(2019) Continuing the Daily Drinker's capacity to surprise, a light red wine made from the Cereza grape variety, actually a white wine grape that develops a deep blush colour, much like Pinot Gris for example. So the skin contact here has made a wine that is definitely red - or arguably a very (very) deep rosé. There's a pretty floral and cherry character on the nose (fitting, as Cereza means 'cherry'), and in the mouth a bit of confectionary, cherry-lips sweetness before rather abrupt acidity kicks in. That gives freshness, but the palate doesn't quite live up to the charm of the nose. £10.60 to Daily Drinker Club members.
(2009) Alamos is a joint-project between Bibendum and the excellent Catena winery in Mendoza. This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a touch of leafy greenness, but there's also good Cabernet black fruit, a touch of menthol and a cedary background. In the mouth it is a wine that has a failry tight, focused character. The blackcurrant fruit is good, and though there's an edge of Cabernet austerity and the final impression is just a little lean, the sweet fruit and savoury quality would probably win through with food.
(2008) Bright berry fruit and a smokiness from 50% second fill barriques and staves. Some floral notes that seem rather rose-like and highly perfumed, in an almost artificial way. Rather astringent with a certain harshness, though a dry sense of minerality helps.
(2008) Smooth, smoky, quite silky black fruit. Nice fresh palate, with a slightly baked, but very pleasant black fruit palate and a silky tannin and acid structure with some spice and power. Good value.
(2008) A variety mainly grown in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, I found this to have a slightly wet-dog, furry character, perhaps hinting at brett, with a slight tendency to inkiness. Not my favourite.
(2008) 5.5 million litres made. A touch of sulphur, with good bright fruit, and a touch of baked plum. On the palate a fairly inky concentration, but the brightness and cherry tang comes through. Nicely balanced and plenty of punch at the price.
(2008) Quite a ripe, berry and plummy fruit quality. There's a roughening tannic edge here that adds a bit of interest, giving a savoury grip to the dark, quite plummy fruit. A touch baked, but good quality again here.
(2008) Nine months in barrel. Slightly smoky, fat, quite animal notes to nice cedary fruit but a touch overoaked perhaps. A certain creamy berry quality. Creamy and plush on the palate, with a nice bite of acidity and smooth, ripe tannin. A good wine, but perhaps a touch clumsy. £6 - £7.99.