2004 Barolo, M Marengo
This has kept on evolving nicely. Tasted for the first time at the producer in the spring of 2008. A still young, fine, balanced nose with notes of lingonberries, red cherries, dried mushrooms and sweet pipe tobacco. Very, very good. This has a nice depth. More and more cheery notes - hard cherry candy, chcocolate covered cherries - emerges with air. Gorgeous nose!
The taste is still young and tight with succulent tannins and wave after wave with fresh red fruit. A long finish that ends with a nice dry twist. It is not as open in the mouth as on the nose, but this is very, very good. Retry in 3-4 years.
Went perfectly with with grilled italian burgers - the burger meat flavoured with grated parmesan, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil.
93p (tasted 2011/12)
2006 Moana Pinot Noir by Escarpment
I have had some serious trouble to keep my hands of this juice. It is sooo tasty and drinkable. The nose explodes from the glass with scents of ripe strawberries (and some overripe to), balsamic vinegar, forest floor and vanilla oak notes. Lush and lovely. It is big, it is sweet, but it got nerve and poise to balance the sweetness. Beautiful!
The taste is fresh, pure, sweet and yummy, with chocolate covered strawberries, sweet licorice, balsamic vinegar, tobacco and wet forest floor. The acidity cuts through the sweetness and leaves the mouth fresh and longing for more. The finish goes on for a minute. This is the, exept for its sibling Kupe, the greatest Pinot I have tasted out of New Zeeland.
Had this beauty with pasta and a mushrrom sauce with lots of grated parmesan.
95p (tasted 2011/12)
2001 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru - Clos Prieur, Jean Michel Guillon
I haven´t tasted anything from this producer before, but wouldn´t mind to get to know them more after this bottle.
The nose is deep, warm and semi mature with notes of wet autumn leaves, fresh rasberry fruit, warm spices and a touch od wood. A fine earthy note. With air the fruit is more red cherry than rasberries. Very, very good. It has a dark tone running through it, that gives it complexity.
The taste is round, mature and fine with fresh red fruit, a cool note of matchboxes, minerals and dry licorice. A medium long finish with a refreshing acidity. The fruit is medium sweet and very poised. Lingonberries, red currants and not so ripe rasberries. Very fine. Could still last for many years, but I wonder if it gets better than it is now.
91p (tasted 2011/12)