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Default TN: Easter weekend wines (Bdx, Burg, CA, NY, more)

With grilled branzino, I really enjoyed the 2013 Avo Roxo Albarino. Clean, saline, minerally with white fruits and citrus. Good acids, fresh fruit, nice finish. B++

This was week for visitors seeking to meet the pup, we shared the NV Camille Saves €śCarte dOr€ť Brut Champagne (Bouzy). Im a big fan of the Saves rose, but this is a bit fuzzy, almost clumsy.. Sweet fruit, French toast, honied. B-/C+

Dinner was grilled pork tenderloin, wine was the 2013 Thivin €śReverdon€ť Brouilly. Red fruit, spice, anise. Good if not especially complex. B

Saturday was sea scallops, with a salad and herbed sauteed tomatoes with rice and pasta. Wine was the 2015
Arnot-Roberts "Trout Gulch Santa Cruz Mtns" Chardonnay. Very tasty, no apparent oak,apple and white peach, good acids, a chalky mineral finish. B+/A-

Easter Sunday Betsy played a church service, while I dealt with pup and grilled 7 pounds of butterflied lamb. Took the lamb (with an anchovy/mint/lemon sauce) and Betsy deviled egg chicks:
To her sisters big Easter open house. Enjoyed the lamb, some ham, various salads, quiches, dips, and more. Tried some wines

2005 LEsprit de Chevalier (mag)
Smooth red fruit, still a bit of tannin, cocoa, a little cigarbox. Mostly about the round red plum fruit, Id have probably thought Right Bank if blind, but this is pleasant and in a good place. B

2015 Schwedehelm Schwarzer Hergott Rielsing Trocken (Pfalz)
Crackling acids, good fruit (grapefruit, tart plum), crunchy wet rock finish. B+/A-

2014 Harmas Cotes du Rhone
Red plum and raspberry, clean, simple but good. B/B-

2014 Drouhin St Veran
Lemony, crisp, straightforward and a fine value. B

2014 Red Newt Dry Riesling
I wouldnt personally call this dry, noticeable sweetness (sec tendre if in Loire). Theres an oxidative note, not much freshness. Unsure if just this bottle. C+

2016 HB Picpoul de Pinet
OK, I expect Picpoul to be light, but this is actually dilute. Theres nothing there (but a hint of spritz). Tastes like industrial vinho verde. C

David was in town for a couple of days, after the party we took a break from eating for a couple hours, then had duck breast on mizuna greens, along with pasta and mushrooms, on the patio (weather was summerlike).. Wine was the 1988 Pierre Gelin €śClos Napoleon€ť Fixin 1er. Low expectations which seemed to be met on opening- thin and weedy, pale color, a tad stanky. But an hour of air did wonders- fruit deepened (as did color), with black cherry and pomegranate. Some cedar and earth. Not really complex, but solid mature Burgundy. B+/B.

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. 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.

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