Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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lwb: A good example of wine that does very little for me, or: I think my tastes are ossifying

2001 Viña Izadi Bianco, Rioja

It's a beautiful summer's day here in Salmonberg. Pleasantly warm, not too hot. I thought I'd pop a bottle of wine in the ice bucket; Dan picked this one up at that weird wine shop in Portland earlier in the year. It's... just shy of being exactly the kind of wine I don't like, but only barely.

Pluses:
  • This is a weird grape variety: Macabeo, one of the three grapes used in cava [Spanish sparkling wine].

  • I love Malvasia, which smells awesome.

Minuses:
  • I think someone dumped a plank of American oak in the bottle. It just reeks of Ticonderoga no. 2.

  • This tastes like the wine was kept on its lees for a long, long time in a transparent attempt to give it some sort of 'complexity.' Ugh.

  • Is there an oxidation problem here? Everything seems kind of muted.

  • There definitely is an aftertaste of banana. It reminds me of artificial banana fruit chews we used to find in the back of the bus in grade school. Double ugh.

  • There may be malvasia in here, but I can't smell it.

So, you win some, you lose some. It's definitely better than drinking Budweiser Select, at any rate...
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