Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2007
I had a glass of this after work today, and though it didn't have time to see much exposure to air, I thought it was pretty fine. Lovely dark fruit and olive aromas, meaty. Good grip but it isn't tight - in fact it seemed suspiciously open tonight. Ripe but savoury. It seemed a touch better than what I remember the previous couple vintages to have been. Very nice, very pure Syrah, very pure Crozes.
Sadly this isn't the bargain here that it is elsewhere (it costs nearly 30€ a bottle), but I might still have to buy one.
Verus Vineyard Šipon (aka Furmint) 2009 from Ormož, Slovenia, was a lovely drop. Citric, mineral and very spicy - partly from the oak, I guess, since it sees four months on lees in new oak (me? praising a wine that sees new oak? with my reputation?), but the oak is by no means dominant and the fruit smells much like the unwooded Furmints I have had from Hungary (and the one other dry Šipon that I've had from Slovenia). Crisp, wonderfully acidic and dry, citric - yet it does have some richness to it. Interesting and nice.
Lammershoek LAM 2010 was a barrel sample from Paardeberg, South Africa, and is a rather strange blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier. My preconception was that such a blend could not possibly work. Yet it did. No oak aromatics that I coud see; instead minerals, appley fruit, some floral fireworks; rich but with good acidity and raciness. A very substantial wine, so I was surprised that it only has 12,5% abv. I also thought that Lammershoek was in one of the warmer areas of SA (Keith?), so I was surprised that they could make a rich, but so wonderfully acidic wine with low alcohol and no signs that it would be lacking in ripeness. Nice. I very much want to try the finished product.
Domaine Giachino Primitivo 2009 is from the Savoie and is made from the Jacquère-grape. Unchaptalized and only 9,2% abv, but fully dry. Smells a bit like Sauvignon Blanc, citric and slightly green, very mineral; delightfully light yet supremely intense in its citric flavours. A little bit an extreme wine, but enchanting in its harsh purity.
Čotar Malvazia 2003 from Kras, Slovenia. I've written about this wine so many times, I shouldn't bother with one more note. But it is lovely, shows no signs of the heatwave, is moreish, well structured (with tannins, too - it is "orange" wine). It is earthy and smells of orange; it is an easy version of the Muster Erde; a gateway drug to more funky orange wines.
Dettori Bianco 2006 is a Vermentino di Sardegna, a lovely orange wine, also earthy and very appley, it reminded me a bit of that really funky Spanich Basque Cider I once tried. Tannic, delightfully grippy, layered and extremely moreish. It never ceases to amaze me how these oxidative "orange" wines are so refreshing and moreish - I wish my descriptions would reflect that more, since they mostly read like they are hard to drink!