The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Month: November 2020

Demena – Contak 2019

Fresh, green apple fruit on the nose, slight reduction. Slightly funky, earthy fruit. A strange style that, although it’s not lacking fruit, really could use more acidity. As it stands, a bit flat and not a wine that invites you Read more

Douloufakis – Vidiano Amphora 2019

Noticeably oxidative on the nose, with caramel and nuts. Rather flat and featureless on the palate, with some cooked fruits. There’s some sweet apricot, apple tart and a slight saltiness on the finish. But overall this lacks excitement, and the Read more

Vignobles Pueyo – Hellébore 2018

From an organic certified winery based in St. Emilion (Their most well-known brand is La Fleur Garderose), this Semillon fermented and aged for 10 months in amphora. Still a little closed on the nose, it needs oxygen and then the Read more

Gratavinum – 2πr 2018

What’s spellbinding about this wine is the acidity and the freshness – and at 15% alcohol. Yes, it’s Priorat and it’s a big wine, but so nimble and full of tension. Packed with redcurrant and raspberry, hints of cacao and Read more

Gratavinum – Silvestris 2018

Super ripe, with some meaty, animal notes and a hint of iodine and iron. Big and concentrated, but with Carignan’s trademark sour twang and funkiness. A bit smoky and dusty as it opens up to the finish, but overall a Read more

Vignobles Pueyo – Hellébore 2017

Ripe and inviting on the nose, full of quince, ripe pear and a hint of red grapefuit. The tannins are soft and really nicely resolved (in comparison to the much more grippy 2018), and the fruit just lasts and lasts Read more

Gratavinum – GV5 2013

Inky black, with roasted, meaty aromas, baked plums and graphite. Warming and delicious on the palate, with great balance and perfect evolution. Roasted fruits, fully evolved tannins. Everything in its place. A big wine but with surprising drinkability, and one Read more

Dominio Romano – Dominio Romano 2015

Smoky and dark fruited on the nose, this has the same joyful red fruit as its little brother the Camino – but here there’s a lot more structure, more “seriousness”, plus wonderful acidity and mineral energy. That feeling of sappy Read more

Recerca – Pharmakon 002 2019

Spicy red fruit with a lovely acidic streak and a hint of aromatics from the Muscat in the blend. Soft textured and super fresh, with a sensation of wild berries. Easy drinking but characterful too. Recerca is the project of Read more