This time I don’t think I was getting an offload (and, to be fair, this particular shop has always come through with interesting wines to recommend), and we ended up with a rufete from Salamanca. I can safely say I had never heard of that grape (although it apparently makes up a lot of the port wines from the Duoro region in Portugal, which I have had), and had also never knowingly consumed wine from Salamanca. At 18.99, it was a little pricier than some of my other ventures into the unknown, and when I opened it and saw some crumbled cork remnants around the edge of the bottle’s opening, I was a little nervous (could this be a reprise of said NZ pinot incident of 2013???) . The wine had a bit of a funky smell going on too – also not a great sign (suspense building).
heading out to dinner, the wine had lost a bit of its fruit at the front end, and the acid had mellowed a little bit, but still tasted good. And, to be fair, not a shock that a wine, even
sealed up, lost a bit of punch after being open for a day. Also – Nashville skyline was
better than I remembered – need to mentally re-organize my favorite Dylan records. Still not threatening Freewheelin though for me – Don’t think twice is one of my top 5 all time songs and I don’t see that changing soon (if you haven’t listened in a while, do yourself a favor: http://ow.ly/XHIJ3 ).