Friday 1 July 2016

Brief Notes Of The Wines Of Midsummer

We had a great Midsummer Eve with - surprisingly - good weather and we could sit outside all evening long, eating, drinking and talking friends. Below are some brief recollactions (with a approximate score since I didn´t take any formal notes) of the wines we drank and enjoyed. My offerings, to no ones surprise, is the wines with some age...

2015 Château de Selle Rosé, Domaine Ott
Very fresh with lots of minerals, white peach and passionfruit, in a restrained and refined way. A great rosé.
~92p   (tasted 2016/06)

2004 Blanc de Blancs, Deutz
Just entering the first stages of maturity with stunning notes of bread, red apples and dry fudge. Creamy and rich. In a great drinking stage. Just lovely.
~94p   (tasted 2016/06)

2007 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Moucheré, Domaine Henri Boillot
This Monopole wine from Boillot always, IMHO, delivers the goods. Juicy, ripe Chardonnay fruit with a great mineral backbone and a touch of maturity. Great wine.
~94p   (tasted 2016/06)

2002 Riesling Cuvée Ste Catherine, Domaine Weinbach
Another perennial favourite, this stunning Riesling from the Weinbach family is packed to the brim with perfect ripe yellow fruits and a searing acidity. Some maturity but this has a long way to go. (the only bottle missing from the picture)
~93p   (tasted 2016/06)

2014 Finca le Los Locos, Bodegas Y Viñedos Artuke
A upfront, accessible, easy going nose and a bit darker, denser taste makes this 80% Tempranillo/20% Graciano Rioja wine very likeable.
~86p   (tasted 2016/06)

2013 Ercole Nero Buono, Cincinnato
This Nero Buono was a perfect match with the grilled burgers, with its fresh yet dark cherry fruit and cleansing acidity. I liked this a lot.
~90p   (tasted 2016/06)

2011 I Unacepa, Valduero
This 100% Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero is a serious wine. It has depth, concentration and a focus that comes from low yields, tough pruning and a great cellar work. According to the back label each vine produces one bottle of wine. Would love to have plenty of this.
~93p   (tasted 2016/06)

1985 Château La Tour du Pin Figeac Édition Limitée
Certain years this estate makes a Édition Limitée with a artist painting on the label, this time a Manet. The wine shows a fine maturity with lots of stable and red currant aromas and the taste is soft, mature and yummy.
~87p   (tasted 2016/06)

1976 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts, A. Ligeret
A lovely, mature Pinot with notes of dried strawberries, forest floor, rose petals and cigarr smoke. Very complex and fine. The taste is mature and sturdy for its age with raspberries, damp earth and spices. Very fine. Caught in a great time and place.
~93p   (tasted 2016/06)

2012 Old Hill Zinfandel, Ravenswood
A big, ripe wine with lots of dark berries, lots of flavours and there is lots of enjoyment to be had from this bottle. Really, really good.
~92p   (tasted 2016/06)

NV Palo Cortado Tradicion 30 Anos, Bodegas Tradicion
To finish the evening of, a bottle as great as 8 months ago.
~93p   (tasted 2016/06)

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