Thursday 22 March 2018

A Nice Dinner With Bottles From Foradori, Simon Maye, Burlotto, Elio Grasso & More!

S invited to dinner to drink some nice wines. It turned out to be a great evening.
All wines tasted double blind.

2004 Piesporter Domherr Riesling Spätlese, Reinhold Haart
A mature and creamy nose with notes of (over)ripe red apples, wet asphalt and rubber. Some oily elements that lead my thoughts to Chenin Blanc.
The taste is mature, medium bodied and fine with notes of apples, dried up vanilla ice cream and minerals. A fine acidity. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2018/02)

2015 Teroldego, Foradori
This was meant for the Granato tasting we had recently but didn´t make it in time. The nose is high, fresh and juicy with notes of underbrush, wet concrete, herbs and ripening raspberries. Uplifting and fine.
The taste is light and pure with notes of fresh herbs, a mix of blueberries and raspberries and some inky notes. Cool and fine.
89p   (tasted 2018/02)

2010 Granato, Foradori
This was poured at the Granato tasting mentioned above but it was corked. S generously opened another bottle this evening. And what a wine! The nose is deep and earthy with notes of red bell peppers, red beets, forest floor, chrushed rocks and some meaty aromas in the back. Very deep and refined.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of blueberries, earth, violets and a hint of tobacco. Very long with silky tannins. A wonderful purity. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2018/02)

2010 Syrah, Anne-Catherine & Denis Mercier
A nicely balanced and a little low keyed nose with notes of herbs, bakelite, rosemary and cold meat. Very fine.
The taste is tight and warm with notes of red beets, veal stock, bonfire smoke and chrushed peppers. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2018/02)

2010 Syrah Vieilles Vignes, Simon Maye
At the recent Simon Maye vertical the bottle of 2010 Vieilles Vignes was not corked but weird, given the vintage and how the regular Syrah performed, so, again, S kindly opened another bottle.
Mama mia - this is the real thing! The nose is very deep, smoky and profound with notes of chrushed black peppers, ripe blueberries, violets, dark flowers, meat juice and dark chocolate. Absolutely stunning.
The taste is concentrated, high and gorgeous with notes of peppered meat, ripe blueberries with some raspberries tossed in, dried flowers, a deep perfumed note and some scorched earth notes at the end. The finish goes on for over a minute. Flawless. Will hit perfection in 6+ years.
98p   (tasted 2018/02)

2011 Barolo Acclivi, Burlotto
Tasting blind, I was in Barbaresco with this one. The nose is high, light and pure with notes of iron, red currants, violets and ripening cherries. Airy and fine.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of ripe lingonberries, cigarette ash, dried meat and dry gravel. A fine, linear note. Expressive. Highly likeable.
92p   (tasted 2018/02)

2013 Barolo Castiglione, Vietti
Tasted twice the last year - both times at the estate - in June of 2017 and in November of 2017, I have come to really like this wine, and this bottle was no exception. Will drink great from 5 years time and the coming 10+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/02)

2013 Barolo Case Maté, Elio Grasso
This is a great bottle of Barolo. The nose is handsome and pure with fine notes of ripe red cherries, rosehips, mushrooms and chrushed rocks. Classy..
The taste is tight and sandy with notes of red cherries, dry asphalt, violets and ceps. A long, lingering finish with character and energy. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/2)

2001 Barolo Monprivato, Giuseppe Mascarello
A deep, lightly meaty nose with additional notes of warm tiles, asphalt, dried cherries and Christmas spices. Very good but a tad compact.
The taste is structured amd dry with notes of asphalt, dried red fruits, red beets and assorted herbs.
A long, warm finish with some mature features. Very, very good but I was a tad disappointed when the bottle was unfolded.
90p   (tasted 2018/02)

1967 Quarts de Chaume, Domaine des Baumard
When the bottle was revealed it was too much surprise, not that it was a Chenin Blanc, but that it was 51 years old! It behaved like a 20 year old. The nose is deep and barely mature with notes of yellow plums, soap, smoke, hay, ski wax and some rubbery aromas. Very cool and fine.
The taste is soft yet intense, balanced yet a tad ungainly, mature yet youngish; with notes of yellow apples, slate, beeswax, dried flowers and a hint of band aid. Very long. Ends semi dry. Perfect now and bottles like this will surely keep for 10+ years. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2018/02)

2004 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese, Robert Weil
The evening ended with this uplifting Spätlese from one of my favourite Riesling producers. The nose is stunning in its freshness and high spirit. Fine notes of fennel seeds, grilled lemons, yellow flowers, apricots and lots of sweet minerals. Very racy and fine.
The taste is pure, aristocratic and just lovely with notes of lime peel, chushed rocks, dried flowers and some smoky elements. Pure as a mountain river. Very, very long. Perfect tonight but could be kept for 5+ years. A really fine bottle of wine.
94p   (tasted 2018/02)

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