I took the opportunity this long US Open/Father's Day Week-End to enjoy some old and some new wines. Friday night we had a grilled pork tenderloin with grilled potatoes, served with a '10 Chateau Macard (Bordeaux Superieur) and the Alain Paret '10 St.-Joseph "Les Larmes du Pere. Both were solid wines showing classic Bdx earthiness and barely 13.5% ABV, while the St.-Joseph was a delicious syrah. Both were perfect with the pork. Saturday night was golf. With appetizers, Cht. Thieuley '12 Rose', (still drinking well but I would look for the current vintage if possible) and a home-made pizza with the Il Tarocco '11 Chianti Clasico (sourced from Trader Joe's, $10). This was a real surprise. After a 2 hours decant it was a lovely and warming Chianti, deep dark and delicious. Dessert was tiramisu with a Bouvet Rose' from the Loire valley. This is a very serviceable sparkler from the Loire that we have used on several occasions in the past year. At $13 it is a deal. Tonight we had shrimp burgers with corn-on-the-cob and baked beans. For starters we had boiled shrimp with Chateau de Maligny '12 Petit Chablis. At $16 this is a nice way to go with Chablis. Seems to have all the required components without the $$. Also opened Champagne Taittinger with the shrimp burgers and along with the La Cabriole '13 Cabernet de Saumur Rose' ($10). Just an all around good rose' and perfect with the shrimp burgers.
All wines were stand-outs and performed as expected. Nice when that happens.
All in all, a wonderful weekend.
Richard Fadeley, CWS