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A taste of tradition 06/08/2017 (TNB)

  • 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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Recent wines 05/08/2017 (TNB)

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Recent wines 28/07/2017 (TNB)

  • 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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