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Jeremy Oliver / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Henchke Hill of Grace 2015 /"Effortlessly long, smooth and supple, this polished and uber-restrained shiraz unfolds a musky, peppery and faintly meaty bouquet of mulberries, cassis, dark plums, cedar/vanilla oak and paprika backed by suggestions of cola and sweet floral notes. Flaunting its rare restraint and finesse, it reveals layers of pristine translucently clear dark red, blue and black berry flavours supported by a refined, ultra-fine spine of loose-knit tannins and knit with creamy, cedary, cigarboxy oak, building in weight and lasting forever. A very different, distinctive Hill of Grace of exceptional quality and charm."

11h 20min ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW/ BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  19 Producers 

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 2016 /
An expressive Romanee-Conti with great exuberance, intensity and complexity. This is a brilliant vintage for DRC and the Romanee-Conti in this vintage is suprisingly open at this stage. The wine combines everything one would want in a great Burgundy wine – delicacy, purity, depth, complexity, length and seductive flavors. 99 points

1d 12h ago

Markus Del Monego MW / BWW2024 Finalist, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Montepeloso is a discovery from this year's Prowein fair. The winery itself lies in the Maremma region of Tuscany, set back from the Tyrrhenian coast and close to the mediaeval town of Suvereis. The estate has 30 hectares with partly terraced vineyards, spread across gently undulating slopes between 50 and 200 metres above sea level. The coastal influence and the surrounding macchia make it a very special terroir complemented by a soil rich in minerals, characterized by the Silex the scaly Scaglia Toscana (fossilized clay). 

2d 7h ago

Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines and Champagne Magazine, Wine Writer (Finland)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The Gaja Barbaresco 1958 was made made by Angelo Gaja’s father, Giovanni—before the DOC rules were put in place in 1966, so there is no DOC on the label. Angelo remarked that all the 1958 Nebbiolo would have had some Barbera included at that time. And if you do find a bottle of 1958 on the market, there are several different labels, because the wines were bottled to order over a period of something like 14 years, and during this time the labels changed. In those days, there was no single-cru concept, and Angelo’s father Giovanni bottled different lots of this wine, labeling his best blend of the best plots “Infernot.”

4d 10h ago

Essi Avellan MW / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Finland)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  4 Producers 

“This vintage Krug 2008 is painfully slow to age. Its sumptuous nose comes with layers of baked apple, bitter almonds, smoke, dried flowers, acacia honey and buttery biscuits. The palate is viscous with oily qualities, yet tightly knit and stylishly refreshed by the wine’s accentuated, steely acidity. The nose is developing, but the palate has hardly moved since release. It comes with the structure for ageing, deserving further time. 

5d 7h ago

Markus Del Monego MW / BWW2024 Finalist, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  3 Producers 

A stunning tasting of four noble sweet wines showed very individual characters for three classic styles. 

6d 6h ago

James Suckling / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  17 Producers 

Niepoort Redoma Reserva Branco 2021 / Mineral, lemon, lime and flint on the nose. Reductive and fascinating. Medium to full body with creamy texture. Lemon rind and curd. Some nougat and stone. Flavorful and driven finish. Drink or hold. 94p

6d 7h ago

Allison Tauziet / Colgin Cellars, Wine Maker (United States)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The 1999 “Cariad” marked Colgin’s first bottling of a Cabernet-based blend from this gravelly site in the hills west of Saint Helena. A powerful nose of plum, gravel, and black pepper immediately entice the senses. Strong black cherry and raspberry aromas with a hint of sweet tobacco leaf combine to create a beautifully balanced wine. Concentrated yet soft fruit tannins give this wine a voluptuous texture. The 1999 “Cariad” offers a seductive experience with a long silky finish and persistent structure, ensuring the wine will continue to age beautifully.

A cool, prolonged spring gave way to a mild summer where a balanced season unfolded. A sole heat event occurred in the first part of July, permitting the 1999 vintage to experience a lengthy maturation under rather ideal conditions. Harvest commenced following a weekend of intense heat in late September, continuing through October, and concluding the first week of November, due to the temperate nature of the season as a whole. The resulting wines possess impressive concentration and a strong backbone of acidity.

7d 2h ago

Izak Litwar / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Denmark)  had a tasting of  82 Wines  from  59 Producers 

St. Emilion has been an astonishingly successful district in 2023, enjoying great consistency with several potential candidates to earn the title "wine of the vintage." And many other wines aren't bad, either!Here are the best wines:

8d 6h ago

Cheval Blanc 2021, Château Cheval Blanc
Le Petit Cheval Blanc 2021, Château Cheval Blanc
Cheval Blanc 2023, Château Cheval Blanc
Le Petit Cheval Blanc 2023, Château Cheval Blanc
Chapelle Ausone 2023, Château Ausone
Château Ausone 2023, Château Ausone
Virginie de Valandraud 2023, Château Valandraud
Château de Valandraud 2023, Château Valandraud
Le Carillon d'Angélus 2021, Château Angelus
Château Angelus 2023, Château Angelus
Le Carillon d'Angélus 2023, Château Angelus
Château Angelus 2021, Château Angelus
Château Angelus 2000, Château Angelus
La Dominique 2023, La Dominique
Croix Canon 2023, Château Canon
Château Canon 2023, Château Canon
Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2023, Château Canon-La-Gaffelière
Château La Serre 2023, Château La Serre
Château Clos des Jacobins 2023, Clos des Jacobins
Château Grand-Mayne 2023, Château Grand-Mayne
Château de Figeac 2021, Château de Figeac
Château de Figeac 2020, Château de Figeac
Château de Figeac 2023, Château de Figeac
Château Corbin 2021, Château Corbin
Château Corbin 2023, Château Corbin
Château Corbin 2020, Château Corbin
Château Corbin 2022, Château Corbin
Château Laroze 2023, Château Laroze
Le Dôme 2023, Le Dome
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2023, Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2021, Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse
Clos Fourtet 2023, Clos Fourtet
Quinault l'Enclos 2021, Quinault l'Enclos
Quinault l'Enclos 2023, Quinault l'Enclos
Château La Couspade 2023, Château La Couspade
Tertre Roteboeuf 2022, Château Tertre Roteboeuf
Tertre Roteboeuf 2023, Château Tertre Roteboeuf
Vieux Château Mazerat 2023, Château Teyssier
Château Teyssier 2023, Château Teyssier
Château La Tour Figeac 2023, Château La Tour Figeac
Château Corbin-Michotte 2018, Château Corbin-Michotte
Château Corbin-Michotte 2021, Château Corbin-Michotte
Château Corbin-Michotte 2023, Château Corbin-Michotte
Château Corbin-Michotte 2020, Château Corbin-Michotte
Château Croix Cardinale 2023, Château Croix Cardinale
Château de Pressac 2023, Château de Pressac
Château Berliquet 2023, Château Berliquet
Bélair Monange 2023, Château Bélair Monange
Annonce de Bélair-Monange 2023, Château Bélair Monange
Balestard La Tonnelle 2023, Château Balestard La Tonnelle
Château Larcis Ducasse 2023, Château Larcis Ducasse
Chäteau La Clotte 2023, Château La Clotte
Fleur Cardinale 2023, Château Fleur Cardinale
La Gaffelière 2023, Château La Gaffelière
Château Franc Mayne 2023, Château Franc Mayne
Château Dassault 2023, Château Dassault
Clos Saint Martin 2023, Château Clos Saint Martin
Clos Badon 2023, Château Clos Badon
Château Cap de Mourlin 2023, Château Cap de Mourlin
Château Pavie-Macquin 2023, Château Pavie-Macquin
Château Soutard 2023, Château Soutard
Château Sansonnet 2023, Château Sansonnet
Château Moulin-Saint-Georges 2023, Château Moulin-Saint-Georges
Château Larmande 2023, Château Larmande
Château Fonbel 2023, Château Fonbel
Château Barde-Haut 2023, Château Barde-Haut
Château La Confession 2023, Château La Confession
Château La Marzelle 2023, Château La Marzelle
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2023, Château Grand Corbin-Despagne
Château Laforge 2023, Château Laforge
Château Soutard Cadet 2023, Château Soutard Cadet
Château Ripeau 2023, Château Ripeau
Château Moulin du Cadet 2023, Château Moulin du Cadet
Château Simard 2023, Château Simard
Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe 2023, Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe
Croix de Labrie 2023, Croix de Labrie
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot 2023, Château Beau-Séjour Bécot
Château Villemaurine 2023, Château Villemaurine
Clos De Sarpe 2023, Château Clos De Sarpe
Château de Candale 2023, Château de Candale
Poesia 2023, Château Poesia
Clos Cantenac 2023, Clos Cantenac
Château Canon, Bordeaux, France
Le Dome, Bordeaux, France
Château Larcis Ducasse, Bordeaux, France
Château La Clotte, Bordeaux, France
Château La Gaffelière, Bordeaux, France
La Dominique, Bordeaux, France
Château Ripeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap de Mourlin, Bordeaux, France
Château de Figeac, Bordeaux, France
Château de Candale, Bordeaux, France
Quinault l'Enclos, St Emilion, France
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, Bordeaux, France
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Bordeaux, France
Château Tertre Roteboeuf, Bordeaux, France
Clos des Jacobins, Saint-Emilion, France
Clos Cantenac, Bordeaux, France
Croix de Labrie, Bordeaux, France
Château Simard, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Mayne, Bordeaux, France
Château La Confession, Bordeaux, France
Château Soutard, Bordeaux, France
Château Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, Bordeaux, France
Château La Marzelle, Bordeaux, France
Château Poesia, Bordeaux, France
Château Croix Cardinale, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Valandraud, Bordeaux, France
Château Dassault, Bordeaux, France
Château Soutard Cadet , Bordeaux, France
Château Laforge, Bordeaux, France
Château La Serre, Bordeaux, France
Château Pavie-Macquin, Bordeaux, France
Château de Pressac, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Berliquet, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe , Bordeaux, France
Château Fonbel, Bordeaux, France
Clos Fourtet, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos De Sarpe, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos Saint Martin, Bordeaux, France
Château Sansonnet, Bordeaux, France
Château Moulin du Cadet, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos Badon, Bordeaux, France
Château Balestard La Tonnelle, Bordeaux, France
Château Corbin, Bordeaux, France
Château Laroze, Bordeaux, France
Château Corbin-Michotte, Bordeaux, France
Château Teyssier, Bordeaux, France
Château Villemaurine, Bordeaux, France
Château Fleur Cardinale, Bordeaux, France
Château La Couspade, Bordeaux, France
Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Bordeaux, France
Château Moulin-Saint-Georges, Bordeaux, France
Château La Tour Figeac, Bordeaux, France
Château Franc Mayne, Bordeaux, France
Château Larmande, Bordeaux, France
Château Barde-Haut, Bordeaux, France
Château Angelus, Bordeaux, France
Château Ausone, Bordeaux, France
Château Bélair Monange, Bordeaux, France

Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Penfolds Grange 2018 – For me, it is simply one of the greatest young Australian wines I have seen. Truly stunning. It is a classic and cracking Grange. 

Like most Granges, a dollop of Cabernet is added to the Shiraz – this time just 3%. Multi-regional but Barossa dominant (69%), with material from McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley, the wine spent 18 months in new American hogsheads. 2018 was simply an outstanding vintage for South Australia. We have seen it with many wines and now we see it here with the Grange. 

Deep magenta in colour, near opaque. The immediate impression here is of great intensity but even more so, impeccable balance. A glorious nose, complete and complex. Black fruits are to the fore, and there is certainly oak evident, but of the finest quality and integrating superbly. The palate is fresh but dense and yet supple and seamless and with such length. Powerful, yet it sings and dances. The tannins are abundant yet so lace-like and silky that they are near invisible. Such an incredibly long finish, with the intensity maintained for the full length. Chocolate notes emerge on the finish. This should sail through 50 to 60 years in good cellars and could probably do up to 80 – not that this will be relevant to many of us. What was fascinating was that after tasting and scribbling notes, I realised that I had hardly identified any specific flavours, such is the overall balance and the way that nothing dominates to any extent, the wine already being such a complete entity. Retracing steps and with further investigation, look for mocha, blackberries, coffee bean notes, cassis, licorice, chocolate, charcuterie, beef stock and soy. Every taste brought forth new and evolving flavours. This is a truly magnificent wine, well on its way to becoming a legend. Not just a legendary Grange, but a legend in the world of wine. 100p.

9d 3h ago

Luca Gardini / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  13 Producers 

GIOVANNI ROSSO Barolo DOCG Vignarionda Ester Canale Rosso 2020/ 110p / A Barolo which is the epitome of the terroir of Serralunga, even from plants over 70 years old, a history of great charm. Raspberries in jam on the nose,touches of gardenia, beautiful balsamic nuances on the finish. The mouthfeel has salty tannins, a balsamic-fruity recall and a very long persistence.

10d 2h ago

Jeff Leve / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  11 Producers 

The Best 40 wines tasted in 2023 Part II, exclusively for readers of Tasting Book. It has been quite a year, with far more ups than downs, especially when it comes to wine. I am lucky as well as blessed to be able to taste older, mature wines, as well as young wines and barrel samples, all of which allows me a fun look at a myriad of different wines at all ages and stages of maturity.

By ratings, these are a look at the 40 best wines tasted, so far. I have two more special nights coming up, but as we already closing in on the second week of December, this is a good snapshot of the best wines from 2023.  I hope you have at least half as much read it, as I did tasting them.

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