2001 Clarendon Hills, Blewitt Springs Vineyard, Old Vines Grenache, Clarendon, Australia: Brilliant dark ruby, fat tears, no sediment. Sweet red currant nose, young and concentrated. Plump body, concentrated red currant again, bit sweet bitter, acidity well hidden, tannins very soft but persistent. Very long finish, soft velvety tannins linger. There seems room for development. Reminds me to some degree of the 1999 Beaux Freres, Pinot Noir and also the 2000 Charvin CdP - somewhere in between. Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 12 for bouquet + 16 for taste + 8 for overall = total score of 90. Not blind. Double decanted shortly before tasting. Small ISO standard tasting glass
1990 Scavino, Bric del Fiasc, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy: Medium garnet, very brilliant, fat tears, some fine floating and good deal of tartaric sediment. Spiky ascending cool alcoholic nose, slightly mineral note, quite mature. Medium body, good dose of acidity, decent dark fruit, prominent tannins. Long finish, persistent tannins, quite austere. Not to drink stand alone, very good with some braised meat with vegetables, curious excellent match with blueberries, OK with chocolate.
Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 13 for bouquet + 17 for taste + 8 for overall = total score of 92.
Not blind. Decanted shortly before tasting. Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass.
1998 Scavino, Bric del Fiasc, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy: Dark garnet with brownish touch, clear, dense tears. Slightly over ripe nose, plums, bit earth and tar. Plump body, well balanced, rather fruity for a Barolo, good acidity and surprisingly soft tannins, slightly hot. Good finish, fine fruity acidity and soft tannins. This is nice to drink even when young.
Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 13 for bouquet + 17 for taste + 7 for overall = total score of 91.
From memory. Not blind. Not decanted. Small ISO standard tasting glass