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28/02/1997 (TNB)

Gaja, presented by Lay & Wheeler, Edinburgh 26/02/1997 (TNB)

23/02/1997 (TNB)

21/02/1997 (TNB)

19/02/1997 (TNB)

17/02/1997 (TNB)

CU Blind Tasting Team 16/02/1997 (RJB)

16/02/1997 (TNB)

15/02/1997 (RJB)

OFW White Burgundy (mainly 94) 05/02/1997 (TNB)

with TNB 03/02/1997 (RJB)

02/02/1997 (TNB)

02/02/1997 (RJB)

The Diary - February 1997

28/02/1997 (TNB)

  • Barbera d'Alba 93 (Sandrone) Lacks the slightly cheesy nose I remember last time. Just lots of nice blackberry fruit, with good length. Nice food wine. 88
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Gaja, presented by Lay & Wheeler, Edinburgh 26/02/1997 (TNB)

  • Alteni di Brassica, Sauv. Blanc 94 (Gaja) Gooseberry nose, concentrated fruit, New worldish vanillan flavours, but plenty of grip and good length. 87. (22.50)
  • Gaja & Rey Chardonnay 94 (Gaja) Slightly melony - again, New worldy. Good acidity. 89 (44.95)
  • Promis Vino de Tavola 93 (Gaja) Tuscan - 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cab sauv. Freshly sawn planks type of oakyness (seems to be a Gaja speciality). Medium weight - quite dry, austere. 84 (14.65)
  • Sitorey 93 Vino de Tavola (Gaja) 100% Barbera. Quite tannic for the grape. Fruity, longish, and again that "planky" edge. 86 (16.94)
  • Sito Moresco 92 (Gaja) 85% Nebbiolo, 10% Merlot, 5% Barbera. Another accessible medium priced wine for the restaurant trade. Round fruit, quite a lot of tannins. Good food wine perhaps. 85. (14.95)
  • Darmagi Cab Sauv 93 (Gaja) Good dense colour, slightly leafy blackcurrent fruit. Finish not that strong. Apparantly, not the best vintage. 86
  • Barabaresco 93 (Gaja) Good healthy colour, tar and roses nose, but not forthcoming. Full flavoured, but quite dry. Good length and fruit. 91 (44.95)
  • Brunello di Montalcino 90 (Gaja) Made by previous owners (Gaja purchased this estate in 94. Full fruit, bt a bit one-dimensional perhaps. 87 (36.95)
  • Barolo Sperss 91 (Gaja) Again, good colour and quite long, a bit anonymous, to me at least. 89. (46.75)
  • Barbaresco 61 (Gaja) Amazingly good colour and fruit. Slightly rustic bacon fat, and plenty of floral scents. Is aging very gracefully, but perhaps "very good" more than "great".
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23/02/1997 (TNB)

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21/02/1997 (TNB)

  • Madiran, Domaine Pichard, 85 Smokey, leafy blackcurrent fruit. Good healthy youngish colour. Quite acidic, not so tannic. Quite pleasant, but not overwhelming. 84.
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19/02/1997 (TNB)

  • Gewurtztraminer Kessler 89 (Schlumberger) Substantial wine, definitely at least "demi-sec", with bags of rose petal fruit. Finish perhaps seems only moderate because the mid-palate is so strong. Easily mistaken for a VT. Seems ready to drink. 89.
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17/02/1997 (TNB)

  • Champagne 89 Pannier Co-op champagne from Oddbins -- quite weighty -- really fairly good!
  • Pommard Rugiens 87 (Lejeune) Lovely ripe sweet fruit - rustic rather than elegant - the amazingly "boiled sweet" flavours I remember from a bottle a few years ago have matured into something extremely drinkable. 90.
  • Le Pergole Torte 88 (Monte Vertine) Another vintage of this rather classy Sangiovese supertuscan. Almost honeyed overlay on the first class brambley fruit. Not quite the weight of the 83, but classy. 90.
  • Coteaux de Layon 70 (Ravoin-Cesbron) From the Wine Society - almost dry, honeyed grapefruit. Pleasant but fairly straightforward drinking. 86.
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CU Blind Tasting Team 16/02/1997 (RJB)

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16/02/1997 (TNB)

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15/02/1997 (RJB)

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OFW White Burgundy (mainly 94) 05/02/1997 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 05/02/1997   Return to top

with TNB 03/02/1997 (RJB)

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02/02/1997 (TNB)

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02/02/1997 (RJB)

  • Cru de Coudoulet 1986 Rather hot and lacking fruit - signs of something a bit more interesting underneath, but is it hidden forever? 84
  • Chateau Musar 1980 Some liquorice and floral aromas. Simple, mature wine that's not going anywhere (although Musar does have a reputation for coming back from the grave). 85
  • Delatite Late Picked Rhine Riesling 1985 Woody petrol, with shades of browning apple. Not as good as previous bottles, but pleasant enough. 85
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