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Dale Williams


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Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:32 pm


Dobbs Ferry, NY (NYC metro)

WTN: Wines from all over Burg, Calabria, Nahe, Tuscany, etc

by Dale Williams » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:29 am

Friday started with a glass of the 2011 Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett. Citrus (lime), green apple, full mouthfeel, vibrant acids, good length. B+

Dinner was leftover cassoulet and red cabbage, with the 2007 Chandon de Briailles “Ile de Vergelesses” Pernand-Vergelesses 1er. A bit tight at first, couple hours in decanter helped a lot (thanks Donnhoff). Crisp and zesty, with cranberry and raspberry fruit, smoke, and coffee notes. Good acids, light tannins, fresh and fun. Really an overachiever. B+/A-

Saturday was roast chicken with herb butter, broccoli, and pain perdu with a mushroom sauce, cooking and dinner wine was the 2010 Carillon Bourgogne Blanc. Good acids, lemon and pear, hint of hazelnut, nice wine. B+

Sunday we went to a dinner party at home of some friends, appetizers were a bit Mad Men era- I did rumaki, Nancy made parmesan/onion/mayo toasts that she said she remembered from childhood (60s). Also a bit of my pate, plus prosciutto/melon./balsamic, and olives and salami.

NV Lallier rose
Delicate, sweet cherries and orange zest, quite nice. B+

NV Gruet Brut
Is this correct? Apple cidery, sweet edge, I usually like Gruet for the price but this is simple, short, and soft. C+/C

There was a salad with jicama & orange
2010 Terrazze Della Luna Pinot Grigio Trentino
Very light, but decent acids, green plum and lemon, ok as something of a palate cleanser. B-/C+

Main course was a fish stew, kind of a cioppino style (with a little anise edge from some sambuca).

2006 Jean Noel Gagnard “Caillerets” Chassange-Montrachet
No pox here, but lots of 2006ness. Tropical, rich, a bit on the fat side. Big, full, and long, but needs more zip to be classic. B

2006 Nicale Brunello di Montalcino
Modernista BdM, lots of oak, good acids though, rather plush, but not really Sangiovese like much less Brunello-like. B-

No wine Monday, we had pizza before I took a college group around city. Tuesday was littleneck clams & pasta, tofu with peanut sauce, and arugula salad

2011 JP Brun Beaujolais Blanc
Apples, peach, a bit of chalk. I thought 2011 was supposed to be a fairly high acid vintage in Beaujolais, but this seems to have a little pudge, good but not my favorite vintage. B/B-

2011 Lafage “Novellum” Chardonnay (VdP d’Oc)
Rounder Chard fruit, a little cheesy, a bit flat, this was really just a cooking wine -clean enough for that, and who’s complaining at $6. . C+

Tonight Betsy made chicken in vinegar as well as potato/carrot gnocchi in a butter/sage/parmesan sauce and a salad. Wine was the 2008 A Vita Ciro Rosso Classico, interesting wine. Bright cherry with a hint of darker fruits, no apparent oak, fairly floral nose good acids, some light tannins. Well priced and I’ll get more. B+/B

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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