Caroline Gilby has been writing and talking about wine for over 12 years after a previous career working as senior wine buyer for Augustus Barnett. Several trips to Eastern Europe as wine buyer just after the Iron Curtain came down has developed into a special interest in the wines of the former Eastern Bloc, and regular visits to countries like Moldova, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Hungary – maybe not the most glamorous parts of the wine world but fascinating as things are changing so quickly. Caroline passed her Master of Wine in 1992, and with a PhD in plant sciences, she also takes an interest in viticulture and wine science. Caroline contributes to Wine Report, Oxford Companion to Wine, Harpers, Decanter and Drinks International and is on the editorial board of Journal of Wine Research. Pinot Bleu 2007
Lovely vivid purple red. Fine and delicate nose. Nice elegant and very
pure fruit, with cherry and raspberry notes, backed by silky tannins andbalanced acidity. An individual wine with great personality, already delicious.
Closed at first but opens up with a little air, and really shows its class with food. Lovely balance of fruit and acids, pure cassis and blackberry fruit and elegant tannin structure. A wine is representing perfectly the terroirwith real keeping potential too.
Noblesse Cabernet Franc 2007
A very appealing example of Villany’s flagship red grape. Bright ruby
with crushed berry aromas and a hint of ground coffee. Medium in weight
with gentle forward fruit and supple tannins.
Kuria Cabernet Franc 2007
Deep vibrant ruby purple. Intense and complex on the nose though still
very young – notes of raspberry, black tea and subtle vanilla.
Intense and concentrated on the palate, with fine fruit and deliciously textured tannins, balanced acids, and a long finish. Still quite a baby wine and needs time to show its full potential.