After the madness of a late night check-in and security its nice to escape to the airline lounge. The QANTAS LAX Lounge is one of their busiest and sometimes seems busier than the outside terminal. However….they do usually have some reasonable wines to taste, so while waiting for the QF94 back home to Melbourne, I had time to try 3:

2007 Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva Tempranillo, Spain. An easy to drink wine although a little dull. Nice dark brambly fruit and mocha on the nose with a savory fruit driven palate. Nice savoriness and mouthfeel, but abrupt finish. 86/100

2011 Hess Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, California. Nice bright fruit on the nose with cassis, perfume and violet notes. Good red fruits on the palate with mocha and cedar notes. Clean and well put together. Needs some time in the cellar. 89/100

2010 Jacobs Creek Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Dark purple colour with beautiful aromatic nose of dark fruits, mocha, vanilla, pepper and spice. Lovely creamy mouthfeel with dark berries, coffee and spice. A big wine with a long finish that would complement a hearty steak……not something I was contemplating close to midnight! Good drinking and will cellar well for 5-8 years. 92/100

There was an interesting looking central coast pinot, but its time to board…..


Tuscan beauty – Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2010

ImageThis is the second wine of Ornellaia, made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grown near the town of Bolgheri in Tuscany.

Opened 4 October 2013. The 2010 Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove is a very pleasant wine that needs some time to come together.The wine opened considerably with 2 hours breathing. Blue/black berries on the nose, spicy oak and a hint of violets. Soft earthy palate with good depth and strength. Nice grippy tannins and soft lingering finish. However, this needs some time to come together and show its true colours.

Day 2. Nose subdued and palate softened, but nice secondary characters showing with tobacco leaf, tar and earth. Nice spice on the finish and still drinking well. A pleasant wine , but not a standout and needs a lot more time in a quiet cellar.

Score 90/100.