30 Apr 2013
This is so good.
Without wanting to sound too poncey, it tastes like it came from the earth - all earthy and pure; the kind of stuff natural wine fans talk about.
Aromas of rocks, violets and blueberries. Fresh in the mouth, a slip of acidity.
You somehow know it's been made with care.
Well worth pouring this one into a jug for a while before drinking - any aroma you don't want should flutter away, leaving behind the deliciously pure drink. I remember going to an inspiring tasting once at Gaucho in Leeds led by Phil Crozier, and he used the great analogy of opening a teenager's bedroom door to get some air in. That's what you want to do here.
Interesting side note - I don't think I've ever seen as much sediment around a cork as there was with this particular bottle on opening.
I bought the Emilio Valerio 2010 - from Navarra in northern Spain - for around £11.50 at Harvey Nichols in Leeds.