Thursday, 23 February 2012

Formal Hall

A veritable feast of wines tasted with dinner, Sunday, 19 February 2012, hence the necessarily brief notes.

 2011 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills
Cambridge Wine £15.99 | A-

Ripe gooseberry and grapefruit on the nose; slight leafy touches with lots of lively lemons and lime leaves showing; lifted, expressive nose. Fat acidity, rounded lemons and citrus showing; fresh and clean. Racy and refreshing stuff.

2009 Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel
Cambridge Wine £65 | A-(+)

Oozing dark fruits on the nose; cooked dark fruits, jammy / stewed dark prunes and plums; touch of smoky / woody licorice and tar - classic nose. So much fruit on the palate; dark, extracted but fruit is very ripe and sweet; ripe tannins at the end; textured and quite weighty on the palate, but still good balance, feels together even in its youth. Big wine, will age with ease; drink 2015-2030+.

1976 Chambolle Musigny, Louis Latour

Fully resolved; red currants on the nose, floral elements too, and underlying earthy / farmyard nose; still very lively, maybe a touch volatile if anything. Fresh palate, lots of acidity but it isnt lively, more of a gentle, rolling acidity that creeps on you; red currants and perhaps even cranberries on the palate. Still so fresh for something this old, especially considering its rather humble origins.

1998 Chianti Classico 'Rocca Guiciarda' Barone Ricasoli

Dark cherries with a hint of spice on the nose, also slight woody and earthy elements. On the palate the fruit feels rounded; morello cherries and dark plums, with good acidity still; touch of truffle and earthy notes. Only a hitn of drying tannins at the end; has kept well, drink now - 2015+.

1971 Chateau La Tour St Bonnet

Red currants again, with developed earthy notes, followed by lots of tertiary notes of sandalwood and cedar, almost a lacquer / varnish note to it; like polished old leather. Very settled and mature on the palate; fruit is no longer apparent; still fresh, rounded acidity there; smooth presence, dainty mouthfeel. Wonderfully fun to drink.

Blandy's Duke of Clarence Rich Madeira
Cambridge Wine £14.99 | B+

Caramel and fudge on the nose, lots of nutty oxidation, along with dried apricots and marmalade nose - classic sweet madeira. Sweet on the palate but decent balancing acidity; marmalade-like finish, with sweetness, acidity and slight bitterness all showing.

The Society's Exhibition Crusted Port, bottled 2006
The Wine Society £13.95 | B+(+)

Brooding on the nose; dark fruits, dark plums and dried prunes; also blackberry liqueur; sweet spice also there. On the palate its thick and textured, a lot of fruit but not overdone; good concentration of flavours, more intense and filling than your LBVs; tannic grip too at the end. This should develop in bottle for a few years yet, drink now - 2020+

Ramos Pinto 10 year old Tawny Port
Cambridge Wine £17.99 (50cl) | B+

Unusualy for a tawny, has dark chocolate notes on the notes, along with the usual dried figs and raisins. Otherwise very correct on the palate; slightly on the sweeter side of tawnies, fruit expression is focused though; needs a touch more acidity for my liking.

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