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TN: Chapoutier, Lafleur Petrus, Musar, Tondonia, Spring Mt.

Notes from yesterday’s lunch...

  • 2009 Bodega Fundada Rías Baixas - Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas
    Tasted blind - light yellow in colour. Pronounced nose of citrus fruits, green apple and hints of wood. Flavours of tropical and citrus fruits with medium acidity and a medium body. A lively wine with a pleasant tartness on the medium length finish. A nice refreshing aromatic white. Very good. (89 pts.)

  • 2006 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
    Medium yellow/gold in colour. Pronounced nose of honey, wood and oxidized apples. Oily and viscous mouth feel with flavours of roasted citrus fruits, oak and more honey. Hints of spice and nuts as well. Medium to full bodied. Rich and complex. Very tasty now but will age and improve I think. Excellent. 91+ (91 pts.)

  • 1999 M. Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie Les Bécasses - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
    Tasted blind – light to medium ruby in colour with a slight brownish/orange hue at the rim. Beautiful nose of spice, dark red fruits, burnt rubber, smoke and hints of earthy funk. Soft and silky in the mouth with perfectly balanced acidity and tannin. Hints of black liquorice coming through on the lengthy finish. This is drinking very well right now but there is no rush. Excellent. (92 pts.)

  • 1993 Château La Fleur-Pétrus - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
    Tasted blind - medium ruby red in colour showing some age near the rim. After a few sniffs nobody guessed anything but Bordeaux for this one. I guessed left bank. Nose of bell pepper, plums, red currants and hints of tobacco. Similar on the palate with soft tannins and balanced acid. My only complaint is I find it a little thin on the palate. A very nice and fully mature Pomerol. Drink now. Very good. (89 pts.)

  • 2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series - Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Valley, Okanagan Valley VQA
    Tasted blind - most youthful looking red yet. Deep ruby red and bright at the rim. Oaky nose with loads of vanilla and ripe dark fruits. Similar on the palate. Soft in the mouth yet quite a bit of structure. Big and fruit forward with a lot of oak treatment. A decent wine that will probably develop quite well once the oak has integrated but this just isn’t a style that I’m a big fan of. Some people seemed to enjoy it more than I did. Average. (84 pts.)

  • 1993 Chateau Musar - Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
    Tasted blind - medium ruby in colour showing lots of age towards the rim. Developed nose of rhubarb, dried papaya and red cherries. The profile here is subtly ripe and not over the top and it has developed beautifully. Sweeter red fruits and tobacco on the palate with pleasant acidity and resolved tannins. Drinking perfectly now and I don’t see anything to be gained by holding any longer. Excellent. (90 pts.)

  • 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
    Tasted blind - medium to deep ruby red moving to a brown/orange rim. Developed nose of stewed cherries and sweet plums with hints of leather and earth. Sweeter profile, not unlike the Musar, but this has more acidity. Some green notes coming through on the finish. Drink or hold. Excellent. (90 pts.)

  • 1998 Kay Brothers Shiraz Amery Vineyards - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
    Tasted blind - deep ruby in colour. Loads of sweet dark fruit on the nose with hints of asphalt and herbal notes. Big in mouth with more dark fruits, black liquorice and well integrated oak. Loads of tannin and acidity here. Quite a bit of sediment in my glass. A tasty wine with plenty of time left but no shame in drinking now either. Very good. (88 pts.)

  • 1994 Spring Mountain Vineyard Miravalle-Alba-Chevalier - USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
    Tasted blind – deep ruby red in colour. Bordeaux-like nose of bell pepper, red and black currants and subtle earthy notes. From nose, I was guessing left bank Bordeaux, but once I tasted the wine I was thinking otherwise. Sweeter fruit on the palate with similar red and black fruits, but with more ripeness than the nose. Not as ripe or sweet as the previous wines though. In a good spot now and I don’t see it getting any better. Very good. (89 pts.)

  • 2007 Bischofliches Konvikt Ayler Kupp Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
    Tasted blind - Pale yellow-green in colour. Nose has me thinking Riesling with lemon and lime notes and slight hints of petrol and minerality. In the mouth much of the same with lots of acidity and a lengthy finish. Youthful and fresh on both the nose and palate. An extremely refreshing wine. Can be enjoyed now for its youthfulness and freshness or laid down for years. Very good. (89 pts.)
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