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Whatcha drinking tonight- part 2 (for Zuf)

Original post by napagirl68, Apr 28, 2013.

 

 

 

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Reply by JenniferT, May 6, 2013.

It's chablis for me (has a certain ring to it, no?), as next I am going to start in on a spectrum of chardonnay or sauv blanc to try to gain a rudimentary understanding of wines made from these varietals (and the French blends in which they dominate).

The pick: Pascal Bouchard La Classique Chablis, 2010. 

I would guess this isn't my first chablis, but it it is certainly the first one I've had since I have started actively trying to learn about wine and paying attention to what I'm drinking. 

It's another warm day and I'm quite looking forward to it. :) 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, May 6, 2013.

Good for you guys with the Burgundy, I'm with you.

Had a nice Central Coast Syrah blend last night that just about knocked my socks off. It's a little bit of a mutt, as they source from 7 different vineyards from all around the central coast (paso, santa ynez, santa barbara, etc.), and just a bit more restrained than the 15.5+% ABV, 100% new oak monsters out of Paso that my palate can't stand up to. This '09 Dragonette Seven weighs in at 14.9% ABV, and about 50% new oak, which is near my limit, but I can handle it.

I also like the price at around $36 better than Bookers and Epoch's in the $65+ range in addition to flat out preferring it.

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Reply by JenniferT, May 8, 2013.

Oh last nights Chablis was sublime!

For tonight, it's some rose champagne - Veuve Cliquot (NV).

I'm celebrating Tuesday. :)

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Reply by JenniferT, May 8, 2013.

Moving right along, this evening it's Sancerre (Hubert Brochard, 2011). 

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Reply by outthere, May 8, 2013.

An '07 Janasse Vin de Pays 35% Syrah 65% Merlot. The cork was really soft. Came out in one piece but I'm not very excited about this bottle. On pop n pour the color is kind of advanced with a brown tinge. Nose is a bit off. Might just be the Merlot but I think this one is OTH. Have 3 more to compare it to.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 9, 2013.

Bad luck about that Janasse.  I promise no merlot in anything I bring tonight!

Last night we drank a Palmina Dolcetto from down in Santa Barbara.  Meh.  I mean, we finished the bottle, but it's no Chionetti or Anna Maria Abbona.  Okay, walking out of here in 6 minutes.

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Reply by JonDerry, May 9, 2013.

Have fun guys, wish I could've attended.

Actually, maybe I can still catch a plane ; )

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Reply by outthere, May 10, 2013.

I actually opened another one to compare and it was the same. Took an hour to blow off but ended up a decent drinker.

Last night was fun. Great to meet EMark and Mrs EMark. Was even nice to see Fox again ;) We shared lots of food, lots of wine, lots of stories and started some new friendships. Look forward to next time. We missed not having you there JD.

We ended up with a 2010 Arnot-Roberts Matthiasson Chardonnay, '04 Columbier Hermitage, 07 Wind Gap Griffin's Lair Syrah and an '07 Wind Gap Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah. They all performed well (Mark does like his Syrah) ;) as I had a hard time keeping his glass filled.

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Reply by JonDerry, May 10, 2013.

So you had Fox try a 2010 red...should've served it blind!

Oh wait, darn it was a Chard.

Glad you guys had a great time...I didn't have many doubts considering the quality of folks. So what was the favorite red of the bunch?

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Reply by outthere, May 10, 2013.

Ya know, they all morphed over the course of the evening.The Hermitage was good right out of the gate but faded fast. The Griffins needed air and was tasty after a couple hours with smoky blue/black fruit and a roasted meat note. Tannins were tame for a Griffins but it still showed it was young. The Castelli was opened after we ate and started out red/black and fresh. After a couple hours it picked up some great black olive notes along with a  savory gamey quality as the fruit toned down and the whole cluster grip took hold. It won me over and I think it impressed Mark as well.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 10, 2013.

OT has that exactly right.  The Hermitage needed no time to be ready, but it just died.  Mark liked it, and we did finish it, but I'm glad I don't have more and didn't wait longer.  I drank one a couple years ago and it was fine then.  It was a "village" Hermitage, not lieu dit specific.  Funny thing is that midway through it came off like a St. Joseph--tart, a little austere.

Once again OT produced fantastic Cali Syrah.  The Griffins took a long time to come around, then held a high plateau.  By the time we opened the Castelli, my taste buds weren't super sharp, but it had some pretty interesting qualities, like a short tannic burst in the front palate that subsided over time. 

My WOTN?  The bottle of Lagrein Emark brought for me that he and I kept knocking over.  (Luckily it was unopened.) 

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Reply by JonDerry, May 10, 2013.

Seems like about the right time to be drinking '07 CA Syrah. Can only wonder how the Dragonette might've fit in with this lineup.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 10, 2013.

Does the cute kid come with the Dragonette? 

I'm going to go looking for some, although that's not exactly an everyday drinker price for me.  Still, under $40 for really good Syrah is not unreasonable.

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Reply by JonDerry, May 10, 2013.

Ryan had a great time that night...the restaurant surprised us and put him in one of those chairs that attach directly to the table, which made all the difference with him being out of his car seat.

Not sure I'd recommend the '10 Dragonette Seven. In reading the notes the alcohol's a little higher and the price also a few dollars higher, and it would need more time in the cellar.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 10, 2013.

JD, I just found the '09 Dragonette at a retailer nearby.  No waiting required...

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Reply by zufrieden, May 10, 2013.

I'm happy to see that I was the cause of all this fun.  Of course I wholly support the simple enjoyment of and reporting of wine. 

Enjoy!

 

Z.

 

 

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Reply by JenniferT, May 10, 2013.

A bit of a rough day - therefore tonight is a two-wine minimum. 

2010 Josef Chromy PN, Tasmania. Wine has a really interesting profile with lots going on.. in the process of choosing #2. :)

 

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Reply by JenniferT, May 11, 2013.

Wine #2 - An Italian Pinot Grigio (2011 Jermann, Venezia Giulia). I almost fell off my chair with this one (and no, this is not due to total wine intake)...but the other Italian Pinot Grigios I've had were all light and crisp...this one is really medium (if not full) bodied, super substantial...I wonder if that is atypical?....This is a nice wine but certainly not what I was expecting. I might look for another Pinot Grigio and see which one goes better with fish tacos...it would be an interesting experiment.

There you go...everything you all wanted to know, I'm sure, and then some. :)

 

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Reply by EMark, May 11, 2013.

OK, I'm back.  I'm going to get caught up on several of the above postings, here.

Jennifer, you appear to be having too much fun with your research.  Good for you.  Keep up the good work.  And Tuesday is definitely a reason to celebrate.

OT, "the color is kind of advanced with a brown tinge."  To me, a brown tinge in the glass has never been a good sign.  Unfortunately, that usually biases my tasting evaluation.

JD, that is one handsome fellow behind that Dragonette.  I also do think you would have had a great time with us on Thursday.

I'm going to give some love to the Chardonnay that OT brought--definitely more French style than California.  Therefore, a good one to start an evening.

Yes I did like the Rhone.  I guess my palate is bass ackwards.  At the start I liked the Griffin a tad better than the Hermitage--it had more of a mouth-filling character than the leaner Rhone--and I liked it with the Pizza Margarita.  However, as the evening progressed the addition of my entree brought me over to the Rhone side.  To me, my duck confit with the lentils made the Griffin fatter and a tad jammy.  The Hermitage, however, seemed to complement the duck rather than compete with it.  Now, Fox had the same entree and he saw it differently.  OK, we saw it differently.  Tasting wine and observing different evolutions over the course of the evening is so great.

The Castelli was outstanding, but by then in all honesty my palate was pretty shot.  I'm such a wuss.  I really do not understand how professionals do it.  I know you spit, but I find that my mouth and tongue just get weary.

Maybe we should ask the Fig Cafe to carpet their floor.  That way, when I kick the bottle of wine, and I will, every head in the restaurant doesn't turn towards us.  Sheesh.  You would think that by the time we did it the third time, they would get used to it. 

 

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Reply by JenniferT, May 11, 2013.

I went to the Fig in Glen Ellen last fall - I thought it was lovely (and great value). I guess some people just never get used to people kicking over bottles of wine. :)

Yes, I am enjoying this..errr...research very much. :)

Today I am soldiering onwards with a second Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige - Schreckbichl Colterenzio 2011. Catchy name, huh?  It was a completely different wine than the one from Fruili/Venezia Giulia. This one was also lovely (my favorite, actually), and unexpectedly complex as well. It had more pronounced acid and paired very well with a lunch of avocado ahi tuna tacos. More experimentation to compare the two PGs to come....

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