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2009 Dominio de Tares Bierzo Cepas Viejas Mencía
9/25/2013 - davestenton wrote:
The Dirty Dozen Tasting 2013 (Il Botaccio, London): Blue fruit and vanilla oak. Surprisingly fresh and mineral on the palate (cf. previous vintages) with good depth of fruit and the oak well integrated. 17/20.
  • davestenton commented:

    1/7/14, 1:47 AM - Hi Harley: my surprise was that this specific wine showed as fresh and mineral; previously I've found the Cepas Viejas a little too oaky/extracted for my tastes. I'll edit the note to make this a little clearer.

  • davestenton commented:

    1/7/14, 3:30 AM - Hi Harvey: we're pretty well stocked with Bierzo wines in London - although, personally, I tend to prefer the fresher style of mencia from Ribeira Sacra. Your reference to a 'crisis' is interesting; I wasn't aware of that and assumed it was a region that was doing well - it's certainly talked about a lot in the wine media.

  • davestenton commented:

    1/7/14, 5:26 AM - Thanks for the tip - will keep an eye out for them.

    Looks like Berry Bros have some Dom. Lamarche available by the bottle.

  • davestenton commented:

    1/7/14, 5:51 AM - Yes, Berry Bros = BBR. Good luck tracking down a bottle!

2004 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/30/2013 - davestenton wrote:
The Sampler Summer Tasting 2013 (The Sampler, South Kensington): Dark fruit with a slightly roasted quality on the nose. Then a lovely fresh palate with some dusty tannins. Classic claret. 16.5/20.
  • davestenton commented:

    6/30/13, 2:26 PM - Hi Harley: that window looks about right to me - although if I had some bottles I might be tempted to try one slightly earlier, say mid-2016

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/6/2013 - davestenton wrote:
Roberson Spanish Walkabout Tasting (Roberson, High Street Kensington, London): Cherry, vanilla and (unusually for Rioja?) limestone. Sweet entry. Much finer - and riper - tannin. Taut and focussed. A little tart but it should ease off. Fresh and elegant. 16.5+/20. 2016+
  • davestenton commented:

    6/14/13, 12:10 AM - Hi Harley:

    I use this scale (taken from

    20 - Truly exceptional
    19 - A humdinger
    18 - A cut above superior
    17 - Superior
    16 - Distinguished
    15 - Average, a perfectly nice drink with no faults but not much excitement

    If there's a + that means I think the wine will improve once it reaches its drinking window.

  • davestenton commented:

    6/14/13, 2:04 AM - I actually gave all three wines slightly different scores: Ardanza 04 is 16+, so potentially a 16.5 (by 2015). I rated the 904 2001 16.5+, so potentially 17 (by 2016). And I scored the 890 1995 16.5 as I don't see it improving.

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