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L.J. Palmer WSET 3

L.J. Palmer WSET 3

Diggers Law Pinot Noir 2019

Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand
9 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 91/100

Medium ruby coloured wine, dry and flavourful, with medium + acidity and low tannin. Clear flavours and aromas of bright red cherry, wet stone, a lovely earthy tang, red plum and raspberry. Paired nicely with beef slow braised in mushrooms with roasted beets and brussels sprouts on the side. A pleasure to drink with food or on its own.

Villa Conchi Rosé Cava

Catalunya A.C., Spain
24 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Extra effervescent deep pink sparkling wine; the bubbles were very lively! Medium pink rose Cava from Spain, made with Trepat grape. Pronounced strawberry dominant aroma and flavour with honey notes, lemon and citrus pith and other red berries. Off dry with medium plus acidity. Very good with caprese skewers (cherry tomatoes, mini bocconcini, basil leaves, with olive oil and aged balsamic dressing) and cheeses; a real celebration wine.

53 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Very pleasant sparkling wine; medium gold in colour, medium sweet, persistent fine bubbles, and with a pronounced aroma of biscuit, red fruit and citrus. I noticed apple on the palate with a creamy and soft mouth feel. One review had suggested trying this with spicy food like samosas but it overwhelmed the wine. It was excellent with Lemon lime soft goat cheese and Lavender and honey sheep milk cheese; the cheeses complemented the wine nicely. We tried a cranberry goat cheese but it also had some cinnamon in it and that did not work as well. Crisp potato chips went well and also green grapes. A great sparkling wine to pull out for friends!

Château Mayne-Vieil 2016

Fronsac, Bordeaux A.C., France
73 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Luscious deep purple wine from Fronsac AOC; 100% Merlot . Pronounced aroma of juicy black fruit, blackberry and black cherry and plums , with a nice earthy hint and floral and vanilla notes. Dry, full bodied, medium tannins and acidity. Delicious with grilled steak and wonderful drinking on its own.

Graffetta Nero D'avola 2019

Sicily D.O.C., Italy
141 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Deep purple coloured wine with a pronounced aroma of black plum, black currant, fennel, cedar, an earthy tang and flint/wet stones.The wine is dry, with medium plus acidity and medium body and medium alcohol. It is lean in the mouth and best drunk with food rather than sipped on its own. It paired very well with beef braised in mushrooms and herbs; this complemented the wines earthy tang and herbal notes. Sadly it does not pair well with dark chocolate; the fruity notes in the wine need to be fruitier for a better match.

L.J. Palmer WSET 3

Current Fav Wine

Whatever's in my glass; weakness for Chablis, Burgundian style Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône style Syrah and Ribero del Duero from Spain





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