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)

Sunday, 4 April 2021

1996 Barolo, Bel Colle


1996 Barolo, Bel Colle
Not your ordinary Barolo! Chosen by the Masters of the Cavaliere del Tartufo no less. 1200 bottles made.
It needs some time in the glass (after two hours decanting) to really open up with notes of undergrowth, dried raspberries, old oak furniture and violets. Some iron in the end. Rustic and very, very good.
The taste is tight and just mature with notes of rosehips, dried raspberries, gravel and dry licorice. A medium long finish with a fine warmth. Bottles like this will go on for 8+ years.
89p   (tasted 2021/04)

Friday, 2 April 2021

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2011 Cuvée Edmond, E. Barnaut


2011 Cuvée Edmond, E. Barnaut
A fine, stony, bread filled nose with notes of fennel seeds, red apples and wet cement. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is velvety and fine with notes of red apples, wet stones, fennel and grilled lemons. A fine acidity. A hint of maturity. 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. 6 gr dosage. 
91p   (tasted 2021/04)

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Saturday, 27 March 2021

2011 Barolo Arborina, Mauro Veglio


2011 Barolo Arborina, Mauro Veglio
It was almost three years ago I last drank a bottle of this fine Nebbiolo. During those years it has become more focused and the fruit more concentrated. The nose is deep and structured with notes of sour and sweet cherries, asphalt, forest floor and a hint of shoe cream. Very fine.
The taste is taut and racy with notes of fresh mushrooms, ripe cherries, licorice and rosehips. A long finish with some still perky tannins. Lovely. 3+ years. 
93p   (tasted 2021/03)

Other vintages tasted:

Saturday, 20 March 2021

2006 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso


2006 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso
After visiting this estate I bought some bottles from different vintages. I recently tasted 2004 & 2010 Bricco Luciani and tonight is was time for the 2006.
The nose is deep and somewhat mature with notes of a moist forest floor, ceps, dried cherries, roses & asphalt and a ever so slight hint of mint. Open and delectable.
The taste is seedy and fine with notes of dried cherries with a salty touch, dried flowers, asphalt and rosehips. A very fine acidity and polished tannins. Very long and fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2021/03)

Friday, 19 March 2021

2004 Bouzy Rouge, Barnaut


2004 Bouzy Rouge, Barnaut
This 17 year olf red wine from Barnaut hasn´t aged well. The nose is mature and murky with notes of model clay, dried raspberries, old red apples and wet wood. Some VA. 
The taste is cool and dry with notes of dry herbs, some raspberries and a high acidity. Rather short. Drinkable but I would pass on another bottle.
79p   (tasted 2021/3)

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Two More Spätburgunder From Weingut Ehrhart

A couple of weeks ago I tasted two bottles from Weingut Ehrhart and now it was time for two more!

2016 Eschbach "R" Spätburgunder, Weingut Ehrhart 
The 16 is not as great as the 15 (see tasting note in the link above) with its warmer and more outgoing nose, with notes of spices, orange blossom, raspberries and sugared coffee. Very good though.
The taste is better with a tighter structure, a fine raspberry dominated fruit and a long, warm finish. A fine acidity. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2021/3)


2015 Sonnenberg Spätburgunder, Weingut Ehrhart
The 15 Sonnenberg is a stunner, with a deep, spicy nose with notes of rhubarb, raspberries, blood orange, cinnamon and furniture polish. Complex and fine. 
The taste is cool, spicy and multi layered with notes of orange zest, raspberries, forest floor and rhubarb licorice. A very fine acidity. Long and lingering. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2021/3)

Sunday, 14 March 2021

1988 Barbaresco Sorì Ciabot, Traversa & A Desert Island Album


1988 Barbaresco Sorì Ciabot, Traversa
A deep, mature nose with notes of raspberry candy, forest floor, dried flowers and fried nuts. A rough refinement.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dried raspberries, herbs, gravel and dry licorice. Medium long. Very good but I guess it was even better 5-8 years ago.
87p   (tasted 2021/03)

Queensryche / Operation Mindcrime /1988
This is not a desert island album, this is the desert island album. The best album ever made. Period.
Just listen to the perfect songs below, everyone is 100p. Never equeled, never surpassed.




Friday, 12 March 2021

A Blast From A Not So Distant Past - 2013 Pas Petite, Landin


2013 Pas Petite, Landin
It seems like ages ago I had a bottle of this 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Zinfandel blend made by a Swedish wine journalist - Erica Landin - but it was in fact only three years ago a drank a bottle.
It has kept well, added some maturity and is in a great drinking phase right now. The nose displays a dark, focused fruit with notes of plums, blackberries, asphalt and fir smoke. Very, very good.
The taste is balanced and fine with notes of blackberries, smoke, fried herbs and hot gravel. A long, dry finish with a fine dried up warmth. Really good. I would say on top of its game. 300 bottles made and this was my last of four bought (1,3% of the total production, the equivalent of 3.120 bottles of Mouton-Rothschild in a normal year...)
91p   (tasted 2021/03)

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Vingruppens Tasting Of New Releases - Part Two - Whites


The second part from the tasting of Vingruppens new releases.

2019 Riesling Heimbourg, Zind-Humbrecht
A large scaled, deep and fine with notes of ripe peach, chrushed rocks and diesel oil. A fine sweetness in the background.
The taste is rich and stony with notes of ripe lemons, chalk, dried apricots. Intense. A fine acidity. Ends dry.
Will be released April 6.
90p   (tasted 2021/03) 

2015 Riesling Heiligenstein 1ÖTW, Bründlmayer
A finely tuned, elegant nose with notes of star fruit, wet asphalt, steel and a hint of rubber. Very, very good.
The taste is high and fresh with notes of lemon peel, minerals, lemon licorice and steel. A racy acidity. Long.
Will be released April 13.
91p   (tasted 2021/03) 

2017 Pouilly-Fuiseé, Jules Desjourneys
I swirl the glass vigorously and get some discrete notes of chrushed rocks, birch leaves and gravel. Very pure and balanced. Needs lots of time.
The taste is tight, crisp and displays a low key intensity with structure and acidity in the driver seat. The fruit is tied up in the trunk. Needs at least 8 years.
Will be released March 16.
90p   (tasted 2021/03) 


2017 Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, Jules Desjourneys
Same as the above, acidity and structure are the treats that show themselves, but this isn´t as coherent and racy as the Pouilly-Fuisée. The acidity is dialed up to eleven...
Will be released March 16.
87p   (tasted 2021/03) 

2019 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Kutch
Peaches, smoke and pecan nuts fills the nose of this finely built Chardonnay. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is smoky and fine with notes of grilled lemons, hand cream and yellow flowers. A very fine acidity. Very fine.
Will be released March 16.
92p   (tasted 2021/03) 

2018 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Monts Luisants, Domaine Dujac
A gorgeously perfumed nose with notes of lemon cream, matchbox, lavender and summer flowers. A very fine depth. Lovely.
The taste is refined and racy with acidity, fruit and structure in a beautiful balance. Very long. Candied lemons, flint, nuts and an array of flowers. Great wine. 6+ years.
Will be released March 18.
94p   (tasted 2021/03) 


2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes, Domaine Dujac
The PM from Dujac have everything that the Morey-St-Denis have but the intensity is higher, the fruit is more concentrated and the balance is exquisite. A stunning wine that needs 8+ years in the cellar.
Will be released March 18.
96p   (tasted 2021/03) 

2018 Meursault Village, Arnaud Ente
A Meursault Village that cost 50% more than a Premier Cru from Dujac? Worth it? No.
The nose is very deep and handsome with notes of yellow apples, paint, sun warm gravel and smoke. Heavier than the Dujac´s. 
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of candied lemons, gravel, smoke and ripe yellow pears. Focused. Very, very good but the price (175 Euro) reflects Arnaud Ente´s reputation rather than the quality in the bottle.
Will be released April 8.
92p   (tasted 2021/03) 


2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point
A very juicy, typical Sauvignon Blanc with notes of freshly cut grass, gooseberries and white currants. Fresh and fine.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of grass, hay, grey pears and gravel. Upfront and fine.
Will be released April 27.
88p   (tasted 2021/03) 

2018 Chardonnay, Dog Point
A fine, smoky nose with notes of grilled lemons, grass, butter biscuits and hand cream. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and balanced with notes of ripe lemons, biscuits, gravel and yellow flowers. Long and fine. A very good Chard for immediate consumption.
Will be released April 20.
90p   (tasted 2021/03) 

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

2019 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa


2019 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa
As Number Three (I am not a number, I am a free man!) in the exclusive  Dolcetto Boys & Girls group my mission is to taste as many Dolcetto´s as possible. Hard work.
The 2019 from Bruno Giacosa is a fine example with a young, spicy nose with notes of ripe blueberries, bakelite, shoe cream, warm rocks and Langhe earth. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of blueberries, damsons, red tea and dusty earth. Perky tannins. A fine length. This is really good. I need more bottles of this.
91p   (tasted 2021/03)

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Vingruppens Tasting Of New Releases - Part One - Champagne


Vingruppen invited to a tasting of upcoming releases on the monopoly. 

2010 Clos Nostre Seynor, Mestres Cava
A very nice, somewhat mature nose with notes of tangerines, gravel and assorted flowers. 
The taste is dry and fine with notes of grilled lemons, tangerines and gravel. Very, very good.
Will be relesead March 9.
90p  (tasted 2021/03)

NV Les Précimes Brut, Egly-Ouriet
A cool, fresh nose with notes of smoke, lemon peel, lavender and chrushed flint. High and fine.
The taste is finely tuned and balanced with notes of lemon cream, steel and white flowers. A fine intensity. Very fine.
Will be released April 20.
92p  (tasted 2021/03)

NV Grand Cru VP Extra Brut, Egly-Ouiret
A restrained, classy nose with notes of lemon peel, dried flowers, biscuits and chrushed rocks. Old viney. Stunning.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of summer flowers, tangerines, biscuits and sweet minerals. A very fine acidity. Long and lingering. Great wine.
Will be relesead March 11.
94p  (tasted 2021/03)

2011 Grand Cru Millesime, Egly-Ouiret
A light, elegant, somewhat mature nose with notes of oranges, birch leaves, wet stones and gravel. Very fine.
The taste is pure and refined with notes of grapefruit, chrushed rocks, lavender and grass. Very long and very delicate.
Will be relesead March 11.
93p  (tasted 2021/03)


NV Grand Cru Blanc de Noir Vieilles Vignes, Egly-Ouiret
Ooooh boy, this is a stunner. The nose oozes up from the glass with gorgeous notes of dried raspberries, smoke, dark flowers, a hint of nougat and a lovely perfumed note. Very, very deep. Just awesome.
The taste is everything the nose promise to be, light as a feather and stings like a bee. Beautiful notes of ripe red curranrs, chocolate biscuits, sun warm rocks and dark flowers. The finish goes on for minutes. A truly great wine. A heady tariff but worth its prize.
Will be relesead March 11.
97p  (tasted 2021/03)


2012 Fleur de Passion, Diebolt- Vallois
Usually a favorite of mine but this bottle didn´t really, really impressed me. Make no mistake, its a really fine wine, but not really up there. The nose is open, forward and direct with notes of peach, yellow flowers and gravel. Very, very good but not that complex.
The taste is better though, with a firm grip and notes of of ripe lemons, peach and chalk. A very good acidity. Again, very, very good but I´m usually floored but Fleur de Passion, but not this time. 
Will be released March 9.
90p  (tasted 2021/03)

2013 Cristal, Louis Roederer
Finishing the Champagne line up with Cristal is not a bad thing... The 2013 offers up a young, handsome, pure and balanced nose with notes of dried up lemon jam, elderberries, yellow apples and a whole summer meadow with ripe flowers. Just great.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of lemon peel, steel, yellow apples, smoke and a fine saline touch. Very, very long. Needs time. A stunning (as always...) Cristal, almost as good as the 2012.
Will be released March 16.
96p  (tasted 2021/03)


Saturday, 6 March 2021

A Bottle Of Bubbly - NV Cuvée Blanc de Blancs, Claude Cazal


NV Cuvée Blanc de Blancs, Claude Cazal
A delicate, finely tuned nose with notes of white flowers, butter cookies, brioche and some smoky scents. Very, very good. A ever so slight touch of mint.
The taste is creamy and silky with notes of lemon fudge, sweet minerals, smoke and earth. A very fine acidity. Ends on a very fine dry note.
Went perfectly with grilled catfish, grilled vegetables and a roe sauce.
91p   (tasted 2021/03)



Friday, 5 March 2021

Short Notes From A Dinner At Djuret

Last night we had dinner at Djuret, one of the wine friendliest restaurants in Stockholm. Daniel Crespi offers up a relaxing atmosphere where the food, service and of course! - the wines are in the forefront. 
Always a genuine pleasure to dine here!

2005 Cuvée Hemera, Henriot
While waiting for the others I had a glass of this beauty. A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot it explodes out of the glass with notes of brioche, ripe apples, salted popcorn and yellow flowers. A silky, pure taste with salted caramel, iron and butter biscuits. Just lovely.
96p   (tasted 2021/03)


2019 Scharzhofberger Risling Kabinett, Egon Muller
This oooozes energy with notes of wet stones, grass and purity. The taste is racy, fresh and pure like a mountain river.
94p   (tasted 2021/03)


2016 Corton-Charlemagne, Vincent Girardin
This one escaped a photo, when poured by Daniel just passing by... :-) A gorgeous nose, deep, with sweet almonds, grilled lemons and ripe bananas, very complex, the taste goes on and on with a crisp acidity and finger licking great fruit.
95p   (tasted 2021/03)


2011 Clos de Vougeot, Jean Grivot
Oooooh boy, this is the real thing, exactly what a great Burgundy is all about - hedonistic, dripping, sweet fruit paired with a great backbone, a uplifting acidity, perfume and a finish that never ends. Absolutely fantastic.
98p   (tasted 2021/03)



2017 Beaune Gréves de l´Enfant Jésus, Bouchard
Again, Daniel swept by with a bottle and all of a sudden I got a generous pour of this upliftning Burgundy, fresh, juicy and full of luscious red currant and raspberry fruit. Lovely to drink now and the coming 20+ years (I vividly remembered a 1959 Baby Jesus drunk some 20 years ago that was heaven in a bottle!)
93p   (tasted 2021/03)

2010 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon, Grant Burge
In a other setting, without these stunning wines tasted before, which all were about nerve and tension, I would surely have liked this more, but now it seemed a bit heavy handed, albeit with a very good structure, a generous fruit and a long lasting finish.
91p   (tasted 2021/03)



Wednesday, 3 March 2021

2017 Barbera d´Alba Tre Vigne, Vietti


2017 Barbera d´Alba Tre Vigne, Vietti
It is always a pleasure drinking a Barbera from Vietti. The 17 Tre Vigne offers up a spicy, open for business nose with notes of black tea, a cherry pie, warm gravel and chocolate biscuits. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of raspberry truffles, Finnish licorice, gravel and leather. A very good acidity. Long and fine. For drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2021/03)

Sunday, 28 February 2021

2014 Barolo del Commune di Serralunga, Luigi Pira


2014 Barolo del Commune di Serralunga, Luigi Pira
In 2014 Giaonpaolo only made one Barolo, blending all the Cru´s into this regular Barolo. A huge mistake according to The Barolo Boys - read all about it in the links below... :-)
Now, seven years later it displays a still young, fresh nose with notes of hard cherry candy, asphalt, violets, orange peel and iron. A fine depth. High and fine.
The taste is cool and tight with notes of gravel, red currants, mushrooms and dry licorice. Fine grained tannins. Still needs 5+ years. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2021/02)




Friday, 26 February 2021

2017 Langhe Nebbiolo, Giovanni Rosso

 

2017 Langhe Nebbiolo, Giovanni Rosso
A upfront, medium deep, fine nose with notes of strawberry licorice, chrushed rocks, rosehips and asphalt. Very, very good.
The taste is young and spicy with a fine warmth and notes of licorice, rosehips, gravel and violets. Very good but not in the same leauge as the 2016.
89p   (tasted 2021/02)

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo, Franco Conterno


2018 Langhe Nebbiolo, Franco Conterno
A delicate, upfront, juicy nose with notes of red cherries, licorice, violets and Asian Spices. Very, very good. More delicate than the 2017, which I tasted at the estate.
The taste is young, pure and fresh with notes of red cherries, violets, fir wood and rosehips. Fine grained tannins. 4+ years.
90p   (tasted 2021/02)

Saturday, 20 February 2021

2012 Barolo Roggeri, Crissante Alessandria


2012 Barolo Roggeri, Crissante Alessandria
This needed some serious time in the decanter and glass. After some intense swirling notes of hard cherry candy, tobacco, ripe raspberries and asphalt oozes up from the glass. Tight. Forest floor and candle grease after some more time. Deep. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and iron filled with notes of hard cherry candy, violets, dark flowers and asphalt. Shows exactly those rugged tannins that Masnaghetti mentions as a trademark of this MGA. 6+ years. Another notch in my MGA belt. Just 37 left...
91p   (tasted 2021/02)

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

1964 Barolo Riserva Cru Bussia di Monforte d´Alba, Prunotto


1964 Barolo Riserva Cru Bussia di Monforte d´Alba, Prunotto
A very low level. I had not much hope when I cut the foil. No cork? Well, it was at the bottom of the bottle.
Murky at first but after 30 minutes it showed a light, feeble nose with notes of red currants, gravel, glue and dried flowers. Not dead but on its last leg.
The taste is dry and thin with notes of dried red fruits, gravel and rosehips. Short. Not really bad but not enjoyable either.
71p   (tasted 2021/02)

Monday, 15 February 2021

2017 Dogliani Superiore Maioli, Anna Maria Abbona


2017 Dogliani Superiore Maioli, Anna Maria Abbona
Another winner from Anna Maria Abbona. This Dolcetto sport a young, tight, focused nose with notes of ink, ripe blueberries, bakelite, iron and a hint of raspberry coulis. Handsome. Very young and fine.
The taste is young and structured with notes of ink, asphalt, spices and ripe blueberries. Very long with silky tannins that will need 6+ years. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2021/02)

Other wines from Anna Maria Abbona tasted:



Sunday, 14 February 2021

2015 100.000 Shiraz, Blankbottle (magnum)


2015 100.000 Shiraz, Blankbottle
Tasted for the first time five years ago. I was impressed then and bought a couple of botttles (magnums). This was the last bottle. 
The nose is open and peppery with notes of bakelite, blueberries, violets and dried meat. Very fine in a low key kind of way. Has character. 
The taste is more expressive then the nose with fresh herbs, violets, meat and ripe blueberries. A fine acidity and juicy tannins. Some fine tobacco. Long, fine and balanced. Lovely. Should have bought more, this was a bargain for 60 Euro per mag.
93p   (tasted 2021/02)

Thursday, 11 February 2021

A Beauty - 2018 La Mateo Rioja Blanco, Bodegas D. Mateos

 
2018 La Mateo Rioja Blanco, Bodegas D. Mateos
A tasting sample from Wine World.
When I started to drink better white Burgundies in the middle of the 90´s - Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Corton Charlemagne, Batard-Montrachet et al - this was the character I loved - an outgoing, large scaled yet refined nose with notes of grilled lemons, spices, peach, matchbox and a field of yellow flowers. And yes, a healthy dose of fine oak, which only highlighted the other qualities. This Rioja reminds me of those days. Gotta love this.
The taste is a bit more restrained than the nose with notes of matchbox, dry lemon fudge, birch leaves, chrushed rocks and dried peach. A long, lingering finish with a refreshing acidity. Drinking great today and the coming 8+ years. This gem will be released on the monopoly on the 23d of February. All oak neurotics should give this one a pass and let me buy these bottles. A real bargain at 20 Euro.
Made out 100% Tempranillo Blanco, a natural nutation of Tempranillo.
93p   (tasted 2021/02)

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

1982 Barolo Castellero, Fratelli Barale


1982 Barolo Castellero, Fratelli Barale
A rather, large scaled, burly nose with notes of a dried up cherry pie, tobacco, a moist forest floor, dark sponge cake, diesel oil and leather. Complex, a bit rough around the edges but with a rugged charm. 
The taste is more structured and refined with notes of dried strawberries, dry licorice, forest floor and dried flowers. A very fine length with some silky tannins at the end. Very fine. Fully mature but in no hurry to drink any remaining bottles.
I visited Fratelli Barale in August of 2019 and meet Eleonora who was a gracious and kind host. 
Castellero is a 13,07 ha large MGA in Barolo and there are only four producers that bottle wines from here - Fratelli Barale, Francesco Borgogno, Giacomo Fenocchio and Brezza (which I visited on the same trip and tasted their 2013 Castellero).
92p   (tasted 2021/02)

Friday, 5 February 2021

One Million Page Views - A Fine Barolo Needs To Be Opened!


Today I reached one million (1.000.000!) page views in the nine years and two months that this blog has existed. I posted my first tasting notes on the 2nd of November 2011. 

That makes approximately 296 views per day. And a total of 1.649 posts. 1.279 comments.

Is this cause for a celebration? Of course, and of course with a bottle of the best grape juice in the world - Barolo!

1989 Barolo Vigna Cicala, Aldo Conterno
Just woooow! From the first pour this gorgeous creature just got better and better, with air - it expresses a regal character with stunning notes of dried red fruits, linoleum, red tea, rosehips, allspice and truffle. Spine tingling. Harmonious. Ethereal. After three hours as good as a Barolo can get.
The taste is all about silk, velvet and, again, harmony. Perfectly mature. Notes of hard cherry candy, red tea, iron, dried flowers and autumn leaves. The finish goes on and on and on. A hint of cardamon in the finish. There is some structured tannins at the very end, suggesting that bottles like this would go on for another 6+ years.
98p   (tasted 2021/02)