Margaret River, WA. 14%
Given quite a rap by some retailers. A Hardys/Houghton wine from WA. Formulaic winemaking. Overpriced.
Cotes de Provence, France. 13.5%
Apparently one of a few vineyards currently with Cru Classé status – that’s a new one to me.
Good, more restrained, fine than many Southern wines. The lack of Grenache is noticeable. The blend is Cabernet, Syrah and Carignan. No obvious oak. Surprisingly showing some age.
Rioja, Spain. 13.5%
Nice stuff. Touch of smoke on the nose (and palate), nicely concentrated Tempranillo fruit. Showing the quality of 2001 in Spain.