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WTN: 4th of July wines (US, Beaujolais, Chile)

by Dale Williams » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:03 pm

On Independence Day I happily picked up Betsy at LGA, and had a quiet afternoon before heading to friends for a dinner party. Jim grilled ribs in the rain, along with some corn I had slathered with a chili-lime butter before rewrapping husks. Other contributions were a nice layered dip (guacamole, bean pesto, cheese, etc), a beet and orange salad, and a peach pie. Several wines sampled:

2005 Terres Dorees (JP Brun) Beaujolais Blanc
(my supply of American whites is exceedingly small, I figured we could toast Lafayette). Ripe Bartlett pear fruit, bright, light, lovely. Some flinty/chalk. Very tasty, fine value. B+

2004 Frei Brothers Merlot Reserve ( Dry Creek Valley)

Sweet , sweet, with black and blue berries, some chocolate, short finish. B-/C+

2003 Casa Lapostolle "Cuvee Alexandre" Cabernet Sauvignon

Lots of oak and tannin, but a good core of cassis fruit. A bit of herbiness, but not over the top. If the oak was reined in a little on this I think I'd like it, though the tannins could use a couple years. B

1999 BV "Rutherford" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa)

From the problem period, and this reeked of TCA. Oh well.

2005 Clos laChance "Ruby Throated" Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)
Worried about the BV, I had brought a backup. Softer side of Cabernet, but nice fruit and good length for a $12 CS. Red currant and plums, good finish, a little cocoa. B

A fun rainy July 4th. Dinner was spiced up by reading the Declaration of Independence and playing Wise and Otherwise, a game where you try to complete folk sayings (faced with "When a cock ruffles his feather", I put down "make coq au vin", which garnered no votes as the real answer, but felt was more satisfying than the original ).

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. 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: 4th of July wines (US, Beaujolais, Chile)

by Rahsaan » Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:13 pm

Dale Williams wrote:2005 Clos laChance "Ruby Throated"


People really go to lengths with names these days.

And while Clos la Chance may be funny as a one-off thing, would you really want to be stuck with that as the name of your winery?
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Re: WTN: 4th of July wines (US, Beaujolais, Chile)

by Dale Williams » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:21 am

The Ruby Throated is part of a hummingbird label series apparently (and LaChance is an owner's name, I believe). I'm so surprised at likig a $12 CalCab that I don't care what they call it.

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