Friday, 15 January 2021

1978 Barolo, Ang. Cappa & A Desert Island Album


1978 Barolo, Ang. Cappa
After some hours in a decanter this Barolo wakes up and offers up a fine, mature nose with notes of undergrowth, cold coffee, tobacco and rosehips. Gets better and better. A fine scent of dried up raspberry jam. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and dry with notes of raspberry licorice, mushrooms, tobacco and dried flowers. A fine warmth in the finish. Not at least dry. Bottles like this will go on for 8+ years. Another fine bottle from the great 1978 vintage.
90p   (tasted 2021/01)

Stained Class / Judas Priest / 1978
I would want to take the whole Priest discography to a desert island but forced (by myself...) to choose only one, it has to be Stained Class from 1978. 

I love all songs on the album but one of the greatest - Better By You, Better Than Me - is a coverr originally made by by Spooky Tooth, and the song that got Priest in a American lawsuit (where else...) when two boys allegedly was influenced by the song and made a suicide pact. Priest were acquited.

On this, there fourth studio album Rob Halford, aka The Metal God, sings like the god he is.
Info about the album here.


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

A Glass Test With 2013 Antikythera Pinot Noir, Antica Terra


One on the most visited post is this one, where I tasted a Barolo from different glasses. Here is a follow up with a Pinot Noir. The reason was that I was lended a glass from a fellow wine afficionado.

A very ugly glass. But the curiosity got the better of me, so I lined up five glasses, drew the cork and got on with it.

The wine - 2013 Antikythera, Antica Terra - a great Pinot from the capable hands of Maggie Harrison.

The glasses and how they performed:

The ISO glass: If you not are forced, why would anyone taste wine from this sub par glass? A light, red fruited nose with some spicy elements. A medium bodied taste with raspberries and herbs. From this glass this is a good wine but it definitely doesn´t show its true character (88p).

The Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass: Much better! A deep, balsamic nose with ripe raspberries, licorice and fresh herbs. The taste is tight and focused with a fine acidity, ripe raspberries and a smoky note (92p).

The Riedel New World Pinot glass: Even greater! My favourite glass for Nebbiolo. This glass takes this Pinot to another level. A deep, complex and generous nose with wild raspberries, fresh herbs, clay and licorice. Crisp and very fine. The taste flows over your palate with great harmony and lovely fruit. Very fine (94p).

The Riedel Sommelier Pinot glass: I use this big, big glass more seldom. The nose is more fleeting but with very good fruit and depth. The taste is better with a fine intensity and great fruit (92p)

The Riedel Wings Pinot glass: And what about the new kid on the block? Again, very ugly, but very, very good. The impressions are the same as for the New World Pinot glass but the fruit appears a tad darker and richer. Not better, bit slightly different. A very good glass, but I´m not buying (94p).


Riedel Wings Pinot

Saturday, 9 January 2021

2013 No 2 Syrah, Andremily

 

2013 No 2 Syrah, Andremily
When popped and poured it was all over the place with a grain alcohol touch in the finish (15,2%). But after six hours in a decanter, the beast has turned into a beauty. The nose is deep, taut and complex with notes of blackberries, freshly laid asphalt, violets, geranium, hard toasted bread and iron. Very fine. A lovely sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is packing a punch but a elegant one, with notes of a blueberry pie, tar, smoke, flower water and a balsamic touch. Very, very long with a fine warmth. Structured. Just lovely. Great wine. 6+ years. 89% Syrah and 11% Mourvedre.
97p   (tasted 2021/01)

Friday, 8 January 2021

2019 Langhe Nebbiolo, Paolo Scavino


2019 Langhe Nebbiolo, Paolo Scavino
This will be a tough job. It seems that this halfbottle is avaible in 143 state monopoly stores all over the country. Well, I just have to tank the car full and start driving...
For 10 Euros a half bottle this is an extreme value, one of the top Langhe Nebbiolo´s ever tasted. The nose soars up from the glass with gorgeous notes of ripe red currants, red cherries, violets, incense, raspberry licorice and leather. High and pure. Just great.
The taste is fresh as a daisy with great character and notes of cherries, violets, licorice, spices and a fine peppery note. Silky, perky, caressing tannins. Impossible to resist, drink this now and the coming 10 years. 
93p   (tasted 2021/01)



Wednesday, 6 January 2021

2012 Dogliani Superiore, San Fereole

 

2012 Dogliani Superiore, San Fereole
A deep, somewhat mature nose with notes of damsons, dry blueberries, cured meat, rust and  bonfire smoke. Rustic. Very good.
The taste is restrained and foursquare with notes of Christmas spices, damsons, dried blueberries and iron. Very good but not a charmer. A tad to barnyardy and rustic for my delicate palate... 
I prefer the Dogliani´s from ChionettiAnna Maria Abbona, Pecchenino & Luigi Einaudi.
87p   (tasted 2021/01)


Monday, 4 January 2021

2017 Bussiador, Aldo Conterno


2017 Bussiador, Aldo Conterno
Its always a treat to taste the Bussiador from Giacomo, but for the last couple of years I have been used to do it on location in Monforte with Giacomo. Not so this crazy year...
Right out of the gate this beauty is wide open, with notes of grilled nuts, butter biscuits, ripe oranges, matchbox and dried mango. There is also a fine green note, like a blooming birch tree. Very fine.
The taste is ripe and steady with notes of lemon fudge, orange peel, matchbox and almond paste. A long, lingering finish with a very good acidity. In style similar to the 2015. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2021/01)

Earlier vintages tasted:

Sunday, 3 January 2021

1975 Barolo Montanello, Tenuta Montanello & A Desert Island Album


1975 Barolo Montanello, Tenuta Montanello
When Sabotage was relesead - 28th of June 1975 - the grapes of this wine was maturing on their vines. When opened 45 years later it needed a couple of hours to blow away the bottle funk, but then is starts to sing. 
A deep, still potent nose with notes of rosehips, dried up cherry jam, dried flowers, black olives and roses. Very much still alive. Evolved in the glass all evening long.
The taste is mature and velvety with notes of violet pastilles, hard cherry candy, tobacco and olives. Silky tannins. Very long. Bottles like this will go on for 10 more years. Very fine.
In 1975 there was only one producer of the now MGA Montanello. In 1986 the Monchiero family left and started their own label and now there is two producers of Montanello. 
92p   (tasted 2020/12)

Sabotage / Black Sabbath / 1975
I hold Sabotage as the strongest album in Sabbaths discography, with Master of Reality as a close second. Their two first albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - usually tops all charts. 
But I am in good company! :-)

The crunching riff in Symptom of the Universe is one of the most heavy in metal history. The lyric on the other hand is...well cheesy. In this clip, playing Symptom of the Universe, Iommi looks like a happy hamster at 0:28
All info about the album here.



Friday, 1 January 2021

Wines of New Years Eve


This horrible year ended great though. Only yours truly and my better half, with great food and some decent wines... 

12 Ans de Cave, Gosset
First some info - 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir. 12 years on the yeast, 7 gr sugar and the base year is 2006. On to the wine then. The nose is deep and delicate with notes of toasted bread, red currants, dry fudge and fennel. Very salivating, as great Champagne´s should be.
The taste is cool, dry and still young with notes of oranges, grilled lemons, red currants and bread. A creamy finish with a fine acidity. Very fine. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/12)




2018 Saint-Aubin La Princée, Hubert Lamy
Ooooh boy, this has potential but is soooo young today. The nose is racy and steely with notes of lime peel, white flowers, lemon licorice and hints of cap gun smoke. Just waiting to unfold. Very, very good.
The taste is young and concentrated with notes of unripe yellow apples, lemon peel and loads of chrushed rocks. A very fine acidity. Sweet minerals. Give this 6+ years and be amazed. Glad I have more.
92p   (tasted 2020/12)

2012 Barolo Acclivi, Burlotto
Last tasted summer of 2019, it behaves more or less in the same fashion - a lovely Nebbiolo for drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/12)




2012 Barolo Cannubi, Burlotto
I write these tasting notes the day after I opened these bottles and the Cannubi has really gained of the extra air overnight. Yesterday the nose was deep and promising but closed. Now it  soars from the glass with lovely notes of ripe black cherries, violets, hard cherry candy, iron and tar. Almost a Serralunga touch to it. Really fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated even with 24 hours airing, displaying notes of rosehips, hard cherry candy, forest floor and iron. The finish goes on and on. Silky, yet firm tannins. Great wine. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/12)

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Just Bought - 1900 Barolo, Luigi Arnulfo

 Santa delivered a nice Christmas present this year. The question is - is it mature enough...? :-)



Monday, 28 December 2020

2018 Scheurebe Kabinett, Keller


2018 Scheurebe Kabinett, Keller
A young, crisp, racy nose with notes of chalk, white peach, grass and that tell tale sign of Scheurebe - grapefruit. Very, very good.
The taste is high and fine with notes of ripe grey pear, grass, iron and grapefruit. A fine, palate cleansing acidity. Long and fine. Lovely to drink now but will age well. 
Drunk with a dish with grilled salmon, deep fried salmon balls with mustard and dill, a cauliflower and broccoli puree and a salmon roe sauce.
90p   (tasted 2020/12)


Saturday, 26 December 2020

2017 Elgin Syrah Clonal Selection, Richard Kershaw



2017 Elgin Syrah Clonal Selection, Richard Kershaw
Reading the November 2020 issue of Decanter I noticed that from the article "Syrah vs Shiraz: 30 great buys from South Africa", the second highest scoring wine with a whopping 97p, was actually available on the sorry excuse of a wine purveyor that we have in Sweden, aka the state monopoly.
Popped and poured. Right out of the gate this is a charmer with a deep, spicy nose with notes of violets, ripe dark flowers, fried bacon, blueberry pie and sun warm rocks. High, floral and very fine.
The taste is young, tight and balanced with notes of ripe blueberries, damsons, veal stock, dried flowers and assorted spices. Silky tannins. Very long and fine. Well worth the 40 Euro tariff. 6+ years. But the Decanter score seems a bit steep. Great wine though.
94p   (tasted 2020/12)

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

2015 Efferus, Ruggabellus


2015 Efferus, Ruggabellus
More than two years since the last bottle tasted. On this evening it shows a fine, spicy, hight toned nose with notes of green peppers, blueberries, damsons. gravel and birch sap. Very fine and interesting.
The taste is medium bodied with a fine intensity and notes of green peppers, olives, cinnamon and gravel. Very long. Salivating tannins. Very, very good. 
92p   (tasted 2020/12)

Saturday, 19 December 2020

2010 Barbaresco Riserva Spezie, Vite Colte


2010 Barbaresco Riserva Spezie, Vite Colte
I tasted the 2008 Spezie at the estate last year and was impressed so when the 2010 showed up at the monopoly I boght some bottles. Time to test drive one.
It needed a couple of hours to open up and then it displays a finely perfumed nose with notes of ripe lingonberries, some wild strawberries, hard cherry candy, shoe polish and heaps of roses. Very fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of cold coffee, dried strawberries, mushrooms and fennel salami. Very, very good. Tannins for the medium haul, give it 5+ years. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2020/12)

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Two Cali Pinot


2018 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat
The Santa Barbara Pinot opens with a cool, fresh nose with notes of ripe strawberries, herbs, rhubarb licorice and red beet juice. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and fine with notes of ripe red currants, dried strawberried, herbs and a hint of smoke. A very good acidity. For drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2020/12)

2019 Caiden´s Vineyards Pinot Noir, Block Nine
The Pinot from Block Nine is deeper and more structured with a lovely nose with a fine mix of rhubarb and raspberries alongside notes of violets, sun warm rocks and incense. Very fine.
The taste is juicy and taut with a very fine backbone and acidity paired with notes of raspberry truffles, forest floor, smoke and violets. A very fine dryness at the end. Long. Highly likeable now but I would wait 4+ years to unfold even more greatness.
92p   (tasted 2020/12)

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

2018 The Firs Vineyard Syrah, Craven Wines


2018 The Firs Vineyard Syrah, Craven Wines
This Stellenbosch Syrah offers up a delicate, lightly peppered nose with notes of ripening blueberries, violets, blue skiwax, smoked meat and geranium. Very, very good.
The taste is fine and elegant with notes of sandelwood, blueberries, dried flowers, candle grease and a fleeting bonfire smoke note. At 12,5% alcohol, light, persistent and very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2020/12)

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Birthday Wines - Part Two - Three Bottles From The Greatest Vintage Ever


A small part of the closest family gathered yesterday for dinner. What to drink with my birthday classic - Coeur de filét Provencale? 
Doesn´t matter - as long as it is from The Greatest Vintage Ever!

1964 Beaujolais Grande Cuvée, Collin & Bourisset
I have had fine old bottles from this negociant before and this bottle was no exception. The nose is delicate and soft with notes of cranberries, dried raspberries, earth and herbs. Very good. Not that deep though.
The taste is dry and herbal with notes of red currants, dried nuts and forest floor. A tad short but still lively and with a good acidity.
85p   (tasted 2020/12)

1964 Château La Bécade
This Haut-Medoc has traveled to New York and back, ending up on my dinner table. The voyage doesn´t seem to have had a negative impact, since this is a fine bottle of mature Bordeaux.
The nose opens a tad shy but with air it displays fine notes of black currants, leather, tobacco and clean stables. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied, dry and fine with notes of red and black currants, tobacco, chocolate wafers and earth. A fine warmth. Has aged gracefully.
89p   (tasted 2020/12)


1964 Barolo, Prandi
From the old vineyards of Marchesi di Barolo - "Tenuta di vigneti proprii giá antichi Marchesi di Barolo", this bottle from Prandi hasn´t faired well ovef the years. The nose is full of cooked red berries, moist earth and VA.
The VA comes through in the taste alongside som murky red berries and moist cellar notes. Got worse with air. A 64 that gets 
64p   (tasted 2020/12)


Friday, 11 December 2020

Birthday Wines - Part One - 2004 & 2010 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso

Yesterday was my official birthday. What to drink on a Thursday? Barolo of course!

Bricco Luciani is a 16,09 ha big MGA in La Morra. Only three producers bottles a Barolo from this vineyard - Silvio Grasso (which I visited two years ago), Mauro Molino and Cascina del Monastero (both estated visited on the same day last year)

2004 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso
After two hours in a decanter this 16 year old Baloro offers up a deep, balsamic mnose with notes of undergrowth, dried strawberries, rosehips and violets. A fine, dark perfumed aroma. Moist forest floor. Some maturity. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, asphalt and dry chocolate. Long and fine. Still some perky tannins. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/12)


2010 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso
A very deep, tight, multi layered nose with notes of ripe cherries, tar, ginger bread, polished mahogany and mushrooms. Very complex, very young and very fine. 
The taste is seedy, polished and laid back with notes of pure cherry fruit, pomegranate, tar, dark flowers and salt licorice. Taut tannins, for those into this, I guess they are perfect. Wait at least 10 years. But what a wine! A very generous gift from Paolo Grasso.
94p   (tasted 2020/12)

Tonight we are having a small family dinner and of course there will some bottles from The Greatest Vintage Ever! :-) Notes to follow.



Wednesday, 9 December 2020

2017 Mercurey 1er Cru Les Puillets, Château de Santenay



2017 Mercurey 1er Cru Les Puillets, Château de Santenay
A open, inviting nose with notes of spices, red cherries, raspberries, forest floor and a discreet scent of used oak. Very, very good.
The taste is soft and fresh with notes of dried raspberries, licorice, Christmas spices and clay. A good acidity. A tad short. For drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/12)

Sunday, 6 December 2020

2018 Pinot Noir, Argyle

 

2018 Pinot Noir, Argyle
An open, direct, highly likeable nose with notes of strawberries, fennel seeds, spices and dried oranges. Very, very good. A hint of sweet tobacco.
The taste is medium bodied, dry and herbal with fine notes of dried strawberries, rhubarb, spices and earth. A fine acidity. Maybe a tad, tad short in the finish, but a very good mouthful of Oregon Pinot. Interesting enough, cheaper on the Swedish monopoly than at the estate...
90p   (tasted 2020/12)

Friday, 4 December 2020

2017 Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay, Racines Wine

 
2017 Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay, Racines Wine
I tasted this beauty a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed. I bought a couple of bottles and I thought it was time to test drive one.
The nose still is racy and spicy with lovely notes of ripe tangerines, smoke, lemon licorice and sand. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of grilled lemons, sand, smoke and tangerines. A very fine acidity. Long and lingering. Lovely now but I think it will be even better with 6+ years in the cellar.
94p   (tasted 2020/12)

Thursday, 3 December 2020

2018 Roero, Giovanni Almondo


2018 Roero, Giovanni Almondo
This producer is mostly known for his great Arneis, my favourite alongside the ones from Bruno Giacosa and Vietti. Luckily for the Swedish market, a new importer, Budbreak, has started to import the wines from Almondo. I recently bought some bottles and this is the first bottle of red wine I taste from this producer.
The nose is fresh, fragrant and energetic with notes of red currants, rosehips, Langhe earth and dry licorice. Feels like a high altitude grown Nebbiolo. Light in the most positive sense. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and tight with salivating tannins and notes of red currants, dried strawberries, spices and fresh mushrooms. I would love to get some cellar time on this, say 3-5 years, but at the same time it is sooo easy to gulp down now.
89p   (2020/12)

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Marroneto


2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Marroneto
This youngster needed time to open up. Very light at first, it builds body and character with air. After two hours it shows of a deep, intense, layered nose with notes of perfectly ripe red cherries, chestnuts, fir wood, violets, rosemary and sun warm gravel. Very, very fine. Delicate.
The taste is young, tight and structured with notes of sour cherries, violets, gravel, salty minerals and flower water. This will need 6+ years in the cellar. Very balanced. Great wine in the making. I also loved the 2012 Il Marroneto two years ago.
For another view on this wine, check out John Fodera´s website, always interesting. He calls this wine "stately". I concur.
94p   (tasted 2020/11)

Sunday, 29 November 2020

2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Il Poggione


 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Il Poggione
An upfront, highly likeable nose with notes of sour cherries, hyacinth, rosemary fried pork and tobacco. Very good and expressive. Youthful and forward.
The taste is more structured, cool and tight with notes of ripe cherries, gravel, fresh rosemary and tobacco. A fine acidity and smooth tannins. Very, very good. 4+ years.
A grass widower on this night I found a pizza dough in the freezer and some truffle salami in the fridge, voila!
89p   (tasted 2020/11)

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Louis Roederer Vintage - 2013 Brut & 2014 Brut Rosé


Two fine tasting samples from Vinunic, enjoyed over two days with some good food.

2013 Brut, Louis Roederer
This 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay blend offers up a intense, focused nose with notes of toasted bread, grilled lemons, red currants, almond paste and cap gun smoke. Very deep and fine. Still young.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of sweet minerals, smoke, white and red currants and sour dough bread. A high acidity. Very long. Young, wait 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/11)



2014 Brut Rosé, Louis Roederer
I tasted this a couple of months ago and it behaved in a similar manner. At least on day one. On the second day it was even more harmonious with added notes of ripe red berries - raspberries, strawberries and red currants. Lovely.
The taste is more creamy, rich and layered. A very fine acidity. Very long. Preferred it on day two. 
93p   (tasted 2020/11)

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Pian Delle Mole, Giulia Negri


2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Pian Delle Mole, Giulia Negri
A pure, high and energetic nose with notes of red currants, shoe polish, rosehip and a light touch of tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is silky and fresh with notes of forest floor, roses, red currants and dry licorice. Cool, smooth tannins. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/11)

Saturday, 21 November 2020

2007 Barolo Brunate, Marengo


2007 Barolo Brunate, Marengo
This 13 year old Barolo needed some serious time in the decanter before open up. Then is displayed a handsome, earthy nose with notes of ripe red cherries, rosehips, licorice and dried up raspberry jam. Very deep and fine. Not a hint of heat from the vintage on the nose.
The taste is rustic elegant and structured with notes of earth, red cherries, roses and licorice. A hint of warm truffles. Very, very good. There is a smidge of warmth in the finish. Still young, 6+ years.
Always when I drink a bottle from Marengo I vividly remember The Barolo Boys first visit to Marco and Jenny in April of 2008 and walking away deeply impressed. 
92p   (tasted 2020/11)


Tuesday, 17 November 2020

2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Joh. Jos. Prüm


2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Joh. Jos. Prüm
Breathtakingly beautiful with lift, hight, depth and focus, the nose is a dream with notes of para nuts, candied lemons, summer grass, orange peel, dried peach, wet asphalt and much, much more. Light and intense. Stunning.
The taste is focused and intense with notes of white peaches, candied lemons, sweet minerals, dried up vanilla ice cream and a touch of matchbox. The lenght is counted in minutes. Cristal clear acidity. Just gorgeous.
I opened this bottle because I noticed that it had some seepage. When the foil was cut I saw that the cork was pushed down 5 mm. The cork came up easy and was soaked through. But the wine was great. Glad I have more, but I will waith 5+ years before the next one.
97p   (tasted 2020/11)

Saturday, 14 November 2020

A Dynamic Duo From Aussie Land


Two tasting samples from Vinunic

2018 Ring * Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Ringbolt
This Margaret River Cabernet offers up a deep, rich nose with notes of ripe black currants, asphalt, ink, charcoal and salt licorice. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is young and finely concentrated with notes of black currants, bay leaves, iron and sweet tobacco. Long. A bargain for 15 Euro.
90p   (tasted 2020/11)

2016 Southern Valleys Pinot Noir, Nautilus
A gorgeous, lively, spicy nose with notes of white peppered raspberries, star anise, rhubarb and chrushed rocks. A high, intense nose, Very fine.
The taste is tight and serious with notes of violets, raspberries, white pepper and forest floor. A crisp acidity. Beautifully balanced. Great wine.
92p   (tasted 2020/11)

Friday, 13 November 2020

2016 Barbera d´Alba Bricco Del Cucolo, Castello di Verduno


2016 Barbera d´Alba Bricco Del Cucolo, Castello di Verduno
Last time I tasted this gem was at the estate in March of last year and then I was really impressed by this Barbera. As I were on this evening. 
Barbera from really old vines has a different character, not as direct and juciy and more akin to a Nebbiolo (without the tannins). The nose is deep and tight with notes of dark raspberries, old balsamico, licorice, bay leaves and undergrowth. Very complex and fine.
The taste is tight and handsome with a perky acidity and notes of violet licorice, raspberry chocolate, bonfire and iron. Very long. Really fine. Drinking beautifully today but will go on for 8+ years. In the same league as some of my favourite Barbera´s, see below.
93p   (tasted 2020/11)

Giacomo Conterno - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-barolo-boys-visits-bartolo.html
Aldo Conterno - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2019/03/long-overdue-notes-two-visits-to-aldo.html
Vietti - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-barolo-boys-visits-parusso-vietti.html
Brovia - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2019/02/long-overdue-notes-barolo-boys-in.html

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Two Bottles Of Pinot

2017 Auxey-Duresses, Domaine Jessiaume
A light, fine nose with notes of ripe red currants, cool tobacco, Asian spices and earth. Very nice.
The taste is medium bodied and finely structured with notes of red currants, rhubarb licorice and chalk. A fine acidity. Very, very good. 4+ years.
89p   (tasted 2020/11)



2018 Göcklingen Spätburgunder, Weingut Ehrhart
This Pfalz Pinot offers up a deep, complex nose with notes of raspberry, fried nuts, moist earth, chocolate biscuits and shoe cream. A very fine, low leyed sweetness. Very fine.
The taste is young and perky with notes of raspberry licorice, forest floor, herbs and sweet minerals. A very fine acidity. Balanced. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2020/11)

Thursday, 5 November 2020

1996 Barolo Cannubi, Serio & Battista Borgogno



1996 Barolo Cannubi, Serio & Battista Borgogno
This Barolo opens warm, spicy and deep with notes of muscovado sugar cooked strawberries, dog fur, leather, bonfire smoke and moist earth. Mature and fine. Wears its heart on its sleeves. Big. Very, very good.
The taste is broad and warm with notes of tobacco, dried strawberries, rosehips and old leather. Long and silky. Fully mature. Fine.
90p   (tasted 2020/11)