Similar rules with us - no drinking Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (sometimes no Thursdays either). The upside is that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the wine usually tastes so much nicer after a dry day…
Technically should have been on the weekend drinking thread but it continued to improve over the few days it was open, and the best glass was the last! Very easy drinking and I thought great value for a Rioja around the £10 mark.
Ah, what a beautiful wine! go and buy it, if you fancy something rather lovely for mid-week quaffing!
There’s so much going on on the nose: yellow apples, and lemons, and acacia honey and those flat peaches you get in Provence… And these continue on the palate - golden delicious apple, acacia honey, lemon curd, white peaches… So many layers! The delectable sweetness on the finish is balanced by the lemony acidity. The husband thought it was like a ‘posh and sophisticated lemon Tango’. Erm, this doesn’t exactly sound like a compliment, but was meant as such! Must try more demi-sec Vouvray!
Yum, yum, yum
Due to late arrival home and severe hunger I settled on a quick plate of purple broccoli and fried eggs, this gourmet delight to be washed down with some of this
Found it much more interesting than the previous bottles I’d tried last year. First thought “can a wine smell dry?” And based on empirical evidence the answer is yes.
Then “is it fizzy?”. Answer no, but on initial mouth feel it seems like it should be. Then it seemed to settle somewhere between grapefruit and lemon/lime. Dry and refreshing but not too easy to drink quickly. Decent match with eggs and broccoli though!
About 85% of a bottle of Hardy’s Crest Shiraz 2017 went into the slow cooker this morning, along with a load of sausages and veg and what have you.
Poured the last 15% into a glass about an hour ago and you know what, it’s not too bad. I mean, it’s spectacularly bland, tasting more or less of nothing in particular and/or everything in general, but that’s fine. My nose doesn’t sting, my eyes aren’t watering, my tongue isn’t falling out, my oesophagus isn’t protesting - okay, the bar is set pretty low, but this exceeds my below-sea-level expectations.
I’d willingly have another glass, but it’s all gone now.
Purchased this year in a 2012 red Burgundy mixed case. The bottle with the lowest expectations attached. Opened yesterday for half a glass… was already impressive. I am liking it even more tonight… wish I already owned the eto.
Just back from the Fine Wine tasting in Liverpool, and opened a bottle of this:
Probably my favourite red of the night to be fair! Fresh and sappy but with a nice bit of spice.
The tasting was great, well done to Emma as usual. The crypt in Paddy’s wigwam is a great location, having been planned by Lutyens (he of the Indian parliament buildings amongst others) before the war interrupted, and the Cathedral design shifted to a more modern one. I pay an annual trip here for the Whiskey festival too.
The wines were laid out red/white/red/white which meant you could do two loops, and all tables were kept busy. Inspite of myself and my lord and master being largely red wine drinkers, it was the whites that caught the eye. All the reds were good, but none really wowed - there was no “I need some of these wines NOW” moments.
The whites were the reverse, there were 4 or 5 that we really enjoyed (and were surprised by). Most impressive first:
Château La Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2016 - not on the website yet, as far as I can tell, but absolutely fantastic. I’ve had Bordeaux whites from time to time but I can’t recall one I’ve enjoyed as much as this. Making SB work with oak is fantastic.
Chock full of biscuity goodness - this was wine #1 and I could have cheerfully stopped there all night.
I must have done Marlborough SB’s to death a few years ago, maybe the fact that I’ve had a few years away from it has helped, but I suspect the fact this is a great wine played a part. The classic gooseberry flavour to the max, but the wine was well balanced enough that it wasn’t cloying. Nice.
I liked this more than the wife, Burgundy like in its structure, nice and rich.
Sounds fab! Great notes, too! The Kekfranos and Gruner have gone straight in my wish list!
Incidentally, I’ve had a number of Austrian whites recently which I agree would be equal to an excellent white Burgundy in terms of weight, depth and length. Some can be truly stunning wines. Looking forward to trying the Rainer Wess one!