Welcome to our new blog. Let’s get straight to it with our first tasting by our General Manager….
New from the cellar – Fondreche, Nadal 2007
I have done this so many times but it still excites. You sit down, pen in hand, nose at the ready- glass swirling and swilling away, eagerly awaiting the wine. Will it give up its secret, can I detect the nuances? Is it as good better or worse than previous….the sheer anticipation!
Then you’re off and your senses go into overdrive and your brain and thought processes attempt to put all into a structured manner. Relief, it’s a winner! You are desperate to communicate this, to tell the reader, how good the wine is, to share your pleasure. You are imploring them to try it – frantically scribbling away – and then finish your note hoping you have achieved something in part…
“An absolute knockout nose, aromatic sweet red berry/ rosehip/fruit. Hints of dark berries and mineral-stone notes as well. The palate has great vitality- and explodes with wonderful ripe dark and red fruit- soft supple with toasty savoury flavours and a long luxurious finish. This is hugely impressive.”
Then the knockout punch – all seems redundant and pales when you come across this fabulous tasting note from Jim Barr of K & L Wine Merchants in California…
“The “Nadal” is mind-boggling. I can’t remember tasting such a complete, seductive, thought-provoking wine. Produced from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, it is deeply colored, explosive on the nose, with blackberries, anise, white pepper and cedar that carry over to its broad, complex palate. This is a wine that you could put down for a lifetime, and it deserves all the accolades of the vintage… It is remarkable.”
Jim – I love the quote, but I really love the tache, very 80s and reminds me of DK Lillee and Merv the Swerv – but I suppose this would be all new to you being from the US of A an all.
PS is Jim the next Parker? We should be told.