I should possibly use this to start the weekend drinking thread as I don’t work Friday’s. I opened the GB Burlotto Pelarverga last night. Woe is mine, it was slightly corked.
Thankfully just leaving it for half an hour was enough for the TCA to be blown off and we tucked in. Dried fennel and black pepper at the front with a little red fruit behind it. Simple but delicious (I definitely preferred the Dolcetto though, probably an unfair comparison since the corkedness will have detracted). Needed a plate of salami really.
Next up with a stupid big steak was the last bottle from my Lockdown Mystery Fine Wine Bin End (that’s a lot of words!) case. A 2013 Exhibition Barolo. I was a little tentative about this as 2013 is less than 10 years ago, so felt a little (lot) young to be approaching a Barolo, especially one from a cooler year. I gave it a decent decant (5 hours) and while it was clearly young, it was not undrinkably young.
Lots of structure, acid and tannin. More on the flowers side of the tar and flowers spectrum with both fresh and dried red cherries and cranberries underneath. After being less impressed with some of the Exhibition wines I’ve had recently, this (along with the truly stunning White Hermitage) has brought me back into the fold on them.
We then proceeded to drink nearly half a bottle of Chairmans Reserve spiced rum between 3 of us, which made me very glad I don’t work Friday’s and today’s gym session very hard indeed!