07 March 2011

Deneza Torrontes 2006

Torrontes is the signature white grape of Argentina, and I got to enjoy a bottle of Deneza's Torrontes from the Salta region on Superbowl Sunday (yes, I know, some time ago - I had rather too much to drink and left my wine book at my friend's house, and it took a while to retrieve it).

The wine was golden in color, with scents of dried fruit as well as grapefruit, a vibrant citrusy bouquet.  When I tasted it, I was surprised by the taste of granny smith apples, along with other tart fruit.  It had a bit of acid but mellowed on my tongue.  It was kind of medium-bodied, I suppose; I have a hard time remembering this far out.

It was very refreshing, with a clean finish, and very enjoyable by itself - though there were snacks at the Superbowl party, they weren't exactly meant for pairing with wine.  I'm just not sure that there is any wine that goes well with taquitos.


Books: Just finished Night by Elie Wiesel, which was quite good and rather haunting.  Up next is Harlan Ellison's Deathbird Stories, though I am still making my way through the last two months of Wine Spectator as well.

Bottles: Nothing of note lately.  But I did buy half a dozen bottles last week - K Syrah, two more bottles of Ramey Claret, another bottle of Chappellet 2008, and two bottles of some sort of Bordeaux Blanc to try out (and because 6 bottles get a 5% discount).  I will report on what gets drunk - something is going to happen soon.

Guitar: Started on "Fat Old Sun", which is very fun to play.  "Sorrow" proved troublesome because it's rather hard to identify the individual guitar parts.

Writing: Started on the third draft of my novella, and been doing some research for it as well; read the pertinent parts of a dissertation recently and got some great ideas on how to deal with the psychological effects of torture.  I could use another resource or two I think, and I eventually need to find a book that has old World War I memos or briefings or what have you.