Saturday, January 21, 2017
The wine is from Washington state and is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Medium weight, slightly rustic, full of both fruit and tannin. Nothing spectacular but a fun wine to taste during the evening. And even though the wine is more than adequate the best part was the name and the label. 14% alcohol.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
There was a grilled porterhouse steak finished with a splash of olive oil and some lemon zest, and there was fresh butternut squash gnocchi in a brown butter and sage sauce to go with the wine. Fantastic.
2004 Produttori del Barbaresco, Ovello Riserva. 14% alcohol and $50.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
During one of the warm days there was a great summer style white wine to accompany some swordfish, a 2015 Domaine Labbe Abymes from the Savoie region of France. The wine is made from the Jacquere grape. It was crisp and clean and very linear. There were hints of both lime and pine but the overall sensation and flavor was licking stones. After some exposure to the air some fruitiness did poke through, but that wasn't what was appealing about this wine. It was fresh and refreshing and a perfect match for the rich fish. The finish on the wine was not deep, but the length of the freshness in that aspect was impressive.
At $13 it was is amazing bargain.
2015 Domaine Labbe Abymes. 11% alcohol and $13
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
This is a true bargain at $18, a store special for the holidays. 17% alcohol.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout
...and a glass of sparkling cider to welcome one back home.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
It started with a pot of braised lamb shanks with lemons, olives and oregano; earthy, fragrant, warm, comforting and filling stuff that filled the house with wonderful, exotic aromas for three hours plus. Add in in a bottle of 2006 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and the experience was much more than satisfying.
The wine was decanted for half an hour, but even during that time in the decanter it was smelling great. Dark fruit, a bit of cedar, and some cinnamon were a wonderful combination. The flavors were fully ripe without being over ripe. They were supported by the spices, the tannin and wonderful acidity. The length of the finish was a full 30 seconds. This was a remarkable pairing with the lamb because the acid and tannin in the wine cut the richness of the meat while the olives and lemons picked up the fruitiness in the wine. It's an experience that needs to be repeated, and since there is one more bottle of this great stuff in the cellar it probably will be repeated.
Corison 2006 Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley. 13.8% alcohol and roughly $100.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Cattier Chigny les Roses Premier Cru 1999. 12.5% alcohol and $55 at time of purchase.