Sunday 29 November 2020

2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Il Poggione

 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Il Poggione
An upfront, highly likeable nose with notes of sour cherries, hyacinth, rosemary fried pork and tobacco. Very good and expressive. Youthful and forward.
The taste is more structured, cool and tight with notes of ripe cherries, gravel, fresh rosemary and tobacco. A fine acidity and smooth tannins. Very, very good. 4+ years.
A grass widower on this night I found a pizza dough in the freezer and some truffle salami in the fridge, voila!
89p   (tasted 2020/11)

Thursday 26 November 2020

Louis Roederer Vintage - 2013 Brut & 2014 Brut Rosé

Two fine tasting samples from Vinunic, enjoyed over two days with some good food.

2013 Brut, Louis Roederer
This 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay blend offers up a intense, focused nose with notes of toasted bread, grilled lemons, red currants, almond paste and cap gun smoke. Very deep and fine. Still young.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of sweet minerals, smoke, white and red currants and sour dough bread. A high acidity. Very long. Young, wait 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/11)

2014 Brut Rosé, Louis Roederer
I tasted this a couple of months ago and it behaved in a similar manner. At least on day one. On the second day it was even more harmonious with added notes of ripe red berries - raspberries, strawberries and red currants. Lovely.
The taste is more creamy, rich and layered. A very fine acidity. Very long. Preferred it on day two. 
93p   (tasted 2020/11)

Tuesday 24 November 2020

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Pian Delle Mole, Giulia Negri

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Pian Delle Mole, Giulia Negri
A pure, high and energetic nose with notes of red currants, shoe polish, rosehip and a light touch of tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is silky and fresh with notes of forest floor, roses, red currants and dry licorice. Cool, smooth tannins. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/11)

Saturday 21 November 2020

2007 Barolo Brunate, Marengo

2007 Barolo Brunate, Marengo
This 13 year old Barolo needed some serious time in the decanter before open up. Then is displayed a handsome, earthy nose with notes of ripe red cherries, rosehips, licorice and dried up raspberry jam. Very deep and fine. Not a hint of heat from the vintage on the nose.
The taste is rustic elegant and structured with notes of earth, red cherries, roses and licorice. A hint of warm truffles. Very, very good. There is a smidge of warmth in the finish. Still young, 6+ years.
Always when I drink a bottle from Marengo I vividly remember The Barolo Boys first visit to Marco and Jenny in April of 2008 and walking away deeply impressed. 
92p   (tasted 2020/11)

Tuesday 17 November 2020

2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Joh. Jos. Prüm

2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Joh. Jos. Prüm
Breathtakingly beautiful with lift, hight, depth and focus, the nose is a dream with notes of para nuts, candied lemons, summer grass, orange peel, dried peach, wet asphalt and much, much more. Light and intense. Stunning.
The taste is focused and intense with notes of white peaches, candied lemons, sweet minerals, dried up vanilla ice cream and a touch of matchbox. The lenght is counted in minutes. Cristal clear acidity. Just gorgeous.
I opened this bottle because I noticed that it had some seepage. When the foil was cut I saw that the cork was pushed down 5 mm. The cork came up easy and was soaked through. But the wine was great. Glad I have more, but I will waith 5+ years before the next one.
97p   (tasted 2020/11)

Saturday 14 November 2020

A Dynamic Duo From Aussie Land

Two tasting samples from Vinunic

2018 Ring * Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Ringbolt
This Margaret River Cabernet offers up a deep, rich nose with notes of ripe black currants, asphalt, ink, charcoal and salt licorice. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is young and finely concentrated with notes of black currants, bay leaves, iron and sweet tobacco. Long. A bargain for 15 Euro.
90p   (tasted 2020/11)

2016 Southern Valleys Pinot Noir, Nautilus
A gorgeous, lively, spicy nose with notes of white peppered raspberries, star anise, rhubarb and chrushed rocks. A high, intense nose, Very fine.
The taste is tight and serious with notes of violets, raspberries, white pepper and forest floor. A crisp acidity. Beautifully balanced. Great wine.
92p   (tasted 2020/11)

Friday 13 November 2020

2016 Barbera d´Alba Bricco Del Cucolo, Castello di Verduno

2016 Barbera d´Alba Bricco Del Cucolo, Castello di Verduno
Last time I tasted this gem was at the estate in March of last year and then I was really impressed by this Barbera. As I were on this evening. 
Barbera from really old vines has a different character, not as direct and juciy and more akin to a Nebbiolo (without the tannins). The nose is deep and tight with notes of dark raspberries, old balsamico, licorice, bay leaves and undergrowth. Very complex and fine.
The taste is tight and handsome with a perky acidity and notes of violet licorice, raspberry chocolate, bonfire and iron. Very long. Really fine. Drinking beautifully today but will go on for 8+ years. In the same league as some of my favourite Barbera´s, see below.
93p   (tasted 2020/11)

Giacomo Conterno -
Aldo Conterno -
Vietti -
Brovia -

Saturday 7 November 2020

Two Bottles Of Pinot

2017 Auxey-Duresses, Domaine Jessiaume
A light, fine nose with notes of ripe red currants, cool tobacco, Asian spices and earth. Very nice.
The taste is medium bodied and finely structured with notes of red currants, rhubarb licorice and chalk. A fine acidity. Very, very good. 4+ years.
89p   (tasted 2020/11)

2018 Göcklingen Spätburgunder, Weingut Ehrhart
This Pfalz Pinot offers up a deep, complex nose with notes of raspberry, fried nuts, moist earth, chocolate biscuits and shoe cream. A very fine, low leyed sweetness. Very fine.
The taste is young and perky with notes of raspberry licorice, forest floor, herbs and sweet minerals. A very fine acidity. Balanced. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2020/11)

Thursday 5 November 2020

1996 Barolo Cannubi, Serio & Battista Borgogno

1996 Barolo Cannubi, Serio & Battista Borgogno
This Barolo opens warm, spicy and deep with notes of muscovado sugar cooked strawberries, dog fur, leather, bonfire smoke and moist earth. Mature and fine. Wears its heart on its sleeves. Big. Very, very good.
The taste is broad and warm with notes of tobacco, dried strawberries, rosehips and old leather. Long and silky. Fully mature. Fine.
90p   (tasted 2020/11)

Wednesday 4 November 2020

2016 Château La Tour de By

2016 Château La Tour de By
From a half bottle. This go-to Bordeaux in a attractive price range, usually delivers the goods, see previous notes below. The 2016 offers up a cool, restrained nose with notes of red and black currants, chocolate biscuits and gravel. Very nice.
The taste is medium bodied with notes of red currants, cold coffee, fried bread and fir wood. Some tannins in the finish that needs a couple of years to soften. Very, very good. 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2020/11)

Tuesday 3 November 2020

1996 Rivola, Abadia Retuerta

1996 Rivola, Abadia Retuerta
The debut vintage of Rivola consists of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers up a gentle, mature nose with notes of dried black currants, leather, green pepper and some dried up vanilla pod. Very, very good.
The taste is soft and mature with notes of dried up black currant jam, scorched earth, leather and tobacco. Medium long with a fine warmth. A fine drink now and way better than the 96 Cuvée Campanario tasted a couple of years ago.
But I can´t see Parkers despriction of this wine being true at this stage - "Think of it as a blend of a first-class Pomerol and Vega Sicilia Unico"...
88p   (tasted 2020/10)

Sunday 1 November 2020

2010 Puligny-Montrachet et al Tasting Dinner

Last Saturday I held a tasting dinner at home with a 2010 Puligny-Montrachet theme with a ringer in each flight. This was what we ate and drank.

1964 Macon, Mommenssin
This 56 year old Macon was fantastic. Full of life and showing a great old Pinot character. The nose is light and lively with notes of red currants, Christmas spices and forest floor. Elegant.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of red beets, red currants, dry licorice and root vegetables. Medium long. Very fine. About one fourth was left in the bottle until the next day and it hadn´t declined a bit.
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

1964 Macon, Poulet
The next Macon wasn´t as fresh. A old, burly nose with notes of cooked red fruit, dog fur, shoe cream and compost. 
The taste is warm and compact with notes of mucovado sugar cooked fruit, wet undergrowth and bakelite. Long and structured. Better on the palate than on the nose.
83p   (tasted 2020/10)

Flight 1
2010 Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret, La Pousse d´Or
A cool, refined nose with notes of lime, lemon cream, wet asphalt and fine soap. Lots of chrushed rock after some time in the glass. Very fine.
The taste is racy and still young with notes of lemon zest, chalk, white currants and dry butter biscuits. A very fine acidity. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Meursault Charmes, Henri Germain
A rather large scaled nose with notes of fried nuts, banana peel, yellow apples and lemon fudge. Very good in a upfront way.
The taste is broad and velvety with notes of grilled brioche, para nuts and almond paste. Long and fine. Almost fully mature.
88p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Puligny-Montrachet Les Champ Canet, Jacques Carillon
A delicate, smoky nose with notes of lemon cream, yellow flowers, lavender and dried up lemoncello. Very handsome. Really fine.
The taste is crisp and intense with notes of lemon cream, dry lemon fudge, sweet minerals and smoke. A very distinct acidity. Still young. Very fine. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/10)

Flight 2
2010 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières, David Moret
A large scaled, finely tuned nose with notes of candied lemons, papaya, white raisins and a hint of coconut. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and taut with lots of ripe fruit in the shape of passionfruit, pineapple and grilled lemons. A long intense finish with a lively acidity. Very fine. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Les Chasselas Vieilles Vignes, Ganevat
A different creature to say the least. A touch of carbonic acid at first, then notes of root vegetables, lemon cream, burnt grass and raspberry jam!
The taste is tight and mineral laden with notes of linoleum, dry grass and lemon zest. A high acidity and not enough fruit to balance. Good but not great.
87p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Puligny-Montrachet Le Folatières, Bernard & Thierry Glantenay
A cool, restrained nose with notes of almond paste, chrushed rocks, matchbox and a salty scent. Very, very good.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of dried apricots, sweet minerals, matchbox and birch sap. A fine acidity. Long and distinct. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/10)

Flight 3
2010 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières, Bachelet-Monnot
A pure, smoky, lovely nose with notes of grilled lemons, white peach, lemon fudge and lots of minerals. Great structure. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of sweet/sour lemons, white flowers, peaches and cap gun smoke. A long, luscious finish. Great wine. 5+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Chardonnay Allen Vineyard, Williams Seylem
A hint of ox, but also notes of ripe oranges, pineapple, smoke and dried flowers. Rich and fine.
The taste is broad and velvety with notes of apricots, yellow apples and smoke. Long and warm. A fine drink.
89p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Puligny-Montrachet Folatières, Lucien Le Moine
A very deep, intense nose with notes of sweet lime, fish sauce, grey pears and chrushed rocks. Rich and very fine.
The taste is pure, intense and concentrated with notes of lime cream, matchbox, orange peel and blue ski wax. Very, very long. A very fine acidity. Almost fully mature. 
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

2010 Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrières, Henri Boillot
S brought a bottle with him, not sure that there would be enough wine to drink... The nose is cool, elegant and a tad withdrawn, with notes of grass, lemon peel, gravel and white flowers. Very fine. Feels very young still.
The taste is racy and handsome with notes of white currants, chalk, matchbox and a fine salty touch. Long and distinct. Very fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/10)

1971 Château Guiraud
To finish the evening of, a bottle of mature Sauternes. The nose is very deep and perfectly mature with notes of detergent, dried apricots, skin cream and linoleum. Very fine. Some guessed it to be a Chenin, highly understandable.
The taste is deep and semi dry with notes of dried apricots, sandelwood, white raisins and moist undergrowth. Very fine. Long. A perfect drink to end a great evening.
93p   (tasted 2020/10)