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TN: '86 Meyney, '04 Seghesio, '04 Fauna

by Dale Williams » Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:36 am

Betsy announced dinner was "wine killer special" , with a very lemony pasta with spinach and mushrooms accompanied by Franey's asparagus vinaigrette. Aha, time to push the trusty "NZ SB" button. I had bought the
2004 Fauna Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) partially based on name- I assume (with picture of bird) that the name is a little dig at the trend towards animal-named wines. A functional if unexciting SB- gooseberry fruit with just a hint of grapefruit and jalapeno. Maybe a tad short. Still, this was $8 before discount (looking at it another way, it was free as I used it as a case filler to get bigger discount on more expensive stuff), so probably worth the price. B-

Betsy made a nice if mild chili from the Fearrington House cookbook. There was a Zin on the counter, so we opened it. The 2004 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma) was a pretty nicely balanced Zin- raspberry and blackberry fruit, some sweet oak vanilla milkshake (not a lot, an accent not a principal), nice finish. Nice Zin if not earthshattering. B

With coffee-rubbed steak (it ws amazingly warm for Nov today, we HAD to grill) and baked potatoes, a 375 of the1986 Ch. Meyney (St Estephe). I've always liked this wine, but was a little tentative re a 375. No need. Nice midweight wine, with clean blackcurrant fruit accented by cedar and ferric mineral notes. A little leather. There's a little bretty note of animal fur and manure that I haven't noticed in 750s, but not anything that bothers me. Nice wine, as always one of my favorite Meyneys (ties with '89). A-/B+


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.
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Re: TN: '86 Meyney, '04 Seghesio, '04 Fauna

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:35 am

As usual, Seghesio will always catch my eye (as well as Pepiere), nice Zin eh Dale. You talk about brett, very apt as I have just tasted the `95 V Telegraph "Le Crau" downtown at the CdP tasting at local store. Loaded,lovely!!! Not all of my fellow tasters matched my enthusiasm!!
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Re: TN: '86 Meyney, '04 Seghesio, '04 Fauna

by Clinton Macsherry » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:39 am

Dale Williams wrote:. . . . With coffee-rubbed steak . . . .


Dale--
I know this was a hot topic on FLDG some time ago. How did you do yours? Freshly, finely ground coffee used as a dry rub?
FEAR THE TURTLE ! ! !
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Re: TN: '86 Meyney, '04 Seghesio, '04 Fauna

by Bob Cohen » Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:55 pm

I'm glad the '86 Meyney is still showing well. I think I still have a few 750s.
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Re: TN: '86 Meyney, '04 Seghesio, '04 Fauna

by Dale Williams » Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:23 pm

Clinton,
I use a dry rub of coffee, cumin, kosher salt, sweet paprika, and a dash of pepper. Betsy likes even though she doesn't like coffee. It adds more of a nutty edge than coffeeish.

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