1996 Moulins de Citran
The second wine of Château Citran. This 19 year old Bordeaux displays a fine maturity in the shape of soft red and black currants, fresh stables, autumn leaves and cigarette ashes. There is a ever so tiny hint of green peppers, but that only add to the nice personality.
The taste is cool, mature and fine with notes of red currants, earth, old leather and autumn leaves. The finish is medium long and gentle. Classy for what it is. Really good. I have the big brother of the same vintage, gotta open that one soon.
87p (tasted 2015/07)
2011 Les Obriers de la Pèira, La Pèira
A upfront meaty, spicy nose with notes of ripe blueberries, violets and moist earth. A lot of stuffing although it lacks a bit of refinement. Very good though. Gets better and fuller with air.
The taste is medium bodied and steady with notes of blackberries, blueberries, dried flowers and violets. A long finish with some cigarette ashes in the end, and a good warmth. It went down really well with some grilled meat. Could evolve some more.
89p (tasted 2015/07)
Again and again this bottle of stunning juice delivers a great experience. I can just recycle my last note...
95p (tasted 2015/08)
2000 Sassoalloro, Biondi Santi
The nose is rather subdued, even with an hour in the decanter. There are some notes of red and black cherries, crushed rocks, pine wood and dried herbs. Some maturity. Rather dense. Never really opens up in the glass.
The taste is tight and semi mature with notes of dried up cherry liquor, liquorice, dried herbs and gravel. The tannins are a bit dusty. A medium long finish with a nice warmth. A bit boring.
79p (tasted 2015/08)
1999 Print Shiraz, Mitchelton
A mature, round, sweet nose with lovely notes of ripe blackberries, bacon fat, cherry liquor, asphalt and toothpaste. Very typical and very likable. Sweet flowers after a while. Really good.
The taste is big and warm with notes of mint covered black fruits, tar, dark chocolate and violets. A very good warmth. Good length. To go along some grilled burgers, it fitted the bill perfectly.
88p (tasted 2015/07)
Popped and poured. A soft, warm, mature nose with notes of undergrowth, dried raspberries, pine resin and warm herbs. Opens up nicely in the glass. Fully mature and enjoyable.
The taste is round and mature with notes of red cherries, raspberries, moist earth, herbs and pine nuts. A medium long, warm finish with soft tannins. A nice mouth full of mature Ch-du-Pape.
87p (tasted 20115/08)