2012 Aotearoa Pinot Noir, “Transit of Venus” from @cambridgeroad . Crossing the spiral light, rising first and shinning best, this wine brings true Pinot flavors without the cherry-cola often associated with new world pinot. Red fruit, some tertiary (aged wine), umami/mushroom/forest floor and that minty tingle high in the nose you get from classic examples of the heart break grape. Light +/Medium - in the mouth with the softest of still present tannins and the really good acidity that makes the flavor last and last as it drifts into something minerally. Come take a seat in Terrapin Station, watch the drama between the Sailor, the Soldier and the Lady with the Fan, listen to the Story Teller and sip on a glass of really good Pinot as the Morning Star crosses the night sky.
Finest Pinot Noir from Cambridge Road, the organic fruit used in this wine was picked a little earlier than usual resulting in a vibrant fresh Pinot, with lower alcohol level and beautifully perfumed nose with spice and floral tones followed by soft tannins with enough acidity to carry it through. There's no oak and very little added sulphite.
Origin: Martinborough, New Zealand
Grape variety: Pinot Noir”
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2017 Vinho Tinto Baga, “Post-Quer..s” from @filipapato . Post-rain, get with this partial whole-cluster love child of Nebbiolo and Gamay. From the western edge of Iberia, raised in an amphora by the Crown Princess of Baga who has learned all the lessons of her father’s reign and will keep all the tradition as she introduces innovation during hers. Red berries (really ripe strawberries?) with an overlay of tar & roses tannin goodness on the nose. Medium on the mouth with an easy drinking quality not always seen in young wines from this grape, complimented by tannic/acid structure that speaks of further developing complexity in the ages to come.
On BTG until...
“Amphora fermented and then aged in amphora. 6 weeks on skins. 30% whole bunch with destemmed grapes on the top as this aerates the ferment.
Passion for the traditional indigenous grape varietals of Bairrada and Dão lead Filipa Pato to start her own project in 2001. She works on a total of 12 ha of vineyards scattered in various plots throughout the Bairrada region of Portugal. Utilizing biodynamic farming practices and minimal-intervention winemaking, Filipa and her husband, Belgian Sommelier and Restaurateurr William Wouters, produce Vinhos Autênticos Sem Maquilagem – ‘Authentic Wines Without Makeup.’
Baga is a dark wine grape variety from the central coast of Portugal. It is the most planted red wine grape in Beiras, Portugal. Dão and Bairrada both lie within the boundaries of the Beiras VR. A permitted varety in the Douro where it is known as Tinta da Bairrada. Baga means “berry” or “droplet”. A staggering proportion of Portugal’s Baga crop is used in Mateus Rosé, the popular medium-sweet rosé… but now Baga is breaking out as a very hip dark red with the tenderness and tension of a Grenache, and the depth and richness of a Tempranillo.”
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2015 Savoie Pinot Noir from Domaine Dupasquier. You know when The Jancis (a.k.a. @jancisrobinson ) mentions a producer in one of her books you’re in for some of the classic goods. ‘15 brought the sweet fruit to the nose while the pinot brings it’s savory-mushroom edge with something minty/mentholy hitting high at the bridge of the nose. In the mouth it lightly passes over with tannins, already softened by the touch of age, gently gripping the sides of your tongue while the sweet red fruit/savory umami/menthol medley replays. While it may lack punchiness and overbold flavors, whether they be oaky-extracted or bacteriological in origen, this is a really well made wine that warrants overused terms like elegance and finesse. On BTG for a couple more days until @1wineaday secrets it back to the hoard so that it can reappear on the bottle list.
Thank you @connell_jeff , @connellhousewine .
“David Dupasquier is a fifth generation winemaker at this ultra-traditional domaine. He and his sister Veronique run the domaine, but their Father Noel is still very much involved in the vineyards and in the cellar.
The word “traditional” invariably gets used when Dupasquier’s wines come up in conversation. There are many reasons for this, one being that the wines see quite a long period of aging in old, neutral barrel and in bottle before release. In general, the Dupasquiers leave their wines in barrel on fine lees until just before the next year’s harvest. The wines then see another 18 month in bottle. In some other regions, this type of regimen might not be so unusual, but it certainly is in the Savoie, where the typical wine is fermented with added yeast and vinified quickly in stainless steel. This brings us to another aspect of the Dupasquier’s traditionalism. All the wines are fermented with native yeast, and even in the coldest years, they don’t inoculate. “
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Who shall dodge the other Wights and conquer this White Walker and sit upon the Mystery Blind Tasting throne at the end of tonight? (Don’t worry it’s wood, not Iron and covered in spiky sword blades). One wine to rule them all
One taster to find-out them
........ Oh $h!t, now we’re confusing our fantasy realm references....
It’s Blind Mystery Wine Sunday again. Grape(s) and region gets you a glass, producer and/or year gets you the supreme rulership of All the Realm.
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A couple new flavour babes for your enjoyment: Sous vide octopus with chickpea mash, pickled eggplant and toum. Confit fried chicken with sauce rouille and apple-fennel slaw.