Sock Club met at Mark’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday 20th, for the final Blind Tasting Party of the year – some good wines and an unusual extra.

Here is the Wine List with, as usual decreasingly coherent, comments from me… Other members of Sock Club: please feel free to amplify….
See you in that brave New Year!

Prosecco Conegliano Superiore Brut 2012 (Sainsbury’s TTD)     (Welcome Wine)
Slightly sweet sherbet (typical of Prosecco). Quite a rich palate with similar flavours and a hint of peach and a nutty note. Frothy at first but the mousse is quite short lived, and reasonable lemon/orange acidity. A good Prosecco with deeper flavours than many examples.

 “Rouvre Saint Leger” Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudon 2012             (Rachel)
Heavy, slightly oily nose, floral notes too and a palate of slightly over-ripe fruit (apricots?). A slightly bitter nut-kernel finish (the flavours from the Viognier?). A Roussanne / Viognier CDRV blend, which would cope well with a Provencal salad.

 Ch. Rives Blanques Limoux 2011       (Yvonne)
Fruity and citric nose, some floral tones too (honeysuckle?) – lovely long line of acidity, cirtus and citrus peel, good length and an oily finish. This is a Chardonnay, Chenin & Mauzac blend.

Peter Lehman “Portrait” Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2012        (Kathryn)
Limey and elderflower notes. Warm long acidity of citrus and rhubarb,  with a softer fruit note later. Some subtlety for an New World Riesling… Long, bright, crystalline and lovely – a good Eden Valley example.

Lirac Blanc 2012 (Maby)                  (Kim)
A similar nose to the Limoux, nutty citrus and floral. Palate is mineral, with citrus and a leaner food friendly structure. An interesting comparison to the other Rhone, the grapes are entirely different even though only a few miles away: Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Picpoul.

“L’Instant Safran” Cahors Rosé (Rigal) 2012           (Sue T)
A pale limpid pink. Notes of rhubarb, vanilla and caramel. The wine has a surprisingly clean, sharp and dry palate. Well structured and quite full. A good Malbec Rosé!

Bodega Monte Real Malbec/Shiraz 2012        (Andy)
Slightly spicey but strong orange acidity (A “tell” of Argentinian Malbec for me). Supple tannins and a good fruit/acid line . Would be lovely with food, though a little simple at the finish…

Aglianico del Vulture “Basilica” Val del Trono 2001                  (Laurie)
Pruney nose with a herby hint. Palate has a sharp cherry and mulberry flavour with late acidity. Herbs again with an almost port fruit – but dry. Long finish with leather and brambles coming through. Shows its age well.

Ch. Bel-Air Lescudier (Côtes de Bourg) 2004                 (Rob)
Big leafy nose. Coolish bramble fruit, then something leaner – and quite sharp, dry structured finish. A little young even at 9?

“The Hedonist” McClaren Vale Shiraz 2011                           (Mark)
Slightly oaky recessed nose – hint of cassis? Spicy palate brambles and then a soft-ish wood note Good typicity!

Alisios Tempranillo / Touriga 2010 (Brazil)         (Mike)
A wine from Brazil! Fruit driven nose (blueberry?) Soft stewed raspberry, soft cinammon spice, a little confected style reminiscent of some Moroccan wines, and suggesting that sort of food!

and finally…

I had been asked to try 3 inexpensive reds to showcase as Broadway Wine of the Month ( ). So we all tried these quickly – before the other reds. Here are my notes (made in a more liesurely fashion earlier).

Alianca Bairrada Reserva
Dark garnet colour. Pungent nose with sweet red fruit (plums and cherries) and herby compost “pong”. Bigger and longer fruit than the Pasqua but dry tannins, and alcohol and spice warmth at the finish. Rather lean and better with food.

Topazio Duoro Doc Reserva
Dark, brambly nose with woody notes.  Palate has supple fruit (mulberry maybe then later darker black berry fruits) and a more mouth-watering acidity. Spicy and earthy hints – the fruit/acid balance makes the wine refreshing and more-ish. Some length and complexity too.
This was, by far, my favourite!

Pasqua Passimento Rosso
This is Amarone lite, partly made with dried grapes. Accordingly it has a dried cherry nose, slightly sweet fruit – quite pale and light. Soft – again a quite sweet, “pretty” palate – cherries again… going into a spicy and slightly bitter (amarone?) finish. Quite short and light though and quite a lot of the flavours are knocked out with food…

The group was split between favouring the Pasqua and the Duoro, the latter just winning!

Thank you Mark for hosting! Happy Holidays One and All!