Sock Club met at Sue Mc’s (thanks for the hospitality Sue) on Friday 23. Here is the Wine List with a few comments from me… Other members of Sock Club: please feel free to add your own – or on availability of your offerings…
See you soon

Elyssia Gran Cuvée Cava Brut (Freixnet)                               (Sue Mc)
A slightly sweet and floral nose. Clean palate with prickly acidity and a peachy finish. First guess more in the Prosecco line than Cava, as it has less of that “gluey” quality that some Cava shows. Light and nicely balanced.

Domaine Langlois-Chateau Saumur 2011                              (Ann)
Sharp nose at first then honey and eventually honeysuckle, Searing lime acidity but mineral and warmth too – pretty good dry Chenin.

Couer de Roche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Merieau)         (Laurie)
Wood on the nose, linseed and baked apple. Zesty Sauv Blanc on the palate, but mellow and integrated for SB (from the age?), apple and wood undertones. Made from old vines this is a very different interpretation from…..

Greywacke Marlbotough Sauvignon Blanc 2012                  (Sue T)
Big asparagus and nettle nose – searing green acidity and a soft finish with big fruit flavours – even redcurrant maybe. Quite a typical example of the bigger NZ style and the opposite extreme from the previous wine.

Stonier Mornington Penninsula Pinot Noir 2011                (Yvonne)
Very pale red – almost Alsace PN in colour. Strawberry nose. Surprisingly full palate, with raspberry notes and some mineral. A lovely supple cool-climate PN, with many Alsacien qualities.

Bergerac Grand Reserve 2012                           (Mike)
Germolene notes (a Merlot indication IMO) some spice and black fruit. On the palate tannic, firm with hints of black fruit again. A claret-ish blend… Rather young and a bit hard at the moment.

Molino Loco Monastrell 2012                              (Rachel)
Very dark – a floral hint and black fruit. Sharp, a little brackish and a big tannic hit on the palate, spicy and dry finish. Syrah would be the first thought but once you know it’s Monastrell, the colour and floral element is quite typical!

Château Courac Côte du Rhone-Villages Laudun 2010                 (John)
Another dark wine with quite a restrained nose – some pepper. Succulent fruit but the wine is young – needing another couple of years. Good Southern Rhone components.

Sordo Barolo “Ceretta di Perno” 2007             (Kim)
Floral elements on a quite restrained nose, opens out to a leather-ish note. The palate is tannic and tarry, but underneath a soft plummy quality. Drying, serious but fine. Much too young but a good Barolo – single vineyard as it turns out. Probably needs 3+ years!

Chateauneuf du Papes 2006 (Bosquets des Papes)              (Rob)
A sweet nose – mulberry fruit? A sweet palate too, with blackberry pastilles with a heavy tannic body and a (tell-tale?) salty finish of a Syrah blend. Quite big and maybe needing a little more integration time?

Corsiero Nero di Troia 2011 (Puglia)                             (Mark)
Slightly pruney nose – so often a Southern Italy sign – and a liquorice note. Quite hard to guess the grape but one thinks of Salice Salentino quite quickly, Sweet fruit an da tannic finish – very pleasurable for such a young wine.

and finally…
Chaume Coteaux de Layon 2010 (Domaine des Forges)     (Sue Mc)
Passion fruit and marmalade – sweet but lifting zesty acidity, lovely with apple tart – yum!

Thank you Sue Mc for hosting

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