Sunday, 3 July 2022

2017 Syrah Rosella´s Vineyard, Roar


2017 Syrah Rosella´s Vineyard, Roar
An open, direct and yummy nose with notes of blackberries, boatloads or violets, lavender, smoke, hints of bacon, iron and dark flowers. Very fine.
The taste is young and balanced with notes of geranium, plums, smoke, new leather and violets. A fine acidity. Medium long. Handsome and a lovely drink today although it will go for 8+ years.
92   (tasted 2022/07)

Friday, 1 July 2022

2019 Chateau Cantemerle


Chateau Cantemerle
A seedy, ink laden nose with notes of ripening black currants, graphite, fresh tobacco and new leather. Young and balanced.
The taste is tight and medium bodied with silky tannins, a good acidity and lots of fine black fruits. Needs 8+ years. 
Time to open my 64 magnum? :-)
89p   (tasted 2022/07)




Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Lunch Tasting With Wines From Stag´s Leap


Vinunic recently invited to a tasting lunch at the ever great Operakällaren, with Marcus Notaro from the eponymous Stag´s Leap estate.
Founded in 1970 Stag´s Leap rose to fame when they "won" the 1976´s judgement of Paris. Today its owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Marcus joined Stag´s Leap in 2013.


2019 Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon
A tight and concentrated nose with lovely notes of ripe black currants, graphite, ink and bakelite. Structured. Very fine.
The taste is young and refined with notes of expensive tobacco, ripening blackberries, leather and hot earth. Silky tannins. Very long. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/06)



2012 Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon
The 10 year old Artemis shoes of a deep, maturing nose with notes of fir wood, dried black currants, undergrowth and assorted herbs. Very, very good.
The taste is round and elegant with a beginning maturity and notes of dried black currants, earth, bonfire smoke and tobacco. A very fine dryness in the finish. For drinking now and the coming 7+ years.
90p   (tasted 2022/06)

2018 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon
A gorgeous nose with lots of depth and fantastic notes of perfect mature black currants, graphite, wet stones and a salty, mineral scent. Ripe, velvety. Great.
The taste is luscious and silky with notes of sweet/sour/salt black currants, moist earth, expensive leather and some chocolaty notes. Very, very long. Brilliant. 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2022/06)



2013 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon
The 5 year older Fay offers up a somewhat mature, silky nose with notes of red and black currants, fir wood, fresh stables and undergrowth. Very Bordeaux like.
The taste is very fine and racy with notes of plums, sugared coffee, forest floor and smoke. Finely polished tannins. A very fine warmth. 3+ years.
92p   (tasted 2022/06)

1996 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon
The 1996 Fay is a dead ringer for a mature Bordeaux, with fine notes of tobacco, dried black currants, earth and lead pencil shavings. The only thing that differs is a touch of sun dried tomatoes at the bottom of the nose. Very fine.
The taste is round and soft but still with a healthy vigour and notes of dried black currants, moist earth, dry leather and cocoa. Long, dry and very fine. 
91p   (tasted 2022/06)

2009 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon
A very deep, focused nose with notes of perfectly mature black currants, dark chocolate, iron, thyme and chalk. Gorgeous.
The taste is still very young and seedy with notes of ink, dried up black currant jam, herbs and sun warm earth. Very, very long. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/06)



1996 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon
This is what dreams (at least mine) are made of. Poured blind, I would have guessed a Palmer or Margaux from a great vintage. The nose is perfect with gorgeous notes of red tea, dried black currants, forest floor, tobacco, warm tiles and a deep perfumed scent. Stunning.
The taste is seamless with fruit, tannins and acidity in perfect harmony. Every knot and bolt in place. I could drink this all day every day. 
99p   (tasted 2022/06)

2018 Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
A very restrained, promising nose with notes of graphite, black olives, iron and fine tobacco. A lovely purity. Very, very deep. 
The taste is rich and concentrated with a wealth of ripe black fruits, stern tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. 10+ years. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2022/06)



2009 Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
A very deep, maturing nose with notes of cooked black cherries, undergrowth, cigarette smoke and chrushed rocks. More mature than the SLV from the same vintage. Lovely.
The taste is big, warm and really yummy with notes of chocolate covered raspberries, forest floor, tobacco and sweet minerals. Very long. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/06)

Friday, 24 June 2022

2012 Amour, Brigitte Beaufort


2012 Amour, Brigitte Beaufort
70% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay. 4 gr dosage. The nose is deep and multi layered with notes of red currants, smoke, geranium, fresh linen and chrushed rocks. Very fine.
The taste is young, tight yet forward with lovely notes of fries bread, red currants, blood grape and wet rocks. Salivating. Long. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/06)

Thursday, 23 June 2022

2006 Barolo Poderi Scarrone, Terredavino


2006 Barolo Poderi Scarrone, Terredavino
Big is sometimes beautiful. From one of the biggest producer in Langhe, Terredavino, this 16 year old Barolo offers up a deep, mature nose with notes of dried flowers, sweet tobacco, violets and hard cherry candy. Very, very good.
The taste is round and mature with notes of dried cherries, rowan berries, dry violets, dry licorice and earth. Medium long. Perfectly mature.
90p   (tasted 2022/06)

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

2019 Dogliani Superiore Sirì d´Jermu, Pecchenino


2019 Dogliani Superiore Sirì d´Jermu, Pecchenino
Deep, young and promising, the nose offers up notes of ink, blueberries, damsons, fir wood and violets. Handsome and very, very good.
The taste is tight and elegant with notes of ripe blueberries, iron, wet stones and salt minerals. Fresh tannins. Long. Needs 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/06)


Tuesday, 21 June 2022

2007 - 2019 Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge, Guigal


These were tasted the other week, courtsey of Wine Affair. High quality wines that can be bought for a song, and cellared for many years.

2007 Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge, Guigal
A warm, slightly meaty nose with notes of forest floor, dried red berries, old leather and dusty earth. Reminds me of an aged Bordeaux. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and fine with notes of dried blackberries, undergrowth, cold coffee and earth. Some nice dusty tannins. Still hanging in there.
87p   (tasted 2022/05)

2012 Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge, Guigal
A cool, spicy nose with nots of old asphalt, some red currants and dried flowers. A tad hollow.
The taste is better with notes of red currants and dried blackberries alongside some earthy notes and seedy tannins. Should be drunk sooner than later.
81p   (tasted 2022/05)

2016 Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge, Guigal
A fine, peppery nose with notes of blueberries, bakelite, iron and moist earth. A tad monolithic. Needs time.
The taste is seedy and tight with a fine blueberry fruit and notes of iron, earth and bay leaves. A fine lenght. 3+ years.
87p   (tasted 2022/05)

2019 Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge, Guigal
A young, forward nose with notes of ripening blueberries, juniper berries, and a summerwarm gravel road. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of iron, blackberries, violets and dark flowers. A fine stuffing for aging. Long. 5+ years.
89p   (tasted 2022/05)

Monday, 20 June 2022

2017 Barolo Bussia, Viglione


2017 Barolo Bussia, Viglione
After the tasting of Barolista: Seven Decades Of Barolo - 1958 - 2013 was finished, I opened this bottle for comparison. It didn´t fair well with the crowd.
The nose display on one hand pure fruit/flower aromas in the shape of dried cherries, plums and dried flowers. But in the other corner there are a melange of other scents - rubber carpet, training shoes (worn...), glue and VA. Two different characters and they are not in harmony. 
The taste is tight and dry with notes of dried up cherry jam, moist earth, bakelite and "björnklister". Bitter tannins and a noticable heat on the finish. I would say less than good winemaking. Not for me.
79p   (tasted 2022/05)

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Two Bordeaux - Two Fine Vintages - Two Minor Château


1990 Château Magneau
Owned by the Ardurats family since the 18th century. According to David Peppercorn they only had 6 ha of red wine in the 80´s but now it have increased to 20 ha. About 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.
The nose is earthy and mature with notes of warm tiles, cool black currant fruit, some plums and a hint of iron. Very good.
The taste is cool and mature with silky tannins and notes of dried black currants, earth and black lead. A tad short. Perfectly mature.
87p   (tasted 2022/06)


2000 Château Grand Merrain
Situated near St Julien this estate has almost the same cepage as the wine above - 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
The nose is open and warm with notes of ripe black currants, sweet tobacco, charcoal and chrushed rocks. Very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of dried plums, dusty earth and dry tobacco. Good fruit but a tad one dimensional on the palate.
Both bottles bought recently for 15 Euro a piece..:-)
85p   (tasted 2022/06)


Saturday, 18 June 2022

2017 Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Santo Stefano di Perno, Giuseppe Mascarello


2017 Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Santo Stefano di Perno, Giuseppe Mascarello
A deep, high and peculiar (in a good way) nose with notes of rose petals, dog fur, red currants, old rhubarb and sweet minerals. Very, very good and interesting.
The taste is refined and firm with silky tannins and notes of ripe lingonberries, asphalt, old vegetables and moist earth. Complex and fine.
92p   (tasted 2022/06)

Sunday, 5 June 2022

Cuvee 744, Jacquesson


Cuvee 744, Jacquesson
A very fresh, open nose with notes of red apples, fried bread, birch sap and tons of minerals. Very fine.
The taste is cool and handsome with a fine smoky touch and additional notes of red currants, sweet lime and ripe flowers. Long and distinct. A lip smacking acidity. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/06)

Saturday, 4 June 2022

2013 Pelaverga, Burlotto


2013 Pelaverga, Burlotto
Cool, herbal and mature, the nose showcases nice redcurrant fruit paired with white pepper, gravel and funny enough, a note of (over)ripe melon. Very good.
The taste is soft and fresher then the nose, with notes of white pepper, red currants, herbs and a fine acidity. Medium long. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2022/05)

Friday, 3 June 2022

Seven Decades Of Barolo - 1958 - 2013


It was my turn to host our monthly tasting and I put these on the table. Tasted double blind most guesses gravitated towards Nebbiolo but that it was 55 years between the youngest and oldest no one guessed.

1958 Barolo Riserva, Borgogno
A deep, mature, round nose with notes of dried raspberries, old leather, rubber carpets and moist earth. A very fine dried up sweetness. Very, very good and very much alive.
The taste is soft and mature but still has a good bit of oomph. Notes of bonfire, dried raspberries, asphalt and cold coffee. Long, dry and fine.
90p   (tasted 2022/05)


1964 Barolo, Franco Fiorina
From the Greatest Vintage Ever and obvious enough a fantastic wine. The nose soars from the glass with notes of dried red cherries, orange peel, toasted almonds, mushrooms and coffee powder. Very complex. Gorgeous fruit.
The taste is broad and concentrated with notes of roses, asphalt, iron, dried cherries and rosehips. Very long. Still on the young side of things, bottles like this will go on for 20+ years.
96p   (tasted 2022/05)


1978 Barolo Riserva, Giovanni Sordo
Old school and dry, a tad so, with notes of smoke, dog fur, black te and hints of red apples. Warm.
The taste is tough and seedy with notes of bakelite, dried red fruits, ink and earth. Little like chewing on a cherry pip. 
85p   (tasted 2022/05)


1982 Barolo, Renato Ratti
A very handsome, perfectly mature and balanced nose with notes of wild strawberries, herbs, roses en masse and some leathery aromas. High and very fine.
The taste is mature and velvety with notes of fine tobacco, roses, red tea and rosehips. Silky tannins. Long and lovely.
94p   (tasted 2022/05)

1996 Barolo Brunate, Marengo
A deep, rather sturdy nose with notes of ripe black cherries, leather, orange peel and asphalt. Dark. Very good.
The taste is taut and still young with notes of salmiak, black cherries, asphalt and violets. Needs time. A fine warmth in the finish. 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2022/05)


2001 Barolo Pie Rupestris, Cappellano
Very handsome and balanced, the nose flows up from the glass with notes of cranberries, red currants, forest floor, rosehips and dry licorice. Lovely.
The taste is silky and seductive with notes of red currants, dried flowers, rosehips and some tarry notes. Very long and lingering. 4+ years.
Since the late Theobaldo didn´t want his wines scored, I never do   (tasted 2022/05)


2013 Barolo Cannubi, Burlotto
A perennial favourite of mine (more than the Monvigliero to be honest), this 2013 has (as most 2013) locked up the fruit and gone into hiding. I guess we have to wait 8+ years before it show itself like this again. Glad I have more.
94p   (tasted 2022/05)


Tuesday, 31 May 2022

2018 La Mouline, La Turque & La Landonne


I don´t even have to write Côte-Rôtie or Guigal in the headline, everyone knows the great trio of La-La wines. 
I have had the opportunity to taste the 2018, and they are truly great. Pricey, yes, but in comparison with other world class wines, they are in fact fairly priced.
Thanks Wine Affair and Claes!

2018 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline
A spectaculare elegance, low keyed force and structure for 20+ years aging. One of the best young La Mouline ever tasted. On the nose there is a welth of ripe blueberries, wet asphalt, dark chocolate biscuits and fir wood. A lovely perfumed scent.
The taste is flawless with silky tannins and gorgeous notes of violets, ripe blueberries, black tea and earth. The finish goes on and on and on. Perfection now and probably perfection the rest of its long life.
100p   (tasted 2022/05)


2018 Côte-Rôtie La Turque
A more open, flirty yet stern La Turque oozed up from the next glass.The nose is very, very deep with notes of sweet violets, expensive leather. sage and a ever so slight touch of fish sauce. Just lovely.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of blackberries, dark chocolate, blood and a hint of vanilla pod. Iron clad tannins. 15+ years.
97p   (tasted 2022/05)

2018 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
Deep, dark and backwards, the La Landonne is a powerhouse with everything except maturity in place. Stunning notes of dark velvet, concrete, iron, dry licorice and perfectly ripe blackberries. Bottomless deep.
The taste is very concentrated and potent with notes of ripe blueberries, damsons, white pepper, scorched earth and strong coffee. The finish goes on for minutes. Brutal tannins. Just awesome. 20+ years.
99p   (tasted 2022/05)

La Landonne & Claes illustrating something about Guigal :-)

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

2004 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Auslese, Weingut Robert Weil


2004 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Auslese, Weingut Robert Weil
A small sign of seepage, so this bottle had to be opened. Lucky me! A fantastic nose with gorgeous notes of ripe peach, saffron, apricots, detergents, wet asphalt and dried up lavender honey. Very, very deep.
The taste is brilliant with fruit, acidity and structure in alignment. Ripe tangerines and peaches. Lots of chalky notes. A long, long finish which ends semi dry. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2022/05)

Saturday, 21 May 2022

The Very, Very Inofficial World Championship In Wine Tasting

Yes, it was time again. For the very, very inofficial world championship in wine tasting. Held in Stockholm as ususal. 
Due to sickness and other obstacles there were only five brave participants who sat down around the table.

Last years champion Oscar had arranged a very nice tasting with two flights, the first with six white wines and the second with six reds. 
All wines tasted double blind. You get points for grape (major), country, district, vintage, producer, but you don´t have to guess on everything, and there is thankfully no minus points for wrong guesses...

This is how it went. 

The Whites
Glass No 1
A young, fresh, elegant nose with notes of grass, white pepper and white currants. 
The taste is pure and racy with a fine acidity and notes of grass, chrushed rocks and lemon. 
My guess - 2020 Austrian Riesling
Answer - 2019 Albarino, Do Ferreiro
88p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 2
A deep, forward nose with some age and notes of apricots, oil cloth and glue. Very, very good.
The taste is long, broad and dry with notes of lime, apricots and wet stones. 
My guess - 2010 Vouvray Chenin Blanc
Answer - 2006 Hochrain Smaragd Riesling, Franz Hirtzberger
90p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 3
A fine, open nose with notes of ripe lemons, gravel, dry fudge and summer flowers. Fine.
The taste is tight and fine with a great mouthfeel, a fine acidity and a long finish with a hint of warmth. 
My guess - 2017 Saint-Aubin (Chardonnay)
Answer - 2017 Chardonnay, Calera
90p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 4
A smoky, spicy nose with notes of green pears, dried flowers and sand. Very good in a restrained way.
The taste is young and fresh with notes of white pepper, chrushed rocks and dried flowers. A high acidity. 
My guess - 2019 Austrian Grüner Veltliner
Answer - 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Mont-de-Milieu, Domaine Pinson (Chardonnay)
87p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 5
A young, perky nose with notes of grass, white pepper, lemon licorice and white flowers. Very good.
The taste is light and fresh with notes of grass, white flowers and cap gun smoke. A good acidity.
My guess - 2019 Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)
Answer - 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay


Glass No 6
A rich, mature nose with notes of dried apricots, wool, saffron, wet asphalt and dried herbs. Very deep.
The taste is expressive and mature with notes of dried apricots, orange peel, smoke and chalk. Very long and intense with a high acidity.
My guess - 2000 Anjou (Chenin Blanc)
Answer - 1998 Cuvée Frederic Emile, Trimbach (Riesling)
92p   (tasted 2022/05)


Ah well, that didn´t went well... Two Rieslings and I thought both were Chenin Blanc. I don´t taste enough Albarino to have a taste memory (but that "memory" didn´t get me far with the others...).


On to the reds!
Glass No 1
A deep, seedy nose with a hint of maturity and notes of black currants, plums, and tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and refined with notes of graphite, black currants, earth and tobacco. Silky tannins. Fine.
My guess - 2005 Left Bank Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Answer - 2005 Château d´Armailhac


Glass No 2
A warm, spicy, earthy nose with notes of a mix of raspberries and blackberries, cement and a hint of VA.
The taste is high and spicy with notes of dried assorted fruits, dusty earth and a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. 
My guess - 2017 Mourvedre, Spain
Answer - 2015 Côte-de-Beaune Villages, Joseph Drouhin   (wtf!)
85p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 3
A big, round, warm nose with notes of ripe blueberries, scorched earth, bakelite and shoe polish. A fine intensity.
The taste is almost fiery but keeps it together with notes of dried raspberries, plums, sweet tobacco and tar. Very long.
My guess - 2010 Grenache from Priorat
Answer - 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos de Mont Olivet
89p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 4
Home! I dared to state that if this wasn´t a Nebbiolo, I would quit wine tasting all together. Luckily I can keep on drinking wine...
The nose is lovely with a hint of maturity, with notes of black cherries, tobacco, asphalt, Finnish licorice and dried roses. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of cherries, rosehips, tar, dried flowers and cold coffee. Very long with some still unresolved tannins. Great.
My guess - 1998 Barolo
Answer - 1999 Barolo Pajana, Domenico Clerico
94p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 5
A deep, elegant nose with notes of raspberries, licorice, anise and forest floor. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Very fine.
The taste is high and pure with notes of ripe raspberries, butter biscuits, earth and assorted herbs. A very fine acidity.
My guess - 2018 California Pinot Noir
Answer - 2018 Finca Pêna Lobera Tempranillo, Hacienda Solamno
92p   (tasted 2022/05)


Glass No 6
A finely tuned, concentrated yet light on its feet nose with notes of ripe red currants, band aid, dried meat, black pepper and earth. Very fine.
The taste is peppery and upfront with notes of violets, blackberries and cured meat. A long, lingerings finish. A cool character. Lovely.
My guess - 2017 California Syrah
Answer - 2018 Syrah, Ojai
92p   (tasted 2022/05)


Well, the reds turned out a better result, but in the end I had to settle with a split third place on this evening. Congrats to Maria who won!

Next year...

Friday, 20 May 2022

2008 Barolo Riserva, Giacomo Borgogno


2008 Barolo Riserva, Giacomo Borgogno
Deep and earthy, this 14 year old Riserva shows of notes of dried raspberries, shoe polish, dry licorice and tiles. Very, very good.
The taste is more restrained with notes of dry asphalt, licorce, bakelite and earth. Needs time. A fine warmth in the finish. 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2022/05)

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Saint Jean d´Ardières


2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Saint Jean d´Ardières
For me an unknown producer. Bought in a mixed case with a lot of single bottles, just for fun. Some have been poured down the drain upon opening, but this was a nice surprise.
The nose is soft, mature and warm with notes of dried raspberries, undergrowth, candle grease and thyme. Very good in a one-track sense.
The taste is robust yet silky and warm with notes of dried raspberried, dry licorice, earth and herbs. A fine structure. Perfectly mature. A great Wednesday drink.
87p   (tasted 2022/05)

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Two Dolcetto d´Alba - From Bruna Grimaldi & Roberto Voerzio

2019 Dolcetto d´Alba San Martino, Bruna Grimaldi
A fine, sandy nose with notes of ripe blueberries, blue skiwax, iron and bakelite. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and upfront with notes of blueberries, ink, asphalt and violets. Fine, silky tannins. 3+ years.
88p   (tasted 2022/05)


2019 Dolcetto d´Alba Priavino, Roberto Voerzio
A deep, spicy nose with notes of dried strawberries, asphalt, damsons and forest floor. Very fine.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of rosehips, iron, dry licorice and a dried up blueberry pie. Very long. 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/05)