink-skinned variety that is more popular in the fruit bowls of Japan than it is in the country's wine bottles and perhaps I can see why. Does this actually smell vaguely of Sake or is my snout playing tricks on me? There's also some green, very green apple in their too. Very, very light in both colour and character. There is a certain delicate, pure side to it, but what really sticks is the excessive bitterness that makes it rather unpleasant to drink. That said, although I don't envisage myself revisiting this peculiar wine anytime soon it remains much more interesting to try than something more run of the mill. October 2014

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CategoriesJapanese Wine

Gaintza Txacoli 2014 Getariako Txakolina, Spain You wouldn't wish to drink this everyday for your dentistry bills would be through the roof but this is good Txacoli considering it is a 2014. Maybe it is the added beef of the Gros Manseng that lends this weight, or maybe Txacoli does age well? Has anybody done a tasting? Maybe we should, or maybe we shouldn't and preserve our tooth enamel and disdain for light, bright, deliciously made local wines from little known grapes in favour of over-oaked, boozy Ribena with little or no identity. Find yourself a bottle of this and the freshest fish you can lay your hands on. Then shut the curtains. July 2016

Vinos la Zorra 8 Virgenes 201? Sierra de Salamanca, Spain I can't spot the vintage on the label. This is a delectable, leesy and peppery sexmonster of a wine with a richness that defies it moderate alcohol levels. July 2013

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Sereno Solera Vi Generos Sec Garnatxa Roja 2009 Emporda, Spain Wow, get this down your trouser. Do you find nutmeg, vanilla and the heady scent of furniture polish totally delectable? I do. And this absolute nostril smasher of a wine delivers it in spades. After my stern assessment of Celler de Roures Vermell this is a wine that highlights everything that the Vermell lacked. Bite, energy, poise. Produced from oxidized Garnacha from a solera begun in 2009 the flavour explosion continues on the palate recalling a fruit bowl that has been left in the sun whilst you went away on your summer hols. Though this may sound totally rank, fill that same fruit bowl with 15.5% alcohol and and 100% sex appeal and you may get some way to being where I am with this wine, which is captivated. May 2016 

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