Tuesday, 15 June 2021

2018 Dolcetto d’Alba San Martino, Bruna Grimaldi


2018 Dolcetto d’Alba San Martino, Bruna Grimaldi
A very fine, old fashioned nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, violets, iron and incense. Dry earth en masse. Very, very good.
The taste is dry, tight and seedy with a fine dark cherry/blueberry fruit and additional notes of almonds, iron, and dried flowers. This is gooood! 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2021/06)

Saturday, 12 June 2021

NV Rosé Brut, Émile Leclère


NV Rosé Brut, Émile Leclère
A fine, dry, multi layered nose with notes of red currants, rhubarb, smoke, red licorice and some ripe dark flowers in the background. A fine complexity.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of dried raspberries, red currants, earth and a fine salty touch. Crisp. Very fine. Should develop fine over the next 6+ years. Best on day two (as usual).
63% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir & 7% Vin Rouge Champenois. 8 gr dosage. At 33 Euro a bottle I’m loading up!
91p   (tasted 2021/06)

Friday, 11 June 2021

2019 Dolcetto d’Alba, Bel Colle


2019 Dolcetto d’Alba, Bel Colle
A young, fresh, herbal nose with notes of blueberry bushes, bakelite, black pepper, violets and earth. Very good in a upfront kind of way.
The taste is tight and earthy with notes of rhubarb licorice, violets, minerals and bakelite. Good tannins. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable but in a Dolcetto context a bit of a run of the mill wine. (and yes, that are ramsom flowering).
86p   (tasted 2021/06)

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Two 2006 Baroli

2006 Barolo, Terre Dei Roveri
A let down compared to a bottle tasted three years ago. Not bad but this bottle is much more mature, soft and ripe with cooked fruit, a dry finish and notes of dried flowers, leather and iron. I hope the rest of the bottles more mirror the first one.
84p   (tasted 2021/06)


2006 Barolo Poderi Scarrone, Terredavino
This, on the other hand, is a winner. From one of the biggest producers in Langhe, they have fashioned a slightly mature, ripe, deep and floral wine with notes of tar & roses, licorice, ripe cherries and rosehips. Very long, juicy and fine. Highly drinkable now but I would wait 5+ years before the next bottle is uncorked.
91p   (tasted 2021/06)


Friday, 4 June 2021

Then & Now - 1993 & 2016 Chàteau Montus


1993 Château Montus Cuvée Prestige
My first bottle of 93 Montus Cuvée Prestige (have been fortunate to taste vintages back to 1985). From the get go this shows a fine, mature, round nose with notes of dried red and black currants, dry leather, cold coffee and fine barnyardy aromas. A very fine velvet maturity.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of dried herbs, red currants, old leather, iron and earth. Very, very good. If I was poured this blind I would have guessed a right bank Bordeaux from the mid 80´s ten times out of ten...
88p   (tasted 2021/05)

2016 Château Montus
A very deep, structured, laid back nose with notes of black currants, plums, herbs, violets and fir wood. Cool yet potent. Lovely.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe black currants, dark chocolate, iron, earth and herbs. Very, very long. Very polished and fine. Long. Should have bought more.
92p   (tasted 2021/05)

Lots of other Montus wines tasted herehereherehere & here


Tuesday, 1 June 2021

2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolimini d´Aragona


2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolimini d´Aragona
The first bottle I taste from this heralded vintage and to be honest a disappointment. The nose is deep, ripe and concentrated with notes of ripe black cherries, violet licorice, fir wood and smoke. Broad shouldered without the finesse that is needed.
The taste is firm, focused and ripe with notes of ripe cherries, sugared coffee, hot gravel and smoke. The 15% are noticeable in the finish. I have no doubt that great fruit that have gone into this wine and it will surely develop nicely but today its, for my palate, a bit ungainly and hot.
87p   (tasted 2021/05)

Earlier bottles from this estate:

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Two Bottle Of Bubbly - A Leaker & A Stunner


Having lots of older bottles you sometimes get a leaker. That happened yesterday when I went to collect some bottles from the cellar. 
A small pool of wine on the floor. I took it home with a youngster I was eager to try.

NV Brut, Besserot de Bellefon
According to the seller, this was from the 60´s. I hadn´t much hope when I put my nose in the glass but it was more alive than I had thought. Lots of dried apricots, old wrinked apples, earth and mushrooms flows up from the glass. Still alive.
The taste is even fresher than the nose with tiny, tiny bubbles and notes of dry orange fudge, apricots, earth and gravel. A decent length. 
78p   (tasted 2021/05)



2010 Clos de Cazals, Claude Cazals
This wine comes from one of the few real Clos in Champagne, a closed in plot planted in the 50´s with Chardonnay. This is only the second vintage, the first was the 2003. Zero dosage.
The nose is deep, chalky and complex with notes of lemon peel, white currants, road dust, ripe Sevilla oranges (on day two) and a ever so slight hint of coconut. Very fine. Very young.
The taste is steely and fine with notes of lemon peel, star fruit, unripe grape fruit and sun warm gravel. A very high, finely tuned acidity. Very, very long. Impressive in a taut, high browed way. A really great wine, but - for my palate - if this have had 3-5 gr dosage, this would have been in the high 90´s.
Best on day two (as always...).
94p   (tasted 2021/05)

Friday, 28 May 2021

1998 Château Fonréaud


1998 Château Fonréaud
I have a very fond memory of a bottle of 1982 Fonréaud some 30 years ago, so when I spotted a 1998 for the ghastly price of 19 Euro (yes, Bordeaux is expensive, always)....I jumped at the chance and bought a bottle. Glad I did.
The nose is as classic as they come, with lovely notes of cedar wood, black currants, tobacco and hints of a fresh stable. A ever so small scent of warm grass. Very, very good.
The taste is more linear that the nose with notes of dried black currants, cold coffee, earth and dry tobacco. Silky initially with a dry ending. Classic. Fully mature.
89p   (tasted 2021/05)

Thursday, 27 May 2021

2015 & 2019 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa
A deep, tight nose with notes of iron, damsons, bakelite and blueberry bushes. A good backbone. Very, very good.
The taste is concentrated and inky with notes of ripe blueberries, gravel, frsh herbs and licorice. Silky tannins. Still young. 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2021/05)


2019 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa
A young, spicy nose with notes of asphalt, gravel, smoke and damsons. Som dry tobacco aromas after a while. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and herbal with notes of a mix od ripe blueberries and raspberries alongside gravel, almond paste and tobacco. Taut tannins. 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2021/05)

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

2020 Dogliani Bricco Mollea, Trediberri


2020 Dogliani Bricco Mollea, Trediberri
A young, energetic nose that jumps from the glass with notes of blueberry bushes, violets, spices and ink. A serious Dolcetto that needs time.
The taste is young and tight with notes of iron, ripe blueberries, bakelite and dry licorice. A fine tension. 5+ years. Has the energy of its maker, visiting Nicola is like going on a roller coaster ride!
89p   (tasted 2021/05)

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Two 2019 Dolcetto - Elio Altare & Giuseppe Mascarello

2019 Dolcetto d´Alba, Elio Altare
A young, spicy nose flows up from the glass with notes of ripe blueberries, asphalt, violets and gravel. Pure and fine.
The taste is seedy and fresh with notes of minerals, blueberries, bakelite and a hint of tobacco. Silky tannins. Long and fine.
90p   (tasted 2021/05)



2019 Dolcetto d´Alba Vigna Bricco Mirasole, Giuseppe Mascarello
A stunning Dolcetto! A deep, cool, complex nose with notes of forest floor, ripe lingonberries, violets, fir wood and saw dust. Very fine.
The taste is young, tight and spicy with notes of lingonberries, rosehips, earth and birch sap. Very long with ripe tannins. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2021/05)


Saturday, 15 May 2021

2004 Barbaresco Riserva Moccagatta, Produttori del Barbaresco


2004 Barbaresco Riserva Moccagatta, Produttori del Barbaresco
A high, fine, authoritarian nose with notes of decaying roses, dried cherries, tobacco, charcoal and a moist forest floor. Very deep and fine. Structured.
The taste is tight and still a tad forceful with notes of hard cherry candy, cranberries, rust and some balsamic notes. A long finish with a fine, dry ending. Not a charmer but very fine in a old school (the best one) kind of way.
93p   (tasted 2021/05)

Friday, 14 May 2021

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2008 Rose Brut Sable, Aubry



2008 Brut Rose Sable, Aubry
A stony, fresh nose with notes of red currants, earth, summer gravel and dried flowers. A fine intensity. Very, very good.
The taste is creamy and fine with notes of rhubarb, red currants, earth and a touch of nougat. A very fine acidity.
92p   (tasted 2021/05)



Thursday, 13 May 2021

2017 Estate Chardonnay, Mount Eden Vineyards


2017 Estate Chardonnay, Mount Eden Vineyards
A deep, rich, gorgeous nose with notes of lemon cream, matchbox, whitebpeach, roasted nuts, yellow flowers and lemon fudge. Just lovely. Layers upon layers. Hints of linoleum. Stately.
The taste is creamy and concentrated with focus, balance and richness. Beautiful fruit, a lively acidity and a long, long finish. Dry and very fine. Great wine. Need to get more of this beauty.
95p   (tasted 2021/05)

Sunday, 9 May 2021

NV Conversation Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, J. L. Vergnon


NV Conversation Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, J. L. Vergnon
A laid back, stony nose with notes of lemon cream, white currants, red grapefruit and dry biscuits. Very, very good in a ascetic style. More creamy on day two.
The taste is tight and dry with a fine acidity and notes of dry fudge, lemon cream, birch leaves and yellow flowers. A long, delicate finish. Not much change on day two. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2021/5)

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Two Bottles From 2012 - Rossese & Barbaresco

2012 Rossese di Dolceacqua Galeae, Ka*Mancine
8 years since I visisted Maurizio and tasted the 2012, and more, up in the hills above the charming town of Dolceacqua. 
Today it has a lovely, upliftning nose with notes of white peppered red currants, dried raspberries and gravel. A fine depth and some maturity, Very, very good.
The taste is perky and earthy with notes of red currants, raspberries, cigarette ashes and dry licorice. Medium bodied. Very fine. No hurry to drink any remaining bottles. 
91p   (tasted 2021/05)


2012 Barbaresco, La Ca´Növa
This needs some hours to come around and then it shows aromas of dried cherries, erath, mushrooms and old furniture. Very fine in a old school kind of way.
The taste is structured and almost mature with notes of dried cherries, herbs, rosehips and undergrowth. Some rugged tannins in the finish. I would give this 5 more years in the cellar.
89p   (tasted 2021/05)

Friday, 7 May 2021

2020 Dr L Riesling, Loosen Bros


2020 Dr L Riesling, Loosen Bros
Tasting sample. It is always a pleasure to listen to Ernie, although some of his exuberant charm is lost over a zoom meeting. 
Never the less, this young, crisp Riesling, which Ernie calls a signature wine for the estate. jumps out of the glass with notes of grey pears, white currants and rain wet asphalt. Very, very good. 
The taste is fresh and linear with notes of star anise, chrushes stones and grey pears. A very fine acidiy. Maybe a tad short but for a tenner (Euro) this is as good as it gets. 
88p   (tasted 2021/05)



Tuesday, 4 May 2021

2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Di Famiglia, Cecchi


2016 Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia, Cecchi
A very classic nose with notes of dark cherries, tobacco, Tuscan gravel and fresh Rosemary. A hint of white peppar. Very, very good. Deep and balanced.
The taste is transparent and high with notes of ripe cherries, wet rocks, violets and assorted herbs. A fine acidity. 4+ years. I´m not as enthusiastic as John but this is a bargain ar 20 Euro.
91p   (tasted 2021/05)

Saturday, 1 May 2021

2010 Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto


2010 Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto
From the moment this was poured until the last drop three days later, this was a beauty. A deep, spicy and somewhat mature nose with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, forest floor, tobacco, pine wood and some leathery aromas. Very complex. 
The taste is a textbook example of the proverbial ”iron fist in a velvet glove”. Lovely silky cherry fruit combined with chewy tannins, a minute long finish and a lovely balance. Highly drinkable today but I would give remaining bottles another 4+ years in the cellar.
94p   (tasted 2021/04)


Thursday, 29 April 2021

A Bottle Of Bubbly - NV De L’ Abbatiale, Locret-Lachaud


NV De L’ Abbatiale, Locret-Lachaud
A fine, stony nose with notes of fennel seeds, sage, steel and red currants. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of grey pears, red currants, iron and dark bread. Very long with a very fine acidity. Again, best on day two.
91p   (tasted 2021/04)


Saturday, 24 April 2021

A Bottle Of Bubbly - NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chaléroux-Ghys


NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chaléroux-Ghys
A tad restrained at first but opens up nicely over time with fine notes of toasted bread, lemon cream, yellow flowers, almond paste and hay. A fine depth. 
The taste is cool and tight with notes of lemon peel, minerals, yellow apple and crushed rocks. A fine acidity. Very, very good. Drunk over three days, best on day two (as always).
90p   (tasted 2021/04)


Friday, 23 April 2021

2014 & 2017 Château Bouscassé

A digital tasting isn´t - duuh - like a real tasting but still, you get to taste some great wines, listen to the wine maker and be able sit in your leisure clothes at home...
The other day I had the privilege to listen to Antoine Veiry from Brumont. We tasted a bunch of wines, more notes to follow, but I will start with the two I finished of with dinner.


2014 Château Bouscassé
From a half bottle. A medium dep nose with notes of herbs, red and black currants, fresh stables and earth, Very good. 
The taste is rocky and earthy with additional notes of herbs, cigarette ashes and red currants. A nice finish. 50% Tannat and equally parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
87p   (tasted 2021/04)


2017 Château Bouscassé
An open, fruity and fine nose with notes of black currants, plums, violets, earth and sweet pipe tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodiedm warm and nicely structured with notes of herbs, black currants, tobacco and violets. More interesting on the nose, but still very, very good. A very fine value at 17 Euro.
88p   (tasted 2021/04)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Four Times 2018 Nebbiolo d´Alba Vigna Valmaggiore


An interesting tasting  of four different versions from the amphitheater-like vineyard of Valmaggiore.

2018 Nebbiolo d´Alba Vigna Valmaggiore, Bruno Giacosa
A high, handsome nose with notes of red cherries, rosehips, linseed oil and fresh herbs. Very, very fine.
The taste is pure and complex with notes of red cherries, dried raspberries, tiles and minerals. Very fresh. Some silky tannins in the finish. 3+ years.
92p   (tasted 2021/04)



2018 Nebbiolo d´Alba Vigna Valmaggiore, Luciano Sandrone
A finely tuned nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, licorice, white pepper and some tobacco. Very deep and fine.
The taste is racy and elegant with notes of ripe red cherries, earth, dried strawberries and sweet minerals. Very fine. Juicy tannins in the finish. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2021/04)

2018 Nebbiolo d´Alba Vigna Valmaggiore, Marengo
A open, warm nose with notes of hard cherry candy, asphalt, forest floor and hints of tobacco. Deep and fine.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, licorice and mushrooms. Long and fine. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2021/04)



2018 Nebbiolo d´Alba Vigna Valmaggiore, Giacomo Grimaldi
The nose is somewhat closed, even with air, with notes of dry cherries, gravel, dried flowers and licorice. Very good.
The taste is tight and fine, more open than on the nose, with notes of violet licorice, cold coffee, tobacco and gravel. Long and fine. Better on the palate. 3+ years.
88p   (tasted 2021/04)


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Champagne & Barolo


NV Recolte Rosé, Dosnon
My first bottle from this producer but given this quality, not my last. This is a restrained and refined Rosé with a tight, spicy nose with notes of red currants, minerals, rhubarb, rust and a lovely salty touch. Very fine.
The taste is handsome and elegant with a brilliant acidity and notes of red currants, roses, spices and steel. Very long and lingering. Great juice.
93p   (tasted 2021/04)

1996 Barolo, Schiavenza
Always nice to drink a almost mature Barolo. The nose of this 25 year old old school Serralunga oozes up from the glass, after two hours in a decanter, with notes of iron, dried cherries, rosehips, furniture polish, forest floor and dry licorice. Very, very good.
The taste is taut and dry with still some perky tannins and notes of rosehips, red apples, iron and old furniture. Has a fine, rigid backbone. Give this another 6+ years. Here are notes from my visit to estate in August of 2019.
91p   (tasted 2021/04)



Thursday, 15 April 2021

2001 Mehringer Zellenberg Riesling Auslese, Römerhof


2001 Mehringer Zellenberg Riesling Auslese, Römerhof
A bulked up half bottle (500 ml) of Riesling, this semi mature Auslese went perfectly with a semi hot Thai chicken wok. 
The nose is deep, with a fine dried up sweetness with notes of ripe peach, wet asphalt, wool (would have me going to Chenin if this would have been poured blind), furniture oil and a hint of saffron. Beginning to mature. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied, somewhat mature with notes of dried apricots, minerals, birch sap, matchbox and saffron bread. Ends semi dry. Drinking great after 20 years.
89p   (tasted 2021/04)

Sunday, 11 April 2021

A Bottle Of Bubbly - NV Cuvée des Caudalies Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, de Sousa


NV Cuvée des Caudalies Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, de Sousa
This gorgeous Blanc de Blancs comes from vines over 60 years old and 50% of the blend is from a perpetual reserve started in 1995. 
The nose is high and intense with notes of brioche, apple cider, fudge, assorted nuts, chalk and grilled lemons. There is lots going on here, and all is good! Very young.
The taste is creamy and refined with notes of vanilla fudge, ripe yellow apples, minerals, peach and grilled toast. Very long and harmonious. Balanced. A very fine acidity. Drunk over three days and IMHO best on day two. Great wine. 5,3 gr. 7+ years.
94p   (tasted 2021/04)

Friday, 9 April 2021

1975 Château Haut-Bailly


1975 Château Haut-Bailly
When I read up on this wine beforehand I got some pretty disparate views, see quotes below, but lets just say that Parker was waaaay of on this one (a recurring trend when it comes to older Bordeaux that aren´t the creme de la creme...).
The nose is deep and lovingly mature with notes of dried plums, black currants, chrushed tiles, sugared coffee and some fresh stable aromas. I can sit with my nose in the glass all evening long. Old school Bordeaux, my first love in wine 30+ years ago.
On the palate it isn´t as generous as on the nose but offers up a mature, round taste with notes of dried black currants, earth, bakelite and coffee grounds. A medium long finish. No -75 dryness in the finish. Very, very good. And with some future in hand, in spite that Parker deemed it without a future 26 years ago...
90p   (tasted 2021/04)

"I have consistently rated this wine from the low 60s to the low 70s, so this was a relatively strong showing for this vegetal, thin , tannic wine. The nose has opened to reveal some attractive weedy, curranty aromas, but there is not much fruit, and the tannins still dominates this lightweight claret. It has no future. Last tasted 12/95. 76p"
(Robert Parker / Bordeaux)

"Full, mature colour. Good, plump nose, not to dense. Fullish, has the density of more traditional wine.making rather than the vintage. Rich and ripe, good fruit, finishes well. Good."
(Clive Coates / Grands Vins / tasting note from June 1987)

Thursday, 8 April 2021

2018 Russian River Pinot Noir, De Loach & 2018 Knox Alexander Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat

Two more small, tasty bottles from Vinkällan.

2018 Russian River Pinot Noir, De Loach
A open, fine nose with notes of rhubarbs, ripe raspberries, undergrowth and warm herbs, Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and fine with a fine acidity and notes of raspberry licorice, forest floor and a hint of tobacco. Long and velvety.
90p   (tasted 2021/03)


2018 Knox Alexander Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat
A deep, high nose with notes of dried raspberries, iron, a touch of VA and root vegetables. Complex and very fine.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of sour/sweet raspberries, raspberry vinegar, licorice and compost. Very long and fine. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2021/03)

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Some Rosé Champagne


 Vingruppen arranged a tasting of this seasons rosé wines. Four Champagnes were poured.

NV Rosé No 3 Brut, Andre Clouet
A cool, velvety nose with notes of toasted bread, red currants, dried raspberries and chalk. Very, very good.
The taste is seedy and fine with notes of raspberry candy, sun warm gravel and fresh herbs. A fine length and a very good acidity. A true bargain for 33 Euro.
92p   (tasted 2021/03)


2014 Rosé Brut, Louis Roereder
Tasted last August and it has developed nicely, putting on more weight and added complexity.
94p   (tasted 2021/03)

NV Rosé Brut Grand Cru, Egly-Ouriet
A deep, focused, finely tuned nose with notes of red and white currants, flint, spices and grilled lime. Very balanced and fine.
The taste is taut and fine with lovely fruit, a great acidity and a long, long, structured finish. Needs time. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2021/03)


NV Rosé, Fleur de Miraval
330 Euro. Courtsey of Brad Pitt et al. Worth it? Not by a long shot. A very good wine with the same quality as the Clouet above, but I would rather take ten bottles of that than one of this.
The nose is deep and fine with notes of peach, raspberries, minerals and gravel. But it also has a "superficial" note.
The taste is balanced and fine with notes of red currants, gravel, oranges and herbs. A medium long, fine finish. A very good wine, but the price...
91p   (tasted 2021/03)


Monday, 5 April 2021

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, Silver Oak & 2018 Monte Bello, Ridge

I received some tasting samples from Vinkällan due to a launch of Capstone California Wines. Small bottles but lots of taste!

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, Silver Oak
A deep, handsome nose with notes of ripe black currants, tobacco, leather and a hint of red bell pepper. Complex and fine.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of red and black currants, tobacco, warm tiles and a hint of mint. Long and very fine.
92p   (tasted 2021/04)


2018 Monte Bello, Ridge
A very deep, multi layered nose with notes of ripe black currants, earth, mahogany and fresh herbs. Very fine. Lovely.
The taste is concentrated and focused with notes of black currants, dry chocolate, earth and expensive leather. Very long. 10 years.
94p   (tasted 2021/04)