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WTN: I am not a Frankstein. I'm a Fronksteen (& more)

by Dale Williams » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:18 pm

Tuesday was vegetarian leftovers (pasta, broccoli, etc) with the 2011 Gonon “Les Iles Feray” VdP. Really good stuff for the price- classic peppery Rhone Syrah with bright black berry fruit, a little smokey edge, good length. B+/A-

Betsy grilled spare ribs, plus made sugar snap peas with mint and potato salad. Wine with the ribs was the 2012 Arnot-Roberts “Luchsinger Vineyard” Touriga Nacional Rose. So fresh, so light, so bright and friendly! Get more. B+

With grilled squid on salad, grilled eggplant with a yogurt-mint sauce, & grilled trumpet mushrooms, the 2009 Deschamps "Les Porcheronnes" Pouilly-Fume. Rounder, riper style of Loire SB, peachy fruit with a little citrus, pleasant but not distinctive. B-

With clams and tomatoes over pasta 2010 Manbach "Frankstein" Riesling- I know it’s Frankstein not Frankenstein, but I still ended up with Edgar Winter tunes and Marty Feldman jokes in my head. This wasn’t a great match- I thought we were doing clams with ginger. Wine was a bit blah- pudgy Alsace, fairly dry but could use more zip, and a bit clipped. B-/C+

Saturday started with some oysters on the half shell with leftover SB. Main course was an excellent lamb/lentil combo, served with the 2012 Lapierre “Raisins Gaulois” - hey, this actually says 2012 not MMXII - did they change rules re vin de table? I think 2012 is supposed to be a problematic vintage in Beaujolais, but neither Betsy nor I had any problem with this. Primary, fruity, straightforward honest wine. B+/B

Sunday we went to Betsy’s sister’s home for dinner. The piano trio with Betsy’s brother-in-law’s sister and brother-in-law (is that confusing?) were playing in area, and we came to dinner, as Betsy’s BiL’s BiL went to Juilliard with her. Cal had made a trip to Arthur Avenue, and we had calamari, bruschetta, broccoli rabe, chopped salad, caprese, cheese ravioli with sage butter, chittara spaghetti with vongole, and more. There was fun and wine:
2012 Lancyre Rose
Nice Provencal style pink, full bodied and ripe, herby and redfruited. B+/B

2012 Lenotti Bardolino rose
Soft, flabby, not a lot to incite interest here. C+/C

2011 Box o Birds Sauvignon Blanc
Grass, gooseberry, ok length, not too exciting but drinkable B-


2008 Kistler “Hyde” Chardonnay
Not my usual style, lots of power and oak, but to its credit there is noticable acidity and even a hint of minerality, I like more than the Kistler PNs. B-

1995 Montevertine Il Sodaccio
Mature and classic, dried cherry fruit with leather and smoke. Tannins resolved, acids still lively, fruit still fruitful. Some forest floor/mushroom with time, but holds up well over couple hours. A-

Monday turkey “tenderloin” in a cumin/lime/coriander rub with yogurt sauce and salad, but focus of the meal was a ramp risotto. Wine was the 2010 Cowan Cellars “Isa” Sauvignon Blanc, quite nice, very full, good crispness, tropical fruit with citrus peel and mineral. Nice length. Pretty sure I wouldn’t guess SB blind. 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: WTN: I am not a Frankstein. I'm a Fronksteen (& more)

by David M. Bueker » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:57 pm

I like the Arnot-Roberts rose even more than you do. Just so fresh!

We really need to invoke the rule of shhhhhh for Gonon.
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Re: WTN: I am not a Frankstein. I'm a Fronksteen (& more)

by Dale Williams » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:31 pm

I probably underrated the A-R, rose bias! (I love rose, but probably hesitate to give As)

I think the cat is out of bag re Gonon.
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Re: WTN: I am not a Frankstein. I'm a Fronksteen (& more)

by David M. Bueker » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:47 pm

We need to stop chasing it down the street.
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