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Recent New World wines 24/11/2002 (TNB)

Italian Islands from Valvona and Crolla 19/11/2002 (TNB)

Ridge Geyserville - a vertical 12/11/2002 (RJB)

Wine Group at D.L.'s 11/11/2002 (TNB)

Super Bowl at Glasgow 03/11/2002 (TNB)

Super Bowl at Glasgow - the Riesling tasting 03/11/2002 (TNB)

Super Bowl at Glasgow - The Pinotage tasting 03/11/2002 (TNB)

Super Bowl at Glasgow - with dinner 03/11/2002 (TNB)

The Diary - November 2002

Recent New World wines 24/11/2002 (TNB)

  • Shiraz 1999 (Galah) I bought a few bottles of this (first Ozzy wine for a few years) recently and then a bottle seemed very woody drunk from a restaurant list. I thought it was a corked bottle but others disagreed. I am sure now that I was right - this bottle has a good nose of baked fruit and coffee with herbal notes and a long, concentrated palate which is quite dry, savoury and long. Succulent quality tannins. A very top Ozzy as one might expect since this is made with Wendouree fruit. Sticking my neck out a bit on future evolution it probably just about merits ***(*)
  • Museum Release Old Sweet Wine (Yalumba) Thick old fortified job - burnt flavours like a Madeira but a bit flabby. Intruiging but a single glass job. ** just
  • Lytton Springs 1997 (Ridge) This is 80 per cent Zinfandel and has the characteristic richly fruity blackberry nose - with an intense, essence of fruit effect almost in this case. There are some pleasantly ripe tannins and reasonable acidity too, but the overall effect is just a touch to sweet to be ideal for me right now. With luck the balance will improve a bit in another year or two when it might well merit an extra star. **
  • Les Cotes Sauvage 1996 (Edmund St John) At first I thought buying a bottle or two of this had been a mistake: it is quite challenging on the palate - astringent even. But with a while in the glass it seemed more like an interesting terroir asserting itself and this is an interesting, more or less mature wine. I note that the Californian winemaker does not even tell us what grape vairieties are represented in his "red table wine": this is making a statement I think, but not one I disagree with. Still just makes ***
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 (Moss Wood) Leafy, cigar-boxy old Cabernet - recognizably New World but decent for its age. A sulpherous stink becomes (oddly) more noticable the longer its open. Scrapes **
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Italian Islands from Valvona and Crolla 19/11/2002 (TNB)

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Ridge Geyserville - a vertical 12/11/2002 (RJB)

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Wine Group at D.L.'s 11/11/2002 (TNB)

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Super Bowl at Glasgow 03/11/2002 (TNB)

From the walk around tasting (most of the wines had previously travelled and wines of all sorts were tasted in no particular order, so notes are a bit vague).
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Super Bowl at Glasgow - the Riesling tasting 03/11/2002 (TNB)

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Super Bowl at Glasgow - The Pinotage tasting 03/11/2002 (TNB)

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Super Bowl at Glasgow - with dinner 03/11/2002 (TNB)

And after all that, an enjoyable dinner with:
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