Thursday 27 December 2012

Some Christmas Bottles

With friends, relatives, too much food and not enough wine, there hasn´t been time to make any updates. But I have managed to open some nice bottles. Here are the red far...

2004 Barolo Bricco Viole, M. Marengo
This opens more backward than I had thought. It needed several hours in the decanter and some heavy swirling to expose a fine nose with notes of red cherries, rosehip, sweet undergrowth, tobacco and lots of rose petals. Very young and fine.
The taste is young, cool and full of extract, young frisky tannins and a fine, sweet fruit that takes the backseat day one and two, but on day three it is in full bloom. This needs another 7+ years in the cellar. Very good potential and on day three it was a really fine mouthful of young Barolo.
90p   (tasted 2012/12)

1999 Montevetrano
An almost fully mature, round nose with sweet notes of ripe black currants, bluberries, some stable notes and old leather. Round and fine but without real depth.
The taste is big, sweet and mature with lots of ripe black currant fruit intermingled with bluberry jam, leather, wet earth, tobacco ashes and a hint of wood. The finish is long, warm and gulpable. This is for drinking now and together with a bit of seared meat, this is really good.
87p   (tasted 2012/12)

2001 Montevetrano
This is another creature all together - younger, fresher, and with more character and backbone. The nose is gorgeous with notes of sweet black currants with just a tiny amount of vanilla powder over them, meat stock, expensive leather, bluberry pie and hot earth. Very deep and fine.
The taste is young, big and sturdy with notes of ripe red and black currants, leather, tobacco, pencil shavings and balsa wood. Lots of fine grained tannins that cleans the finish effectively. This has a lot to offer now and for the coming 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2012/12)

2007 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux, Domaine Heresztyn
This was a kind gift and I was very curious since I haven´t tasted anything from this producer. And what a wine! I just adore these spicy, light on their feet, but still penetrating kind of Pinot´s. The nose is pure hedonism, with stunning notes of almost ripe rasberries, sloe berries, asian spices and a touch of paint. A very fine warmth. Gorgeous stuff!
The taste is fresh, cool and intense with lovely notes of lingonberries, rasberries, spices, fennel and a fine earthy note. A long, fine, vivid finish that ends with a dry twist. Really, really fine. I have to look for more wines from this producer.
94p   (tasted 2012/12)