I think I paid about $10 for this impressive sparkler from France. Enjoy the video review!
I’ll have a variation on this, as it applies to both cigars and fine alcohol.
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.
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!
Over the holidays I had a chance to get around to drinking without working, and smoking cigars without working, but one of the things I did make sure to take notes on was the bottle of Saint Hilaire 2014 Blanquette De Limoux.
The pertinent details:
Blanquette de Limoux
Grape Blend: Mauzac, chardonnay and chenin blanc – an unusual combination for my palate but I’ll leave my impressions in a moment.
Of course, the Methode Traditionale technique was used and the wine was fermented in the bottle.
Tasting notes had this wine as very crisp, with refreshing tiny bubbles and that slight terroir taste I enjoy about French wine so much. The finish was medium with not really any buttery or creamy notes, though I tasted slight hints of oak. That may have been the cigar, though. Citrus and apple really complimented things as the wine opened up.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world. We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France’s Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.
By 1794 Blanquette de Limoux was well known and appreciated throughout France. About that time, it was discovered by a famous American, Thomas Jefferson.
Among his other talents, the third American President was an expert on French Wines and Blanquette de Limoux, one of his favorites, was an integral part of his wine cellar. In fact, President Jefferson was probably the first person to bring the wine to America.
Today, Blanquette de Limoux has won the acclaim of knowledgeable wine enthusiasts throughout the world.
As a gift to myself, I decided to join the D.E.W.N. club from Bonny Doon Vineyards. As a member of the Distinctive, Esoteric Wine Network, I’m paying for shipments of four bottles quarterly.
This shipment arrived and last night’s meal was lamb burgers. The recipe I used was a variation I have to rework a touch, too much spice and not enough savory, but the lamb flavor came through in spades so that’s good.
The newsletter goes on to talk about having planted Pinot Meunier and giving it a go after revisiting the idea and memories of tasting a wine from Domaine Chandon (who know a thing or two about wine) made of 100% Pinot Meunier.
Point is, the wine itself has the following statistics:
Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Vineyard: Yont Mill
Now the juice.
A quick swirl in the glass gave me bright cherry flavors. The taste itself was more or less like sour cherry, with some candied fruit on the palate. Light tobacco and a hint of charred oak made me fairly happy. The finish was medium, more light-medium than anything.
According to their newsletter, the wine is drinkable now, but could benefit from 6-8 years of ageing.
Vintage 2012 was a nice year for some Sauvignon Blancs.
Sight: Almost straw, pale gold.
Nose: Very forward, ripe pear, crisp apple, some sort of melon sweetness intruded nicely.
Taste: Lush, very pear focused finish with loam or soil of some sort? Very approachable with a medium finish.