My parents arrived Friday for a short visit. Betsy made trout filled with a spinach/garlic/raisin/pinenut stuffing accompanied by a salad and brown rice. The 2005 Muga rosado was a pleasant if undemanding accompaniment. Light raspberry fruit, moderate acidity, clean but not especially exciting. A little dilute even for rosé. Good enough, but there are other similarly priced rosés out there I like more. B/B-
I should note my parents are not wine people. Since the French paradox report my dad has a glass of wine each night, but at home it's Lake Country red with an icecube. I've tried to interest them a bit, but it's just not their thing. That's ok -they're great parents.
But when they decided to invite us for Saturday dinner at the Ruth's Chris at their hotel (we have no guest room in our little house), I started thinking. I REALLY like a good Bdx or Cabernet with a steak. I knew my parents would just suggest getting a glass. My memory of Ruth's Chris's list was some pricey yet pedestrian wines by the glass, so I asked re corkage when I called- a very reasonable $15. I carried a bottle of 1988 La Lagune (Haut-Medoc)-the only mature Bordeaux on the list was a '92 Petrus. I think the first time my parents ever saw BYO (I explained it's not really cool to bring a bottle of inexpensive wine to save money!).
The La Lagune was the last -and best- of several bottles. Fears of '88 tannins outlasting fruit seemed laughable here. Right from the beginning there was rich blackcurrant fruit. Some earth and leather on top of the cassis flavors. Not a big Bordeaux but certainly big enough to stand up to my rare T-bone. Seemed much younger than other bottles. A very pleasant surprise. A-/B+
Nice evening, though Ruth's Chris's steaks aren't my favorite. But I enjoyed the chopped salad, the creamed spinach, the wine, and the company.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.