Weekly Wine #2 – Week of Plenty!

Second weekly wine down and another wine I never tried before, emptied. But before I get to that, there are a few other things I wanted to mention. I’m trying to educate myself currently to understand, what really makes a wine. I’m awfully enthusiastic about this journey. But I am at the very beginning. So you’ll have to bare with me. If you’re looking for proper wine tasting notes, you are on the wrong blog. But if ramblings of a noob entertain you, please, read on.

This weekend we opened a few different bottles of wine. The first one we drank on Friday evening, with pizza, none the less. It is a wine we know well and we buy a few bottles every year. But for the sake of practicing my descriptions of wine I decided to give it a go. So here goes.

Rolf Willy, Spätburgunder trocken

(a dry variety of pinot noir, according to translating services)

Compared to the wine I described last week, this one feels quite a bit lighter. I tried discerning the smells that hit my nostrils, but all that I could describe was paint fumes for some reason. After a swirl around my mouth, it had a slightly sour aftertaste, but it disappeared quite quickly. But my mouth felt like I licked a sponge. Even so, the fresh feeling lingered for quite a while.

I’m positive some hardcore wine nerds would love to see me drown, after they read the following sentiment. But guess what, I don’t care. Here goes. I can imagine really easily drinking this wine chilled in the summer with some BBQ. You know, like an alternative to rosé wines.

To wrap it up, both my wife and I find this wine very drinkable and awesome with pizza on Friday evenings.

Now for the Weekly Wine #2.

The Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2012

I ordered a few wines from Vivino so far, and none disappointed. This wine has been given 93 out of 100 points, according to Vivino and has almost 3.000 ratings on the platform. The bottle was a bit different to the ones I’m used to. It was wrapped in a web of very thin metal. I imagine it’s a sort of a seal. Which gave the whole experience an added layer of fancy. Now to the wine itself.

The smell was … earthy. It felt grounded, down to earth. If you can even smell that feeling. I could sweat I smelled some berries and after a few deep inhales, mint leaves.

The taste was medium heavy, but very present. First taste was kind of sweet, but then it dried out my mouth faster than a lick of a cinnamon stick would (I think that is he result of tannins in the wine, but not quite sure yet). The acidity was very pleasant and the taste lingered loooong after I swallowed it.

Could I describe this wine in any other way? I have no fucking idea. It was something new and we liked it.

Verdict: 4/5

If you thought I was done, you are mistaken. There is another wine I decided to note down this weekend. And it is a wine that I’m pretty biased towards, because we drink it really often in our favorite restaurant with all sorts of food.

Alde Gott Spätburgunder Trocken

(again a pinot noir variety)

We were gifted this particular bottle by the owners of said restaurant. The wine smells fresh, but also a bit fruity. It’s not as dry as you’d expect and when you swallow it, a slightly sour taste appears. It is very drinkable and fits very lovely with food.

As I said I’m rather subjective to this wine, because of all the memories and occasions I relate with it. It’s going to stay our wine of choice when dining out.

I hope you liked this rather lengthy post on this weekend’s drinking. Let me know what you think. And let me know if you have any suggestions as to which wine I should try on my journey of wine discovery.

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