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WTN: Basset Bday w'end, lots of wines (

by Dale Williams » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:45 am

With flounder, broccoli rabe, and quinoa, I opened the 2010 Thomas-Labaille “Les Monts Damnes- Cuvee Buster” Sancerre. I’ve had some lovely 2010 Sancerres lately, so don’t think this is a representative bottle. Slightly nutty, flat, short. I assume heat damage. This bottle C+/B-

Replacement was 2015 Forja de Salnes “Leirana Finca Genoveva” ( Rias Baixas) .Lovely, lively, apple and stone fruits, citrus, long. B++


With Tunisian chicken with winter squash and carrots
2015 Martin Muellen Trarbacher Huhnerberg Kabinett Trocken. I can be sceptical of dry Mosel, but this is lovely and a bargain. Lime, nectarine, herbs. Sprightly, nice cut. B+

Some friends over Saturday night

Guinea hen pate, coppa, bresaola

2004 Moutard “Cepage Arbane VV” Champagne
Probably my first pure Arbane. Peach and apple, softer than my preference, but flavorful. Not a lot of finish, and no leesy or yeasty notes. Rather restrained petillance. Others loved. B-

I made scallop crudo with watermelon radish and shiso for first course, and used guests as test subjects in a cull party (2 wines I got in mixed lots where I wanted other wines)

1975 Tremblay “Les Clos” Chablis GC

Whiskey colored, no real hopes, which kept hopes from being dashed. Oxidized and volatile. D

1976 Laleure-Piot Corton-Charlemagne GC
I believe off year for white Burg, but good color and fill, I figured 50% chance drinkable. I won. Some nutty oxidative notes, but not inappropriate for 40+. Apricot, honey (botrytis?), moderate acids. Just slightly sherried. Interesting, but not especially delicious. B-/C+
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Betsy had made lamb and white bean stew, and salad

1999 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er

Red fruit and spice. Nice texture, good acids, some fine tannin. Red plum and cherry, spice, truffle. Nice length. Delicious (though it didn’t fare well overnight) A-/B+

2015 Giovanni Rosso Nebbiolo (Langhe)

Pretty, easy, red fruited with a little floral note (holds up well overnight). B

Guests brought flourless chocolate cake and cheese

1996 Gini Recioto di Soave Renobilis (375)
Sultanas, apple pie, caramel. Doesn’t taste its age but needs more acid. Sent home most of bottle with Andy. B-

Friday was Ruby’s actual birthday, but Sunday was the birthday tea. Our backyard was host to a
beagle mix, a bloodhound mix, 2 pugs, a Dachshund, and a great Pyrennes mix puppy. Lots of barking, lots of running. Very cool day, Betsy had hot tea and warm cider for the humans, I opened the 2002 Hug Cellars “Bassetti” Syrah. Whew. I should stick to ESJ for Basset birthday. Overripe, I’ve never been to prison but imagine Pruno might taste like this. Overwhelming VA, supersweet. Seems to be a little petillance in glass. I offer to open the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound but party is ending. C-

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That night oysters, striped bass with mild horseradish sauce, chard/beet greens, golden and Chioggia beets, sweet potato. Wine was the 2013 Domaine Boyer-Martenot Meursault En L'Ormeau. New producer to me. Full, slightly tropical but with good cut, nice village wine. B/B+

No wine Monday with Cornish game hens with sumac and pomegranate and an excellent beet salad with whipped goat cheese.

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: Basset Bday w'end, lots of wines (

by David M. Bueker » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:41 pm

There's not much ESJ Bassetti left!
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by Joe Moryl » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:19 pm

Where did you get the Martin Muellen wine? Enjoyed a few examples of this producer in Germany, but have never seen it here.
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Re: WTN: Basset Bday w'end, lots of wines (

by Dale Williams » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:43 am

Yes, ESJ Bassetti supplies are dwindling (I note that in CT my 2003s say "bought from Bill B, delivered by David B")

Joe, from Lyle Fass
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Re: WTN: Basset Bday w'end, lots of wines (

by Joe Moryl » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:19 pm

Dale Williams wrote:Yes, ESJ Bassetti supplies are dwindling (I note that in CT my 2003s say "bought from Bill B, delivered by David B")

Joe, from Lyle Fass
http://www.fassselections.com/


Lyle's idea looks interesting, but sadly, don't think it is the type of service I could use. Still buying most stuff one bottle at a time from shops, not helped by NJ's idiotic shipping laws.

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