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Anthony Hillman

Anthony Hillman WSET ADV

2095 days ago

Anthony scored this wine: 89/100

Deep golden In the glass, with aromas of dried apricot, baked apple, currant, and straw. Well balanced, smooth, and luxurious, with medium-sweet juicy flavours of ripe red apple, ripe peach, honey, and orange peel. Pair with desserts such as peach tart or orange trifle, blue cheese, or the Blue Danube waltz. Good now, with bottle ageing potential of several more years. Tasted January 2015 Notes from the back label: - from Neusiedlersee, Burgenland - made with botrytis affected Chardonnay, Welschriesling, Scheurebe, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes with >30 Brix at harvest

Puy de Dome 2012

Igp Puy De Dome (Loire), France
2098 days ago

Anthony scored this wine: 87/100

A light and fruity good value Pinot Noir from a lesser known French region. Ripe red raspberry and cherry fruit aromas and a touch of tea leaf overlay some farmyard earthiness. On the lighter side of medium body, with soft tannins, a smooth and juicy mouthfeel, darker dried fruit flavours of cherry and fig, some spice, and a short to moderate finish. For consumption soon, within the next year, enjoyed on its own, paired with salmon, or as an accompaniment for light savoury finger foods. Tasted December 2014 From the labels and agent website, abswineagencies.co.uk: - IGP Puy de Dome (which is in the volcanic mountainous Auvergne) - same latitude as Bordeaux and Northern Rhone, though at altitude between 350 and 570m, which makes it good for Pinot Noir and Gamay - 8 months in stainless steel

2007 Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Napa Valley, United States
2101 days ago

Anthony scored this wine: 89/100

A deep garnet full bodied accompaniment to grilled meats, such as steak rubbed with peppery spices, and hearty casseroles. Aromas of baked blueberry, black currant, tobacco, and smoke lead on to fruit flavours of black currant and blackberry pie. The mouthfeel is smooth, warm, and juicy, with well integrated chewy tannins, and the finish is moderate and spicy. Ready now or allow further development over the next 4 to 5 years. Tasted December 2014

Tucumen Chardonnay 2014

Mendoza, Argentina
2101 days ago

Anthony scored this wine: 86/100

Medium body, versatile, and good value. Aromas of peach and pineapple, with some wet stone mineral, and a hint of toasty oak. Dry and refreshing, with a smooth and rich mouthfeel, flavours of peach, green apple, and mineral, and some bitterness on the moderate to long finish. Drink within the next year or so. Pair with white meat dishes, seafood with simple sauces, or pasta with cream sauces. Tasted December 2014

Fontella Chianti 2013

Tuscany Docg, Italy
2110 days ago

Anthony scored this wine: 87/100

Medium body, food friendly, and great value. Aromas of red candied fruit with some raisin and leather. Juicy flavours of dark dried plum, black cherry, with black peppery spiciness, supported by moderate firm tannins, and with a medium length finish. Would pair well with a wide range of savoury dishes, including pasta with tomato based sauce, such as Tagliatelle with vegetable ragu. Drink now or within the next year or two. Tasted December 2014 Notes from producer website, http://www.casagirelli.it/our-wines2/Fontella/Chianti-DOCG Varietals - Traditional blend, principally Sangiovese, with some Canaiolo Vinification - The grapes are de-stemmed and soft crushed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 25degC, and lasts around 8-10 days. Frequent remontage occurs throughout fermentation in order to extract colour and achieve soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation is carried out. The juice is left in contact with the skins for 15 days. Ageing - The wine is aged for three months in large Slavonian oak barrels.

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Memorable Wine

Difficult to pick just one, relates to meals and occasions for me. 1975 Chateau Haute Nauve St. Emilion

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First Wine

Sauternes (as a child at Christmas!)

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Unusual Wine Experience

(as a child), getting shouted at by French farmer on a bike for picnicking with parents in a vineyard just outside a quaint little town called Nuit-St-Georges, likely (unknowingly) on hallowed ground!

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Current Fav Wine

Ken Forrester Old Vine Res. Chenin Blanc, 2012, Stellenbosch

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Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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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