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Structure & Fire / WeeksEnd wine

by Harry J » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:06 am

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How does a house get built , a living earned ? It takes energy.
Fire;its vibrant colors,its wild dance. To warm our homes and cook our food.
And then there is a time we can have our fire already lit, our food cooked and just enjoy and savor that which we have.
Have a good one; H
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Re: Structure & Fire / WeeksEnd wine

by Robin Garr » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:13 pm

There's a lot of aromatic incense in the reverent instructions for building the Ark and Tabernacle in the last chapters of Exodus, so we decided to celebrate Harry's call for wines with something highly aromatic, a Cream (sweet Oloroso) Sherry.

Alvear non-vintage Cream (sweet Oloroso) Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximenez ($14.99)

This sweet Oloroso “cream” Sherry, a blend of dry Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez wine aged in solera for at least 10 years, shows a clear, dark copper-brown color in the glass, with glints of bronze against the light. Delicious aromatics, fresh cracked walnuts and a background whiff of brown sugar. Unctuous and rich, walnut and brown-sugar flavors follow the nose in a full-bodied flavor shaped by surprisingly bright and tart lemon-squirt flavor that saves the sweet wine from cloying as it becomes more evident in the very long finish. Rich, sweet flavors cloak hefty 18 percent acidity, typical of Sherry. U.S. importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Mariemont, Ohio; Jorge Ordonez Selections. (March 24, 2017)

FOOD MATCH: The winery calls it “a comforting winter drink” and suggests enjoying it with “sweets, desserts and coffee.” Winter’s ending here, but we enjoyed sipping it after dinner with nuts and cheese.

WHEN TO DRINK: On the one hand, it’s not an ager. On the other, it will last forever, probably without evolving much. Drink it now or drink it later, but don’t count on its value to increase with time.

VALUE:
My local price matches the the $15 U.S. average retail reported by Wine-Searcher.com. It’s certainly a decent buy in the middle teens, and particularly worthy at the shops tagging it in the $12-$13 range.

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Re: Structure & Fire / WeeksEnd wine

by Isaac Chavel » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:13 am

Hi, Harry, shavu'a tov,

Friday night: 2013 Lewis Pasco, Pasco Project #2. Drinking beautifully.

Shabbat lunch: 2014 Tabor Adama II Zohar. Strange experience. Every time I poured from the bottle I felt some fizz. Blew off. Strong flavour, high acidity. It seemed that the acid was slightly too much for the rest.

A good week to all,

Isaac
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Re: Structure & Fire / WeeksEnd wine

by Harry J » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:14 am

hi, fri night drank Segals cab reserve'12.Though not a wine i would want to revisit it was a pleasant cabernet. By day Segals fusion '14 which wasnt a first time with this wine,just didnt feel like its elements come together.H
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Re: Structure & Fire / WeeksEnd wine

by Pinchas L » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:12 am

Hi Harry,

During my visit to Israel last week I visited Vitkin Winery that became kosher starting with the 2015 vintage, and brought back several bottles. I opted to open the Vitkin Pinot Noir 2015 that comes in a half-bottle. It turns out to be a very pleasing wine, sans any pretension to Pinot greatness. The body is light and the fruit flavors are front and center, and with a very light touch of wood. Stylistically, it is similar to some Californian Pinot. It was produced using Heter Mechira.

With lunch I had the Hajdu Grenache 2011. The wine is sanguine with ample fruit to liven it up.

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