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Dale Williams


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Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:32 pm


Dobbs Ferry, NY (NYC metro)

WTN: wine w/friends (Bdx, P Sirah, CdP, Piedmont, etc)

by Dale Williams » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:41 pm

With my lack of kitchen and Betsy away, friends invited me for dinner.
Marinated shrimp, artichokes
Prosecco Extra Dry that I wrote down as Franco di Rao, but can’t find any records of anything close to that on CT or Winesearcher.Doesn't matter- It was forgettable wine.

Rigtatoni with meat sauce (fennel sausage and ground pork)
2001 Sella Lessona
Really in a nice place, red cherry, tar, and flowers, resolved tannins, balanced acid. B+/A-

2005 Valfieri Barolo
Midbodied, fairly open, some tannin, black cherry. B/B-

1996 Talbot (375 ml)
Pretty classic claret- cassis, cigarbox, leather. Fully mature from half. B+

Saturday I grilled some sausage & squash, reheated some quinoa, made salad.

1993 Salomon Undhof Kogl Library Release Riesling
Released about a dozen years ago, hasn’t progressed much since then. Grapefruit, ginger, light honey note (though pretty dry). Modest finish, competent if unexciting. B-

Betsy came home from a concert in Pocantico Hills bearing lobster. Didn’t think the Riesling was best match, 2013 Fevre “les Clos” Chablis Grand Cru. Really young, pit fruits, great mineral finish, taut. A-/B+

Betsy, Ruby, and I walked over hill for a dinner party Sunday night.
As folks gathered, some excellent crudite as well as other snacks, and the NV Evohe X Cava Brut Nature. Brut Nature? Seems pretty sweet to me. Appley, not too attractive. C+/B-

With chateaubriand, “Party potatoes” (sour cream and cream cheese), salad, and asparagus

1986 Meyney
This caught me a little by surprise, delicious as always, but I think of this as a cassis driven wine and this seemed more red fruited. Cherry and rich raspberry, leather, tobacco. Balanced and with a nice finish. Tasty mature claret. B+

2000 Lava Cap “Granite Hill Reserve” Petite Sirah
This was tannic in youth and I put away, but didn’t really plan on this long. It actually has held up ok, just not improved. Less tannic, but a bit hot and jammy. Others liked much more than I did. B-/C+

2004 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Kirsch and strawberry, quite herbal, midbodied, some forest floor and mushroom. Nicely balanced, ready to go. B+/B

2010 La Rioja Alta “Alberdi” Rioja Reserva
Popped and poured at end of night, think this would have benefited from air. Vanillin oak and red fruit, stern. Only had a quick sip, would like to explore another time

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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