TN: Dr. Fischer, Lafon Macon, more
My turn to cook, we had slipped on meatless Monday so I went for tofu Tuesday- chilled silken tofu with a ginger/kecapmanis/sesame dressing, and a tofu/snow pea/sprout/noodle stirfry. Wine was the 2002 Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett.
Petrol, tropical fruit, and more petrol. Fairly soft, fairly short, this is fairly pleasant and fairly innocuous (which in my limited experience kind of sums up Dr. Fischer). B-
Betsy made a kale and egg starter, lamb chops, mashed potatoes and salad. First up was the 1986 Ch. de Bel-Air (Lalande de Pomerol). Some fruit still there though a bit tired, but this might be ok if there still weren’t raspy tannins. Plums, cigarbox converting to ashtray, but the acids and tannins overwhelm totally the fruit. Little expectations for an ‘86 Right Bank satellite, but this was basically free (odd bottle in a mixed lot, I bid based on other bottles only). C+
That wasn’t fun enough to sit through dinner with, so opened a gift bottle that had been sitting on counter for 2 weeks. The 2004 Ceretto Zonchera Barolo had floral notes and
cherries, a little tannic bite, approachable for young Barolo, satisfactory.. B/B-
Thursday she made mussels and zucchini with linguine, and a salad with walnut and gorgonzola. I actually wasn’t planning on wine as I was taking an NYU Oxfam group on a run that night, but she needed a cup of white wine, so I had a quarter glass of the 2010 Chinaine Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine). Clean grapefruit and gooseberry, on the lighter side, this ain’t CRB but it’s a good value for easy-going SB. Passed as folks gathered for wine tasting last night, help up well. B
Friday before wine group came over I threw together a quick lemon sole dinner. Wine was the 2008 Les Heretiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Milly-Lamartine. Nice full-bodied Chardonnay, pear and pit fruits framed by just a light oak note. Good acids, nice length (I should note that it was far less popular than the Chidaine as a welcoming wine for the local group- 1 person declared it “weird”- but I think they’re wrong!). B+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.