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Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2010 - Phenomenal with Steak
Malbec Achaval Ferrer 2010
"Though I've been drinking lots of lovely wines in Argentina so far, including a 10-course wine matching dinner with wines selected by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, it was a "relatively" modest bottle that has stolen the show so far: the new 2010 vintage of Achaval Ferrer's Mendoza Malbec, which coincidentally I'd tasted via Corney & Barrow a couple of days before I flew out too - marvellous, elegant but concentrated stuff at £15 I'd written, but with a fine rib-eye steak from the best steak house in Buenos Aires it was phenomenal - and £16 equivalent on their list."
Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages
Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2010 an "impressive wine of aromatic quality"
"Achaval Ferrer's 2010 Malbec too, is a wine of impressive aromatic quality and red-berry purity... While these are delightfully approachable examples of the malbec grape, one exciting development is a move towards great wines whose personality is derived from balanced, old vines grown in special locations. Achaval Ferrer's achievement lies in its three superb single vineyard wines, one in particular, the 2009 Finca Bella Vista, an exceptional red, whose intense fragrance and polished oak frame an intense, yet delicately flavoured, supple-textured red with an elegant loganberryish bite. Argentinian wine has come a long way in its brief modern incarnation, and the very highest peaks remain to be scaled."
Anthony Rose, The Independent
Que Bonito Cacareaba a "most intriguing" Wine
Que Bonito Cacareaba Benjamin Romeo 2009
"Very sweet, slightly oily nose. Romeo believes his white will outlast all his reds. 48% Viura, 32% Malvasia, plus 70-year-old Garnacha Blanco. San Vicente. Complex nose that opens out on to a lovely blossomy rich palate with structure. Really interesting! More floral than the old Murrieta style. Creamy. Long. Tense. Quinine. Some of the most intriguing flavours I have encountered in a long time. Wonderful fan of flavours on the finish."
Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com
Psi 2009 Recommended in The Times
"Ribera del Duero, north of Madrid and with higher-altitude vineyards, sunny days and cooler nights, is home to some of Spain’s best reds. Quality in recent years has been mixed, but Peter Sisseck’s new Psi, from superior tempranillo vines and with minimal oak ageing, is a cracker. Enjoy this crimson-purple winter red with its fine, juicy, earthy, plummy fruit now with big food like steak and kidney pie. Or put it away for a few years to allow those more savoury, spicy flavours to develop."
Jane Macquitty, The Times
Cakebread Cabernet awarded 4**** by Decanter
Cabernet Sauvignon Cakebread Cellars 2007
"Very spicy, mineral, black fruit and herb aromas. Soft, cool and round with a sweet mid-palate, soft tannins and a mineral finish. Well made with a good balance of fruit and acidity – lovely integration." 4****
Ch. Léoube a "Stunning Wine"
Chateau Leoube Rose Cotes de Provence 2010
"£13.99 seems a hefty price for a pink quencher, but this is stunning wine with a subtly exotic spice. It would be equally adept at partnering shellfish or serving as a Christmas Day aperitif. Like many of the finest roses from its region, this blend of Grenache, Cinsault Syrah and Mouvredre, is ethereally pale in colour."
Neil Sowerby, Manchester Confidential
Salon '99 is "Champagne at its most refined"
Jancis Robinson picks out Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Spéciale 2006
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Spéciale 2006
"While the southern Rhone is hardly undiscovered wine territory, Robinson said that this was a "golden age" for Châteauneuf-du-Pape and picked out Tardieu Laurent, Cuvée Spéciale 2006 . "The very sunny climate, and the Grenache grape which dominates has a natural sweetness," she said."