Fox & Fox Midnight Rosé 2011

Midnight Rosé 2011* finds a counterpart in England only with Charles Palmer’s 2015 deep, wintery Rosé, also made by Will Davenport. 100% Pinot Noir from the older Hobdens vineyard site (this bottle was disgorged summer 2016 and tasted back in late 2018 – there have been further disgorgements). Four days’ maceration on the skins of Pinot Noir from this small but intensely ripe vintage has produced quite a deep and striking wine with strawberry shortcake and cranberry aromas as well as more developed pomegranate molasses, toast and cola. At a lovely stage with vibrancy, complexity and balance.

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Date Tasted : 09/09/2018

/ 2011, England, Fox & Fox, Rosé

Coates and Seely La Perfide Rosé 2011

Very vegetal. Not pleasant. Possibly light struck.

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Date Tasted : 17/09/2019

/ 2011, Coates and Seely, Rosé, Uncategorized

Coates and Seely La Perfide 2011

Very vegetal. Appears severely reductive or with a possible light fault. Beneath it there is some promising candied citrus and bramley apple fruit, but it isn’t right.

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Date Tasted : 17/09/2019

/ 2011, Classic Blend, Coates and Seely, England

Cesarini Sforza 1673 2011

Alluring on the nose – a beautiful melange of citrus zest with candied lemon, yellow grapefruit and nectarine. This melds with slightly exotic floral tones, sweet basil and gentle tropical and melon fruit, supported by subtle autolytic creaminess. Quite delicate on the palate, focusing on ripe citrus and the sweet freshness of recent disgorgement. It feels fairly airy and transparent, not really trading on acidity or sugar but just breezily closing out with slightly drying chalkiness. Dosage is low, but just high enough to harmonise and freshen the fruit – nicely judged (I can’t find any information but it certainly seems below 5g/l). Drink young

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Date Tasted : 01/09/2019

Abate Nero Domini Nero 2011

This has an open, sunny disposition on the nose with white peach, pear tart richness and pretty jasmine notes, followed by sweet fresh strawberry and whitecurrant. With time it goes a little exotic with clementine and some spicy, sweet warmth like crystallised ginger. Quite gentle and soft-focus at heart, this had a pleasing breadth of fruit at first, tempered with a streak of fuzzy peach skin and a gentle squeeze of fresh acidity on the close

15.5

Date Tasted : 21/09/2019

/ 2011, Abate Nero, Blanc de Noirs, TrentoDOC

Theale Vineyard Blanc de Blancs 2011

Caramel wafers and tarte tatin off the bat, some delicious development. A little milk chocolate and some fragrant notes of juniper and citrus (quite limey). Harmonious on the nose and integrated, missing a touch of drive on the palate although there’s a nice pinch of acidity. Quite open and mellow now and would possibly have been at its best 1-2 years ago – it’s a bit further along than it ought to be really, but in an enjoyable way. I had to take a bit of flack from four Swedes and a Ukranian for enthusing about (what we assumed was) the English wine

16.5

Date Tasted : 02/06/2019

Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus 2011

Fine pear patisserie, wild apple notes and classic toasted nuts. Has to be the Larmandier. A sense of airiness and refinement on the palate which is quite different from the first one; it is in a fresher place. Persistence of gentle, chalky savour – perfect without dosage. A softly-spoken, elegant wine

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Date Tasted : 02/06/2019

Enrico Serafino Alta Langa ‘Zero’ 2011

I can’t find the exact blend for this vintage, but it is Pinot Nero and Chardonnay. Zero Dosage. This would be a good food wine, bright in flavour with spiced apple, quince and pear frangipane all bound up in fluffy lemon meringue. There are some basil and white pepper notes adding some lovely complexity. Nicely toasty, vinous palate with a little more chewy grip than you would expect from Champagne. Despite the lack of dosage, the fruit sweetness really carries the mid-palate and the wine feels balanced. Works really well.

16.5

Date Tasted : 20/12/2018

/ 2011, Classic Blend, Enrico Serafino, Italy