My tasting group worked its way through a bunch of wines the other night.
Two German Rieslings got everyone ready – crackling, live-wire wines from the tremendous ’01 vintage:
• 2001 Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Sonnenuhr
• 2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Ürziger Würzgarten
Those were followed by a wide range of reds:
• 2001 Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca
• 2001 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes
• 1998 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape
• 1998 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau
• 2003 Georges Vernay Côte-Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur
• 1991 Michel Ogier Côte-Rôtie
• 2004 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage
• 1990 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne
• 1986 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc
• 2003 John Anthony Syrah Napa Valley
• 2000 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor
• 2001 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Mirador
The Pira got a few votes for wine of the night – very pure. Alas, the Sociando-Mallet and Chapoutier were corked, and the Ogier was a bad bottle. The Don Melchor was a "love it or hate it" wine. The John Anthony Syrah was good for Cali Syrah – almost gushy, but had enough structure to provide some genuine definition.
Have you got a tasting group? If so, what themes or individual wines have been recent hits? Any new discoveries? Do you taste blind?
If you don’t have a tasting group, why not get one going?