We're called Purple Teeth for a reason. We love red wine. (We love white wine too, but that's beside the point, and we covered them yesterday). So here are some reds we've enjoyed lately.
So what did we think?
Quotes from friends of Purple Teeth:
"Quite full bodied, fruity, very peppery and spicy with a good dose of tannins". "Went very well with the spicy pasta we had this evening."
"I had a couple of glasses and loved it. Would buy again"
"Thanks for suggesting this one."
We enjoyed it too and were surprised just how much. It's in danger of ousting the Tesco Finest Nero D'Avola as our regular "tomato/spicy pasta" wine at the same price point. Valencia wines are proving a hit based on recent tastings and this one has deep flavours of plum, some smokiness or a hint of liquorice along with some redcurrant to give it vibrancy. It proved very quaffable and we'll definitely buy it again.
Wine of the Week needs development and perhaps Google+ hangouts are the way forward. Meantime, we'd love your suggestions on what to feature in future weeks. Ideally, I want to keep the wines under £8 and ensure they are widely available. If you want join in next week's fun, we're featuring a 2010 Cahors that's £7.99 from Watirose called Malbec du Clos. Feel free to submit your photos, comments and ideas via comments here or on our Facebook fan page.
For once, we were having a Friday night at home and it felt right to open this bottle. It had patiently sat on the wine rack screaming "open me" for some months (since I bought it on a special offer price at Waitrose).
There's 4% aromatic Viognier in the blend (a northern Rhone technique, this time) and the Shiraz grapes from Australia's Adelaide Hills bring an inky black colour which is almost misleading. Although it's powerful, this is smooth. As it slips down your throat you know it loves you back and the layers of sophistication underneath the blackberry, plum, spice and smoky leather tell you this wine, if human, would never be without a date!
I will definitely buy this again next time it's on special offer, and not just the one bottle. It made a rather ordinary Friday into a wonderful occasion.
Pinot Noir is how I first came to red wine. Not an obvious route as it's sometimes quite austere, unaccessible and needs to be very high quality to be worth drinking. But it was Switzerland, and it's what would grow there.
Despite being a million miles away, this reminded me of that first taste of Pinot some 20 years ago. It's light in colour, reasonably light in body, full of acidity and full of strawberry but not jammy like some Californian Pinots I've had recently. I've been going for much heavier bodied wines of late, as Mr Purple Teeth isn't a massive fan of Pinot or anything that doesn't scream "I'm here". So I'll be saving this for when he's out and enjoy it all to myself.
If you're going to give it a go, I'd recommend decanting or aerating it. Not because it wasn't lovely as it was, but when I returned to the remains of the bottle on the second night, it was even nicer, with a lovely balance of fruit, acidity and alcohol. This wine could also be served slightly chilled, making it a pleasant summer drink with a light salad.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your wines while I'm off in the States. Cheers!