Monthly blind tasting notes
2005 William Fevre Chablis 1er ‘Montee de Tonnerre’ – citrus, mineral and menthol hints in the nose, and a sweet impression in midpalate, but a clean dry finish.
1999 Jadot Beaune 1er – good colour, a nose that could be pinot but could be something else – it didn’t shout out it’s ‘pinot-ness’. Smooth wine with slightly high acidity, drinking well.
2002 Dom. Ch. de Chorey Beaune Vignes Franches VV – slight warmth in this sweet Ribena nose, along with some spice. Full bodied, ripe and enjoyable.
2002 Ch. La Martine Cahors Cuvee Particuliere – 90% Malbec and 10% tannat, this was a serious wine with dark colour, ripe sweet nose of spice and currant, tons of soft tannin and a nice lingering finish. Good show.
1996 Teldeschi Petite Sirah Dry Creek – a stalky cab style nose and as big well structured wine left us guessing just about anything BUT PS. Decent wine, no rush.
1999 Sean Thackrey Orion Old Vines – Another poser as it showed a dark wine with huge sweet slightly tarry nose with a metallic (not bad) notes. It was sweet and a tad simple in the mouth, well structured and medium long. I wonder what this will do with a bit more time?
1999 Kenwood Jack London Cabernet – vinyl hints in the nose of this fairly dark wine, resolved tannin, decent fruit and medium length. OK, but nothing like the old style Jack Londons. Everyone though this wine was significantly older than the next wine that I poured – they wouldn’t have made that mistake with an old JL!
1992 Beringer Private Selection Cabernet – sweeter riper mocha blackberry nose much more attractive (to me, anyway) than the Kenwood, a smooth entry into a wine with significant soft tannin and tons of flavour, with good length. I liked this a lot, which is a good thing, as this is the first bottle of a half case I have that I’ve opened since I bought it on release. No rush, at peak now. I have this in 91, 92, 93 and 94 – a vertical may be in order.
2004 Rivera Castel del Monte Puer Apuliae – made from Nero di Troia (add one more grape to my life list) the wine was still purple at the edges with a nose of sweet cassis, and great legs. Sweet fruit on palate and mellow in the mouth despite significant tannin. Lots of flavour concentration at the end. Interesting and meritorious wine.