Possibly a bit OTT for midweek but what the heck…
…these were opened on Tuesday and will be finished tonight.
The Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire 2016 from Zind-Humbrecht is made from declassified grapes from GC Goldert that almost met the potential ripeness criteria for Vendange Tardive ( 11% ABV, 77 g/l residual sugar, indice 5 ). Powerful and typical nose, it could only be gewurz, rosewater, lychee and some earthy spice. To my surprise, it tasted a lot drier than the numbers might suggest due to its fresh acidity which cut through the rich fruit like a blade. Similar flavours to the nose, a smooth and supple texture, lovely balance, good length of flavour. A thoroughly satisfying wine.
The Fino is from Waitrose’s ‘On the QT’ range, made by Gonzalez Byass, it’s a single barrel wine from the 2010 vintage. Elegantly powerful with flor. preserved lemon, green apple skin and almond notes on the nose and palate. The balance between its fresh fruity flavours and savoury flor borders on perfection. I can’t remember drinking a better Fino, that said, the ones I usually drink are half the price.
I’ve posted before about the Exhbition Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018 but in a nutshell it delivers authentic savoury pinot flavours at a very good price ( even more so when the substantial case rate discount is taken into account ).
For some reason I’m struggling to find the motivation to carry on decorating today though