- 2004 Chéreau-Carré Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires Château de Chasseloir - France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine (7/8/2006)
Lovely, typical Muscadet scents if a touch fruity: mineral, sea breeze, sur lie. The palate gives a nice acid mouth wash, but has fine fruit for those who like that sort of stuff. Long and mineral aftertaste. Lovely stuff!
- 1992 Changyu Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Wine - China, Unkown (7/8/2006)
Purple, small rim. The nose is deliciously sour - like unsweetened yoghurt, with cassis, much vegetality, slight pepperiness, much herbs - but with nice fruit as well. The palate is very savoury, with nice acidity, still some tannins but they aren't too much to the fore. Very nice! A dead ringer for a decent Cab F! Certainly the best Chinese wine I've had.
- 1997 Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan (7/8/2006)
Fairly dark red for Pinot. The nose was surprisingly nice! It had plentiful red berries, earth, a touch of resolved oak in the ketchuppy style à la maturing modern style Italian Sangioveses. The palate has great concentration of fruit, has fine acidity, is surprisingly tannic for the grape (as it isn't done by Faiveley!), but is more an elegant style than power pinot. I was very, very surprised to learn it has 14,7% abv!!!! Nice!
- 1997 Calera Pinot Noir Mills - USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan (7/8/2006)
Dark red for the grape. The nose is a bit anonymously international, but pleasant anyway: a touch of integrated oak, very earthy, deliciously tomato like red berries, but opulently fruity. The palate also was opulently fruity, but also nicely tannic and acidic. The taste, however, lacked the minerality and earthiness of the nose. Nice enough, but I really preferred the Jensen. Like in the Jensen, the extremely high alcohol (here 14,6% abv) wasn't noticable.
- 1997 Lungarotti Torgiano Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio - Italy, Umbria, Torgiano (7/8/2006)
Very dark red. The nose is raisiny, pruny, over-ripe, but initially very Bordeaux-like with hints of earth, lead, cigar and a sharpness reminiscent of cassis. The palate is very fruity, not quite jammy, with high but soft tannins, low acidity, very modern. If you like the modern stuff, very good. For me: only decent and lacked soul.
- 2000 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (7/8/2006)
I have once been given this blind before, and I liked it very much, though 2000 isn't really a vintage that I've cared for in Bordeaux (it hasn't been to my taste been ripe, but over-ripe) but this wine really pleased me despite the rather low acidity. Dark red. The nose is quite lovely. Though there is some oak, the predominant scent is of herbs and vegetation and cassis. With these typical Cab F scents, this wine seems to be very typical Lalande (though, of course, there isn't much Cab F in it) despite the warm year. The palate is softly fruity, with fine and soft tannins, but is a bit low in acidity, but does have the delicious bitter but refreshing elements I hope for. Long and savoury and mineral aftertaste. Lovely despite the low acidity!
- 2001 Quinta do Côtto Douro Grande Escolha - Portugal, Douro (7/8/2006)
Very dark red. The nose is at the same time earthy, terroir driven yet modern in its abundant fruitiness. It had a pronounced and delightful vegetal streak in it which I really loved. The palate is tannic, sweetly fruity, with fine acidity, plentiful but soft tannins and fine length. A very fine example of the mid-modernist style. Nice!
- 1980 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage - Portugal, Douro, Porto (7/8/2006)
Dark red still, little signs of age. The nose is lovely showing a bit of nuttiness, a bit of alcohol despite 7 hours decanting, expressive fruit dominant in the red berry domaine, some signs of coffee. The palate is very sweet as typical with Taylor, again red berry dominated, with resolved structure, but going strong. For my tastes needs still five years, but is a very, very fine Port indeed.
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