Saturday 28 January 2017
Red Room Hedonism - Mosel, Barolo & Bordeaux
The Red Room at Magnusson Fine Wine is a perfect place for a few great bottles with some close friends. Great food is provided from a nearby restaurant. The recipe for a marvellous evening.
1999 Scharzhofberg Riesling Spätlese, Egon Müller
A fine Riesling with some Italian delicatessen is always a great start. It has a pure, fresh nose with a touch of maturity and fine notes of yellow plums, lemon tinged minerals, rubber and a cool smokiness. Very, very fine and lively.
The taste is refined and tight with notes of candied lemons, warm grass and sweet minerals. A very long, balanced and beautiful finish. Really, really good. Almost fully mature.
94p (tasted 2017/01)
1970 Barolo Zunino, Vietti
The first duo consisted of two wines from Vietti, who we visited in December last year. The nose is deep and mature with lovely notes of moist undergrowth, muscovado sugar, dried cherries and lots of trumpet mushrooms. A lovely dried up sweetness. Round and fine.
The taste is mature, round and dry with notes of dried cherries, rose petals, leather and a hint of dog fur. Long, warm and dry. A tad too old on its own but with the food it rose and was a perfect match.
91p (tasted 2017/01)
2001 Barolo Villero Riserva, Vietti
The Villero is a gorgeous creature. The nose is just lovely with its focus, concentration and purity, with notes of violets, forest floor, ripe black cherries and flowers. Dense yet high and refined. Very, very deep. Still very young.
The taste is brilliant with lots and lots of fresh red fruits, a high and might tannin structure and a awesome balance. But it is still very young, will need another 6+ years. And then it will even closer to perfection.
97p (tasted 2017/01)
1996 Château Latour
This small get together was designed for drinking a bottle of Latour, to highlight my 1000th post.
98p (tasted 2017/01)
1996 Château Citran
Compare and contrast. This is what makes wine tasting and drinking so interesting. With todays prices, you can buy 15 bottles of 96 Citran instead of one bottle of 96 Latour. Compare and contrast. This is a really fine, maturing Bordeaux with a nose filled of inky black currants fruit and additional notes of cocoa, tobacco and autumn leaves. A fine sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is medium bodied and tight with notes of ripe black currants, moist tobacco, graphite amd forest floor. A very fine dryness in the finish. Drinking great on this night. But would I rather have 15 bottles of this instead of one bottle of the Latour? Ah, well...
91p (tasted 2017/01)
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