The group met for a Sock Party hosted by Ann & John on Friday September 25th. A lovely evening punctuated by some very good wines…

Here are my notes:

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Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut     (Welcome Wine)
Onion skin pink, with red fruit and a hint of vegetal. Very firm acidity with a pink grapefruit tinge, a warm, even tannic, mid palate and a serious, Pinot, red fruit body, with a fine mousse. An IWC Gold winner, and well deserved, very good.

Greco di Tufo 2013 (Vigneti Assolati)   (Anna)
A developed nose with nutty and floral elements. Palate too has linseed oil hints with a warm, orange peel, acidity. Long and food friendly…

“Cascaille” Coteaux de Languedoc 2001 (Clavel)   (Carrie)
Lots of oily aromas and a slightly Sherry note (from Grenache Blanc? Which with Roussanne, are both about 40% components), hints of spice, ginger with underlying acidity and an evolved warm nutty finish. Very interesting with the wine’s age producing something unusual.

Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2013         (Ann)
Quite a pungent, sulphury nose at first, then stewed fruit with spice and well balanced but noticeable oak. Orchard fruit and a citric line underlying the oaky hints. A forward, rich New World Chardonnay (recalling the 1994 Single Vineyard that was August Wine of the Month), but a well-judged relatively restrained example of that type. Good.

Hunky Dory “The Tangle” 2014     (Yvonne)
This is a Marlborough take on an Alsace noble field blend (55%Pinot Gris, 35% Gewurz & 10% Riesling). The nose is mainly Gewurz at first with a peach fruit palate and a Riesling-like acidity. As if the PG was a platform for the other two grapes to perform. Some more integration later with just the beginning of a PG smoky hint.

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Savigny-lès-Beaune 2005 (Rollin)      (Laurie)
Earthy, slightly vegetal pinot-ish nose. Palate has soft red fruit within a gently firm structure, and a restrained acidity asking for food. The palate has a vague hint of herb towards the damson spirit finish. Good.

Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes 2011 (Filliatreau)        (Paul)
Very open and complex nose with plum fruit, rhubarb and herby vegetal notes. Palate has supple acidity, a stalky hint, a touch of tannin and sweet plum fruit. Lovely example of the Appellation.

Vinsobres “Référence” 2010 (Jaume)             (John)
A firm nose with a floral hint – palate has a GSM, slightly spicy, shape and warm prune fruit with a hint of vanilla and cardamom. A perfectly pitched CDRV, at peak now.

Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine La Boutinière 2007     (Rob)
A warm nose with hints of spice and a higher – almost floral – note above a plum line. Palate similar to the previous wine but with a cleaner fruit acid line supporting slightly more weight. Heavier tannins but pliant and evolved. An excellent example from a good year. 

Tamar Ridge Botrytis Riesling 2009            (Dessert)
I just enjoyed this and took no real note – sorry. But that is testimony to the pleasure of the wine!

Thanks Ann and John for a great evening, hospitality and food, and the photographs above.

Until soon…..