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WTN: Annia...go with him

by David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:17 pm

2016 Massican Annia - USA, California, Napa Valley (1/6/2018)
My first bottle of this wine was on a hot, humid summer day. It brought refreshment, as well as intellectual stimulation.

My second bottle was on a day that could not have been more different. Temperatures were hovering below zero. The house was too cold for red wine. I brought this up from the cellar, and left it on the counter, figuring 58 degrees would be a good serving temperature. Soup was simmering, and I opened the wine to that same mélange of pear, peach skin, herb and saline minerality that graced the first bottle so many days (and degree days) ago. It brought a touch of summer sunshine to a bone chilling winter day. It brought joy.

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by TomHill » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:38 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:2016 Massican Annia - USA, California, Napa Valley (1/6/2018)
My first bottle of this wine was on a hot, humid summer day. It brought refreshment, as well as intellectual stimulation.

My second bottle was on a day that could not have been more different. Temperatures were hovering below zero. The house was too cold for red wine. I brought this up from the cellar, and left it on the counter, figuring 58 degrees would be a good serving temperature. Soup was simmering, and I opened the wine to that same mélange of pear, peach skin, herb and saline minerality that graced the first bottle so many days (and degree days) ago. It brought a touch of summer sunshine to a bone chilling winter day. It brought joy.

A wine does not need to do anything more.

Yup, David..you pretty much nailed this. I really love it for that saline/minerality. Just lip-smackin’ good stuff.
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by Jim Grow » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:04 pm

"The house was too cold for red wine"

I just do not "get" this red wine/white wine temp. thing. I drink wine based on what I want or am eating at that moment since I have air conditioning in the summer and a fine wood stove in the winter. I also resent not being able to buy in a restaurant an Imperial Stout in the summer as that is a "winter" beer. What the F#@#. O.K....I feel better now.
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:11 pm

Jim,

It was cold enough that the reds were mute.

It’s not dogma, just fact.
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by Steve Edmunds » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:12 pm

love the title, David; brings back memories... :D
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by Dale Williams » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:26 am

this is a blend? Still haven;t tried a Massican
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by Rahsaan » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:30 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Jim,

It was cold enough that the reds were mute.


Yes, I think I've written before about facing this problem. Which can be paradoxical because often people think of winter as the time for bigger red wines.

I can usually get a good serving temperature for dinner by keeping the wine near the oven while cooking dinner. But if I'm trying to take the last sips and it's several hours after dinner, things can get pretty hard!
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:11 pm

Sounds like a white I would enjoy...a blend of ribolla gialla, tocai friulano and chardonnay.
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by Brian K Miller » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:21 pm

The winemaker was honored with a very flattering full page spread in this past week's San Francisco Chronicle.

http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2017/wi ... -the-year/

I would like to try his wines as well! Everything you mention (the saline notes!!!) is right up my palate alley.
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Re: WTN: Annia...go with him

by David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:18 pm

Meg Maker has tasted a bunch of the Massican wines.

Here's her thoughts on the 2016 Annia: http://terroirreview.com/2017/07/31/201 ... pa-valley/

And a write up about winemaker Dan Petroski: http://terroirreview.com/2016/01/04/a-t ... an-winery/
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