Our 90s Wine Club night on November 4th was great fun. We had eight wines open for tasting that received 90 points or more from Robert Parker, Wine Spectator or The Peñin Guide. The wines we chose were:
2011 Greywacke Wild Sauvignon (New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc)
2010 Grosset Off Dry Watervale Riesling (Australia – Clare valley)
2010 Pian dell’ Orino Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany – 100% Sangiovese)
2010 AN/2 (Majorca – a blend of local grapes (Callet, Mantonegre, Fogeneu) with some Syrah)
2010 Clos Mogador (Spain – Priorat. Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cariñena)
2010 El Reventon (Spain – Castilla y León. 100% Garnacha)
2006 Leoville Barton Saint-Julien (Bordeaux, Medoc. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc)
2003 GD Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo (Italy, Piedmont. 100% Nebbiolo).
They all showed well, with the El Reventon getting the most first preferences on the night. The Off Dry Riesling was also a hit, surprising most people with its accessibility. We opened the Leoville Barton because Robert parker said it was too young to open and, while he has a point, it was still drinking well but will obviously become even better with a few more years’ cellaring. It suffers from the same problem a lot of top Bordeaux wines have – by the time it’s at its best there will be none available.