Thursday, 22 October 2020

Monday Tasting


We always have our monthly tastings in our tasting group on Mondays - a perfect way to start the week! This Monday HW poured the following.
Tasted double blind

2007 Faro Palari, Salvatore Geraci
It was many years since I tasted a bottle of Faro Palari. This shows of a nose with a hint of maturity and notes of ripe cherries, Finnish licorice, tobacco and lots of ripe flowers. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and warm with notes of vanilla cooked cherries, dried flowers, undergrowth and tobacco. Soft tannins. Ready to drink.
89p   (tasted 2020/10)



2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Le Vieux Donjon
The Ch-du-Pape´s (except for the Pegau) I guessed were hot and alcoholdriven Priorat bottles. But no, they were hot and alcoholdriven Châteauneuf bottles...
I am usually a fan of Le Vieux Donjon but this wine jumps out of the glass with notes of ripe plums, plywood, scorched earth and lighter fluid. Falls apart in the glass.
The taste is spicy and hot with notes of plums, fried herbs and hot asphalt. Long and fiery. Not for me.
82p   (tasted 2020/10)

1997 Michael Shiraz, Wynn´s
This this stood out at the oldest wine in the line up but I still managed to guess that it was a part of a coherent theme... A very fine bottle, this mature Shiraz offered up a big, open nose with notes of ripe blackberries, tobacco, pepper and a fine oak vanilla scent.
The taste is mature and velvety with notes of ripe black currants, blackberries, tobacco and pepper. A very good structure. Perfectly mature.
91p   (tasted 2020/10)


2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin, Domaine de la Janasse
A big, forward, hot nose with notes of scorched earth, red currant jam, chocolate and diesel oil. As with the Donjon, implodes in the glass.
The taste is dry and seedy with notes of overripe red fruit, ink, fried herbs and earth. Long and fiery.
84p   (tasted 2020/10)

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuveée Reservée, Pegau
A very fine, somewhat restrained nose with notes of red currants, fresh herbs, smoke and some stable aromas. A understated elegance. Very fine.
The taste is sandy and fine with a mix of red and black fruits and additional notes of herbs, dry chocolate and smoke. Very long with a fine warmth. Lovely.
94p   (tasted 2020/10)

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château Beaucastel
A big, ripe nose with notes if ink, model clay, earth and blackberries. Very deep. There is lot of warmth here also but it keeps it in check. Very, very good.
The taste is big and steady with notes of plums, raisins, bonfire smoke and fried herbs. Very long and very warm. This is much better than the Janasse and the Donjon but the aftertaste still is fiery and very warm.
90p   (tasted 2020/10)


Sunday, 18 October 2020

2006 Barolo Vigna Rionda, Luigi Pira

 

2006 Barolo Vigna Rionda, Luigi Pira
This adolescent needed a couple of hours in a decanter before offering up a lovely, complex nose with notes of ripe black cherries, asphalt, polished mahogany, iron and a touch of mint. Very pure and aristocratic. Lovely.
It was drunk over two day, on the second day the nose had become a tad more round and softer with dried black cherries, licorice and scorched earth. Still lovely!
The taste is seamless, structured and taut with notes of black cherries, violets, asphalt and warm tiles. Very long and intense. The tannins steamrolls over the palate. This needs lots of time, and today a steak.
On the second day the tannins appears a bit softer but they still make a mark on the palate. Wait 10+ years. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2020/10)

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Just Bought

Do I really need more Barolo? 

Does the pope wear a funny hat?!



Friday, 16 October 2020

A Bottle Of Bubbly - NV Authentique Rosé, Barnaut

 
NV Authentique Rosé, Barnaut
A fine, delicate nose with notes of wild strawberries, raspberries, almond paste and wet asphalt. A fine, low keyed intensity. Highly likeable.
The taste is spicy and elegant with notes of wild strawberries, chrushed rock and red basil. A very fine acidity. Long and lingering. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

2015 Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières, Domaine Jessiaume


2015 Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières, Domaine Jessiaume
A fine, delicate, refined nose with a hint of maturity and notes of red beets, balsamic marinated strawberries, licorice and a whiff of a fresh stable. Very handsome. Really good.
The taste is pure and creamy with notes of red beets, dried strawberries, rhubarb licorice and forest floor. A very fine acidity. Long and luscious. 5+ years. Wish I had more.
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

Friday, 9 October 2020

Two Bottles From Produttori Del Barbaresco

2012 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco
This 8 year old Barbaresco shows a bit of maturity, with a pure nose with notes of hard cherry candy, furniture polish, cranberries and iron. Very, very good.
The taste feels younger than the nose leads you to believe, with notes of cherry pips, freeze dried coffee, mineral and violets. A fine tannin structure. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/10)


1999 Barbaresco Montestefano, Produttori del Barbaresco
A deep, multi layered nose with notes of autumn leaves, asphalt, dried black cherries, mahogany, violets and fried dark bread. Very complex and fine.
The taste is semi mature, structured and taut with notes of dry licorice, dried black currants, violets and asphalt. Long, warm and seedy. A low keyed intensity. Very fine.
94p   (tasted 2020/10)

Thursday, 8 October 2020

1996 Barolo Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria


1996 Barolo Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria
A round, mature nose with notes of cherry jam, cranberries, bay leaves and licorice. With air more forest floor notes comes forward. Very, very good. Feels fully mature.
The taste is medium bodied and silky with notes of ripe lingonberries, red tea, licorice and incense. Dusty Langhe earth. Drinking perfectly now.
91p   (tasted 2020/10)

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Tasting A Bunch Of Stunners - Racines, Crystallum, Faiveley, Shafer, Vasse Felix, Pingus & More!



Vingruppen invited to taste some fall releseas. A very fine tasting indeed. I tasted 52 wines. 

These were my highlights. Release date in parentheses. 

The Whites

2019 Clay Shales Chardonnay, Crystallum
A fine flowery, lightly buttered nose with smoke, clay and white peach. Delicate.
The taste is cool and smoky with notes of mango, oranges and sweet minerals. A fine acidity. Very, very good. (6/10)
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay, Racines Wines
A racy and spicy nose with gorgeous notes of assorted nuts, apricots, sand and warm grass. Very deep and fine.
The taste is concentrated and multi layered with notes of orange blossom water, orange zest, sand and smoke. A very fine intensity. Lovely. (Already relesead, there are a few left after my order...)
94p   (tasted 2020/10)




2017 Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Sandhi Wines
A stony, fresh nose with notes of chives, lemon cream and minerals. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and refined with a crisp acidity and very fine lemon scented fruit. (10/12)
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 La Source Chardonnay, Evening Land Vineyards
A high, pure nose with notes of freshly washed linen, spring flowers and nuts. Vety fine.
The taste is stony and concentrated with notes of candied lemons, nuts and chrushed minerals. Long and very fine. (12/11)
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 Summum Chardonnay, Evening Land Vineyards
A very deep, focused nose with notes of candle grease, almond paste, wet cement and creamy lemons. Very fine.
The taste is sumptuous and lush with notes of lemon cream, oranges, sand and a salty touch. A striking acidity. Great wine and worth its heady tariff. (12/11)
94p   (tasted 2020/10)

2018 Mercurey Clos Rochette, Domaine Faiveley
This Monopole shows of a low keyed, handsome nose with notes of lemon zest, grass, dry caramel and a fine perfumed scent.
The taste is finely tuned and classic with a fine acidity, lovely fruit and  a long balanced finish. 6+ years. (27/10)
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

2018 Heytesbury Chardonnay, Vasse Felix
As usual, drop dead gorgeous. The nose is luscious and upfront but with a stunning depth and focus. Stunning.
The taste is aristocratic and multi layerered with notes of lavender, grilled lemons, grey pears and sweet minerals. Long, long, long. 5+ years. (17/11)
94p   (tasted 2020/10)


The Reds

2015 Auma, Koyle Family Vineyards
A high, interesting nose with barnyard aromas, lots of dried red berries and scorched earth. Very deep and fine.
The taste is mouthfilling and intense with notes of cranberry jelly, fir wood, warm sand and dog fur. Very long. Warm. Very, very good in its own particular style. (Already released)
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2018 Sangiovese, Dal Zotto
A perky, fresh nose with notes of ripening strawberries and red cherries with some additional dry licorice. Lively and very good.
The taste is light and vivacious with notes of sweet lingonberries, red cherries and earth. A high spirited Sangiovese from Aussie land. A bargain for 18 Euro. (6/10)
91p   (tasted 2020/10)



2019 Malabel Pinot Noir, Crystallum
A lovely perfumed Pinot with notes of warm tiles, ripe raspberries, fresh herbs and forest floor. Very deep and fine.
The taste is balanced and sleek with notes of raspberries, rhubarb licorice and herbs. A very fine acidity. Very handsome. (6/10)
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir, Racines Wines
As with the Chardonnay, Racines has put out a fantastic Pinot. It burst with ripe raspberries, rosehip, dark flowers and a moist forest floor. Feel old viney. Just great.
The taste has lots of character, intensity and focus. Lovely fruit, a brilliant acidity and a fine length. A must buy. (13/10)
95p   (tasted 2020/10)


2018 Nuits-St-Georges Les Pruliers, Domaine Faiveley
A balanced, old school Burgundy with notes of sandelwood, perfume, earth and a melange of red fruits. Very, very good.
The taste is silky and refined with notes of red currants, forest floor and dried flowers. Long and structured (7+ år).  (27/10)
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 Samt & Seide, Dorli Muhr
Even better than a couple of months ago when tasted with Dorli. A bargain for 20 Euro. (24/11)
91p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 Bloom´s Field Pinot Noir, Domaine de la Côte
A deep, somewhat meaty nose with notes of bonfire, dried up raspberry jam and heady perfume. But it also has balance and nerve.
The taste is rich and concentrated with notes of ripe raspberries, smoke, licorice and scorched earth. Very long and impressive. 5+ years. (11/12)
93p   (tasted 2020/10)


2017 Montefalco Rosso, Arnaldo Caprai
A young, lively blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot from Umbria, with juicy fruit and a fresh, spicy nose.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of red currants, herbs and gravel. Light and fine with frisky tannins. Very, very good for 15 Euro. (3/11)
89p   (tasted 2020/10)

2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Mastrojanni
A brilliant nose with depth, character and focus. Hard cherry candy, fresh rosemary and Tuscan gravel are just some of the scents that pour out of the glass. Stunning.
The taste is structured and old viney with notes of perfectly ripe cherries, chrushed rocks, tobacco and herbs. The finish is over a minute long. Great wine. 8+ years. (11/12)
95p   (tasted 2020/10)



2017 Shiraz Viognier, Clonakilla
As usual, a beauty. The 2017 version offers up a pure, concentrated nose with notes of blueberries, black pepper, a hint of mint and fresh flowers. Very fine.
The taste is perfumed and fine with a mix of blueberries and raspberries alongside notes of ginger bread, mint licorice and flower water. Very complex. Gorgeous. (11/12)
95p   (tasted 2020/10)

2016 Tom Cully, Vasse Felix
This 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot blend jumps out of the glass with a deep, meaty, peppery nose with notes of sandelwood, tobacco and very ripe black currants. Impressive.
The taste is rich and concentrated with notes of violets, fresh coffee, blackberries and some dark chocolate. Very long and structured. Wear its weight with ease. 8+ years. (19/11)
94p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 Pingus, Dominio de Pingus
Ok, how many cases will I order? For 850 Euro a bottle not that many...
The nose is very deep, very tight and at the moment a tad withdrawn. When you coax the glass you get some notes of fir wood, ripe cherries, a hint of vanilla and ripe undergrowth. High and structured. Needs plenty of time.
In the mouth the structure is even more obvious. Every not and bolt is in the right places but today the structure takes hold of the enjoyment. But there is lots of good things going on here, just wait 10+ years. I will not though. (?)
93p   (tasted 2020/10)



2016 Relentless, Shafer
A deep, meaty, upfront nose with notes of dark earth, ripe  plums, blackberries and chrushed black pepper. Firm and focused. Very fine.
The taste is rich and concentrated with notes of blackberries, bluberry pie, violets and scorched earth. Very long and intense. 6+ years. 90% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah. (10/11)
95p   (tasted 2020/10)

2017 One Point Five, Shafer
A stifled nose that needs coaxing to get tight notes of ripe black currants, asphalt, Christmas spices and dark chocolate out of the glass. Ripe. Needs time. Very fine.
The taste is structured and balanced with notes of ripe blueberries and black currants with a hint of mint, fir wood and moist earth. Very long and intense. 8+ years. (11/12)
94p   (tasted 2020/10)

2015 Hillside Select, Shafer
Just perfect. Ah, well, it needs 10 years in the cellar before the three point score will be rewarded, but it will get there. Today it is a hedonist dream, velvety, massive fruit, intensity, balance and energy. The old Broadbent quote "an iron fist in a velvet glove" couldn´t be more fitting. Absolutely magnificent. Worth every cent. (10/12)
99p   (tasted 2020/10)



Monday, 5 October 2020

1993 Dolcetto d’Alba Borgo Asili, Lodali


1993 Dolcetto d’Alba Borgo Asili, Lodali
Opens up a tad funky but only with a little time in the glass, this 27 year old Dolcetto offers up fine notes of dried black cherries, chocolate biscuits, leather and rosehip on the nose. Very, very good. Still alive and kicking.
The taste is dry and mature with a fine warmth and notes of dry licorice, dried up cherry jam, earth and leather. The tannins still gives a tiny amount of resistence. This is good! Bottles like this (and I have more!) will easily go on for 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/10)

Friday, 2 October 2020

2013 Barolo Perno, Cascina Del Monastero


2013 Barolo Perno, Cascina Del Monastero
I knew. Do not open a bottle! But I couldn´t resist. A six bottle parcel was delivered and I hadn´t tasted this before. I knew that the 13 Baroli have closed up. 

But - resistense was futile! 

Here I sit, three hours after the deed was done. The nose is gorgeous, almost right out of the bottle, with lovely notes of cranberries, shoe polish, iron, spices and a tiny scent of mint. Very fine.
But the taste... Hard as nails. Even after three hour in a decanter it hasn´t budged at all. Structured and seedy with fine grained tannins and locked in fruit. Long and tight with earthy notes, iron and dry licorice. 
Based on this bottle, I will try, try hard not to open another bottle in 7 years time. Wish me luck!

Although, this bottle took me back to my visit to the Cascina del Monastero estate in August of last year, and meeting Loris, which still fills me with joy and admiration of his energy and commitment to make great wines. I will be back!
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Barbaresco From Albino Rocca


 These were tasted at Wine Affair´s trade tasting a couple of weeks ago.

2017 Barbaresco Montersino, Albino Rocca
A fine, delicate nose with notes of fresh strawberries, forest floor and licorice. Very, very good.
The taste is sandy and structured with notes of sandelwood, licorice and wild strawberries. Very long and fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto, Albino Rocca
A deep, taut nose with notes of scorched earth, granite and black cherries. Dense and dark. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of black cherries, chrushed rocks, violets and dried flowers. 
8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Barbaresco Ronchi, Albino Rocca
A very fine, refined nose with a mix of red and black cherries, rose petals, forest floor and asphalt. Lovely.
The taste is rich and textured with notes of hard cherry candy, asphalt, dried flowers and minerals. Racy tannins. Very fine.
94p   (tasted 2020/09)

I have very fond memories of The Barolo Boys visit to the estate in 2009. We had a great tasting and then a long, wonderful lunch with Angelo Rocca (who died in a plane crash in 2012).

Angelo and his father 

Lunch with Angelo

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

2019 Dolcetto d´Alba Pian Delle Masche, Crissante


2019 Dolcetto d´Alba Pian Delle Masche, Crissante
A young, juicy nose with notes of cranberries, blueberries, iron and Lily of the Valley. Very good. A cool, meaty scent after some time.
The taste is tight and rather stern in its youth, with notes of iron, violets, juniper berries and bay leaves. Needs time. Perky tannins and a high acidity.
88p   (tasted 2020/09)

Monday, 28 September 2020

2016 Baroli From Mauro Veglio


A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity through Wine Affair to taste almost all (no Rocche dell´Annunziata) 2016 Baroli from Mauro Veglio.
Since I only spent a minute or two with each wine, I give a indicative score below.

2016 Barolo, Mauro Veglio
A low keyed, balanced nose with lovely red fruit and a tight taste with sandy tannins. Very pretty.
~90p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Barolo Arborina, Mauro Veglio
An open, sweet, handsome nose with a long lasting, earthy taste. Pure and classy.
~93p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Barolo Gattera, Mauro Veglio
A gorgeously perfumed nose with lots of mushrooms and licorice. The palate is luscious and silky. Lovely. 
~94p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Barolo Paiagallo, Mauro Veglio
High and structured with depth, intensity and grace. Splendid. A must buy.
~95p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Barolo Castelletto, Mauro Veglio
The most taut and broad shouldered with iron, violets and bay leaves. Very long with stern tannins.
~92p   (tasted 2020/09)

Saturday, 26 September 2020

2016 Barbaresco Starderi, Renato Fenocchio


2016 Barbaresco Starderi, Renato Fenocchio
A beauty. The nose is light, ethereal and intense with notes of red currants, diesel oil, shoe polish, roses and chrushed rocks. A laser like nerve. Stunning.
The taste is young, tight and focused with notes of red ski wax, red currants, orange peel and earth. Silky tannins. Long and lovely. Great now but wait 8+ years and see what happens... Glad I have some.
94p   (tasted 2020/09)

Friday, 25 September 2020

A Mushroom Pasta & Two Bottles Of Wine


Is Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir better with a mushroom pasta? One of the eternal questions. The set up - a bowl of fine pasta, fried assorted mushrooms, olive oil and lots of parmesan. 

The Barolo won this contest...

2014 Barolo V. S. Caterina, Guido Porro
A high, pure, intense nose with notes of rowan berries, paint, dried roses and hard cherry candy. A very fine low key intensity.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of ripe lingonberries, rosehips, shoe polish and asphalt. More restrained compared to when I tasted it at the estate two years ago - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2019/08/not-so-long-overdue-notes-barolo-boys.html
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2012 Burkheimer Feurberg Spätburgunder GG, Weingut Bercher
A big, open, juicy nose with notes of toasted almonds, ripe raspberries, Finnish licorice and fir wood. Deep and fine. Red beets. Lively.
The taste is ripe and ready for action with notes of scorched earth, ripe raspberries, smoke and herbs. A very fine warmth. Long and fine. 
90p   (tasted 2020/09)

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Tasting Great Wines With Wine Affair


A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to attend a tasting arranged by Wine Affair and I tasted these gems.

The Whites

2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, Guigal
A fine, delicate nose with notes of peach, white currants and hay. A fine flowery scent.
The taste is medium bodied and dry with notes of oranges, peach and gravel. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, La Chablisienne
A spicy, smoky nose with notes of mineral, lemon licorice and yellow apples. Fine.
The taste is high and dry with notes of white peppers, white currants and smoke. Very long and fine.
90p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot, Louis Jadot¨
A deep, concentrated nose with notes of grilled lemons, red basil and matchbox. Intense and fine.
The taste is handsome and balanced with notes of sage, lemon cream and smoke. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Condrieu La Doriane, Guigal
I am normally not a fan of Condrieu (I am a acid junkie) but this bottle from Guigal is the real thing. The nose is deep and down right gorgeous with a sea of ripe flowers, apricots, peach and sweet minerals. Very deep.
The taste is multi layered and fine with a silky character, paired with notes of grilled lemons, yellow flowers, apricots and hot earth. Very, very long. 
93p   (tasted 2020/09)


2016 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc, Guigal
This 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne Ermitage jumps out of the glass with notes of ripe lemons, bay leaves, incense, peach and linoleum, Very intense. Just gorgeous.
The taste is pure and powerful with notes of apricots, spices, lemon peel, dried flowers and a hint of band aid. Rich and balanced. Loooong. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2020/09)

The Reds

2016 Santenay 1er Cru Maladière, Domaine Prieur. Brunet
A cool, red berry nose with notes of earth, herbs and ripening raspberries. Light and fine.
The taste is dry and seedy with a fine acidity and notes of dried raspberries, earth and some balsamic notes. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Corton-Pougets, Loius Jadot
A deep, tight nose with notes of red beets, rhubarb licorice, Christmas spices and forest floor. Lots of depth. Very fine.
The taste is refined and racy with notes of sandal wood, ripe raspberries, smoke and fresh herbs. Very long. Distinct. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Chapelle-Chambertin, Louis Jadot
A lovely, focused nose with notes of ripe raspberries, rich earth, fresh herbs and warm sand. Very deep and fine.
The taste is refined and racy with great fruit, a fine backbone, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Very handsome. Great wine! 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/09)


2017 Barbaresco Vigna Loreto, Albino Rocca
I tasted three Barbaresco´s from Albino Rocca earlier the same day, I will be back with a separate post on those.

2016 Barolo Gattera. Mauro Veglio
Same as above, I tasted through the whole Baroli range from Mauro Veglio, a separate post will follow.

2017 Tabuerniga, Bodega Lanzaga
A rich, spicy nose with notes of Christmas spices, cooked red fruit, asphalt and heather. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrerad with notes of cranberries, asphalt and some meaty notes. Long, sturdy and warm. Very young. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Château Lavabre La Closerie du Pic, Château Peuch-Haut
A plummy, warm nose with notes of undergrowth, tobacco and herbs. Compact and fine.
The taste is juicy and concentrated with notes of cooked fruit, scorched earth and tobacco. Very long. 6+ years
90p   (tasted 2020/09)


2017 Blue Label, Bodegas Juan Gil
A very deep, focused nose with notes of rosemary, assorted black fruits, earth and a lovely perfumed note. Very fine.
The taste is stern and steady with notes of blackberries, violets, fried nuts and moist eerth. Very balanced. Long. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2020/09)

2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Riche
A young, upfront nose with notes of black currants, gravel and some clean stables. Very good.
The taste is medium bodied with notes of black currants, ink and dusty earth. Fine grained tannins.
89p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Galius, Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion
This 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc blend offers up a handsome, balanced nose with notes of plums, herbs, earth and cold coffee. Very, very good.
The taste is focused and fine with notes of plums, green raisins, forest floor and chrushed rocks. Silky tannins. A very fine mouthfeel. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)


2016 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne, Guigal
Oooh boy, this is good! The nose explodes from the glass with notes of plums, blackberries, black earth, matchbox, meat and a hint of toothpaste. Very complex. Just gorgeous. Very young.
The taste has everything except the added complexity that comes from maturity. Inky, irony, peppery with masses of ripe bluberries, violets and licorice. Taut tannins. Perfection in the making, just give it 10+ years.
98p   (tasted 2020/09)


Monday, 21 September 2020

1995 Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux

 
1995 Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux
This 25 year old Moulis shows of a fine mature nose with notes of fresh stables, ripe black currants, tobacco and old wood furniture. Very, very good.
The taste is perky for its age with notes of graphite, dried red and black currants and undergrowth. A silky finish. Fresh and fine. Bottles like this will go on for another 10 years.
89p   (tasted 2020/09)

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Three Fine Nebbiolo´s


Notes from a dinner last weekend at friends.

1999 Barolo Bricco Viole, G. D. Vajra
A deep, fine, autumly nose with notes of red beets, Christmas spices, violets and Langhe earth. A fine floral scent. Very, very good.
The taste is still tight but beginning to get some mature notes. Spicy tannins and notes of hard cherry candy, violets, rosehips and earth. Long and fine. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/09)


2001 Barolo, Bruno Giacosa
This started out slow (all opened and decanted just before service) but had a forward momentum all night long. The nose is high and intense with notes of red currants, furniture polish, bakelite, asphalt and dried flowers. Very deep. Lovely.
The taste is seamless, dry and focused with notes of dried red cherries, wild strawberries, dry tobacco and gravel. A fine concentration. Very long. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/09)



2001 Barbaresco Currà, Sottimano
A deep, tight, herbal nose with notes of forest floor, ripe cherries, chocolate licorice and tobacco. A very fine sweetness to the fruit. Balsamic. Very deep.
The taste is taut and concentrated with notes of warm sand, ripe cherries, undergrowth and asphalt. Very long. Needs time, 8+ years. Great wine. The two of us that was forced to guess blind had this as a Barolo. 
93p   (tasted 2020/09)

Monday, 14 September 2020

2018 Dolcetto From Bartolo Mascarello & Brovia

2018 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bartolo Mascarello
A direct, lovely nose with notes of fresh red currants, cranberries, incense and earth. Lively and very fine.
The taste is cool and dry with notes of spices, assorted red berries and candle grease. Silky tannins. Sooo drinkable from the get go. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2020/09)
Maria Teresa
Alex
2018 Dolcetto d´Alba Vignavillej, Brovia
Alex has fashioned a more sturdy Dolcetto with grapes from Serralunga. The nose is deep and focused with notes of blueberries, cranberries, licorice and asphalt. Very fine.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of ripe blueberries, bakelite, iron and herbs. Balanced and fine. Very fine tannins that show themselves in the finish. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/09)

Saturday, 12 September 2020

2016 Belguardo, Mazzei


2016 Belguardo, Mazzei
A big, rich nose with notes of ripe plums, bonfire smoke, sweet violets, lavender and polished mahogany. Very deep, upfront and satisfying.
The taste is tight and restrained with ripe black fruits, matchbox, graphite and fine tobacco. Very long. A fine structure. Need 6+ years.
Notes on 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 Belguardo
92p   (tasted 2020/09)