Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

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2011 Tanners Douro Red, Douro Valley

£7.95, 13%, Tanners

Produced for Tanners by the impressive winemaking duo of João Portugal Ramos and José-Maria Soares Franco (who used to make Portugal's most famous red, Barca Velha) this is an impressively well balanced Douro red at an attractive price, with subtle, spicy oak, good minerality and acidity and tarry, brambly fruit. Half bottles at £4.45. 

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2011 Emma Zuccardi, Bonarda, Mendoza

£19.75, 14.5%, Corking Wines

Bonarda is regarded as something of a quaffing variety in Argentina, good for everyday drinking but not capable of anything more exciting. But hang on...this is an incredible red from Sebastián Zuccardi, which takes the variety to new heights. Brambly, savoury and intense, with plum and blueberry fruit, sweet oak and old vine concentration.

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