Sunday, 16 June 2019

Tasting Dinner With Our Tasting Group

Time again for our semi annual tasting dinner in our tasting group, and yeat again lots of great food and wine!

2002 Rare, Piper-Heidsieck
A fresh, mineral laden nose with notes of lemon zest, steel and herbs. High and fine.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of lemon fudge, minerals and chives. Balanced and fine but lacks a bit of oomph.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)



2002 Brut, Jean-Paul Morel
A pure, refined nose with some signs of maturity and notes of dried apricots, detergent, honey pastills and a hint of coconut. Very complex and fine.
The taste is tight and yet with a velvety feel, with notes of dried up lemon curd, sweet minerals, grass and gravel. A high dosage - 10g - but it doesn´t show. Very fine.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

1995 Blanc de Millénaires, Charles Heidsieck
Tasted three times before in recent years (2018/10, 2017/04, 2016/11), this bottle showed more open and direct, with fine notes of fried bread, red apples, matchbox and malt. Very deep and fine. A fine maturity.
The taste is broad and balanced with a high acidity and notes of blood oranges, red apples, smoke and toasted bread. Very long.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)


2005 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Raveneau
14 years old and still a baby. The nose is restrained and seedy with notes of linoleum, rose water, lemon zest and lot of chalk. Opens up some in the glass but this is for the lang haul.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of star fruit, gooseberries, lemon juice and a mountain of chrushed rocks. Very long, very taut and very structured. 10+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)



2014 Chardonnay Art Series, Leeuwin Estate
Every time I drink a Art Series wine I am impressed, especially with the Chardonnay. This is a beauty, with a deep, elegant nose with notes of lemon cream, cold butter, sage and wet asphalt. There is lot to like here.
The taste is balanced and seamless with notes of smoke, lemon peel, butter cookies and a touch of ginger. Very pure. A long, long finish with a perfect acidity. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2019/05)

2005 Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, Jean-Claude Bachelet
A open, spicy nose with notes of dried pine apple, bakelite, bonfire smoke and warm herbs. An oily character. Big. Some maturity. Very good.
The taste is big and intense witn notes of dark lemon fudge, diesel oil, fried bread and herbs. Very long and warm. Needs a couple of more years to settle.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)




2013 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard, Kistler
A deep, crisp nose with notes of grapefruit, dried mango, smoke and hand cream. Complex and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with smoke infused lemons and mango alongside notes of ripe summer flowers and wet rocks. Long and very, very fine.
94p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards, Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay
A bit laid back on the nose with, after some heaby swirling, notes of earth, ripening raspberries and beet roots. Very good.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of red beets, cranberries, herbs and forest floor. A fine acidity. Needs 5+ more years in the cellar.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)




2009 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
A lovely, deep, flowery nose with notes of damsons, strawberries, earth and a hint of ink. A fine, dense character. Still young.
The taste is tight and racy with notes of red currants, earth, tobacco and fresh herbs. Very long ans structured. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet
This Grand Cru displays the most mature feautures in the line up, and maybe therefore it is the most pleasing wine tonight. The nose is very deep and displaying a lovely sweetness, with notes of ripe strawberries, forest floor, cooked root vegetables and pipe tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is silky and multi layered with notes of ripe strawberries, red currants, forest floor, tobacco and a hint of leather. Luscious. Very, very fine.
95p   (tasted 2019/05)



2009 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées, La Pousse d´Or
A very balanced, spicy nose with notes of earth, red currants, iron, smoke and damsons. A taut backbone. Still young. Very, very good.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of red currants, raspberries, dry licorice and iron. Very long and finely textured.  8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2003 Château Suduiraut
A big, concentrated nose with notes of apricots, warm grass, detergent and a touch of red basil. Deep and heavy. Very young.
The taste is thick and sweet with notes of apricot purée, red plums, muscovado sugar and burnt grass. A tad fiery at the end. Needs to settle down for 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2001 Château Suduiraut
A high, intense nsoe with notes of root selleri, orange jam, lemon pie and a light smoky scent. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of band aid, almond paste, orange jam and hand cream. Very long and fine. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)

1999 Château Suduiraut
A deep, elegant nose with notes of saffron, dried pine apple, warm grass and concentrated fish stock. Very complex and fine.
The taste is large scaled yet delicate and fine with notes of mango, warm grass, orange jam and band aid. Very long. A very fine balance. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)


Friday, 14 June 2019

2013 Barolo Brunate, Claudio Boggione


2013 Barolo Brunate, Claudio Boggione
A delicate, low keyed, traditional nose with fine notes of iron, cranberries, rosehips and sage. Open up nicely in the glass. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with salivating tannins, a firm structure and great red cherry fruit. Long and cool. Very fine today but will be even better in 8+ years time. A new, interesting acquaintance for me.
90p   (tasted 2019/06)

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Dinner At Friends With Krug, Trimbach, Keller, Miani, Faiveley & More!

Spring dinner! Sounds tempting, don´t you think? And that was exactly how it was. Tempting beforehand and spectacular during.
All wines tastes double blind.

MV Grande Cuvée 166eme Edition
A deep, fresh nose with notes of dried lemons, ripe flowers, dry fudge and lots of chrushed rocks. Refined.
The taste is steely and stony with notes of minerals, dried flowers, lemon cream and spricots. Very long. A very fine acidity.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)



2013 Hegoxuri, Arretxea
A blend of Gros and Petit Manseng from the south of France that displays a dry, seedy nose with notes of chalk, rubber and blood oranges. Good.
The taste is waxy and warm with a fine acidity and notes of oranges, dried honey and gravel. Long. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2019/05)

2010 Cuvée Fredérick Emilé, Trimbach
A cool, lightly smoky nose with notes of birch leaves, spices and chrushed rocks. A hint of petrol. Very, very good.
The taste is somewhat mature with notes of red currants, chalk and dried flowers. Very long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Morstein, Keller
A very deep, finely tuned nose with notes of oyster shells, eraser, grass and summer flowers. Very fine.
The taste is tight and distinct with notes of lemon peel, basil, flint and some petrol notes. A very fine acidity. Very long.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)



2008 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle GG, Dönnhoff
A warm, stony nose with notes of dried up lemoncello, sage, asparagus and chrushed rocks. A tad heavy.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of dry lemon, a hint of licorice, minerals and green tea. Very good but lacks a bit of nerve for great.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)

2014 Bussia D´Or, Aldo Conterno
A very fine, smoky nose with notes of dried apricots, bonfire smoke, peach and a touch of banana peel. A fine depth.
The taste is tight and complex with notes of apple jam, bonfire, lemon cream and minerals. A fine touch of bitterness at the end. Lovely now and the coming 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)

2014 Chardonnay, Miani
A big, forward nose with notes of yellow apples, grass, white currants and some matchbox aromas. Very good but a tad foursquare.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of chalk, white currants, lemon peel and dry butter cookies. Better on the palate. Long and fine.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)



2015 Chardonnay, Planeta
A deep, racy nose with notes of dried up lemoncello, yellow flowers, almond paste and sun warm rocks. Very fine.
The taste is velvety and elegant with notes of grilled lemons, dried flowers, minerals and matchbox. Very long and fine. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2010 Latriciéres-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley
A deep, floral nose with notes of ripe wild raspberries, heather, licorice and smoke. A very fine perfumed aroma. Lovely.
The taste is high and fine with notes of dried strawberries, wet earth, spices and smoke. Long and lingering with a fine acidity. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)



2009 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, Domaine Faiveley
A deep, compact, multi layered nose with notes of forest floor, strawberries, Asian spices and root vegetables. Very complex.
The taste is spicy and refined with notes of fried parsnips, strawberries, spices and smoke. The finish goes on for over a minute, leaving a mark of sandy tannins. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2019/05)

2010 Pinot Noir, Vivier
A rather large scaled nose with notes of ripe raspberries, scorched earth, swede and some rubbery aromas. Very good in a open, direct style.
The taste is open and warm with notes of cooked root vegetables, moist earth and Finnish licorice. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Very good.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)


2004 Merlot, Kirnbauer
Two Austrian wines followed but that was not the guesses... The 15 year old Merlot sports a deep, somewhat mature nose with notes of plums, bakelite, green peppers and a hint of dog fur (in a positive way).
The taste is soft and fine with some mature features and notes of plums, black currants, leather and tobacco. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2006 Das Phantom, Kirnbauer
The Phantom is a blend of Blaufränkish, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon and Syrah. The nose is big and brawny with notes of violets, ink, ripe black currants and dark soap. Big, juicy fruit but a bit all over the place.
The taste is concentrated and muscular with dense black fruit and more structure than finesse. Dark fruit and some alcohol at the end. A good wine but not really my cup of tea.
86p   (tasted 2019/05)


Three more wine were poured and I had a quick tasting of them before I had to leave - 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Broman (~92p), 2008 Estate Cuvée, Kapcsandy (~92p) & 2010 Red Slope, Keplinger (~94p).

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

2011 Barolo Gattera, Mauro Veglio

2011 Barolo Gattera, Mauro Veglio
The 11 Gattera displays a deep, concentrated nose with notes of morrels, licorice, tar and leather. A fine warmth. Rich för a La Morra wine. Very, very good.
The taste is young and powerful with notes of black cherries, licorice, asphalt and a hint of dark chocolate. Very long. Broad-shouldered. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)


Notes of other 2011´s from Mauro Veglio:
Arborina
Rocche dell´Annunziata

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Leakers - 1973 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots, Jean Grivot


1973 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots, Jean Grivot
The next leaking bottle, and this showcased a deep, mature, soft nose with notes of (over) ripe raspberries, dried herbs, root vegetables and some barnyard scents. A fine dried up sweetness. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied, dry and elegant with notes of dried red berries, bonfire smoke, dried flowers and forest floor. A fine acidity. Has matured fine, even with some leakage. Much better than last time...
85p   (tasted 2019/05)

Friday, 31 May 2019

Friday Dinner Barolo - 2012 Barolo, Andrea Oberto


2012 Barolo, Andrea Oberto
This (almost) seven year old Barolo needed an hour in the decanter to come around, and then it deliver fine notes of dried up cherry jam, bonfire smoke, Finnish licorice and paint. A hint of warmth. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is tighter than the nose with notes of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, earth and tobacco. Very yummy in an direct, old school style. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)

Friday, 24 May 2019

Leakers - 1964 Vino Fara, Valsesia A. Borgomanero


1964 Vino Fara, Valsesia A. Borgomanero
Rearranging the cellar I came across some leaking bottles. Old ones, as you could imagine, some had leaked a lot, some just a little. I have now opened them, with some nice surprises.
First out is this Piemonte wine (as the label says) that sports a earthy, round, mature nose with notes of molasses, dried cherries, scorched earth and bonfire smoke. Got better and better with air.
The taste is dry and warm with notes of burned sugar, dried cherries, wet autumn leaves and old asphalt. A bit thin in the middle. Just hanging in there, the nose is fresher.
81p   (tastes 2019/05)

Monday, 20 May 2019

Two 2001 Baroli

2001 Barolo Tortoniano, Michele Chiarlo
This has started to mature and shows a medium deep, round nose with notes of undergrowth, dried up strawberry jam, bay leaves and asphalt. A fine maturity without complexity.
The taste is forward and dry with notes of dried red fruits, bonfire, undergrowth and dried herbs. A fine warmth in the finish. Maybe not fully mature yet but I don´t think it will get more complex with additional aging.
87p   (tasted 2019/05)


2001 Barolo Riserva, Essenze, Terredavino
A deep, tight, focused nose with notes of hard cherry candy, dried flowers, rosehips and shoe polish. Energetic. This still has places to go, just hints of maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is tight, concentrated, yet with a silky tannins and a very fine ripe cherry fruit, with additional notes of licorice, asphalt and paint. Very long. Hasn´t budget since last time tasted. Still needs 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Not So Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys Visit Reverdito & Ascheri


After our first visit to Giacomo Conterno we soldiered on to two new acquaintances.

Reverdito
We met up with Michele and Sabina, brother and sister, who own the estate, which was established in 2000. Their father, Silvano, started to buy vineyards all over Langhe in the late sixties, and they make up the Cru´s which are bottled today.


2016 Nascetta
The 16 Nascetta has a very aromatic, flowery nose with notes of yellow apples, grass and dried apricots. Very nice.
The taste is cool and dry with notes of tangerines, grass and dried flowers. A good acidity. A tad foursquare in the finish. Good.
85p   (tasted 2018/11)


2017 Nascetta
The 17 has a perky and fine nose with notes of orange flower water, minerals and tangerines. Open and fine.
The taste is racy and fine with a very good acidity and lots of yellow fruits. Long. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2017 Pelaverga
From an previously opened bottle - don´t know how long it has been opened but its shows a muted nose with notes of cooked berries, rosehips and heavy undergrowth. Not the character that I am used to in Pelaverga.
The taste is dry and compact with notes of assorted red berries, tobacco and rosehips. Judgement referred.
78p   (tasted 2018/11)

2015 Barbera d´Alba Butti
An open, fruity, spicy nose with notes of raspberry licorice, smoke and some chocolate biscuits. Very good.
The taste is warm and spicy with notes of ripe raspberries, tobacco and forest floor. Long and warm.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)



2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Simone
A fine, delicate nose with notes of cranberries, dried flowers and dry licorice. Very good.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of ripening red cherries, wild strawberries, gravel and rosehips. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo
A light, classic nose with notes of lingonberries, dry tobacco, strawberries and rosehips. Very nice.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of dried strawberries, tobacco and dried flowers. Petite, perky tannins. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2018/11)


2014 Barolo Castagni
A withdrawn, young nose with notes of fir wood, paint, ripening raspberries and dark perfume. Very nice.
The taste is tight and steady with notes of dry raspberries, tobacco and chrushed rocks. A severe mid palate that need time to soften. 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)



2014 Barolo Ascheri
A deep, complex nose with notes of spicy raspberries, licorice, paint and roses. Very fine. High and handsome.
The taste is finely tuned with silky tannins and ripe red fruit alongisde notes of tar, licorice and dried flowers. Lovely. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo Bricco Cogni
The Bricco Cogni has a fine perfumed nose with notes of dark flowers, ripe lingonberries, earth and roses en masse! A fine complexity. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe lingonberries, earth, red beets and asphalt. Fine tannins. 3+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/11)


2014 Barolo Badarina
This is a another ball game all together - richer and riper than the previous wines, this 14 displays a deep, warm, all ove the place nose with notes of ripe plums, dried tangerines, ripe flowers, warm sand and fir wood. Peculiar and very interesting.
The taste is large scaled (for a 14) and intense with notes of ripe morelles, sweet/sour cherries, sand, tobacco and spices. Very long. Give this 8+ years and it will become a real stunner or have crumbled and died...
93p   (tasted 2018/11)

From barrel and tank we also tasted - 2016 Barolo La Serra (~92p), 2016 Barolo Badarini (~93p), 2017 Barolo Bricco Cogni (~92p) & 2018 Barolo Badarini (~90p).





Ascheri
This is an ancient producer - since 1880 - that is located in Bra. Hard to locate (even with gps....) but very well worth it.




2017 Arneis
A very fine, high nose with notes of dried up honey, orange flowers, light spices and grass. Has a lot of energy. Very good.
The taste is cool and racy with notes of lemon peel, spices, grass and gravel. A very fine acidity. Vibrant.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)


2015 Montalupa Bianco
Everyone that knows me know that my least favourite white wine grape in the world is Viognier. And here I am, tasting a very good one!
The nose is open, rich and very spicy with notes of earth, ripe flowers, hay, clay and matchstick. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of flower water, ripe tangerines, hay and wet stones. A decent enough acidity. Rich, generous and very fine.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)



2013 Montalupa Rosso
This Syrah offers up a cool, white peppery nose with notes of blueberries, cool meat, bakelite and dark spices. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and peppery with notes of smoke, blueberries, smoke and violets. A long, spicy finish. Restrained and fine. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo
A fine, low keyed nose with notes of ripe lingonberries, cramberries, paint and earth, Very fine in a restrained way.
The taste is classic, seedy and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, earth, shoe polish and rosehips. Balanced and fine. 3+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)


2013 Barolo Pisapola
A deep, fine nose with a lovely dry sweetness and notes of ripe red cherries, Finnish licorice, rosehips and dark bread. Very fine.
The taste is young, tight and refined with notes of ripe red cherries, raspberry licorice, incense and sand. Lovely. Like licking on a sandpaper (in a positive sense). 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/11)



2013 Barolo Ascheri
Even better, the Ascheri offers up a hauntingly deep nose with notes of dark cherries, tobacco, moist earth, warm tiles and fresh flowers. Very, very fine.
The taste is stony, tight and high with notes of sweet/sour cherries, tobacco, fir wood, spices and tiles. The finish goes on and on. Great wine. 7+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Barolo Sorrano
The Sorrano is a dream. The nose is deep and refined with notes of perfectly ripe cherries, sand, ripe red apples, bonfire smoke, rosehips and asphalt. Soooo fine.
The taste is pure, racy and refined with notes of bonfire smoke, ripe cherries, licorice, forest floor and incense. Very concentratet yet balanced and energetic. 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2018/11)


2013 Barolo Coste & Bricco
The Coste & Bricco comes from the highest part of the Sorrano vineyard. The nose is very pure and refined with notes of hard cherry candy, warm sand, bonfire and rosehips. Very tight and focused.
The taste is handsome and elegant with a very pure cherry fruit and additional notes of dry licorice, tobacco, sand, rosehips and furniture polish. The finish goes on for minutes. Tighter than than the Sorrano. Wait at least 10 years. The 2010 tasted here.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)