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.

Quinta do Passadouro Tinto 2013

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Douro, Portugal; Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca Deep and full bodied with a heft 14% ABV alcohol and a …

Vadio Bairrada Tinto 2013

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Bairrada, Portugal; Grapes: Baga Deeply coloured for what is a medium-bodied red wine. Aromas in this wine remind me of young Cabernet …

Caves Vidigal Porta 6 Lisboa 2015

★★☆☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Lisbon, Portugal; Grapes: Tinta Roriz, Castelao and Touriga Nacional Medium-full looking to a cherry red colour. Stewed fruit on the nose with …

Quinto do Crasto Douro Superior 2015

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Douro Valley, Portugal; Grapes: Verdelho Deep gold colour with an indulgent nose of juicy grapefruit and toasty vanilla. The palate is a …

Filipa Pato FP Bairrada Branco 2015

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Bairrada, Portugal; Grapes: Arinto, Bical Pale gold colour with aromas of white peach and lime, reminiscent of Mediterranean styles. The palate is …

Sao Domingos Reserva Extra Brut NV

★★☆☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Anadia, Portugal; Grapes: Arinto, Cercial, Chardonnay Pale coloured with a shy nose of green apple and cream. Pithy lemon palate and a …

Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Duoro, Portugal; Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz LBV is too often overlooked for quality. This particular vintage, the 09, is absolutely lovely …

Cantine de Vita Marsala Dolce NV

★★☆☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Sicily, Italy; Grapes: Grillo The Marsala style was developed by English trader John Woodhouse ‘in perpetuum’ which is similar to the solera …

Kardos Tundermese “Fairytale” 2013

PICK ★★★★★ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Tokaj, Hungary; Grapes: Harslevelu, Sargamuskotaly Beautifully made. It’s not the cloying golden stuff you would usually find at this price point. …