Four wines with dinner, Sunday 04 March 2012.
2009 Redoma Douro Branco, Niepoort
Noble Green Wines £12.99 | B+
White stone fruits on the nose, as well as slightly herby nose; lots of mineral, almost like smelling chalk; also a smoky (but not oaky) aroma; its a weird nose actually. Palate is textured and thick; mineral component is ever present and dominating; feels large and filling; plenty of white stone fruits again, but also slight nutty / savoury flavours; reminds me a lot like olives. Complex, but perhaps an acquired taste.
1999 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge
On the nose theres a good dose of red fruits, plums and currants; also theres a herby / stalky nose, garrigue and wild herbs; touch of peppers too; feels settled. Palate is very rounded; fresh and lively; red cherries and plums; yielding; a bit of spice at the end. Not particularly large, but does sustain a long mid palate. Drinking very nicely; now - 2019+.
2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Cantina Negrar
Waitrose £17 | B+
Thick, heavy almost port-like nose; sweet, black cherries and kirsch nose; with a woody, almost licorice tones. On the palate; its filling and quite unctuous; lots of bramble dark fruit, jammy, with morello cherries. Not fully extracted, still retains a bright acidic streak; its heavy and yet still fresh, perhaps just on the verge of being out of balance. Will probably develop with time; drink now - 2015+.
Calem 1990 Colheita Tawny Port
Wine Society | B+