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Some wine and food with friends...
2000 Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut Loire, FR
Imp: Robert Chadderdon Selections, NY. , 12%abv.
Wonderful chenin nose. Lightly sparkling with lots of white fruit and mineral. This is a great way to start a meal.
2002 Meulenhof Erdener Trepchen Riesling Kabinett Mosel, GE
#01 03 Imp: Theise/Skurnik, 8.5% abv.
Good nose of petrol mixed with ripe pears, off-dry with plenty of fruit and just starting to develop some creaminess and heft. I wish I had more of these to age a bit longer as it’s still very primary but they were too good to hold on to.
1985 André & Rémy Gresser Moenchberg Riesling Vieilles Vignes Alsace Grand Cru Andlau, FR
Too cold at first but after some swirling and warming this wine was quite nice. Soft, creamy texture with good minerality. The mid-palate filled out the following day. Theresa didn’t think it was the best example of an aged Alsatian riesling but once again my inexperience pays off as I liked it quite a bit.
1996 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux Blanc
Stinky stankonia. Whew doggie. After a few whiffs, Joe recorks it. Surprisingly, he reports back that after two days in the decanter the putrid smell cleared and the wine was pretty damned good.
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Imp: Vieux Vins, Vineburg, CA., 12%abv.
OMG. I certainly don’t have the longest track record for this wine passion we all share but this is the best wine I’ve ever had. You know that “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally? Well, that describes the noises coming from Joe and Thor when they get their noses in a bowl of this stuff. An enormous dose of the usual nebbiolo suspects (truffles, tar, dried roses, and orange peel) but ramped up a few dozen notches all just oozing from the bottle and exploding once the wine hits the glass. No sign of bricking at all. The taste is just so rich and it is perfectly integrated and seemless. Captivating and showing plenty of life. The only minor negative is that taste profile and finish didn’t meet the heights of the nose, but that bar was set pretty high. By the way, the fill was low neck and the cork was only 1/3 saturated so I’m assuming it was recorked (and maybe topped off?) at some point in its nearly 50 year life. Lill says “You need to order more of this”. Life is good.
2001 Vincent Girardin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Burgundy, FR.
Really nice, young, modern burgundy. Beautiful nose, lots of ripe fruit and earth with a good touch of wood. Nice full palate with plenty of tannins. I’m enjoying this even though it shows a bit heavy after the Spanna.
1993 Domaine Michel Juillot Clos des Barraults Mercurey 1er Cru, Burgundy, FR.
Imp: Dressner, 13.5%abv.
Nice nose but fairly thin in the middle. Good mature pinot.
1996 Jean-Michel Renaud Clos Jus Givry 1er Cru, Burgundy, FR
I didn’t try this as Joe and Thor pronounced it DOA.
1997 La Cappuccina Arzimo Recioto di Soave Veneto, IT
Imp: Premium Brands, NY. 14%abv, 100% garganega.
Really nice baked apple, butterscotch nose and good dried fruit and hazelnut flavors. The mid-palate isn’t as full as, say, I Capitelli, in fact, it’s fairly thin. A nice touch of acidity keeps the sugar in check and the finish is pleasant albeit medium length. Decent enough for the price.