jamie goode's wine blog: Mud House Pinot Noir

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mud House Pinot Noir

One of my favourite ways of relaxing is by doing a bit of work. This sounds nuts: it makes me out to be some crazy sort of workaholic who needs to get his head examined, his priorities sorted out and a course of sessions with a therapist booked, promptly.

So let me qualify that. The sort of work I like to do to relax is to open a few bottles of wine, and drink them. Not all of them; just a little of each. And then to write about them here, in real time, on this blog. Sometimes I'll revisit wines a day after opening to see how they are holding out. I like to look at wines the way someone who's brought a bottle to drink would look at them - I think this perspective, that of a reader, is easily lost in sniff and spit trade tastings.

Perception of wine is a funny old business. We bring to the glass as much as the glass brings to us. If you don't believe that, open a bottle of DRC with a random selection of people you meet on the street. Get the point?

Tonight's wine, which I've had open a day or two, is a really impressive Marlborough Pinot Noir.

Mud House Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough, New Zealand
Aromatic, bright sweet cherry and berry fruit nose is quite startling in its purity and freshness, and has a herby lift I often find in Marlborough Pinot. The palate is brightly fruited and cherryish, with some sweetness, but also a savoury, spicy twist. Nicely elegant with a delicious, vivid sort of personality. This isn't meant to be Burgundy, but it has a light touch and is only 13.3% alcohol - low by New World standards. 91/100 (c. 12 retail, UK agent MMD)

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At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Great point Jamie. I also love to work on wine!! tend to take no notice of the spit and take noters--even if it is you.Far more value from tasting notes written when you actually drink the wine over time.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Keith - although I reckon you do need to do quite a bit of spit and note-taking, just because there's a limit to the number of wines you can actually drink, and you need to taste widely as a professional.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Laurence said...

You southerners really do pay a lot for your wine. Get yourself up north to Byrne's in clitheroe - this is 8.99 a bottle there.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Even cheaper from R.S.Wines in Bristol (well, for the 2005 vintage anyway).

Good points from Keith & Jamie. Life's too short to do justice to the world of wine...

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Alex, I think the thing is to enjoy a journey of exploration in wine, without having to feel that you've 'done' everything.

It's a bit like people. There are billions of them in the world, and almost all are interesting and could potentially be the source of muturally enriching relationships. But you can only meet some of them, and be friends with even fewer of them. That's fine...

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Laurence, I've heard so much about Byrnes - I really must visit at some stage


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