2008 Georges Dubœuf Brouilly

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She says: There is not much to say about this wine; it was clearly the most disappointing.

He says: Even the bottle is dreadfully ugly. Avoid.

2008 Viña Cono Sur Carménère Visión

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She says: This tasting left me uninspired by Carménère.

He says: I hate cork teases.

2009 Wolf Blass Shiraz Eaglehawk

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She says: Whilst the aromatics were relatively closed in comparison to the oak bombs alongside, the black pepper on the palate was a welcome layer to the otherwise black fruit and vanilla taste.

He says: If you do need to spend less than $15 on a cheap bottle of Shiraz, and it has to be Australian, perhaps try this bottle.

2005 Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir Belle

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She says: When it comes to Pinot Noir I generally have very expensive taste, even among New World examples. This did not hold true when it came to the Le Vieux Pin Belle with it’s $45 price tag.

He says: The bouquet shows promise, but on the palate, it’s an oaky, tannic mess with dead, thin fruit, belittling the elegance of what a Pinot Noir is supposed to be.

2008 Cusumano Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGT

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He says: The usage of a glass stopper as the enclosure is pretty nifty, and makes sense since I’d probably have to drink it over a week. I rarely am so underwhelmed.

She says: The better of the two Nero d’Avola’s we tried but that is not saying much.

Wine truths

“Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them.”
by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.