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Weekend drinking 18-20 Jan 19


#41

Some nice bottles being enjoyed this weekend. @japcraw - good to see that if you’re bailing on dry Jan you’re bailing hard!! :rofl:

This for me over the weekend

Exhibition Napa Zin (Frogs Leap), 2015. £16

Nose is quite woody with a touch of varnish. Typical blueberry running through the nose and palate. Last night it felt a bit closed. Not much change tonight. Perhaps even a little green. Teally not bad by any stretch but not quite what I was expecting for a wine I’d describe as mid point rather than budget. Let’s see what tomorrow brings

Cooked up a beautiful* BBQd beer can chicken with parsnip and walnut salad which this would have been a disaster with, so started with a nice bottle of Tribute beforehand

*I can say that as MrsP helped :wink:


#42

On the rebottled second half of a 2015 Wassmer Spatburgunder. I expected this to go a bit sour with air but it has actually lost some of the harsher cherry notes and has a freshness tonight which is very pleasing. Not complex but good stuff.


#43

One of my WS favourites - lovely easy drinking wine


#44

A pair of Navarra Garnacha here this evening

The Lupier more dense with black cherries, some floral, mainly violet notes and a touch of liquorice.

The Zorzal a little lighter. More sour/tart cherry and herbaceous.

Both lovely.


#45

A Grenache based weekend has consisted of these:
Friday night with Asian style salmon then Bird Box on Netflix :grimacing::scream:
https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=2534769
Turning a nice orange now. This is bottle 4 of 6. Bought on offer from M&S. My first real foray into orange wine. Some nice oxidative notes without losing freshness of fruit. Good. Will get the other 2 drunk by end of summer I think.

Grenache blends for the reds.
This last night
https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=2261033
Bottle 1 of 6. Wouldn’t be out of place in a line-up of decent southern Rhone crus. Lovely. Great concentrated fruit with silky tannins.

This tonight
https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1238790&searchId=14FBC22A%23selected%3DW1238790_1_K191c57d6722e8eb9824c9e6052ee795d
Bottle 1 of 3. High expectations!


#46

I drank a bottle of the Outer Limits 2010 about four years after vintage , it was very good as you say , but going by Cellartracker experiences it is not a keeper, I think this is where Cellartracker comes in really useful as you would not get that sort of information elsewhere.


#47

By a coincicidence, today’s lunchtime offering is a 1998 Martillac.

Not sure why but one of my favourite labels. Not exactly a design icon but hey ho.


#48

This is still the fantastic cherry pie that I remember from a bottle last May that triggered a reserves purchase. Still at least 3-4 years in it.

£11.5 per bottle it was.


#49

Yes, and its big brother is even better! Save that for February Gordon!


#50

Which ones that Mark?


#51

Going to check in on this today alongside roast leg of lamb


#52

£34 from TWS about 5 years ago. A decent wine, and not quite the fruit bomb you might expect but, still, rather one-dimensional and, in the end, overpriced.


#53

Hard to argue with the TWS tasting note here. Abundance of blackberries and some mint. There is a bit of tobacco/smoke on the decent length finish. Think this will be going strong for a good few years yet.


#54

Stir fry night, so some nice racy and in this case peachy Riesling Kabinett. Good value as a bin end and I’m sure I’ll pick up some of the 2017 in due course.


#55

Third night drinking this:

First couple of nights it was nice enough, but today (on the last glass, predictably) it has really opened up. Liquorice, spice and plums with a streak of acidity. I guess I should have decanted for longer on day one. Or maybe it just needs more time in bottle? (I haven’t had aglianico before, so not quite sure). Either way, a very pleasant surprise for Sunday evening.


#56

So a few days ago I opened the Arbin Savoie ‘Avalanche’ Mondeuse mentioned in my Chamonix post:


and very interesting it was/is. Apparently some say it is the same as the large berried Gros Syrah, others that it is one of the parents of Syrah. Both claims disputed I believe.

Either way I can see why such a claim might be made for this sadly dwindling Savoie grape. The best description I can make is that it’s like a light Rhone Syrah. Lighter, yes, but if anything more peppery than any Syrah I have yet tried. Little tannin and plenty of fruit but dominatong was the pepper. Possibly a little too dominating for some but I’m loving it.

A successful opening to my Savoie exploration!


#57

…the beginning of savoir(sic) faire perhaps?


#58

Took this to lunch today

My word I enjoyed it. I have to admit to becoming a little numb to most reds over recent weeks; after a couple of cracking Christmas wines I’ve not found much to float my boat

First sip of this transported me to a dusty cellar in the Rhône and just warmed my heart. Absolutely right up my street and will only soften and improve with time. Case going into reserves


#59

Meerlust Rubicon 2008 tonight. South Africa never ceases to amaze when it comes to QPR.


#60

A great white from Spain. A bit like Alberino and Macon crossed with a herb tea. The grape is albino real from somewhere near Madrid.

Now onto the imperial 2007 reserva left from yesterday. Classic stuff and still a baby.