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  1. Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Red wine

    Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2011

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flavour. Brunello di Montalcino is one of those reds that give Italy such a glimmering reputation for incredible, food-friendly wines.

    In 1967, Giovanni Sacchet, co-founder and winemaker at Carpineto, fell in love with Tuscany and its wines, and made it his life's mission to produce modern, world class wines here. His Brunello is big, firm and tight, with flavours of liquorice, raspberries and vanilla.
  2. Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013 Red Wine

    Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Like the teacher at school who really understood how to get the best out of you, this Bordeaux is both serious and stimulating and, underneath it all, is a bit of a softy.

    Unusually for a left bank Bordeaux, this red wine is Merlot heavy - 60% to be exact. That Merlot helps to soften the tannins and gives this deep Bordeaux a delicate, silky texture that secures your attention, whilst it educates you as to all the charms of a decent Claret. An edifying tipple.
  3. Chateau Leoville Barton 2011

    Château Léoville Barton 2011

    £85.00

    £85.00

    This vintage wine is a beautifully purple in colour, reflecting the high grape maturity of this red wine. It is an amazingly fresh wine with balsamic and dried citrus aromas.
  4. Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2008 - Magnum Red Wine

    Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2011 - Magnum

    £26.50

    £26.50

    This is one for Tony. No not Tony Montana. Nooo, not Tony Benn. Tony Robinson! Time Team Tony! Yes this one hails from a property that is strewn with the ruins of the Château that gave its name to the estate and we get the feeling that our Tony would just LOVE a rummage in the grounds. And when he and his mate with the ginger hair (and the quite frankly brilliant accent) grew tired, they would enjoy a drop of this accessible, full style of Bordeaux, no doubt. With its impressive fruit it's immediately pleasing but it brings the complexity and nuance you'd expect to go hand in hand with an eventful and lengthy pedigree.
  5. De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011 - 375ml

    De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Given the poise of this unctuous, zesty dessert wine we'll forgive you for pronouncing it's name wrong. Admit it. You read it as "no bell won" didn't you? And a noble one it is indeed. However, the correct pronunciation is 'knobbly one' in reference to the shape of the grapes used to make this beauty.

    You see, the grapes stay on the vine as the season lingers, waiting for the right conditions. The right conditions being the wrong conditions, usually. Wet and warm, and perfect for fungus. Normally, you wouldn't want that. But this Botrytis fungus desiccates the grapes, concentrates the sugars, and leaves a high acidity. Turns them into knobbly little buttons full of butterscotch and quince, glacé pineapple, and citrus marmalade flavours! The grapes might be ugly, but looks aren't everything. This is one of the most awarded wines in history. Maybe we should start pronouncing it 'no bell won'.
  6. Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothness that really sings with rich fruit when decanted.

    This is the kind of wine your parents used to let you have a sip of at Christmas - austere but profound and full of the forbidden promise of adulthood. Open at a triumphant celebration of victory, or at the weekend.

    Medium-bodied, deeply complex, supple and rounded with a confident touch of wood on the finish.
  7. Dolia Sauvignon Blanc

    Dolia Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £7.25

    £7.25

    Dolia. A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Gascony, SW France. But, little did we know, it is also a defunct Bishop's seat in Sardinia, founded in 1100 AD. Well, this got us interested in this Mediterranean isle and we discovered, gleefully, that the word "sardonic" comes from the result of a native herb that causes convulsive laughter in its victims. Who knew?
    Anyway, like we said, this is a clean, crisp drop of white wine and would make a good plus one at any party.
  8. Domaine Schistes Cuvée Tradition 2011

    Domaine Schistes Cuvée Tradition 2011 *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Addressing ourselves to the obscure Lledoner Pelut grape that makes up most of this wine* In the words of David Bowie, 'Little wonder / You little wonder, you'. Seriously though, where have you been all our lives? Everybody knows and loves your cousin, Grenache, but why you've had your light under a bushel for so long, we don't know. With your soft, downy skin, petite body and capacity to make darkly spicy, juicy belters like this, we want more of you in our lives.
  9. El Puno Garnacha 2011

    El Puno Garnacha 2011

    £21.00

    £21.00

    This wine makes us want to do star jumps and cartwheels for joy, as it represents so much of what is exciting about Spanish wine. First off, it comes from Calatayud - a lesser-known wine region whose quality, like the rest of the Aragon region, has improved in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades. Secondly, it is made by the vinicultural wizard that is Norrel Robertson MW. Scotsman Norrel has been making wine in Spain for 12 years and has qualifications and accolades coming out of his ears. No surprise, then, that this Garnacha, made with grapes from old vines (giving concentration), using local yeasts for fermentation (which suit the local grapes) and lightly-toasted re-used French Oak barrels (lets the wine's crushed violets and black cherry flavours shine), is an absolute belter.
  10. Man O' War

    Man O' War Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland, has some of New Zealand’s most northerly wineries. You’d think that would make it a tad too tropical for Bordeaux-inspired winemaking, being flanked by the Southern Ocean, the South Pacific and the Tasmanian Sea, it is breezy to say the least.

    In the case of this Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, which is vinified in 25 separate batches under the expert watch of winemaker Duncan McTavish, this unique climate has resulted in a beautiful wine with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis, with hints of coffee, liquorice, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar.
  11. Palesa Pinotage (Fair Trade) 2011

    Palesa Pinotage (Fair Trade) 2011

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Palesa, a common female name in South Africa, reflects the magnificent balance of qualities that characterise African women; strength and elegance. If they're talking about lady lions, the other characteristic this wine must embody is work ethic. Those boy lions are a bit lazy, aren't they? The ladies do the hunts, look after the cubs, pay the council tax and what are the men doing? Sitting around drinking delicious fair-trade Pinotage, when the women get in the bottles are drained! Ridiculous, they don't want to get their glorious 80s glam-rock hair styles ruined is what it is... Get a job you bums!
  12. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    £140.00

    £140.00

    Now we don't want to start a bar room brawl and we are massive fans of French wine, but the British do love an underdog and the story of Ridge's Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon appeals to our sensibilities.

    The 1971 vintage was one of the Californian wines that beat its French opponents in 1976's Judgement of Paris blind tasting, which upset the apple cart somewhat over the Channel and cemented California's reputation for being world-class winemakers. The cool 2011 season turned out a pristine vintage of Monte Bello, made from Cabernet Sauvignon.
  13. Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    £10.50

    £10.50

    1976; what a year. The first commercial Concorde flight, Microsoft and Apple were created, Viking 1 landed on Mars, "Rocky" won best picture, Olympic legend Chris Hoy was born (however so was Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart) and the cracking Salice Salentino wines from Puglia received DOC status.

    It was a lot to pack in, but it was a leap year so we guess they had an extra day. Relive '76 with a glass of Oddbins exclusive Terre di Sava's "Nero" Salice Salentino and a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody.
  14. Sandeman LBV

    Sandeman LBV Port 2011

    £16.75

    £16.75

    Quandries over the many LBV Ports on the market will no doubt leave you needing a glass of...well, LBV Port. But be assured that Sandeman's version is no flash in the pan, no fair-weather friend, oh no... These guys have been going for more than 200 years and, in 1805, became the first Port company to brand a cask with an iron brand, giving the wine a guarantee of quality. That quality has continued through the ages and is manifest in this surprisingly bright, red and blackcurrant knock-out Late Bottled Vintage Port.
  15. Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011

    £18.25

    £18.25

    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distracting. Its beauty makes you feel slightly light-headed and its perfection gives you butterflies.

    You will wonder what you did before it came along and worry a little about what you would do if it ever left. It is complicated (red berries, oak, coconut, coffee, vanilla and savoury notes) and when it's finished you'll be heartbroken... until another comes along!
  16. Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Now £10.50

    Was £16.00

    £10.50

    This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why.

    This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...
  17. William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Winemakers go a long way to make sure their grapes are taken care of. But William Cole goes an extra step. Casablancan locals thought 'Bill' had gone mad when they woke one morning to the sound of his rich tenor voice resounding through the foggy valley.

    Turns out he wasn't mad after all. Bill was singing to reassure his grapes, so they weren't made all anxious by the thick fogs that come in off the sea most evenings. Knowing their faithful winemaker was there to look after them meant the grapes could relax in the sea mist without being scared, and let the cool, refreshing 'Albamar' enhance their beautifully crisp, appley acidity.
  18. William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    £9.50

    £9.50

    While he does have a great singing voice, 'Bill' Cole perhaps doesn't have the best of memories. Waking to his rich tenor, sounding through the morning fog, locals have come to know which vines the winemaker is serenading by the tune he's singing.

    When they hear the dulcet strains of "Oh, my darling, oh my darling..." they know it's the Pinot Noir, and they're certain the silky, complex nuances of Bill's voice find their way into the grapes. They just don't have the heart to tell him it's Clementine, not Columbine...

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