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Cloudy Bay..... La Poja..... Torre Muga.....


Friday night dinner at home with our friends Oded & Nitza and Pietro & Migri.
As usual, Dorit prepared super tasty and interesting dish combination while I picked up the wines [tonight's theme: no French wines].
We all had a lovely evening, tremendously enjoying the food wine and company.

Marinated Shrimps with Melon and Prosciutto
2001 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay
Steak Tartar
1996 'La Poja', Allegrini
Seafood Paella
1995 Rioja 'Torre Muga', Muga
Baked Cherries Pastry with Ice-cream

Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Cloudy Bay

7/2002. Brought locally Jul-02 for $38 (Current market price ~$25).
This pearl from New Zealand has been a particular favorite of Dorit for some years now. This is my first taste of the 2001 vintage.
COLOR: Very pale straw color with a touch of greenish tinge.
NOSE: Cheerful aromas of fresh grassy notes with lemony tones. Profound and impressive nose.
TASTE: Refreshingly crisp on the palate with excellent white fruit and grapy flavors. Vigorous and mouthfilling. Simply delicious.
LENGTH: Medium-long aftertaste that carries forward the acidity and flavors.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium bodied wine that is full of character. Fruit alcohol and acidity blend together perfectly.
OVERALL: Superb. As good a summer wine as one could wish for.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

La Poja 1996 Allegrini

7/2002. Bought in auction Apr-91 for $60 (Current market price about the same).
La Poja is the flag wine of Allegrini, the Valpolicella (Veneto) producer known for his Amarone. It is a single vineyard wine, made exclusively of the Corvina Veronese grapes.
COLOR: Dark red-black color. No thinning around the rim.
NOSE: Impressive nose of complex black fruit, licorice and spices. Deep and powerful yet elegant aromas engulf the senses.
TASTE: Wild and exotic wine on the palate. Huge structure and punch, this monster delivers a multitude of flavors from semi-ripe black fruit to pungent spices. Excellent winyness with wonderful grip and focus. Vigorous, youthful with deep flavors, round tannins and good acidity. Wonderful.
LENGTH: Long and reverberating aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Full bodied blockbuster wine! Dense but elegant texture. Complex multi-flavored attack on the palate. Superbly balanced.
OVERALL:Superb. An unusual wine that is a pleasure to have now but will further improve with a few more years.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

Rioja - Torre Muga Reserva 1995 Muga

7/2002. Brought locally Apr-01 for $48. (Currant market price a bit more than that)
One of the celebrated modern-style Rioja. Made from selected grapes and aged in new oak.
COLOR: Medium purple/ruby. Some clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Wonderful combination of red-fruit aroma and that 'dusty' quality so typical of Spanish wines. Wood tones are there to compliment the harmonious nose.
TASTE: Mouthful of sweetish ripe fruit with added spicy flavors. Concentrated and winey. Perhaps not as complex as La Poja above, but compensates with being even tastier. Absolutely delicious.
LENGTH: Very long impressive aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium bodied wonderfully balanced wine at its peak but will last.
OVERALL:Superb. Totally charming and satisfying Rioja.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

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