July 1, 2006:
Another demanding day at work, so I opted for a big club sandwich there instead of trying to rustle up some dinner back at the ranch. Once home, I uncorked a fairly recent acquaintance and caught up with the Tigers – Pirates.
2000 William Fevre Chablis Les Clos, 375 ml, $29.99, 13% alc.:
This has gone through some changes in a little over a year since we last tried it
; the medium straw color seems to be taking on a slight tinge of pale gold, and there’s a nuttiness to its character that wasn’t there before, perhaps the evolution of the “peanut butter” thing Kim mentioned back then? Maybe it’s developing at an accelerated rate because of the 375 ml format, or maybe not. It still shows the wet stones, beeswax, quince and green apple, with the excellent cut and the good length, but it’s also starting to show the first signs of a senior moment. As it opens and warms in the glass, the fruit and minerality come to the fore, making for a more harmonious wine. I like this just the way it is (I actually liked it a little better in April of ‘05); any more of that “nutty” thing, and I’d like it less. As it is, it’s very refreshing on a warm summers night, with or without food.
Kim returned on Sunday, July 2; I picked her up at DTW
, and brought her back to Gang Central for Thai takeout and a nice Alsatian Riesling. Hopefully this taster will be forgiven for the following notes that don’t do the delicious wine justice; I was somewhat distracted…
2004 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Alsace Cuvée Theo, $33, 13.5% alc.:
Pale to medium straw, with quince and apple flavors and aromas graced with a soft herbaceous quality that really sets the tone and personality of the wine for me; medium full body, with good cut, a lovely smooth texture and a long finish. Bone dry, and yet with more than enough rich fruit to stand up the spicy Thai food. I must have more of this stuff!
Reporting from Day-twah,