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An Oddbins Fine Wine tasting 29/02/2004 (TNB)

Some miscellaneous recent drinking 23/02/2004 (TNB)

22/02/2004 (RJB)

Wynns at Oddbins Fine Wine 22/02/2004 (TNB)

At D.L.'s 22/02/2004 (TNB)

Wine groups Xmas dinner 02/02/2004 (TNB)

Californian evening at Harvey Nichols 02/02/2004 (TNB)

MS's 40th birthday bash - the Old Bridge, Huntingdon 02/02/2004 (RJB)

The Diary - February 2004

An Oddbins Fine Wine tasting 29/02/2004 (TNB)

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Some miscellaneous recent drinking 23/02/2004 (TNB)

  • Rulandske Sede Kabinet 1999 (Michlovsky) Moravia is very close to Austria and it ought to be possible to make good wine here. Judging by this, there's a way to go. This Pinot Gris has reasonable fruit (without particular varietal character) but a sort of slightly sour roughness that reminds me of how some French country wine used to be! No Stars
  • Tokaji Aszu 3 puttonyos 1993 (Chateau Megyer) Brown sugar, apricot jam, a bit of botrytis: a nicely elegant fresh wine that slips down a treat. ***
  • Cote Rotie La Landonne 1991 (Rostaing) Intense raspberry nose, with coffee and liquorice too on the palate. Pretty fine wine, if perhaps a shade clumsy. Top ***
  • Chateau d'Issan 1986 Elegant, stylish, cedary, completely evolved, no hurry to drink. It is lightweight but is very charming. Luncheon claret certainly and pleasant to drink something that doesn't shout at you. Nothing could more clearly indicate the difference between Broadbent (who gives it ***) and Parker (who gives it 77/100). I am mainly with the former but it is pretty lightweight so I will restrict myself to saying it is a rather good **
  • Bandol Migoua 1998 (Tempier) Lovely nose, mineral, succulent tannins, lovely ripe fruit and a touch of chocolate. This is already lovely and will improve. One could though almost worry sometimes that this vintage in the Southern Rhone and Provence is too fruity and immediate for long-term greatness. ***(*)
  • Sauvignon blanc 2002 (Kanu) South Africa Sauv blanc: nicely made, not too vegetal, reasonable balance. *
  • Cote-Rotie Cuvee du Plessy 1997 (G. Barge) At first quite meaty but with a bit of air some Cote Rotie perfume emerged. Quite open, forward wine with attractive fruit and a peppery finish. For drinking over the next five or so years I guess. Honest, unforced wine - I like it! ***
  • Prosecco NV (Villa Sandi) Slightly sweet and a bit dull - pretty ordinary. A decent No Stars
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22/02/2004 (RJB)

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Wynns at Oddbins Fine Wine 22/02/2004 (TNB)

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At D.L.'s 22/02/2004 (TNB)

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Wine groups Xmas dinner 02/02/2004 (TNB)

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Californian evening at Harvey Nichols 02/02/2004 (TNB)

  • Marsanne 2002 (Qupe) Authentic Marsanne - flat palate but mouthfilling. A touch foursquare. Top *
  • Viognier 2000 (Bonny Doon) Unfortunate toffeed nose dominates. Rich nectarine fruit - but quite a slug of oak. Very new wave. Good in a way but not quite my sort of thing. ** - grudgingly.
  • Chardonnay Les Noisetiers 2000 (Kistler) Rich buttery fruit on the nose with tropical hints but controlled. Good acidity and balance despite its size. Intense and long. Top ***
  • Geyserrille 2000 (Ridge) Milky blackberry fruit. Quite big and tannic. Old vine texture. Good stuff. **(*)
  • Cigar Volante 2000 (Bonny Doon) Fruit a touch soft on the nose. Nice medicinal Grenache fruit. Good acidity - although still a touch sweet on the finish. It's quite good but I feel one is tasting the winemaking as much as the terroir. Good **
  • Merlot, Stag's Leap 2000 (Shafer) Fine fruitcake nose (a sort of essence of a component of the Claret nose) - earthy palate and a touch of chocolate. Rather good. Needs a few years. ***
  • Auxey-Duresses 1999 (Comte Armande) Quite intense, dry and savoury (particularly after the Californians), decent length. Pleasant. **
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MS's 40th birthday bash - the Old Bridge, Huntingdon 02/02/2004 (RJB)

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