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Wednesday Wines (aka hump day wines)

Posted by Really Big Al, Jun 3.

This might be a stretch, but when you're retired, almost everything goes.  I think it would be grand for folks to come up with an above average wine for Wednesdays, which some of us - those still working for a living - call 'hump day'.  Something beyond an everyday Weekday Wine, yet still below the threshold of a truly Weekend Wine.  Since tomorrow is the first hump day, let me start off with my planned selection:

The 2006 Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon; The ripe flavors and rich structure in this Cabernet Sauvignon speak clearly of Sonoma County, and in particular of the warm days and cool nights of Alexander Valley. Fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard high on Bell Mountain.  Round, juicy and bursting with sweet black fruit (black currants, blackberries), the palate gains complexity from hints of mocha, smoke and licorice.

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Reply by EMark, Jun 3.

when you're retired, almost everything goes

True dat.

As another example you can make mid-week plans and not worry about being out of town or working late or having to get up the next morning.

We're going to the opera tomorrow evening--Massenet's Thais with some Romanian chick in the title role and Placido Domingo (the guy is amazing) as the monk.  Afterwards, we will probably go down to the Music Center restaurant, pick some things off the wine list and have a light meal.  There will be three of us:  two white wine drinkers and me.  The very cool thing is that this place as a reasonable selection of half-bottles.  So, a bottle of white for them and a half-bottle of red for me.  Life is good.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 3.

EM - You're going to hear Placido Domingo?  We've heard him several times at The Kennedy Center here in Washington DC.  I thought he retired a few years ago, but I do believe we heard him sing last year (could have been 2012 though).  My wife is the Opera, Theater and overall music fan but I do enjoy the evenings out.  In fact, we have a play tomorrow night (I'll try the wine first before closing the door behind me) at the Woolly Mammoth theater in the district, and I expect a nice dinner nearby.  I hope you enjoy his performance as he is truly remarkable.  Let us know what wines you select for your Wednesday performance.

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Reply by EMark, Jun 3.

No, Domingo has not retired.  I'm not sure I get it, but he keeps on going like the energizer bunny.  I think he is 72 or 73 years old.  Athanael, his character in Thais, is his 139th role on the opera stage--that's roles, not performances.  He has been the General Director of the Los Angeles Opera for at least 10 years, and it's like he carries that organization on his back.  Every year he performs 1 or 2 roles (this is the 3rd or 4th time I've seen him), and every year he conducts 1 or 2 of the productions (I've seen him conduct once or twice).  I saw that he is conducting Tosca in England in a couple weeks.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 3.

Enjoy your approach to dissecting the week, Al.  I was 'retired' for more than a dozen years but am back working now. Before, during and after that retirement I never have really distinguished too much between categories (quality or price) of wine for whatever day of the week or month it is. Usually just matching to the weather, food, company and my mood--and what's available--regardless of the day.

Am curious--have you had the Medlock Ames before? Or is that description of its style/profile from the vineyard itself? Will look forward to hearing how it tastes for you.

Also enjoy music, theater and other performing arts (can't believe some of the dances--of all sorts--I've seen, nor the music I've heard in some very remote parts). Mostly comes out of the computer for me these days, unfortunately.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 3.

DM - Each day of the week holds a different meaning for me now.  The weekends belong to spending time with my wife and trying to avoid chores, except the ones she allocates to me.  The weekdays are now mine to divvy up into days I work my projects, days I hope to ride the Harley, and days I help out society.  I have been increasing my volunteer work with cats, doing more exercise (mostly long walks in the woods) and riding with my fellow WORMS rider Woody.  Oh, I throw in a nice massage every two weeks too.

Regarding Medlock Ames, we visited their tasting room last year (2013).  We joined their wine club because we enjoyed their cabs.  It may not be the best cab around, but the price is quite reasonable.  Hence, a good Wednesday wine - sometimes a weekend wine too.  The description is from a review of Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon from Bell Mountain.  It took the words right out of my mouth (heh heh) - you know by now I'm not that sophisticated in my wine tasting nuances.  I know this particular wine is very nice, especially after you give it some time to breathe.    

Hope you continue to enjoy the arts.  We've had season tickets to many things over the years - opera, theater, ballet, etc.  It's helped to open my eyes.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 3.

Before, during and after that retirement I never have really distinguished too much between categories (quality or price) of wine for whatever day of the week or month it is. Usually just matching to the weather, food, company and my mood--and what's available--regardless of the day.

I am not retired yet, and have a pretty busy life with work and family.  But I find I have to agree with Dman, I tend not to distinguish too much based on the evening alone.  Now, I usually make at least one really nice, nice dinner on a Fri and/or Sat, so I do take special care for pairings.  But during the week, when I do have wine, I reach for what I'm in the mood for.  Many weeknights are wine-free for me... too much stuff to do!

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Jun 4.

I try to do something "different" for the weekend.  That usually means a nicer bottle or something I have selected specifically for my Washington Wines vs. The World challenge.

I am finding that the price category for my weekday wines is creeping up.  It used to be 10-15 bucks, now it is more like 15-20 dollars.  That could have something to do with the number of wines I am stockpiling in my cellar. :-)

Tonight's selection is a pretty nice 2007 BDX Style blend from Palouse Winery on Vashon Island.  I can call the winery and winemaker my neighbor based on my family beach cabin.  The blend is 42% Cab, 30% Merlot, 23% Cab Franc and 5% Petite Syrah.  I can't say for certain, but my guess is the grapes are from the Dineen Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. 

There was a killer case deal on this wine a year or so back where I was able to get it for about $8 / bottle.  For me, that was a total score because I think this is the best wine Palouse makes (even thought it is not the most expensive) and the 2007 was one of the best recent WA vintages.

There are three (maybe four?) wineries on Vashon.  The best Wiinery on the island has to go to Andrew Will and that is more like a weekend wine for me!

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 4.

So here it is, Wednesday afternoon on the east coast.  I've done my chores for the day (doctor's visit, cutting the lawn, etc.) and now I'm relaxing on the couch preparing to watch Oblivion with Tom Cruise.  I have my Medlock Ames 2006 cab in my hand and I'm ready for that first sip of the day.  Ahhhh.  I taste strawberry, blueberry and green grapes.  Oh, wait a minute, that's the fruit I just ate.  Let me take another sip.  That's better.  Now I taste maybe black berries?  Oh, it's very nice.  The fruit is intense and that's the way I like it. 

Now this movie is pretty exciting too.  Let me get back to concentrating on that. 

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Reply by EMark, Jun 5.

Since you asked for a report, Al.

Our post-event plan was modified a bit.  When we walked down to the restaurant we found that the main dining room was open.  The last time we did anything like this, in April, only the bar was open.  As you might imagine the menu for the dining room is much more comprehensive than that for the bar.  We ordered a cold seafood platter--oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams.  To me that just screamed Loire Valley white wine

This hit the spot -- crisp and refreshing, tons of tart acids.  It went great with the shellfish

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 5.

Sounds like a fine meal, Mark, including the wine matching. All around great refreshment.

Somebody's living right.  ;-)

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 5.

Yes, that sounds mighty tasty Mark.  I think you were wise to stick with the white for all of you to enjoy.

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Reply by zufrieden, Jun 5.

I got here today (Thursday), but you might just drop down to your favourite merchant and ask for a suggestion; that makes it a slight risk, but also takes away the stress of decision.  Make this your day away from wine gravity (so to speak).  Today is my Wednesday, so I chose something Sucking recommended...

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Reply by outthere, Jun 5.

I'm 95pts on that Zuf!

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 5.

Well played Mark, the Loire gets Kudos from all ranges of wine geeks...from the old guard to the hipsters.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 5.

"I'm 95pts on that Zuf!"

ROLMAO

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 6.

Zuf, out of all the people to listen to...

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 12.

Did anyone enjoy a glass of wine last night?  My wife and I were watching our grandkids so there was no wine for us.  I'm making up for that by enjoying some wine tonight!

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 13.

I feel like it's almost a waste of time to post on these...but yeah, I opened a bottle of merlot/cab franc that I bought recently for $19.95.  There are many decent BC reds now that are just under $20 and I'm trying to get through them and decide which ones I like enough to buy a few.  This one is 2009 and is 14.8%, which is pretty big for a merlot, at least for this price.  It feels like it could go a few more years...drinking more of the same tonight.  Quite tannic still, but nice fruit.  I'm a bit surprised because I generally haven't liked much BC stuff under $25.  I have a bunch of photos of wine I've drank that I haven't downloaded from my phone to post.  Lazy bugger.  I'll have to just do a mass post one night.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 13.

It does take a bit of time and effort to get the pictures uploaded, especially if you don't want them rotated through the arc of theta (old physics report joke - don't ask).  When you refer to BC reds, you mean British Columbia, right?  http://www.winebc.com/wines  Which bottles in particular are you trying?  Perhaps another forum member is also going down this tasting path....

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 13.

Well, there are a couple of Canadians on here who I chat with and know the wine I'm talking about. It's nice because I CAN help them as I've had a lot of the good ones or hard to get ones.

With the forum though, I might as well be that Russian spammer writing in Cyrillic.  At least the wines you talk about and post photos of, OT and the others can get it, have had it or at least know of it.

 

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