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Snooth User: outthere

Whatcha drinking tonight?

Original post by outthere, Jun 11, 2012.

There hasn't been one of these threads here in quite some time so I thought I'd start it up again. Weather is warm here so I popped a Rosé.

What are you drinking?

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Reply by EMark, Dec 16, 2012.

From last week's trip to the Central Coast

 

Dinner tonight is soup made from what is in the refrigerator.  A simple rustic meal should go well with this.

 

 

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Reply by erniex, Dec 18, 2012.

   Saint Cosme's rotie 05. Still very young, quite Burgundian with an elegant understated richness to it.  Impeccable balance. Amazing! 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 18, 2012.

Nice to see a good review of the Saint Cosme C-R, just noticed the 10's have started hitting the shelves, but have the St. Joseph earmarked ahead of it for the value.

From a pure cosmetic standpoint, I wonder why Saint Cosme doesn't make the extra effort on their other labels, this simple picture of the bird really makes it stand out.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 19, 2012.

I had a not very exciting Saint Cosme CdR some time ago.  I'm thinking that the label is better for N. Rhones based on my trusty correspondents on Snooth.

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 19, 2012.

As we both seem to agree on, good and cheap CdR is tough to come by anywhere, anyway, anyhow. So I won't hold it against them. Maybe we shouldn't exclude their Southern, Gigondas bottlings, at least WS seems to love them, and the 2010's especially. 95 points and #2 wine of the year for their straight Gigondas. Was able to pick up a couple at a not so inflated price, so maybe this is a candidate to open when you make it to LA. "Mourvedre & Friends?"

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 19, 2012.

Meant to say I like Emark's choice--Aglianico deserves some space in the US. I think it's sometimes overpriced for the quality, but mostly because the lower priced ones are almost as good as the more expensive, and none of them ever quite hits the highest heights.  But it's another versatile Italian grape, something the Boot has in abundance. 

Now I am going to kick off before it's dark, ride my bike to the train station, and open a bottle of some other hearty red on this cold December day--first frost hit this morning.  I'll keep y'all posted.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 19, 2012.

To update, since Mr. Foxall gave me a nod, that Aglianico was darned good--it married well with the soup (leftovers from which we will be eating tonight)--and, last night, the 2nd half of the bottle was outstanding.  Well worth the $14 it cost. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 20, 2012.

To paraphrase someone, what this country's wine drinkers need is a good $14 Aglianico. 

I drank an even cheaper wine, a 2010 Bordeaux (Chateau le Pre de la Lande) I bought from Garagiste for about $9.  Luchavino tried this wine in August and gave it a mere 80 points.  I liked it better, but I think I overscored it back in October when I  gave it 87 points or so.  I liked it better this time, mostly because it paired surprisingly well with pasta al tonno (pasta with tuna) that we threw together.  I hasn't seen any oak, although it's pretty tannic as is (oak might smooth that out if used judiciously) and I found it pretty juicy, with acids to handle the sun-dried tomatoes that were thrown in there, and it had a light enough body to marry well with our tuna.  (BTW, this was Spanish canned tuna that I bought at the discount grocery--I'm going back for more, along with the octopus in "marinera." Nothing like American canned tuna. )

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Reply by EMark, Dec 21, 2012.

Another tasting room purchase from a few weeks ago:

 

When we tasted this a few weeks ago we were thinking that it might go weel with a grilled or roasted chicken.  Well, grilled chicken is on the menu tonight.  So, out this comes.

My initial taste of this is more positive than I remember from the tasting room.  I don't get an overwhelming taste of cherries that I seem to get a lot with PN.  Looks like we're off to a good start, this weekend.

Now, I'll get started on that chicken.

Happy Winter Solstice.

 

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 21, 2012.

Nothing so special for me... my other half won a few wines of pedestrian pretenses at a draw and I thought I would review a couple of these.  The last was the best... Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2010.  In the US, this wine is regularly at about 11 dollars and is a cheap, creditable CdR for the price.  Bernard (a Gigandas negotiant) regularly wins kudos for good value and won the Wine & Spirts Value Brand of the Year for 2012 - and justifiably so, at least  IMHO. I enjoy looking at these well-priced gems and must commend this wine to all and sundry - bearing in mind that this wine is in the 10-13 dollar range and is good but certainly not a Beaucastel...

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Reply by AbbaziaDiNovacella, Dec 22, 2012.

for me....it was KERNER 2011 from Abbazia di Novacella.  Merry Christmas and Best Holiday Wishes to all!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 24, 2012.

Wow, that Abbazia is nearly as old as Scala Dei, the priory for which Priorat is named. (Actually, maybe a tiny bit older, I think Scala Dei was est. 1163.)  Beautiful.

We also drank inexpensive CdR this weekend,  Chevalier d'Anthelme 2007.  I have another bottle and am going to lay it down for another year or two.  Again, no Beaucastel, but this was pretty serious stuff for the pittance I paid.  Now that there have been another two top vintages out of the S. Rhone, the '07s and '05s will face downward pressure. I was not so impressed by 2007, but maybe they need more time.  Meanwhile, I got another 2010 CdP, a Fortia, for a mere $30 the other day.  As David at WineMine said, "Why even rate the 2010s?  They're all good."

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Reply by outthere, Dec 24, 2012.

We poured a bunch of different wines last night, tonight I'm inflight on my way home.

 

The Halcon Mourvèdre needs more than 24hrs. The Bedrock was a crowd pleaser. Real easy drinking. The Gruaud was delicious. The Keating BGIII was corked.

 

 

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Reply by rolifingers, Dec 25, 2012.

This thread can get me to the 80th floor of the Empire State Building.

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Reply by RexSeven, Dec 25, 2012.

Tonight we had a Raymond Vineyards Generations Cab from 2005 with prime rib.  It was very good. However, with some Lamb on Saturday, we had Windsor Oaks 2 Barrels Cab. It was stellar!

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Reply by outthere, Dec 26, 2012.

Drinking the same thing for the past 48 hrs.

Sweet red stewed cherries, syrupy mouth-coating texture, a little alcohol on the persistent finish. Very new world.

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 26, 2012.

So the bug got you after all, bummer.

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Reply by rolifingers, Dec 26, 2012.

Hope you feel better OUTTHERE!! Good to see your sense of humor is still in tact.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 28, 2012.

Today is Peggy's birthday.  To celebrate she requested that we go back to the Sky Room in Long Beach where we celebrated our anniversary a couple months ago.  I really don't know what we will be having tonight, and, while I will be doing the wine ordering, I will also be accepting a lot of input from the birthday girl.

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 31, 2012.

As the year winds to a close, a perfect opportunity came up tonight for an italian "daily drinker", with pasta and sausage. I had some loose wines in the car and was thinking about pulling one of the 2010 Dolecotto's recently bought for Fox and myself. Instead, I found a Fontodi Chianti Classico that I'd pulled from my cellar just for daily drinking purposes a week or two ago, and as much as I was excited about trying the Dolcetto, I knew in the back of my mind that this was the perfect spot for the Fontodi. When else would I drink it? Plus, it's been about a year since I've tried one, and still have a couple left to go through.

Popped & poured as soon as I walked into the house, that's how tight the timing was, as the Clippers game had already started and dinner was just being served....Really love the nose on this wine, it's a little slick but it's a nice blend of old and new world chianti I believe, still with that lovely dirt/soil component intermixed with ripe, red fruits, and brush. On the palate, it's on the lighter side of medium bodied, but with good levels of fruit and acid., though not much of a finish. Tasty without food to start, with familiar sour red cherries, and a little bit of that dirt/soil component flashing across the tastebuds. It went on to pair fine with the food, but maybe those first couple sips were most pleasing...at around the 2nd glass I noticed the acid was starting to overtake the fruit, and combined with the relatively thin structure, it was kind of grating on me just a little bit (ahh the ups and downs of daily drinkers!), though overall this is really a quality daily drinker. When I got through this mild annoyance, I started to concentrate on the tannins...were there any there? The wine seemed so easy to drink, but not super easy. So I gave it the old "quick gulp" test, and found the tannins were definitely there, or at least the wine was tannic enough to prevent a quick slurp. It gave me hope that my remaining bottles will wait around patiently for me, though I won't leave them too long.

Overall, it was a nice companion, like hanging out with an old friend, excited to reunite at first, then working through some issues...but then finding resolution in the end. Good night, old pal.

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