Had lunch with wine trade buddy Daniel Primack (of www.aroundwine.co.uk) at the brilliant 28-50 in Marylebone today (www.2850.co.uk/marylebone). I’ve visited the other 28-50 in Fetter Lane a couple of times, and enjoyed it greatly, but this was my first time at the new Marylebone restaurant.
28-50 describes itself as a ‘wine workshop and kitchen’, and it’s an absolute dream restaurant for a wine lover. The wine list is one of London’s best, and by best I mean best chosen and sensibly priced. I reckon anything on the by the glass selection is worth a punt, because the wines are so well chosen. And there are some 30 wines available by the glass.
Daniel and I sampled 5. The great thing is that there’s an option to have a 75 ml pour, which means you can explore the by-the-glass list a little without racking up a huge bill or getting drunk.
We began with Brokenwood’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2012. So pure and precise, with real intensity: a young Hunter Semillon with real character already.
Then it was red all the way.
Pasion de Bobal 2011 from Utiel Requena is a wine that I shall go and buy. It’s just £2.90 for a 75 ml serving, and shows silky, ripe, sweet berry fruits with great balance.
Prunotto’s Dolcetto d’Albi 2011 was served just a little too warm, but it was irresistable: so fresh with cherries and plums, a silky texture, and a bit of savoury bite. Masterful. £4 for 75 ml.
The next two deserved proper notes:
Monteillet Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2010 Northern Rhone, France
£4.35 for 75 ml. Very sweetly, elegantly perfumed with a pot pourri, dried flowers edge to the nose. The palate shows elegant cherries and spice with lovely freshness. This is Syrah at its most Burgundian, and it’s totally beguiling and compelling, as long as you don’t find the pretty nose too much. 93/100
Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang del Pais 2011 Southwest France
£3.25 for 75 ml. Latest release of one of my all-time favourite reds. This is SO good. Wonderful nose of ripe black cherries and iron and blood. Striking. Super-fresh, fine, pure palate showing good acid and focused black fruits with a really bloody edge. Focused an pure. 92/100
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