Just back from a fabulous informal, relaxing 'Winter Wine' tasting event. There was around a dozen or so wines with some excellent nibbles including some lovely ripe Gorgonzola cheese, other mature cheeses, a selection of cold meats etc..
Amongst the wine highlights were.....
Domaine de Villemajou Corbieres Boutenac 2009. Carigan, Grenache,Syrah (my favourite red of the evening)
Chateau Musar 2003/04, Gaston Hochar (Lebanese wine) Cab Sauv, Cinsault, Carignan (Another excellent wine)
Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec 2008, Mendoza
Austrian, Gruner Veltliner 2010, Kamptaler Terrassen. (never heard of Gruner Veltliner grape) but fantastic flavour, my favourite white
Vinalba Seleccion Torrontes 2011, Lujan de Cuyo (again never heard of Torrontes grape) lovely wine.
It was certainly a great evening with some unusual winesand good company, roll on the next tasting !
Winter Wine Tasting
- Reply by JonDerry, Nov 25, 2011.
Sounds like a good time spike, Carignan is around here and there but rarely discussed. Notice it came up in quite a bit when tasting through the Ridge lineup earlier in the year.
- Reply by EMark, Nov 25, 2011.
Sounds like you had fun and were able to try some new things.
I tried Torrontes for the first time about six months ago and thought the examples we had were terrific.
It seems to me that about 20-25 years ago, there were a handful of California wineries that were bottling Carignan--mostly in the San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy area. My memory is that they were very earthy, but I liked them because they did not try to compete with any meal I was having. As Jon indicates, it appears that there are still some vineyards around today.
- Reply by dmcker, Nov 25, 2011.
How'd you find the Musar, Spike? For all my years of travelling in that general region, and even more of drinking wine, I've never had any, even though I've heard reference to it from time to time. I suppose I should put it on a short list of those to try soon.
Gruner Veltliner hit a huge popularity spike a few years back. You'd rarely hear of it 10 or more years ago, but the last five is different. Initially it was great value, but prices rose a bit. Torrontes is also now rearing its head.
Sounds like a lot of fun was likely had by all....
Reply by spikedc, Nov 26, 2011.
Edited Nov 26, 2011
yes, really enjoyed the evening it was great to try some new Varieties.
jon - the Carignan for me was a real surprise although it does seem to get some bad press as being tired and lacks style and elegance. I was told it needs support from other varietes to help it along. I assume the dominant nose of earth,cigar, leather was the Carignan, for me though a real hit.
emark - This Argentinian Torrontes had a overpowering nose of ripe peaches and apricots and was greeted by a lot of favourable comments,
dmcker - Musar was the most talked about wine of the evening and again i found it great it was a fruitier tasting wine but still packed an earthy spicy punch. I came away impressed with both the Corbieres and the Musar (must be a Carignan fan) Austrian Gruner Veltliner, voted favourite white and i must admit it was fanastic, it wasn't as over powering as the Torrontes but very crisp and refreshing.
Ended up purchasing a couple of bottles of Corbierres,Musar and Gruner Veltliner.
Final thoughts on the evening was that i like Carignan, the Musar was the biggest hit of the night.