Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Formal hall

First two were tasted Sunday, 31 Oct 2010. Second two were tasted Monday, 01 Nov 2010.

Botani Moscatel Seco 07

Made by Jorge Ordonez (great sweet wine maker). Floral, really soft and lively, white floral, daisies. Palate is soft, lime, touch of sugar, maybe even grape. Will be brilliant chilled on summer evenings.

Ch de Saint Cosme Gigondas 1998
Tanners. A-

Gamey, bacon, meaty nose, smoky, mouldy, earthy, wet leather, boots. Musty, wet, damp. Mature, settled, palate is rounded. Fruit still there, acidity still there, everything in check. Mature now, drinking well, probably at its peak.

Burge Family Winemakers Vintage Port 03
Noel Young. A-

Smells like port, all the correct notes, feels mature and doesn't shout at you. Palate is full, good depth, plenty of sweet black fruit there, lush and ripe. Alcohol feels integrated, normally cheap port can feel fortified, this doesn't. Not much tannins either, decent length, well made and balanced overall. Gives port a run for its money.

Ciconia Vinho Regional Alentejano 09
Oddbins. B+

Bright orange label, can't miss it. The syrah really speaks here; black fruits, some mint, almost like a weak port; good nose. Soft fruits, nice presence, good mouthfeel. Good for its price.

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