Sunday, August 30, 2015
The wine was bone dry and very mineral like in its mouth feel. There was good depth of fruit and great acid but it was that wet rock sense the lead the way. It was something I really liked.
Nothing too serious here and it was great with the chicken and the price was great. Perfect picnic wine.
Domainee Sainte-Eugenie Corbieres Rose'. 13% alcohol and $11.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The cider was an Etienne Dupont Cidre Triple from the 2013 vintage. Per the label it was produced from a selection of bitter apples from the Pays D'Auge area of Normandy. I was familiar with the regular cider from Dupont, but not this much stronger Triple. It checked in at 11% alcohol.
Dinner was some grilled swordfish and a slaw of fennel, apples and crushed juniper berries. It was good with the fish, but it was tremendous with the slaw, which was dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.
2013 Etienne Dupont Cidre Triple. 11% alcohol and $9.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
There was a small steak from the grill and I was in the mood for a Syrah wine. I pulled this bottle out of the cellar. The first mistake was pulling the cork and immediately drinking the wine instead of giving it some time in a decanter to open up. It was brick red with orange edges and it smelled most of tart red cherries. There was considerable acid in this wine. Lots of red fruit tastes but the acid was overpowering here. Still, it was drinkable with the steak.
The wine was vacuumed overnight and another glass was poured on the second day. The acid had subsided somewhat and there was more flavor, though still very much on the tart side. Better than day one but my verdict was that it was a wine past its time.
There was still half a bottle left so it was vacuumed again and opened for the last time two days later to go with a pork chop that was grilled and finished with a sauce of maple syrup and chipotle pepper. The wine was tremendous. The acid was back in balance with the fruit and the fruit had darkened in flavor to something more like what I expect from a Syrah based wine. It was still on the light side but it was mellow, balanced and delicious. The sweetness in the maple syrup did wonders for the sharp acid in the wine and the slight kick from the chipotle made the wine seem richer.
My last bottle of three of this wine - and by far the strangest.
1998 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle. 13.5% alcohol and $105.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
By way of experimenting the best wine turned out to be 1/3 Kinkead Ridge and 2/3 Fisticuffs.
The photo has nothing to do with the party, but it was taken earlier that morning along the Great Miami River that flows through western Ohio. A long walk at dawn with the dog was as refreshing as the three wines with dinner.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
The youthful glow is a background in this wine now as the exuberance has given way to mellowness. There's a hint of apple and citrus, but there's a lot of figs and melon. A well balanced wine that was perfect with some roasted chicken leg quarters and a shell, grape and blue cheese salad served at room temperature.
2011 Kinkead Ridge Revelation white wine. Ohio River Valley. 13.5% alcohol and $13.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
The wines that one best remembers are not necessarily the finest that one has ever tasted, and the highest quality may fail to delight so much as some far more humble beverage drunk in more favorable surroundings.2010 Monte Antico, Toscano. 85% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 13% alcohol and $12.
H. Warner Allen
Sunday, July 26, 2015
I pulled the cork early in the morning and decanted a little more than half into a jug. The remainder was put under vacuum.
As befits its age the wine was a brick reddish brown in the glass. There was little to recommend the wine immediately so it sat until evening when a steak came off the grill.
The color had not changed but the wine was now full of aromas of raspberries and red currants and summer flowers. It was a pleasure to sit and smell the wine. The flavors were strong but not overpowering with the raspberries and currants predominating. The Barolo tannins were in full force on the initial sip, but quickly mellowed. Wonderful acidity cut through the richness of the steak. At fourteen years it was singing a beautiful song.
Two days later I finished the vacuumed wine and noticed only that the tannins weren't as strong. It was still a beautiful wine.
2001 Maura Veglio Barolo, Vigneto Arborina. 14.5% alcohol and $50 when purchased more than several years ago.