Monday, 23 January 2012

Formal Hall

Sunday, 22 January 2012.
Three wines with dinner.

2007 Chene Bleu Rose

Admittedly this probably should have been enjoyed a couple of years ago when released; has been somewhat neglected in the cellar. Surprisingly still lively; some of the fruit has gone but the acidity still around. Went very well with the salmon starter.

1996 Henschke 'Cyril Henschke' Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackberry and cassis on the nose, along with touches of capsicum and woodiness, also some developed fresh leather nose (like a shoe shop, one of my fellow diners commented). Palate is layered; plenty of dark fruits, this was well extracted; nice concentration; good dose of balancing acidity, so despite being 14%, this feels entirely balanced. Showing well now, this would continue to develop in time; drink now - 2020.

1997 Croft Quinta da Roeda Vintage Port
Noel Young £22.50 | A-(+)

An exceptional year for vintage port and it shows even in humbler wines. Classical nose, well extracted fruit showing; textured but not gloopy; this has done some bottle aging yet feels so fresh and still showing so much primary fruit characters (black berries and sweet prunes etc), along with dark chocolate and sweet spices; decent linger on the finish, rounded tannins. Good value for something that would easily last another decade; drink now - 2025+.

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