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Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires 1995, Champagne, France

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 14 September 2017
https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a-tour-of-nine-major-champagne-houses (subscriber content)

19 points
Disgorged 2015. Daniel Thibault was so confident of the quality and longevity of this wine that he made 10 times the amount his boss suggested (on the basis that presidents of champagne companies change much more frequently than chefs de cave). Very little bottle variation apparently. Some of the vast lots are disgorged every year in summer.
Still greenish gold. Still lots of freshness on the nose. Noble and magnificent. Savoury and yet lacy. Full phenolic ripeness… Dances on the palate. Lovely, very lightly toasty, mature Chardonnay flavours but definitely tight-knit champagne not burgundy! So clean.

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Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 30 September 2017

90 points 
Pure cherry aromas and flavours are enhanced by a smoky element in this juicy, round red. Hints of earth and mineral add interest on the finish.

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Herdade do Peso, Alentejo Reserva 2014, Portugal

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 19 September 2017, https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a-plethora-of-portuguese-reds (subscriber content)

16.5 Points

Inky with black core. Very sweet fruited, blackberry and blueberry. Then lovely and juicy on the palate, joyful fruit, silky texture, spice and fruit are the main players. Succulent but finishes dry. Oak in the background. Satisfying and long.

Donnafugata, `Ben Ryé` Passito di Pantelleria 2015, Sicily, Italy

Ian d'Agata, vinous.com, 14 September 2017, http://www.vinous.com/articles/sicily-continues-to-progress-sep-2017

95 points

Bright dark golden-yellow with orange tinges. Enticing aromas of very ripe tangerine jelly, orange oil, white flowers, raisins, figs, marzipan and honey. Rich, dense and suave, with a creamy almost unctuous mouthfeel and flavours that are very similar to the aromas. Closes long and extremely dense, with repeating caramel apple, honey and peach flavours. One of the richest, creamiest Ben Ryés in memory.

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Pine Ridge, Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2015, Napa Valley, California, USA

Liam Campbell, “Blonde Ambition – Rich and Buttery White Wines to Truly Treat yourself this Season”, Thetaste.ie, 18 September 2017
http://thetaste.ie/wp/blonde-ambition-rich-and-buttery-white-wines-to-indulge-this-season/

Citrus and apricot perfume highlighting the two varietals in a harmonious marriage. A medium-bodied but intense palate with tropical touches of mango sorbet; delicious and refreshing.  More exotic than rich in style.

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Seghesio, Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County, California, USA

Gabriela Guedez, “Five of our favourite wines from Ireland’s California Wine Fair”, Thetaste.ie, 2 October 2017, http://thetaste.ie/wp/five-favourite-wines-irelands-california-wine-fair/

This wine reminded me of Batman, dark, powerful and intense. Said that, is has a depth to it not found in more fruity bottles. Expect ripe blackberries and pomegranate syrup, along with liquorice, cloves and black pepper.

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