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29/03/1998 (RJB)

Oddbins California 25/03/1998 (TNB)

25/03/1998 (RJB)

24/03/1998 (RJB)

22/03/1998 (RJB)

21/03/1998 (TNB)

18/03/1998 (RJB)

15/03/1998 (TNB)

15/03/1998 (RJB)

Gang of Six Wine Dinner 12/03/1998 (RJB)

11/03/1998 (RJB)

Tuscany tasting at V&C 10/03/1998 (TNB)

08/03/1998 (RJB)

04/03/1998 (RJB)

Lay & Wheeler in Edinburgh 04/03/1998 (TNB)

Great wines of the Veneto, Valvona & Crolla, 02/03/1998 (TNB)

The Diary - March 1998

29/03/1998 (RJB)

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Oddbins California 25/03/1998 (TNB)

Afterwards, with dinner:
  • Vignaveja 1989 (Gaja) Not very varietal. Very ambitiously made for a "lower grade" wine: bags of toasty oak, but fruit beginning to fade. Pleasant in its way! **
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25/03/1998 (RJB)

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24/03/1998 (RJB)

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22/03/1998 (RJB)

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21/03/1998 (TNB)

  • Riesling Bennwihr VT 1989 (Deiss) Pleasant, slightly grapefruity riesling reasonably concentrated and residual sweetness - but a shade soft, and I doubt it has the structure to go anywhere. It might turn out better, but for now **
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18/03/1998 (RJB)

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15/03/1998 (TNB)

  • Unfiltered chardonnay 1992 (Newton) Good fruit, but slightly cabbagey overtones. I'm not really a fan. **
  • Brunello 1991 (Banfi) Bought a bottle to try and resolve the rather varying reports I've given of this wine. I do find it hard to believe that all bottle are the same: this one had little of the old-fashioned wood-aged character, and was back to basic brambley fruit, a shade thin. There was some element of evolution as the wine was open, however. I'm inclined to think there is some variation here. **
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15/03/1998 (RJB)

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Gang of Six Wine Dinner 12/03/1998 (RJB)

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11/03/1998 (RJB)

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Tuscany tasting at V&C 10/03/1998 (TNB)

Quite an impressive line up of decent wines in the 5-10 pounds range. I doubt whether you can get comparably good claret at these sorts of prices at the moment!
  • Chainti Colli Senesi 1996 (Baiocchi) Deep red ink colour. Brambly nose, mouthfilling fruit but shortish and rather one-dimensional. No Stars (4.69)
  • Chiant Rufina 1995 (Villa di Vetrice) Medium colour, palish towards the rim. Attractive mulberry nose. Nice sweet fruit, with agreeable farmyardy overtones. Excellent acidity. * (4.79 and well worth the extra ten pence!)
  • Parrina 1995 (Fattoria La Parrina) Slight hints of that Italian chestnutty colour. Raspberry nose with cinammon/vanilla notes. Nice in the mouth with a decent finish. Another bargain! * (5.49)
  • Vino Nobile 1994 (Baiocchi) An inferior vintage, but a bit dull even allowing for that. Healthy, but rather nondescript. I'm not sure I really rate this producer. No Stars (6.69)
  • Chianti Classico 1995 (Isole e Olena) Slightly old-fashioned colour, impenetrable nose with woody spice notes. There's quite a nice length of cherry fruit, but also that slightly austere dryness which seems to be a house feature. It might just dry out. ** (11.39)
  • Chianti Classico 1994 (Felsina Berardenga) The pick of the three Chianti, and a tribute to the reliable excellence of this house that they achieve this with a wine from a dubious vintage. Good colour, deep mulberry fruit almost hinting at coffee. Well structured and decent length. A good ** (10.49)
  • Chianti Classic Riserva 1993 (Ricasoli) Good deep colour, raspberry and mulberry fruit, with a hint of seasoning. Decent fruit and follow through. ** (8.69 - another good value)
  • Brunello 1991 (Banfi) I seem to have written this wine up twice before (Nov 96 and Nov 97, if you must know) and not enjoyed it. This time I thought it rather good: I don't know if there's bottle variation, or if I'm just very inconsistent. Looking at the 97 note I wonder if our bottle may have been slightly faulty. Anyway, this had a healthy, bright version of that old-fashioned Italian brown colour. Almost marmalade nose and a pleasantly roasted sweet flavour. ** (15.95)
And with dinner afterwards:
  • Barbera d'Alba 1995 (A. Conterno) Apparently the same wine as the "Conca Tre Pile" of previous vintages. Very barbera - really startling acidity, low tannins and a mass of rich gamey fruit. Pretty good! ***
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08/03/1998 (RJB)

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04/03/1998 (RJB)

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Lay & Wheeler in Edinburgh 04/03/1998 (TNB)

Brief notes from about two thirds of the tasting. All in all, quite a decent showing of basic to middle range stuff.
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Great wines of the Veneto, Valvona & Crolla, 02/03/1998 (TNB)

The Soaves decent clean wines on the whole but rather featureless. I think Pieropan is ahead of Anselmi. I really don't think new oak is appropriate for the fruit in these wines, and the rather expensive results of those experiments will not impress either traditional or modern drinkers.
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