A mix of last week’s bottles and this weekend’s. Starting with the gorgeous and most delicious of them all, the Exhibition Douro 2014, which was smooth, delicious and perfect drinking. Also a bit of an extravagance being a magnum , but in my defence, it did last most of last week.
The most disappointing was the Valpollicella which had that unmistaken nose of wet cardboard. Even a day later, it was undrinkable and went down the sink. Luckily it’s well within its drinking window, so have flagged it on the website.
There are more in Reserves, so am hoping they’re better than this one.
I coravined a glass from the 2010 Rioja, one of a trio of wines of this vintage tasted this weekend. Very good, weighty Rioja with plenty of grip and fruit - plenty of time left to develop more of those nice leather and tobacco notes, but at £42, it’s an expensive treat.
The other two wines from the 2010 vintage were a little bit ‘meh’. Neither was past it, in fact there was little evidence of visual aging. The Madiran opened with a bit of a funky nose, which went after an hour or so. It retained just enough tannin to cope well with protein and was smooth with plenty of black fruit, but no more. It was a bit non-descript to be honest.
The Chateau Pitray was slightly better and certainly quite drinkable, but there was just no excitement to it unfortunately.