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 29-03-2011, 06:30 PM posted to alt.food.wine
external usenet poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 4,554
Default TN: France, Germany, US, Spain

Sunday Betsy got me ticket to "Monodramas" (3 pieces, by Schoenberg,
John Zorn, and Morton Feldman, all challenging, mostly non-narrative,
and all interesting); we stopped at Fairway for steaks. We grilled
those and some asparagus, served with potatoes and braised collards
and bok choy. Wine was the 2002 Fougas Maldoror (Cotes du Bourg). Big
structured wine, surprising depth of fruit for RB 02, solid plums and
cassis under a pretty hefty mantle of oak. Enjoyed with the steak, not
so much solo. Revisited with our guests Monday, I liked better then,
oak more integrated, no hurry on this one. B

I switched to the 2004 Schmitt Wagner "Longuicher Maximiner
Herrenberg" Riesling Kabinett. Nice lighter styled wine, perfect for
apertif (or in this case digestif). Apples, slate, soft. Maybe could
have used just a bit more acidic grip. But quite pleasant, holds well
overnight (Betsy and I tried while she was cooking Monday). B/B+

Friends and their dog came for dinner Monday, mushroom risotto,
broccoli, and an arugula/daikon sprout salad. We sampled an
assortment:

2009 Cantarranas Reuda*
The cooking wine. Light, grassy, I was sure this had a SB component,
but label says 60% Verdejo 40% Viura. Not much depth, not much length,
but it was not much money ($5). B-/C+

2008 Arnoux-Lachaux "Pinot Fin" Bourgogne
This is the Estate formerly known as Robert Arnoux. Ripe and fleshy
midweight, a hint of oak, cherry and raspberry and a little mushroom.
On the Cali PN side of Burgundy, but tasty.B

2006 Havens Syrah (Napa)
This was one of the closeout deals after Havens closed. $13, but less
of a deal that some other bottlings. Dark berry fruit, tannins, some
oak, a bit of brett. Short and harsh finish. Others liked much more
than I did. C+

2009 Gysler Scheurebe Halbtrocken
Light, floral, fresh fruit cocktail flavors though just a hint of
sweetness. No profundity here, plenty of pleasure. 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.



  #2 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 29-03-2011, 08:05 PM posted to alt.food.wine
external usenet poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,930
Default TN: France, Germany, US, Spain

On Mar 29, 1:30*pm, DaleW wrote:
Sunday Betsy got me ticket to "Monodramas" (3 pieces, by Schoenberg,
John Zorn, and Morton Feldman, all challenging, mostly non-narrative,
and all interesting); we stopped at Fairway for steaks. We grilled
those and some asparagus, served with potatoes and *braised collards
and bok choy. Wine was the 2002 Fougas Maldoror (Cotes du Bourg). Big
structured wine, surprising depth of fruit for RB 02, solid plums and
cassis under a pretty hefty mantle of oak. Enjoyed with the steak, not
so much solo. Revisited with our guests Monday, I liked better then,
oak more integrated, no hurry on this one. B

I switched to the 2004 Schmitt Wagner "Longuicher Maximiner
Herrenberg" Riesling Kabinett. Nice lighter styled wine, perfect for
apertif (or in this case digestif). Apples, slate, soft. Maybe could
have used just a bit more acidic grip. But quite pleasant, holds well
overnight (Betsy and I tried while she was cooking Monday). B/B+

Friends and their dog came for dinner Monday, mushroom risotto,
broccoli, and an arugula/daikon sprout salad. We sampled an
assortment:

2009 Cantarranas Reuda*
The cooking wine. Light, grassy, I was sure this had a SB component,
but label says 60% Verdejo 40% Viura. Not much depth, not much length,
but it was not much money ($5). B-/C+

2008 Arnoux-Lachaux "Pinot Fin" Bourgogne
This is the Estate formerly known as *Robert Arnoux. Ripe and fleshy
midweight, a hint of oak, cherry and raspberry and a little mushroom.
On the Cali PN side of Burgundy, but tasty.B

2006 Havens Syrah (Napa)
This was one of the closeout deals after Havens closed. $13, but less
of a deal that some other bottlings. Dark berry fruit, tannins, some
oak, a bit of brett. Short and harsh finish. Others liked much more
than I did. C+

2009 Gysler Scheurebe Halbtrocken
Light, floral, fresh fruit cocktail flavors though just a hint of
sweetness. No profundity here, plenty of pleasure. 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.


Thanks for the notes on the Arnoux-Lachaux. Arnoux's wines have
always had a "fleshy" side and I'm glad that the wines are staying
true to the house style.


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
TN: France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Germany DaleW Wine 0 03-11-2014 08:28 PM
TN: assorted wines from all over (well, France, Spain, Italy, US, Germany DaleW Wine 3 14-11-2013 06:46 PM
TN: Wines at home, at friends, and in Yonkers : Bdx, Lebanon, Burg,Spain, Germany DaleW Wine 1 20-06-2011 02:27 PM
TN: France, Germany, US, Spain DaleW Wine 1 31-03-2011 04:08 AM
TN: Germany v. Spain, preliminary match DaleW Wine 3 06-07-2010 10:34 PM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:12 PM.

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