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?
Benefizio, Castello di Pomino, Pomino Bianco Riserva 2012, Frescobaldi Golden color and infused with deeply complex interlacing ribbons of minerality, not a cocktail wine, but bring on the roast pork, or chicken in a mushroom cream sauce. Ah, of course! I’ve just checked the small print on the back label, and it’s Chardonnay! Not Burgundy, […]
Trimbach Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre 2008, $46, bone dry, RS of just 1.8, half that of most California Chardonnays, but so packed with luscious tropical fruit it tasted like more. Absolutely à point now – how many dry white wines can last 8 years? – it was just beginning to acquire hints of funkiness […]