Wine Tasting: Italy and California (28th Oct 1999)

A selection of wines from Peckhams, Glasgow.
The wines were presented with a selection of Italian delicacies prepared and presented by Kirsteen Main - thanks Kirsteen!
The tasting was a bit chaotic, what a couple of corked samples and a new venue, so I missed out on a few wines.

1. 1997 Lageder Pinot Bianco 'Haberlehof'

28th Oct 1999 GBP9 Trentino - Alto Adige Table White

Very pale, bright.
Warm buttery nose.
Crisp, quite oily grapefruit/citrus notes and a long warm citrus finish with mineral flavours coming through.

2. 1996 Morgan Monterey Malvasia Bianca

28th Oct 1999 GBP11 California Table White

Aromatic, spicy Gewurztraminer-like nose.
Dry and fairly long with citrus acidity and a touch of young oak.
Lovely balance

3. 1997 Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC Rosso

28th Oct 1999 GBP12 Italy Table Red

Even plum/red.
Soft, ripe berries on the restrained nose.
Medium to full-bodied with charred oak flavours and some pepper. Hard tannins, juicy acidity and a green, tobacco finish.
Good but needs another 3 to 5 years.

4. 1996 Amador Shenandoa Valley Foothill Sangiovese

28th Oct 1999 GBP11 California Table Red

Even garnet, browning.
Rich (baked) berry fruit and some perfume on the nose.
Full-bodied with sweet, pure blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. High acidity, soft tannins. OK finish with peppery white oak.
Mmmmm! A beast at 14.5% abv but very enjoyable.

5. 1995 Nino Negri Fracia Valtellina Superiore DOC

28th Oct 1999 GBP9 Italy Table Red

Pale, bright, garnet.
Restrained with some currant fruit, slightly cheesy.
Light to medium bodied with very crisp acids, fresh cherry fruit and some old oak.

6. 1996 Martin Brothers Nebbiolo

28th Oct 1999 GBP10 USA Table Red

Slightly deeper than the Nino Negri, ruby/red.
Quite rich baked currant fruit, again a bit cheesy, with a touch of wood.
On the palate, full bodied with jammy, curranty fruit, lots of crisp fruit acid, perfumed with a violet/pepper/oak finish. Rounded texture

7. 1993 Guasti Barolo Riserva DOCG

28th Oct 1999 GBP22 Piedmont Table Red

Bright, even, garnet red.
Dumb, but some violets, white pepper and cherries.
Warm, medium bodied with sweet and sour cherry and lemon fruit, high acidity, good ripe tannins and nicely judged oak.
Good length, but young - needs another 5 to 10 years.
Very good