A mixed case of reds from The Wine Society

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Following hot on the heels from my selection of 12 top whites from The Wine Society tasting, here are notes on 12 top reds. There’s some great drinking here: these are all wines that I would buy.

Aldinger Trollinger Fellbacher Alte Reben 2015 Neckar Valley, Germany
12.5% alcohol. Light red in colour. Pretty, supple and expressive with cherry and strawberry fruit, a lovely texture, and just enough acidity to provide a counterpoint. Deliciously drinkable. 92/100 (£14.95 The Wine Society)

Muré Pinot Noir Côte de Rouffach 2015 Alsace, France
13.5% alcohol. Supple and inviting with cherries, wild strawberries and some spiciness. Has lovely fruit, real elegance, and some structure. 92/100 (£21 The Wine Society)

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Château de Lacarelle Beaujolais Villages 2016 France
12.5% alcohol. Fresh, delicious and focused with lovely red cherry fruit and an appealing stoniness. Pure with a bit of raspberry crunch. Uncomplicated, delicious drinking. 89/100 (£7.75 The Wine Society)

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Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes 2014 Burgundy, France
13% alcohol. Lovely stuff. Has sweet cherries, some strawberry and some spiciness. There’s structure here under the sweet fruit. Has a grown up savoury side as well as the sweet fruit. 92/100 (£12.95 The Wine Society)

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Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Rouge 2014 Burgundy, France
Fresh and detailed with lovely sweet cherry and raspberry fruit and a fine sappiness. Has focus and real structure with good presence. Delicious. 93/100 (£16 The Wine Society)

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Regina Viarum Mencia 2016 Ribera Sacra, Spain
13.5% alcohol. Despite the bonkers packaging this is an excellent wine from the banks of the River Sil in Ribera Sacra, Galicia. Subtle sappy raspberry and cherry fruit with lovely perfume and freshness. So drinkable and expressive. Pure and stony and delicious. 92/100 (£11.50 The Wine Society)

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Viña Zorzal Malayeto Garnacha 2015 Navarra, Spain
14% alcohol. This is brilliant value. Vivid colour. Very fresh, fine and supple with lovely pure red fruits. So fresh and vivid with cherries and plums and good acidity. Silky and fresh at the same time. 92/100 (£8.50 The Wine Society)

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Mas Doix Salanques 2014 Priorat, Spain
14.5% alcohol. This is very Priorat on the nose with leather, red fruits and a touch of wax. The palate is concentrated and quite structured with fine-grained tannins and some leather notes. Good acid and some spiciness to finish. 93/100 (£30 The Wine Society)

Château Sainte Eulalie Minervois La Livinière Cuvée Canilène 2015 France
14% alcohol. This has an elegant, smooth texture to the sweet, refined berry fruits and there’s also a twist of spiciness. Stylish stuff. 92/100 (£13.50 The Wine Society)

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Adega de Colares ‘Arenae’ Ramisco 2007 Colares, Portugal
12.5% alcohol. This is aromatic and expressive with a very stony edge to the vivid raspberry and red cherry fruit. Stony and structured with nice grip and quite beautiful. 94/100 (£20 for 50cl, The Wine Society)

 

Torraccia del Piantavigna Ghemme 2007 Piedmont, Italy
14% alcohol. From the north of Piedmont this is a blend of 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Vespalina matured in 2800 litre botti. Faded colour. Lovely weight with refined structure and sweet cherries, plums and spice. There’s also some tar and herb character. 93/100 (£25 The Wine Society)

The Society’s Exhibition Barolo 2012 Piedmont, Italy
14.5% alcohol. Supple and elegant with nice weight. Has some spice under the raspberry and cherry fruit with a savoury twist. 91/100 (£25 The Wine Society)

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