Published 17 March 2012
On Wednesday 7th March 2012, Oddbins held their press tasting to show off their wines. They had 108 on show; I didn’t get to taste them all, but I gave it a good shot. Overall, I like what they’re doing and think that they’ve got some decent wines. For more on this, see “Oddbins Strikes Back” on bigpinots.com
But, for now, here are my tasting notes:
Saveroni Garganega, Italy, 2010 (£6.00)
Medium intensity aromas; light/medium body; medium fresh acidity; characteristics of green fruit developing into stone fruit; medium length. Good food accompaniment and good value at £6.
Nero Chard Malvasia Terra di Sava, Italy, 2010 (£8.00)
Powerful aromas (of sour cherry?!); slight imbalance (a touch too much acidity); slight rubbery characteristics medium/long length (with slight bitterness in the length).
Donnafugata Anthilia, Italy, 2011 (£12.00)
Pale water/yellow colour; powerful aromas of boiled sweets; well-balanced with the boiled sweets being present in the flavour too; medium length. Good value. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Falanghina de Falco, Italy, 2010 (£10.00)
Pale yellow colour, low aroma intensity, acidity in length (which grows in the length), characteristics of pear/pear drops.
Godello Alma de Blanco, Italy, 2010 (£7.50)
Pale greenish colour, low aroma, slightly cakeish aromas, good acidity, stone fruit characteristics, long length (with acidity in the length).
Domaine Condamine Viognier, France, 2010 (£9.00)
Pale greenish/yellow colour, low/medium aroma intensity, aromas of pepper and green fruit, good acidity, long length, flavours of pear drops and stone fruit.
Prinz Von Preussen Riesling, Germany, 2010 (£9.50)
Pale green, low/medium aromas, slight petillance, low/medium body, good fruit flavours of stone fruit, medium/high acidity which comes through in the long length.
Dry Furmint Mandolas Tokaj Oremus, Hungary, 2010 (17.50)
Pale green/yellow, moderate/powerful aroma intensity, interesting mixture of aromas, fruit pastilles, well balanced.
Gewurztraminer Hunawihr, Alsace, France, 2010 (£11.00)
Pale water/yellow, powerful tropical fruit aromas, full-bodied, medium sweet, medium/long length, acidity in the length. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Kuru Kuru Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 2011 (£11.00)
Pale green, powerful tropical and blackcurrant(?) aromas, full-bodied, flavours of tropical fruit and fruit pastilles, good acidity, well-balanced, long length. Typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc.
Tupari Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 2010 (£15.00)
Pale watery colour, medium intensity tropical fruit aromas, medium/full-body, good acidity, well balanced, long (with acidity in the length).
Il Merlonero Quotidiano, Italy, 2010 (£10.00)
Light/medium red colour, medium aroma intensity of marzipan and slight red fruit, light/medium body, medium dry tannin, good acidity, long length. Worth £10? Maybe.
Castello di Farnatella Lucilla, Italy, 2008 (£12.00)
Medium red/ruby colour, low/medium aromas of red fruit, full dry/round tannins, medium/powerful acidity, medium length. No better than the Il Merlonero Quotidiano at £2 less.
Tenuta di Castiglioni, Italy, 2009 (£20.00)
Medium red, medium intensity, slight swimming pool aromas, medium/powerful intensity, full dry/round tannins, medium body.
Castello di Ama Chianti Classico, Italy, 2007 (£30.00)
Medium red colour, flavourful aromas of freshly cut grass and vegetal, medium body, balanced, very long length, round acidity, vegetal characteristics.
Bourgogne Rouge Nuiton Beaunoy, France, 2009 (£10.00)
Light orange/red colour, low aromas, fine flavours, powerful tannins, slightly unbalanced (tannin), probably not worth £10.
Chorey Les Beaune Rouge Bichot, France, 2009 (£15.00)
Light/medium red, low aroma intensity, medium dry tannin, full acidity, sour cherry and typical Pinot Noir characteristics, long length.
Chambolle Musigny Drouhin, France, 2007 (£38.00)
Light/medium colour of pink/red, powerful Pinot Noir aromas, medium body, medium/long length, smooth medium tannin, balanced, Pinot Noir flavours.
Matahiwi Holly Pinot Noir, New Zealand, 2009 (£18.00)
Medium red, medium aroma intensity, sour cherry and typical Pinot Noir aromas, smooth medium acidity, balanced, light/medium body, long length.
Zohar Tannat, Argentina, 2009 (£10.00)
Dark purple, aromas of purple, smooth tannins, powerful fruit flavours, bitterness in the length.
WOULD NOT BUY
- Ventolera Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, 2010 (£8.00)
- Chamonix Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 2010 (£13.00)
- Donnafugata Sedara, Italy, 2010 (£12.00)
- Chianti San Jacopo Vicchiomaggio, Italy, 2010 (£13.00)
- Vino Nobile di Mont Innocenti, Italy, 2007 (£16.00)
- Sandrone Barbera d’Alba, Italy, 2008 (£26.00)
- Camara Alta Graciano, Spain, 2009 (£8.00)
- Gigondas Serabel, France, 2010 (14.50)
- Dom Drouhin Pinot Noir Oregon, USA, 2009 (£27.00)
- Ormadei Malbec, Argentina, 2011 (£11.00)