R L Legras St Vincent 96'
Say NO to Shiraz!
Had I glass of Honig cab with dinner out. I believe it was 2010 and it was good. Had a gin dirty martini with the appetizers.
2009 Carlisle Gold Mine Ranch Zin
2008 Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
2011 Francois Maretenot, Pouilly Fuisse, Clos Retssier
2009 Clos Floridene
White or red? Nice stuff for the money, ain't it?
2005 Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits "Les Chaumes", Charles Thomas, love it, probably due to the fantastic 05 vintage, rather than due to it being a bio-lunar wine
2008 Deux Amis Shaddick Vineyard Zinfandel.
2010 Bodegas Breca Breca (100% old vines Garnacha)
Amazing sub $20 wine.
Met M/M TLV for dinner this evening:
N.V. G. Fluteau Champagne Blanc de Noirs Brut
2010 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block
1997 St. Innocent Pinot Noir O'Connor Vineyard
2006 August West Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard
2005 Gaec-Gallet Henri et Philippe Côte-Rôtie
Another terrific evening with
TLV...I find it funny based on one line of conversation earlier tonight that the Blues Brothers is on HBO right now.
Wine is passion. It is family and friends, warmth of heart, and generosity of spirit.
~ Robert Mondavi
CdP tasting Friday night. We will start with a 2006 Vieux Telegraphe CdP Blanc, then move on to a bottle each of 2007 Telegraphe, Beaucastel and Donjon.
I know they are young, but I am cursed with a young cellar and don't have access to older vintages (beyond 2005). After some advice from others, the 2007 wines won out over the 2005 and 2006 vintages that are in the cellar.
Serving avocado stuffed with curried shrimp as an appetizer. The main will be beef tenderloin, prawns sautéed in a garlic/wine sauce, and some veggies.
I hope I don't burn anything!
But you are blessed with neighbours who have older vintages of all those wines (and more), and who like to share.
If you open the gates, they will come.
Last night at Bridges Restaurant I ordered a 2003 Caves de Tain Hermitage, which was a wonderful surprise, exceeding my expectations. Big expansive berry and herbal nose, ripe berry, anise, mineral notes, silky and sweet, long finish, very tasty.
Tonight left over from my wife's novel club was 2011 Thornhaven Gewürztraminer, an Okanagan white that delivers near-Alsatian quality, fairly dry but with big fruit, delicious. Also 2009 Vincent Girardin Moulin a Vent La Tour du Bief, Clos de la Tour, seems to be softening since last tasting, berries, banana and sage flavours, long finish with fine tannins at the end, still evolving but already delicious now. I have more, but will still get yet more if I find them; very versatile and tasty food wine.
I know you are right, but I feel a little inadequate. I had a small tasting group of noobs like myself, but that fell apart. I think we were suffering from limited access to older wines and inexperience. Right now, the oldest wine in my cellar is 2001 and that is only one bottle.
I feel as though I would be a bit of a leech if
I was drinking everyone else's aged wine and had little to offer in return.
On Sunday, I am back on a strict diet for six weeks. After that is done, I will try for a local dinner with some of the more "experienced" winos in the community. I am anxious to learn and maybe some of my younger wines will be of interest too...
Last night at a restaurant (Suzette's), from their very fairly priced wine list:
1998 Henriot Brut Champagne
2009 Fevre Chablis Caillons (sp?)
2009 Pierre Amadieu Gigondas
2003 Baumard Quarts du Chaume
Best part was, this was on someone else's expense account.
All showed wonderfully, even the youngsters. My first time with a Quarts.
Sorry, I should have specified: the red.
Yes, I thought it was quite good. My club is listing it as the monthly special for $52 a bottle.
Did Domino watch?
PurpleHaze is really making the rounds in Chicago this week.
The Gallet was a bacon fat beauty, but the August West paired perfectly with the Pork Chop in soy, ginger and brown sugar sauce.
The Varner is just a pup, but I hadn't tried the '10 Home Block yet, so I wanted to get a gauge. It is going to be spectacular. One day I'll remember that Varners must be served above cellar temp.
The St. Innocent needs more time. It also could use some food to go with it - Allred didn't open it until after dinner while we were sitting around talking. It would have been interesting to try it with the pork or lamb.
It was another wonderful evening great wine and even better company.
I have an 06, which I previously had a year or so ago and liked. Bacon fat should pair well with Italian sausage, no?
One would think...
Wow, that sounds expensive for wine that sells like < 15€ in local shops
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I was asked by our company president to purchase the wines for a small gathering at his house tomorrow night. I am taking only Spanish whites/reds.
I'm hopeful that there will be several new fans of Garnacha, Monastrell, Albariño, and Godello.
While the pessimist and optimist were discussing whether the glass was half empty or half full, I drank it.
- 2009 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Notes? One of my favorite CA Chards.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."
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