I'll be in Charlotte, NC on business the week of February 24th, and was hoping some locals might be able to help out with a few questions, and maybe get together to open a bottle or two. Any help would be appreciated, and it would be great to meet Snoothers from that neighborhood. -Bob
1) Are there any BYOB restaurants in Charlotte?
2) If so, what do you recommend.
3) Is anyone interested in getting together for a wine dinner somewhere? Hopefully each bringing a bottle along a theme.
4) Any favorite wine stores in the area?
Heading to Charlotte- Looking for insights and Snoothers
- Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 28.
Emark, well now you know better, please don't hesitate to let us know the next time you're in the area!
L was commenting about doing a similar posting as Bob whenever we get ready to travel, aka, see if there are other snoothers in the area we are visiting that would like to get together for an evening. Looking at our current schedule, our next trip is to Portland, OR to visit our son in the beginning of July, just putting it out there.
- Reply by gregt, Feb 28.
You should always let people know as long as you'll have the time to hang out. Why not?
- Reply by Bob Fyke, Mar 3.
That was a great time! Thanks V.V., and the rest of the gang, for such wonderful hospitality, wines, and great venue selection. I love making new wine friends via "Off-Line" dinners; I highly recommend it.
Richard- Thanks for the invite. I hope I can take you up on it soon.
I have just a few quick notes on the wines; I was having too much fun to make them very detailed. There wasn't a slouch in the bunch.
2011 Bouchaine Pinot Blanc "Bacchus Collection" Las Brisas Vineyard
Really note worthy on first sniff / sip. Lovely Lemon curd, and a bit of richness with savory characteristics as well. The palate shows gentle lemon flesh and grapefruit with continued savory notes underneath. Great acidity and mineral notes support and carry through on the long finish.
2008 Ulises Valdez, Pinot Noir Lancel Creek Vineyard 14.5% ABV
This is very much its own wine, with distinct personality, and that is not a euphemism for "what the heck!?". It's a lovely, big (for Pinot Noir) wine.There's a nice darkness to the nose and palate. Notes of Ludens cough drops, warm pie spices, roasted black cherry and strawberry preserves, and something like clove at the core of it. Well structured, and balanced, carrying the alcohol well. Nice story behind the winery as well.
2004 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino, Riserva "Santa Caterina D'Oro"
Lovely nose of pretty spiced cherry that is moderately dense in character. Solid underneath with notes of flinty Earth.
The palate is quite aromatic with licorice notes, black tea, and tobacco. The finish lingers nicely, with the tobacco really coming out. Well balanced, with a structure that is present, but finessed.
2008 Terre Roughe, Sierra Foothills, L'Autre Rhone Blend
Fresh blackberry and blackberry preserves on the nose, with subtle dried flowers and some green tea aromas. The palate is spicy, with more blackberry, firm and ripe, with good texture and a fine coating grip. The alcohol (14.5%) is carried well, and blends in nicely. Yummy, and solid.
2012 Pio Cesare Dolcetto D'Alba
I failed to make a note on this one, but recall...this is the way I like my Dolcetto. The fruit is plentiful, as is typical for the varietal, but it's balanced nicely by some solid structure and secondary notes.
- Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 4.
Bob, just noticed the 2012 Pio Cesare got 87 points in the latest WS.
- Reply by Bob Fyke, Mar 5.
Hmm... that seems a bit low.
- Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 5.
Agree, not sure about Bruce Sanderson's (I think that's who wrote the review) palate re: dolcetto d'alba also the 2011 vintage of the L'Autre scored 88 which is even crazier.