Thursday 26 December 2013
Some Christmas Bottles
2011 Rosso di Montalcino, Castello Romitario
A young, fresh nose with notes of sour cherries, rosehips, lingonberry bushes, rosemary and road dust. Very nice. Upfront juicy fruit.
The taste is young, tight and firm with notes of red cherries, lingonberries, liquorice and Tuscan gravel. Luscious and fine. Some violets in the medium long finish. A fine acidity. Very, very good.
90p (tasted 2013/12)
2004 Brunello di Montalcino, Collosorbo
I have missed drinking Brunello lately! This bottle consoles me with an open, semi mature, spicy nose with notes of red cherries, black tea leaves, dried rosemary, tobacco ashes and autumn leaves. A fine warmth. Not that complex but a very yummy fruit.
The taste is big, warm and maturing with notes of sweet and sour cherries, asphalt, autumn leaves and some tobacco. A long, warm finish with nicely polished tannins. The taste is verging on great. Very, very good.
91p (tasted 2013/12)
2010 Gigondas Sieur Alphonse, Bonpas
A medium deep, nice nose with notes of resin, Christmas spices, white pepper spiced blueberries and some earthy aromas. A fine warmth.
The taste is young, warm and spicy with notes of cooked blueberries, warm rocks, balsa wood and old leather. Some dried strawberries in the rather short finish. Good.
84p (tasted 2013/12)
2012 L´Integrale, Domaine des Pothiers
I received my first case from Vinlådan just before Christmas. This cuvee is made from Gamay and has a young, seedy, fresh nose with notes of cool blackberries, thyme, violets, liquorice and a hint of blueberry yoghurt. Fruity and fine.
The taste is young, clean and medium bodied with notes of blueberries, resin, liquorice and thyme. A medium long, fresh finish with pleasing tannins. Hard blueberry candy. Very good.
88p (tasted 2013/12)