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Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips


Godelia Red Godelia Mencia 2013

Bierzo D.O., Spain
15 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 90/100

Deep ruby in colour. Nose of red and black fruit compote, herbs, slightly decomposing forest floor leaves. Chewy tannins and high alcohol, but balanced with the fruit. Palate follows the nose well; this is a robust wine. Long savoury finish. Tasted February 2020.

Monopole Clásico

Cvne Monopole Clásico 2015

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
15 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 92/100

Not your usual white Rioja: mostly Viura, yes, but with a splash of Manzanilla Sherry. You catch that nuttiness on the ample nose, along with candied orange peel, Meyer lemon, allspice, fennel. Zippingly dry with Sherry-like acidity, but a depth of fruit beyond the nut notes. Good length. I'm intrigued to see how this will age. Tasted February 2020.

Wertsch Vineyard

Trail Estate Winery Wertsch Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2016

Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
20 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 91/100

What an intriguing wine. Deep salmon with orange hues. Higher alcohol than anticipated - though I wouldn't have guessed it at 13.5%. Aromatics are off the charts. The usual panoply of Gewurz aromas, but all somehow magnified. Imagine sitting in a flower garden eating Turkish delight and dried pineapple slices, perhaps with some ground pink peppercorns and star anise. On the palate, a glorious jumble of all the above. Let this warm slightly, and the layers come out. Most definitely this will appeal to some, and not to others. But incredibly well done. A great example of the experimentation going on at Trail Estates. Tasted February 2020

126 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 89/100

Not often you see Basque wines here, so a delight. Medium+ aromatics with aromas of white grape jelly, Meyer lemon zest, hint of fresh herbs. On the palate, zippy acidity, lemon, lime and pear juice. Lovely summer wine, and would be fab with fish & chips I reckon. Tasted September 2019.

1945 Old Vines

El Esteco 1945 Old Vines Torrontés 2018

Calchaquí Valley, Argentina
126 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 92/100

Nose is subdued by some Torrontes standards; white pepper spiciness with acacia, mint, pineapple, mandarin peel. Round and structured on the palate, mid+ acidity and beautifully balanced. Fruits and herbal characteristics in equal portion, with a long savoury finish. Drinking well now, but am looking forward to see how this is in another 3-5 years. Tasted October 2019.

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