Picpoul (and bonus Tempranillo)

We got some extra lake time this weekend; I was able to work from home today and ted took the day off, so we headed out on Thursday night instead of our usual Friday. On Thursday we had the rest of last Sunday’s pot roast, with some of Abacela’s Fiesta Tempranillo (the Fiesta is their lower end wine). Then Friday we had fish, and opens a bottle of Picpoul to go with it. This is one of the last few of a case we bought at Ardiri a couple years ago; at the time they had some kind of partnership with a French winemaker and sold their wines alongside their own. The interesting thing was that this wine tasted exactly like like the first bottle we had; it doesn’t seem to have changed at all over the couple years we’ve had it.

2/4/2015
Abacela
2012, red
Fiesta Tempranillo
Umpqua Valley, Oregon
From the wine club
With leftover pot roast, mashed potatoes, and homemade bread. Flavor progression goes through fruit, light tannins, tobacco, and harsher tannins. Finishes better than it starts. May age well.
Ted: 3.1. Paula: 3.0

2/5/2016
Picpoul le Pinet
2912, white
Languedoc region, France
From Ardiri
Willed grilled tilapia with lemon/butter/wine sauce, sautéed kale, and tomato/mozzarella salad. This was a very good pairing. This wine has crisp favors and vibrancy similar to a Vinho Verde. Refreshing and just a bit tart; has a robust finish with flavor of oak. M probably has at least a few more good years in it.
Paula: 4. Ted: 3.8

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