Wine ( Devoted to the discussion of wine and wine-related topics. A place to read and comment about wines, wine and food matching, storage systems, wine paraphernalia, etc. In general, any topic related to wine is valid fodder for the group.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 21-09-2008, 08:23 PM posted to
external usenet poster
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 4,554
Default TN: Chianti, MSR, Vouvray Brut, NY, Aussie cheapies, etc

Friday I opened a red to offer a friend/carpenter who was finished a
little work for me, then a Riesling to go with some sausages. Both
were also brought along to a party Saturday night:

2004 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Nice midweight Sangiovese, enough acidity to balance the cherry fruit,
a little leather. On day 2 more of a dried cherry edge, with some soil
aromas. Quite good if not great. B+/B

2003 JJ Christoffel Erben Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese
A little hint of sweet cherries along with lime and green apple.
Surprisingly young, and with good acidity for the year. This had a
real cork (I've had some '02/'03 Christoffel with plastic), mature but
not faded. A little sweeter than ideal for me. B

Saturday we went to a birthday party at some friends'. Theme was
Indian, I made a variation on lamb korma and Betsy made spinach with
almonds. Others brought chicken, lamb meatballs, meat and veggie
samosas, aloo mutter, raita, naan, etc. .I carried a bubbly Chenin as
well as the open bottles

NV Pinon Vouvray Brut
I like this recent batch. Fresh ripe apples, some doughy yeast aromas,
bright and with surprising length for a $20 bubbly. B+

Not a geek party, but some other wines offered:

2006 Benmarl Riesling
Round, sweet, short. Canned peaches. C+

2007 Santa Julia Torrontes
Good acids, peaches and grapefruit, a little grass, ok. B-

2007 Tall Poppy Chardonnay
Bottle is a Yellowtail lookalike. Wine is sweet edged with a slightly
artificial vanilla/oak edge (chips). Others liked it, not I. C

2006 Tall Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweet short and empty. C+

2006 Tall Poppy Shiraz
This was very sweet, but somehow it held my attention more than the
I had very low expectations after the other Tall Poppy wines, but this
seemed to have some concentration and backbone. Still too sweet
though, but the class of the bunch. B-

Nice time with friends.

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.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
TN: CA, WA, NZ, and Rioja, mostly cheapies DaleW Wine 2 06-07-2009 03:22 PM
[TN] Two cheapies from Dressner Mark Lipton[_1_] Wine 3 31-03-2009 03:55 PM
WTN: 2 Italian cheapies DaleW Wine 1 12-11-2008 02:39 PM
Chianti Classico Tasting.. Great Chianti's and an AMAZING Vin Santo Wildetuinn Wine 0 15-09-2006 08:06 AM
TN: Assorted cheapies Dale Williams Wine 0 14-12-2003 07:24 PM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:06 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2022
The comments are property of their posters.

About Us

"It's about Food and drink"


Copyright © 2017