Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve 2007

75 points

Amyndeon, Greece. 14%

Lighter colour than I expected. Perhaps the huge pretentious bottle gave me the idea it might be a bit of a blockbuster.

Prune flavours swimming in acid. It’s hard to be charitable about this wine. Hopefully it’s a bad bottle.

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Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

85 points

Tasmania, Australia. 13%

Very well made, finely judged wine. Dark fruits, restrained sweetness, nice balance. The flavour sweetness balance puts it into the very top league of Australian Pinot.

I’d give it higher points if it had greater concentration, but this is an early drinking wine. For light, or no food. A very good advertisement for Tamar Ridge’s more expensive bottlings.

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Chateau Haut-Batailley 1996

91 points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 13%

A fine aged claret. A green seam, somewhat vegetal rather than floral but it still sits well with the savoury ripe fruit flavours. There is a warm creaminess about this wine, the tannins are ripe but it’s classic in structure quite different from the super- ripe vintages.

I wonder how many years this has ahead of it. 10 I’d guess. Though I don’t think it will gain much.

Very very good but not the very best of 1996.

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