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Craig Haynes WSET 3, FWS

Craig Haynes WSET 3, FWS

9 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 89/100

Crafted from hand harvested Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvingnon and Syrah, this intensely ruby coloured red matured 12 months in new French and American oak. The result was an enjoyable medium to full bodied wine with rich vanilla and cedar notes woven throughout its ripe dark fruit core. Pair this product of Spain’s Jumilla appellation with smoked meats or sip on its own. Enjoy. Reviewed on March 11, 2020

Roches Noires

Cave de Roquebrun Roches Noires 2016

Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun, Languedoc A.C., France
12 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 90/100

Vibrant aromas of ripe raspberry and blueberry with a touch of crushed stone dust follow through to grippy tannins, medium bodied spicy palate and long fruit accented finish. This unfiltered blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache was attractive to the eyes, featuring a deep ruby colour infused with stunning purple hues. These grapes were grown in France’s Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun appellation, an approximately 400 hectares area distributed over four villages, hand harvested from vines planted in schist soils. Enjoy. Reviewed on May 9, 2020


Bodega Toro Winery Centenario Malbec 2019

Mendoza, Argentina
14 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 87/100

Sweet dark berry fruits dominated the aromas and grippy mid-weight palate of this ruby coloured offering from Mendoza. Mellow tannins marked the fruit-filled finish. Good value and ready to drink now. Enjoy. Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Cortes De Cima Chaminé 2017

Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal
16 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 88/100

Fresh red berry aromas and flavors shine in this juicy, unoaked four varietal blend. The Aragonez, Syrah, Trincadera and Alicante Bouschet grapes were hand selected from vineyards in southern Portugal’s Alentejo growing region. The winery is family owned, too. Enjoy with friends now. Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Opta 2015

Dão D.O.C., Portugal
17 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 90/100

The 2015 vintage Opta is an assemblage of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz – three signature grapes of Portugal’s Dao appellation where this wine was crafted. An attractive deep ruby colour with a pronounced bouquet of red and dark berries, especially cherries and raspberries. The medium bodied velvety palate was reminiscent of warm red and dark berry preserves. Showed cedar characteristics and smooth tannins, too. Enjoy. Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Craig Haynes WSET 3, FWS

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award