Had a fantastic wine tasting with Paul Draper today …
…and while I was desperately intrigued by the wines we were showing, ritual necessity imposed a stark and unusual brevity upon my tasting notes …
… and as I was wrestling with my own ponderously angular and whimsically plodding renditions of shorthand, it occurred to me that one of the bloody summaries ought to be about 17 syllables, and accordingly, what I ought to have been doing all along is writing my tasting notes in haiku form!
So here we go:
2008 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay
Melon and lemon
ice; weighty tropical notes —
wishing for Tapas.
2008 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay
honeydew skin; the long, warm
road to braised peaches.
2008 Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Raspberry seed nose,
quince & compote; finesse of
Ali punch; so firm.
2008 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
Sweet fruit, black cherry,
great acidity. Tannins
covered, mouth happy.
2005 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
Smoke & tobacco
(cherry); mineral and brine.
1995 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
Mincemeat and bramble;
blackberry jam on warm toast
with butter. Romance.
2003 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville
Chard & Garlic soup,
rhubarb pie. So round, so soft,
2005 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs
Yello-flesh plum, al-
mond croissant, ruby grapefruit.
Savory and spice.