Waiting on The Red Daily Slosh

2 Feb

This is my Bordeaux and Barolo theme song, it seems, as I seldom open them. I will wait and I will wait.

Let’s look at the February 4th release. Last week, I made recommendations for sparkling bottles for that release (with a brilliant call to arms) here. I’ll focus on the reds today.

chateau-blaignanSpeaking of Bordeaux, there’s a value pick from the great 2010 vintage – 2010 Château Blaignan #400606 $23.95. I have started to ignore the annoying habit of wine writers and the Bordelais of declaring vintage after vintage the “Vintage Of The Century“. It’s getting a bit tired. That said, 2010 was one of those declared ‘greatest’ vintages and there are a lot of good values to be had by taking wine from petite chateaux, second labels, or from some of the lesser known AOC’s in 2010. This wine – the Blaignan – is an example of that value proposition. Well balanced, drinking great right now. This wine has loads of fruit, some spiciness, and some sultry notes as well. More sophisticated than the price indicates. If you don’t hold, hold, hold your Bordeaux, then get a bunch of this. It’s ‘go time’ right now.

There’s a tried and true method to establishing a winning wine industry in a region – know what can work, what the land gives you, and then work it to death. You don’t see Bordelais screwing around with Sangiovese or Primitivo? I know that there are breaks from tradition that bear great results as in Super Tuscan wine but generally, working with what you have works best. Certain regions do best with certain grapes. In Niagara, they are focusing a bit more on Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. In particular, Pinot Noir grown off the flats and more in the Twenty Valley, Beamsville Bench, Vinemount Ridge appellations domaine-queylus-tradition-pinot-noirseem to thrive and shine. A master of Pinot Noir, Thomas Bachelder has been skulking around here, as well as Oregon and Burgundy, making great Chardonnays and Pinots. This week, there’s a beaut of his – 2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir #392738 $$29.95 hitting the shelves; I imagine in small quantities. Tasted at the cellar door, this is still a bit too early to pound – so it’s youthful, reserved, waiting to grow up – loads of red fruits, earthiness waiting to burst through some serious acidity. It reminds me of his Oregon efforts – serious, restrained, yet power lurking, lurking and, if you’re patient rewarding you. Keep this down below for a few years – I know that I am. If your ‘kind a’ Pinot needs to be a la Meomi, take a pass on this. But, if your sweet spot is Oregon, Prince Edward County, even Burgundy – this is for you.

mompertoneAt the Grandi Marchi last year (you can read my post on the tasting here), I sipped a slew of great wines. FYI, a ‘slew’ is the metric equivalent of 1.765 times a ‘bunch’. A bunch being an imperial measure, of course. One of the tables was the Antinori family group and they had their 2014 Prunotto Mompertone Monferrato Rosso #388587 $18.95 among others. My tasting notes reflect that “I love it!” This is fresh – meaning youthful, sensuous, not round, angular. You need food with this. Tomato based pasta, sausage pizza, or a simple burger (not too much fancying  up) would be fantastic. If you had this wine blindfolded, you would have little trouble identifying that it was Italian and, if you’re a fan, you might even guess Piedmonte. Barbera grapes primarily with some Syrah. A swish or two in the glass allows this easy drinking, lip smacking red to open up.

 

casa-de-cambresI picked up a few of the Portuguese wines that were featured last release and the one that stood out for me was from the Duoro – the 2009 Casa de Cambres #470377 $13.95. This 40% Touriga Franca, 40% Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo), and 20% Touriga Nacional blend is drinking perfectly right now but will last through the next five years easily. So, it’s a cheap cellar candidate. Wood evident but not overpowering, dark fruits, and big nose. A good smack of acidity on the finish. If your first sip seems like the acidity overruns the fruit,  just let the wine rest and it will soften for you. Good value!

Cheers.

Bill

 

6 Responses to “Waiting on The Red Daily Slosh”

  1. Michelle Williams February 2, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    I would have grabbed the 2010 Bordeaux as well!

  2. samba2017 May 5, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    Nice laylout with the bottles beside the text! Thanks for sharing fellow wine lover! I love a good glass of red. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about a Primitivo in case you have time to have a look? Have a good day, Sam 🙂

    • Duff's Wines May 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      Will definitely visit. Poetry is a lost art. Very under-appreciated. I just recently found a binder full of poetry that my father wrote unbeknownst to me. It was a great discovery and an insight into who he really was.

      • samba2017 May 6, 2017 at 1:13 am #

        What a great find. Will you put the poems in a book?

      • Duff's Wines May 7, 2017 at 8:16 am #

        Not sure yet. But, maybe that’s a great idea for his grandkids.

      • samba2017 May 7, 2017 at 9:18 am #

        I made a book of the poems I wrote about my Dad on his birthday last year. It was a nice way to spend the day and felt like a great way to celebrate my Dad’s life.

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