Tuesday 16 April 2024

Two Bottles Of 2001 Riesling Spätlese Auction

2001 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Auction, Fritz Haag
A pure, refined, just stunningly beautiful nose with notes of orange peel, rubber boots, dried up lemoncello, grass and slate. Ethereal. 
The taste is racy and intense with gorgeous fruit, a perfect balance, a cleansing acidity and a finish that never stops. Will go on for 10+ years. Great wine.
97p   (tasted 2024/04)


2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Auction, Joh. Jos. Prüm
A deep, intense nose with notes of dried up passionfruit, wet asphalt, matchbox and lots of chrushed rocks. Very fine but a tad stifled, compared to what Prüm normally delivers.
The taste is still young with fine notes of spricots, orange, hay and wet stones. A very good acidity. Very long.
91p   (tasted 2024/04)

Monday 8 April 2024

2020 Dogliani Superiore Valdibà, San Fereole


2020 Dogliani Superiore Valdibà, San Fereole
Needed a few hours in the decanter to open up, there were some chicken farm notes to begin with, in fact, it was even better the next day. The nose is young and spicy with notes of red currants, corinthians, violets, leather and earth.
The taste is pure and tight with notes of bakelite, red currants, violets and earth. A very good structure. 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2024/03)

Saturday 6 April 2024

2021 Taneto, Badia di Morrona


2021 Taneto, Badia di Morrona
This Syrah, Sangiovese and Merlot blend offers up a young, perky nose with notes of violets, red cherries, herbs and chocolate biscuits. Open and fresh. 
The taste is cool and spicy with notes of red currants, licorice, herbs and chrushed rocks. Delicate tannins. Very, very good.
More Sangiovese character on day one, the Syrah comes forward more on day two. 2+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/04)

Friday 5 April 2024

1979 Santenay 1er Cru Gravierès, Jessiaume Pére & Fils


1979 Santenay 1er Cru Gravierès, Jessiaume Pére & Fils
A soft, mature nose with notes of dried strawberries, wet dog fur, decaying flowers and root vegetable stock. 
The taste is dry and mature with a nice dried up sweetness, notes of dried strawberries, Christmas spices and forest floor. A tad short on the finish. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2024/04)

Monday 1 April 2024

A Record Number Of Views & A Barolo


Yesterday I had 30.013 views on this blog for March month, a monthly record since December 2016 when I had 29.366 views. 
The major views during March comes from Hong Kong, USA, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, France, Norway, Japan and more.
Since I started this blog in November 2011 I have posted 2.099 posts and have had 1.339.414 views.

1997 Barolo, Salvano
What better to break a record than with a Barolo! The 97 Salvano sports a deep, mature, balsamic nose with notes of forest floor, tobacco, sugared coffee and dried cherries.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of forest floor, rosehips, dried up cherry jam and asphalt. Long with a fine warmth. Drink up if you have any.
89p   (tasted 2024/04)

Previous Salavano´s tasted:

Friday 29 March 2024

2008 Barolo, Guasti Clemente


2008 Barolo, Guasti Clemente
A traditional, deep nose with notes of dried strawberries, dried flowers, gravel and fine balsamic notes. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and dry with old school tannins, dry red fruit and notes of coffee powder, violets and tar. Broad. Needs time, 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2024/03)

Wednesday 27 March 2024

2003 Château Balestard La Tonnelle


2003 Château Balestard La Tonnelle
A fine, soft. mature nose with notes of tobacco, dried red and black currants, earth and fresh stables.
The taste is warm and nicely concentrated with spicy black fruit, integrated tannins and a medium long, balanced finish. Drinking great today.
88p   (tasted 2024/03)

Friday 22 March 2024

Seven Pinots


Time again for our monthly tasting and this time H poured these seven Pinots. The grape was easy to identify but not the origin...

2014 Marsanny Les Grasse´s Têtes, Bruno Clair
A linear, spicy nose with nose with notes of red currants and some woody scents. 
The taste is nice and dry with a fine acidity and cool red fruit. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2024/03)



2012 Pinot Noir VV, Simon Maye
A warm, creamy nose with notes of dried flowers, ripe red fruit and forest floor. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of dried raspberries, red currants and a fine acidity.
89p   (tasted 2024/03)

2014 Pinot Noir, Tatomer
A high, deep nose with notes of licorice, ripe strawberries, gravel and warm sand. Very fine.
The taste is layered and fine with a fine structure, sweet fruit and a long, delicate finish.
92p   (tasted 2024/03)



2014 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard, Knez Winery
A deep, fruity nose with notes of smoke, ripe raspberries, fir wood and undergrowth. Very good in a structured way.
The taste is nicely concentrated and rich with dried raspberries, gravel and smoke. A bit dusty in the finish.
89p   (tasted 2024/03)

2010 Cuvée Caroline, Diel
A deep, high, slightly mature nose with notes of ripe strawberries, cold coffee, licorice and root vegetables. Lovely.
The taste is round, racy and sweet with a crisp acidity and lots of warm, ripe red fruit. Very, very long and yummy. 
94p   (tasted 2024/03)



2013 Pinot Noir Ama, Peay
A tight, seedy nose with notes of red currants, bakelite, violets and gravel. Somewhat restrained.
The taste is fresh and focused with a high acidity, silky tannins and lovely strawberry fruit. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2024/03)

2015 Nieder-Flörsheim Frauenberg Spätburgunder Trocken, Keller
A big, bold nose with notes of ripe raspberries, undergrowth, chocolate and fresh herbs. Very fine.
The taste is taut and structured with notes of raspberry cake, hard raspberry candy, licorice and warm sand. Very long. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2024/03)


Wednesday 20 March 2024

2019 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolomini d´Aragona


2019 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolomini d´Aragona
A large scaled, deep, meaty nose with notes of cherry pie, sweet violets, scorched earth and ripe black flowers. There is some warmth here, the label says 15%.
The taste is rich and very concentrated with overripe black cherries, bonfire smoke, chocolate and a long finish where the alcohol shows. Unbalanced. The fruit is top heavy and the finish is hot. Hard to see that this will come together in a good way.
82p   (tasted 2024/03)

Friday 15 March 2024

2015 Pernard-Vergeless Clos de la Croix de Pierre, Louis Jadot


2015 Pernard-Vergeless Clos de la Croix de Pierre, Louis Jadot
A cool, refined nose with notes of cranberries, ripening raspberries, forest floor, smoke and violet pastilles. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and dry with fine lingonberry, raspberry fruit, a very good acidity and a long, fresh finish. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2024/03)

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Tasting A Fine Range From Paolo Scavino


I had the opportunity, courtsey of Tryffelsvinet, to taste through a range of Paolo Scavino wines. 

2022 Langhe Bianco Sorriso
A cool, gravelly nose with notes of oranges, white pepper and ripe flowers. Very good.
The taste is dry ans spicy with notes of lemons, grass and flowers. A tad low on the acidity. 40% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Viognier.
86p   (tasted 2024/03)

2022 Dolcetto d´Alba
A young, upfront nose with notes of juniper berries, licorice and asphalt. 
The taste is juicy and fine with perky tannins and a very good blueberry fruit. 
87p   (tasted 2024/03)

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
A laid back, elegant nose with notes of cherries, ceder, rosehips and forest floor. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and nicely structured with notes of cherries, licorice and undergrowth. 
90p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo
A clean, handsome nose with notes of red cherries, sand, rosehips and gravel. Pure and fine.
The taste is tight and refined with silky tannins, lovely cherry fruit and a long balanced finish. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Monvigliero
A delicate, spicy nose with notes of red currants, road dust, dried flowers and leather. A bit subdued.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of wet cement, red cherries, gravel and dry licorice. 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Ravera
A tigth, focused nose with notes of Langhe earth, asphalt and ripe cherries. High and fine.
The taste is young and taut with notes of licorice, damsons and rosehips. Gorgeous, stern tannins. One for the ages, 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Prapo
A deep, Serralunga rich nose with notes of black cherries, gravel, almond paste and tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with intensity, balance and a aristocratic height. 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2024/03)

2019 Barolo Bric del Fiasc
As usual, the Bric del Fiasc is a stunner. The nose is deep and handsome with notes of sandelwood. ripe cherries, tobacco and dried flowers. Gorgeous.
The taste is structured and intense with lovely cherry, polished tannins and a long, long, delicate finish. Great wine. 7+ years.
97p   (tasted 2024/03)


Sunday 10 March 2024

2000 Château Landonnet


2000 Château Landonnet
This 24 year old Bordeaux offers up a shy, mature nose with notes of dried red and black currants, cold coffee and worn leather. 
The taste is of a fine luncheon claret with soft tannins, nice fruit and a medium long, dry finish. A nice warmth in the finish.
86p   (tasted 2024/02)

Friday 8 March 2024

1997 Barbera d´Alba, Aldo Conterno


1997 Barbera d´Alba, Aldo Conterno
A large scaled, lively nose with notes of dried strawberries, Finnish licorice, fir smoke and freshly polished mahogany. Very, very good.
The taste is big and bold with notes of plums, smoke, earth and sugared coffee. A long, warm, dry finish. Drinking beautifully at age 27.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Wednesday 6 March 2024

2004 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion


2004 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
A delicate, somewhat mature nose with notes of black currants, coffee powder, ceder and undergrowth. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and nicely structured with fine black currant fruit, silky tannins and a long, dry finish.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Monday 4 March 2024

1995 Eileen Hardy Shiraz, Hardys


1995 Eileen Hardy Shiraz, Hardys
A large scaled, open nose with a lovely maturity and notes of plums, blackberries, mint chocolate and Finnish licorice. In your face yummy.
The taste is rich and warm with notes of plum sauce, toothpaste, hot asphalt and licorice. Very long and juicy. Old school and delicious.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Saturday 2 March 2024

2103 Barolo Perno, Sordo


2013 Barolo Perno, Sordo
A fine, cool nose with notes of red cherries, pomegranate, violets and asphalt. Very, very good.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of cherries, licorice, graphite and Langhe earth. A fine lenght. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Friday 1 March 2024

Tasting Dinner With Vintages Ending With A "7"


My third tasting dinner with this slightly odd theme - all bottles with a vintage ending with a "7". The previous tastings are listed below.

Flight I
2017 Special Club Brut, Marc Hebrart
A young, stony nose with notes of lemon peel, smoke and chalk. Very elegant.
The taste is pure and crisp with notes of lemon licorice, smoke and chrushed rocks. A very good acidity. 100% Chardonnay.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)




2017 Special Club Les Fortet Terres, Moussé & Fils
This Pinot Meunier offers up a deep, cool nose with notes of white currants, smoke and a hint of tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is deep and fine with sun warm red fruit, a fine acidity and a long, juicy finish. 
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight II
1987 Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Georg Breuer
A mature, dry nose with notes of red apple skin, dried grass and dry biscuits. Good.
The taste is dry and a tad foursquare with notes of candle grease, dried lemons and old oranges.
87p   (tasted 2024/02)

1997 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese, Dr. Loosen
A pure, fine nose with notes of rubber boots, rain wet asphalt, dades and apriocts. Very, very good.
The taste is somewhat mature, semi dry, with notes of apricots, wet gravel and candied lemons.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)



2007 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Goldcap, Willi Schaefer
A cool, elegant nose with notes of chalk, ripe lemons, chives and smoke. Very fine.
The taste is young and structured with a very fine acidity, lots of gravel and lemons, and a long, lovely finish. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight III
1967 Barolo, Giovani Altare
A deep, sweet, mature nose with notes of dark cherries, Finnish licorice, Langhe earth and some animal scents. Very fine.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of dried mushrooms, licorice, dark cherries and tobacco. Very long. Mature of course but very much alive.
93p   (tasted 2024/02)

1967 Barolo, Luigi Moscone
A handsome, elegant nose with notes of rosehips, earth, dry tobacco and asphalt. A fine energy.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dark tobacco, cold coffee and herbs. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)

1967 Barolo, E. Pira
The majority guessed this 20 years younger. The nose is high, deep and multi layered with notes of violets, leather, rosehips and earth. Very fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of violets, iron, leather and scorched earth. Very long and intense.
93p   (tasted 2024/02)



1967 Barolo Rocche, Vietti
A deep, soft, lovely nose with notes of dried strawberries, red apples, earth and candle grease. Very, very good.
The taste is large scaled and focuse with notes of red apples, coffee powder, earth and dry licorice. A fine intensity.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight IV
1997 La Ricolma, San Giusti A Rentennano
A fat, deep nose with notes of plums, dark chocolate, warm earth and sugared coffee. A very fine depth.
The taste is rich and concentrated with fine plummy fruit, silky tannins and a long, warm finish. Fully mature.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)



1997 Château La Bon Pasteur
A fine, classic Merlot dominated nose with notes of plums, fresh stables, cold coffee and tobacco, Very fine.
The taste is medium bodied, intense and gorgeous with polished tannins, notes of greem peppers, old leather and stables. 
93p   (tasted 2024/02)

1997 Three Palm Vineyard Merlot, Duckhorn
Unfortunately corked.
No rating   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight V
1997 Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio,  Barone Ricasoli
From magnum. A mature, forest filled nose with notes of dried cherries, old leather and nougat. Somewhat dusty.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of cold coffee, dried cherries, earth and herbs. 
87p   (tasted 2024/02)


1997 Barolo Sori´ Ginestra, Conterno-Fantino
From magnum. A deep, dark nose with notes of black cherries, undergrowth, mushrooms and a hint of mint. 
The taste is forward and warm with notes of cherry chocolate, forest floor, rosehips and some wood notes in the finish.
90p   (tasted 2024/02)

Flight VI
1997 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Markus Molitor
A high, pure nose with notes of apricots, petrol station, candied lemons and warm grass. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and elegant with notes of dried apricots, vanilla ice cream, petrol and asphalt. A very fine acidity. Almost fully mature.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)

1947 Louipac, ?
Fron an unknown producer. A deep, mature nose with notes of shoe polish, ginger, salmiak and orange peel. Very, very good.
The taste is round and mature with notes of glue, dried tangerines, dry biscuits and salmiak. Long and semi dry.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)


Previous dinners;

Wednesday 28 February 2024

2018 Barolo Bussia, Viglione


2018 Barolo Bussia, Viglione
Got sligthly better with air, but it didn´t reach even nice in any way, shape or form. 
The first sniff is volatil and barnyardy, with dog fur and unclean cellars. After a couple of hours in a decanter, it displays notes of red currants, wet earth, licorice and more dog fur. On day two, even worse (contrary to most Baroli...), with notes of linoleum, dry glue and avoid of fruit.
The taste is dry and foursquare with dried mixed red fruits, band aid, cheap licorice and earth. The next day its dry, astringent and foursquare. Again - Barolista: 2017 Barolo Bussia, Viglione - less than good winemaking.
77p   (tasted 2024/02)

Monday 26 February 2024

2010 Dolcetto d´Alba Boschi di Berri, Marcarini


2010 Dolcetto d´Alba Boschi di Berri, Marcarini
Boschi di Berri is made from grapes from ungrafted vines, maybe as old as the cottage we are renting.
The 2010 offers up a semi mature nose with notes of dried up Drottningssylt (a Swedish mix of raspberries and blueberries), iron, dried herbs and bakelite. Very fine.
The taste is nicely structured with a beginning maturity and notes of violets, iron, dried blueberries and earth. A very fine warmth. Long and dry. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/02)


Saturday 24 February 2024

The Barolo Boys in Piedmont - A Visit To Renzo Seghesio


I visisted Federico in September of 2022 - Barolista: A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visit To Renzo Seghesio - and had a great time. It was time to make a revist. The Barolo Boys had a great time with Federico.


2021 Barbera d´Alba Superiore
A Barbera very much to my liking, with a deep, almost meaty nose with notes of ripe raspberries, rosehip soup, licorice and lots of ripe flowers. Lovely.
The taste is rich and focused with a great balance and lip smacking sweet fruit with a high acidity and a long, juicy finish. 
92p   (tasted 2024/01)


2022 Nebbiolo d´Alba Roè
The grapes comes from Roero. Bottled just one month ago. The nose is young, elegant and floral with notes of wild strawberries, smoke and earth. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and elegant with notes of red currants, rosehip and gravel. Light and floral.
90p   (tasted 2024/01)

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo Ruri
A more traditional LN with a deep, perfumed nose with notes of ripe cherries, asphalt and Langhe earth. A fine concentration.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehip, earth and asphalt. Long and firm. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2024/01)

2020 Barolo del Commune di La Morra Ca´d`Nalin
A deep, spicy nose with notes of chrushed strawberries, smoke, forest floor and a hint of tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is nicely structured with lots of floral notes paired with notes of earth, smoke and rosehip. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/01)


2021 Barolo del Commune di La Morra Ca´d`Nalin
The 21 version has the same base notes and structure as the wine above but it is a bit firmer, both on the nose and on the palate. Will need time, 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/01)

2020 Barolo Ginestra
The 20 Ginestra displays a lovely, open nose with notes of dried cherries, rosehip, mahogany, Langhe earth and licorice. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of ripe cherries, smoke, licorice and chrushed rocks. Polished tannins. Very long. 10+ years.
94p   (tasted 2024/01)



2020 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Pajana
Oooh boy, this is a stunner. A very deep, seamless nose with notes of hard cherry candy, leather, forest floor, cedar and Langhe earth. Gorgeous.
The taste is tight and balanced with every knot and bolt in the right place. Beautiful fruit, taut tannins and a minute long finish. 12+ years.
96p   (tasted 2024/01)

2022 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Pajana
From cask. The same charateristics as the wine above but with some lovely balsamic notes and the tannins are a tad rounder. Great wine. 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2024/01)

Friday 23 February 2024

The Barolo Boys in Piedmont - A Visit To Fogliati


A relatively new producer, the first Bussia was of the 2016 vintage, although the family have grown grapes sine the 50´s. Annalisa talked passionately about her wines and the future of the estate, among them a future Dolcetto (something for the infamous Dolcetto Boys & Girls!)

2020 Barolo Treturne
From three different vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and Monforte, this 2020 offers up a fine, elegant nose with notes of red cherries, rosehips and undergrowth. High and fine.
The taste is young and tight with notes of hard cherry candy, sand and dried flowers. Silky tannins. 7+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/01)



2020 Barolo Bussia
The Bussia is a tad darker on the nose with notes of thyme, ripe cherries, asphalt and Langhe earth. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with rich black cherry fruit, polished tannins and a long, taut finish. 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2024/01)

2021 Barolo Treturne
A young, perky, herbal nose with notes of Christmas spices, licorice and red cherries. Very, very good.
The taste is forward as this stage with ungainly cherry fruit, taut tannins and a long, bitter finish. Very promising. 
90p   (tasted 2024/01)



2021 Barolo Bussia
A high, intense nose with notes of hard cherry candy, herbs, Lange earth and a hint of mint. Very fine.
The taste is linear and conentrated with notes of bakelite, hard cherry candy, asphalt and rosehips. Needs plenty of time.
92p   (tasted 2024/01)

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Six Times Chardonnay

Jacques poured these gems at our latest monthly tasting.

2019 Chardonnay, Tolpuddle
This Tasmanian Chard offers up a fine, discreet nose with notes of red grapefruit, ginger, chrushed rocks and a hint of wood. Very, very good.
The taste is stony and dry with notes of lemon, butter cookies and grass. A nice linear finish. 3+ years.
89p   (tasted 2024/02)



2018 Chardonnay, The Eyrie Vineyards
An open, spicy nose with notes of lemon cream, chives, smoke and gravel. A tad foursquare.
The taste is better with a tight and focused character and notes of sand, ripe lemons, smoke and minerals. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2024/02)

2017 Chardonnay Sta Rita Hills, Racine
A tight, low keyed nose with notes of salt & vinegar crisps (!), smoke, chives and ginger. Shallow.
The taste is dry and spicy with notes of grass, iodine and smoke. Not a lot of charm.
86p   (tasted 2024/02)


2010 Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrièrres, Sauzet
A deep, finely tuned nose with notes of ripe lime, shellfish, lemon and chrushed rocks. Very fine. 
The taste is dense and concentrated with gorgeous yellow fruit, a high acidity and a long, long finish. Still young, 6+ years. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2024/02)


2010 Puligny-Montrachet Champ-Canet, Sauzet
A finely tuned nose with notes of white currants, chalk, wet stones and cap gun smoke. High and fine.
The taste is dry and delicious with notes of lemon cream, chrushed rocks, ginger and grass. Very long. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2024/02)

2009 Meursault Luchets, Domaine Roulot
A stony, slightly dusty nose with notes of almonds, dry biscuits, lemon peel and gravel. Withdrawn, even with lots of time in the glass.
The taste is dry and seedy with notes of lemon peel, gravel and dried grass. A high acidity. Very good but a bit angular.
87p   (tasted 2024/02)