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? […]
Warren Winiarski’s gentle “water wine” Cab, the single vineyard FAY 2003 was superb last night with NYC’s Tessa herb-crusted roast chicken. But how long will the wonderful, structured wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, true icons of Napa winemaking, continue? Are the the new owners taking these exceptional wines commercial?