Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving wines De Lisio Grenache 2004, Mitolo Shiraz GAM 2004, Clos l'Obac 2001, 2004 D'Arenberg Ironstone Pressings
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
1997 Montiano Falesco 95 parker
2000 Solengo Argiano 95 parker
I couldn't take contemporaneous notes on the above but i will say the Montiano had all the great cherry fruit and roundness of a Pomerol, totally pleasure; and the Solengo which was cab merlot and syrah was also round seamless and very complex and silky.
Then opened another purchase from Hart Davis Hart, 2001 Rotllan Torra Tirant Priorat (Parker 96-98) which was superb tonight. Very full of licorice, blueberry, blackberry, road tar, a figgy ripeness with a bit of vanillla, cedar and spring woods too. In short everything from the grapes which are grenache, Cab sauv, carignan *25% each, plus merlot 10%, syrah 15%. the acid and tannin are apparent only on swallowing whereupon they carry a long spicy licorice berry finish. this is what Priorat is all about. It is better than any of the 3 others above but not hugely better than the Montiano or Solengo, and possibly the latter has the potential to get even better. I can imagine the Tirant getting better with another year, developing more bottle bouquet, but that's about it for development and it'll certainly hold for 6-8 more years after that, till maybe 2018.
Lovely birthday party, wonderful to have everyone gathering here in Chapel Hill including Max and Emily, Emily's friends Taylor and Sarah and Jesse, Clay and Inge, Connie, Hans, Dub, Libby, Wib, Charlotte, Bob (Laurie in Guatemala), John, Lucy. Great friends all.
Here's Parker on Tirant: 96-98 points reviewed in 2004
A prodigious effort, the 2001 Tirant is a 9,000-bottle cuvee made from 30% Grenache (90-100 years old), 25% Carignan (90-100 years old), 25% young vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 10% Merlot. Fermented in large oak foudres and aged 12 months in new French oak, it will be bottled with neither fining nor filtration. Inky/purple-colored to the rim, it boasts a spectacular bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, and the region’s classic crushed stone minerality. This full-throttle yet remarkably elegant 2001 possesses tremendous intensity and texture as well as layers of flavor, but comes across as not over the top, overripe, or overly heavy. The 60-second finish reveals more noticeable tannin than the other cuvees. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 10-15. The 2001 Tirant is indeed a special wine.
Jordi Rotllan Torra was one of the pioneers of Priorat having founded this small estate in 1984, long before this now fashionable wine region became world renowned.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
A blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Brilliant ruby red with a purple rim. Dark berry fruit and Christmas cake with some cedar wood undertones and cinnamon. Very round and soft with nice ripe tannins some liquorice and cured cherries. Mouth feel very long and elegant with a nice creamy chocolate flavor.
The 2005 vintage was a bit cooler and drier than average, making our ripening period longer on the noble red cultivars, giving us full ripe fruit with elegant soft tannins.
And I see Parker actually has a review w/89 points, just where I'd put it
2005 Grand Classique - a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc – costs only a few dollars more than their pure Cabernet, and is vastly more interesting and delicious. Stewed blackberries, cassis, cedar, tobacco and juniper berry rise from the glass and saturate the palate in a smooth yet invigorating show. The dark tobacco element – along with a stony suggestion – is especially prominent in the finish, which this vintage (unlike the last) evinces neither heat nor drying. This is in short a seamlessly-rich, intriguing, sensually-satisfying Bordeaux blend to enjoy over the next 3-5 years
Very dark indeed – much more so than most 2003s. Right out to the rim too! Mineral and heady – this smells like one of the most successful wines of this vintage. Succulent and ripe and exotic but not overdone and without a hollow middle. The tannins are a bit dry on the end, which stops it being a top scorer for me, but it’s definitely one of the best 2003s. Flattering and with sufficient freshness – the structure is rather Italian actually! Some bitterness and acidity... I wonder whether this was acidified?