We met for a Sock Party at Anna and Paul’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday October 24th.
Here is the Wine List with some comments from me…

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Montlouis Methode Traditionelle Demi-Sec “Le Piggonnier”       (Welcome Wine)
White fruit nose, with a sweet-ish sherbet hint. Palate has considerable sweetness, though quite well integrated with warmer honey notes and apple flavours. Light balance, refreshing would be great with something salty….

Alísios Pinot Grigio / Riesling 2013 (Seival Estate, Campanha, Brazil)       (Sue)
Pale colour, initial pungency passes to give an orange fruit nose. Palate is quite rich with a citric acidity and a warm tropical fruit finish with a mineral hint balancing. Interesting!

Auxey-Duresses 2004 (Michel Prunier)       (Kim)
This is the third month running we’ve had a Prunier wine, after his sparkler in September and 2005 “Clos du Val” in August. This had an initial sulphury nose, giving way to nutty and stewed fruit elements, with an oily impression. Vegetal flavours, nutty richness, hint of peach and a warm citric acidity, beautifully balance and mature – perfect with smoked salmon!

Humberto Canale Pinot Noir 2012 (Patagonia, Argentina)       (Anna)
Pale translucent red wine, sweetish fruit nose – raspberry? Palate echoes the sweet fruit but a warm – rhubarb tinged – acidity balancing it. Good!

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Cornas 1998 (Noel Verset)      (Laurie)
Nose has both red and yellow fruit hints (peach, even!?) and a peppery and woody undertow. Soft fruit palate – bramble and plums. Supple with long flavours leading to spice and coffee notes, some say leather… thankfully no salt. Still vibrant at this age and showing integration, length and considerable elegance for a N. Rhone.

Chateau Branda 2002 – Puisseguin St. Emilion      (Rob)
Lillies, mint or eucalyptus, oak, plum skins on the nose. Warm, slightly spirity palate – supple long and mature. Palate has a more Cabernet Sauvignon character than Merlot or C. Franc… but very good and about at its peak.

Altitudes Ixsir (Lebanon) 2010       (Mike)
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Syrah and Tempranillo, this wine has a black fruit nose with a herbacious under-note. Palate is very succulent with black fruit, blackberry with a hint of blackcurrant and lip-smaking acidity aligned with the fruit right through the taste. Impressive.

Millanni 1994 (Guicciardini Strozzi)       (Paul)
This is a Vino da Tavola Toscano – so a super Tuscan with Sangiovese 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Merlot 30% – made first in 1994 to celebrate the Millenium of the winery!!!
Vaguely porty nose, with very dark fruit (even dried fruit) and port flavours on the palate. Very evolved tannins and a long supple sharp black cherry and fruit cake finish. Cries out for food – fab!

Tacama Selección Especial 2011 (Ica Valley, Peru)      (Kathryn)
A blend of Petit Verdot & Tannat, this wine has herbal, fenugreek notes on the nose with some black fruit. The palate is rich grainy and supple, slightly warm dark plum fruit. Quite intense and warm but as yet not developing complexity.

I’ve looked up the Verset Cornas and the Tuscan wines on Wine-Searcher and the Verset (Noel not Alain) vintages (2005 was the last ever) are around the £250 mark at Rare Wines of Sonoma!!!! The Millanni stands at Euro 105 on Italian e-bay!!!! 

So… a evening of great conviviality and special wines – Thanks so much Anna & Paul.

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