A few WING members traveled out to Cropwell Bishop for a Sock Party hosted by Sue on Friday June 24th. The company was boosted by three enthusiastic wine drinkers new to blind tasting, and the evening proved lively and delightful.

Here are my notes:

MOËT & CHANDON IMPÉRIAL BRUT NV              Welcome Wine
Yeasty and apple notes on the nose. An elegant and persistent mousse with clean citric vibrant acidity indicating Champagne, with a slightly brioche finish.

Solaris is a grape bred at Freiberg in 1975; with Riesling & Pinot Gris as two of its “great-grandparents”, and Muscat Ottonel as another “grandparent”. The wine has a pungent grassy first nose, opening to reveal pear and melon. The palate has a sharp line of acidity with some mineral dryness and an unusual savoury finish.

PETIT CHABLIS 2014 (Union des Viticulteurs)           Lorraine
A nose with lemon and caramel hints with an element of wood. The palate is quite restrained with citrus, mineral warmth and yellow fruit. Balanced and fresh with clear Burgundy traits, and restraint indicating Chablis.

PLANETA COMETA FIANO 2014 (Siciliana Menfi DOC)         Kim
Quite a pungent nose with wood and fennel. Palate is rich with white peach, hint of lychees and spice. This Sicilian is “bigger” expression of the Fiano grape than would be usual from Avellino in Campania.

SOAVE CLASSICO 2013 (ZENI)         Sue
Rich nose: oak, other resinous notes and some spice. Palate too is woody with tropical – pineapple? – fruit and spice again. Very weighty and unlike any common Soave one might find in this country. Pieropan makes “La Rocca” Soave [ about £22 at Wine Society] which has similar weight but more elegance, although I prefer the more balanced “Calvarino” [which has the benefit of being only £15] – see post of May 14 below or follow this link.

BOURGUEIL “VAUMOREAU” 2008 (Druet)         Laurie
Raspberry and raspberry leaf aromas followed by earthy hint. The palate is round, with light tannins and the raspberry fruit outlined with lovely acidity, herby and earthy hints – all asking for food… (in fact Sue served crisp belly pork nibbles – perfect). A lighter style of Bourgueil (from the vintage?) closer in weight to Chinon, but with some richness – lovely!

“CLUB PRIVADO” RIOJA 2014 (Baron de Ley)         Yvonne
Vanilla, creamy nose with briar fruit. Palate has a long red fruit line with a warm gentle structure and a savoury hint. Very supple for its age – a sort of young Rioja one would not have found 10 years ago….

BANDOL 2011 (Bunan)         Lesley
Fragrant black-fruit nose, with  a slight violet hint. Palate has a firm structure: warm tannin and acidity – under black fruit and a saline hint. Power with charm and needing food…. good.

OLD BUSH VINE GRENACHE 2014 (Yalumba – Barossa, Aus.)         Juliane
Very pale with a warm fruity nose, with a herb dimension. Palate is soft plum fruit helped by a light spice, acid lift –  with a raspberry, slightly leaner, finish. A summer evening food wine that could probably support slight chilling!

Thank you so much Sue, for a wonderfully convivial evening…