Tasting Notes for the Evening's Wines
At this event we showcased five delicious wines alongside some amazing cheeses at The Barn, Welwyn – a classic pairing for a reason, and always scrumptious! Here’s a handy reminder of the wines we all enjoyed; you can purchase them by following the links in the headings.
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Colomba Bianca are kicking things off with their zesty and refreshing Grillo, Sicily's premier indigenous grape variety. This is an aromatic and floral wine with stone fruit and grapey flavours, finishing on a refreshing lime and white pepper note.
A classic from Bodegas Ondarre that balances the two styles of white Rioja; it's oaked and complex, but still with refreshing green fruit and acidity. Delicate aromas of white flowers are layered with green apple and pear. This Tempranillo Blanco has an elegant creamy texture and a deliciously long and mouthwatering finish.
Switching to red next, we start at the lighter end of the spectrum with this Grenache Noir from Caves Fonjoya in Languedoc. A smooth and fruity red wine with elegant notes of raspberry and blueberry layered with floral hints and delicate menthol notes. It's fresh and juicy with wild red fruits, blueberry and a touch of pepper.
Returning to Spain for another classic, Bodegas Ondarre hit the heights again with this stunning Rioja Reserva. Leather, vanilla and spice of traditionally made Rioja enveloped in a smooth and textured palate. Balanced, with ripe, wild strawberries and integrated tannins through to a long, lingering finish.
Into the realm of sweetness we delve, finishing with a delicious Port. The LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) style can be underrated, but this gem from Barão de Vilar is intense, with great depth and a powerful, attractive bouquet. It's bottled using the same technique as the vintage Port – unfiltered – to retain as much character and depth as possible. Rich black cherries, berries and plums abound. Fabulous!