Category: Tasting Notes

View all tasting notes by Ben Franks Wine. Includes: red wines, white wines, rose wines, dessert wines, sparkling wines, spirits, beers and cocktails.

Chateau Viramiere Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Bordeaux, France; Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Family owned for six generations, Chateau Viramiere have built a reputation on intense and …

Ktima Gerovassiliou Chardonnay 2015

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Epanomi in Macedonia, Greece; Grapes: Chardonnay Beautifully made Chardonnay with a respectful nod to White Burgundy but uniquely Greek. Evangelos Gerovassiliou is the …

Waitrose Romanian Pinot Noir 2016

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Dealu Mare, Romania; Grapes: Pinot Noir The Waitrose range always manages to punch above its weight. This varietal Pinot Noir is from …

Camel Valley Cornwall Brut 2013

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Cornwall, England. Grapes: Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir This fizz has a special place in my memory. It’s the flagship sparkling wine …

Cottonworth Classic Cuvée NV

PICK ★★★★★ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Hampshire (nr. Andover), England. Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier This classy looking English fizz is going to put a smile on …

Furleigh Estate Rosé Brut 2010

PICK ★★★★★ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Dorset, England. Grapes: Chardonnay, Meunier, Pinot Noir Instantly fell in love with this wine. A slightly orange but glamorously bright rosé …

Warre’s Otima 10YO Tawny Port NV

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Douro, Portugal; Grapes: Tinta Roriz, etc. Rich, raisined nose and a deep caramel colour. Yeasty and nutty aromas typical of a Tawny …

Quinto do Crasto Douro Superior 2014

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Douro, Portugal; Grapes: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousao From one of the country’s finest fortified Port producers, this Douro Superior is …