|What:||Journey Round The Med Tasting|
|When:||26 Sep 13 ,18:30 -20:30|
|Where:||Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining SW1Y 5DB map|
For my first event as your new Secretary I have chosen fifteen wines to show from the Wine Society’s list reflecting a wide range of styles available around the Mediterranean coastline. We start with two whites from Catalonia – Marqués de Allela 2012, promising a delicate, appley wine with a light spritz, and Auzells, Costers del Segre 2012, a clean wine with a touch of oak. Next to the south of Italy for the Saladini Pilastri Falerio dei Colli Ascolani 2012, made organically from local passerine and pecorino grapes. Across to Sicily for Etna Bianco 2012, a dry white made from carricante and catarratto grapes grown on the south east slopes of the volcano by Nicosia. On to another volcano for Hatzidakis Santorini 2012, a fresh, dry blend of mostly assyrtiko and some aidani grapes giving rich acidity.
We start our red wines with Blau, Monsant 2011, recently described by Jancis Robinson as “Massively exuberant then minerally. Just as attractive as many a Priorat with masses of character. Very good value.” We will make up our own minds – on a scale from 1 to 7. Next to Corscia for Corse-Calvi, Clos Culombu, Cuveé Prestige, 2011. This is a full flavoured, spicy red. Armand Aglianico del Vulture 2006, from the instep of southern Italy, is a full-bodied wine that should match stews. Over to Sicily for the Etna Rosso Fondo Filara 2010, also made by Nicosia from the local speciality nerollo mascalese, delivering strawberry fragrance with silky texture.
We cross the Adriatic to sun-drenched Montenegro for Vranac 2010. This is a hearty red, full of fruit. Back to Greece for two wines made by Apostolos Thymiopoulos. Naoussa 2011, made from unoaked young vine xynomavro, was a 2013 Wine Champion in the Society’s annual blind tasting. In comparison we have Earth and Sky 2009, made in small quantities from 40 year old vines. Finally to Lebanon for three wines from the Hochar stable. First Hochar 2007, a single vineyard wine made from cinsault, carignan, cabernet and grenache, and then two vintages of Chateau Musar. The 2003 is powerful and chunky but may still be a bit backward, while the 2005 could be one of the greatest vintages for the estate – fragrant, pure, intense, yet fresh. Let us hope so!
- Nigel Black
Dress Code: Smart casual
Dates for the Diary:
31 October - a 1999 Burgundy Dinner at Cutlers’ Hall
2 December - our Christmas tasting at IOMM&M, including Leoville Lascases 1982 and Hermitage La Chapelle 1997, and featuring our famous raffle with many star prizes
Vintages available from The Wine Society: