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L.J. Palmer

L.J. Palmer

Daniel Chotard Sancerre 2018

Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
5 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Deep lemon coloured wine with intense aroma of bright lemon, lemon zest and wet stones with notes of salinity. Rich and lemony in the mouth with stronger contribution from lemon zest and saline. Mouthwatering and zesty and perfect with fresh Irish Point oysters from PEI.No real need for lemon when you have this Sancerre.

Private Reserve

Aromo Private Reserve Syrah 2016

Maule Valley, Chile
16 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 95/100

This wine is a very special treat! Nice medium ruby coloured, full bodied , dry wine with a pronounced aroma of ripe blackberries with black cherry, wet stones and a hint of pepper! In the mouth it is all about the blackberry; ripe and juicy. The tannins are fine grained; great balance overall. This paired very well with lamb kebabs dipped with mint sauce or chimichurri sauce; a wonderful celebration of flavour! It's juiciness and fine tannin make this a very good wine to drink on its own as well.

Private Bin

Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2018

Marlborough, New Zealand
23 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Medium ruby coloured dry red wine with a food friendly acidity. The wine has a pronounced aroma of red cherries, black pepper, spice, strawberries, raspberries, spice, vanilla coupled with tangy and earthy note. A nice finish in the mouth of red cherries with black pepper. This wine would pair very well with braised beef and mushrooms; this would complement the earthiness and pepper of the wine. The wine is also very pleasant on it s own or with mature cheddar cheese.

25 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Deep purple full bodied blend of 50% Monastrell and 50% Syrah. Both grapes are from single vineyards: Monastrell: Single vineyard 650 metres above sea level, limestone soils ; average age of vineyards is 30 years old in dry agriculture. Syrah. Single vineyard 660 meters above sea level. Extremely limestone soils, with little iron but with silica good levels, which reduces the limestone activity so vineyard roots can dig deep. These soils bring freshness and minerality found inBilogia. Average age is 10 years old in dry agriculture. Ripe and juicy aroma of blackberries, with dark cherries and a hint of plum, smoky, some rose notes, vanilla, black pepper and a pleasant minerality. This is a very well balanced wine, fresh and complex, perfect for drinking any time. The finish is long and juicy, redolent of blackberries and pepper. As well as being a pleasant sipper on its own this would pair well with grilled lamb.


Talmard Mâcon Chardonnay Cuvée Joseph Talmard 2017

Mâcon, Burgundy A.C., France
33 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Medium gold white Burgundy from Mâcon, the warmer region of Burgundy. My tasting group found it to be a soft, smooth, dry and balanced wine with a pronounced aroma of apples, pears, soft sweet lemon and a hint of melon with a touch of spice from gentle oaking. In the mouth the apple, pear ,lemon predominated with a faint spice note. Lovely to sip on its own; great with roast chicken or chicken brochettes or soft cheese.

L.J. Palmer

Current Fav Wine

Cool climate Burgundian chardonnay

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