The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 12 June 2021

Celler Alimara – Llumi 2018

Crisp and nutty on the finish, with some white peach aroma and a bit of pineapple. The texture is subtly chalky with a bit of lees influence. A little bitter on the finish, and overall quite young and simplistic. But Read more

Celler Alimara – El Senyal 2017

Noticeably ripe and bit spirity on the nose, with a smidge of oak noticeable. A hint of fresh herbs and a dash of cognac or schnapps. The alcohol seems to dominate, rather than the fruit. Like its younger twin Llumi, Read more

Celler Alimara – Llumi Rosat 2019

Rather sweet, confected and alcoholic. Over ripe strawberry. Heavy and lacking the freshness that I’d like for a young rosé like this. The sweetness really seems to dominate and it’s hard to make out much in the way of fruit Read more

Celler Alimara – Amb Pells Brisat 2020

Wild fermented Garnacha Blanca, with a whopping 50 days on the skins in concrete and stainless steel. Bottled unfiltered. Surprisingly, there’s not a lot of colour here – just a slight green gold tinge. The nose gives some clues to Read more

Celler Alimara – Llumi Negre 2019

Gamey, meaty nose with some cassis and hints of the barbecue. Nice chewy tannins, and a good feeling of freshness despite the high alcohol. What’s interesting here is that although the character is of ripe, pruney fruits, with dark, liquorice Read more

Celler Alimara – El Senyal Negre 2017

A ripe, darked fruited style, with a lot of ‘rum and raisin’ character, and a quite a bit of oak influence too. Plenty of structure here, but the tannins have softened and are well integrated. What I like less is Read more

Quinta Do Mouro – Zagalos 2018

Quite a beguiling wine from this well known and high achieving Alentejo winemaker. Straight from the off, the nose hits you with aniseed, butterscotch and citrus. The freshness and verve for an Alentejo white are impressive. The blend is almost Read more