Friday evening. Ahh! Lovely relax after a challenging week. I ran into work today and back again. As a green travel plan it is pretty tough. But, two runs in a day is what the real professionals do - and it sets your metabolism up and running twice a day, not once, so it torches calories!
Qupe Syrah 2007(Majestic, about £18) from a wonderful estate in California. You will first note that the wine is labelled Syrah not Shiraz - already the winemaker is guiding us that he is searching more for balance and subtle fruits, not a blockbuster. The wine has a lovely meaty nose, quite gentle. On the palate, lots of soft, subtle fruit, a bit of oakiness, very soft tannins, and a nice fragrance (violets?) that lingers in the mouth.
All in all a warm and wintry wine, and one that will go very nicely with tonight's chosen supper, a tomato sauce with linguine.