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Publisher and merchant join forces to market a moderate list of fine wines over the internet, writes Jonathan Ray.

 

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‘[FVD] source their wines straight from the growers. By cutting out the middleman they can sell at much lower prices than you would pay elsewhere. And they are delicious wines too.’
—Simon Hoggart, The Spectator

‘Simply brilliant wines that come straight from the producers.’
—The Guardian

‘There is one online merchant that I absolutely adore ... FromVineyardsDirect.’
—Will Lyons, Scotland on Sunday

‘The innovative online retailer undercuts traditional merchant prices by 20% ... 24-hour access to some of Europe’s finest at the click of a button.’
—Jacqueline Morley

‘Decent wines chosen with care at affordable prices make fromvineyardsdirect.com an essential for wine lovers.’
—You Magazine, Daily Mail

‘If you're a wine lover and you've not heard of FromVineyardsDirect you're in for a treat.’
—Joe Fattorini, Glasgow Herald

‘One of From Vineyards Direct’s plus points is their selection. They seem to try not to overwhelm their customers with too much choice but concentrate on a relatively small number of hand-picked relative bargains, in upmarket rather than supermarket bracket.’
Jancis Robinson MW



Casa Catelli, Rosso Di Toscana IGT 2008: "Superb offering from my favourite online site. Comes from an area next to Bolgheri where the Super Tuscans are crafted. Delicious blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese with 14 months in French oak." —Michael Nugent, 25th September, 2011.

Grüner Veltliner: Estoras, Burgenland, Austria: "Grüner Veltliner is a grape variety growing in popularity. It’s a wonderful wine to serve by the glass, or as an aperitif with small eats. This example is dry but has an immediately appealing nose, with a distinctive nutty character. Try it at your holiday party; your guests may not have heard of it, but they will be pleasantly surprised." — Will Lyons, Wall Street Journal Europe

Albos d’ Oliva Red Garnacha 2009: "July is barbecue season and I'm always on the look out for an easy-drinking, quaffable red wine that can hold its own with those heavy steaks, burgers and spare ribs that we tend to cook alfresco. I favor a slightly more restrained style than Argentine Malbec or Australian Shiraz. This red Garnacha from Catalonia in northeast Spain is a real find. Sourced from online retailer fromvineyardsdirect.com, it has an inviting nose, full of unctuous, dark fruit. On the palate, it is extremely drinkable, with silky, soft tannins and a little acidity to give it a bit of lift." — Will Lyons, July 15, 2011.
Esterházy Estoras, Grüner Veltliner 2010: "If it’s good enough for Haydn and Goethe, then it’s good enough for us," is how From Vineyards Direct co-owner David Campbell explains the rationale behind this listing from the Burgenland region of Austria. He’s referring to the upper-crust producers of this wine, the Esterházy family, once the largest landowners in the Habsburg Empire. Despite the historical baggage, this wonderfully crisp, dry, rich but refreshing Grüner is actually very modern in style, with vivid, tangy acidity providing a framework for a palate of celery and pears. 90/100."

Esterházy Estoras, Grüner Veltliner 2010: Reviewed by Peter Homer, July 14, 2011. Read the review here.

Albos d’ Oliva Red Garnacha 2009: Read Peter Homer’s July 14, 2011 review here.
Ronan 2009: "Extraordinary value, this. One hundred percent Merlot from an outstanding vintage, vinified by the team at Pomerol's Château Clinet. Great now, it can only get better." —Wine of the Month, June 2011.

Domaine Octavie, Sauvignon Touraine 2009: "This Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine is a star, summer quaffer. Intended to be drunk young and fresh, this zingy offering fits the bill perfectly. A Loire Sauvignon with more than a nod to modern New World tastes, this one is brimming with tropical fruit, drenched with juicy lime and grapefruit, and ending on a crisp and sprightly finish." —Katherine Donnelly, Saturday, 17th July 2010.

"Joanna Simon joined House & Garden this month as food and wine editor......one of her recommendations in this month's 'Taste Notes' is the online wine merchant FromVineyardsDirect, and enterprise I've been happily using for some time. My happiness is nothing compared to that of my friends, because previously I'd been providing them with less and less drinkable wine."— Susan Crewe, Editor, January 2010

"Where we buy wine from has changed enormously, with supermarkets increasingly dominating and off-license chains disappearing. On the positive side, many a new online wine merchant has emerged, selling interesting wines. FromVineyardsDirect is one, started by David Campbell, publisher of Everyman's Library, and Esme Johnstone, founder of Majestic Wine. They have put together a trim, hand-picked range from France, Italy and Spain at equally trim prices. The following French classics would go down well now, or over the next five years: Domaine de la Motte, Premier Cru Beauroy, Chablis; Margaux 2006 and Pauillac 2006."— Joanna Simon, Food & Wine Editor, House and Garden, January 2010
Comte Leloup de Chasseloir, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2005: "A revelation at the price. Quite simply one of the most versatile and best value summer wines on the market today. Bursting with ripe, firm fruit this has an added complexity to its character that could be mistaken for oak age. Sensational value for under £10."— Will Lyons

La Reserve Claret, Bordeaux 2006: "The search for an above average house Claret is over. For the price this wine really excites. It has everything one looks for in decent red Bordeaux: notes of pencil shavings, cedar wood and ripe berries—a must for every Sunday roast."— Will Lyons

Markus Molitor Riesling Trocken, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2007: "The nose is dominated by citrusy lemon and lime flavours while the length has a pleasing, long acidity. The flavours are strong enough to enjoy a glass in a wild, country garden."— Will Lyons

Domaine de la Tourade “Cuvée de l’Euse” Vacqueyras 2005: "Wine of the week: Hints of garrigue, mellow, subtle, spicy succulent rounded fruits."— Rose Murray Brown
Pauillac, AC Pauillac 2006: '2006 was a leading Bordeaux vintage and this very impressive keeper, a declassified claret from one of the most distinguished second-growth Pauillac's, whose vineyards abut those of first-growth Château Latour, is a real charmer. I loved its rich, ripe, cedary, beefy, flavours, and so will you — a very fancy claret at a fraction of the price that you would expect to pay for the grand vin. It's drinking well now, but put it away until 2016 for more of those cigar-box scents and tastes to develop.'—Jane MacQuitty, May 2010

Château d’Argadens, Bordeaux Superieur 2004: "This tasty, contemporary Sichel-owned Claret, whose lively, leafy, zesty blackcurrant and plum-laden fruit is a good Bordeaux buy"— Jane Macquitty

Château Pedesclaux, 5th Growth, Pauillac, Bordeaux 2004: "Fifth-growth Château Pedesclaux in a fine spot in northern Pauillac, and greatly rejuvernated in recent years by the Jugla family.....this almost 50-50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend, enhanced with a dash of Cabernet France, delivers some delicious ripe, gamey, blackcurranty fruit."— Jane Macquitty
La Reserve Claret, Bordeaux 2006 : "It leaps gazelle-like from the glass with all the grace and precision you hope for in a Claret—meaty dishes like Jo’s Pork Chops have met their match." — Matthew Jukes, March 2009.
Domaine de la Motte Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2006: "Top 3 Chablis Premier Cru."—Andrew Neather

Collalbrigo Brut, Prosecco NV: "Prosecco is in vogue: most of it is pretty forgettable but Collabrigo Prosecco Brut NV, for instance, offers crisp, lemony fruit with some breadth."— Andrew Neather

Castello di Potentino ‘Sacromonte’, Montecucco Rosso 2005: "My friend brought me back a bottle of this deeply obscure Tuscan red from holiday; I was overjoyed to find that it is now available here from the excellent website FromVineyardsDirect. This is made from 100 per cent Sangiovese, but streets ahead of any Chianti at this price: full, rich, expressive, with a fine minerality. Lovely."— Andrew Neather
Château Pontet Bagatelle, La Rosée de Bagatelle 2011: "This wine is as good as you will find. FromVineyardsDirect are thrilled with the wines from Pontet Bagatelle and when you taste you’ll see why. Rich with flavour, packed with the tastes and aromas of fresh fruit."— Simon Hoggart

Chorey-les-Beaune “Marvine” Burgundy 2006: "It is a great Pinot Noir, delicate and fragrant, so you should snap up your share." April 2008.

Château Fourcas-Dumont: Listrac Médoc, Bordeaux: "has some age already, but will acquire a greater richness. Its excellent drinking now, though being fleshy and velvety, with a whiff of cedar, blackcurrant and toast. When you consider the ridiculous prices charged for Clarets you can see what excellent value this is...."— Simon Hoggart

Domaine de la Tourade “Font des Aïeux” Gigondas 2006: "at an informal tasting this was the wine that everyone made their favourite. A Châteauneuf-du-Pape as good as this would cost you quite a bit more."— Simon Hoggart

Château Lafont Menaut, White Bordeaux 2006: "is from Pessac-Léognan in Graves, close by the great and famous Haut-Brion, and its gorgeous lemon, flowers and liquorice, very soft and silky. And unlike many white wines, it will continue to improve, becoming more intense over the years."— Simon Hoggart

Meursault “Flamoise” White Burgundy 2006: "excellent value...It requires no introduction for Burgundy lovers: perfumed, nutty, a touch of vanilla, ever so slightly earthy, rich and satisfying—it does all that its famous name implies."— Simon Hoggart

Comte Leloup de Chasseloir, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2005: "The Muscadet is quite sensational."— Simon Hoggart
The FromVineyardsDirect Winter Case: "From Vineyards Direct has also made up a Winter case we like a lot, consisting of a civilised three bottles each of a white Burgundy, Saint-Véran “Merloix” 2007; their own classic (St-Emilion) La Reserve Claret 2006; a red Bburgundy, Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Pinot Noir 2007; and a Syrah/Grenache Mas Carlot Cuvée Tradition Costières de Nîmes Rhône 2008. The price of £105 for the dozen bottles includes mainland delivery."— Amy Devine, The Mail on Sunday.

Serge Mathieu Champagne Tradition Brut NV: "the champagne is this year's best bargain bubbly, the honeyed Serge Mathieu Tradition Brut." December 2007.

Valsanzo Viña Sanzo, Rueda 2008: "Made from 40-year-old vines on a property run using biodynamic methods, this is crisp and nervy, with nuances of passion fruit and gooseberry. It's flesy, perky and driven, boasting hints of herbs, citrus zest and a mouthwatering finish. Drink 2010." (16 points).— Wine of the Month, January 2010.

Domaine de la Tourade “Font des Aïeux” Gigondas 2006: Award Winner ★★★★★. "Pure, bold, sweet spice and dense cherry nose. Complex black olive, lavender and spice palate, tannins a touch coarse, but good power and great complexity."

Valsanzo Viña Sanzo, Rueda 2008 : "BEST VALUE WHITE—Made from 40 year old vines on a property run using biodynamic methods, this is crisp and nervy, with nuances of passion fruit and gooseberry. It’s fleshy, perky and driven, boasting hints of herbs, citrus zest and a mouthwatering finish."

Château Ducluzeau, Listrac-Médoc 2000 : "This is nearing its apex, and at this price, more than delivers. Listrac is not the most exalted of Bordeaux communes but like its neighbour Moulis delivers some real gems. It a mix of red fruit, leathery and leafy nuances, still showing freshness and vitality which suggests that it may hold for a few years yet." December 2009.

Domaine de la Motte Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2006: "The premier cru vineyards of Beauroy lie to the north west of the town of Chablis. This is a strikingly good-value example, with a leesy (sic) roundness and texture. It retains the classic Chablis steel, is well balanced, and shows citrus, appley fruit." Wine of the Month February 2010.

Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes 2003: "Château Suduiraut’s second wine is a typically rich 2003 with concentrated aromas of marmalades mushrooms and dates. There’s power and freshness to the palate, with grapefruit and honeycomb showing through. Drink now–2013. 3 Stars"—May 2009.

Chorey-les-Beaune "Marvine" Burgundy 2006: "This rich, youthful nose has pleasant dashes of spice lurking in the background and these pleasant fleshy characters are repeated in the mouth. It has a distinct sense of place." Wine of the Month May 2008.

Serge Mathieu Champagne Tradition Brut NV: "Possibly the best value champagne to have passed our lips in recent times." Sparkler of the Month March 2008.

Puligny-Montrachet "Miroy" White Burgundy 2006: "This packs a fairly hefty punch with plenty of ripe fruit and oak but it all ties together wonderfully to produce a solid polished wine." Splash-Out White of the Month February 2008.

Mas Belles Eaux ‘Les Coteaux’ Languedoc 2005: "Rich and spicy, but with a brooding depth. Displays a savoury opulence. Impressive structure and depth of fruit, direct and engaging. Drink from 2009."

Domaine de Saint Paul, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005: "Teasing, powerful nose, modern fundamentally, traditional at heart. Rich, concentrated. Weight of cassis/damson fruit with savoury backdrop."

Domaine Bernard Fleuriet, Sancerre 2007: "Kudos to the importer of this fine effort." March 2008.
Serge Mathieu Champagne Tradition Brut NV: "A great choice for its elegant mousse of bubbles with a delicate citrus flavour." Wine of the Month March 2008.
Mas Belles Eaux Rosé, Vin de Pays d’Oc, Languedoc 2010: "AXA-Millésimes, which runs Château Pichon Longueville Baron and Quinta do Noval port, is serious about quality. This Rosé, made from Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes, comes from the Belles Eaux and Ste Hélene vineyards between Pézenas and Caux in Languedoc. It has a pale colour and a delicate, enticing, fleshy nose, good crisp fruit and refreshing finish. This is Rosé at its most elegant."— Victoria Moore, 14th July 2010.

Where to buy your wines for Christmas:

"The biggest change in the wine trade of late is the ability to buy online. Independents, high street retailers and supermarkets all have a presence here, but it can be argued that these are add-ons to their main business and that it pays to go to a merchant which is exclusively online. The most successful of these, in my view, is FromVineyardsDirect which, despite its clumsy name, has some cracking wines. Esme Johnstone (founder of Majestic Wine, incidentally) tells me that sales are up 40 per cent on last year. “We have a small range and avoid branded wines,” he says. “We only list a wine if we really like it and don’t see the point of having several different chablis if we can have one that’s really good. Buying online fits into everyone’s busier lives, provides a wealth of choice and information very quickly and has a substantial cost advantage.”— Jonathan Ray

Pauillac, AC Pauillac 2006: "Class in a glass."—Jonathan Ray, January 2010.

Margaux, Margaux Bordeaux 2006: "Real gem from the vineyards of….shhhh, don’t breathe a word- Château xxxxxx."—Jonathan Ray, 5th December 2009.

Clos du Portail, Graves Supérieures, Bordeaux 2005: "A derisory price for an all-but-Sauternes-or-Barsac made yards from 1er Cru Barsac, Château Coutet."—Jonathan Ray, 5th December 2009.

Château Ducluzeau, Listrac-Médoc 2000: "Real bargains and unusual parcels to be had….2000 Château Ducluzeau… a complex, fully mature Claret from the Borie (Ducru-Beaucaillou) family."—Jonathan Ray, 27th November 2009.

La Reserve Claret, Bordeaux 2006: " What I've enjoyed most this week….. I had to double check the price, so modest is it for such a grown-up wine. Firm, well-structured, with ripe fruit and whiffs of cedarwood, this is everything that a Claret should be."— Jonathan Ray June 2009.

Château d’Argadens: Bordeaux Superieur 2004: " This 55 per cent Merlot, 45 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux Supérieur is exceptional value. Full of complex blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, gentle tannins and rounded off by a smooth, silky finish, it is a delight now, but will certainly keep for later."— Jonathan Ray June 2009.

Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon Saint-Bris 2007: " Top 10 White for Spring: A curiosity and a tasty one, too: a Sauvignon Blanc from Chardonnay country. …..Clotilde Davenne, the former winemaker at JM Brocard, has fashioned a delightfully crisp, lean and minerally example. It cries out for a plate of seafood."— Jonathan Ray 19th May.

Serge Mathieu Champagne Tradition Brut NV: "Because you simply have to have bubbles at Christmas: the deliciously toasty Serge Mathieu Cuvee Tradition." Champagne of the Month December 2007.

Marco Real Rosé, Navarra 2008 : "Spain might not be the first place you would associate with Rosé, but this—arguably the best the country makes—is quite clearly a steal at this price. Full of fruit flavours, particularly raspberry, it's very smooth, rich and well balanced. Perfect by itself as well as with shellfish and spicy food."
Olga Raffault Les Barnabés, Chinon 2007: "Wine of the Week: Very clear, crisp, bright and crunchy blackberry and raspberry fruit, but a decisive tang of something mineral and smoky too. On the palate, it is very fresh indeed - it is the antithesis of big, vanilla-rich Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs, instead being lithe and crisp, with plenty of acidity and an almost white wine-like vibrancy."— Tom Cannavan

Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon Saint-Bris 2007: " The style is distinctly one of Loire-like intensity and minerality rather than New Zealand flamboyance, but there's an extra dimension of lemony cut and apple flvour, as well as quite a richly-textured palate. Shimmering, flavourful stuff."— Wine of the Week 10/5/09.

Rocca di Tufo, Orvieto Classico 2007: "This is a stunningly good Italian white, from the Umbrian region of Orvieto… Terrific stuff, that has a bit of grip too and I'm certain has some cellaring potential."—Tom Cannavan

Markus Molitor Riesling Trocken, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2007: "Riesling is a hopelessly unfashionable grape variety, which helps keep its price low. The nose is dominated by citrusy lemon and lime flavours, while the length has a pleasing, long acidity. The flavours are strong enough to enjoy a glass in a wild country garden."— Will Lyons, 1/5/10.

Valsanzo Viña Sanzo, Rueda 2008 : "Herby greengage and almond notes. Refreshing, biodynamic and great value."—Rose Murray Brown

La Chapelle Blanc, Côtes de Gascogne 2008: The Best Summer Wine Deals: "Excellent value lemoney crisp Chardonnay-based Côtes de Gascogne from the Midi-Pyrenee."— Rose Murray Brown, June 2009.

Altos de Oliva Gran Reserva, Catalunya 2000: "Wine of the Week: Rich and minerally with spicy fruit."— Bob Tyrer

Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne: La Chapelle White 2008: "Seems at first sniff to be just another Sauvignon, but it quickly broadens out into a more satisfying and interesting bowl of fruit. Lovely, fresh tasting and only 11.5% alchohol."— Bob Tyrer, 3/5/09.

La Reserve Claret, Bordeaux 2006: " Made by the winemaker of two grands châteaux who, commissioned by this boutique online retailer, has coaxed classic flavours of cedar, “lead pencil” and dark fruit from unclassified Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in St Emilion. Weepingly good at the price."— Bob Tyrer, 12th April 2009-04-14.

Altos de Oliva Gran Reserva, Catalunya 2000: "The 10 Best Autumn Red: Lots of Depth from its aging in oak, this is nevertheless an easily quaffable, medium bodied wine, that goes well with food like roast pork and tapas-style tomato based dishes." —Terry Kirby

Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon Saint-Bris 2007: "Pale, shimmering gold in colour it offers a delicious combination of the grape’s fresh, tangy qualities and the soft, creamy characteristics of the Chablis region. Powerful, yet soft and perfect on its own or with fish and shellfish and at this price you’re simply not going to match it."— 24/4/09.

Chorey-les-Beaune: “Marvine” 2006: "Brims with attractive, earthy raspberry and strawberry flavours. Although it has the freshness and structure to last another five years, it is already drinking very well."

Comte Leloup de Chasseloir, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2005: 92 points. "One minute this impresses me most with its sheer richness of ripe orchard character and silken texture, the next for its mysterious meld of mineral elements and its sheer refreshment. Almond cream, quince, salt, chalk and iodine—not to mention luscious citrus—are among the elements informing this wine’s kaleidoscopic finish. As I have written before, that one can savour a wine with such complexity and from ungrafted hundred year old vines for $20 is remarkable and I cannot imagine what any readers who have not already had the experience are waiting for. Futhermore this will drink for at least the next half dozen years."— Robert Parker

Château d’Angludet, Margaux Bordeaux 2001: "A sleeper of the vintage, this excellent offering possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of melted asphalt, cedar wood, black currants, gravel, and tar. There is plenty of well-integrated tannin along with surprising size, richness, and aging potential (particularly for a Cru Bourgeois). Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015."— Robert Parker

Domaine de la Tourade “Cuvée de l’Euse” Vacqueyras 2005: "90 points. A beautiful blend…this full-bodied, rich, flavorful 2005 reveals beefy, juicy notes intermixed with garrigue, black cherries, berries, and a resiny character. Enjoy this lovely Vacqueyras over the next 7-8 years."— Robert Parker, February 2008.

Tagonius Tinto Roble, Vinos de Madrid 2005 : "90 Points."— Robert Parker

Château d’Angludet, Margaux Bordeaux 2001: "Angludet is the very model of what used to be called a Cru Bourgeois...the wine lives on as an exemplary classic Bordeaux that one can actually afford to drink."— Neil Beckett

Domaine de la Motte Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2006: "Good golden fruit, good substance too, the fruit buoyed up on the palate by all that oak as well. A nice midpalate texture, attractive, a touch honeyed, and a nicely defined finish...a good wine." 16+/20—Chris Kissack

Pouilly Fuissé “Margolliets”, White Burgundy 2008: "Lightly honeyed and minerally fruits, with a good texture on the palate, with plenty of fat. It really softens up in the middle, with rather subdued acidity against the creamy texture. This should develop nicely within a year or three, I think. 15.5-16+/20."—Chris Kissack

Castello di Potentino ‘Sacromonte’ Montecucco Rosso 2005: "The palate starts off quite nicely, polished and linear, with good acidity carrying it through to a firm finish. It has substance, but its structure means that it really needs some food. Some really good points here! 16/20"—Chris Kissack

Château Faîteau, Minervois La Liviniére Languedoc 2004: "It is well defined and bright..It is fresh, full of fruit, perhaps a touch macerated, with notes of sweet, herby friut from the Grenache. There is a good grippy structure underneath, with a little bitter, tea-leaf tannin; I suspect this could go a few years in the cellar. Very good indeed."— December 2008

Mas Belles Eaux ‘Les Coteaux’, Languedoc 2005: "I also loved the savoury wildness of Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux 2005, a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre that’s perfect with grilled lamb or steak."— Victoria Moore, December 2008

Castello di Potentino ‘Sacromonte’ Montecucco Rosso 2005: "This is a dark, velvety, Sangiovese with succulent sweet fruit and supple oak. Very definitely Sangiovese, but not the dry, astringent school of Tuscan Sangiovese or the jammy new world style. It carries its 14.5% abv effortlessly and is perfect for drinking now, but has plenty of life in it."— Joanna Simon, www.joannasimon.com

Olga Raffault Les Barnabés, Chinon 2007: "Wine of the Week: The first of the summer’s Chinons and what a good start….. This tastes as authentic and true as wine can—with a vivid aroma of blackcurrants and raspberries and a juicy, supple palate with a gravelly-earthy character that seems to come straight from the soil."— Joanna Simon, www.joannasimon.com

Old-World Classics: "From Vineyards Direct are experts in Old World wines. The founders are wine writers and have access to some of the greatest wineries Europe can offer, from Bordeaux and Burgundy to Italian Montepulciano and Spain, but with reasonable prices, no sniffiness and an easy-to-use web-site."— Craig Butcher

Castello di Potentino ‘Sacromonte’ Montecucco Rosso 2005: "...a Tuscan wine made entirely from Sangiovese. This is quite serious stuff for under a tenner, and although it is drinking well now it will be even better with age. It is savoury, spicy and mineral with flavours of burnt cherry fruit and distinct notes of fennel."— Mike Tipping, The York Press

Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes 2003: “...it is a concentrated, rich, sticky wine, with flavours of orange marmalade, ripe peach, cinnamon, honey and a zinging acidity.”— 2/5/09.

La Famiglia, Sicily 2006: “This is a spicy, savoury wine from the foothills of Mount Etna...Brimming with cherry, cassis, clove and mineral notes it is concentrated stuff with a good, long finish. 18/20.”— Mike Tipping

Tagonius Tinto Roble, Vinos de Madrid 2005: "[A] delightful blend...perfectly balanced, and at a reasonable price, with cherry and raspberry fruit, spices, supple tannins and a long finish. Score: 19/20"— Mike Tipping, York Evening Press

Mirabel, Extremadura 2006: "This wine is powerful, warm and mature, demonstrating an excellent expression of fruit on the nose and palate. 92 Points."— Jose Peñin (the Robert Parker of Spain)

Mirabel, Extremadura 2006: "just concentrate on enjoying this beautiful wine. A dense red with wild strawberry notes and a creamy, pannacotta oakiness, it’s a mere hint of the stellar wines the company sells—an impressive, modern take on modern Spain from one of the world’s most interesting winemaking families."— Joe Fattorini

Clotilde Davenne, Sauvignon Saint-Bris 2007: "Her Saint-Bris has a fine mineral nose: not so different from a Sancerre, with good acidity and fresh fruit on the palate. And a quite different minerality from Chablis."

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