Miscellaneous Winetasting Notes: Unusual White Varietals @ The Corner Club
31 July, 2008 by Miranda Ward
(…in my own innovative “I don’t know winetasting words” vocabulary…)
Deakin Estate Moscato, Australia, 2007: like drinking granny-smith apple flavoured soda (possibly due to 5% alcohol content).
Old Broke Block Semillon, Australia, 2004: upon first swallow, produces a warm, goose-pimply feeling in the body. ever so slightly burnt, if you stick your nose deep into the glass; reminiscent of dry grass hills, ranches in a hot climate.
Alamos Torrontes, Argentina, 2007: my favorite of the night. offers about 1,000 flavours in each sip, ending with a warm, satisfied feeling. feels like a burst of fruits, flowers, and bitter tastes in the mouth.
Piropo, Pinot Blanc, Argentina, 2007: very bitter taste, not especially smellable.
Bisceglia Falanghina Beneventano, Terre di Vulcano, Italy, 2007: very drinkable and pleasant, not too sweet, mild aftertaste. better balanced than the next Italian (below).
Thesaurum Zibibo, Sicily, 2007: cheese and fruit smell, with a wisp of designer perfume just before the first sip. rich, flowery taste, which is gorgeous but would be overpowering and ultimately tiring in any quantity–a show off wine, perhaps.
Vivanco Viura/Malvasia, Spain 2006/7: faintest whiff of smoke, followed by a slight sparkle at first taste. extremely drinkable white rioja.
Oviacion Rueda Superior Verdejo, Spain, 2007: very strange taste! overpowering chocolate smell, mixed with smoke, the result being an extremely chocolaty-and-woody flavour. literally uncomfortable at first taste, but a pleasant aftertaste that coats the mouth in an almost meaty way.
Corbieres Blanc Vielles Vignes, France, 2006: delicious wood-fire smoke smell. produces a slightly sharp feeling on the tongue, but has a sweetish, thickish taste. very pleasant at first, but has a hollow aftertaste, as if it can’t live up to itself. an emptiness about it.
Chateau Berranger, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France, 2006: extremely drinkable; something the tiniest bit bitter at the end of a sip. notable especially for its name, “picpoul,” which the frenchman at our table translates literally as, “poke the chicken.”