Wine (alt.food.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.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 23-05-2004, 04:48 PM
Bill Spohn
 
Posts: n/a
Default May Lunch Notes

This month's lunch notes, all wines tasted blind.

2000 Poggio alle Gazze Sauvignon Blanc - made at Bolgheri by the Ornellaia
winery, and no longer produced as the Mondavi joint venture caused it to be
ripped out in favour of more cabernet. More tropical fruit than grass on this
bottle, full mouth feel, and lots of acidity. One can't help feeling that the
world would have got along just fine without any additional Mondavi style
cabernet, but the loss of this rather nice Tuscan white is a bit sad.

1999 Albert Mann Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes. This was probably the best Pinot
I've tasted from Alsace, followed closely by the Marcel Diess product. A
slightly stinky style of Burgundy nose and an acidity that was high right from
the start but was carried very well by the wine made one think of nowhere but
Burgundy.

2002 Fairview Cellars 'The Bear's Meritage' - a BC winery in the middle of a
golf course! Purple right to the rim, with an enticing cocoa and fruit nose.
Smooth sweet and balanced, one of the best BC reds I have tasted so far!

1999 Colombo Cornas 'Les Mejeans' - While I have been cellaring his more
serious Cornas, Les Ruchets for years, I haven't paid as much attention to this
one. He does a new age sort of Cornas anyway, in other words something that you
could actually expect to drink and enjoy in the same decade it is bottled, and
the Mejeans is even more user-friendly than the Ruchets. Nice slightly warm
white pepper and dark fruit nose with a ton of concentration and good length.
It went absolutely perfectly with the course of fresh morels! In fact as I
write this, I have just consumed a very good morel and shallot omelet, and lost
the inner debate as to whether to submit myself to the ordeal of 'discussing'
the possibility of having a single glass of chilled rosé with breakfast
(she-who-must-be-obeyed having a strong temperance streak, at least when it
comes to indulging in wine before the sun is over the yardarm). This wine
drinks well now and will do so for several years to come.

2000 Poliziano Le Stanze - another Tuscan entry, this time a blend of cabernet
and merlot. Very dark wine with a lovely currant and coffee nose, the fruit
sweet and concentrated in the mouth and a fair bit of tannin backing it. Big
wine, great legs sheeting down the glass, and a good future to look ahead to.

1995 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino - this wine should have
come before the previous two in terms of weight. Medium colour with a maturing
nose of spice herbs and dark fruit that could have been a bit more forthcoming,
although it did develop over time in the glass. Elegant wine ready to drink

1987 Nederberg Private Bin R163 - a cabernet from the Cape. Obvious age in the
appearance, a coffee - mocha nose, medium body, elegant with good length, and
falling off a bit quickly at the end.

1997 Trapiche Iscay Merlot Malbec (Mendoza) - from Italy to the Argentine. Very
dark wine with dark fruit that included cherry and I think raspberry in the
nose, lots of soft tannin, good length and good balance. Michel Rolland bats
another one in!

1994 Rust en Vrede Estate Wine - back to the cape for a cabernet syrah merlot
blend. Sweet black cherry nose, mature wine with pleasant sweetness on plate
and slightly raisined fruit at the end . Good length. I have this in the
cellar, and believe it will continue to hold well. Given the Portuguese origin
of our restaurant host, I would be delighted to be able to find the Tinta
Barocca that this South African house rather inexplicably produces, to spring
it on him blind one day.

1997 Phoenix Vineyard Cabernet - blend of 87% cab and 13% cab franc from this
small producer with a most annoying website (someone should tell them that
pop-ups are a bad thing). Dark wine, big sweet nose, some sweetness in the
mouth and decent acidity at end. Impressive enough to make me keep an eye out
for this one. They apparently have a whole 3.6 acres under vines, so you may
have to look awhile.

I cannot end these notes without mentioning the main course - 'Tongue in Cheek'
- a combination of veal cheek and tongue on a bed of asparagus and haricots -
the owner must have been listening to me and my puns for too long.





  #2 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 23-05-2004, 06:51 PM
Tom S
 
Posts: n/a
Default May Lunch Notes


"Bill Spohn" wrote in message
...
1997 Phoenix Vineyard Cabernet - blend of 87% cab and 13% cab franc from

this
small producer with a most annoying website (someone should tell them that
pop-ups are a bad thing). Dark wine, big sweet nose, some sweetness in the
mouth and decent acidity at end. Impressive enough to make me keep an eye

out
for this one. They apparently have a whole 3.6 acres under vines, so you

may
have to look awhile.


Interestingly, there are both a Phoenix Winery and Vineyards and a Phoenix
Vineyards and Winery in the USA. I assume your notes reflect the one in
Napa - not the one in Missouri. Sounds like they make a nice Cabernet.

I see that the 1997 is still available for $42/btl, and _free_ shipping. I
just ordered a couple, based on your recommendation. Unfortunately, they
seem to have been completely cleaned out of the 1999 Estate Cabernet. :^(

I'll bet their 2001 will be worth seeking out when it becomes available.
Thanks for the tip, Bill!

Tom S


  #3 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 23-05-2004, 10:10 PM
Mark Lipton
 
Posts: n/a
Default May Lunch Notes



Bill Spohn wrote:


1999 Colombo Cornas 'Les Mejeans'


Interesting notes, Bill. My few encounters with Colombo's Cornas have all been
unpleasantly oaky. Was this the case with this wine, or has M. Colombo tempered
his use of new oak in recent years?

Mark Lipton

  #4 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 24-05-2004, 06:31 AM
Bill Spohn
 
Posts: n/a
Default May Lunch Notes

My few encounters with Colombo's Cornas have all been
unpleasantly oaky. Was this the case with this wine,


No evident planks in this one - give it a try.


Reply
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
Lunch Notes Bill S. Wine 0 03-06-2012 06:25 PM
May Lunch Notes Bill S. Wine 1 27-05-2010 09:11 PM
Lunch Notes Bill Spohn Wine 2 28-02-2005 01:25 AM
Lunch Notes Bill Spohn Wine 14 12-09-2004 09:46 PM
Lunch Notes Bill Spohn Wine 1 30-11-2003 11:00 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:39 AM.

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

About Us

"It's about Food and drink"

 

Copyright © 2017