Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Bloom

There was a major camera malfunction recently so I now must admit my addiction to that object.  It took three weeks for repair this time and to say I was lost without is an understatement.  The I-phone camera is fine but fine just doesn't get it done.  

There are wine notes and other things to post but I'll start with the first lily to bloom in the garden this spring, a yellow bee lily.  And the photo below is the resident canine complaining that I should not be taking pictures of flowers, I should be inside fixing her breakfast. 


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Langhe Nebbiolo


One of the joys of poor record keeping is that once in awhile one discovers a forgotten bottle of wine.  That was the case several days ago with a bottle of 2004 Gianfranco Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo.  I bought half a case of these when they were first issued and over the intervening years I drank them and enjoyed them.  My records showed all of the six consumed.

What I forgot was that I bought a seventh bottle at another wine store and apparently never entered it into what passes as my database.  It was not from the same store where I know the other six were purchased, so that is the only possible reason it was never entered into the database.  Also, it was not stored anywhere near the other Italian wines.  It was forgotten.

Of course I opened it.  Heaven in a bottle.  Dusty aromas of earth and flowers, great red fruit and body and tannin still giving its all for the fight.  It was mature and evolved, not youthful but not old.  The finish was long and perfect.  With two lamb chops it was delicious. 


2004 Gianfranco Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo.  14% alcohol and the price tag said $15. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring Lamb and Riesling


The lamb was stirred dried with onions, asparagus, red pepper, hot, dried peppers, ginger, garlic and hoisin based sauce to bring it all together. There was some heat so a Riesling was in order.

I opened a 2005 Weingut Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Kabnett from the Rheingau.  Ten years had turned the wine from pale yellow to golden.  Those same years also added some depth and complexity to the wine.

The flavors were still tart citrus but there was more than acid, there was a golden raisin or two to contend with.  The wine was sweet on the front of the tongue, bloomed in the mid palate and finished with wonderful acid a a hint of sweetness at the very end.  It really married well with the gaminess of the lamb and the heat from the dried, red peppers.

This was the last of three bottles that I bought when the wine was released about eight years ago.  Very sad to drink the last one, but the pleasure lives on.

2005 Weingut Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Kabnett.  8.5% alcohol and $20 when originally purchased.  Excellent wine.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happiness in a Bottle

I pulled out a wine that had been in the cellar for some time, primarily because I put my hand on it and it seemed to say drink me.  It was a wise choice.

The wine was a 2005 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia.  I liked it the second the cork came out of the bottle.  It was inky dark and closed up, but with some swirling the first small glass started to bloom.  The rest of the bottle was decanted.  The aromas were fruit and earth in a beautiful proportion.  More swirling and the first sip was still closed, but it was full bodied with good tannin and fruit.

An hour later the decanted wine was a quintessential Tuscan red wine.  That sense of earth or dirt was strong, but it it was overlaid with bright red fruit with darker aspects.  The wine had tremendous acid that was just what I was looking for to cut through a rich, dry aged strip steak from the grill.  This was a great match and meal.  This was a combination to savor and not one to rush in any way.

2005 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia.  13.5% alcohol and $40 original price.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bottoms Up!

The resident canine and I discovered this local Mallard searching for breakfast yesterday morning.  His somewhat more formal portrait is below.  We are in an extended period of good weather and after the long winter that makes me very happy.


And along the shoreline a turtle (non-Teenage Mutant Ninja type) finds a sunny spot to warm up.


And a Canada Goose mother sits on her nest. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Three Weeks Early

The mint in the garden has reached the first harvesting stage so it had to be put to use.  We're also three weeks from the Kentucky Derby so practice was needed.  The julep is fresh mint muddled with some simple syrup, two ounces of Maker's Mark bourbon, and  shaken with some ice.  It was poured into an ice filled glass and garnished with a sprig of bruised mint. 

I love spring