Friday 17 May 2024

A Barolo Boys Get Together With 15 Bottles Of Barolo


The Barolo Boys got together a couple of weeks ago with some hang arounds, who sat in awe over the Barolo Boys immense knowledge and noble characters... 

Flight I
1982 Barolo Cannubi, Serio & Battista Borgogno
A deep, mature nose with notes of plums, cold coffee, violets and moist earth. Very, very good.
The taste is mature and dry with very fine red dried fruits, Langhe earth and fir wood. Long.
90p   (tasted 2024/04)

1982 Barolo Vigna La Delizia, Fontanafredda
A very deep, sweet nose with notes of dried mushrooms, coffee powder, mocha and dried cherries. 
The taste is round and generous with a fine warmth, dried strawberries, sugared coffee and a long, fresh finish.
92p   (tasted 2024/04)


1982 Barolo Riserva La Serra, Gianni Voerzio
A warm, muffled nose with notes of undergrowth, dried plums, old chocolate and earth. 
The taste is rich and warm with notes of dried cherries, violets and sugared coffee. 
88p   (tasted 2024/04)


Flight II
2005 Barolo Margheria, Luigi Pira
A tight, focused nose with notes of hard cherry candy, violets, minerals and dried black flowers. Very fine.
The taste is concentrated and fine with still perky tannins and fine black fruit. Very long. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/04)

2005 Barolo Dagromis, Gaja
A very deep nose with notes of ripe black cherries, expensive leather, a hockey puck and coffe. Lovely.
The taste is seedy and structured with notes of violets, tobacco, fir wood and ripe cherries. Tight tannins. Very long. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2024/04)


2005 Barolo Sori Ginestra, Conterno Fantino
A forest filled nose with additional notes of violets, licorice and asphalt. Some fir wood notes in the background.
The taste is inky and concentrated with notes of bakelite, violets and hard cherry candy. Tough tannins. 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/04)

Flight III
2001 Barolo Pressenda, Marziano Abbona
A very deep, somewhat mature nose with notes of dried strawberries, Langhe earth, licorice and dried flowers. Very, very good.
The taste is elegant and rather low keyed with semi mature fruit, silky tannins and a long, warm finish.
91p   (tasted 2024/04)

2001 Barolo Cannubi, E. Pira
A gorgeous, multi layered nose with notes of dried cherries, rosehips, asphalt and fine tobacco. Very deep.
The taste is structured yet sappy and lush with notes of dried up cherry jam, forest floor, red beets and leather. The finish goes on and on. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2024/04)


2001 Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto
An almost perfect nose with intensity, balance and depth. Fine notes of ripe cherries, stale coca-cola, forest floor, dried flowers and fir wood. 
The taste follows the nose flawlessly, ethereal notes of cherry licorice, asphalt, forest floor and coffee. Just stunning.
97p   (tasted 2024/04)

Flight IV
2005 Barolo Mosconi, Conterno Fantino
A young, structured nose with notes of rosehips, mahogany, hard cherry candy and hot gravel. Deep and fine.
The taste is concentrated and rich with lots of cherry fruit, broad tannins and a long finish. Needs 7+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/04)

2014 Barolo V. Lazzairasco, Guido Porro
A finely tuned, juicy nose with notes of ripening red currants, minerals and forest floor. Light in a positive sense.
The taste is medium bodied and fresh with notes of dried strawberries, gravel and rosehips. Very, very good in a drink-me-now kind of way.
89p   (tasted 2024/04)

2015 Barolo, Margherita Otto
A tight, focused nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, tobacco, forest floor and Langhe earth. Very young and restrained.
The taste is cool and tight with locked up fruit, some ungainly tannins and a long, distinct finish. Needs plenty of time.
89p   (tasted 2024/04)



2004 Barolo Le Coste, Giacomo Grimaldi
A forest filled nose with notes of mushrooms, moist earth, tobacco and dried cherries. Very, very good.
The taste is round and nicely mature with notes of licorice, cherries and damp forest floor. A long, silky finish.
91p   (tasted 2024/04)

2010 Barolo Villero, Brovia
Somethings wrong here, high and volatile with a fiery, foursquare finish.
Not rated   (tasted 2024/04)

2019 Barolo Castelletto, Raineri
The hang arounds offered up this as a final wine. The nose is pure and high with notes of ripening red cherries, roses, minerals and leather. Very fine.
The taste is young and refined with a gorgeous red currants/cherry fruit, sand, coffee and fir wood. Luscious and lively. 
92p   (tasted 2024/04)


Thursday 16 May 2024

2017 Dogliani, Cascina Corte


2017 Dogliani, Cascina Corte
A fine, open nose with notes of blueberries, damsons, herbs and iron. A fine scent of dry licorice. Very good.
The taste is tight and fresh with notes of bakelite, blueberries and salmiak. A dry, fine finish. Drink now and the coming 7+ years.
87p   (tasted 2024/05)

Wednesday 15 May 2024

2002 Crozes-Hermitage, Guigal


2002 Crozes-Hermitage, Guigal
A light, earthy, still fresh nose with notes of violets, dry sausage and dried raspberries. Very good.
The taste is medium bodied and peppery with notes of herbs, violets and dried meat. Holding up fine in the glass.
87p   (tasted 2024/05)

Friday 10 May 2024

2018 Barolo Pernanno, Cascina Bongiovanni


2018 Barolo Pernanno, Cascina Bongiovanni
The Pernanno MGA is 15,98 ha big and is planted almost exclusively with Nebbiolo. The first vintage with Pernanno on the label was a 1991 Francesco Sobrero.
The nose is open and earthy with notes of raspberries, coffee, tobacco and a wonderful Lange earth scent.
The taste is young and silky with cool tannins and notes of cranberries, rosehips, tobacco and violets. Very fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2024/05)

Thursday 9 May 2024

2004 Barolo Vigna Giachini, Fratelli Revello


2004 Barolo Vigna Giachini, Fratelli Revello
A very nicely matured, deep nose with notes of mocha, licorice, bonfire smoke, black cherries and forest floor. A very fine sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is round and generous with lovely black dried fruit, tobacco, dried flowers and smoke. Bottles like this should be drunk within 8 years. Bought at the estate in 2008 when the brothers run the estate together, no there is two estates - Fratelli Revello and Carlo Revello - both makes a Giachini.
92p   (tasted 2024/05)

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Tasting Some Wines From Rose & Arrow


A couple of days ago I got the opportunity, through Fine Wine Service - www.finewineservice.se - to taste some bottles from Rose & Arrow, a estate located in Oregon, focusing on Pinot Noir, although they make a Chardonnay since 2020. A relatively new venture, their first vintage was 2016.

We got to taste the wines below and experience the difference between the 2021 and 2020 vintage and listen to winemaker Felipe Ramirez.


2021 Chardonnay
The Chardonnay grapes comes from Eola Amity Hills. The wine spends 17 months of its lees, of which 11 are in barrels. No battonage. 
The nose is young, smoky and gorgeous, with notes of lemon cream, flint and yellow flowers. Very handsome.
The taste is high and seedy with lots of chrushed rocks, lovely lemon fruit, a pearcing acidity and a minute long finish. Great wine. 
95p   (tasted 2024/05)

2020 Chardonnay
The 2020, the first vintage of the Chardonnay, is denser and a tad warmer on the nose, with notes of lemon fudge, bonfire smoke and yellow apples. A very fine perfumed scent.
The taste is tight and chalky with notes of candied lemon peel, chrushed rocks and a touch of apricots. Very long.
93p   (tasted 2024/05)

2011 Red Label Village
This is the first vintage of this blend from different plots in Williamette Valley. The nose is light and low keyed with notes of earth, smoke in a distance and red currants. Nice.
The taste is fresh and fine with cool, spicy red fruit, crisp tannins and medium long finish. Very good but, like some high end Burgundy producers Bourgogne Rouge, not worth the tariff.
89p   (tasted 2024/05)

2021 Riverline Pinot Noir
A elegant, red fruited nose with notes of ripening raspberries, herbs, earth and dry licorice. Very, very good.
The taste is young and focused with notes of raspberries, iron and spices. Withdrawn. Long and fine. 
91p   (tasted 2024/05)

2020 Riverline Pinot Noir
The 2020 version of Riverline shows of a deep, meaty nose with notes of smoke, bay leaves, tobacco and raspberry licorice. Open and invating, but with lots more to display with some bottle age.
The taste is rich and focused with notes of spicy raspberries, Christmas spices and damp earth. Long and lingering.
93p   (tasted 2024/05)

Photo from finewineservice

2021 Hopewell Hills Pinot Noir
A finely tuned, refined nose with notes of ripe red currants, black tea and root vegetables. Very fine.
The taste is cool and restrained with notes of iron, red currants, assorted herbs and forest floor. Needs time, will evolve beautifully.
93p   (tasted 2024/05)

2020 Hopewell Hills Pinot Noir
Ooh boy! The nose is decadent yet refined with gorgeous notes of ripe raspberries, tobacco, smoke and cooked root vegetables. Lovely.
The taste is more tight than the nose leads you to believe. Brilliant fruit, a solid structure, handsome tannins and a minute long finish.
95p   (tasted 2024/05)

2021 Gathered Stones Pinot Noir
The two Gathered Stones are world class wines. The 2021 opens up with a refined, layered nose with notes of wild strawberries, fresh herbs, forest floor and incense. Stunning.
The taste is rich and multi layered with notes of raspberries, smoke, tobacco and spices. Goes on and on and on.
95p   (tasted 2024/05)

2020 Gathered Stones Pinot Noir
Just breathtaking. The nose is to die for - deep, hedonistic and sensual with notes of perfectly ripe raspberries, licorice, a forest on a autumn walk after a light rain and incense, like the benches in an old church.
The taste is just brilliant with fruit, tannins and acidity in perfect harmony. This just needs another 6-10 years. Like drinking silk, but with an attitude. 
97p   (tasted 2024/05)

Saturday 4 May 2024

2008 Barolo La Moza, Terre da Vino


2008 Barolo La Moza, Terre da Vino
A earthy, low keyed nose with notes of dry licorice, tobacco and anonymous red fruit. Good.
The taste is dry ans earthy with notes of red currants, leather and dried flowers. Better on the palate.
84p   (tasted 2024/04)

Thursday 2 May 2024

2013 Barolo Roggeri, Alessandria Crissante


2013 Barolo Roggeri, Alessandria Crissante
A dark, fine nose with notes of dried strawberries, forest floor, coffee and spices. Very fine.
The taste is young and forward with notes of cherries, rosehips, tar and coffee. A very fine finish. 7+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/05)

Tuesday 30 April 2024

1996 Howell Mountain Merlot Bancroft Ranch, Beringer


1996 Howell Mountain Merlot Bancroft Ranch, Beringer
A very deep, perfectly mature nose with notes of plums, roasted coffee, dried flowers, dark chocolate and a hint of mint. Very complex and fine.
The taste is open and layered with notes of plums, sage, licorice, chocolate biscuits and coffee. Long, lingering, luscious and lovely. In a great stage of drinking.
94p   (tasted 2024/04)

Sunday 28 April 2024

2021 Dogliani Superiore Sirì d´Jermu, Pecchenino


2021 Dogliani Superiore Sirì d´Jermu, Pecchenino
A cool, young, perky nose with notes of bakelite, blueberries, red beets, forest floor and iron. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and inky with notes of red currants, blueberries, herbs, road dust and fine tannins. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2024/04)

Previous notes of Pecchenino wines:

Friday 26 April 2024

2013 Barolo Monprivato, Giovanni Sordo


One of the great MGA´s - only two producers, the obvious one is Giuseppe Mascarello who makes two wines from this MGA - the Barolo Monprivato and the Barolo Riserva Monprivato Cà d´Morrissio. 
From 2013 there is a new producer, Giovanni Sordo.

2013 Barolo Monprivato, Giovanni Sordo
The nose is cool, layered and elegant with notes of sweet/sour cherries, red tea, roses, cigarette ash and iron. Very complex and fine. Stunning.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of ripe red currants, hard cherry candy, forest floor and rosehips. Very handsome. Very long. This is a beauty. 5+ years.
96p   (tasted 2024/05)

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Two Dolcetto´s

2021 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruna Grimaldi
A upfront, blueberry filled nose with additional notes of iron, damsons, bakelite and gravel. Very, very good.
The taste is young and salivating with notes of fresh herbs, blueberries, asphalt and violets. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/04)


2019 Dolcetto d´Acqui, Scarpa
The nose shows of a fine mix of mostly blueberries but with some raspberries tossed in, violets, dry licorice and iron. Finely balanced.
The taste is structured and racy with potent fruit, stern tannins and a long, distinct finish. A very good backbone, needs time, 10+ years. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2024/04)

Sunday 21 April 2024

An Old Malmsey


NV Malmsey, Veiga Franca
Probably from the 60/70´s. The nose is deep and nicely concentrated with notes damsons, figs, old chocolate and moist earth.
The taste is medium bodied and off dry with notes of dried up blackberry jam, leather, undergrowth and tobacco leaves. Tails of rather quickly.
85p

Saturday 20 April 2024

One Barbaresco & One Barolo

1993 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco
A refined, somewhat shy nose with notes of undergrowth, dried mushrooms, red currants and dry licorice. A fine maturity.
The taste is cool and fine with soft tannins and notes of red currants, mushrooms, gravel and tobacco. Very fine.
Notes from Barolo Boys visit to Produttori - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2019/02/long-overdue-notes-barolo-boys-in_18.html
91p   (tasted 2024/03)


2013 Barolo Bussia, Stroppiana
A deep, forward nose with notes of cold coffee, red cherries, leather and forest floor. A fine sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of hard cherry candy, damsons, leather and violets. A nice amount of silky tannins. 7+ years.
Notes from Barolo Boys visit to Stroppiana - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2022/01/the-barolo-boys-in-piedmont-visit-to.html
90p   (tasted 2024/03)

Friday 19 April 2024

Two Bottles Of 2013 Dolcetto d´Alba

2013 Dolcetto d´Alba Ciabòt Brusà, Umberto Fracassi
A fine, earthy nose with notes of dried blueberries, cold coffee, iron and dried flowers. A very fine Langhe earth scent.
The taste is cool and fine with notes of bakelite, dried black currants, iron with still some perky tannins in the finish.
88p   (tasted 2024/04)


2013 Dolcetto d´Alba Boschi di Berri, Marcarini
A deep, spicy nose with notes of damsons, plums, iron, violets and moist earth. Very, very good. 
The taste is tight and refined with lovely fruit, a stern structure and a long, layered finish. This will go on for 10+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/04)

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Two Bottles Of 2001 Riesling Spätlese Auction

2001 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Auction, Fritz Haag
A pure, refined, just stunningly beautiful nose with notes of orange peel, rubber boots, dried up lemoncello, grass and slate. Ethereal. 
The taste is racy and intense with gorgeous fruit, a perfect balance, a cleansing acidity and a finish that never stops. Will go on for 10+ years. Great wine.
97p   (tasted 2024/04)


2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Auction, Joh. Jos. Prüm
A deep, intense nose with notes of dried up passionfruit, wet asphalt, matchbox and lots of chrushed rocks. Very fine but a tad stifled, compared to what Prüm normally delivers.
The taste is still young with fine notes of spricots, orange, hay and wet stones. A very good acidity. Very long.
91p   (tasted 2024/04)

Monday 8 April 2024

2020 Dogliani Superiore Valdibà, San Fereole


2020 Dogliani Superiore Valdibà, San Fereole
Needed a few hours in the decanter to open up, there were some chicken farm notes to begin with, in fact, it was even better the next day. The nose is young and spicy with notes of red currants, corinthians, violets, leather and earth.
The taste is pure and tight with notes of bakelite, red currants, violets and earth. A very good structure. 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2024/03)

Saturday 6 April 2024

2021 Taneto, Badia di Morrona


2021 Taneto, Badia di Morrona
This Syrah, Sangiovese and Merlot blend offers up a young, perky nose with notes of violets, red cherries, herbs and chocolate biscuits. Open and fresh. 
The taste is cool and spicy with notes of red currants, licorice, herbs and chrushed rocks. Delicate tannins. Very, very good.
More Sangiovese character on day one, the Syrah comes forward more on day two. 2+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/04)

Friday 5 April 2024

1979 Santenay 1er Cru Gravierès, Jessiaume Pére & Fils


1979 Santenay 1er Cru Gravierès, Jessiaume Pére & Fils
A soft, mature nose with notes of dried strawberries, wet dog fur, decaying flowers and root vegetable stock. 
The taste is dry and mature with a nice dried up sweetness, notes of dried strawberries, Christmas spices and forest floor. A tad short on the finish. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2024/04)

Monday 1 April 2024

A Record Number Of Views & A Barolo


Yesterday I had 30.013 views on this blog for March month, a monthly record since December 2016 when I had 29.366 views. 
The major views during March comes from Hong Kong, USA, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, France, Norway, Japan and more.
Since I started this blog in November 2011 I have posted 2.099 posts and have had 1.339.414 views.

1997 Barolo, Salvano
What better to break a record than with a Barolo! The 97 Salvano sports a deep, mature, balsamic nose with notes of forest floor, tobacco, sugared coffee and dried cherries.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of forest floor, rosehips, dried up cherry jam and asphalt. Long with a fine warmth. Drink up if you have any.
89p   (tasted 2024/04)

Previous Salavano´s tasted:

Friday 29 March 2024

2008 Barolo, Guasti Clemente


2008 Barolo, Guasti Clemente
A traditional, deep nose with notes of dried strawberries, dried flowers, gravel and fine balsamic notes. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and dry with old school tannins, dry red fruit and notes of coffee powder, violets and tar. Broad. Needs time, 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2024/03)

Wednesday 27 March 2024

2003 Château Balestard La Tonnelle


2003 Château Balestard La Tonnelle
A fine, soft. mature nose with notes of tobacco, dried red and black currants, earth and fresh stables.
The taste is warm and nicely concentrated with spicy black fruit, integrated tannins and a medium long, balanced finish. Drinking great today.
88p   (tasted 2024/03)

Friday 22 March 2024

Seven Pinots


Time again for our monthly tasting and this time H poured these seven Pinots. The grape was easy to identify but not the origin...

2014 Marsanny Les Grasse´s Têtes, Bruno Clair
A linear, spicy nose with nose with notes of red currants and some woody scents. 
The taste is nice and dry with a fine acidity and cool red fruit. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2024/03)



2012 Pinot Noir VV, Simon Maye
A warm, creamy nose with notes of dried flowers, ripe red fruit and forest floor. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of dried raspberries, red currants and a fine acidity.
89p   (tasted 2024/03)

2014 Pinot Noir, Tatomer
A high, deep nose with notes of licorice, ripe strawberries, gravel and warm sand. Very fine.
The taste is layered and fine with a fine structure, sweet fruit and a long, delicate finish.
92p   (tasted 2024/03)



2014 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard, Knez Winery
A deep, fruity nose with notes of smoke, ripe raspberries, fir wood and undergrowth. Very good in a structured way.
The taste is nicely concentrated and rich with dried raspberries, gravel and smoke. A bit dusty in the finish.
89p   (tasted 2024/03)

2010 Cuvée Caroline, Diel
A deep, high, slightly mature nose with notes of ripe strawberries, cold coffee, licorice and root vegetables. Lovely.
The taste is round, racy and sweet with a crisp acidity and lots of warm, ripe red fruit. Very, very long and yummy. 
94p   (tasted 2024/03)



2013 Pinot Noir Ama, Peay
A tight, seedy nose with notes of red currants, bakelite, violets and gravel. Somewhat restrained.
The taste is fresh and focused with a high acidity, silky tannins and lovely strawberry fruit. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2024/03)

2015 Nieder-Flörsheim Frauenberg Spätburgunder Trocken, Keller
A big, bold nose with notes of ripe raspberries, undergrowth, chocolate and fresh herbs. Very fine.
The taste is taut and structured with notes of raspberry cake, hard raspberry candy, licorice and warm sand. Very long. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2024/03)


Wednesday 20 March 2024

2019 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolomini d´Aragona


2019 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolomini d´Aragona
A large scaled, deep, meaty nose with notes of cherry pie, sweet violets, scorched earth and ripe black flowers. There is some warmth here, the label says 15%.
The taste is rich and very concentrated with overripe black cherries, bonfire smoke, chocolate and a long finish where the alcohol shows. Unbalanced. The fruit is top heavy and the finish is hot. Hard to see that this will come together in a good way.
82p   (tasted 2024/03)

Friday 15 March 2024

2015 Pernard-Vergeless Clos de la Croix de Pierre, Louis Jadot


2015 Pernard-Vergeless Clos de la Croix de Pierre, Louis Jadot
A cool, refined nose with notes of cranberries, ripening raspberries, forest floor, smoke and violet pastilles. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and dry with fine lingonberry, raspberry fruit, a very good acidity and a long, fresh finish. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2024/03)

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Tasting A Fine Range From Paolo Scavino


I had the opportunity, courtsey of Tryffelsvinet, to taste through a range of Paolo Scavino wines. 

2022 Langhe Bianco Sorriso
A cool, gravelly nose with notes of oranges, white pepper and ripe flowers. Very good.
The taste is dry ans spicy with notes of lemons, grass and flowers. A tad low on the acidity. 40% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Viognier.
86p   (tasted 2024/03)

2022 Dolcetto d´Alba
A young, upfront nose with notes of juniper berries, licorice and asphalt. 
The taste is juicy and fine with perky tannins and a very good blueberry fruit. 
87p   (tasted 2024/03)

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
A laid back, elegant nose with notes of cherries, ceder, rosehips and forest floor. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and nicely structured with notes of cherries, licorice and undergrowth. 
90p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo
A clean, handsome nose with notes of red cherries, sand, rosehips and gravel. Pure and fine.
The taste is tight and refined with silky tannins, lovely cherry fruit and a long balanced finish. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Monvigliero
A delicate, spicy nose with notes of red currants, road dust, dried flowers and leather. A bit subdued.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of wet cement, red cherries, gravel and dry licorice. 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Ravera
A tigth, focused nose with notes of Langhe earth, asphalt and ripe cherries. High and fine.
The taste is young and taut with notes of licorice, damsons and rosehips. Gorgeous, stern tannins. One for the ages, 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Prapo
A deep, Serralunga rich nose with notes of black cherries, gravel, almond paste and tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with intensity, balance and a aristocratic height. 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Bric del Fiasc
As usual, the Bric del Fiasc is a stunner. The nose is deep and handsome with notes of sandelwood. ripe cherries, tobacco and dried flowers. Gorgeous.
The taste is structured and intense with lovely cherry, polished tannins and a long, long, delicate finish. Great wine. 7+ years.
97p   (tasted 2024/03)


Sunday 10 March 2024

2000 Château Landonnet


2000 Château Landonnet
This 24 year old Bordeaux offers up a shy, mature nose with notes of dried red and black currants, cold coffee and worn leather. 
The taste is of a fine luncheon claret with soft tannins, nice fruit and a medium long, dry finish. A nice warmth in the finish.
86p   (tasted 2024/02)

Friday 8 March 2024

1997 Barbera d´Alba, Aldo Conterno


1997 Barbera d´Alba, Aldo Conterno
A large scaled, lively nose with notes of dried strawberries, Finnish licorice, fir smoke and freshly polished mahogany. Very, very good.
The taste is big and bold with notes of plums, smoke, earth and sugared coffee. A long, warm, dry finish. Drinking beautifully at age 27.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Wednesday 6 March 2024

2004 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion


2004 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
A delicate, somewhat mature nose with notes of black currants, coffee powder, ceder and undergrowth. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and nicely structured with fine black currant fruit, silky tannins and a long, dry finish.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Monday 4 March 2024

1995 Eileen Hardy Shiraz, Hardys


1995 Eileen Hardy Shiraz, Hardys
A large scaled, open nose with a lovely maturity and notes of plums, blackberries, mint chocolate and Finnish licorice. In your face yummy.
The taste is rich and warm with notes of plum sauce, toothpaste, hot asphalt and licorice. Very long and juicy. Old school and delicious.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Saturday 2 March 2024

2103 Barolo Perno, Sordo


2013 Barolo Perno, Sordo
A fine, cool nose with notes of red cherries, pomegranate, violets and asphalt. Very, very good.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of cherries, licorice, graphite and Langhe earth. A fine lenght. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Friday 1 March 2024

Tasting Dinner With Vintages Ending With A "7"


My third tasting dinner with this slightly odd theme - all bottles with a vintage ending with a "7". The previous tastings are listed below.

Flight I
2017 Special Club Brut, Marc Hebrart
A young, stony nose with notes of lemon peel, smoke and chalk. Very elegant.
The taste is pure and crisp with notes of lemon licorice, smoke and chrushed rocks. A very good acidity. 100% Chardonnay.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)




2017 Special Club Les Fortet Terres, Moussé & Fils
This Pinot Meunier offers up a deep, cool nose with notes of white currants, smoke and a hint of tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is deep and fine with sun warm red fruit, a fine acidity and a long, juicy finish. 
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight II
1987 Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Georg Breuer
A mature, dry nose with notes of red apple skin, dried grass and dry biscuits. Good.
The taste is dry and a tad foursquare with notes of candle grease, dried lemons and old oranges.
87p   (tasted 2024/02)

1997 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese, Dr. Loosen
A pure, fine nose with notes of rubber boots, rain wet asphalt, dades and apriocts. Very, very good.
The taste is somewhat mature, semi dry, with notes of apricots, wet gravel and candied lemons.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)



2007 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Goldcap, Willi Schaefer
A cool, elegant nose with notes of chalk, ripe lemons, chives and smoke. Very fine.
The taste is young and structured with a very fine acidity, lots of gravel and lemons, and a long, lovely finish. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight III
1967 Barolo, Giovani Altare
A deep, sweet, mature nose with notes of dark cherries, Finnish licorice, Langhe earth and some animal scents. Very fine.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of dried mushrooms, licorice, dark cherries and tobacco. Very long. Mature of course but very much alive.
93p   (tasted 2024/02)

1967 Barolo, Luigi Moscone
A handsome, elegant nose with notes of rosehips, earth, dry tobacco and asphalt. A fine energy.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dark tobacco, cold coffee and herbs. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)

1967 Barolo, E. Pira
The majority guessed this 20 years younger. The nose is high, deep and multi layered with notes of violets, leather, rosehips and earth. Very fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of violets, iron, leather and scorched earth. Very long and intense.
93p   (tasted 2024/02)



1967 Barolo Rocche, Vietti
A deep, soft, lovely nose with notes of dried strawberries, red apples, earth and candle grease. Very, very good.
The taste is large scaled and focuse with notes of red apples, coffee powder, earth and dry licorice. A fine intensity.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight IV
1997 La Ricolma, San Giusti A Rentennano
A fat, deep nose with notes of plums, dark chocolate, warm earth and sugared coffee. A very fine depth.
The taste is rich and concentrated with fine plummy fruit, silky tannins and a long, warm finish. Fully mature.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)



1997 Château La Bon Pasteur
A fine, classic Merlot dominated nose with notes of plums, fresh stables, cold coffee and tobacco, Very fine.
The taste is medium bodied, intense and gorgeous with polished tannins, notes of greem peppers, old leather and stables. 
93p   (tasted 2024/02)

1997 Three Palm Vineyard Merlot, Duckhorn
Unfortunately corked.
No rating   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight V
1997 Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio,  Barone Ricasoli
From magnum. A mature, forest filled nose with notes of dried cherries, old leather and nougat. Somewhat dusty.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of cold coffee, dried cherries, earth and herbs. 
87p   (tasted 2024/02)


1997 Barolo Sori´ Ginestra, Conterno-Fantino
From magnum. A deep, dark nose with notes of black cherries, undergrowth, mushrooms and a hint of mint. 
The taste is forward and warm with notes of cherry chocolate, forest floor, rosehips and some wood notes in the finish.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight VI
1997 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Markus Molitor
A high, pure nose with notes of apricots, petrol station, candied lemons and warm grass. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and elegant with notes of dried apricots, vanilla ice cream, petrol and asphalt. A very fine acidity. Almost fully mature.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

1947 Louipac, ?
Fron an unknown producer. A deep, mature nose with notes of shoe polish, ginger, salmiak and orange peel. Very, very good.
The taste is round and mature with notes of glue, dried tangerines, dry biscuits and salmiak. Long and semi dry.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)


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