Thursday, 16 June 2011

D. Byrne & Co.
Summer Newsletter

In this issue:
Barbecue Case
Summer Case
Summer Drinking Recommendations
Penfold’s Luxury & Icon Releases
Andrew’s Spirit Recommendations
Spring Wine Tasting Blog

Orders or enquiries for any of the wines in this newsletter please apply by phone to the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281
– not by email, thank you.

Barbecue Case

Champs du Moulin Colombard – France
Lovely depth and intensity, zesty citrus fruit with white stone fruits and rich flavours,
rolling into a full palate balanced with a clean fresh finish, very moreish.

Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc - France
Fresh and racy, gently aromatic, with herbaceous notes and good ripeness, great
structure, zesty acidity and a long lingering finish.

Ca’Di Ponti Cataratto – Sicily
Soft rounded white with a dry finish, lots of character with rounded floral peach, and
tropical fruit notes on the palate, and a light citrusy nose, with a touch of spice.

El Tesoro Macabeo/Chardonnay – Spain
Fantastic quality, dry yet fleshy, rounded and full of body, the wine has a perfumed nose
with hints of peaches and citrus and a steely backbone that carries through on the palate.
A faint spice and crisp finish to balance.

Borsao Rose – Spain
A delicious fragrant blend with a smooth finish, in a very easy drinking style, with
aromas of strawberries with crisp acidity, this is another really pleasing great value
wine from Spain

Vega Piedra – Rioja
Bags of juicy fruit set of by fine tannins, layered with spicy red berry fruit in a very
easy drinking style, a great find. 

Ca’Di Ponti Shiraz – France
A more aromatic lighter style Shiraz, Sublimely perfumed, the flavours are fully ripe,
smooth and silkily textured, delicious and stunning.

Sanvigilio Merlot – Italy
Typical soft plummy Merlot fruit with a hint of spice and an harmonious palate with
bright fruit and soft supple tannins.

Pasquier Grenache/Noir – France
Sinewy flavour and structure-talk about length, the flavours just go on and on! Light
cherry spice and pepper notes linger.

Montevista Cabernet Sauvignon – Chile
Soft rich and smooth, layers of spicy berry fruit with hints of chocolate and mocha,
silky tannins and fine balanced acidity, very easy drinking a real crowd pleaser.

Tesoro Los Andes Malbec – Mendoza
The nose offers an appealing, mixed spice, bramble fruit bomb followed by dark
damson and savoury overtones, on the palate with a smooth round finish.

El Tesoro Monastrell/Shiraz – Spain
Fragrant and lifted black cherry with a pretty floral lift, exotic spice and richer raspberry
and minty hints. This medium bodied red wine is soft yet bursting with vibrant black
fruit and cherry sweetness and a savoury velvet finish. Very easy to drink.

£59.95 if collected from the shop
£68.00 delivered anywhere in mainland UK                                                                                                            

Summer Case

Domaine des Cretes Marsanne Roussanne – France
Fresh aromas, subtly cultured but quiet, the palate is contrastingly lush from the
start-rich smooth, seamlessly integrated with wood, building in power and mouth-feel
to a big, everlasting finish.

Coste De Molino Verdicchio - Italian
100% verdicchio from the dynamic Monte Schiavo’s Coste del Molino’vineyards. A
stylish and concentrated Verdicchio with notable aromas of grapefruit. Pineapple and
lime and a fresh, dry palate with a hint of saltiness and minerality. This is full of citrus
fruit right through to its attractive finish.

Castanzu Vermentino Di Sardegna - Sardinia
Citrus-fresh, characterful Sardinian white from the local Vermentino grape. This wine
has a floral nose with a hint of apple, crisp acidity and citrus notes. Medium-bodied on
the palate with a touch of spice.

Emiliana Reserve Chardonnay - Chile
Great value aromatic Chardonnay from the cool climate of Casablanca.
Fine, floral fruity notes on the nose are supported on the palate with balanced acidity
and a long, fruity finish.

Percheron Rose – South Africa
Packed with bright, juicy, wild strawberry fruit. This is a delightfully refreshing rose
from the Western Cape of South Africa.

Bosrao Seleccion Barrica - Spain
Ripe plum and red berry aromas with toasty, well integrated oak, A rich, warm,
generous wine with concentrated plumy fruit backed by fresh acidity and firm ripe
tannins. Good depth of flavour with coffee, chocolate, and spicy vanilla notes.

Diavoletto Sangiovese Di Toscana Tenuta Il Faggeto - Italy
Fresh juicy, un-oaked Sangiovese from this excellent Montepulciano estate
(declassified Vino Noble)
A hint of sweet fruit develops into a medium to full-bodied palate with supple tannins
and juicy fruit balanced by warm spice and pepper notes on the finish.

Percheron Shiraz Mourvedre – South Africa
Dark and savoury Shiraz Mourvedre-a national treasure from the Western Cape.
Rich, dark and brooding, packed with warm, chocolate notes and a big savoury heart.

Domaine Mas Barrau Cabernet Franc – France
A wine of real character, there is a wild ripeness of sweet scented fruit twinned with an
edgy woodland perfume. The palate is incredibly long and very rich, scrumptiously juicy fleshy flavours that are counterbalanced with a savoury finish.

Domaine de Vedilhan Serica Syrah - France
Syrah and Viognier co-fermented and aged in barrel, ‘Serica’ means silk- and this wine
shows lush, glossy berry fruit, superb concentration, smoky Syrah character with lifted
fruit and creamy oak on the finish.

Emiliana Reserve Carmenere - Chile
Ruby- red with soft berry fruits, spice and smoky notes on the nose. Well balanced and
smooth on the palate with nicely rounded tannins that make for an easy-drinking wine
with a pleasing finish.

Valtorto Douro - Portugal
Impressive Douro red, intense, dark and full bodied with ripe and rich wild berry fruits
and chunky tannins. Cherry and plum fruit are nicely balanced by spicy tannins on the

£69.95 if collected from the shop
£78.00 delivered anywhere in mainland UK

Summer drinking recommendations

2009 St Amour Domaine De La Porte du Paradis               8.69
With violets and a lovely minerality on the nose, there’s fresh black and red fruit
flavours throughout with an inviting, bright acidity.
(Gold 2011 Sommelier wine awards plus awarded critics’ choice and award for
great food match.)

Magpie  Estate – Two for Joy….
A James Halliday five star winery for the last 10 years – We are very pleased to
offer these new prestigious wines.

2008    Rabbit’s Foot Mourvedre                 12.59
2008    Knock Knock Shiraz                          12.59
2010    Wishbone Semillon Sauvignon          7.89
2009    Wishbone Shiraz Grenache               7.89
2008    Three Strikes Shiraz Grenache         9.89

2007 Mountadam Patriarch, Shiraz, High Eden, South Australia
Decanter Magazine Review:
  **** 17.5
This is no soupy, sweet Shiraz. Reflecting its origin, this is an elegant wine, with
layers of plum, damson, cranberry and chocolate, and a spicy backdrop. There’s
a refreshing crunch to the fruit, with violet overtures and very good length.”
Decanter recommended price £14.03
D. Byrne & Co. price £12.99

Cave De Turckheim Alsace
Sensational summer drinking from one of France’s most respected co-operatives.

2009      Reserve Pinot Blanc                           6.99
Pale golden in colour, perfumed aromas of peach and citrus follow through on to the
palate and mingle with balancing minerality and a mouth wateringly crisp finish

 2009   Reserve Pinot Gris                             7.99
 Made with carefully selected grapes from superior plots, this is rich, ripe and rounded
whilst remaining   delightfully off-dry. Hugely appealing apple blossom, spice and
delicate aromas entice through to the crisp finish.

2008/9 Geurztraminer Sables et Galets        8.99
Pure, fine and fragrant with rose-petals grapefruit, green papaya and a heady hint of sweet spice-delicious

Bottega Vinai Trentino
Cavit is undoubtedly a slick, innovative and forward thinking producer and a major player in the Trentino region.

2009    Pinot Grigio                                        7.59
A full and very grown up Pinot Grigio Valle dei Laghi, low yields and fully ripe grapes give generous peachy, spicy fruit balanced by crisp, lemony acidity, A Pinot Grigio of great quality and value.

2010      Gewurztraminer                                  7.99
Seductive hints of honey, lychee, tuber rose and exotic fruit, balanced by elegance and structure on the palate, texturally perfect and classic in profile.

2009     Teroldego Rotaliano                          7.99
 Bright and Breezy red berry fruit with a palate packed with raspberry, cherry and a touch of spice from the well-judged oak, A well-structured red with ripe and easy tannins.

Penfolds Luxury & Icon Releases
The worldwide demand for these wines has been incredible and our allocation
has been cut by a third. These vintages are some of the finest releases to date.

Bottles (75cl)
Penfolds Grange 2006              £245.99
Penfolds RWT 2008                 £68.99
Penfolds St Henri 2007             £42.89
Penfolds Yattarna 2008            £57.99

Magnums (1.5L)
Grange 2006                £609.99
Bin 707 2008               £208.99
RWT 2008                   £169.99
Yatterna 2008              £143.99

Andrew’s Spirit Recommendations

From our selection of over 30 different gins for the perfect Gin and Tonic:

Tanquery                                  43.1% vol                    £15.99
Tanquery No 10                       47.3% vol                    £22.99
Hendricks                                 41.4% vol                    £23.89
Caorunn small batch                 41.8% vol                    £20.49
Blackwoods Vintage Dry          60% vol                      £22.79
Botanist (a great new gin from Islay)                           £27.99

When the sun arrives,
what better than a big shared jug of Pimms
Pimms No1 special price £11.99

Father’s Day Gifts

Talisker 10 year old classic from Skye                          £24.99
Royal Lochnagar                                                          £25.49
12 year old Queen Victoria’s favourite
Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition, great offer RRP £42.99           £29.99
Lagavulin 16 year old classic from Skye                        £39.99
Lagavulin Distillers Edition
Something a little special – great price                           £44.99
Balblair 1989 Mature and fantastic packaging               £45.99
Ancnoc 12 year old
a great little whisky from Speyside                                 £21.99
Speyburn Bradan Orach
outstanding value from Speyside                                    £15.99

Redbreast 12 year old Irish Whisky of the Year            £29.59

Buffalo Trace
consistently one of the best bourbons available              £24.69

from the local Bowland brewery 5 litre keg                    £17.99
Also from them 3 bottled beers in a gift pack
(something for the kids to give)                                      £6.50

…….also truckloads of fine port and brandies to choose from!

Wine gift boxes for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 bottles
or what about specially selected wines in the
special D. Byrne & Co. wine bag £40.00

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

For those of you who weren't able to join us this year for our annual spring tasting and for those who were there and would like to compare notes, we thought we'd put together a few of the highlights of the thirty six wines we presented. Needless to say all these wines are available, call and see us in Clitheroe or give us a ring on 01200 423152

Kiki Sauvignon Blanc   £9.99
Fine foamy bubbles and sweet fruit on the palate and a long, clean finish with a subtle hint of light spice.

2010 Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc   £9.99
Very rich tropical fruit and gooseberries balanced by a lush herbaceousness.

2010 L'Ancienne Macon Charnay £6.99
This is the D. Byrne & Co. White Wine of the Year
Lovely peachy aromas lead to a full and ripe citrussy white. long and lingering, great value for money.

2010 Bottega Vinai Gewurztraminer £7.99
Elegant and well structured almost creamy, it has persistent aromatic notes and flavours of rose and ripe exotic fruit.

2009 St. Amour Domaine de la Port du Paradis  £8.59
Top wine in recent Sommelier awards. Heavenly scents of peonies and irises. Smooth, rich and satisfying - a polished gem!

2008 Barbera D'Asti Ceppi Storici  £6.89
From 40 year old vines. A vibrant damson concentrated wine, balanced by sweet pepper and spice.

2009 Alaia Tinto Castilla y Leon  £6.99
A firm D. Byrne & Co. favourite which we have been unable to get hold of for a couple of years - but we have now managed to source this wonderful wine again.

2007 Chateau Mayne Viel  £8.99
A gentle style of Claret with a leafy redcurrant character, great with food.

2008 Rustenberg John X Merriman  £10.29
Blackcurrant and black cherry, the flavours are rich, ripe and complex.

2009 La Chapelle de Marin Cotes du Rhone  £5.99
This is the D. Byrne & Co. Red Wine of the Year
Rich ripe fruit with a hint of spice, packed full of flavour. An absolute bargain at the price.

2007 Lesec Gigondas  £10.99
From 50 year old vines. Dense in colour, with ripe blueberries and a full rich palate, a very pure wine.

2008 Matilda Plains Shiraz / Cabernet  £7.99
Layers of ripe black fruit, very soft and easy drinking.

2007 Mountadam Patriarch Shiraz  £12.99
A meaty core of ripe berry fruit and a peppery, spicy finish. A great match for savoury and gamey dishes.