Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Back to the "Old" World

But first...another go at the jam from yesterday...I left half a bottle of the Rabbit Ridge Zin to stew for 24 hours and lo and behold - what a difference. Much less in your face, but the fruit still slams the palate, albeit in a very smooth kind of way. Nice.
Tonight it was time for something different - more of a classic old world wine in two senses of the word. First, it is from Spain; secondly, the vintage is 1999. The Vallformosa, Gran Reserva Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon (Penedes), is a classic full bodied very dry red (think pucker) with backbone. A restrained nose, teeth coating tannins, earthy with not much fruit apparent, this is not what you would call the most pleasant wine to drink but it is very well structured (hey it doesn't have to be seductive to be likeable). Needs a big fat steak.
The verdict: Good
Value: Fair at 20 bucks.

ps managed to find a whole case of the Blackwell Shiraz....buy it all...