Sock Club met at Kim’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday 29, for a lovely evening with some good wines.

Here is the Wine List with a few (thinner than usual?) comments from me… Other members of Sock Club: please feel free to amplify….
See you soon

Cremant de Jura (Fruitiere Vinicole d’Arbois)     (Welcome Wine)
Hints of grapefruit on the nose. Sherbet-y fizz with a sweet tinge but also lemon citrus flavours, grapefruit acidity is clean and persistent but mousse fades quite quickly… This is 100% Chardonnay.

“A to Z” Oregon Pinot Gris 2011                          (Yvonne)
Oily notes on the nose. Long palate, with strong citric (lime) acidity. Very lean and long and food-friendly for a Pinot Gris.

Slovenian Sauvignon Blanc (Puklavec & Friends) 2011       (John)
Elderflower and currant-leaf  nose – some say “cat’s pee”…. Nettles and warm mineral twist on the palate… half-way between New World and French SB! See November Wine of the Month.

Sainsbury’s TTD  Rias Baixas Alboriño 2011        (Andy)
Peachy nose, with a citrus prickle. Citric acidity and a chalky minerality on the palate. Fragrance appears with time, long and fresh with a sweet aftertaste – a good example.

Ch. Puy Servain “Terrement” Montravel Blanc 2009                  (Kim)
Pungent, sulphur first note – sharp fruit (rhubarb?) and oily nutty notes – Semillon seems apparent although it’s only 10%. The rest is Sauvignon – Gris and Blanc… my notes from the vineyard suggest mostly the former!

Etna DOC Nicosia Blanco 2012           (Sue T)
Restrained pear nose then a mineral palate, with a pithy apple acidity. A little restrained altogether… maybe needs a little time…

Gevrey-Chambertin “En Songe” 2009 (Jacob)        (Laurie)
Herby and slightly woody first note – red fruit underneath.  Warm fruit (raspberry?) and herbs too on the palate – with an underlying jam and acid fruit line. A £20 Burgundy to show its more complex than the December Wine of the Month… and it is. Would be lovely with food…

Pizzorno Merlot-Tannat 2011                  (Mark)
Meaty nose, with supple citric acidity (Mandarin? which is a S American indication) and fruit and significant tannins, a slightly bitter (clove) finish. The label doesn’t give the proportions  but lists Merlot first, the wine seems more Tannat although much less tough than a young Madiran.

“Secret Rouge” 2010 Pays d’Oc   (Vignerons des Cers)                 (Ann)
Quiet nose – dark fruit (blackberry) and some leather bubbling underneath. Similar palate, with a little spice and harshness – showing youth? Grenache and Marselan, apparently…

“Red Fox” Rondo 2011 (Buzzard’s Valley)                           (Anna)
Branston Pickle nose (yes really!), then blackberry fruit. Palate very sharp with some flesh, dry and some tannin and medicinal notes. Shows the qualities – and the limitations – of English red.

Valiano Chianti Classico 2009         (Paul)
Dark fruit nose, baking spice… Quite tannic structure, some cherry with mocha and fruit-cake notes. This is from the SE corner of the Classico, near to Felsina and also 100% Sangiovese, but just now seems to be in between the young sour-cherry stage and the developed fruit-cake stage.

Altano Douro 2011          (Sue T)
Similar nose to the previous wine. Greener and slightly bigger and harder tannins though, with big black fruit but slightly underdeveloped…..

Caves de Prouille Merlot 2011 Pay d’Aude     (Andrew)
Slightly earthy nose, dark fruit too. Palate warm with sweet black fruit and a grainy Merlot element.

Sevilen Okuzgozo 2012 (Turkey)     (Mike)
Quiet nose with some red fruit, though the palate is more blackberry and apple. Strong acidity – with sweet fruit behind and leathery tannins but not quite integrated. A new grape on me…

and finally…
Jurancon Cuvee Privilege 2008 (Castera)      (Kim)
Quince on the nose, then passion fruit and peach. A striking line of acidity balances the clean persistent sweetness – just perfect for the Tarte Citron… wonderful!

Thank you Kim for hosting!

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