Sausages and mash with onion gravy here. With a couple of full bodied reds…
…the Chilean Cabernet 2012 from Gandolini was from an expired VCP and leftover from Thursday. Unfined and unfiltered and quite an ambitious wine if its cost (£23.50) is any indication. Powerful nose of ripe black fruits, cassis, spice and cedar leaves little doubt to the grape variety. Similar on tasting, sweetly ripe black fruits and spicy oak flavours had plenty of concentration, ripe tannins provided the grip and structure to balance and it finished with good length. One small gripe, it wasn’t as complex as I’d hoped.
Lack of complexity isn’t a criticism I’d level at the Rioja Reserva Selecion Especial 2004 though. Lovely medium ruby colour, now showing a slightly watery rim but no obvious signs of its age. Violets, plums, berries, spice and leather on the complex and constantly evolving nose. Almost explosive flavours when first tasted due to the lift given to it by its remarkably fresh acidity. Ripe black fruits, currants, plums and spicy vanilla flavours linger on the palate before mellowing on the grippy and slightly astringent finish. Despite its age there’s no hurry to drink.
Whatever you’re up to, take care and happy drinking.