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WTN: Willi S. Spat. w/accidental deconstructed turducken

by Dale Williams » Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:41 pm

So Betsy was coming back from chamber coaching upstate, and had requested BBQ chicken. I defrosted a couple of packages of bird, and made my spice rub. As one package defrosted I realized I had 2 duck legs, not chicken (the other was indeed chicken thighs). So, why not BBQ duck?
Our CSA box had included collards and kohlrabi. I did the collards and the kohlrabi greens in a pressure cooker with a smoked turkey leg, and made a kohlrabi/apple salad, and then made bbq sauce. Bird cooked on cool part of grill till nearly done, then finished on heat while mopping on the sauce

Gave Betsy choice of rose, red, or Riesling, she went with the latter. The 2004 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 was a bit tight, but opened up into a lovely giving wine. A Spatlese that tastes like a Spatlese, not an Auslese*. Granny Smith, white cherry, orange zest all whirl around for fruit , some honeysuckle (unless it was the honeysuckle on the fence), and a long slatey mineral finish. Very light on its feet, but with some gravitas. Pretty much what I’m looking for in Mosel Spatlese. A-

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. 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: Willi S. Spat. w/accidental deconstructed turducken

by Rahsaan » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:39 pm

Dale Williams wrote:Gave Betsy choice of rose, red, or Riesling, she went with the latter. The 2004 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 was a bit tight, but opened up into a lovely giving wine. A Spatlese that tastes like a Spatlese, not an Auslese*... Pretty much what I’m looking for in Mosel Spatlese.


2004 was such a nice year!

I had a couple of bottles of the #10 and the #9 earlier this year, and if I remember correctly I thought they were both great but the #9 was pumping out (what seemed to be) fully integrated pleasure while the #10 seemed to still have a few kinks to sort out. Not that I didn't quickly drain every bottle of both versions. And I haven't exactly been following them regularly since 2005.
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Re: WTN: Willi S. Spat. w/accidental deconstructed turducken

by David M. Bueker » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:45 pm

Two of #9' in the cellar. Problem is reaching them!
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Re: WTN: Willi S. Spat. w/accidental deconstructed turducken

by Jenise » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:59 am

Love your cooking descriptions--I can picture you in your kitchen going through the machinations of deciding just how to proceed.
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Re: WTN: Willi S. Spat. w/accidental deconstructed turducken

by Dale Williams » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:13 pm

David, I'll come move cases for you. :)

Jenise, it was fine, but not running out to make BBQ duck again. The cooking on cool side rendered fat so there was no flame up, but while it was very flavorful, it was stringy compared to if we had done our more common slow cooking or confitting.

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