After days of mixed weather..a chance to get out the grill.
Graf Hardegg Grüner Veltliner Reserve 2006 Weinviertel, Austria
Another GV with a first impression of grapefruit...then it was gone..as the
wine aired..exotic fruit..apples..plenty of minerals...perfect with some raw fish
and a scollop.
Some Lamb Carré for the Barbecue..with a side plate of delights hidden under a béchamel sauce
Remelluri Reserva 2004
A strange one here....great vintage..and the wine is sound..good...but we missed some fire..some character...a little on the side...cured meat smell...silky tannins..even a touch of sweetness..thick bowl of dark fruits....we gave it time..and it paired better with the steak...but it shouldn't need help..it's good enough usually to help itself.
Au Bon Climat 'Knox Alexander' Pinot Noir 2006 Santa Maria Valley,
I have had the 2004 & 2005..both excellent at this age.....this one lacks a little in it's youth..intense power is noticeable..and some dark cherry on the nose...so it looks like a future pleasure...but at the moment closed..opened one hour in advance...which asks the question..did it need more..or was it too much at this age...