Best American rosé so far, Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016, Russian River Valley, though admittedly the competition’s pretty thin.
Oh, why did I open this wine? A moment of impatient madness, looking for something super to drink last night. What a waste! A good wine? Yes, more than that, a potentially great wine. But ready to drink? No, even after 9 years it was still 5 to 10 away from its full glory. And […]
Super dinner at Balfour Castle, Orkney, concluded with a generous dram of Highland Park 1968. bottled two years ago not because it was fading, even after 48 years, but because it’s alcohol was in danger of slipping below the legal minimum of 40%. Still packed with citrus fruit – apricots, pineapples and pears – along […]
On opening the Clos de Vougeot, 2003 from Nicolas Potel showed a glorious Pinot nose of wet leaves mingled with images bright red fruit. Unfortunately, it turned out the whole show was a little too bright. In the mouth it was acidic and tight, totally unyielding, way too young. At 15 years! “What to do? […]