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WTN: ESJ with Steve, Selbach-Oster, and Lorieux Bourgueil

by Dale Williams » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:51 pm

Wednesday night I grilled tuna steak and green garlic, had with salad and the 2006 Damien Lorieux “Tuffeaux” Bourgueil. Still decent fruit, and still lots of tannin. A little earth/mushroom note, touch of green pepper, the tannins are too raspy to really enjoy this. B-

Thursday I had a speech in city late afternoon, and decided I’d drop by Chambers Street Wines to get a couple orders. Usually I just stop outside and they bring out orders, but noticed Steve Edmunds was there pouring right at time I was picking up. So found parking and tried a few Edmunds St John wines. I wasn’t taking notes, but enjoyed them all (I didn’t try the rose, as I’ve already tried couple times, and was actually in one of orders). The 2016 Heart of Gold was delicious, good acids and bright fruit. The 2015 Gamay was tasty, a little more fleshy than I remember other vintages. Steve said the 2015 was the last Rocks and Gravel, he lost the Unti fruit source, sad because this is delicious, all red fruity and herby. The 2013 North Canyon Syrah is a new addition, Barsotti joining Fenaughty, tasty & blackfruited but all about structure right now (I bought, but will tuck away for a while). Good to see Steve.

Got home, walked dog, and made a quick dinner of ramen with fishballs and watercress. Wine was the 2015 Selbach-Oster Ur-Alte Reben Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Feinherb. I realize I really need to buy more Feinherb/halbtrocken. This has noticable sweetness, but under the pretty apple and tropical fruit there’s a flinty mineral core. Big, long, fun. A-/B+

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: ESJ with Steve, Selbach-Oster, and Lorieux Bourgue

by David M. Bueker » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:32 pm

The Selbach-Oster Feinherb and Halbtrocken wines are my favorite offerings from them these days. Since its introduction in 2012, the Ur-Alte Reben Feinherb has been nothing but stunning.

It is very sad to see the end of Rocks & Gravel, but we said that about Les Cotes Sauvages, and look what happened. I am sure Steve will impress with his new Shake Ridge bottling.
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Re: WTN: ESJ with Steve, Selbach-Oster, and Lorieux Bourgue

by Patrick Martin » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:48 pm

Crap, gotta load up on the R&G!

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