It was my time to hold our monthly tasting in our tasting group and I opted for some different flights with some additional food with each flight.
2007 Oslavje, Radikon
To get the the taste buds started I poured this bottle. As I was the only one who know what the bottles were I thought I had got the last bottle mixed up with this one, for it has a old, wrinkled, semi dry Sauternes feel about it, with notes of rubber, hay, old lemon/licorice candy and a hint of a sewer in the distance. Not my cup of tea.
The taste is dry, earthy and linear with notes of dry oranges, apricots, decaying flowers and some rubbery notes. Not bad per se, but rather boring and one dimensional.
80p (tasted 2018/04)
1964 Pommard, Faiveley
An old, layered nose with notes of shoe cream, wet earth, old leather and lots of dried mushrooms. Holds well in the glass. Good.
The taste is earthy and dry with notes of dried strawberries, dried herbs and forest floor. Medium bodied. A fine dryness at the end. Not for keeping longer though...
85p (tasted 2018/04)
1964 Pommard, M. Javouhey
A deep, fine mature nose with notes of sugared coffee, dried raspberries, mushroom cream and undergrowth. Very good. With air a touch of roses appear.
The taste is compact, big, round and sweet with notes of dried raspberries, old leather, herbs and paint. A long, fine finish. Fully mature but bottles like this would keep for another 5+ years.
88p (tasted 2018/04)
1993 Brunello di Montalcino, Caparzo
A mature Brunello is hard to beat and coming from the underrated vintage of 1993 it is a sure win-win in the shape of a great wine with a modest price tag. This one has a nose filled with ripe red cherries, sandelwood, rosemary and leather. Very, very good. A very fine sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is warm, comforting and fine with notes of ripe red currants, cherries, herbs, gravel and tobacco. A long, dry, warm, intense finish. Drinking perfect now.
91p (tasted 2018/04)
1993 Cortaccio, Villa Cafaggio
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon usually delivers the gods, but this bottle doesn´t reach the heights of other Cortaccio´s. The nose shows a fine wartmth with notes of dried up black currant jam, leather. soya sauce and coffee powder. Fine fruit but a bit compact.
The taste is big, warm and meaty with notes of seared ham, dark violets, leather and moist forest floor. Big, open wide, highly drinkable but a bit all over the place.
84p (tasted 2018/04)
2010 Bel Villa Syrah, Goedhart Family
A light meaty nose with notes of undergrowth, tar, diesel oil and blueberries. A fine, low keyed sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is medium bodied and peppery with notes of cooked red beets, aspahlt and paint. A fine acidity and polished tannins. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
90p (tasted 2018/04)
2012 Syrah, Stefano Amerighi
A restrained, focused nose with notes of dried flowers, violets, warm gravel and a mix of raspberries and blueberries. Very, very good.
The taste is seedy and cool peppery with notes of red flowers, violets, bakelite and chrushed rocks. Cool tannins. Very fine. Still young. 4+ years.
90p (tasted 2018/04)
2013 Côte-Roôtie Ampodium, Domaine Rostaing
A deep, exotic nose with notes of cardamom, white pepper, handpounded veal meat, roses and a hint of curry! Intense and really fine.
The taste is balanced and peppery with notes of Lily of the Valley, ripe red currants, blueberries, red peppers and a hint of mosquito repelent. This is goood! Give this 5+ years. A really fine bottle of wine.
93p (tasted 2018/04)
2014 Syrah Viognier, Clonakilla
Tasted two times last year this is a stunner that I am glad I bougth plenty of. World class wine!
95p (tasted 2018/04)
1955 Château Rieussec
A great surprise. From a leaking bottle, this 63 year old Sauternes shows a deep, laid back, fantastic nose with notes of dark fudge, burning tires, ripe banana peel and old hand cream. Complex amd fine.
The taste is concentrated and big with notes of candied orange peel, dark almond paste, clay and hot rubber. A very long, viscous finish. I am guessing that a perfect bottle would have made us see stars, but this is no slouch.
91p (tasted 2018/04)