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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

947 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 97/100

Amazing! This wine is deep, deep purple in the glass. The nose has layers of complexity, starting with mint, white pepper and opening up to intense peppermint, violets and spices. The palate is silky, smooth with refined tannins. More layers of flavour here. Starts with plush dark fruit and layers in some cedar and mint. The finish is long and lingering.This is a joy to drink with everything going on and no harsh notes anywhere. Was perfect with seared lamb and pistachio cream. Tasted June 2018.

1083 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 96/100

I thought the Taylor Fladgate 30 year old Tawny was pretty close to perfection, if not perfect, until I tasted the 40 year old. Not to detract from the 30 year old in any way, but the 40 year old is rich and smooth and silky heaven in a glass. The nose and palate are full of hazelnut, vanilla and almond notes. There are no harsh notes, no heat on the nose or palate. The finish is long and warm. This and some salty smoked almonds were a match made in heaven! Tasted February 2018.

606 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 96/100

Before I realized I was tasting one of Spain's most iconic wines of modern times my tasting notes were punctuated with asterisks, underlining and exclamation marks and the word Best? This truly is a haunting wine. It is 91% Grenache 8% Carignan, 1% Grenache Blanc, Macabeo and Pedro Ximenez from vines 75-104 years old. It is fragrant, has the freshness from the sea breezes that is difficult to put into words and has the hallmark damp clay/slate aroma. 2014 was a warm year in Priorat with the highest average temperature recorded up till then. Not because of the daytime temperatures but because of the nighttime temperatures. Then the rains came in September. Botrytis affected grapes were removed daily with tweezers. Ripe, individual grapes were hand picked daily with strict selection criteria, then hand sorted. After spontaneous fermentation with its indigenous yeast and spontaneous malolactic fermentation in wooden containers the wine was aged 15 months in Foudres. The wine is elegant, beautifully balanced. There are red fruits, hints of pepper, wet slate. No one thing stands out, they just come to the fore and then morph into the next sensation. Beautiful long finish. Tasted May 2019 www.thewineloverskitchen.com

606 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 95/100

Les Aubaguetes is another revered wine from Alvaro Palacios collection. 2016 was an exceptional vintage in Priorat. It was a very dry summer and a hot September. So much so that the vines went dormant for a week before the Southern sea breezes, known as Garbinados, got them started up again. This meant slow maturation with low sugar, high acidity and small, healthy, concentrated grapes. The focus and concentration in this wine is the result. It has a fruity, spicy nose. It has the freshness on the palate that is the hallmark of Priorat- low, soft tannins, smooth palate and a bit of chalky finish that coats the palate and creates a long, long, delightful finish. This wine just keeps on giving! Tasted May 2019 www.thewineloverskitchen.com

578 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 95/100

This wine fully illustrates the ageability of Gruner Veltliner. Thirteen years in this wine has a bouquet that makes you sigh with beautiful notes of dried apricot, musky honey and petrol. Yet there is still a freshness to it. The palate is still fresh with suggestions of honey but it is not sweet or cloying. Beautifully balanced with a long finish. Tasted May 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

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Memorable Wine

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape we had with dinner at Château des Fines Roches. I admit the ambiance probably had a lot to do with the 'memorable' part!

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First Wine

Probably Baby Duck but in all fairness it would have been at the kid's table at Christmas!

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Unusual Wine Experience

Exploring an organic Tuscan winery where there was literally inches of mould on the bottles.

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Current Fav Wine

Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux.....That is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child!

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