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Wine group at E.O'N's 20/03/2004 (TNB)

Roda (An Oddbins wine event) 20/03/2004 (TNB)

Misc recent drinking 06/03/2004 (TNB)

The Diary - March 2004

Wine group at E.O'N's 20/03/2004 (TNB)

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Roda (An Oddbins wine event) 20/03/2004 (TNB)

  • Roda II 1999 (Roda) Pure mulberry nose with floral notes. Rich, long, silky-textured fruit. Nice acidity. High-toned. Modern-style - quite drinkable now. Top **
  • Roda I 1999 (Roda) Slightly more muted on the nose. Spicier palate - new oak a bit more evident - tannins prominent on the finish. Concentrated palate. Some room for improvement too. **(*)
  • Roda II 2000 (Roda) A bit drier and more savoury than the 99. Less appetizing perhaps - a more serious wine but I think I like the 99 as much. Pretty sexy though. A low ***
  • Roda I 2000 (Roda) Silky again - ripe fruit, hedonistic but dry. Needs time. A good **(*)
  • Roda Cirsion 2001 (Roda) Deep mulberry fruit. Fragrant. Amazing glycerol-textured palate - achieved at a cost of a slight softness. Coats the glass - a solid curtain rather than just legs. A bit contrived perhaps and a bit much. Others will give this star ratings but for me just ***
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Misc recent drinking 06/03/2004 (TNB)

  • Gewurztraminer 2002 (Villeira) This is not at all bad - good varietal flavours with a distinct spicyness. On the other hand, perhaps it does hint just a touch at oilyness, partly a consequence of fairly low acidity. *
  • Soavo Foscarino 1998 (Inama) This suddenly seems quite mature - or is it an odd bottle? A touch of (over-) ripe pineapple and a hint of older wine oxidative character. I am a bit unsure about this. Not Rated
  • Erbaluce di Caluso La Rustia 2002 (Orsolani) Rich but rather featureless fruit - I can't get the hang of this sort of Italian white even now. *
  • Pauillac 1992 (Soc de Chateau Latour) Fine mature Claret nose - all cedar and cigar-box. Refined fruit just showing its age a bit. Remarkably good. (Latours third wine I think.) Top **
  • Haut Bailly 1996 Blackcurrant nose - some raspberry as it opens up but all restrained. On the palate, high-toned and mineral and savoury with a long finish. Quite structured, but drinkable because the tannins are pretty ripe. Forward but I think this will benefit from a good few years yet. ***(*)
  • Chablis 1er Cru Vacoupin 1999 (Perchaud) I don't know this producer. This wine seems quite forward, mouthfilling, decently balanced but not for the long haul. **
  • Champagne Brut Grande Reserve NV (Gosset) I'm not sure how old this is, having bought some at auction but judging by the evolved fruit and compressed cork it has had a few years in cellar. Quite a big wine with yeasty nose and a pinot farmyard character in the mouth. Not the most elegant fizz but very good - particularly with food. ****
  • Leoville Barton 1991 Good colour and cedary, fruitcake claret nose. Currants on the palate - it gives the impression of more Merlot and is perhaps a touch less fine than the 91 Langoa drunk recently. Still a nice mature wine with generous, sweet fruit. ***
  • Le Pergole Torte 1983 (Montevertine) D.L. kindly invited me round to open one of my botles that I had left unopened on a previous visit. What a lovely old lady (the wine that is, not D.L.). I was prepared to find this over the hill, but it was quite lovely, graceful, light but fresh mature wine. Barrique-aged Sangiovese I believe and a credit to the estate. If the Slow Food Italian Wine Guide is to be believed (and it usually is, up to a point, proided one recognises their preference for new-wave wines) then Montevertine let the quality of this slip a bit in the nineties - certainly one does not hear so much about it. This though was lovely - scarapes ****
  • Petit Faurie de Soutard 1985 Dull, fading and a touch oxidised - rather worse than one I noted, hoping it was "just a poor bottle" a while ago! No Stars
  • St Joseph, Clos de l'Arbalestrier 1991 (Dr. E. Florentin) Not quite as weighty as the 88 that I have had recently but this has lovely high-toned raspberry fruit after a gamey nose and there is an intense minerality on the palate that makes very attractive drinking. ***
  • Champagne 1985 (A. Gratien) On opening it seems a little flat on the palate, but it opens out with a bit of breathing to a nicely nutty, quite evolved fizz of high quality. Not sure I want to go further than a top ***
  • Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva 1976 (Negri) Completely shot. Not Rated
  • Valtellina Superiore Sassella 1970 (Rainoldi) Light but healthy colour with a gentle, fading frgrance. Drinkable but not much more with some oxidation apparent once it is open a while. Not quite worth a star. No Stars
  • Sandeman 1980 Quite high-toned cherry fruit on the nose. Good rounded, chocolatey, fruity, quite sweet palate. Very good port (like so many of the 80s) if a little bit straightforward. Possibly another year or two will improve it further but on the other hand there is a touch of spirityness too. ***
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