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 February 2000 



PDFNick Lowe

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Albet I Noya Cava
Vintage Roots
A fair sparkling wine but some thought too dear
2. Terralis Viognier

A very interesting nose with a honey flavour but a little harsh on the finish. A Very difficult grape
3. Domaine La Bouissiere Gigondas
Rhone, France

Some found a little thin but I felt it to be OK. Fruity  but just a little shorter than usual
4. Michelton 1994 Shiraz

Big but with a bit more restraint than  it used to have. A touch more elegant. Long period of sustained  balanced fruit with acid. A beautiful blend.
5. Albet I Noya 1997 Syrah, Penedes
Catalonia, Spain
Vintage Roots
A very good red. Fruity nose Hint of elderberry. Good tannin  balanced acid. Spice and smooth  long finish.
6. Saint  Aubin  de Luigne 1997 Coteaux du Layon
Loire, France

A sweet with a  difference. A lot preferred this to the following Beaumes de Venise. Seemed smoother   and more integrated without the harsh effects  of alcohol sometimes found in sweet .
7. Domaines des Richards Beaumes de Venise
Loire, France

A fair  sample of this wine. Some liked this, others  liked the Layon
8. Gonzalez Byass Matusalem 30 year old Oloroso
Jerez, Spain

A lot of talk about this.  The maderised caramel nose and flavour was not to everyone's palate. I liked this, certainly different
9. Dow's 1986 Quinta do Bomfim Port
Douro, Portugal

This was the star of the evening for me and many others. Long smooth fruity balanced.  The alcohol did not offend at all  and it was all just a good example of the Port makers art..Thank You

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