Saturday, 4 June 2016

Masterclass With Adam Tolmach

It was 12 years since Adam Tolmach visited Sweden (and that was then his first visit). Lucky enough I also got to meet him then (see which wines we tasted then below).
Adam is a down to earth, charming man with a - to qoute himself - "meandering way to progress"
Divine invited, I went, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

2014 Kick On Ranch Riesling
I tasted this just two weeks ago and it behaved identical today.
91p   (tasted 2016/06)

2014 Puerta del Mar Chardonnay
The nose is cool and lightly smoky with notes of ripening mango, gravel and lemon cream. A fine nerve. 
The taste is young and tight with notes of flowers, mango and almond paste. A very good acidity. Long and delicious.
91p   (tasted 2016/06)

2014 Solomon Hills Chardonnay
The Solomon Hills is a beauty, with its deep, focused nose with notes of dry apricots, pears, grilled lemons and a touch of rubber. Complex and fine. Broader than the Puerta del Mar.
The taste is creamy yet with a tight core om lemon and pear fruit with additional notes of matchbox, almonds and grass. A very fine, taut acidity. Long. This is really good.
93p   (tasted 2016/06)

2014 Pinot Noir
The 14 Pinot Noir is all about a upfront, juicy charm. The nose is fresh and flowery with notes of cranberries, lingonberries and some funky earth scents. Very lively and good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of lingonberries, dried flowers and forest floor. A very good acidity. Gulpable and very good.
90p   (tasted 2016/06)

2012 Bien Nacido Syrah
This Syrah displays a slight angular nose with notes of dusty blueberries, Asian spices, dark earth and a touch of mint. A tad restrained on the nose. Needs some air to open up.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of damsons, dried herbs and asphalt. A long, liniar finish with young tannins and acidity. A touch foursquare today. There are fine fruit here that needs time to blossom.
88p   (tasted 2016/06)

2008 Presidio Syrah
From a magnum. A large scaled, opulent, rich nose with lovely notes of ripe blueberries, damsons, veal meat and some dark chocloate. A potpurri of Christmas spices rises from the glass after a while. Impressive. A hint of maturity. Really, really good.
The taste is broad and complex with stunning notes of blueberries, charcoal, leather and frsh herbs. A long, long finish with some peppery elements. Ends dry with a wonderful balance. Perfect for drinking today and probably for the coming 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2016/06)

Wines tasted in 2004:
2000 Pisoni Pinot Noir   (87p)
2001 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir   (89p)
2001 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir   (92p)
1998 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir   (92p)
2001 White Hawk Syrah   (88p)
1998 Roll Ranch Syrah   (93p)
1997 Roll Ranch Syrah   (91p)
1996 Roll Ranch Syrah   (90p)
2001 Bien Nacido Syrah   (92p)
1998 Bien Nacido Syrah   (92p)
1997 Bien Nacido Syrah   (90p)
1996 Bien Nacido Syrah   (93p)

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