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WSET, London

Tasted January 29, 2009 by rob1869 with 730 views


A great tasting of many profound wines that my notes seem so scarcely to even touch on never mind describe. Apart from the fortifieds my WsOTN were the Baron de Chirel 2004 for its very classy oak treatment and the Pingus 2006 for its superb balance. The El Nido 2006 was just OTT at the moment anyway.

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White - Sparkling
1999 Gramona Cava Celler Batlle Brut Finca Font de Jui Spain, Cava
Light lemon; intense hazelnut, yeasty, slightly oxidised nose; medium body, harmonious, dry, fresh and very long. A little warm on the finish.
2007 Ossian Vinas Viejas Blanco Spain, Castilla y León, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
Light lemon; very ripe citrus and banana with a touch of polish; brightly acidic, medium body, lightly oaked with a caramel finish. Good balance.
1970 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Limpid rusty brown, wide amber rim; lightly speckled with sediment; Old polished wood, wheat cereal, high sweet orange; slightly oxidised. A bit faded on the finish.
1954 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Limpid firm brown, tan rim; intense raisin nose; sweet citrus; medium body leading to a lightly caramlised dry finish. Evolves through the palate.
1949 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
Dark brown, light brown rim. VA nose, high polish; noticeably good acidic structure on the palate; long.
1998 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
Black core, ruby rim. Slightly muted nose of black fruits, light liquorice, dusty coffee, dark chocolate. Intense palate, dry smooth tannin. Long.
2005 Viña Magaña Navarra Calchetas Spain, Navarra
37% Merlot.
Black core, purple rim. Blackberry fruitiness, high menthol, dusty dry tannins, savoury full and rich. Long fruity finish with light toasty oak. The different elements of this blend combine well to make for an intriguing wine.
2004 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Baron de Chirel Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
Dark core, tight ruby rim. Dense dark fruit, brooding dark fruit through the palate. Long deep-noted finish. Impressed by the handling of the oak here, subtler than most other wines in this tasting. 33% new French, rest American.
2006 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla El Nido Spain, Murcia, Jumilla
Black core, purple rim. Coffee-bean sweet; intense full smooth body; very rich long finish. Sweet and chewy. Too much for more than a tasting glassful at this stage.
2005 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero P.S. Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
Black core, purple rim. meaty (I thought mince and tatties!) dark fruit nose; intense full bodied mocha palate; dense dry tannic finish of meaty rich dark fruit.
2006 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
Dark fruit with some strawberry brightness; concentrated; deep tannins, dry but not coarse. Long mid-dark toasty finish. Good balance.
White - Fortified
1979 Gonzalez-Byass Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Finest Dry Palo Cortado Añada Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
Wow! Supremely intense, incredibly long.
White - Sweet/Dessert
N.V. Pérez Barquero Montilla-Moriles La Canada PX Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles
Iodine core, green rim. Figgy, raisined deep savoury total sweetness; monumentally long and gloopy.
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