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Weekend drinking thread [03-06 May 2019]

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#1

Thought I’d be brave and kick off the weekend thread for the first time so hope I do it right! Tonight me and Mr JayKay are leading a tasting at our wine club for the first time for ages. We are doing a Sangiovese tasting including some non Italians. Here are a few of the Italians we have lined up


We have done the quality control on all of them and they are goooood. :yum:
It has been a struggle to source non Italian examples but have managed a Corsican and some Aussies.


#2

The Rustenberg Collection has turned up and already in the fridge ready for the weekend


#3

Trying this tonight, did buy with a view to buying some to keep, but already out of stock. :frowning_face:

If you have the long weekend off enjoy.


#4

Be interested to know your thoughts on that one @japcraw


#5

@winechief

On the nose TCP??, cedar, pepper, fruit bomb in the mouth, blackcurrant & blackberry, not over oaked, silky mouthfeel, tannins pretty much non existent, however I can’t make up my mind if the pepper is biting the back of my throat or the alcohol… Maybe someone can offer a comment on this, does alcohol generally mellow with age? Drunk without decanting, It says on the bottle can be drunk for 20 years so plenty time for this, maybe a few more years is what’s needed, but very drinkable now. 8/10.


#6

Just me-myself-and I this evening, so decided to open a fairly straight-forward wine, to go with a veggie Indian take away:

I saw a review of this Co-Op Marsanne in Decanter a couple months ago, and it piqued my curiousity, as it’s a variety I like very much. And a very nice wine it is, too! Lovely lemon colour, and on the nose, there’s pear, quince, a nice floral note (acacia?) and some peach note. The palate is not very complex, but delivers very fresh notes of peach, ripe pear, and a very subtle vanila note. Good acidity on the finish, leaving a nice tingly note of orange zest. Very pleasant mouthfeel too – quite oily in texture.
This should go nicely with my mild curry.

Happy Bank Holiday weekend, one and all! :clinking_glasses: :grinning:


#7

Jammy. I see what the other reviews mean by a bit ‘green’, maybe even mushroomy? Air has sorted that out and its tasting good with my Chinese takeaway on a cold drizzly Friday bank holiday…


#8

Last bottle of the Granja Amarela 2013 old-vine (pre-phylloxera, in fact) Moreto from TWS. Great nose, plenty of concentrated old-vine fruit and authentically Alentejano. Maybe missing just a little something on the palate, but then I guess that’s probably why no one makes a varietal Moreto!

Now a “natural” amphora-aged Pallagrello from the textbook volcanic terroir of IGT Roccamonfina, Sphaeranera 2015 from I Cacciagalli. Much better-behaved thatn I expected, this boasts a wave of concentrated smoky volcano fruit, and subtle but very present tannins. Will be interesting to see where this goes tomorrow.


#9

Final bottle of this tonight from a 6pk.
It’s been a great find at the bargain price of about £12.50 if I recall. Many thanks to this community for pointing me in its direction (@szaki1974 I believe)


#10

We tried out a couple of wines from an order provoked by the Press Tasting . Would they match up to my memories? Before dinner a glass of the Romate Maribel Amontillado



Yep, just as good as I remembered - thanks @jaykay. So many complex tastes of nuts, caramel, spices and good things. I’ve said it before, but sherry has to be the best value for money out there. How can a wine this complex cost just £9.50?

For dinner, we ate some turbot, asparagus and La Ratte potatoes brought back from France, with beurre blanc . One of those meals where you want to do as little as possible to the food, and let the ingredients speak for themselves.


And we drank a lovely Pouilly-Fumé.

So fragrant - beautiful aromas of blackcurrant leaves and gooseberries - but a great flinty backbone to give structure to the fruit on the palate. All the best bits of New Zealand and Loire sauvignon in one.

The label is a typographical car crash, however.

I think there at at least four different typefaces on there (including the sides which you can’t see). Just goes to show that you can’t judge a bottle by its label. I might not have bought it, if I saw it in a shop, which would be a pity.


#11

Have just been making salsa which takes a while so I opened this Pessac-léognan. It needed to warm up a little to truly appreciate the flavours. I’m pretty sure i picked it up in a Carre-four hyper market and I paid €11 for it . It’s not the best I’ve had and I prefer a higher %of Semillon in my Bordeaux whites but it has that distinctive SB/Sem flavour. Very high in acidity to the point it’s a bit off balanced but pleasant all the same .


Oh and in case anyone’s interested… here’s the salsa :slight_smile:


#12

You should try the wines from Domaine Weinbach - around eight or nine different fonts! Top wines, though :yum:. Perhaps there is a formula connecting number of fonts vs deliciousness?


#13

Weinbach wines are outstanding. Visiting there was one of our most memorable tasting experiences. For another truly baroque label with delicious wine, try the whole Léon Beyer Comtes d’Eguisheim range!


#14

Have you ever thought about taking in lodgers? :grin:


#15

They’re known as “children who have graduated”…


#16

I continued my Beulieu vertical tasting last night:


#17

Bought from TWS in 2012. Lovely wine with far more elegance than an equivalent CdP.


#18

Last night we had this simply lovely.


#19

My Saturday half is a Jaboulet Blanc. TWS blurb is spot on, except for we did not have :frog: ‘s legs…


#20

I also had my last bottle recently… in hindsight I should have just kept quiet and bought all the stock (of course that would have gone completely against the spirit of this great community) :wink: A cracking wine.