Collecting descriptive words and phrases for reviewing wine

4 Dec

Tannic grip // Relatively subdued // Musky aromatics // Brimming with // Quite flamboyant // Great for quaffing // Weighty palate // Before the acidity kicks in // Hunting nose // An almost aggressive dry streak // Wakes up the taste buds // An intellectual as well as sensual treat // A sufficient cocktail of different elements // Genuinely interesting // One-dimensional // Fruit-forward // The primary flavours // Aromas that are carried through to the palate// Holding the flavours together // Alluring // Supple berry fruits // Hint of seriousness // Concentrated // Assertive flavour // Oily // Beautifully expressive // Seductive //

 

I will update this post as and when. Let me know if you have any good words or phrases for me to add to the list.

Sometimes appearance is important

26 Nov

I visited my sister over the weekend and this called for wine and board games. Richard (sister’s boyfriend) gave us strict instructions: “buy the wine you think we need, then double it and then double it again”. 

I am currently not overly flush with cash, so where does one go to get reasonably priced vino? Let me ask you another question; which of these looks cheaper?

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The one on the left is obviously Sainsbury’s basics, their cheapest bottle you can buy at £3.50. On the right is a £2.99 bottle from Aldi. Now everyone has their own opinion, but personally I would grab the Aldi bottle every time and I wouldn’t have expected it to be as cheap as it is. Furthermore I wouldn’t have expected it to taste as nice as it does after discovering the price tag. I do love it when looks are decieving in such a delightful way and I have to say I do rather adore the design of the Aldi label.

It is a light red from France, both in colour and body. It is fruity, juicy and delicate with near to no traces of tannins which makes it very easy to drink and a good choice for those who are just getting into their red wines.

I’ll be buying it again!

2012 Small and Small Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

11 Nov

Country: New Zealand 
Region: Marlborough
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Year: 2012

When I first started buying wine from Naked Wines I raved a lot about it to friends. I was chatting to one girlfriend, I must have only had one or two cases at this point, and before I could mention any of the wines she got excited about a specific New Zealand Sauv Blanc. Though she couldn’t remember the name I instantly knew she was thinking of Small and Small because I rated highly myself. I was right, we have great taste!

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I must have consumed a bottle or two… or six over the past year, therefore I feel it is time to write about it.

The bottle sets you up for what to expect visually in the glass. The label mounted proudly on its green bottle is a subtle yellow, with green font and a striking yellow top.

Pouring the wine I see its colour is a delicate yellow with a lively green glow. Though I swore it was the reverse in certain light; a very delicate greenish shade with golden undertones. But then again I was watching Breaking Bad while drinking it for this write up. The opening sequence of sulphur coloured chemical smoke over a green background may have been influencing my perception! Breaking Bad and Small & Small do seem to work very well together…

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Anyway as much as I love TV, back to the wine. The nose was excitingly bright. It had a sweet and savory quality about it that work well, a bit like sweet corn.

And so to the taste! At this point it goes without say it tastes mighty fine, so fine in fact, I once bought a case consisting entirely of Small and Small and Maurico Lorca Angel’s Selection Torrontes 2012. It is a bold and fruity wine, but easy drinking, with a well balanced acidity that has just the right level of liminess (can limeiness be a word just for this post?) All in all I will continue to buy this wine and whenever I want to take a wine to a party to impress a friend I will take this one.

Wine and films from a girly female perspective

11 Sep

So I am on my own in my flat, enjoying my ‘alone’ time away from my man and all I have is a craving to watch girly films! The soppy/life affirming ones to be exact, where, by the end of it all you want to do is hug your partner and lead an adult life… is this ironic? Anyway it is half ten at night and so far I have watched ‘Grown Ups’ and now I am currently working my way through with ‘Friends With Children’. This must be me indulging in a future fantasy world because as is stands, in reality I am not quite ready for the ‘C’ world (children).

Anyway though I slightly digress, the point I am trying to make is this: these moments of cinematic escapism are only made more fluid and desirable by vino. I completely understand that this effect can be generalised to alcohol, but sometimes certain drinks suit certain occasions. Like French champagne at a wedding or an American beer at a BBQ. So my pointless, but very much fun question is: Which wine is best enjoyed with a chick flick?

Yes I am getting you to think further than just wine, I am asking you to pick red, white, rose? Rioja, Zinfandel or Chennin blanc? Which wine do you think would pair well with films of the stereotypical girly genre!

Thank you in advance – I like to think of this as a scientific research project.

Katrina x

Eco Falls

15 Mar

Hahahaha only messing with you!

2006 Castillo San Lorenzo Rioja

22 Feb

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape: Tempranillo, mazuelo and graciano
Year: 2006

From the back of the bottle: “Richly flavoured and spicy, this classic Rioja combines ripe plum and dried fruit characters with cinnamon and vanilla. From selected tempranillo, mazuelo and graciano grapes. Aged 24 months in barrels of american and french oak. This wine will continue to improve in the bottle up to ten years from the vintage.”

Firstly I would like break down the grapes varieties one by one because I have only tasted one (that I am aware of) and never blogged about any. Basically I don’t really know anything about them apart from that they all end in the letter ‘o’ and lets face it, that isn’t going to tell me what to expect to smell and taste. So as per my standard default reaction I go straight to Wine Geeks (plural; the ‘s’ is important).

Come on down TEMPRANILLO! It is the most famous varietal in Spain. It ripens early. Takes well to oak. Good at ageing. Can demonstrate dried cherries, spices and black currants flavours and a wide range of earthy components such as dust, tobacco and black olives.

Come on down MAZUELO! Third most planted varietal in Spain. Ripens late. Tannic and acidic. Commonly used as a blend.

Come on down GRACIANO! Once very popular. Produces low yields. Can demonstrate black fruits, red cherries and red plums flavours.

So going back to the description on the back of the bottle they spot on:
Aged in oak – Check
Plum (found in both tempranillo and graciano) – Check
Dried fruit (from the tempranillo) – check
Spice (again, tempranillo) – check

Judging by the order in which the grapes have been listed and comparing the common flavours it would suggest that tempranillo is the dominate varietal in this wine.

But what did I notice when tasting? Well I can assure you that even the most timid wine drinker will pick up on the fact that it is aged in oak, the smell and taste is obvious and a favourite of mine. From looking at its dark burgundy colour and noticing the oak aroma I half expected a reasonable tannin, but though it’s a rich wine it is light on the tannin front. Again, this is something I like, I guess the tannin typically found from the mazuelo grape was not enough to power through. Saying this I did notice a subtle acidic edge which can come from this grape. It is the kind of acidity you get from a freshly picked blackberry, and the fruitiness from this brambley element balanced it nicely.

Spice wise I agree with the bottle, I did get cinnamon, but I also got another spice I was initially struggling to get. At this point I found myself in my kitchen head first in the spice shelf rummaging around and sniffing everything I could find. In the end I hit the jackpot; the winner was cloves. These spices are not my all time fave, but it worked well, so well that me and the other half polished off the bottle and three days later I bought a second one.

This wine it said to age for up to ten years in the bottle and has a 2006 vintage, hopefully I will manage to buy a bottle and not drink it long enough to test this statement.

Cute Prosecco Cork

12 Jan

I was given I bottle of prosecco for xmas from someone at work and I didn’t realise how it was sealed until Icame to opened it in the New Year.

Its presentation brought a smile to my face. The cork was held extra secure with red string rather than usual metal wire covered in foil one is commonly presented with. But even better was that the cork itself had a little picture of a cork opener on it. It presents its drinker with this image because unlike other bottles of prosecco, where the cork bulges out and over the bottle (to be twisted a pushed out of the neck) this one was like a regular wine cork; it was fully inside and level with the neck.

Though at first I was confused followed by amused, I was ultimately concerned and cautious. I thought “I am going to twist the opener into this cork only to press down on the arms of the opener and the whole thing go flying into my ceiling and get lodged?!”. I hesitated… but my love and thirst for this bubbly Italian beverage was too strong. Luckily it opened like a dream.

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