05
Jul
10

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day twenty-nine

M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillion Villages 2008I chilled this bottle of M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2008, which some may say is a sin, but I’ll tell what the real sin is – 91 degrees with 83% humidity. In this  third-floor loft apartment with 14 foot ceiling and no air conditioning, except in the bedroom, man, it’s sinful. So I’m chilling the wine. Thank you.

Well, it smells good cold. It kinda has that smell that all Finger Lakes wines have. I never know what that smell is. Tart raspberries? Eh. But this French wine has it. It also has cherries, plums, and flowers. Lavender?

By the way this is a Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan blend. Hm. I’ve had this before. Yes, I just checked. I wrote about it on May 26. I hate when I do that. Let’s see if tastes the same chilled. I mean, afterall, I picked up that Finger Lakes winery smell that I didn’t notice before.

It’s kinda tart. I think the refrigeration affected it. It’s still got the plums and cherries, but it has a tart finish.

Okay. I learned a lesson. Chilling the wine does affect it quite noticeably, but it’s still good. And In a little while, like in 10 minutes in this weather, it’ll be at a good temperature. When that happens, I’m sure it will be wonderful. After all, it was in The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list of 2009.

Coming soon. Predictions for the 2014 World Cup.

¡Vamos!//


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