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A few 1997 Tuscans (mainly Chianti Classico) 24/05/2001 (RJB)

Syrah and Shiraz at Oddbins Fine Wine 22/05/2001 (TNB)

Wine dinner at E.McC's 17/05/2001 (TNB)

16/05/2001 (RJB)

An Alsace dinner at Plaisir du Chocolat with Rolly-Gassmann wines 09/05/2001 (TNB)

A Scattering of Recent Rhones 09/05/2001 (RJB)

With dinner at Martin Wishart 05/05/2001 (TNB)

04/05/2001 (RJB)

The Diary - May 2001

A few 1997 Tuscans (mainly Chianti Classico) 24/05/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 24/05/2001   Return to top

Syrah and Shiraz at Oddbins Fine Wine 22/05/2001 (TNB)

  • Mclaren Vale Sparkling Shiraz A co-operative effort from local winemakers, apparently. Bubblegum fruit and fizz. Quite nice in its curious way, but it's not cheap and what do you drink it with? * (49.99 per magnum)
  • McRae Wood Shiraz 1997 (Jim Barry) Big, ripe, fruity, minty nose. Simple, jammy, cassis fruit - hot finish. A bare * (14.99)
  • Magill Estate 1997 (Penfolds) Smoky nose and palate. Nice balance although it still has that slightly sweet New World finish. **(*) (24.99)
  • Stonewell Shiraz 1995 (Peter Lehman) Leafier, less over-ripe nose with an odd hint of mango! Mintyness emerges. Good length. Some well-integrated structure. A bit more French in its style than the other wines. ** (19.99)
  • Grange 1995 (Penfolds) Heavyweight nose. Monolithic, long and increasingly port-like in the glass. Complexity hiding in all this and it will be very good in its way. Grange often tastes to me as though the winemaker is trying to produce the largest and most dramatic possible wine and it lacks a sense of character as a consequence. Impressive though! ***(*) (99.99)
  • St Joseph L'Amarybelle 1997 (Cuilleron) Slightly masked nose - by what I'm not sure. Reasonably long, balanced, concentrated palate. Scrapes *(*) (12.99)
  • Cote Rotie 1998 (Bonnefond) Ripe nose, quite floral and elegant but diffuse and rather insubstantial. I suppose it might put on a bit of weight but for now * (16.99)
  • Hermitage La Chapelle 1998 (Jaboulet) Elegant red fruits and chocolate oranges nose. Savoury palate - so chocolatey. Medium weight but very, very stylish. ***(*) (39.99)
  • Cornas St Pierre 1998 (Jaboulet) Red fruits, meaty animal nose. Good balance and structure all the way through, but savage compared to La Chapelle's elegance. A good **(*) (29.99)
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 22/05/2001   Return to top

Wine dinner at E.McC's 17/05/2001 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 17/05/2001   Return to top

16/05/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 16/05/2001   Return to top

An Alsace dinner at Plaisir du Chocolat with Rolly-Gassmann wines 09/05/2001 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 09/05/2001   Return to top

A Scattering of Recent Rhones 09/05/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 09/05/2001   Return to top

With dinner at Martin Wishart 05/05/2001 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 05/05/2001   Return to top

04/05/2001 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 04/05/2001   Return to top