I enjoyed Tenuta di Nozzole’s Chianti with some friends after work one day while in San Diego for an event; we’d had a long morning and had a break in the afternoon, so sat on the stage enjoying Chianti and crackers with fig jam. It was great.
The wine was deep crimson, with a nose that seemed to blend black pepper with jammy fruit.
It was a heavy, full-bodied wine, powerfully tannic, with lots of earthy tastes and the fruit hovering just behind it. It was very dry, but the finish had hints of vanilla lurking underneath the oak, leaving almost a sweet aftertaste.
Books: Nothing right now.
Bottles: Had a taste of a British Columbia Pinot Gris from the Okanagan while in Vancouver; it was very interesting, very young and acidic, but good. I have yet to see any BC wine in any wine store in the US so I don't expect I will have much chance to experiment in the States.
Writing: Still plodding along on Into the Shining Sun.
Guitar: Got to piddle around on an acoustic, playing "Mother," revisiting "Is There Anybody Out There?"