- Barolo Ravera 2007 (F. Roddolo) Not the familiar Ravera but rather "Ravera di Monforte", which is possibly why the vineyard appears in a tiny font. Whatever, this is the real thing, fragrant tar and roses but a touch of the earth. A little rustic, one might say, yet I feel that is what gives it the sense of being an entirely traditional wine. At first, slightly dull and possibly a bit reductive; a day later it looks and drinks its best. Really good - the sort of wine that is fast disappearing from the planet.
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- Champagne Vieille Vigne de Cramant 2004 (Larmandier-Bernier) Who says low dosage wines do not mature well? This has lovely, chalky chardonnay fruit, carries its years lightly and is entirely elegant. Delicious. Top
- Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 1999 (J-J Prum) What can one say: work of the master. Drinking beautifully.
- Kiedricher Sandgrub Spatlese 1983 (Langwerth von Simmern) Not a grand wine, fully mature, gentle and entirely pleasurable to drink.
- Taylor's Terra Feita Port 2001 I had the Vargellas 01 a while ago: my feeling is this is a bit more voluptuous but a little less intellectual. Nevertheless, it has that attractive Taylor dry strength. Good value. Top
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- SP68 Bianco Tere Siciliane 2016 (Occhipinti) Quite far out on the natural scale, with elderflower fruit and some bruised apple after a while. Rather good of its sort, but still to my taste a bit tiring to drink despite its modest 12% alcohol.
- Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino 2014 (Inama) Also fairly low alcohol at 12.5%, nice fruit and that hint of bitter almonds. Rather attractive - I've always enjoyed this cuve.
- Zinfandel, Ziegler Vineyard 2000 (Joseph swan) Possibly losing intensity a little at this age, but this is still delighful, elegant wine.
- Chateau Leoville Barton 1975 If the answer is 42, then the question must be "how many years should one cellar Claret from a tough, traditional vintage". This is really nice now, all the aggression of the 75 tannins gone and classical, cedary fruit showing well. It is not a great wine but I have a soft spot for it - so I will stretch to a bare
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- Leoville Barton 1975 If the answer is 42, the question might be how many years will it take a decent claret from 1975 to come round. I have had a few of these over the years and this one was not tired like the last I had, but was a delicious, smoky, cedary mature wine. They don't make them like this any more! Bare
- Beaune 1er cru Greves 1998 (Lafarge) This is rather tough, angular, difficult wine. It has a distinct Bovril, meatiness to the fruit. A challenge, but rewarding. It is hard to see where it is is going.
- Masieri 2011 (La Biancara di Angiolino Maule) Very much the "natural wine" character of bruised apples, although the label claims it contains sulfites. Whatever, for me there are too many of this sort of not really enjoyable examples and it puts me off natural white wines.
- Morgon Cote du Py 2015 (Jean Foillard) On the other hand this, from an estate which I believe tends towards "natural", is comppletely delicious with lovely, silky, beautifully balanced fruit. A treat. Bare
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