This was a Christmas Corporate Gift selected by Alan Crowley.
His tasting notes:
A Ripasso wine is made using normally harvested grapes. When the wine has finished fermenting, the skins of the dried grapes used to make Amarone are added to the wine and it undergoes another fermentation. This method of “refermenting” the wine gives rise to the Italian term of Ripasso, meaning “repassed over”. The wine then undergoes 12 months maturation in large old oak casks. This results in a delicious balance of the juiciness of fully ripened red grapes but with a depth of complexity and fullness. Bearing in mind the festive season, the classic Christmas dinner which is full of meaty flavours of roast turkey along with the tangy bitterness of sprouts, the sweetness of cranberry sauce and rich gravy is well partnered by the big full juicy spicy style of the Tommasi Ripasso. With the warmth, depth and complexity of fruit, spice, liquorice and rich plum flavours another way to enjoy this wine might be in quiet contemplation at the end of the day, perhaps relaxing in front of the fire.
John, David and I had a first visit for food to Fern & Co post-Golf (congratulations Dave!). The layout is the same as the previous Wild Boar entity with the Decor ‘Mahoganied’ up in the Bar and Restaurant. Fern have recently changed the menu and made the pricing more accessible. Not a bad meal.
Les Mouginels, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2015
The white: very light, floral
– acceptable but lacking any depth though washed down my tasty Asparagus and Broad Beans, followed by the Sea Bass.
Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Cantina Valpantena, 2014
Cherries & Chocolate with a spicy sweet finish. A competent yet expensive Ripasso @ €38 from Cantina Valpantena in the Veneto.
Another bring from Dad from his local wineshop – Nectar.
Lots of fruit from Tuscany, very soft finish – a nice way to welcome in Summertime.
Barbanera Winery: barbaneravini.it
[categories France, Beaujolais]
Wolf’s hill demense?
This more than workmanlike product is from Beaujolais and a reliable dinner party stalwart.
Inky colour, full bodied for its origin.
Super wine from Laura’s stock
[Categories Chile, Shiraz, ]
The by-product of an excellent Marks & Spencer meal deal.
Firm, silky, fruity, a delight.
[categories Italy, Pinot Bianco, Garganaga, Soave]
This was the house white offering with a Rewarding Times 59€ voucher.
Rewarding indeed, a super meal in pop-up surroundings.
Good food complemented by this semi-dry fruity number.
For the money, an outstanding value claret that sends some of the famed / named houses to Coventry.
Pantone 209 with good legs in the glass, warm nose, wonderful dry mouthfeel, silky firm tannins, lovely aftertaste. Always a pleasure to imbibe a Chaignes creation.