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Saturday, 29 March 2014

34 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva's tasted blind, mostly 2008


2008 Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Some anise, liquorice, slightly scented nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, liquorice, prunes and plums palate, lacks freshness and refinement, ripe and evolved for its age. 87

2007 Terrasole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some anise, bit subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant, quite fresh but could be more complex. 89

2008 Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Soccorso:
Ruby. Leather, prunes and cherries nose, quite scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly intense, figs and cherries palate, slightly drying finish. 89

2008 Ucceleria Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Some herbs, figs, liquorice and plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, richer but not very complex, drying finish. 87

2008 Aglieta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva:
Ruby. Corked

2008 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Alle Mura:
Ruby. Intense, cherries, spices, some chocolate and figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, but leaner finish, liquorice and coffee finish. 90

2008 Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna del Fiore
Ruby. Scented, floral, some anise and cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, quite refreshing, good length. 89

2008 Bartolo Gusti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, hint of anise and leather. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, leaner and somewhat firmer finish, quite refreshing, good length. 89

2008 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Il Quercione
Ruby. Highly scented, lots of vanilla, coffee and spices pn the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, intense, chocolate, drying finish, to much barrels. 88

2008 Canneta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, anise and spices on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite refreshing, bit biting texture, cherries and anise finish. 89

2008 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna la Casa:
Ruby. Rich, plums, dark berries, some vanilla and spices on the nose. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, rounded, bit vanilla overshadowed finish, good length. 88

2008 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, intense, some liquorice and coffee nose. Cherries and morellos. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, quite intense, liquorice and savory, long. 90

2008 Casisano Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Liquorice, mints, figs and cherries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner palate, drying finish 86

2008 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al Vento
Ruby. Dark berries, intense and rich nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, figs, maturing aromas, long.Is this bottle a top one? 91

2007 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Fontelontano
Ruby. Liquorice, cherries, some plums, highly scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and ripe, quite refreshing but vanilla finish. 88

2008 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, some spices and liquorice nose, lighter and delicate nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet cherries and anise palate, fresh and elegant, somewhat lean, long. 90

2008 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, floral, lilies, some red berries, fruity nose. Elegant. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, balanced, rounded, quite smooth, bit short. 89

2008 Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some anise and lilies, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite refreshing and fruity, fairly delicate, fresh cherries and anise finish. Long. 90

2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Somewhat scented, anise, cherries, violets nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, somewhat ripe and warm, red berries, elegant but verging on unbalanced alcohol. 94

2008 Greppone Mazzi- Ruffino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby, garnet rim. Cherries, liquorice and some figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, slightly drying, and a bit short. 86

2008 Il Poggiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva il Poggiolo
Ruby. Scented, vanilla, spices and lots of dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and fresh, quite lively and refreshing, bit vanilla finish, long. 90

2008 La Fornace Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, anise and spices. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded but lots of vanilla to pack it in, good length, bit oaky. 88

2008 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, some coffee and dark fruits nose. Freshish acidity, ripe and sweet, fruity, lacks finesse and complexity, mature feel to it. 86

2008 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Manapetra
Ruby. Liquorice, some figs and cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant before a slightly woody and vanilla finish. 88

2008 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Abate
Ruby. Scented, some lilies, red berries and anise nose, some figs. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, somewhat refreshing palate, smooth, good length. 88

2008 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ugolaia
Ruby. Scented, floral, liquorice nose. Morellos. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit rich and sweet, and a bit short. 87

2008 Máté Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Woody, vanilla and barrel spices, oak toast nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, more integrated palate, oaky finish. 87

2008 Pian delle Querci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Anise, liquorice, plums, figs and cherries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, some prunes, drying finish, oaky end. 86

2008 Podere le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Lupi e Sirene
Ruby. Easy going nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, easy going palate, short. 83

2008 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby. Delicate red berries nose, quite refreshing, vanilla kotes and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, quite refreshing, smooth texture, long. 93

2007 Poggio Rubino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby, garnet rim. Cheese, some red berries and anise, slight iris note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and lively, on the leaner side and could be more complex, but refreshing. 88

2008 Sesti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Phenomena
Ruby. Some coffee, chocolate, dark berriesa nd prunes nose, spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, drying palate with fresher fruit behind it, oaky texture, good length. Dry finish. 89

2008 Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Franci
Ruby. Scented and sweet vanilla nose, lots spices, chocolate and coffee. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich fruit behind oaky cloak, coffee finish, drying. 88


And a further 57 2009 Brunello di Montalcino's


2009 Tenuta Crocedimezzo Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, quite elegant nose, somewhat floral. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and watery. 81

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, red berries, quite delicate nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly smooth before a slightly green finish, refreshing. 83

2009 Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some scented notes, vanilla and red berries. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit easy going and lean. 83

2009 Tenuta Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Some red berries, anise, more subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh if leaner palate, fairly smooth texture. Good length. 85

2009 Tenuta San Giorgio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some spices, red fruits and figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, quite refreshing, good length. 86

2009 Tenuta San Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, structured with fresh fruit to back, quite lively if not that complex. 86

2009 Tenuta Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cherries and liquorice notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, good length. 86

2009 Tenuta Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Doria
Ruby. Red berries, cherries, fairly fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, quite fresh, figs finish. Bit short. 87

2009 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Lilies, some red berris, scented nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, quite refreshing, bit liquorice dominated palate. 85

2009 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbal, some unripe red berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and lively, quite fresh, good length. 85

2009 Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, cherries and some scented notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, quite lively, bit short. 86

2009 Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Soccorso
Ruby. Cherries, some prunes, slight nail varnish note, some anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fresh and fruity, quite lively, elegant and fresh finish. 88

2009 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Liquorice, sherries and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, structured and a bit rustic, good length. 85

2009 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise, lighter nose, some vanilla. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, bit vanilla influenced finish. 87

2009 Vasco Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, easy going but crisper nose, cherries and slightly floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, leaner, bit to easy going. 83

2009 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbs, red berries anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, herbal and easy going palate, not quite together. 83

2009 Villa a Tolli Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Vanilla and dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded and sweet palate, pruney finish. 84

2009 Villa i Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, red berries and some floral notes, lilies. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity, leaner palate, some morellos and liquorice. 85

2009 Villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise and ripe strawberries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, bit easy going. 85

2009 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Some red berries, liquorice and ever so slightly floral nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, somewhat fruity, leane rfinish, good length. 86

2009 Vini Italiani da Sogno Brunello di Montalcino Carillon
Ruby. Lilies, red berries and slight anise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, somewhat lean and hollow palate, vanilla finish. 85

2009 Aglieta Roberto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some plums and figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer and sweeter, easy going, bit short. 84

2009 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Spices, coffee and dark chocolate nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, bit lean and oaky, if fresher palate than nose. 84

2009 Centolani Brunello di Montalcino Friggiali
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented and somewaht spicy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity, leaner palate, quite refreshing, bit short. 86

2009 Centolani Brunello di Montalcino Pietranera
Ruby. Figs, cherries and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, prunes and figs palate, easy going and soft. 84

2009 Centolani Brunello di Montalcino Poggiotondo
Ruby. Red berries, slightly floral, some anise on the nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, softer and rounder palate, fairly elegant, bit boring finish. 85

2009 Albatreti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Dark berries, spices, chocolate nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded before dry finish. 84

2009 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Rich, smoky nose, dark berries and anise, coffee. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, woody palate and finish. 85

2009 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, warm fruit and coffee nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, nettles and prunes palate, short. 83

2009 Baccinetti Brunello di Montalcino Saporoia
Ruby, garnet rim. Liquorice, cherries, fruit stones, almost a VA tone to it. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, leaner, fairly refreshing red berries and figs palate, good length. 86

2009 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Rich, prunes, some coffee and spices, earthy. Freshish acidity, cooked fruit, ripe, rich, liquorice and prunes, drying. 86

2009 Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cherries and liquorice, spicy. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, ripe and rich, fruity, lacks finesse, bit plummy palate, bit short. 87

2009 Bartoli Giusti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Rich, some coffee and chocolate nose, rich. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, red berries, slightly sweet, good length. 87

2009 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Cooked fruits, plums, dusty and earthy nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, plums and prunes. Bit short. 84

2009 Belpoggio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Chocolate, spices and plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, lots of liquorice, spicy palate, bit short. 85

2009 Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, lilies, floral kotes, red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and lively, bit plummy and liquorice finish, good length. 87

2009 Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, raspberries and some ripe cherries nose, slightly of violets. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly elegant, rounded texture, good length. 88

2009 Campigliano Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, spicy and some prunes. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly rounded, textured, good length. 87

2009 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some floral notes, lilies, anise and leather nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, fairly fresh, more vanilla and chocolate towards the finish, good length. 88

2009 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, prunes and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner texture, some herbal notes, lacks fruit. 84

2009 Canneta Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbs, slightly unripe, red berries, some spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, easy going, lacks substance. 81

2009 Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino
Deep ruby. Rich nose of liquorice, lilies and plums. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, big and sweet palate, but one dimensional, will impress some maybe. 83

2009 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, somewhat fruity, slightly floral, some figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit easy going, good length. 85

2009 Capanne Ricci Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some herbs, red berries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, some herbs, slightly unripe, short. 84

2009 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Dark berries, some coffee and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe and fresher palate, slightly unripe, good length. 85

2009 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, floral, fairly detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and fresh, bit easy going, good length. 86

2009 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, tulips, red berries, some anise, slight nail warnish nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, simple palate. 81

2009 Casa Raia Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cheese and spices nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and ripe palate, rounded, freshish finish. 85

2009 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some figs, leather, liquorice and prunes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, prunes and figs, morellos and liquorice. Long. 89

2008 Stella di Campalto Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Slightly floral, some cherqries and elegant red fruits, one of the freshest noses besides Biondi Santi this vintage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, delicate, red fruity, elegant, long. 91

2009 Pian del Orino Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Figs, prunes, cherries, more mature nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, round, richer, fresher red berries finish. 89

2009 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli
Ruby. Some herbs, dark berries, scented nose, lilies. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, fresher finish. 89

2009 Sesti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, bit easy going nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit lean. 88

2009 Fonterenza Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, some floral notes, red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and fresher palate, quite nuanced and delicate, long. 90

2009 Querce Bettina Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, some cinamon nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer and fruitier palate, could be fresher. 88

2009 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, red berries, some anise touch, bright fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, some morellos and dark berries, good length. 89

2009 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli
Ruby. Red berries, some plums and cherries, floral notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, quite refreshing, long. 90


36 Brunello di Montalcino 2009's tasted


2009 Casisano Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cherries and prunes nose, anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, good length. 88

2009 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Ripe, cherries, dark berries, liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, soft and velvety, rounded, some vanilla finish. 87

2009 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, lilies, liquorice, ripe nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, anise, plums and figs, not the freshest. 85

2009 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago
Ruby. Cherries, liquorice, ripe fruits nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla palate, prunes and figs. 85

2009 Cava d'Onice Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some VA, cherries and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, cherries palate, some prunes, good length. 86

2009 Citille di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Metallic nose. Freshish acidity, dry tannins, drying palate. 73

2009 Citille de Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi
Ruby. Red berries, some spices, morellos and fresh fruits for the vintage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, fairly elegant. Rounded, good length. 89

2009 Col di Lamo Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Anise, red berries, ceherries and some leather nose. Fresh acidity, bit dry tannins, rounded, fruit, liquorice and prunes palate. 86

2009 Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Highly scented nose, intense. Lilies. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, vanilla palate, good length. 84

2009 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some nettles, liquorice and prunes nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, herbal and a bit green, short finish. 84

2009 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Liquorice, vanilla and cherries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, oak structure, little fruit. 82

2009 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Lean nose, some spices and vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly easy going. 83

2009 Collina del Sole Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, leaner nose, some prunes and anise. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and thin palate, sour cherries. 82

2009 Corte dei Venti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, slightly scented, red berqries and cherries. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, soft and pruney. 83

2009 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Dark fruits, red berries, some anise nose, floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, red berries and cherries, liquorice, long. 91

2009 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Liquorice, lilies and prunes nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresher finish. 84

2009 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Figs, plums, cooked fruit nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresher palate, figs and prunes. 86

2009 Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and some herbal notes, easy going. 84

2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, slightly cooked and coffee nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and round, bit short. 85

2009 Fornacella Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some VA, lifted, cherries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and sour palate, bit short. 83

2009 Fornaccina Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and some strawberry jam palate, drying finish. 84

2009 Gianni Brunelli Le Chiuse di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, floral and quite elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, well balanced for the vintage, more harmonious than most. 88

2009 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, spicy and cinamon nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, dry palate, dusty. Lacks fruit. 81

2009 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some plums and lilies. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, fairly fresh, somewhat sour cherries finish. 86

2009 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some anise and liquorice nose. Red berries, and figs. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leane rpalate, some sour cherries and anise, good length if a bit lean. 87

2009 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto:
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, fairly elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, one of the fresher this vintage, balanced and long. 90

2009 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, some cherries and wild strawberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, somewhat leaner palate, fairly fresh finish. Good length. 89

2009 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some floral nose and leaner red fruits nose, some anise. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, fairly together, good length. 88

2009 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some scented notes, maybe a touch of VA, lifted, sour cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, cherries, bit short. 84

2009 Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbal, some red berries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, bit easy going, herbal palate. 84

2009 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise, slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and quite refreshing, fairly elegant, good length. 88

2009 Il Paradiso di Manfredi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some iodine, red berries, cherries, liquorice and maybe slight VA on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh cherries palate, bit short and one dimensional. 85

2009 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, slightly floral nose, some anise. More subdued. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, leaner finish. Bit dry. 86

2009 Le Regnaie Brunello di Montalcino V.V.
Ruby, brick rim. Terracotta nose, cherries and a bit iodine. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh if leaner, sour palate, bit short. 86

2009 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby, garnet rim. Highly floral, quote elegant nose, red berries and strawberry jam. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fresh and lively, bit easy going and lean, good length. 85

2009 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some floral nose, purer nose than most this vintage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, quite elegant if a bit lean, fairly fresh, good length. 88





21 Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva's tried


Riserva in Montepulciano seems to be just more of the same than the regular Vino Nobile, like a lowered Golf with skirts, big wheels, recaro seats and noisy exhaust isn't any quicker than a regular Golf, one has just spent more money on it. Richer fruit, but not more complex, or at least not a big difference on many of them, and excesive oak in most. They dry like few wines on the palate, and there seems to be far to little fruit to handle it.

2010 Fattoria della Talosa Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Dark berries, some vanilla, spices and plums. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, spicy, bit woody palate, good length. 87

2010 Le Bertille Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Rich and ripe nose, dark berries and vanilla, and barrel spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, livelier palate, fairly refreshing before the oak catches up with the fruit in the finish, but fairly balanced. 88

2010 Tenuta Valdipiatta Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Fruity, rich, ripe, quite fragrant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner palate, fairly refreshing, vanilla flavoured, good length. 87

2010 Dei Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Bossona:
Deep ruby. Coffee and spices, rich and fruity, dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sour cherries and morellos palate, some anise, fairly fresh, good length. 88

2010 Barbanera Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Duca di Saragnano:
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, more subdued nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner fruit, red berries, on the fresh side but lacks complexity and nuances. Good length. 86

2010 Croce di Febo Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Amore Mio:
Ruby. Some dark berries, slightly spicy and richer nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, almost creamy, vanilla and spices finish, bit warm. 86

2010 Carpineto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Almost opaque. Plums, blackberries, vanilla, very ripe and rich nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and rounded, a made wine for some of the American kids. 85

2010 Il Conventino Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Vanilla, some coffee, cherries and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, could be more nuanced and complex, good length. 87

2010 Lunadoro Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Quercione:
Ruby. Vanilla, scented and floral notes, dark berries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, oaky, coffee, caramel and dark fruits, lots of vanilla palate. 86

2010 Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Vanilla, rich, spicy, dark berries and morellos nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, oaky, dry finish. 87

2010 Le Bèrne Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Rich, coffee and dark berries nose. Spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, alcoholic, coffee, a bit ungainly palate. 85

2010 Fattoria la Braccesca Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Santa Pia:
Deep ruby. Rich nose of plums and blueberries, spicy and oaky nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich, sweet and fruity, ripe, good length. 86

2010 Lombardo Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Rich fruit, dark berries and barrel spices nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and rich, vanilla palate, bit short. 84

2010 Nottola Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Il Fattore:
Deep ruby. Rich, fruity, overripe dark berries and plums, lots of vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich and sweet, fruity, easy going finish. 86

2010 Contucci Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Rich, red berries and cherries nose, blueberries and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, rounded, vanilla but better balance on the palate, seems more together even if in a cellar made style. 87

2010 Canneto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Spicy, some coffee, red berries, smoky notes and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit woody, spicy finish, good length. 88

2010 Fanetti Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Some prunes, plums and cherries nose, liquorice and vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich but somewhat hollow, lacks finesse and nuances. 86

2010 Icario Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Vitaroccia:
Ruby. Rich, fruity, intense, dark berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and sweet, anise and blueberries finish. 87

2009 Vino Nobile Riserva

2009 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Red berries, some morellos and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and sweet, but retains it's freshness, good length. 89

2009 Cavalierino Organic Winery Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Wood all over the place on the nose. And highly woody palate with drying acidity, plain vanilla and some freshness to the acidity. 83

2008 Vino Nobile Riserva

2008 Vecchia Cantina Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Briareo-Redi:
Ruby. Spicy, red berries, somewhat vanilla and peppery nose. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, fairly fresh, oaky finish. 87

30 2011 Chianti Classico's tasted blind


2011 Monterinaldi Chianti Classico Castello diMonterinaldi
Ruby. Red berries, some floral and scented notes on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, liquorice palate, quite fresh but on the sweet side. 84

2011 Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico Chianti Classico Contessa di Radda
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, scented over tones. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit lean and has an unripe feel to it, bit ungainly. 81

2011 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Montornello
Ruby. Some anise and red berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and easy going. 78

2011 Bindi Sergardi Chianti Classico La Ghirlanda
Ruby. Some coffee and spices, leaner fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, textured, slightly rustic, good length. 84

2011 Bonacchi Chianti Classico Casalino
Ruby. Scented, red berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, lacks finesse, good length. 84

2011 Borgo Casa al Vento Chianti Classico Aria
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, some figs and lquiorice, good length. 83

2011 Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico
Ruby. Dark fruits, plums, figs and liquorice, intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, soft and sweet, will impress some, good length. 84

2011 Buondonno Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, some unripe red berries nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, quite fresh, lacks a bit of fruit, but fresh, good length. 84

2011 Candialle Chianti Classico La Misse
Ruby. Dark berries, alcohol notes, very ripe dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and soft, boring. 82

2011 Cantalici Chianti Classico Baruffo
Ruby. Scented, blueberries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, easy going. 82

2011 Casale dello Sparviero Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, more liftet and scented nose, refreshing. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer texture, fairly bright fruit, quite elegant, good length. 85

2011 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico Clemente VII
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, easy going, softer and rounder palate, anise finish. 83

2011 Castelinuzza Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, fairly flirting nose, delicate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, quite refreshing, raspberry finish. 86

2011 Castellinuzza e Piuca Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some floral notes and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner palate, fairly refreshing, seems slightly woody finish. 85

2011 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, slightly herbal, bit spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and quite lively, almost delicate in a way, good length. 86

2011 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs, green notes, coffee on the nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, not quite together, liquorice and herbs palate. 80

2011 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Ama
Ruby. Herbs, some unripe berries, dusty vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, easy going and simple palate, thin. 81

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Gabbiano
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some floral notes, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded if leaner, bit vanilla finish. 83

2011 Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Meleto
Ruby. Scented, some red berries, anise and violets. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and fairly fresh palate bit liquoricy finish, meaning slightly sweetish. 84

2011 Castello di Radda Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some herbal notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded and quite elegant palate, refreshing and somewhat nuanced, good length. 86

2011 Castello di Selvole Chianti Classico
Ruby. Leaner nose, slightly scented and some slightly unripe raspberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, some vanilla and quite elegant texture, fruity if leaner, not too intense, good length. 86

2011 Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs and bell peppers, some red berries. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, bit unripe and not fully together. 79

2011 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Volpaia
Ruby. Blackberries and liquorice nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounder palate, not to much going on but balanced, bit sweet. 82

2011 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, dark berries and anise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, some liquorice, fresher finish, good length. 85

2011 Cigliano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Slightly scented, some red berries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, quitef resh and fruity, bit easy going palate if fresh. 82

2011 Colle Bereto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some coffee, spices, vanilla, dark berries and more liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, lacks finesse. 83

2011 Concadoro Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, fruity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, quite lively and refreshing if a bit lean. 85

2011 Dievole Chianti Classico La Vendemmia
Ruby. Scented, vanilla, spices and some red fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly fresh, almost creamy texture, rounded, bit woody finish. 85

2011 Fattoria Cerbaia Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, blackberries, anise and figs nose. Vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if a bit lean. Drying finish, woody. 82

2011 Fattoria Cerbaia Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some coffee, spices, and dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leanish and herbal, lacks nuances and fruit. 80

Some Biondi Santi's and Coche Dury plus Clement Perseval


Clement Perseval Blanc de Noir Premier Cru Zero Dosage
4080 bottles made. Degorged 30.07.12. Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Apples, minerals, some yeast, quite delicate nose, ever so slightly yellow fruity, some yeast. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, quite detailed, slightly sweet fruity, but just to balance it, good length. 88

2010 Coche-Dury Bourgogne Aligoté
Pale lemon yellow. Some lemons, apples, minerals, very elegant and subdued nose, ever so slightly nutty far behind and almond flowers. Fresh acidity, leaner palate, refreshing and elegant, very easy to enjoy, citrusy, minerals, almost chalky, detailed and very delicate, refined. Not the longest. Lovely Aligoté. 88

2008 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata:
Bright ruby. Red berries, more tender nose than last bottle, some floral notes, almonds very delicate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and more detailed but also some drier notes, not a perfect bottle. Drying finish. 85

1999 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata
Bright ruby. Some letaher and anise but dusty nose, lean and weak palate, tired bottle. Bought in Sorento, probably to warm storage in the shop.

1999 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata
Bright ruby. Red berries, floral notes, detailed if leaner nose, refreshing, cherries and leather. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, refreshing, slightly leaner bottle, long. 90


Friday, 28 March 2014

Col d'Orcia tasting, 1968-2011


2011 Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, fruity, some liquorice, red berries and plums touch. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, slight herbal note, little bit cooked. 86

2010 Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino Banditella
Bright ruby. Red berries, anise, cherries, slight herbal touch nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, good length. 88

2008 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, anise, pure nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lovely, little bit warmer fruit on the palate, ever so slightly jammy, long. 90

2007 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, slight floral note, anise, slightly spicy and some minerals on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, fresh, cherries, long finish. 91

2006 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
(Magnum) Bright ruby. Red berries, scented, some morellos, leather touch, some liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, quite elegant and detailed, long if a bit lean finish. 92

1997 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby, very thin garnet rim. Leather, red berries, cherries, anise, slight chocolate touch nose. Maturing. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh, quite evolved, started out a little bit short but got longer in the glass, long. 90


1977 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby, orange rim. Leather, anise, figs, prunes, scented, some cherries, flirting if a bit subdued. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, detailed, elegant, structured, red berries note, long finish. 94

1968 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby with orange hue and orange rim. Leather, anise, figs, prunes, scented, ever so slightly dusty nose. Fresh acidity, tannins ripe and soon gone, fruitier palate, rounded, refreshing, mature, red berries, figs and anise, long. 93

2006 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento
(Magnum) Bright ruby. Floral, delicate, red berries nose, rounded, elegant and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively, fruity, rounded, refreshing, detailed, long. 93

1995 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento
(Magnum) Bright ruby, garnet rim. Floral, elegant nose, nuanced, leather, red and some darker berries, scented, some spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, elegant if a bit narrow mid palate, long. 92

2010 Col d'Orcia Nearco
Ruby. Fruity, cassis, spices, rich and ripe nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit sweet, warm finish. 87

2010 Col d'Orcia Olmaia
Ruby. Cassis, dark fruits, slightly scented, vanilla, ripe fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe and rich, slightly high alcohol and a bit showy, lacks refinement and complexity, good length, bit warm finish. 88

2010 Col d'Orcia Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino
Pale golden. Floral, tropical, fresh grapes and slightly soapy nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, failry detailed, a slight floral and caramel note in the finish, long. 90



Trapiche Collection


Trapiche Fond de Cave Nature
Lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, minerals, dry autumn leaf, yeasty nose. Freshish acidity, elegant mousse, fruity, rounded, enjoyable, good length. 85

2011 Trapiche Oasis Chardonnay
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, light tropical and yellow fruity nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh. 80

2013 Trapiche Sauvignon Blanc
Pale lemon yellow. Cats pie and some gooseberries nose. Fresh acidity, lean and straightforward, refreshing. Bit warm finish.  78

2012 Trapiche Oasis Malbec
Deep ruby. Dark berries, herbs, some vanilla notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, easy going, slightly spicy, short. Warm finnish. 81

2012 Trapiche Pure Malbec
Opaque. Rich, fruity, big nose, chocolate and black fruits. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, big, bit sweet, warm, fruity, if you want a rich and fruity wine, no oak, this is for you. 85

2011 Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec
Towards opaque. Rich, fruity, black berries and slightly spicy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, leaner finish, good length. 85

2014 Trapiche Sauvignon Blanc
Pale lemon yellow. Gooseberries, yellow plums nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, bit lean and easy going. 78

The range below are rich and extracted wines with a lot of alcohol, but carries it better than many. If you are one of those Amarone afficionados, this could be spot on for you, and many of these have better balance than some Amarones.

2010 Trapiche Iscay Syrah-Viognier
Deep ruby. Rich, dark berries, fruity nose, chocolate, vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, rounded, alcoholic but not to warm (15%), long. 87


2008 Trapiche Iscay Malbec & Cabernet Franc
Towards opaque. Rich nose, dark berries, coffee, spices, vanilla, lots of oak, fruity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and dark fruity, fairly fresh, warm finish but handles. 86

2010 Trapiche Malbec Finca Suarez Lastra
Towards opaque. Dark berries, fruity, some floral notes, vanilla, rich nose, bit of alcohol. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, rounded, leaner palate, alcohol bit up front, warm finish, long. 88

2009 Trapiche Malbec Finca Suarez Lastra
Towards opaque. Dark berries, rich nose, fruity, plums, chocolate and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, intense, slight sweet fruity, ripe, less showy alcohol but it's there still, long.89

2009 Trapiche Malbec Finca Jorge Miralles
Towards opaque. Dark berries, fruity, coffee, almost a mineral note behind layers of ripe fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, sweet fruity, ripe, bit sweet and alcoholic, long.89

2007 Trapiche Malbec Vina Adolfo Ahumada
Towards opaque. Rich nose, dark berries, some graphite, anise and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, sweet, big, shouting from the roof tops, refreshing, 14,5 alcohol and handles it better. Long. 90

2007 Trapiche Malbec Vina Domingo F. Sarmiento
Towards opaque. Dark berries, fruity, intense, graphite, liquorice, deep fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, big, ripe, bit sweet, long. 91

2007 Trapiche Malbec Vina Fausto Orellana de Escobar
Towards opaque. Rich nose, alcohol, sweet and massive, blueberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, big, intense, fruity, sweet, ripe, bit more grippy tannins in the finish, warm and a bit alcoholic finish.89

2011 Tres 14 Tinto de Garage
Opaque. Rich, fruity, intense, very ripe berries, chocolate, big, alcohol. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, big, fruity, alcoholic, sweet, quite massive, lacks refinement and big more than complex.88

2011 Tres 14 Imperfecto
Opaque. Rich, big, massive nose, chocolate, black fruits nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, ripe, sweet, big and massive, alcohol shows, candy wine. Oak on top, dry finish.89

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thirty plus Chassagne and Puligny 1er and Grand Cru's tasted


2011 Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Murées Monopole
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus and vanilla nose, oak is a bit up front. Fresh acidity, fruity, vanilla and smoky palate, again the oak is a bit showy, good length. 89

2011 Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
Pale lemon yellow. Citrus, floral, minerals apples and minerals nose. Fresh acidoty, lively, fresher, minerals and nuts, long. 90

2011 Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow, apples, minerals, citrus, floral notes, layered nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and nuanced, detailed, citrus and minerals finish, long. 93

2011 Jomain Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals and floral nose. Fresh acidity, lively, leaner, fresh and delicate, could be more complex. 89

2011 Jomain Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
Pale lemon yellow. Lemons, minerals and apples nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh,e legant and fairly mouthwatering if not the most complex, long. 91

2011 Jomain Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Rich, intense, fruity, wax and honey nose, yellow fruits. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, aply and yellow plums, long. 93


2012 Faiveley Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Pale lemon yellow. Citrus, minerals, vanilla and oak up front nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, creamy texture, vanilla, needs time with the oak, wait five years or more, good length. 88

2012 Faiveley Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh and delicate nose interupted by showy vanilla. Fresh acidity, lively, fruity, creamy texture, bit oaky finish, long. 90

2012 Faiveley Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Vanilla, apples, minerals, subdued citrus nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity, rounded and long, could be more detailed. 93

2012 Coffinet-Duvernay Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Pale lemon yellow. Minerals, citrus and apples palate. Fresh acidity, apples, minerals, some tropical notes, bit short. 88

2012 Coffinet-Duvernay Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Dent de Chien
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, tropical notes and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, bit lean, fairly elegant, long. 90

2012 Coffinet-Duvernay Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Minerals, apples, citrus and floral nose, delicate if a bit easy. Fresh acidity, fruity and lively, fresh but a bot short. 91


2012 Prieur-Brunet Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, citrus and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, livelya nd fruity but a bit easy going. Good length. 89

2011 Prieur-Brunet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, lime, minerals, floral notes nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, elegant, detailed, lovely, long. 92

2011 Prieur-Brunet Bâtard-Montrachet
600 bottles made. Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, lively, citrus, minerals, fresh and fruity, leaner, bit vanilla, long. 93


2012 Bachelet Jean-Claude Chassagne-Montrachet Les Encégnièrs
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and some citrus nose. Fresh acidity. Lively, fruity, fresh and citrusy, elegant, long finish. 91

2012 Bachelet Jean-Claude Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherettes
Pale lemon yellow. Citrus, apples, vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity. Lively, rounder, fresh and citrusy, long. 90

2012 Hubert Lamy Puligny-Montrachet Les Temblots
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, floral and minerals nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fruity, leaner, fresh and detailed, long. 91


2012 Domaine Roger Belland Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Pitois
Pale lemon uellow. Apples, minerals and flint nose. Fresh acidoty, rounder palate, fresh and fruity, just a bit short. 89

2010 Domaine Roger Belland Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain
Pale lemon yellow, apples, pears, chalk, minerals, cool fruit. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and delicate, fairly elegant, long. 91

2010 Domaine Roger Belland Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, citrus, floral and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, rounded, fresh and citrusy palate, fruity and elegant if slightly hollow finish. 92


2013 Heitz-Lochardet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals and flint nose, detailed. Fresh acidity, fruity and lively, crisp and citrusy, a slight herbal note that more give it nerve, long. 91

2013 Heitz-Lochardet Chevalier-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, floral and scented nose. Fresh acidity, lively and fruity, fresh and rounded body, elegant, refreshing, very long. 94


2009 Maison Louis Latour Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Rich, fruity, nuts, butter and heading towards oxidation, tiering on the palate.

2012 Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, floral and minerals nose. Fresh acidity, citrus, fruity and lively, elegant, quite fresh, long. 92

2012 Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavaillon
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh and fruity, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, elegant, delicate, floral and fruity, long. 92

2009 Louis Lequin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, bit showy oak still on the nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit sweet fruit, bit short. 88

2008 Louis Lequin Bâtard-Montrachet
Pale golden. Apples, minerals and vanilla nose. Easy going nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, yellow fruits, ripe feel, could and should be more complex, long. 90


2011 Jean-Noël Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and vanilla nose, lovely nose but oak a bit up front. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh and lively palate, bit oaky that needs time, long. 90

2011 Jean-Noël Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru clos de la Maltroye
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and citrus nose, refreshing. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and citrusy, minerals, lovely balance, long and fresh. 91

2011 Jean-Noël Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Petits Clos
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, fruity and lively, refreshing, minerals and citrus, long. 93

2012 Bachey-Legros Meursault Chevalier

2012 Bachey-Legros Meursault 1er Cru Les Chevalier
Pale lemon yellow. Apples and light minerals and some citrus nose. Fresh acidity, fruity if a bit easy going, elegant. 87

Chevalier-Montrachet and more

2011 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, pure feel, slight herbal note on the nose. Fresh acidity, fresh and fruity, lively, fresh and delicate but a bit short. 88

2011 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fruity and fresh nose of not to complex. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and fruity, nuanced, bit lean and could be more complex, fairly long. 88

2011 Philippe Colin Chevalier-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fruity, detailed if leaner nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity, fairly nuanced, again on the lean side, long. 92

3 from Pousse d'Or


2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Ruby. Fruity, intense, richer nose, dark berries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing and richer, good length. 89

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or
Ruby. Fruity, ripe, nuanced and floral nose, quite intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh and quite playful, long. 91

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvres
Ruby. Fruity, scented and darker berries npse, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe but sweet, bit much maybe, long. 91

Four Meursault 2012's from Antoine Jobard


2012 Antoine Jobard Meursault En La Barre
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and a yellow fruits note nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and elegant, bit short. 87

2012 Antoine Jobard Meursault Les Tillets
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some yellow fruits and minerals nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity and elegant, good length. 89

2012 Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Blagny
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and a bit fuller nose. Fresh acidity, richer and rounder palate, ripe and fruity, good length. 89

2012 Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, yellow fruits, fresh and floral nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and fruity, elegant and long. 92

Two Volnay's

2011 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes
Bright ruby. Leaner nose of red berries, touch of vanilla and somewhat mineral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, fresh and fruity, fairly elegant, good length. 89

2012 Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Chenet
Ruby. Fruity, scented and riper fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, oaky, richer, fruity, modern, could be longer. 88

Eight from Meursault


2012 Mikulski Meursault
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh, nuanced and delicate nose. Slightly nuanced. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and fruity, good length. 88

2012 Mikulski Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, citrus and some tropical notes nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity and detailed, long. 91

2012 Michel Bouzereau Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and citrus nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, leaner, could be more nuanced and longer. 89

2012 Château de Meursault Meursault 1er cru Perrieres
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and yellow fruits nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, apples, minerals palate, long. 91

2011 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d'Or
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and citrus nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh and rounded, apples and lemony finish, good length. 89

2011 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals and floral nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, minerals, fruity, citrus, rounded, long finish. 90

2010 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh and fruity nose. Fairly intense. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, crisp even, fruity and long. 92

2012 Remi Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fruity and citrusy nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, minerals if leaner palate, good length. 89

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Trying out 32 wines from Pommard Les Epenots, Clos des Epeneaux and Les Rugiens


2011 Albert Bichot Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Oak up front, spices and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, a bit short, not the most extracted of these. 88

2010 Billard-Gonnet Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Ruby. Red berries, floral, vanilla and slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lively, refreshing and long. 93

2010 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Red berries, floral, slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity and lively, bit short for its fruit and structure, tannic. 90

2012 Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Fruity, scented, red berries, anise and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded and fresh, lively, bit oaky finish, long. 92

2011 Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Red berries, fruity, some herbs, spices and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh and lively, bit edgy finish, long. 91

2011 Aleth Girardin Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens-Bas
Bright ruby. Fruity, bit herbal nose, spices and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lively, bit dry and oaky finish. 90

2011 Jean-Luc Joillot Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Leaner, herbal, red berries, vanilla and floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, leaner, structured, bit oaky finish, long. 90

2011 Lambert Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Red berries, fruity and slightly scented over some minerals nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing if s bit biting texture, fruit to back it, long. 91

2009 Lambert Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Fruity, coffee, spices nose, more berrel notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, herbal, fairly refreshing even if a bit extracted, long. 90

2012 Fernand et Laurent Pillot Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Vanilla, spices and toast nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity but lots of oak, will it handle it? 88

2011 Fernand et Laurent Pillot Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Brigjt ruby. Red berries, fruity, vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, oaky but handles it better, long. 90

2011 Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Bright ruby. Some spices, red berries nose, fruity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, leaner, fruity, fairly mouthwatering if a bit short, lovely wine. 90


2012 Château de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Ruby. Scented, red berries, fruity and a rounder feel to the nose, together. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, fresh, delicate, quite intense, little bit herbal, long. 93

2011 Château de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Bright ruby. Red berries, some herbs, bit leaner nose, fairly nuanced. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner body, fresh, fruity, slight herbal kote, bit short. 89

2010 Château de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Bright ruby. Red berries, slightly scented and quite fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lively and delicate, long. 92

2012 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Bright ruby. Some herbs, darker and riper fruits and berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, fruity, sweetish,extracted, very tannic. 88

2011 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Bright ruby. Herbs, red fruits, spices and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, biting texture, tannic if fresher. 88

2012 Lejeune Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Bright ruby. Fruity, rounded and floral, detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, fresh, some vanilla, just a bit short but better balance on texture and oak than some. 91

2011 Rebourgeon-Mure Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands-Epenots
Bright ruby. Bit herbal nose, fruity but leaner, doesn't give that much. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, lacks a bit of substance, good length. 87


2011 Patrick Clemencet Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Red berries, slightly scented and dark fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, herbal, bit short if some nuances. 89

2011 Aleth Girardin Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Herbs, vanilla, red berries, smoky nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh if leaner, quite playful, drying finish, will it absorb the. Oak? 89

2011 A. F. Gros Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Spicy, coffee, vanilla and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresher palate, fairly intense, bit short for it's expression. 91

2011 Jean-Luc Joillot Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity,r ipe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh, quite mouthwatering mid palate but oaky and a bit dry finish, needs time. 90

2011 Moissenet-Bonnard Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Fruity, spicy, red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, fresh than fuller finish, could be longer. 89

2010 Moissenet-Bonnard Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Little bit rustic nose, floral and vanilla notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, tannic, structured but a bit lean fruit for it, good length. 89

2008 Moissenet-Bonnard Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Plums, figs, vanilla and floral nose, seems mature for it's age. Fresh acidity,r ipe tannins, fresh and lively if leaner, bit dry and mature for the vintage on the palate as well. 88

2011 Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Redberries, floral, slightly rustic notes, vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, fairly detailed palate, structured, long. 90

2011 Parigot Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Red and darker fruits, sous bois touch and anise on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively, fruity, slight floral note and minerals on the palate, lovely wine, long. 91

2011 Vaudoisey-Creusefond Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Red berries, herbs and vanilla nose, more elegant. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, delicate, more nuanced than most Pommards, long and lovely. 92

2011 Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots
Bright ruby. Red berries, anise, touch sous bois and figs, detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, refreshing, fruity if leaner, long. 91


2012 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
Ruby. Fruity, scented, layered, intense if not as rich and deep as another sample. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh and long, bit biting texture, long. 93

2011 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
Ruby. Herbs, red berries, spices and fruity nose, intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, herbal, fruity and again leaner but long finish. 91






Lovely and fresh 2012 whites from Franz Chagnoleau

2012 Franz Chagnoleau Mâcon-Villages Clos Saint Pancras
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, little bit yeasty still on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded and fresh, good length. 86

2012 Franz Chagnoleau Saint-Véran Pré Vaux
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, lime, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, elegant fruit, lime and minerals, refreshing, good length. 88

2012 Franz Chagnoleau Saint-Véran La Roche
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus and orange blossoms nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, refreshing, lively, minerals kick inn in the finish, fresh. 89

2012 Franz Chagnoleau Saint-Véran A la Côte
Pale lemon yellow. Minerals, citrus, floral, delicate nose. Fresh acidity, fresh lemony minerals, yellow apples finnish, long. 89

2012 Franz Chagnoleau Puilly-Fuissé Pastoral
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, light tropical note, minerals nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and crisp, citrus and minerals finish, long. 90

2010 Vaudoisey-Creusefond Pommard Charmots

2010 Vaudoisey-Creusefond Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmots
Bright ruby. Scented, fruity and red berries nose, delicate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, fairly elegant, good length. 89

Anteprime Vernaccia di San, 66 wines tasted


2013 Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico Vernaccia Geografico:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some honey melon, fresh and slightly grassy nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, easy going, bit short. 84

2013 Canneta Vernaccia:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slightly floral, elderflowers nose. Freshish acidity, slightly bitter, bit flat palate, short. 80

2013 Cantina Sociale de Certaldo Vernaccia La Badia:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some yellow fruits, ever so slightly floral nose. Freshish acidoty, fruity, rounded texture, almost a bit waxy and honey, good length. 85

2013 Guidi Vernaccia Guidi:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, vanilla, spices, bit burnt wood on the nose. Freshish acidity, woody, vanilla, spices, yellow fruits behind. 84

2013 Cappella Sant'Andrea Vernaccia Cappella Sant'Andrea:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fresh, feels very clean if not very complex. Fresh acidity, leaner, yellow fruits, some white flowers, good length, somewhat creamy texture. 85

2013 Cappella Sant'Andrea Vernaccia Rialto:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, scented, some floral notes nose. Fresh acidity, creamy texture, rounded, fresh, fairly elegant, good length. 86

2013 Casa Alle Vacche Vernaccia Casa Alle Vacche:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, some tropical fruits nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, fairly elegant body and texture, good length. 86

2013 Casa Alle Vacche Vernacchia i Macchioni:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some smoky notes, spices on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded if ever so slightly edgy finish, good length. 85


2013 Casale Falchini Vernacchia Vigna a Solatio:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits and plums nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, some spices and vanilla, good length. 85

2013 Cesani Vernacchia Cesani:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, tutti frutti touch nose. Freshish acidity, not quite together, simple, watery. 77

2013 Fattoria Abbazia di Monteoliveto Vernaccia Abbazia di Monteoliveto:
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh apples and ripe gooseberries nose, slightly yellow fruity, like a fresh rainy morning. Freshish acidity, rounded, quite elegant, bit easy going palate, good length. 84

2013 Fattoria Abbazia di Monteoliveto Vernaccia La Gentilesca:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits and slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant palate, towards playful, good length. 88

2013 Fontaleoni Vernaccia Fontaleoni:
Towards lemon yellow. Apples, grapefruit, slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, slightly bitter and grapefruity, apple core, good length. 85

2013 Fontaleoni Vernaccia Casanuova:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fresh, some vanilla and yellow fruity nose. Freshish acidity, flatter palate, polished, vanilla, quite uninteresting. 84

2013 Fornacelle Vernaccia Fornacelle:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, scented, floral, touch of rose petals nose. Lilies. Fresh acidity, lively, quite fresh, slightly scented and bit sweet fruity, good length. 87

2013 Fornaci Vernaccia Fornaci:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, smoky and spicy nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, towards creamy texture, fresher palate than nose. 86

2013 Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara Vernaccia Selvabianca:
Cloudy pale lemon yellow. Light nose of apples and some yellow fruits. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, citrusy finish lighten things up. 84





2013 Il Lebbio Vernaccia Il Lebbio:

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruity, slightly scented nose.freshish acidity, flatter palate, bit easy going. 83

2013 Il Lebbio Vernaccia Tropie:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some floral notes. Freshish acidity, creamy and rounded texture, vanilla, bit fat, good length. 85

2013 Il Palagione Vernacchia Hydra:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, tropical and intense lilies nose. Freshish acidity, sweetish feel, yellow fruity, good length. 85

2013 La Lastra Vernaccia La Lastra:
Paleq lemon yellow. Apples and light minerals nose, slightly floral. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going but more lively. 86

2013 Lucii Libiano Vernaccia Vigna Cellori:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, floral, easy going nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going. 84

2013 Macinatico Vernaccia Macinatico:
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh, light fruity, apples and pears nose. Fresh acidity, lighter, quite elegant and fresh, bit short. 85

2013 Melini Vernaccia Melini:
Pale lemon yellow. Scented, some roses and yellow fruity, less intense nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, quite elegant, refreshing finish. 85





2013 Palagetto Vernaccia di San Gimignano:

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some vanilla and lilies nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, easy going, quite fresh finish. 85

2013 Palagetto Vernaccia Santa Chiara:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight mineral note, light floral touch on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit watery finish. 84

2013 Panizzi Vernaccia Panizzi:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, yellow fruity nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, refreshing, good length. 85

2013 Poderi del Paradiso Vernaccia Poderi del Paradiso:
Pale lemon yellow. Spicy, wood notes and sulphur on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 86

2013 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Poggio Alloro:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh and fruity nose. Slightly scented. Fresh acidity, rounded, slightly creamy, fresh, good length. 88

2013 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Il Nicchiaio:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, some sweeter yellow fruits and floral nose. Fresh acidity, rounded, some bitter notes, grapefruit touch, sweet yellow fruits, good length. 88

2013 Rampa di Fugnano Vernaccia Alata:
Pale lemon yellow. Easy going yellow apples nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 86


2013 San Benedetto Vernaccia San Benedetto:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits, some minerals nose, slightly heavier. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, quite refreshing, rounded, bit lively, good length. 88

2013 San Donato Vernaccia San Donato:
Cloudy pale lemon yellow. Shut nose, some yellow fruits and grapefruit. Freshish acidity, rounded, bit shut, 84-85

2013 San Quirico Vernaccia San Quirico:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh, fruity nose. Bit lazy acidity, rounded, easy going. 82

2013 Signano Vernaccia Signano:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples, light nose, lilies of the valley. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, bit more lively palate, fairly refreshing, good length. 85

2013 Signano Vernaccia Poggiarelli:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some sweeter notes, fruity but not that intense nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fairly playful, refreshing, some sweeter notes, quite elegant. 86

2013 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Venaccia Le Calcinaie:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples and light minerals nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, bit easy going but fresh. 84

2013 Tenuta La Vigna Vernaccia Tenuta La Vigna:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits, rounded nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, more playful palate, fairly refreshing, good length. 88


2013 Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Titolato Strozzi:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some yellow fruits, slightly minty nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, bit yellow fruity, good length. 86

2013 Teruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia T&P:
Pale lemon yellow. Some yellow fruits and pears nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, elegant, quite fresh, not to complex. Good length. 87

2013 Tollena Vernaccia Lunario:
Pale lemon yellow. Grapefruit, some almond flowers and ever so slightly raisniny nose. Fresh acidity, sweetish, some bitter and sour notes, bergamot note, good length. 87

2013 Torre Prima Vernaccia Torre Prima:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, almost a bit flinty far back, slightly tropical nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, lively, lemony, quite refreshing, good length. 87

2013 Vagnoni Vernaccia Vagnoni:
Pale lemon yellow. Some honey, wax, peach, slightly deeper nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, bit boring palate, easy going and watery. 78

2012 Cantine Guidi Vernaccia Aurea Vernaccia
Pale lemon yellow. Smoky, spicy and some yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, edgy, not quite together, vanilla, spices and yellow fruit all over the place. 82

2012 Casale Falchini Vernaccia AB Vinea Doni:
Pale lemon yellow. Scented, floral and yellow apples nose, cool feel to it. Fresh acidity, fruity, ripe, mandarin, freshish finish, slightly bitter. 84


2012 Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples and strawberry jam note nose. Fresh acidity, leaner, rounder, seems a bit woody or at least a bit edgy and slightly drying. Good length. 84

2012 La Castellaccia Vernaccia Astrea:
Pale lemon yellow. Wax, honeya nd some yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, waxy and bit heavy, lacks freshness and nuances. 84

2012 Palagetto Vernaccia Ventanni:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some citrus and pears nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, ripe, leaner palate, rounded, bit short. 83

2012 Poderi del Paradiso Vernaccia Biscondola:
Pale lemon yellow. Appley, some pears, bit woody notes on the nose. Freshish acidity, yellow fruity, almost some petroleum, good length. 85

2012 Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Cusona 1933:
Pale lemon yellow. Passion fruit, sweeter notes, fresh and fruity nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going finish, drying wood. 85

2011 Cesani Vernaccia Sanice:
Pale lemon yellow. Some petroleum, pears and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, somewhat lively, waxy and honey finish. 85

2012 Il Palagione Vernacchia Riserva Ori:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples, slightly tutti frutti, ripe nose. Freshish acidity, sweetish, fruit, ripe, good length. 85


2012 La Lastra Vernaccia Riserva:
Pale lemon yellow. Some wood, pears and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, fairly rich, fruity, bit edgy and woody, smoky finish. 86

2012 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Riserva Le Mandorle:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, flinty touch, some yellow fruits, slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, fairly lively, fresh, fruity, rounded, good length. 87

2012 San Donato Vernaccia Riserva Benedetta:
Towards lemon yellow. Apples, yellow plums and a slight tropical note nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, waxy, slightly creamy texture, good length. 86

2012 Signano Vernaccia Riserva La Ginestra:
Cloudy pale lemon yellow. Shut nose, some pears and yellow fruits. Freshish acidity, narrow and woody palate. 83-85

2011 Casa Alle Vacche Vernaccia Riserva Crocus:
Towards lemon yellow. Some yellow fruits, vanilla and wood nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, fairly lively, less oaky palate, creamy texture, good length. 86

2011 Casale Falchini Vernaccia Riserva Vigna a Solatio:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, tropical notes, some petroleum, good length. Fresher finish. 85

2011 Fontaleoni Vernaccia Riserva:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight tropical note and lilies nose. Fresh acidity, softer and riper style, fruity, creamy texture, better balanced wood, good length. 87





2011 Il Colombaio di santa Chiara Vernaccia Riserva L'Albereta:

Towards lemon yellow. Apples, vanilla, woody and lilies nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, more lively palate, quite refreshing finish, good length. 86

2011 San Donato Vernaccia Angelica:
Pale lemon yellow. Wax, honey and some pears nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, waxy palate, fairly fresh finish, good length. 85

2011 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia Vigna ai Sassi:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples and more yellow fruity nose. Freshish acidity, smooth and rounded, could be more nuanced. 86

2011 Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Riserva:
Pale lemon yellow. Passion fruit, pineapple and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, sweetish feel, passion fruit, bit easy gping. 85

2011 Vagnoni Vernaccia Riserva I Mocali:
Pale lemon yellow. Oaky, smoky and spicy nose. Fresh acidity, woody and not fully together, made wine, trying to hard. 84

2010 Palagetto Vernaccia Riserva:
Towards lemon yellow. Some apples, vanilla, bit spicy, some smoke on the nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly refreshing palate, good length. 86

2010 Tollena Vernaccia Riserva Signorina Vittoria:
Lemon yellow. Pears, honey, petroleum, slightly floral, warm summers day, lavendel nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, quite elegant, has fruot to back the structure, some nuances going on in the finish, good length. 89





Chianti Classico 2010 blind tasting with some 09's and one 08 as well


Chianti Classico 2010 blind tasting.

2010 Banfi Chianti Classico Fonte alla Selva
Ruby. Rounded, some fruit, lots of oak on the nose. Possbibly a lightly corked bottle, very flat.

2010 Candialle Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 86

2010 Canonica a Cerreto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some skinnier notes, slightly herbal and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, gentle and soft, bit boring. 84

2010 Casaloste Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented and slight vanilla and anise note on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounder, bit drying coffee notes in finish. 85

2010 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico
Ruby. Leaner nose, some red berries, roses. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, some liquorice, fairly fresh, good length. 86

2010 Castellinuzza e Piuca Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, coffee, some spices, vanilla, adrker fruits and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, quite elegant, fairly fresh finish. 87

2010 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, cassis, leather, cedar, probably some CS in the blend. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, quite clean feel, bit short finish. 86

2010 Concadoro Chianti Classico Cerasi Caravaggio
Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral, quite elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh palate, good length, bit soft. 87

2010 Fattoria di Montemaggio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Coffee and wood spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean palate, simple. 78

2010 Fattoria Le Due Arbie Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented nose, hint of iris. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, softer texture, fairly rounded, good length. 85

2010 Fattoria Poggiopiano Chianti Classico La Tradizione
Ruby. Scented, floral, like chemist's shop nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and fresh, good length. 86

2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some spices, coffee and vanilla over red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, elegant palate, good length. 87

2010 Il Barlettaio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, some cooler fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite elegant and refreshing, good length. 87

2010 Manucci Droandi Chianti Classico Ceppeto
Ruby. Red berries, some spices, fruity, quite intensely scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounder and softer, fairly elegant, but oaky finish. 86

2010 Ormanni Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, floral notes, some vanilla and spices. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, quite soft texture, fairly elegant if a bit short. 84

2010 Pieve di Campoli Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some sweeter notes, somewhat brighter nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly refreshing, bit oaky finish. 85

2010 Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina
Ruby. Some herbal notes, coffee, not to interesting nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, easy going, drying. 77

2010 Poggio Borgoni Chianti Classico Curva del Vescovo
Ruby. Red berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla palate woth more refreshing red berries popping up, good length. 86

2010 Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, deeper fruit, some nettles nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly lively palate, not that complex but refreshing. 85

2010 Rignana Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, bell peppers and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit oaky and biting texture. 84

2010 Terreno Chianti Classico Asofia
Ruby. Vanilla, liquorice and prunes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, anise. 84

2010 Vignole Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, dark berries, liquorice and some vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannina, oaky and spicy, lacks fruit for the structure. 82

2010 Villa a Sesta Chianti Classico Il Palei
Ruby. Herbs, spices and coffee nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded mid palate but oaky finish. 83

2010 Villa di Geggiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, some red berries and cherries nose, liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner palate, anise and vanilla, good length. 85

2010 Villa Trasqua Chianti Classico Evoluto
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, cherries and anise palate, good length. 84


2009 Chianti Classico tasted blind plus one 2008

2009 Castellodi Cacchiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, slight herbal note to freshen it up. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, good length. If a bit warm. 85

2009 Fattoria di Valiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Dark fruits, richer nose, some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, good length. 85

2009 Il Barlettaio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Corked.

2009 Solatione Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes. The wines are getting far to warm and this one still feels fresh. I'm guessing the wines are served at about 22 degrees celcius by now. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, liquorice and anise palate, good length. Bit sweet. 85

2008 Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese
Ruby. Lots of vanilla and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, quite fresh, good length. 85