Friday was a warm but stormy day. Unfortunately, most of my afternoon business took place outside. At one point I was hoping to be transported to a tropical island with blue skies, sand and gentle surf.
By the time evening rolled around I was happily transported to Jumilla, a wine DO title of Murcia that is a small region on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern Spain. It was about as close to water as I was going to get.
The wine we opened was a 2013 Bodegas de Juan Gil. The Monastrell grape (also known as Mourvedre grape) was hand picked from 40-year old parcels in their estate vineyards and kept in French oak barrels for 12 months. The color was dark red, bordering on purple. Aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and herbs were dominant. The palate was layered with cherry, candy apple, licorice, plum and was quite succulent. As the wine opened over the course of an hour, cherry and pepper pushed it’s way forward with a hint of clove, leaving a much sweeter and jammy finish, along with soft tannins.
It’s going to be a busy weekend filled with house guests and fun activities. And just maybe…I’ll squeeze in some time to make the pumpkin muffins!
Since I was stuck at home nursing a “boo boo” on my leg these past few days, friends stopped by with food and good cheer. In the movie “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Blanche DuBois said, “Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” I, on the other hand, have always depended on the kindness of my friends”.
The other evening, one of those kind friends brought over a very nice bottle of Spanish wine in addition to a killer meal that he prepared for me. We opened a 2010 El Escocés Volante '3000 Anos' from Bullas, Spain located in the southeast Mediterranean area. El Escocés Volante means “The Flying Scot”. Norrel Robertson came to Spain in 2003 with his family and released his first wine in 2004. The 3000 Anos is a blend of 50% Monastrell and 50% Syrah. The color was dark purple with aromas of dark berries, cranberries and leather. This full-bodied wine was filled with flavors of dark fruit, smoky oak, spices and herbs. The finish was long and velvety. http://www.escocesvolante.es
The temperature is slowing dropping and autumn is upon us. It’s time to dust off the knitting needles that I have neglected for far too long and begin a project.