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Midweek drinking 14th to 18th Nov 2022

Disgracefully, have opened a bottle of Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc 2016. Mistakenly I read it as being 2006 and therefore might be over the hill and needed drinking up.

£21 is a very fair price, it’s thoroughly drinkable - rich and rounded, the tannins nicely settled, raspberry notes (unusual, typically one gets cassis or plums). I’m not surprised this is a wine champion - and even still in stock !

With a tandoori half shoulder of lamb & chickpeas + mint raita. Which is why I was intending to use up a past it’s best 2006 bottle. A happy error as it turned out.


A 2013 Masi Vaio Armaron Amarone tonight because it was one of those Mondays and it is going to be one of those weeks.

Purchased in a Waitrose 25% off when you buy 6 bottles.

A nice wine but I would have expected a lot more for the price.


Musar 1998.
The robe surprised me by how pale and tawny it is, a lot more advanced than the 2001 I had recently. Would be interesting to compare to another bottle. Nose is powerful- leather, smoke and game, with sweet red fruits. In the mouth it is quite creamy, there’s spice and smoke, lush acidity (not as VA as it sometimes is). Still a little tannin left if you swirl in your mouth a while. Smokeyness and the acidity linger a fair while; will be interesting to see how it changes over the week… Just what I need to lift a maudlin Monday

Just about got the cork out in one piece


Second bottle of this recent acquisition

Balassa Marty McFly Furmint 2021. Which is delicious, very good value, and still available. Very fresh and aromatic, dry, with a nice rounded mouthfeel, biscuity midpalate and long finish. A great find.

Monday - not usually a drinking day - has become a bit more usual recently… :flushed:



It’s actually the 2019 vintage that I’ve opened this evening. Fruity, smooth, classy stuff for the modest price.


Greetings from Mendoza, where today I had a set lunch at Susana Balbo (currently available wines here: Search results), which was absolutely delicious!

My favourite course is pictured (the second picture, butternut squash and black garlic with the rosado), as well as the prettiest morsel (with the dry rosado brut), but some lamb with Malbec was enjoyed, as well as a poached pear with a lightly sweet Torrentés. There was time to enjoy the view while I waited for my taxi too. Very enjoyable all round.

After a lunch like that, back to finish my book on the balcony with something light for company…

Bought from a vineyard specialising in sweet wines, this doesn’t actually give either the grape variety or the percentage, but it is made in the style of a Moscato D’Asti (the original owner of the vineyard migrating to Mendoza from Italy) and is delicious and light and all things nice for a very hot day.

Happy drinking everyone. My journey continues in Santiago tomorrow…


Sensational :~}

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Not forgotten and I did get round to drinking it over the last three evenings. I find it hard, or even impossible, to describe such complex flavours, so just a couple of peri-drinking observations:

On opening and smelling I thought that if I were managing the world’s most expensive dental practice this is what I’d like the mouthwash to smell like. A rich and luscious aroma with just a very faint hint of medicinal goodness.

On taking the first mouthful: I found it delicious to roll around my mouth, considering all the flavours. I realised 8 minutes later that I still hadn’t swallowed it.

It did change a bit each day. Last night, last glass, “figgy” was what came most strongly to mind.

This is a wine for slow sipping. You’d struggle just to knock it back.


Excellent notes! :clap: And completely echoes my experience of it (albeit the 2016 vintage). What a wine, what a wine, what a wine what a mighty fine wine… :notes: :star_struck:


This is the kind of weird description that inexplicably has me reaching for my wallet.

I would hate to be at the world’s most expensive dentist, drinking their mouthwash. But something just like that? Sign me up.


Having issues with posting… having just deleted my own post… maybe someone is trying to tell me something! :smiley:

Attempt number two…

A tale of two Cab Francs, brightening this pretty tough working week.

On Monday, with wild mushroom risotto – this delicious example from Catena:

D.V Catena, Tinto Historico Cabernet Franc, Mendoza 2019

£12 very well spent, I must say! I’ll be purchasing a couple more in my next shop. Everything about this wine was joyous; lovely deep violet hue, a nose that was a deeper expression of the grape, with notes of pencil shavings, gorgeous floral perfume of violets, damsons and elderberry syrup, a hint of tomato leaf and a sort of medicinal minty-ness too.

Medium weight on the palate – it had lovely ripe notes of sloes and blackberries, parma violets and camphor wrapped up in savouriness that was so good with the food. Delightful from start to finish :ok_hand:

This evening, a Cab Franc from the Collio:

Azienda Agricola Kurtin, Cabernet Franc, Collio, Friuli 2018

An interesting fact, which I only recently learnt: many of the old vines Cabernet Franc in Friuli turned out to be Carménère… what is it about this grape that is always mistaken for something else? There are obvious similarities – especially the leafiness/vegetal notes you can get in both, but interesting that the writing on the label actually mentions Carménère… :thinking:

Anyway – this is a delicate example – more Loire than Mendoza (which is to be expected, I guess), but sort of its own thing too. The colour, nose and palate show an evolved wine – a little more than expected. Garnet hue in the glass with a violet core, the nose tip-toes around the fruit (it’s mostly hedgerow berries and maybe sloes), but is big on autumnal notes of undergrowth, potting shed and wet earth. A bit of spice there too, and it’s less floral than the Catena.

The palate is again very true to the variety, with wild strawberries and hedgerow berries mixing with delicate violet notes, tomato leaf and a delicious savoury core. A touch of cocoa powder appears on the appetising, bright finish.

Calves liver alla Veneziana for dinner, which I reckon should prove a lovely match.

Happy mitwoch! :clinking_glasses: :slightly_smiling_face:


Dom des Carlines Le Calvaire '17. There’s a lot going on here. Pale yellow/gold. Very rich nose - vanilla, porridge oats in warm milk (I see what you mean @Inbar), floral (white flowers?) pears, strawberry, burnt match. On tasting, it has a creamy appley acidity, vanilla, white pepper, pears, touch of salinity. Oak adds some weight to it. This is really delicious, more a sipper or to have with some fairly rich food. Better cool rather than cold. Finish goes on quite a long while too


After an active day I really couldn’t be bothered to faff about in the kitchen so grabbed a pizza in the supermarket on the way home to bung in the oven. This was plucked from the wine cupboard, without much thought either, to go with it…

…a Calabria Marsigliana Nera ‘Speziale’ 2021 from Santa Venere. A new grape to me and one which is rarely made as a varietal wine. Apparently, it’s usually used to add colour and acidic structure as part of a blend.

Acccording to the label, Speziale is the name of the vineyeard from which it comes and not as I ignorantly thought Italian for special. Speziali were also shops run by apothecaries, in the middle ages, that sold spices, perfumes and essences. Which is rather apt.

A strikingly bright medium crimson colour. An aromatic nose with cherry and blackcurrant fruit and a pefume-like aroma reminiscent of walking into a branch of the Body Shop. On tasting. softly ripe and sweet, red cherry and berry flavours, with a sugary pastille-like quality, hit the palate initially. Lifted acidity then cuts in on the mid-palate to freshen the rich flavour. Light, ripe tannins, on the finish, provide the merest hint of grip. All in all, it’s a bit too sweetly flavoured and confected for my tastes but those with a sweeter tooth would probably find much to enjoy here.


This here. A huge wine for a wild and autumnal week…

As you would expect, big flavours of cherries, oaky vanilla and big mouthfeel. Sweet spice and liquorice also. Not subtle but after being on the fence at first opening I have come round and come to really like it. I’d definitely recommend - if you are in the right mood!!

Happy Wednesday!


Having exhausted the acceptable options in the local supermarket, we ventured north to Antequera, where there is a branch of Vinalium, a small chain of wine shops. We chose this, for €16.90

Emilio Moro 2019 Ribera del Duero. 100% Tempranillo. This is their Crianza.

The word that springs to mind is balance. All components of the wine are in balance and nothing stands out. It’s not too acidic, not too tannic, not too jammy fruity. Just a delight, and not overpowering even at 14.5%.

From the nose, it has obviously seen some oak, and checking their web site, I see that it has been fermented in stainless steel, with subsequent ageing in French and American oak barrels. But the oak is well integrated, in my opinion.

As a side note, very impressed with Vinalium, the lady in there was very knowledgeable, passionate about the subject and forgiving with my limited Spanish.

Feliz miercoles tod@s!


Looks fabulous and more to come with :chile: look forward to the next update .

Perhaps when you get back some notes on how you planned it all…would be much appreciated.


Thanks for the comprehensive notes. We tried and enjoyed it at the Italy tasting earlier this year. Mrs C was particularly keen, so I have a bottle waiting for the right occasion.


Interesting to read this @Embee

I tried a bottle of this a couple of years back; like yourself, I found it a bit sweet for my tastes, and was actually slightly disappointed with it. That was as much though because I remember some cracking Calabrese reds [and whites too for that matter!] on work trips there back in the 00s, and was hoping this might be one of them. It’s actually not a bad wine really, just not what I wanted it to be.

There is some lovely wine to be had in Calabria, but very little gets beyond Calabria, I think sadly.

In fact I had one of the bests meals of my life in Calabria, way up in the mountains, and there is certainly a whole lot of culinary & vinous enjoyment to be had there; amazing coastline too :~}


I’d be interested to read your thoughts when you get around to trying it. I was hoping, from TWS notes, for something like a Sicilian Frappato but, sadly for me, that wasn’t the case. That said, it certainly wasn’t lacking in aroma or flavour !

Nicely put, that encapsulates my thoughts too. As for the Calabrian coastline, although I’ve never been, I was blown away by its beauty when watching a recent edition of the Giro d’Italia :heart_eyes:


That is a treat for mid week.

Re. the cork - you need a set of ah so prongs, kindly recommended to me on another chat - by @Brocklehurstj and @MikeFranklin I think. Work a treat

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