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Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS IWS

Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS IWS

Pas de Meunier Rasteau

Domaine de l'Espigouette Pas de Meunier Rasteau 2017

Rasteau, Rhône Ac, France
4 days ago

Craig Haynes WSET3 scored this wine: 91/100

This is an approachable, appealing Cote du Rhone GSM blend (Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre). Fragrant raspberry, tart cherry, herbal tea and eucalyptus scents surfaced from my glass. On the flavour front, ripe red berries and savoury spices stood centre stage and mingled nicely with the aromas. Super dry, medium+ body, elegant finish. Envision this red with lamb or meat filled pasta. Enjoy. Reviewed April 29, 2021

Dogliani

Bricco Rosso Dogliani 2017

Dogliani, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy
4 days ago

Craig Haynes WSET3 scored this wine: 90/100

This 100% Dolcetto landed well with me. Matured in oak but not oak overwhelmed. Revealed beautiful aromas and flavours with delicious dark fruit up front and subtle savoury spices plus a distinctive, pleasing clay pot character. Medium+ body, supple tannins, satisfying moderate touch acidity. I uncorked it this year - and was happy with the result - but I could have let this one mature longer. Envision this red with meat sauces and with truffle oil from the Dogliani region. Enjoy. Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Blend Gran Reserva

Monasterio de las Viñas Blend Gran Reserva Garnacha 2005

Carinena D.O., Spain
4 days ago

Craig Haynes WSET3 scored this wine: 88/100

Opened this 2005 in April 2021 and over all the results were positive. Sure, the flavours had dissipated significantly and the structure had frayed. But this super dry, medium bodied red blend’s bouquet was a treat. Plenty of mature, alluring aromas emerged from my glass - envision sweet molasses, ripe cassis, fig and plum preserves. Crafted in Spain’s Carinena appellation from Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carinena. Uncork soon and sip with blue cheeses and cured Moroccan olives. Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Gran Coronas Reserva

Torres Gran Coronas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Penedès, Spain
5 days ago

Craig Haynes WSET3 scored this wine: 90/100

From eastern Spain’s Penedes appellation, this bright ruby hued Cabernet Sauvignon hit the mark. Vibrant aromas - envision ripe currants and blackberries then cedar and mint - mingled harmoniously with stewed red berries and savoury spice flavors. The experience featured a pleasing round structure, medium+ acidity and lean, approachable tannins too. Ready to be enjoyed with steak frites. Reviewed on April 28, 2021

Circle Of Life Red

Waterkloof Circle Of Life Red 2017

Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa
5 days ago

Craig Haynes WSET3 scored this wine: 92/100

So much to enjoy in this red blend from South Africa’s revered Stellenbosch appellation. Striking deep ruby and purple hues. Enticing aromas suggestive of raspberry and red currants backed by floral blooms, sweet cedar and balsamic notes. Mouth coating waves of red berries and spice flavours that held fast through the finish. Waterkloof created this delicious red blend - 26% syrah, 26% petit verdot, 24% merlot, 24% cabernet franc - with organic and biodynamic practices. Reviewed on April 24, 2021

Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS IWS

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