Friday, 10 July 2020

2017 Dogliani Superiore Sirì d´Jermu, Pecchenino


2017 Dogliani Superiore Sirì d´Jermu, Pecchenino
This single vineyard Dolcetto is sooo young and promising, and with a few bottles I thought I will have a test drive. The nose is tight and concentrated with notes of fresh blueberries, damson, minerals, ink and blood. High and structured. Restrained. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and steady with notes of blueberries, iron, salt licorice and violets. Very long and distinct. This needs 8+ years. Very fine. A great Dolcetto.
92p   (tasted 2020/07)

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Who Said That Dolcetto Can´t Age? Three Bottles From 1990


Dolcetto Boys & Girls. In this illustrious association I am number three. Elisa Scavino is number two and my friend S is number one, and also the founder.
We take Dolcetto serious. As it should be.

1990 Dolcetto d´Alba, Parusso
At first, a bit foursquare on the nose but with a couple of hours air it displays notes of dry leather, damson, earth, dried up lingonberry jam and linseed oil. Very good.
The taste is dry and linear with notes of dried red currants, earth, dry leather and ink. A bit short. Nice enough, fully alive but in the end a tad one dimensional.
84p   (tasted 2020/07)


1990 Dolcetto d´Alba Vigneto Sorj Canta, Eredi Lodali
A high, spicy nose with notes of red currants, band aid, forest floor, linoleum and dry tobacco. Very interesting. Changes over the evening with added red fruits and a furniture polish aroma.
The taste is tight and still perky with notes of red currants, lingonberries, dried herbs and tobacco. A high acidity. Long. A fine dryness. Very, very good. Mature but bottles like this will go on for 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/07)

1990 Dolcetto d´Alba San Rümu, La Spinetta
1990 was the heyday of barriques in Langhe. But to use barriques on Dolcetto? I´m not sure but I could wage a bet or two that this wine has seen the inside of a barrique. The nose is large scaled and concentrated with notes of chocolate bisquits, dried raspberries, old wood, tobacco and incense. Very deep and fine.
The taste is big and dry with a mix of dried raspberries and blueberries, earth, tobacco and dry chocolate. Very long. Intense. Mature, yes, but I would say barely so, drink this now and the coming 10+ years. Who said that Dolcetto can´t age?
90p   (tasted 2020/07)


Monday, 6 July 2020

1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Jean Leon


1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Jean Leon
In the late nineties this was kind of a favourite, inexpensive and great tasting. How about now, twenty years later?
The nose is a bit shy, even with airing, and displaying notes of fresh stables, dried black curants and old leather. Soft. Fully mature but not overly so.
The taste is cool, mature and dry with notes of dried red and black currants, autumn leaves, gravel and tobacco. Good. Very much alive but a tad boring compared to my memory of it.
84p   (tasted 2020/07)





Saturday, 4 July 2020

2016 The Dead Arm Shiraz, d´Arenberg


2016 The Dead Arm Shiraz, d´Arenberg
A deep, high strung, lightly meaty nose with notes of blueberry pie, blackberries, lots of violet and björnklister (a kind of glue that every Swede over 40 years of age is familiar with...). Very fine.
The taste is broad and structured with notes of ripe blueberries, violet, flower water and some fried bacon notes. A long, long finish with a fine warmth (the 15% alcohol doesn´t show). Intense. 8+ years,
94p   (tasted 2020/07)

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

2002 Reserva, Castillo Perelada

2002 Reserva, Castillo Perelada
This 18 year old Reserva has an outgoing, mature nose with notes of ripe black currants, plums, fresh rosemary, warm clay and asphalt. A fine depth. Very good.
The taste is big and steady with a round warmth and notes of blackberries, rosemary, gravel and sweet tobacco. Long. Fully mature and in a great drinking phase. More impressions of the wines from Castillo Perelada below.
88p   (tasted 2020/06)


A visit to Castillo Perelada in 2015
A lunch tasting with wines from Castillo Perelada in 2016

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Just Bought


Domenico started his estate with the 1979 vintage, so this is only the third vintage made. In 1982 he began to bottle the Ciabot Mentin Ginestra separately and in 1990 Pajana was born.
I have only met Domenico once, some ten years ago, and only briefly because he had a toothache. That didn´t help to understand his Piedmontese accent...
In recent years I have met Oscar, who now is in charge of the winemaking since Domenicos passing, two times - at the estate in 2017 and at Ba&Ba in 2018.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Mini Vertical Of Oberrotweiler Eichsberg Spätburgunder GG, Weingut Salwey


2011 Oberrotweiler Eichsberg Spätburgunder GG
The 2011 shows signs of maturity, more forest floor and dried red fruits than the two younger vintages. Strawberry jam, smoke and rhubarb licorice. A fine warmth.
The taste is broad and nicely concentrated with notes of dry licorice, earth, dried strawberries and bonfire smoke. A high acidity. Ends on a dry note. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2020/06)

2012 Oberrotweiler Eichsberg Spätburgunder GG
The best one in this line up. It has a deep, balanced nose with notes of ripe red cherries, wild strawberries, herbs and smoke. Very fine. Pipe tobacco after a while.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of red cherries, dried raspberries, herbs and tobacco. Silky tannins. Long and fine. 3+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/06)


2014 Oberrotweiler Eichsberg Spätburgunder GG
A restrained, mineral laden nose with notes of ripening red currants, sandelwood and herbs. Shy. Needs time.
The taste is young and medium bodied with notes of red currants, gravel, herbs and tobacco. A high acidity. Somewhat sparse in the finish. 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/06)


Friday, 26 June 2020

1997 Bourriquot, Havens


1997 Bourriquot, Havens
A brilliant, perfectly mature Napa wine made up of two-thirds Cabernet Franc and one-third Merlot. The nose is deep, round and intoxicating with notes of warm tiles, red and black currants, fresh stables, leather and a hint of mint. Very, very fine.
The taste is seamless, perfectly balanced and mature with notes of red and black currants, gravel, tobacco and band aid. Long and refined. Lovely.
The last bottle out of three bought twenty years ago in London.
95p   (tasted 2020/06)

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Lunch Tasting With Stunning Blaufränkisch From Dorli Muhr



The Wine Agency invited to an unsual tasting. We sat with great distances apart, the wines poured before we entered the room and Dorli Muhr was with us through Zoom from her home i Austria.
But all in all, a great tasting.

2015 Cuvée vom Berg
Damson, bramble and wet cement defines the nose on this blend of 60% Blaufränkisch, 20% Syrah and 10% Merlot/Cabernet Franc. Some peppery notes after a while indicating the Syrah presence. Very good.
The taste is cool and linear with notes of blueberries, sand and model clay. Good balance. Slender tannins. Dry and fine. 3+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/06)


2017 Carnuntum
From 2017 Cuvée vom Berg has switched names to Carnuntum. The 2017 consists of 65% Blaufränkisch and 35% Syrah. The nose is more restrained than the 2015 but share the aroma profile. Very good.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of damson, blueberries, cement and smoke. A good structure. A high acidity. Needs 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/06)

2017 Samt & Seide
A fine, deep nose with notes of fried herbs, minerals, dry licorice and dried raspberries. Wilful. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and dry with a fine concentration and notes of blueberries, sloeberries, bakelite, and herbs. A fine length. Structured tannins. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/06)

2017 Ried Roterd
A very tight, aristocratic nose with notes of warm sand, ripe blueberries, herbs and hints of black pepper. Very balanced and fine.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of herbs, sloeberries and minerals. Very long and promising. 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/06)

2015 Liebkind
Aaaah, what a wine. The nose is deep, old viney (yet the vines were only seven years old when this wine was made) and multi layered with notes of ripe blueberries, freeze dried raspberries, model clay and green pepper. Brilliant.
The Liebkind flows effortless over the tongue with a high density, intensity and richness. Gorgeous fruit. Wilful. A lovely wine, maybe not for everyone, it demands attention. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/06)


Mature grapes at Liebkind!

2015 Spitzerberg
A deep, restrained, concentrated nose with notes of dry asphalt, blueberries, bakelite and assorted herbs. Very handsome.
The taste is refined and intense with notes of blueberries, gravel, herbs and bakelite. The finish goes on and on and on. High-pitched. Old viney, made from grapes from vines with 45, 55 and 65 years of age. This will need time, 10+ years. Impressive.
93p   (tasted 2020/06)


Sunday, 21 June 2020

2011 Rossese di Dolceacqua Galeae, Ka*Mancine


2011 Rossese di Dolceacqua Galeae, Ka*Mancine
Like a hypothetical blend of a fine Dolcetto and a Crozes-Hermitage, this Rossese sports a upfront, juicy nose with notes of blueberries, red currants, iron, black pepper, herbs and violets. Very, very good. At nine years of age, not showing any signs of maturity.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of blueberries, bakelite, dried herbs, forest floor and violets. Light on its feet yet with a fine intensity. Drinking lovely now and the coming 6+ years. As good as tasting it at the estate with Maurizio seven years ago.
91p   (tasted 2020/06)

Saturday, 20 June 2020

2017 Lurlibad Chardonnay Reserve, Cottinelli


2017 Lurlibad Chardonnay Reserve, Cottinelli
A deep, spicy, fine nose with notes of butter fudge, fennel, aniseed, flint and papay. Very complex and fine. Some smoky notes after a while.
The taste is concentrated and fine with notes of passionfruit, fudge, smoke and flint. Very long. A very fine acidity. Balanced. Really fine. A great swiss Chard.
92p   (tasted 2020/06)

Thursday, 18 June 2020

1999 Barbaresco Rabaja, Produttori del Barbaresco


1999 Barbaresco Rabaja, Produttori del Barbaresco
From probably the best cooperative in the world, this 99 Rabaja needs an hour to unfold. Then it displays fine notes of forest floor, dried cherries, damson, mushrooms, fir wood and a hint of furniture polish. Some maturity. Very fine. A lovely depth.
The taste is tight and refined with silky tannins and notes of dried strawberries, undergrowth, sandel wood, bonfire smoke and asphalt. Very long. This is starting to drink great but I would wait 3+ years for the next bottle.
93p   (tasted 2020/06)

Monday, 15 June 2020

2005 & 2016 Goulée by Cos d´Estournel

2005 Goulée
Only the second vintage of this cuvée from Cos d`Estournel, the first vintage was 2003. The cepage has changed over the years, this is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (80%, and 20% Merlot) while the newer vintages, see below, is Merlot dominated.
The nose is deep and rich, with only some signs of maturity, and fine notes of dried up black currant jam, sandel wood, chocolate wafers, tobacco and fresh stables. Very, very good.
The taste is mature, tight and dry with notes of red and black currants, blueberries, cigarette ash, earth and graphite. Very long. Ends dry. Very fine, for drinking now and the coming 6+ years. The label of the 2005 is great, the 2016 not so much.
92p   (tasted 2020/06)


2005 Goulée by Cos d`Estournel
This 77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot blend displays a upfront, juicy nose with notes of ripe plums, frehs herbs, leather, violets and bonfire smoke. Ripe, sweet, fresh fruit. Very deep. Needs time.
The taste is big and concentrated with notes of plums, graphite, dark chocolate and asphalt. Very long and promising. 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/06)

Saturday, 13 June 2020

2016 Dolcetto d´Alba Barturot, Ca`Viola


2016 Dolcetto d´Alba Barturot, Ca`Viola
A young, lively nose with notes of ink, blueberries, violets, sage and blood. Very fine. Intense. Balanced.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of sour cherries, damson, iron and sage. Silky tannins. Long. Very, very good. 5+ years. A great Dolcetto. 14 Euro!
91p   (tasted 2020/06)

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Two Summer Drinking Bottles From Villa Wolf



I recently attended a webinar (on my iPad that recently met with a concrete floor...) with Ernie Loosen about his estate in Pfalz, Villa Wolf. A couple of days later I tasted the wines below, courtsey of Vinunic.
Ernie had some very interesting info about the history and current state of Spätburgunder in Germany.

2019 Grauburgunder
A light, polished nose with notes of white peach, flint, lemon peel and lavender soap. Very good.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of lemon licorice, chalk, gooseberries and the feeling of licking a wet rock. A fine acidity. Summer fresh drinking.
87p   (tasted 2020/06)


2019 Pinot Noir Rosé
A fine, pure nose with notes of wild strawberries, dried strawberries, chives and minerals. Very, very good. Light on its feet with a good intensity.
The taste is tight, dry and finely tuned with notes of dried raspberries, lingonberries, dry licorice and chrushed rocks. A fine structure.
90p   (tasted 2020/06)



Friday, 5 June 2020

2018 Teroldego, Cantina D´Isera


2018 Teroldego, Cantina D´Isera
A tasting sample from Wine World. The nose is crisp and pure with notes of violets, rubber, ink, tar and ripe blueberries. With some air in the glass it smells like summer warm asphalt. Highly likeable.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of blueberries, dry tobacco, tar and herbs. A fine length. Very, very good. For 10 Euro, this is a steal!
89p   (tasted 2020/06)

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

2011 Oberrotweiler Käsleberg Spätburgunder, Weingut Salwey

2011 Oberrotweiler Käsleberg Spätburgunder, Weingut Salwey
A round, mature, somewhat fiery nose - that calms with air - with notes of cooked strawberries, incense, dark candle grease and a fine perfumed scent. Very good but maybe a tad overmature.
The taste is mature, warm and dry with notes of dried raspberries, licorice, bay leaves and violets. Long and warm. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2020/05)

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

2015 Château Bouscassé, Brumont

2015 Château Bouscassé, Brumont
A fine, deep, sandy nose with notes of warm tiles, bonfire, herbs and a mix of black cherries, raspberries and blackberries. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of cool tobacco, matchbox, violets, herbs and a fine smoky note. Very fine, polished tannins. Had the opportunity to meet Alain Brumont and taste a wonderful line up a year ago.
90p   (tasted 2020/05)

Saturday, 30 May 2020

2017 Dogliani Superiore Vigna Tecc, Luigi Einaudi


2017 Dogliani Superiore Vigna Tecc, Luigi Einaudi
A very young, seedy, focused nose with notes of ripe blueberries, iron, violets and herbs. A fine energy to it. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and invigorating with notes of blueberries, damsons, asphalt and candle grease. An uplifting acidity. Long. 4+ years. Better than the 2016 tasted at the estate.
90p   (tasted 2020/05)


Thursday, 28 May 2020

2009 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta


2009 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta
An open, warm, fine nose with notes of cranberries, red apples, chocolate wafers and that tell tale dill aroma. Very, very good,
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dried strawberries, cranberries, tobacco and fir wood. A fine dry finish. Maybe a tad marked by this hot vintage but there is no problem finishing the bottle with a chicken and sage pasta.
88p   (tasted 2020/05)

2001 Gran Reserva 904

1964 Gran Reserva 904

Sunday, 24 May 2020

2004 Barolo Bricco Viole, M. Marengo


2004 Barolo Bricco Viole, M. Marengo
An open, somewhat mature nose with fine notes of tar, tobacco, herbs, undergrowth, roses and, of course, violet pastilles! Very deep and fine. A fine warmth.
The taste is round and fine with notes of asphalt, mint, dried cherries and incense. A long, warm finish with a fine dry twist. Very, very good. Drink now and the coming 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/05)

The 2004 tasted in 2012
2013 Bricco Viole
2014 Bricco Viole
2015 Bricco Viole
2016 Bricco Viole

Friday, 22 May 2020

2015 Spätburgunder Grande Réserve, Weingut Bietighöfer


2015 Spätburgunder Grande Réserve, Weingut Bietighöfer
A high, interesting nose with notes of fir wood, red currants, Finninsh licorice, Lily of the valley and a touch of cinnamon. Idiosyncratic and fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of dried raspberries, plywood, forest floor and violets. A very fine warmth. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2020/05)

Thursday, 21 May 2020

2017 Barbaresco Ronchi, Albino Rocca


2017 Barbaresco Ronchi, Albino Rocca
I remember vividly the Barolo Boys visit to Albino Rocca some 10+ years ago where Angelo poured us some great wines before taking us to lunch in the Barbaresco square, bringing two bottles and one magnum for four... Angelo is very much missed.
The 17 Ronchi flows elegantly up from the glass with fine notes of red currants, rhubarb licorice, asphalt and tons of rose petals. Really fine.
The taste is restrained and handsome wirh notes of red currants and cherries, violets, sage and a hint of fine tobacco. Stony. Very long and refined. 6+ years. A tasting sample from Wine Affair.
93p   (tasted 2020/05)

Monday, 18 May 2020

One Old Sherry & One Old Madeira

NV Don Estepha Amontillado, Bodegas Pastranilla
A nutty, intense nose with notes of white rasisins, old nougat, detergent, white chocolate and mahogny wood. Very deep and complex.
The taste is luscious and tigth with notes of fried nuts, dried sage, old chocolate and shoe polish. A very long finish with a fine acidity. Ends semi dry. High and fine. Bought two bottles for 10 Euros...
92p   (tasted 2020/05)


NV Fine Madeira Wine, Justino Henriques
The neck lable says "Sweet" but on the nose there is more restrained, dry scents that come up from the glass, in the shape of dried nuts, old wrinkled red apples, dry biscuits and model clay. Medium deep.
The taste is expressive and long but dry and a tad empty in the middle. Notes of dry nougat, raisins, nuts and earth. Its good but nothing too write home about.
84p   (tasted 2020/05)

Saturday, 16 May 2020

New Vintages From Wine Affair - Part Three - Five La La´s From Guigal


Last part of tasting notes from the tasting of recent releases from Wine Affair. And what a lineup!

2011 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
The first La Mouline (usually my favourite of the three La La´s) dispalys a laid back, smoky nose with notes of veal meat, velcro, violets, white pepper and dark flowers. Really fine.
The taste is intense and multi layered with notes of chrushed rocks, ripe blueberries, violets and a hint of tobacco. A gorgeous mouthfeel. Stunning. 8+ years.
97p   (tasted 2020/04)


2012 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
The 2012 is more muted on the nose compared with the two other vintages of La Mouline, with notes of flower earth, dried meat, damsons and fir wood. Deep. Very, very good.
The taste is more expressive with notes of sage, damsons, forest floor and some lovely meaty notes. Very, very long. Very fine. 5+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/04)

2013 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
Dark and restrained on the nose, this beauty reveals scents of violet pastilles, raw meat, iron and flower water when you swirl the glass energetically. Really deep and intense.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of model clay, black pepper, violets and graphite. Long, long, long. Lovely. 10+ years.
96p   (tasted 2020/04)


2012 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
A candidate for perfection - just give it 8+ years - the 2012 La Turque oozes up from the glass with stunning notes of asphalt, perfectly mature blueberries, peppered meat and ripe flowers. Very, very deep. Hauntlingly beautiful.
The taste follows the nose with a taut structure and lovely notes of allspice, asphalt, incense, blueberries and ink. The finish goes on for minutes. Great wine.
98p   (tasted 2020/04)


2013 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
Last but not least, the 13 La Turque offers up a dark, tight nose with notes of violets, scorched earth, damsons and that distinctive smell of a fresh hockey puck. Very, very deep and promising.
The taste is taut and steady with notes of damsons, violets, asphalt, beef stock and dried flowers. Intense, sandy tannins. This will need time in the cellar, 10+ years. Very fine.
96p   (tasted 2020/04)

Thursday, 14 May 2020

2016 Blaufränkisch, Weingut Heinrich


2016 Blaufränkisch, Weingut Heinrich
A earthy, spicy nose with notes of blueberries, lavender, bay leaves, ink and gravel. Very good. A touch of iron and clay.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of damsons, iron, violets and scorched earth. Dry. Fastidious and fine.
87p   (tasted 2020/05)

Saturday, 9 May 2020

1996 Barolo, Costa di Bussia - Tenuta Arnulfo


1996 Barolo, Costa di Bussia - Tenuta Arnulfo
From Bussia this 1996 shows a fine. mature nose with notes of dried cherries, mushrooms, shoe polish, aspahlt and a autumn fir forest. Very, very good.
The taste is round and warm but still with a tannin bite and notes of tobacco, dry licorice, mushrooms and violets. A fine lenght with a dry finish. Fully mature, as most 96 are by now. Info here.
89p   (tasted 2020/05)

Thursday, 7 May 2020

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond
This is so yummy it is hard to keep my hand of my decreasing stash of bottles...
The nose jumps from the glass with notes of ripe black currants, coffee powder, fine tobacco and ink. Very deep. Just lovely.
The taste is refined and structured showing no age but fine notes of spicy black currants, warm tiles, tobacco and asphalt. Very, very long. Yet again, impressive. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/05)


Earlier tasting notes: From March 2018 & March 2017

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

New Vintages From Wine Affair - Part Two

This was the reds tasted the other day from Wine Affair, except for five bottles of La La´s from Guigal. Those notes will come in the last part.

2018 Limonte, Braida
This young, perky Grignolino jumps out of the glass with notes of chrushed cherry pips, gravel and fresh herbs.
The taste is fresh with a racy acidity and notes of red cherries, cranberries and herbs. Drink now with a bowl of pasta or with some Crudo and Reggiano.
86p   (tasted 2020/04)


2016 Chianti Classico Storia di Famiglio, Cecchi
A young, crisp nose with notes of red cherries, violets and rosemary.
The taste is dry, sandy and taut with a fine, juicy cherry fruit and some violet pastilles. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2020/04)

2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Villa Rosa, Cecchi
The one year older Gran Selezione is a more serious creature with notes of ripe black cherries and some black currants tossed in, Tuscan gravel and dried leather. Deep and complex.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of dried cherries, rosemary, warm tiles and furniture polish. Very long and fine. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

2018 Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Newton Johnson
A fine, smoky Pinot nose with notes of wild raspberries, forest floor and some light meaty aromas. A very fine sweetness.
The taste is earthy and fine with notes of ripe raspberries, salt licorice, leather and red beets. Long and lingering. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)


2017 Sojourner Vineyard Pinot Noir, Walter Scott
This is a stunner. The same lovely Pinot fruit as the above but darker, more structured and with added depth. Really fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with gorgeous Pinot fruit and notes of smoke, incense and dark tobacco. Very, very long. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2020/04)

2017 Geyserville Zinfandel, Ridge
The Geyserville sports a high, direct nose with some VA and additional notes of sweet licorice, blackberries and birch sap. Very interesting.
The taste is big, complex and  a bit all over the place with dark fruit, a high acidity, hints of VA and a fine warmth. Would love to taste this again.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)


2017 Lytton Springs Zinfandel, Ridge
The Lytton Springs on the other hand is a role model for this kind of Zinfandel - dark, suave and perfumed with notes of ripe blueberries, damsons and asphalt. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and warm with ripe black fruit, a dense structure and long, long finish with notes of blueberry pie, smoke and scorched earth. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

2015 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Guigal
The regular Côte-Rôtie shows of a light meaty nose with notes of red currants, blueberries and black pepper. Spicy and fine.
The taste is cool and structured with notes of violets, dried blueberries and warm sand. Medium long and balanced. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)

2014 Côte-Rôtie Château d´Ampuis, Guigal
From a cool vintage, this d´Ampuis has a high, flowery nose with notes of assorted spices, red currants, damsons and forest floor. Very fine.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of white pepper, a dried up blueberry pie, violets and a hint of tobacco. On the lighter side but very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2020/04)


2015 Côte-Rôtie Château d´Ampuis, Guigal
A very deep, tight, concentrated nose with notes of ripe blueberries, hand pounded meat, dark flowers and black pepper. Very, very fine.
The taste is pure and handsome with a lovely focus and intense fruit. Layer upon layer. Bay leaves, ripe blueberries, spices and tobacco. Stunning. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/04)

2016 Barolo, Mauro Veglio
A finely tuned nose with notes of ripe red cherries, some strawberries, Finnish licorice and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of dried strawberries, rosehips, earth and leather. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)


2016 Barolo Paiagallo, Mauro Veglio
The Paiagallo has a refined, balanced nose with notes of fresh herbs, ripe red cherries, asphalt and some flowery aromas. Very fine.
The taste is elegant and concentrated with silky tannins and a assortment of red and black fruits. Herbs, rosehips and asphalt is noticable in the long finish. Lovely. 8+ years.
These two Veglio wines made me remember the Barolo Boys visit to the estate some two years ago.
93p   (tasted 2020/04)