It may be still awhile before we can start going out for dinner, like we used to, but I do hope that pleasurable activity returns. It may be some time before there is full confidence, but until then I am still enjoying my Bride’s culinary skills in the kitchen. I only growl and tease and make fun with the people I enjoy; if I am just enduring someone’s presence I stick to small talk, and if the person ends up being someone I dislike, I just ignore them altogether, as that has been my wont forever. So, my Bride knows that she is safe and so do all that I bandy with, and that is an old term and some may have to look it up. These days with my Bride working exclusively remote and from home, she is trying very hard to make some interesting dinners, but sometimes there are time constraints, as I have said, I really think she ends up working longer hours without a commute, then when she was commuting.
I am slowly, but surely getting all of the wines in the cellar, somewhat organized and at least trying to figure out what I have down there, and I am selecting some of the odd wines and some of the wines that I am not sure how they have matured. The first wine that I will discuss that was recently opened was one that I was not too concerned about, as I have had the pleasure of drinking old vintages from the Rioja region for years, though in the old days there was kind of a feeling of a wink-wink, nod-nod about the vintage year printed on the label; whereas today it is all above board, but the good thing is, that in reality I have never had a terrible wine from Rioja. The wine I grabbed is from a house that I have had over the years without any problems and this was a Martin Codex “Ergo” Tempranillo Rioja 2006. What I guess I never realized was that Martin Codax is a co-operative of growers in the Rias Baixas in Spain. It was formed in 1986 and is named for a famous troubadour from the 13th Century of old romantic Spain. The winemaker and one of the original founders of Martin Codax is Luciano Amoedo, who was also one of the most vocal in getting a Denominacion de Origen (DO) for Rias Baixas in 1988 and the main varietal for the co-operative is Albarino, but since their creation they have expanded and now source grapes from about fourteen-hundred small growers in northern Spain. This was just an opening grade of Rioja wine with no additional designations and while it was not a young wine, it still tasted like a young wine as there was still a lot of fruit in both the nose and the taste. The color was good, the only thing that I thought was lacking was a good finish and it probably has more to do with its status then with its age.
The other wine offered more trepidation, because it fell between the cracks probably from forgetfulness then anything else. I chilled it and hoped for the best, because I have recently had some happy results from some older Sauvignon Blanc wines, so when I found a Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 1998, I decided to give it a go and put it into the refrigerator and chill it. Now I have been a fan of Duckhorn Vineyards even before I went and we had a great tour and tasting by one of the sons. This bottle of wine is definitely when the Duckhorn family was in charge of the winery, long before they sold out, in fact at this time, every one of the labels were using fruit from Napa Valley, before they started expanding. You will notice that the color is more amber or gold instead of the soft straw color that the wine usually has, and that is a common occurrence since white wine tends to darken with age and red wines will lighten with age. The nose was basically non-existent, and there was no fruit, especially the typical notes of grapefruit. It was another wine that we could not come up with words to express the taste, it had not gone bad, as it was easy to drink, but it was not like drinking alcohol either. I can’t call it a winner or a loser, but I will put it in the plus account as it wasn’t poured down the drain, and I guess I can attribute it to the dedication of the winemaker, and it wasn’t even a Merlot.