We met for a Sock Party at Sue and Mike’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday June 5th.
Here is the Wine List with some comments from me…


Chandon Argentina Brut nv       (Welcome Wine)
Rather pungent nose: sharp, yeasty and a touch “gluey”. Stone fruit and a a bitter sweet citric twist, the moose fades rather early. Quite harsh compared to the M-C, Grand Marque Champagne.

Picpoul de Pinet 2013 (Villemarin)       (Sue)
Fragrant nose – floral hints, grapes and citrus. Palate has a mineral sub-structure, and Chardonnay weight, but with high acidity and a herby, soda-ish citric fruit. Refreshing and appetizing.

San Gerasimo Robola of Cephalonia 2013      (Anna)
Quiet nose, with hints of pear and other orchard fruit, melon but very reserved. Palate echoes the nose, with a citrus peel element. Reminiscent of East Coast Italian (Verdiccio?) which isn’t that far away really!


The Stump Jump 2010 (D’Arenberg, S. Australia)       (Yvonne)
A blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne and Rousanne – which is quite unusual and only the first and last grapes seem apparent when you know them. Soft fruit and hints of diesel on the nose, and a thicker oily, warm palate. Only in Australia… !

Alsace Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2002 (Barmes Beucher)      (Kathryn)
Marmalade notes, floral fragrances and hints or sweet tropical fruit. Sweet overall balance on the palate, long, warm and oily with a stoney counterpoint – exotic and fabulous.

Sendero das Meigas Godello 2009 (Galicia)      (Kim)
Quiet nose (compared to the previous wine, what wouldn’t be?), hints of grapefruit apple and honey – reminiscent of a chenin wine. Clean and fresh.

Pouilly-Fuissé “Levrouté Velours d’Automne” 2007 (Dmn. La Soufrandise)      (Ann)
A selected year cuvée. Dark and slow to open, revealing passion fruit notes – high acidity, some complexity and late hint of butterscotch. A distinctive Burgundy which would cope with complex dishes.

Pacherenc de Vic Bihl 2009 (Laplace)      (Paul)
From the same grape as Jurançon. Warm nose of honey, herbs, peas and quince. Warm, complex and balanced. Very good

Fondo Filara Frappato 2012 (Sicily)      (Laurie)
Served chilled, this had a black fruit – blueberries – and strawberry nose. Spicy with creamy hints, dryish palate with red fruit and refreshing acidity – a good summer barbeque wine.


Bourgeuil La Chevalerie 2008      (Mike)
Drainy first nose, clearing to show leather and some fruit. Dryish palate with depth below a greenish hint which emerges over time to show plums and herbs – complex and interesting, a very good Cabernet Franc coming to full maturity.

The Exquisite Collection Malbec 2013 (Uco Valley)      (Mark)
Hints of spirity plum. Palate has soft fruit with a tannic hit and a plum-skin fifnish. A Malbec showing typicity and depth, but a little young…

Rouge Gorge Pineau d’Aunis 2009 (Dmn. De Bellivière – Coteaux du Loir)      (Matt)
Red fruit nose with spirit notes. Palate is supple, dark fruit with a bitter hint and a sharp, grappa finish. A food wine, really (a herby game dish, maybe?) Weird and wonderful!

Château Villemarine 2009 (St. Emilion GC)     (John)
Spicey first nose, then fruit – mainly plum and prune – resinous and floral hints later, but not fully developed. Palate shows a little youthful hardness, but with structure and depth and blackberry fruit bubbling under the surface. Very classy, but needs 2 or 3 years?!

Château Cissac 2007 (Haut Medoc)      (Rob)
Earthy, black fruit and cooked plum nose, laurel leaf herb qualities later. Palate is tannic, and has considerable warm acidity. Seems a little young but given the age may just be a little unbalanced, due to the vintage.

Thank you again Sue and Mike, for hosting a lovely evening, the photographs…  and the Ice Cream! 😀