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Old Spanish wines on holiday 27/05/2003 (TNB)

Alsace dinner at Martin Wishart 19/05/2003 (TNB)

A second 2003 Cambridge offline - thanks to Alan Bennet 18/05/2003 (RJB)

Recent Italians 12/05/2003 (TNB)

Ca'Rugate at V and C 11/05/2003 (TNB)

Gang of Five: GVs and Spicy Whites, New World Pinot Noir and Super Tuscan 02/05/2003 (RJB)

The Diary - May 2003

Old Spanish wines on holiday 27/05/2003 (TNB)

The last two from a bottle shop that may well have had poor storage:
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 27/05/2003   Return to top

Alsace dinner at Martin Wishart 19/05/2003 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 19/05/2003   Return to top

A second 2003 Cambridge offline - thanks to Alan Bennet 18/05/2003 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 18/05/2003   Return to top

Recent Italians 12/05/2003 (TNB)

  • Nebbiolo Langhe 2000 (Produttori del Barbaresco) The lighter side of Nebbiolo: very attractive, intensely cherry flavoured, medium weight wine. A nice touch of tannins gives succulence. Feeling generous over a good lunch: **
  • Vin Santo 1996 (Isole e Olena) Very intense burnt marmalade and straw with caramel overtones. Nice acidity and very drinkable but perhaps just a bit over the top at the moment. I feel this could do with a few years to mellow and it might even up even improve. For now though I think it makes ***
  • Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano 1999 (Lungarotti) Very fruity with some tannins - like a good dolcetto. A good *
  • Barolo Vigneto Rocchette 1996 (Accomasso) Healthy colour, nose very tarry - cooked almost burnt fruit with meaty depths. The fruit is quite closed at the moment, plummy with hints of nuts and rather long. Lots of tannins (but ripe) and good acidity. Built for the long haul. Old-fashioned wine and very good too. ***(*)
  • Casalferro 1995 (Castello di Brolio - Ricasoli) Looking back at my last note on this a year ago (we started Fine Wine Diary for ourselves just so we could do this), I liked this 18 months ago but had some reservations about its astringancy - something I didn't pick up on until I read that note again - so I think it is easing off. A juicy, perhaps fairly modern-styled sangiovese drinking rather nicely at the moment. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 12/05/2003   Return to top

Ca'Rugate at V and C 11/05/2003 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 11/05/2003   Return to top

Gang of Five: GVs and Spicy Whites, New World Pinot Noir and Super Tuscan 02/05/2003 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 02/05/2003   Return to top