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Ian Hoare

Ian Hoare

Loma Larga Merlot 2007

Casablanca Valley, Chile
3018 days ago

Ian scored this wine: 90/100

The 2007 Merlot reveals a nose of balsam wood, pencil lead, scorched earth, and blackcurrant. On the palate, mineral and earth notes make an appearance. Concentrated but with a bit of rustic tannin, this lengthy Merlot will profit from 2-3 years of additional bottle age and drink well from 2011 to 2019. Score - 90.

3018 days ago

Ian scored this wine: 89/100

The 2007 Red Blend Reserva Especial is deep purple-colored with an enticing nose of cedar, spice box, violets, blueberry, and black cherry. Firm and well-balanced, it has plenty of savory fruit, excellent depth and length, and should offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019. Score - 89+.


South West, France
3038 days ago

Ian scored this wine: 90/100

There's a sense of elegance to the well-defined, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, followed by notes of sage, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf on the long, powerful finish. Drink now. Smart Buy.

Te Kairanga Chardonnay 2007

Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand
3038 days ago

Ian scored this wine: 92/100

3038 days ago

Ian reviewed this wine:

Flavour Profile: Sweet vanilla and almond mingles with grape, lemon and caramel aromas Food Pairing: A treat to be served with fine desserts such as dried figs, dried apricots and chocolate.

Ian Hoare

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