I spent all week fretting about what I was going to pull from the cellar for Open That Bottle Night, the annual event created by former Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dottie and John, who are hosting the event tonight, live on Palate Press. Which is a central point of OTBN: stop wondering if it’s the perfect time to open that bottle and just open it and enjoy it.
I fiddled with some Bordeaux, vaguely looked at a Madiran, wondered about some Ribera del Duero, and finally settled for a red from Portugal: the 1994 Casa Ferreirinha Reserva, a blend of red grapes (Tinta Roriz,Touriga Nacional,Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and others) from Quinta de Leda, an upper Douro property acquired by this subsidiary of portuguese giant Sogrape in the late 1970s. (See tasting notes for the 1996 Reserva here, to give you an idea of what it is about).
Having regularly noticed the great aging capacity of portuguese table reds (see this tasting note on the 15$ Vinha Grande from Ferreirinha, on my French blog), I was constantly tempted to let this bottle hang for years and years. However, looking at the relatively pale color and the amount of sediment visible through the glass, I figured that the wine was at least at full maturity, and that it was time to pull the cork on it.
I’ll be having it with some homemade pizza, in a pleasant informality that I generally prefer, when drinking wine, whether old or new. And I’ll be sharing the results live on Palate Press before writing a little report on the bottle and the event, later on. Hope to see you there.