The husband is making Coq au Vin this evening, and decided to choose a wine himself, and for me to taste it blind. This is rather unusual - he usually leaves me the wine choosing task. In any case, it’s nice to taste wine blind from time to time!
My notes were: medium ruby in the glass, young looking, fairly viscous, probably 13% or 13.5%… on the nose: bright cherries, red plums, bramble a nice earthy note, light spice (pepper?), violets, no sign of oak. On the palate: medium bodied, fair amount of acidity, ripe cherries, plums, summer pudding, something faintly floral in the background. Very juicy with medium tannins, quite a chalky (medium) finish. Delicious but uncomplicated.
I thought it might be Cab Franc, but then settled on a German Spätburgunder - for its bright fruit and a touch of earthiness, as much as for the acidity. Well, I should have stuck with Cab Franc, for it was…
The Society’s Claret, 2019 vintage. We were not too moved by the 2017, really enjoyed the 2018, and like this one even more. Opinion seems to be divided on the website about it - a couple people giving it four stars and a couple two stars. We’re definitely in the 4 star camp, though! This is an easy-going Claret, juicy, smooth and food-friendly (well, I hope so!), certainly not complex but absolutely enjoyable for what it is. The husband decided we need to have a case of it, so it can become our ‘house red’. We got no such thing as a ‘house red’ but I ain’t going to argue! Looking forward to seeing if it works with the food.
But first, a(nother) small glass of rosé in the garden, in an attempt to restore some homeostasis in a mad world. A Chiaretto blend of Barbera and Pinot Noir. Easy drinking and does the job just fine!