Ever since I had my first bottle of Rioja about 19 years ago (that’s right, I was probably under age!) I’ve been hooked. The dryness of a wine that has plenty of age on it has always appealed to me because the wines of the time spoke of the land, in a different manner than one thinks about when we hear the word terroir.
That first bottle was a 2001 Marque de Riscal. Nice and dry, with plenty of dust and musky flavors to make you think of the wine your old man drank, if he drank wine, the Marque was an introduction to a different style of wine that my heart still has a fondness for.
This is not that. The Cortijo Rioja from 2015 is 100% Tempranillo grape from Spain and none of the familiar dryness was present in this wine. Instead, the wine was more balanced. My unofficial notes from Evernote state:
A rich, deep red color with a ruby nose, that lets out some oak, cherry, and pepper is confirmed by the taste, along with firm tannins, light structure. Oak and hints of light spice follow through on the medium finish.
The first scotch whiskey of the year is a solid one. And a happy accident on my part as the purchase price was mixed up at the store and I had low blood sugar so…
$67 plus tax at Greens Package store on Ponce. 40% ABV.
Aberlour 16 year Double Matured Highland Single Malt
Aged in both sherry and oak casks brings a uniqueness not unheard of in Scotland to this whiskey. The two types of casks are filled and held to age for at least sixteen years before being married.
The flavor profile of this scotch is as follows:
Definite vanilla wit hints of smoke and spice follow up a medium sweet finish with very little burn. That may be cinnamon. This is definitely a sipping scotch
This would pair well with a rosado or something from Don Pepin Garcia. Maybe even the new blends by La Rosa de San Diego. I have had a few of their robustos and found them quite enjoyable. The sweetness from the whiskey would balance out the pepper bomb that is Pepin, but there are a number of other fine cigars out there which would pair stellarly with Aberlour.
It’s a new year and that means we’ve got a lot more to get through in the realm of smoking and drinking! Yes, the FDA’s bullshit ruling on new cigars will make it very difficult for innovation in flavor but there are plenty of cigars on the market that we will be trying, many of whom slipped in just before the FDA deadline.
As to drinking? What would you like to see in the new year? Seeing as how I’m in bourbon country, that may be the way I take this for a little while.
Also, there’s a class I’m in the process of developing that’s aimed at writers on drinking, sex, and booze. I’ll probably throw in my two cents about cigars too LOL!
The folks at Highland Cigar Company are still doing tastings on Tuesdays so you’ll get more updates from me on those. Those blog posts will probably be shorter though, due to the amount of notes I can take on a one-ounce pour of any given spirit.
I know I want more wine in my life, and I want more wine education, seeing as how I’ve forgotten much of what I used to know on viticulture and being an oenophile. Maybe I’ll pick random regions from France of Spain and find wines to suit and taste. We will see. All I know is that 2017 promises to be even better for the White Wolf Indulgence lifestyle.
Happy New Year!