Originally posted by on the wine:
Took off last Friday with a couple of fellow seafood/shellfish lovers on a 4-day gorge-and-drink weekend up north. Great way to celebrate my birthday this year. In the back of the SUV, we were loaded up with a truly impressive supply of Nova Scotia lobsters, king crab, and several boxes of oysters (Kusshi, Raspberry Point and Fanny Bay). For variety and palate relief, there was also a bunch of steaks. Wines served were:
2002 Collett Millesime Brut
2002 Lacourte Godbilion Brut
2004 Drappier Grande Sendree
NV Drappier Zero Dosage
NV Gaston Chquet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne d'Aÿ
NV Pierre Peters Brut Blancs d Blancs Cuvee de Reserve
2011 Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills
2011 Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road
2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling Smaragd
2007 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Loibner Berg
2007 Prager Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Klaus
2007 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve
2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre
1997 Frescobaldi Lamaione
2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo
Given some of the negative comments about 2003 barolos, I was curious how the Scavino wine would perform ... and I was happy to find it drinking quite nicely for their low-end blended Barolo.
For me, the two best wines were the 2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling and the 1997 Lamaione.
Wow that's a great 4-day outing!
As is my style, I'm keying in on the Napa cabs. Love the Frank Family cabs. But would be interested in learning more about that Riesling. This is a grape I still have very little experience with. My off the shelf buying at local liquor stores has never turned out quite well