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An Oddbins Fine Wine Port tasting for CUWS tutored by Richard Bailey 29/02/1996 (RJB)

29/02/1996 (TNB)

A Noel Young Wines' presentation - Jean-Luc Colombo tutoring a tasting of his wines 28/02/1996 (RJB)

25/02/1996 (TNB)

Alsace (+German) tasting at Oddbins 22/02/1996 (TNB)

Wine tasting dinner at Sylvio's 21/02/1996 (TNB)

- 19/02/1996 (RJB)

17/02/1996 (TNB)

- Istanbul 14/02/1996 (RJB)

14/02/1996 (TNB)

10/02/1996 (TNB)

09/02/1996 (RJB)

09/02/1996 (TNB)

09/02/1996 (TNB)

07/02/1996 (RJB)

Lay & Wheeler in Edinburgh 05/02/1996 (TNB)

05/02/1996 (RJB)

- Cambridge Blind Tasting Team 04/02/1996 (RJB)

03/02/1996 (TNB)

02/02/1996 (RJB)

Champagne and Champagne look-alikes a tasting for CUWS by Richard Bailey 01/02/1996 (RJB)

The Diary - February 1996

An Oddbins Fine Wine Port tasting for CUWS tutored by Richard Bailey 29/02/1996 (RJB)

  • Cockburn's Special Reserve Clean Ruby style with a slightly oxidised nose, dull but OK. (8.49) 80
  • Quinta da Ervamoira 10 y.o. Tawny, Ramos Pintos (12.99) Medium complexity, coffee and spice, but probably not a case of "We'll support you Ervamoira". 86
  • Offley LBV 1988 (8.99) Spicey, peppery and fresh. A well made LBV and should age well for a few years. 87
  • Quinta do Vau 1988, Sandeman (14.99) Soft and velvety, perhaps lacking grip, but otherwise good fruit and spirit balance. 90
  • Grahams Malvedos 1982 (14.99) Almost a mature claret nose to this, pencil shavings and composting fruit. Pleasant though. 88
  • Niepoort Jubilee 1992 (18.99) good without being stunning. Not for keeping a huge amount of time, should drink well relatively early. 89
  • Warres 1977 (26.99) The wine of the tasting. Maturing well with good grip and no rush to drink up. 92
  • Croft 1963 (45.00) Getting past its best - fading violets. Still pretty nice mind you. 90
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29/02/1996 (TNB)

  • Mountadam Chardonnay 90 The immediate fruit has gone, leaving behind something a bit unattractive. Perhaps a lesson against keeping New World chardonnay. I wonder what it is --- lack of acidity? Now, quite spicy and nicely textured but..... 85.
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A Noel Young Wines' presentation - Jean-Luc Colombo tutoring a tasting of his wines 28/02/1996 (RJB)

Jean-Luc Colombo doesn't like too much acidity in his wines, which I find tends to give them an unpleasantly soft finish
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25/02/1996 (TNB)

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Alsace (+German) tasting at Oddbins 22/02/1996 (TNB)

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Wine tasting dinner at Sylvio's 21/02/1996 (TNB)

  • Dolcetto 94 Sandrone Quite serious wine -- possibly a slightly too serious style for Dolcetta, but good! 85.
  • Barolo Riserva 64 (Borgogno) Rather pleasant drinking -- scented, quite complex. Still tannic, but not improving, I would guess. 89.
  • Barolo 55 (Fiorino(?)) A bit past it --- held together by its structure, but not much fruit interest. 82.
  • Barbaresco 79 (Gaja) Big, very rustic, slight (not unpleasant) hint of hard-boiled eggs (tiny amount of H2S - or something else?) Seems a bit changeable in the glass. Interesting, but stops a little short at the end -- lighter vintage? 89.
  • Grand Puy Lacoste 66 After dinner. Good colour. Nose slightly leafy -- almost stalky blackcurrent, with mature claret overtones. Drinking well. 89.
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- 19/02/1996 (RJB)

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17/02/1996 (TNB)

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- Istanbul 14/02/1996 (RJB)

  • Villa Doluca and Moskado Doluca Two wines tried, Villa Doluca and Moskado Doluca. Both non vintage whites, and whilst not Turkish delights at least relatively clean with some discernible fruit. Better than most English wine! I think both were Semillon and Mucsat blends.
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14/02/1996 (TNB)

  • Pol Roger NV In cellar about 3-4 years. Lovely rounded flavours, but probably for drinking up. 87.
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10/02/1996 (TNB)

  • Erdener Treppchen kabinet 89 (Monchof) Lovely zippy fruit, with a hint of petrolly maturity. Drinking well. Slightly off-dry -- more like a Spatlese than kabinet. 87
  • Ch Verdignan (H-Medoc) 82 Nice colour. Good warm blackcurrent fruit with a touch of tobacco and soft vanillan overtones. Tannins melted and drinking very nicely now. What a good year for the bourgoise! 86.
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09/02/1996 (RJB)

  • Heidseck Dry Monopole I'd guess that this was from a bottle with a touch of age. Drinking well with some toastiness. Probably one of the better Champagnes at the cheaper end of the market. 87
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier Not drinking as well as the Heidseck, but potentially (with a year or two) better. Good acidity, but lacking the creaminess I remember of this wine. 88
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09/02/1996 (TNB)

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09/02/1996 (TNB)

  • Tokay Furstentum 91 (P. Blanck) Very concentrated and potentially rather good. The best Blanck wine I have tasted. From a half.
  • Nebbiolo d'Alba Vignaveja 89 (Gaja) Very ambitiously made, with bags of oak. The fruit doesn't really stand it. Just possibly something will emerge (an the bottle had traveled recently), but for now this is a "miss".
  • Beaucastel 86 Moderately good Beaucastel, pleasant leathery fruit. Begining to drink, but no hurry. 87.
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07/02/1996 (RJB)

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Lay & Wheeler in Edinburgh 05/02/1996 (TNB)

Retasting of dregs the next day: The Vouvray still good; the Elston suffering (gone quite sweet and showing a lack of structure); the Chablis had opened out and was showing better (limey, steely fruit).
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05/02/1996 (RJB)

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- Cambridge Blind Tasting Team 04/02/1996 (RJB)

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03/02/1996 (TNB)

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02/02/1996 (RJB)

  • Marsannay 1986, Mommessin Detectably Pinot, but not much fruit - a touch rustic with good acidity. Certainly interesting to try for 3.99 from Victoria Wine, but I wouldn't want to be paying any more for it.82
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Champagne and Champagne look-alikes a tasting for CUWS by Richard Bailey 01/02/1996 (RJB)

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