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

“A typical wine writer was once described as someone with a typewriter who was looking for his name in print, a free lunch, and a way to write off his wine cellar. It’s a dated view. Wine writers now use computers.”
by Frank Prial

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.