Söndagens middag på La Verdura i Yokohama. Tre glas rött vin och ett glas brunt. 2007 Juan Francisco Solis Reserva (Valdepeñas), 84p Almost 'very good'. Elegant with moderate intensity and M++ acids over small tannins. Scoring well on structure but very low on complexity. A good, simple wine that at the right price will do well as a quaffer. Wife: 'Too acidic' At La Verdura. 3 glasses from a btl that was left over from the previous Mercian tasting. NV Gonzalez-Byass Pedro Ximénez Viejo Noé (30 Años), 90p What a wine! An almost black syrup. This is fortified caramel in a btl Caramel and molasses with mineral components. Raisins, figs, leather, Darjeeling tea and small herbal component. Insanely intense sugars and would probably benefit greatly from another 100 years of rest. Still primary and lacking in complexity. For my taste: could have used some more acids (and age). Wife: over the sugar-top for her. At La Verdura. From a btl that was left over from the previous Mercian tasting.