Sesti Monteleccio, 2010

Sesti Monteleccio, 2010
This was one of the raved about wines at Arth Wine, that I was easily convinced to bring home. One of the first Bio-dynamic exponents in Italy (apparently) Giuseppe really cares about the quality of his wine – and the environment. It was good, more soft fruit than the usual Sangiovese, juicy soft edges, but ...

Running With Bulls Tempranillo, 2011

Running With Bulls Tempranillo, 2011
I have always had a particular interest in the old world grape, new world wine combination which was borne out on Personal Wine Buyers, see New Zealand Montepulciano, and Australian Sangiovese. I was made aware of this new world/old world example from Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week article, which is worth reading and explains the story ...

Caliterra Tributo Carménère, 2009

Caliterra Tributo Carménère, 2009
Whilst I had no initial inclination to decant this, it was a little tight after being opened for a short while, so i ignored (or was that forgot??!) my own advice from January and decanted it. I tasted it again after only half an hour and realised this wine is now coming towards the end ...

Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules, 2008

Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules, 2008
Last November Robert Parker’s Antonio Galloni did a 3 part video review of grower champagnes, in part 3 he reviewed the wines of Cédric Bouchard. Unlike the traditional rational in Champagne, Cedric Bouchard focuses on single-variety, single-parcel and single-vintage wines. These “cutting edge Champagnes are some of the most innovative and exciting wines tasted this year” according to Galloni. ...

Colli Tortonesi SuSu, 2000

Colli Tortonesi SuSu, 2000
Another bottle from my friend Geoff’s abandoned collection. I was fully expecting this one to be past it’s best, however it was surprisingly fresh & vibrant with plenty of fruit and smooth oak. Quite delicious.   Share this:FacebookTwitter

Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto Toscana, 2009

Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto Toscana, 2009
Drunk alongside the Campana Brunello this was clearly more approachable with smooth vanilla and vibrant fruit, a very different style of northern Italy. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Capana Brunello di Montalcino, 1995

Capana Brunello di Montalcino, 1995
Mature, dry and still quite a bit of tannin, but a nice drink and most importantly still valid after lying forgotten in my cellar for 7 years after my friend Geoff left it in my care, along with all his other wines, when he moved to Ireland.   Share this:FacebookTwitter

Matetic EQ Syrah, 2008

Matetic EQ Syrah, 2008
This bottle was harsher than any of the previous bottles I’ve had, it’s from a new batch bought at the bankrupt stock shop in Surbiton, which might explain it. However it gradually mellowed into the more familiar smooth, rich, spicy, sumptuous drink I remember. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Columella, 2004

Columella, 2004
I was wary about this wine possibly being a little austere as it is only just coming into its drinking window, so I made sure it had as long a decant as possible (2hrs) before rebottling and taking to Allan’s for our post swim tasting. Clean and complete, medium bodied, refreshing and delicious. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Ridge Lytton Springs, 2002

Ridge Lytton Springs, 2002
Smooth and dried plummy, all the youthful vanilla and spice has melded into a complete, developed wine. Which is kind of a shame as I almost prefer the vibrancy and distinct spices and oak of Lytton Springs when it is a little younger. Share this:FacebookTwitter
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