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Montes Alpha Syrah and Cheese

Lying somewhere between a missing spy masters lap-top and a cd full of a high street bank's customer details is my wine tasting notebook. It has been missing for a few weeks now; I've not seen a mention on the Mail's front page as being discovered on the 8:15 from Waterloo though.

In addition to a great many tasting notes, many destined to be written up on Spittoon, there were two full articles planned for the Guardian, the notes and thoughts on the Montes Alpha range (the 'gimmick' being to serve the wines with specific music) and several very interesting wine and food matching experiments. Greatly saddened it has vanished.

My memory recall is not great; wracking my brains for a descriptive of a wine tasted last week is bad enough, let alone something slurped back in May! But my pictures folder has many shots destined to accompany those notes; one being the Montes Alpha Syrah used here.

This amply flavoured, high alcohol (14.5%) wine was an absolute joy with a little Grana Padano cheese even with Pavarotti belting out Nessun Dorma in the background. Love the wine, not a fan of the music. Did it change my perception of the wine... impossible to say with or without my notes. All I do know is that the four wines supplied were deliciously excellent.

"When a particular style of music is heard it stimulates or 'primes' specific areas in the brain. Subsequently when wine is tasted these areas of the brain are already active and prime us to taste the wine in a corresponding way"



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Montes Alpha Syrah, 2006, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Stockist: Waitrose, Tesco Price: £10.99 [More on Adegga/Snooth]
Great with Cheese - Grana Padano especially. Alcohol 14.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100 [4 out of 5]

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I'm quite a fan of those Montes wines. I've just bought a Cab Sav & a Merlot as part of a wedding present for some friends.

You had me squirming--your loss is absolutely unfortunate.

I used to carry around a tiny notebook for my notes as well. I always fear that I will lose it. Recently, I try to keep smaller pieces of paper and then file them back at home when I'm done.

It's my precautionary way of not losing everything from before. Keep hope it may turn up.

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