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31/07/2001 (RJB)

New World wines from Oddbins Fine Wine 27/07/2001 (TNB)

26/07/2001 (RJB)

17/07/2001 (RJB)

Ribera del Duero from Briego, presented by Raeburn Fine Wines 16/07/2001 (TNB)

A Wine Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 11/07/2001 (TNB)

Misc. Italian plus Vidal-Fleury 11/07/2001 (RJB)

05/07/2001 (RJB)

The Diary - July 2001

31/07/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 31/07/2001   Return to top

New World wines from Oddbins Fine Wine 27/07/2001 (TNB)

  • Riesling 2000 (Nepenthe) Bright but very pale colour. Apricot and peach floral nose. Nearly dry, fresh, decent finish. I don't feel this is going anywhere interesting but it is reasonably good. * (8.99)
  • Riesling Reserve1995 (Peter Lehmann) Very evolved kerosene nose. Limey fruit, slightly dull finish. Improves a shade in the glass. I am never convinced by these wines that go really "garage forecourt" petrolly early in their lives. *
  • Chardonnay Diamond Creek 1997 (Talbott) In-your-face tropical fruit nose with an odd, sharp musty component. Lots of oak. Fat and vulgar! A fellow taster was spot on tasting blind: "A wine as unbalanced as this is bound to be very expensive." * (43.00)
  • Chardonnay Vat 47, 1999 (Tyrells) Ripe melony nose. Pleasant fruit, good acidity. Decent length mand balance. I prefer this to the Talbott wine. ** (19.99)
  • Semillon Vat 1, 1994 (Tyrells) Attractive nut and grass nose. Lemony, good acidity, not unlike a decent Rioja. Reasonable length. An old-fashioned wine with a modest 11.5 alcohol. Of course this has had some bottle age but I suspect that at any age it was more interesting than the identikit Chardonnays that are so widely produced. Real wine! **(*) (19.99)
  • Pinot Noir 1999 (Nepenthe) Moderately deep colour, orange rim. Jammy cassis nose. On return, slightly corked. Not Rated (12.99)
  • Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 1998 (Vidal) Deep colour, rich plummy, berry fruit. Follows through a bit monolithically. Reasonable balance at a reasonable price. *(*) (14.99)
  • Matthews 1998 Deep, plummy cherry nose. Curious slightly leafy, vegetal palate - but coffee and spices too on return. ** (27.99)
  • Michael Shiraz 1991 (Wynns) Forward, ripe blackcurrant nose, smoky with perfumed complexity. Bags of fruit but fine too. Tremendous given age. I remember having a flight of top Ozzy 91's a while ago but none were as good as this. A top *** (29.99)
  • Zinfandel Grandpere 1998 (Renwood) Nutty mushrooms and ripe fruit nose. A luscious, sexy mouthful. It has the appeal of good Burgundy in the hedonistic style in a way that New World Pinot Noir never seems to have: is there a lesson here? *** (23.99)
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 27/07/2001   Return to top

26/07/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 26/07/2001   Return to top

17/07/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 17/07/2001   Return to top

Ribera del Duero from Briego, presented by Raeburn Fine Wines 16/07/2001 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 16/07/2001   Return to top

A Wine Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 11/07/2001 (TNB)