What? A new wine musings? Could it be? Well after a much needed rest, the muser has decided once again to muse. For now. Just to mix it up a bit. I feel like Gary Vee (lol). Here are a few from the vault that merit mentioning...
****++Wine of Merit: Roses de Jeanne, Le Creaux d'Enfer, Champagne, NV (2006): Back with a bang! This is an utterly profound 100% pinot noir, saignee sparkler from Cedirc Bouchard. Very small production from a very small (.032 hectare) parcel in Champagne. Nuanced notes of minerals, pomegranate, rhubarb and tamarind. Very aromatic, with wonderful detail. The palate is chiseled and energetic, good acids, great depth . Long finish. Majestic.
***++ Chateau Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, Bordeaux, 1995: Bulls eye on this wine's drinking window, though in no hurry at all. Expressive elements of cassis, blackberry, cedar, iodine and grilled bell pepper. Wonderful concentration and depth, front to back. Finish is fine and adds sweetness. Exactly what I hope for from a claret. Wish I had bought more back in the day.
***++ Laurel Glen, Sonoma Mountain, cabernet sauvignon, 1986: Meal-in-a-glass nicoise olives, tar, grilled mushrooms, maturing red fruit, sage. Full on the palate, wonderful balance and depth to the fine, furry finish. Really a stand-out of the evening. I wish they (Napa/Sonoma) still made them this way. A gift.
***+ Restalte, Ribera del Duero, Crianza, 2005: Pure exubernace in a glass. Aromatically explosive stuff. Wonderful effusive notes of red/black raspberry, rosehip, tisane and yes, tagine spices. Somehow very well balanced on the palate, with some new world chocolate and vanilla. But I keep coming back to the nose. My mother-in-law used to have a huge, thickly cut diamond ring that she called "The Wower". This wine is wower material. Great QPR.
***+Merus, Napa Valley, cabernet sauvignon, 2004: No explanations, no excuses. No one will confuse this wine with anything other than a big, brawny, Napa cab. What it lacks in sophistication it makes up for in sheer pleasure. Thick, blueberry pie, treacle and espresso notes. All singing, all dancing. Not much on focus or precision on the palate, just more big, bombastic fruit, mocha and vanilla. Not my everyday cup of tea (or should I say slice of pie) but fun while it lasts. Yum.
*** Windgap, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles, grenache/syrah/mouvedre blend, 2007: Awesome. Raspberry, white pepper, bacon and maple. Lively. More red berry and pepper on the palate. Full, coating but still bright...yummy. Pax has really hit a homer with this Wind Gap label. Kudos.