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WTN: CFE, Fontodi, Albarino, Fronsac

by Dale Williams » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:41 pm

2001 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling
Lemon, wet rocks, and petrol. Good acids, long finish, drinking well. Holds up well over 3 days. A-/B+

Betsy’s nephew and his girlfriend came to dinner, Betsy made enough chicken cacciatore over pasta and broccoli for 2 nights.

2004 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Black cherry and dried cherry, leather, in a good place. B+

2004 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve
Still some oak sticking out a bit, quite tannic, I think this will be great but for now the CC is drinking better. B-/B for now

With mustard/lime mackerel, sauteed bay scallops, celeriac/turnip/rutabaga mash, kale salad

2016 Zarate Val do Salnes Albarino ( Rias Baixas)
Good acids, grapefruit and Granny Smith, good food wine. B

Last night I made marinated flatiron, twice-cooked sweet potato with garam masala yogurt, braised napa cabbage with bacon, arugula salad

2005 Ch. Puy Guilhem (Fronsac)
The tannin has finally stepped into the background here, dark pluot fruit with some smoke, moderate finish. Not very complex but hey it was $10 ten years ago. 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: CFE, Fontodi, Albarino, Fronsac

by David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:27 pm

Appreciate updates on 2001 CFE whenever I can get them!
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Re: WTN: CFE, Fontodi, Albarino, Fronsac

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:41 pm

Great, someone else likes Albarino!
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Re: WTN: CFE, Fontodi, Albarino, Fronsac

by Mark S » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:05 pm

So how long does a Flaccianello take to typically come around?
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Re: WTN: CFE, Fontodi, Albarino, Fronsac

by Dale Williams » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:46 pm

Well, I think 10-15 works well in softer vintages ('97 and '00) but 20+ seems to be more my goal in more structured vintages.
'88 drank well from late aughts to recently (and probably still does).
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Re: WTN: CFE, Fontodi, Albarino, Fronsac

by ChaimShraga » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:09 am

I like Zarate too.
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