Geoff opened his unconventional tasting evening by informing us that he likes trying wines from lesser known grapes. He tends to prefer reds, hence the unconventional evening with only one white and five reds.
1 Molino Loco, Macabeo grape, 2015, vol 12%. This grape is the same as the one used for producing white Rioja and Cava, however the Macabeo is grown in Murcia, several
hundred miles south of the Rioja region. A very tasty wine at £7.61.
2 Briccotondo, Dolcetto grape, 2016, vol 13%. This grape first appeared in Italy
in 1593. Dolcetto translates as “little sweet one”, but this wine is totally dry. It is rich ruby red in colour, intensely fruity, with low acidity and a good balance. £9.61.
Casillero del Diablo, 2015, vol 13.5%. £9.99.
4 Lapostolle, 2013, vol 13.5%. £10.78.
The 3rd and 4th tastings were both examples of wines from the Carménère grape, which originated in Bordeaux, but was eventually destroyed by the Phyloxera blight in the mid 19th century.
This grape was also grown in Chile and for a long time had been confused with Merlot. Over the last few years Carménère has increased in popularity. The Lapostolle was the superior of the two wines and was preferred by the majority of
5 Il Pumo, Primitivo grape, 2012, vol 13.5%. Geoff informed us that Il Pumo was a good introduction to a Puglian Primitivo, although there are better ones
available, but still a pleasant wine at £13.99.
6 Chapel Hill, Mourvedre grape, 2014, vol 14.5%. This was an excellent Australian
wine from the McLaren Vale. A gorgeous mid-palate wine, with fine tannins and interesting aromatics on the nose. Expensive at £20.35, but well worth it.
Many thanks Geoff for introducing us to these lesser
known grapes and your extensive research into their history and characteristics. A great tasting evening!