BBQ and Thierry Allemand
It is always fun to visit friends that you have not met for a while, as the joy of seeing and spending quality time with them is priceless. We spent great moments last night, meeting our Greek friends after not seeing them for more than a couple of months. The weather was lovely outside as the high temperatures from last week took a break, so we just sat in their garden and enjoyed a lovely summer night with an old fashioned barbeque. We started serving the appetizers with a charming white Italian frizzante.
Merlino Pinot Nero frizzante
Medium yellow lemon color with discreet small bubbles. Fresh nose, with deep citrus, dough and mineral aromas. Bright acidity, frizzante, rich and creamy on the palate, with generous flavors of citrus, chalk, wet stones, with a medium lingering grapefruit peel finish. Fresh and creamy. (87/100) 12% alc
It is hard not to like this wine on a summer day next to black and red fish eggs on a bed of bread with butter. As our hosts started to prepare the barbecue, I took the initiative and opened the first bottle of red wine.
I long wanted to open a bottle of 2009 Hyperion Cabernet Sauvignon and taste the wine knowing that 2009 was a good vintage in Dealu Mare. I received a bottle as a free sample from the producer a few weeks ago, so I decided to open it and share the experience with our friends. A full review of this wine is here.
The wine of the night for me was, unquestionably, a Syrah from one of the most acclaimed Northern Rhone appellations: Cornas. I had two more encounters with the wines of this producer in the past, both coming from the 2006 vintage: Chaillot and Reynard. 2007 was a better vintage in the Northern Rhone, the wines having all the attributes to develop and last 18+ years.
2007 Thierry Allemand Reynard Cornas
Deep red purple, almost opaque in color. Youthful, very complex and well developed nose, extremely spicy, with rich aromas of cinnamon, cloves, blackberry and crushed black pepper. Intense meaty-beef blood aromas come out of the glass as the wine breathes, mixed with a touch of hot stones minerality and soy sauce. Gorgeous nose. Medium plus bodied, well structured on the palate, with firm tannins and bright acidity, great mouth-feel, very fresh, with flavors of roasted herbs, mint, red fruits, green vegetables, spices and beautiful minerality. Very long finish, spicy, mineral and meaty. Very long life ahead and it will become an even more interesting wine in time. (94/100)
A 100% Syrah from 40+ years old vines with superb freshness and very easy to drink. The wine was served next to an aged medium-rare T-Bone steak, grilled on the barbecue. I honestly cannot think of a better pairing for this wine, as the wine is mirroring the meat flavors.
Another top notch dinner prepared by Christiana and quality moments spent with our Greek friends. Life is terrible.