About six months ago, I got a new job. Same company, I just got shuffled due to a very significant reorganization. Turned out, not only was it better than getting a severance package, it was a bit of a promotion, which is nice.
Alas, as is often the case, promotions mean more responsibility. I’m also learning about parts of our business in which I have no experience, so I’m pretty busy. Blogging took a back seat (as did taking many notes when drinking wine.)
I’m finding more balance now, and should at least be good for a weekly wrap up of the wines I had during the week.
This week, we have a winner, a loser, and a tough sell.
2010 Domaine Guy Mousset Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Réservée
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Tasting Notes: 13% ABV. Very light pink. Nose is fresh, sour cherry and strawberry, roses. Very nice! Good acid, minerals, some heft, but crisp. Bright red fruit. Complex for a rose. Very good.
Price: Under $10 (not sure, exactly, my wife bought it)
2008 R. Stuart & Co. Pinot Noir Big Fire
Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Noir. 13.1% ABV. Very light in the glass, almost rose. Nose is red jam, some funk, not exciting. Tasted like sour fruit juice. Terrible. Dumped the bottle.
Maybe it’s me. Maybe (for the sake of the winemaker) it was a bad bottle; but this was like the worst of mass produced Pinot.
Price: $19 at the winery.
The Tough Sell:
2005 Two Hands Shiraz Sophie’s Garden
Appellation: Padthaway, South Australia
Tasting Notes: 100% Shiraz. 15.6% ABV. Very dark color. Inky. Nose is strawberry and grape jam, then some dust. The nose makes me think big Aussie Shiraz, which is not a good thing for my palate. On the palate is big bright red fruit, pepper, anise, some minerals. More complex than I thought it might be. Some acid, tannins are there but not overpowering. Hot on the finish. Not as hefty as I thought it would be. Ended up better than the nose would indicate.
Take my notes with a grain of salt, as this is not my favorite style of wine, but it’s a pretty good example. Decanting will help, and I plan to do so before having the rest of it with steak. Good, not great. A hint more smoothness and weight would have helped, and I think some air might add that dimension.