Sunday, 14 January 2007

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - Christmas Eve 2006

Montepulciano D' Abruzzo, Doc 2005, Umani Ronchi
Waitrose £3.99

A dense fog has been covering most of the UK for the last few days causing travel chaos in the run up to Christmas. Tonight, Christmas eve it reached Edinburgh. We made our way to the National Portrait Gallery to have a look at the Goya Exhibition, you couldn't see the top of the Ferris wheel on Princes Street . The exhibition was certainly worth seeing, a wonderful display of Goya's drawings. After a brisk chilly walk along George Street we arrived at 'Teuchters' for a couple of pints of Landlord and a warm by the fire.
We arrive home and settle down to chicken in red wine sauce pie, gravy and veg. We purchased the wine at the same time as the pie from Waitrose, 3.99 a bottle. The tree lights sparkle and there's festive TV to watch, A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart. A great classical actor but I still find it hard not to picture him on the starship Enterprise.
I chose this wine as it's an old favourite of ours. Sometimes you can get a real lovely wine from this area for a very good price. It's not the best example we have ever had, but it's certainly not the worst either!
To look at: It's deep ruby red, the colour of a precious stone
To smell: Fresh dark fruits, black berries and earthy herbs, hints of tarragon.
To taste: It glides across the palate with ease, the fresh blackberries are prominent. It's a little flabby and not very high in tannins.

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