We met for a Sock Party at Kim’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday December 19th.

Here is the Wine List with some comments from me…

 Gruner Veltliner Auslese 2008 (Siedler)      (Welcome Wine)
Acquired from the grower’s Heuriger  in Mautern, just up river from Krems. This has a grapefruit nose with floral hints. The palate was not dry, but with a demi-sec, or traditional German Riesling sweetness balance – showing light apricot fruit and a slightly bitter stony finish. Very interesting.

Malvazija Istarska 2013 (Croatia)       (Mike)
A slightly Sauvignon Blanc inclined nose – with hints of gooseberry and citrus. The palate is bigger than the nose suggests with a pithy and warm notes and a hint of kiwi fruit, maybe.  

Rueda “Ermita Veracruz” Verdejo 2005              (Carrie)
Slightly vegetal nose with notes of peas. Palate is nutty with and oily quality and a slightly bitter warm note – fenugreek maybe. Very old school aged Central Spanish style.

 Savennieres “Clos du Papillon” 2005 (Baumard)         (Ann)
Nose has caramel and honey hints and a touch of rhubarb. Palate has dark, evolved, citrus acidity and honey again but without any noticeable sweetness. A long line of lip-smacking acidity improves in the glass. Balanced, refreshing and complex. Very good.
Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 (Perdigal)                (Kathryn – then Yvonne!!)
Pears and warm oily notes on the nose. Plate reflects this with prickly acidity, herby and orange tinged acidity and a heavier fruity note. Typical, and good, CDR Blanc balance. By chance Yvonne brought another bottle of the same wine (from another store) and the second bottle – although showing family resemblance – had a fresher, slightly more soda-ish quality. Due, no doubt, to storage differences?

Bourgeuil Grand Mont 1997 (Druet)              (Laurie)
Floral hints at first on the nose, then raspberry, green stalks and pencil-lead notes. Palate has warm acidity and lots of damson fruit, set against a slightly bitter acidity, and chewy but supple tannins. A well balanced example, still at its peak.

Berardenga Chiant Classico 2005 (Fèlsina)        (Rob)
Nose has plums and plum-skins, followed with a hint of cherry and bay leaf. Palate starts with sour cherry, a slightly herby middle with acidity and some soft tannin and a hint of fruit cake on the finish. This is my favourite Chianti Fattoria, towards the Southern border of the Classico, East of Siena: cypress lined drive, fabulous olive oil and wine – they even have a cat… This example is wonderfully expressive, wonderfully typical and … well… wonderful!

Interlude Pinot Noir 2013 (S. E. Aus.)      (Mark)
Slightly medicinal tinged plum fruit nose. The palate has crisp acidity and (very) sweet soft fruit in tension. Sharp in the middle palate and dropping into a fruit (damson?) driven finish. Would be better resolved with time, maybe – or with – say – duck in a fruity sauce.
Pecharmont 2007 (Alard)      (Sue Mc)
Plum fruit nose, a hint of wood and a warm claret-ish balance. Palate has strong, but supple, acidity and dryish, herby plum fruit. The is a sweet undercurrent to the structure making a well-balanced wine.

Tai Rosso “Palladiano” 2010 (Marcato, Colli Berici)            (John)
Fragrant nose, with damson notes and an oaky hint and a dry leafy element. Fruity palate, with a pastille sweetness and a line of acidity with a dry finish. A new wine on me – and quite supple – reminding me a bit of the fruity Italian style of (eg) Lacrima di Morro d’Alba one finds.. Good.

Sevilen Öküzgözü 2013       (Sue T)
Fruity nose with a host of fruits – of which damson seems the closest similarity. Palate has sweet fruits, slightly more black fruit and a dark vegetal note with quite good acidity. Can see this would work with Turkish food.

Arbois Vin de Paille 2009 (Fruitière d’Arbois)  –   (UK Price ca. £27.50 for ½ btl.)   (Kim)
Toffee and fruit nose: caramel and sharp strong apples and pears…. Great acidity – citrus peel and almost tannin on the palate give structure to the cooked apple sweetness. Just lovely – long and complex in the glass and wonderful as dessert or with the apple cake….. Great!!!

Thanks so much for hosting, Kim.

This will be the last post on this site until the New Year. So, until then…

A supple, deeply flavoured, long-lived and complex New Year to all our readers!