Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Four Bottles Of 1985 Chianti

Yesterday it was my turn to host our monthly tasting. I opened eight bottles in two flights. The second flight will get a post of its own.

1985 Chianti Classico, Badia a Coltebuono
A soft, mature nose with notes of earth, old leather, moist smoke and dried cherries. A fine dried up warmth.
The taste is dry and expressive with notes of autumn leaves, red currants, smoke and dried rosemary. Medium long with soft, fine tannins. Very, very good. 3 votes for best wine in this flight.
88p   (tasted 2019/10)

1985 Chianti Classico Berardenga, Felsina
In a fine state of maturity, the Felsina displays a deep, elegant nose with notes of almond paste, dried cherries, Chistmas spices and gravel. Very fine.
The taste is tight and nicely structured with notes of sweet/sour cherries, gravel, herbs and licorice. Long and fine. Mature, but bottles like this will hold for 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2019/10)
1985 Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello di Verrazzano
A big, open and a bit murky nose with notes of dried up cherry jam, autumn leaves and meat stock. A bit over the hill.
The taste is better with a fine warmth and notes of licorice, dry chocolate and dried cherries. Long. 1 vote for best wine.
86p   (tasted 2019/10)

1985 Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello di Volpaia
A delicate, sandy nose with notes of ripe red cherries, Tuscan gravel, rosemary and fine tobacco. Bay leaves. Complex and fine. Mature but not overly so.
The taste is gravelly and herbal with notes of cranberries, violets, tobacco and earth. Long and refined. Very, very good. I paid 8 euros for this three years ago... 4 votes for best wine.
91p   (tasted 2019/10)

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The New Australia

Quaffable Wines invited, I went! Twelve winerys was on display and showcased the "new" Australia - no old school 16% power houses with "gobs" of glycerin and alcohol!

31 wines tasted, here are my highlights.

SC Pannell/Koomilya - Mc Laren Vale
2018 Basso Garnacha - A high, intense nose with sweet/sour red fruit and a long, balanced finish (92p)
2015 DC Block Shiraz - A brilliant, multi layered nose with mint covered blackberries and a loooong, structured, balanced taste (96p)

Ministry of Clouds - McLaren Vale
2016 Grenache - A vivid, interesting nose with band aid, high pitched fruit and a rich yet crisp taste with sweet red currants, tobacco and herbs (92p)

Clonakilla - Canberra
2016 Hilltops Shiraz - Everything from Clonakilla impresses, with a handsome Hilltope with a lovely mix of blue- and raspberries and just the amount of pepper (92p)
2016 O´Riada Shiraz - Smoky and concentrated with sweet violets, white peppar and a elegant taste with lots of minerals, tobacco and scorched earth (94p)
2016 Shiraz/Viognier - A masterpiece short and simple - buy! (97p)

Spinifex - Barossa
2014 Bête Noir Shiraz - Very deep, with herbs, grilled meat and violets. It flows over the palate with grace and ease, just lovely (94p)

Moss Wood - Margaret River
2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Polished and aristocratic, this is a fine Cabernet with all the fixings in place (93p)

Pooley - Tasmania
2017 Cooinda Vale Chardonnay - A fresh, lime filled nose with chrushed rocks and dry fudge. Long lasting, expressive and delicate (92p)
2017 Butcher´s Hill Pinot Noir - A cool, refined nose with all the fine treats of a Pinot in a glass,  sumptuous (93p)

Murdoch Hill - Adelaide Hills
2018 The Tilbury Chardonnay - Ripe grey pears, sand and cap gun smoke - the nose is a dream, and it charms the palate (93p)
2018 The Ridley - 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Gris, this interesting blend delivers the gods (93p)
2016 The Landau - This Syrah offers up a peppery, earthy nose with some barnyard aromas and a tight, concentrated, long finish (93p)

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visits To Cascina Del Monastero & Mauro Molino

This is the second part of my last day in Piedmont, with reports from two great visits in La Morra.

Cascina del Monastero
Tasting with Loris Grasso is like taking a roller coast ride. A very fun one. And very intense and mind boggling. His energy level is of the charts and he wants to communicate everything at once. What a visit! One of the most memorable, ever. And the wines! I´ll be back.

2016 Barolo Riserva Bricco Rocca
When walking through the cellar, Loris took a sample from a cask and made me guess... The nose has a wonderful sweet/sour cherry fruit alongside deep notes of undergrowth, rosehips and paint. Just lovely.
The taste is handsome and balanced with silky cherry fruit and notes of chrushed rocks, parsnips and violets. This is a stunner in the making.
~94p   (tasted 2019/08)

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba
Back at the tasting room, the first wine poured was this Dolcetto with a deep nose with lots of violets, blueberries and sun warm rocks. A fine concentration.
The taste is tight and finely tuned with a very nice blueberry and cranberry fruit alongside notes of dusty earth and dry tobacco. Lots of character.
88p   (tasted 2019/08)

2016 Langhe Rosso Sarset
100% Merlot! 3.000 bt made. It has a high, pure, flowery nose with notes of ripe plums, clay and a hint of dark chocolate. Very deep and fine.
The taste is deep and spicy with notes of plums, Christmas spices and dark chocolate. Very long and intense. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2013 Barbera d´Alba Superiore Leprié
The grapes comes from Perno. The nose shows a low keyed warmth with notes of raspberries, rhubarb, licorice and wam sand. Very, very good.
The taste is fruity and fine with notes of raspberry licorice, scorched earth and smoke. Very long, juicy and fine.
90p   (tasted 2019/08)

2013 Barbera d´Alba Superiore Parocco
Very deep and sumptuous, this young Barbera is impressive, with a tight, concentrated nose with notes of fried herbs, ripe raspberries, Finnish licorice and tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is tight and complex with stunning fruit, a gorgeous balance, a very fine acidity and a length that is counted in minutes. Impressive.
93p   (tasted 2019/08)

2012 Langhe Nebbiolo Monastero
A cool, fine nose with notes of undergrowth, red cherries and dry tobacco. Laid back and very good.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of dried cherries, violets and forest floor. A hint of maturity. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2019/08)

2012 Barolo Perno
A deep, ripe nose with notes of mushrooms, rosehips, violets and furniture polish. Very fine.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of sweet roses, sweet red cherries, minerals and dry tobacco. Very deep, long and fine. Silky tannins. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2009 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata
A deep, wonderful nose with a incipient maturity and notes of forest floor, tiles, dried strawberries and veal stock. Multi layered and very fine.
The taste is silky and balanced with gorgeous red fruit and additional notes of dried flowers, paint and warm tiles. The finish goes on and on. Great wine. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/08)

2011 Barolo Bricco Luciani
A tight, perky nose with notes of red cherries, asphalt, herbs and roships. Very deep. Savoury.
The taste is long and luscious with notes of hard cherry candy, gravel, mushrooms and herbs. A very fine tannin structure. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2009 Barolo Riserva Bricco Rocca
A stunning nose that soars up from the glass with notes of ripe red cherries, mushrooms, roses, violets and dry licorice. Very, very deep. Beautiful.
The taste is broad and rich but oooh so refined and detailed, with gorgeous notes of ripe cherries, tobacco, mushrooms and tiles. The finish goes in for over a minute. Truly fine. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2019/08)

2011 Barolo Riserva Bricco Rocca Riund
The 11 Bricco Rocca is even better than the 09 with added focus and delineation. The fruit is perfect, the balance is perfect, the tannins are polished with the finest cloth, the finish is looooong and the overall assessment is that of a spine tingling wine. I need plenty of this. 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2019/08)

2013 Barolo Bricco Luciani
Loris opened two bottles of the 13 Luciani, one bottled in 2017 and the other one in 2018. There are differences between them and today I prefer the 2018 bottling, the ripe cherry fruit is deeper, rounder and appears more sweet. There are aslo notes of Finnish licorice, undergrowth and tobacco in both wines.
The taste is also better from the 2018 bottling, again, the fruit comes across as sweeter and more harmonious. Very long with juicy tannins. Either bottling should be cellared for 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

Father & Son - Giuseppe & Loris
The damage...

Mauro Molino
This estate produce 120.000 bt/year. Matteo and Martina runs this 14 ha winery which was founded  by their father in 1982.
Sara welcomed me, showed me the cellar and poured these fine wines.

2018 Langhe Dolcetto
A light, juicy nose with notes of ripening blueberries, gravel and iron. Very good.
The taste is cool and spicy with notes of blueberries, cranberries, chrushed warm rocks and thyme. Fine, silky tannins.
87p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Barbera d´Alba Legattere
An open, fruity nose with notes of sweet lingonberries, sage, Finnish licorice and a hint of mint. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of rhubarb, salt licorice, warm tiles and herbs. Very long. Really fine.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo
A high, purne nose with notes of ripe red cherries, dry tobacco, earth and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is racy, light and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, herbs, tobacco and some dried strawberries at the back of the taste. Medium long. 3+ years.
89p   (tasted 2019/08)

2015 Barolo 
The 15 Normale oozes up from the glass with fine scents of moist earth, ripe strawberries, rosehips and dried mushrooms. Very, very good.
The taste is finely tuned and elegant with notes of licorice, forest floor, fir wood and strawberries. Long and lingering. A very fine classic Barolo. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2015 Barolo Gallinotto
A deep, tight nose with notes of chrushed cherries, mint, rhubarb licorice and earth. Very interesing, open and direct. Great fruit here.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe cherries, dark licorice, forest floor and Finnish licorice. The finnish is long and structured. Great stuff! 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/08)

2014 Barolo Bricco Luciani
A handsome, low keyed nose is offered up from the glass, with notes of wild strawberries, wet asphalt, herbs and a hint of new leather. Very handsome.
The taste is elegant and racy with notes of dried strawberries, herbs, asphalt and rosehips. A fine, long, refined finish. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

Saturday, 12 October 2019

2001 Château Citran

2001 Château Citran
The 01opens, as usual with a semi old Bordeaux, a bit funky but that soon disappears and then it displays a classic left bank nose with notes of fresh stables, red and black currants, cold coffee, leather and some hints of dog fur. A fine maturity. Very good.
The taste is mature, soft and dry with notes of bakelite, dried black curants, bonfire smoke and ski wax. Nicely integrated tannins. Medium long. Very, very good.
89p   (2019/10)

Other vintages of Citran tasted:
1978 Château Citran

1990 Château Citran

1995 & 2005 Château Citran

1996 Château Citran

2000 Château Citran

Friday, 11 October 2019

2008 La Prohibición, Bodegas Pittacum

2008 La Prohibición, Bodegas Pittacum
After an early bird dinner (yes, we are reaching that age...) at Spanjorskan (great tapas!), coming home, I was thirsty for another Spanish wine.
From a relative new winery in El Bierzio, founded in 1999 by six friends, they have turned out a fine 2008, made from 100% Garnacha Tintorera. The vines are apparently over 100 years old.
The nose is rich and focused with notes of blackberries, fried herbs, violets, espresso coffee, bonfire smoke and a hint of dark mint. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of a cold blueberry pie, bakelite, chrushed rocks and fir wood. Very long. At 14,5%, a fine richness but not at all heavy. 24 months in 600 lit new French oak. Not a single sign of maturity at 11 years. Impressive.
92p   (tasted 2019/10)

Sunday, 6 October 2019

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visits To Virna Borgogno & Vite Colte

My last day in Piedmont on this trip. Six visits lined up - lunch is for whimps!

Virna Borgogno
Virna joined her father right out of winemaking school in 1988 and in 2001 she took over as winemaker of the 12 ha large estate. Virna graciously met up with me early in the morning and poured these fine wines.

2017 Langhe Rosso Le Sorelle
Open, fruity and earthy, this is nice with notes of red currants, dry tobacco and herbs.
The taste is light, fresh and very approachable with notes of fresh red berries, gravel and some tobacco flavours.
85p   (tasted 2019/09)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
This Nebbiolo comes from Virna´s vineyard in Monforte. The nose is medium deep, forward and nice with notes of cherries, dried flowers and gravel. Very good.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of dried cherries, licorice and herbs. A fine tannin structure. Very, very good.
87p   (tasted 2019/09)

2015 Barbera d´Alba San Giovanni
From 40 year old vines, this Barbera is stunning, with notes of spicy strawberry fruit, dry licorice, dark flowers and a hints of dry chocolate. Very fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of raspberry licorice, earth, dried flowers and minerals. A very fine acidity and firmness. Long. Really fine.
91p   (tasted 2019/09)

2013 Barolo
From grapes in Novello, Verduno, La Morra and Monforte, this 13 Barolo shows of a nose with notes of cranberries, asphalt, rosehips and mushrooms. Very, very good.
The taste is fine and structured with notes of dried strawberries, cranberries, rosehips and mushrooms. Old school style and very fine.
90p   (tasted 2019/09)

2014 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
The oldest part of Virna´s parcel in Cannubi Boschis is 40-45 years, and that part gives a deep, refined nose with notes of perfumed strawberries, rose petals, violets and sweet minerals. Very fine.
The taste is low keyed and very elegant with notes of wild strawberries, sand, minerals and dry licorice. Very, very fine.
93p   (tasted 2019/09)

2014 Barolo Sarmassa
The Sarmassa is deep and structured with notes of hard cherry candy, dark licorice, undergrowth and dry tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is compact and structured with notes of old school cherry fruit, dark earth, violets and dry licorice. Very long and impressive. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/09)

2013 Barolo del Comune di Barolo
The 13 Comune Barolo comes from Preda (85%) and Sarmassa (15%). The nose is open and fine with notes of cranberries, earth, rosehips and dry tobacco. A fine depth.
The taste is tight and structured with a fine balance, rugged tannins and sweet cherry fruit. Long and fine. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2019/09)

2015 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
The 15 Cannubi has the same characteristics as the 14 above but with added depth, a warmer strawberry fruit and a fine flowery note. Very fine.
The taste is high and intense with lovely notes of sweet minerals, licorice, sand and dried flowers. Very refined. 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/09)

2015 Barolo Sarmassa
The 15 Sarmassa is more backward than the 14 and even more structured. This will need 10+ years to show it real potential. Great wine in the making.
93p   (tasted 2019/09)

2016 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
From cask. A touch subdued compared to the 14 and 15 but the raw material of something great is there. Very refined. Can´t wait to taste it again when released.
~92p   (tasted 2019/09)

2016 Barolo Sarmassa
The same goes for the Sarmassa, great potential but locked up for the moment.
~92p   (tasted 2019/09)

2006 Barolo Preda Sarmassa
Virna was ever so kind and opened this 06 Preda Sarmassa. The nose is wonderful with a beginning maturity and notes of paint, wild strawberries, asphalt and worn leather. Very handsome.
The taste is cool and elegant with round, sweet red fruit, silky tannins and a long, balanced finish. Tar and roses in the finish. Really fine.
93p   (tasted 2019/09)

Vite Colte
Vite Colte is the premier line up of Terre da Vino (just as the ArnaldoRivera line up is for Terre del Barolo). Gregorio, who I met earlier in Stockholm, met me, showed me the vast cellars and poured these fine wines.

Some barriques...
2018 Barbera d´Asti Rossofuoco
A big selling wine in Sweden, this light Barbera displays notes of rhubarb, ripening raspberries and dry licorice.
The taste is light and fresh with notes of bakelite, raspberry licorice and gravel. Very nice in a easy going way but doesn´t lack complexity and depth.
88p   (tasted 2019/09)

2016 Barbera d´Asti Superiore La Luna e I Falò
This Barbera is more structured and shows a deep, sweet raspberry fruit on the nose alongside notes of smoke, earth and Finnish licorice.
The taste is ripe and concentrated with notes of asphalt, cherry licorice and dark flowers. A long finish with a fine acidity. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2019/09)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo La Malora
90% Nebbiolo and 10% Barbera. The nose is cool and earthy with notes of dried strawberries, chrushed rocks and dry tobacco.
The taste is young, tight and complex with a fine mix of strawberries and raspberries with additional notes of paint, violets and rosehips. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2019/09)

2015 Barolo del Comune di Barolo Essenze
A fine, open nose with a creamy, warm fruit and notes of sun warm rocks, ripe red cherries, licorice and Christmas spices. A fine depth.
The taste is dry and tight with sandy tannins and notes of ripe red cherries, asphalt and rosehips. Long and balanced. Very, very good. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/09)

2008 Barbaresco Riserva Spezie
A lovely, deep, pure nose with notes of a mushroom forest, hard cherry candy, paint and smoke. A hint of maturity. High and really fine.
The taste is multi layered and silky with notes of dried flowers, chrushed rocks, mushrooms and dry licorice. Long and intense. This is stunning. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/09)