The group met for a Sock Party hosted by Sue Mc and Johnny on Friday June 26th. A wonderfully convivial evening, marked by some very interesting wines….

Here are my notes:

Tiamo Prosecco       (Welcome Wine)
Hints of pears and blossom, with a slightly sharp note and a richer, gluey, tone. The palate is light with a quite long citrus line, but the middle palate has a distinctive sherbet sweetness and a warm mousse.

Muscato Giallo Trentino (Riva Del Garda)       (Johnny)
Sweet, grapey nose with a peachy and grassy undertone. The palate echoes the nose, with natural grapey sweetness offset – although not entirely – by a citric hint. Only 11%, this would be best very cold on a Summer day picnic.

Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2010 (Chevrot, Maranges)          (Laurie)
This is the third time I’ve tasted this wine (previously: two and three years ago). Now the citric backbone noted before has a lime quality (having before shown grapefruit and sharp lemon) so it is warming. The fruit too – previously melon – starts that way but warms to peach. The palate is becoming more integrated with acidity weaving in and out of chalk minerality and peach fruit. As the wine warms its un-Burgundian austerity softens to show some creaminess. Another year and this will be an elegant Chablis-ish style! Reminiscent of the Santenay at Perkins (see June 14th Post).

Gewürztraminer Trentino “3 Diquattro” (Riva Del Garda) 2012         (Sue Mc)
Some vanilla and nutty elements masking a slightly cardamom / ginger note. Palate has a clean mineral and acid structure with sweet fruit recessed. A stylish and structured Gewürztraminer which would go fabulously with food. A hit!

Bierzo Mencia Rosado 2014 (Pizzaras De Otero)           (Sue T)
Nose has sweet pear and cherry fruit with a hint of citrus. Palate has structure with firm acidity and a hint of soft tannic warmth supporting a cranberry fruit line. Another summer food wine. Good.

Amelia 2013 (Tikves, Macedonia)       (Matt)
This wine is a blend of Shiraz, the local Vranec & Petit Verdot. Very herby and stalky nose showing glimpses of plum fruit underneath. The palate has green tinge of youth too and only slowly reveals black fruit and plums against a spicy Shiraz finish. This needs time – maybe 3 years and might open like a Right Bank Claret….

Gamaret – Garanoir 2011 AOC La Côte (CIDIS, Nyon )              (Kim)
This Vaud red is made from two Swiss hybrids. Gamaret is a Gamay x Reichensteiner (1990) with deep colour, spice, power and tannin, there are 380 ha in Switzerland. Garanoir is a sibling (GxR) usually blended with Gamay or Gamaret, it is fruitier and lighter than Garamet – there are 203ha in Switzerland.  Dark purple, with a herby, cherry and mulberry nose. This has a Bojo quality – showing lightness with a herby twist and just about ready!

“Fonte del Re” Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2012 (Umani Ronchi)       (Rob)
The nose is quite closed but has elements of blueberry and prune with a hint of ash(!). Palate is slightly spirity but later a more dilute fruit – blueberry again – returns in a rather lean structure. Maybe a bit too young.

John X Merryman 2012 (Rustenberg)            (Mike)
This has cedar, mushrooms, berry fruit and a woody note. Palate has warmth and spice overlaying a clear Bordeaux balance, with supple tannins and a dark fruit acid line. If only all New World Claret copies were all as polished as this.

Tinto da Ânfora 2013 (Alentejo, Portugal)            (Kathryn)
This wine is from Alentejo  in Portugal and is made from 50% Aragones (the local name for Tempranillo), 20% Trincadeira, 20% Touriga Nacional and  10% Cabernet Sauvignon – each variety is vinified separately, then blended and aged in oak casks for a year. It has won IWC Bronze twice in recent years. The nose has warm spice hiding sweet berry fruit. The palate is concentrated and rich, with sweet fruit, berries again and darker plum notes. There is a citric acidity with a sour cherry twist, but the wine has port-like (jammy and tannic) depth with big, spicey, grainy tannins. A little unintegrated – this needs a couple of years.

Recioto della Valpolicella 2013 (Zeni)        (Dessert)
It was late and this was lovely – so I just drank and didn’t write…  but I remember cherry notes and an grainy yet creamy warmth that gave a texture that went so well with chocolate triffle-thingy for dessert – Yum!

Thanks, Sue and Johnny (not forgetting Max and Benny), for a lovely evening.