Its always thrilling, but at the same time somewhat nervous to meet new people. And in this case, people you have, in a way, formed an opion of by reading what they have written about food and wine, here - http://redscreamandriesling.blogspot.se/, http://vinotinto.wordpress.com/, http://www.matpm.blogspot.se/ and http://wctc.se/.
How would they be IRL...? :-)
Friendly, funny and enthusiastic, it turned out! A great night of food, wine and laughter - thanks all! And a special thanks to R for the outstanding food!
Besides the wines below I missed a Vin Santo that seemed to made some sort of impression...:-)
? Il Poggio, Cantina Poggio
We started with two bottles from Emiglia Romagna. The first one is a blend of Barbera, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon. I seemed to have missed to note the vintage on this one - it must have been the nervs... Anyone else that noted it?
The nose is a bit shy at first, but with some swirling scents of blueberries, earth, peppar, pine and warm spicies emerge. Nice but not that deep.
The taste is young, fresh and good with notes of mixed fruits, warm earth, leather and a touch of Chinato. The acidity is nicely noticable in the finish. A good food wine.
84p (tasted 2012/04)
2009 Gutturnio, Cantina Valdione
A big, warm, spicy nose with notes of cherry jam, chocolate, earth and a warm flowery note. A big ungainly.
The taste is big and juicy with lots of sweet red fruit, licorice, earth and a touch of alcohol. The acidity doesn´t feels really integrated. If you like them rather big and brawny, this is for you.
55% Barbera, 45% Bonarda.
76p (tasted 2012/04)
2009 Blanc de Noir, Shelter Winery
A Pinot Blanc from Germany. The nose is delicate, fresh and salivating with notes of lemon peel, grey pears, mineral, seashells and that interesting touch of a wet dog. Very fine. This has character. I like this a lot.
The taste is warmer and more full bodied than the nose leads you to believe, with notes of lemon cream, ripe pears, blood oranges and a buttery note. I would definitely have guessed Chardonnay if I had gotten this blind. The finish is long, fresh and fine. Very good!
89p (tasted 2012/04)
1994 Flaccianello, Fontodi
When it opens up in the glass, this is a great example of a mature Super Tuscan. The aromas is just beautiful, with ripe black cherries, pipe tobacco, Valrhona chocolate, forest floor and a touch of animal. Deep and beguiling.
The taste is mature, creamy but with some resistance still there in form of sweet, melting tannins. A lovely taste of velvety sweet black cherries with notes of tobacco, leather and a touch of cassis. Served blind, there were some guesses leaning to Bordeaux and I wouldn´t have been surprised if I also would had guessed that if I had gotten this nectar blind. A great drink, especially from this magnum...:-)
92p (tasted 2012/04)
2006 Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero, Comm. G.B. Burlotto
There is something completely disarming with a great traditional Barolo - you just surrender to its charm and wayward personality. A deep, funky, dark nose with notes of sweet lingonberries, red cherries, licorice, dried mushrooms and Savoiardi biscuits. Very, very young. The sweetness of the fruit is stunning.
The taste is hard as a nail, but the sweet fruit, tannins and acidity makes up for a big mouthful of young, strapping Barolo that fills every little nook in the mouth. This needs time but with some air in the glass, one cannot resist this brute today.
92p (tasted 2012/04)
2004 Ghemme Bricco Balsina, Ioppa
A deep, dark, jammy nose with notes of blackberries, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, oil paint and warm earth. The nose is yummy in its up front structure. Touches of freshly sawn oak.
Sadly so can´t the taste keep up with the nose. At first it does, with lots of sweet, tight fruit, but then the finish hits you with alchocol marinated oak. The tongue curles up and tries to avoid the dry oak taste. But to no avail... I don´t know if this was a poor showing, since I read good things about it? It worked with food but on its own its way too dry.
78p (tasted 2012/04)
2003 Barolo Broglio, Schiavenza
A dense, deep, fine nose with notes of red cherries, licorice, dried flowers and parsnips! Very, very good. A hint of maturity. A scent of coca cola candy aftter a while. Deep.
The taste is tight, young and classy with notes of lingonberries, red cherries, licorice and forest floor. The finish is medium long and ends with a nice dry twist. This still has some maturing to do but there is no problem finishing this bottle of today. Lovely wine.
90p (tasted 2012/04)
2009 Brachetto d´Acqui, Braida
This 5,5% refreshing red sparkler is a great way to end this evening. A fruity, fresh nose with notes of rasberries, wild strawberry candy and a touch of licorice.
The taste is semi sweet with fresh rasberry flavours and a tingling sensation over the tongue. Very nice for refreshing the palate before I head out in the cold spring of Stockholm.
82p (tasted 2012/04)