Mid week 27 29 July

Interesting re the isole e olena 18. I have a case of the 16 which I’ve had 1 or 2 of and they are much lighter and refined than the 18 sounds. Tried one alongside the querciabella 16 and the q was the bigger wine.

I’ve had the Carleone and Caffagio 18 and both were great, but looks like you need to pick and choose. Abv probably a good indicator? 14.0% tops?
Two Rieslings which went excellently with Indian food

  • 2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (Golden Capsule) - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (30/7/2021)
    A little smoky on the nose, slightly more austere and felt heavier than the Willi Schaefer. Well-made but a little mechanical.
  • 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (30/7/2021)
    Wanted to check in on the hype behind the 2019 vintage and am rather disappointed that it is very much warranted - this had so much to say as a young wine. Very pale colour, some peaches and slight mint note at the start before the zesty acidity kicked in. Even in its infancy this had so much complexity and balance, clean fruit and purity. Love Willi Schaefer.

Can I cheat and add some wines enjoyed last week whilst away - apologies for the long list!

We stayed with some friends at their house in the Cotswolds and then ensconced ourselves in a nice hotel, the Double Red Duke.
It has a pretty good wine list though with perhaps a higher mark up than I'd like. Service was excellent and I had some nice chats with the bar manager / somm.
Food was good with Richard Turner from Hawksmoor involved, though a single rib eye steak on the first night was overdone, a shared prime rib the next night was superb.

A couple of wines not listed below I took to our friends included 2017 Guy Breton Morgon P'tit Max and Red 2016 Ktima Foundi Xinomavro Naoussea which were both enjoyed and consistent with previous notes. The Beaujolais in particular was perfect slightly chilled on a hot afternoon with some proper BBQ

  • 2020 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels - Germany, Rheinhessen (7/16/2021)
    Wanted to give this an early test drive and enjoyed on a scorching hot day out in Cotswolds

    Obviously very young at this stage, barely off the plane / truck from Germany. It already speaks to lovely things though with a nose and palate of ripe pear, custard apple, a youthful really zingy green acidity (if acidity can have colour) and a long long finish

    This has the components to be really great and is a good QPR - even despite the Brexit induced import hassle (92 pts.)
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  • 2016 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin (7/18/2021)
    Enjoyed off the list whilst staying at the Double Red Duke hotel.

    Served in a large pinot noir bowl (Nude stem zero) that really did its job here - a wonderful expressive nose - red fruit, strawberry, raspberry, a hint of sloe

    Palate is quite rich, delivers the fruit from the nose, some stems in the mix too. Nice and sappy with a rich structure and velvety tannins

    Lovely stuff (92 pts.)
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  • NV Taittinger Prelude - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (7/18/2021)
    BTG with my wife at the Double Red Duke hotel

    Not had this cuvee before.

    Quite a strong mousse, flavours of juicy green apple, pink grapefruit, lemon zest, but not too sharp
    Balanced finish with acidity rounded out by the body (90 pts.)
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  • 2018 Castello della Sala (Antinori) Umbria Cervaro della Sala - Italy, Umbria (7/19/2021)
    Glass via Coravin at the Double Red Duke hotel

    First time trying this Umbrian chardonnay and rather enjoyed it

    Nose of vanilla, coconut, pineapple, green lemon, lemon grass - all quite exotic but still fresh

    Palate delivers on the nose but there is a lovely lightness to this too - very balanced. (92 pts.)
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  • NV Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Cuvée No. 743 - France, Champagne (7/19/2021)
    Bottle enjoyed with my wife at the Double Red Duke hotel

    This is interesting
    Nose of hazelnuts, baked bread, some ripe apple and apricot.
    Relatively light mousse and quite advanced on the palate, almost some fino esque olive brie in the background, but felt correct and overall quite delicious.

    My wife liked it which is key! (92 pts.)
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And yes - every wine should get 92 points!
Had to search Ktima on the forum and post something as I’ve rarely come across a non-corked wine I disliked as much as this. Thin, acidic, tomatoey, overly tannic. Slightly better with food but only because the food hides its deficiencies (for me - but Peta loved it and I expect Tom B will say it sounds fabulous).

I’m a big fan of the Jeunes Vignes on the TWS list and as someone says in the TWS reviews this is the polar opposite. And look on cellar tracker and it really divides opinion with plenty of rapturous reviews to be fair. Basically it’s a prime candidate for a palate calibration exercise.
This is Chianti with blacked out windows and over-sized alloy wheels. Plush, fruity, and all together too sure of itself, with the 14.5% very evident on the finish. I don’t think I’ve had this since the ‘14, and it now seems much less to my taste.
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Hi Geoff, just wondering if the Isole got a day 2 outing? Be interesting to know if there is any improvement after 24 hours.
JP Brun Beaujolais Le Ronsay 2019 opened last night to accompany pork escalopes with a creamy and mushroom sauce. This is his take on low sulphur/natural wine. Bright fruited - cherry, cranberry - and refreshingly uncomplicated.

Popped over to Raimes this afternoon for a quick taste of a couple of bits. We had a glass of their 2015 Classic (Chardonnay/PM/PN) and 2016 BdB. The classic has gained some weight in the past year and is fabulous - broad but elegant, white flowers, spice... The BdB was a treat too. Apparently this is their first release and is in stark contrast to Hattingley's 2013 (both are made at the same winery) which on recent bottles is serviceable. The Raimes is properly serious - tight at this stage but clearly great material and loads of room for development. I picked up 2 for the cellar, 3 of the Classic and 1 of the pink for sometime soon...
Hi Geoff, just wondering if the Isole got a day 2 outing? Be interesting to know if there is any improvement after 24 hours.
No day 2 note, but had a glass tonight, day 3, and that suggested some cause for optimism. Still completely fresh, but with added interest in the form of citrus pith, anise and a herbal character. It still finishes hot (too much so for me), but it is now much more obviously Italy, rather than - say - Barossa. I won’t be backing up the truck, but I wouldn’t be panicking if I owned more.