Sunday last week - me and C were invited to Sunday lunch at Å & N´s place - as usual, a wonderful get together - great wines, a kick ass rabbit pasta and table tennis! :-)
All wines tasted double blind.
2001 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese, Robert Weil
The sipping wine, whilst playing table tennis mind you, was this beauty. A open, pure, deep and gorgeous nose with notes of yellow pears, lemon peel, chives, rubber and lots of sweet minerals. A lovely sweetness. Deep and elegant. Really fine.
The taste is seamless, pure and racy with beautiful yellow fruit, high acidity and a minute long finish. Fine notes of dry lemoncello, melon, yellow pears and slate. Very, very fine. Starts of almost semi sweet but ends bone dry after the long finish has ended. A lovely wine.
93p (tasted 2013/05)
2009 Guru, Wine & Soul
This Portuguese beauty is made of the local grapes Viosinho, Rabigato, Codega and Gouveio - not the ones I usually drink, but this bottle could make me do that more. The nose is young, fresh and pure with lots of stony aromas with some additional notes of lime peel, licorice, chlorophyll (a fine green note) and a touch of detergent (in a complex way). Very fine.
The taste is young, fresh and gulpable with notes of lemon and lime peel, green apples, crushed rocks and a salty, tangy note that is very refreshing. A medium long, fresh finish. A very interesting wine.
90p (tasted 2013/05)
2004 Camarcanda, Gaja
A lovely warm, semi mature, herbal nose with notes of red and black currants, coffee powder, autumn leaves and a fine green note, just like ripe Cabernet Franc. Very, very good. There is a delicious green sweetness to the fruit, if that make any sense?
The taste is tight, semi broad and with a hint of maturity. Fine notes of ripe red and black currants, burning autumn leaves, cold coffee and hard cherry candy. Lovely integrated tannins. A long, warm finish that ends dry. Very, very good. Should hit its peak in 3-5 years.
Made out of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.
91p (tasted 2013/05)
2001 Barolo Arborina laFoia, Marco Curto
Fun! A new Barolo producer for me. And one that has land in that hallowed place on earth that is Arborina. Marco Curto and Elio Altare is obviously cousins. The nose is a Nebbiolo lovers dream - gorgeous notes of lingonberries, rosehips, licorice, cranberries, rose petals and a whole mushroom forest. Very flowery. Deep and intoxicating. This is really fine. Ethereal. And with a hint of maturity.
The taste is tighter than the nose leads on, with strapping tannins supporting the fresh fruit in shape of lingonberries, red currants and rosehips. In the very long finish there are notes of licorice, cigarette ashes and dusty earth. A very fine acidity. This is a delicious bottle of wine, I would love to taste more bottles from this producer.
93p (tasted 2013/05)