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Default TN: Many wines on (a cold) Memorial Day

So Memorial Day it was raining in AM, but forecast said 0% chance after 1 PM. So we decided to go ahead with our party. It did mist a few times, but mostly held off, though it was gloomy and cool. Ive never had a Memorial Day party (or any outdoor party) where people were wearing coats, down vests, and sweater (I was defiantly in shorts). People (and dogs) had a good time though.

Betsy and I made clams with fried garlic, ribs, bulgogi-ish steak, charred leeks with anchovy/caper vinaigrette, poat dot (Cambodian style corn) mango salsa, tortilla chips, as well as a few purchased things such as hot dogs, sausages, chips, and pate
Others brought a great assortment, including Kobe ribeye (so marbled it looked white), more sausages & pate(I liked a rustic one from Brooklyn with pistachios), deviled eggs, a great Russian beet/potato salad, couple of grain salads, green salads, and much I have forgotten (or missed). Load of desserts (a purple yam one got people excited).

Couple of geeks there, and I blinded a few wines:

1984 Sonoma Cutrer €śFounders Reserve€ť Chardonnay (3L)
Put about 750ml in a decanter. At first nutty and a bit advanced on nose, but cleans up, quite floral. Some clean pear fruit, a little hazelnut, modest finish. Mark gets CA Chard right away. Some liked more than I did (said their wine of the day), but I did enjoy, though after the level went down in big bottle to expose a big surface it started to oxidize. B

1982 Burgess Zinfandel
Some thought this too volatile (initial guesses were Piedmont) but I enjoyed- brambly fruit, minty, some earth. B+

1966 Produttori di Barbaresco Barbaresco
A good showing for an poorly regarded vintage. Marks first guess was "68 Piedmont. The caramelly note shows its age, but I still thought it quite interesting, with light black cherry fruit and lots of tar. B

1988 Trimbach €śSeigneurs de Ribeaupierre€ť Gewurztraminer
Mark got Gewurz immediately, though first guess was pre-Olivier ZH (good guess!). Dry, intense, ginger and lychee, with great acidity for Gewurz. A-/B+

Other wines
1995 Kalin €śLD€ť Chardonnay
DOA. Too bad.

2001 Michel Colin-Deleger €ś Les Corbins€ť Meursault
I was told this was DOA as well (no surprise, Colin-Deleger is near top of PremOx offenders), but I tried towards end of night and found quite alive. Pear, honeysuckle, a little vanilla, but lower acid than I like my white Burg. B/B-

2001 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling
I had told Craig Id open as all of his 01 CFE were oxidized, and none of mine were , and broke my streak. Tired. C+

2015 Schwedhelm Schwarzer Herrgott Riesling
Crisp, rocky, tart. Great tensile/nervy spine. B++

1981 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Lovely mature Riesling, apple and lemon with light petrol and smoke notes. A-

2015 Merkelbach €śUrgluck€ť Auslese
Limeade! Fresh, snappy, good length. B+/A-

2016 Edmunds St John Bone Jolly Rose
Cranberry and mineral, a little smoky, fun B+

1979 Ducru-Beaucaillou
Dark fruit, little tannin, plenty of acid, a little metallic note on finish, but I like (more than others) B/B+

2014 Olivier Cousin €śLa Franc€ť
Bing cherry and barnyard , bright acids. B

1986 Monticello Cabernet Sauvignon
Minty, red fruits, smoke, a little drying on finish but I like. B/B+

2013 Flor do Crasto
Red fruits, a touch jammy, simple. B-/C+

1998 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone
Showing its age, red Grenachy fruit with some earth, ok but drink up. B/B-

2014 Meinklang (Burgenland)
Easy, juicy, bright. B

2014 Chevillon Nuits St George VV
Mark and Craig didnt like, but though I found it surprisingly ripe, I thought well balanced. Ripe black cherry, a little mocha, earthy finish.. B+

1982 Rocche dei Manzoni €śVigna De La Roul€ť Barolo Riserva
Just entering maturity, ripe but not overripe, rose petals, tar, and orange zest. B+

2014 Hollis Cabernet Sauvignon
Big fruit forward style, blueberries and mocha, some loved. B-

Fun day, despite the weather (at least I was warm by the grill).

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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On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 1:28:50 PM UTC-4, DaleW wrote:
So Memorial Day it was raining in AM, but forecast said 0% chance after 1 PM. So we decided to go ahead with our party. It did mist a few times, but mostly held off, though it was gloomy and cool. Ive never had a Memorial Day party (or any outdoor party) where people were wearing coats, down vests, and sweater (I was defiantly in shorts). People (and dogs) had a good time though.

Betsy and I made clams with fried garlic, ribs, bulgogi-ish steak, charred leeks with anchovy/caper vinaigrette, poat dot (Cambodian style corn) mango salsa, tortilla chips, as well as a few purchased things such as hot dogs, sausages, chips, and pate
Others brought a great assortment, including Kobe ribeye (so marbled it looked white), more sausages & pate(I liked a rustic one from Brooklyn with pistachios), deviled eggs, a great Russian beet/potato salad, couple of grain salads, green salads, and much I have forgotten (or missed). Load of desserts (a purple yam one got people excited).

Couple of geeks there, and I blinded a few wines:

1984 Sonoma Cutrer €śFounders Reserve€ť Chardonnay (3L)
Put about 750ml in a decanter. At first nutty and a bit advanced on nose, but cleans up, quite floral. Some clean pear fruit, a little hazelnut, modest finish. Mark gets CA Chard right away. Some liked more than I did (said their wine of the day), but I did enjoy, though after the level went down in big bottle to expose a big surface it started to oxidize. B

1982 Burgess Zinfandel
Some thought this too volatile (initial guesses were Piedmont) but I enjoyed- brambly fruit, minty, some earth. B+

1966 Produttori di Barbaresco Barbaresco
A good showing for an poorly regarded vintage. Marks first guess was "68 Piedmont. The caramelly note shows its age, but I still thought it quite interesting, with light black cherry fruit and lots of tar. B

1988 Trimbach €śSeigneurs de Ribeaupierre€ť Gewurztraminer
Mark got Gewurz immediately, though first guess was pre-Olivier ZH (good guess!). Dry, intense, ginger and lychee, with great acidity for Gewurz. A-/B+

Other wines
1995 Kalin €śLD€ť Chardonnay
DOA. Too bad.

2001 Michel Colin-Deleger €ś Les Corbins€ť Meursault
I was told this was DOA as well (no surprise, Colin-Deleger is near top of PremOx offenders), but I tried towards end of night and found quite alive.. Pear, honeysuckle, a little vanilla, but lower acid than I like my white Burg. B/B-

2001 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling
I had told Craig Id open as all of his 01 CFE were oxidized, and none of mine were , and broke my streak. Tired. C+

2015 Schwedhelm Schwarzer Herrgott Riesling
Crisp, rocky, tart. Great tensile/nervy spine. B++

1981 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Lovely mature Riesling, apple and lemon with light petrol and smoke notes.. A-

2015 Merkelbach €śUrgluck€ť Auslese
Limeade! Fresh, snappy, good length. B+/A-

2016 Edmunds St John Bone Jolly Rose
Cranberry and mineral, a little smoky, fun B+

1979 Ducru-Beaucaillou
Dark fruit, little tannin, plenty of acid, a little metallic note on finish, but I like (more than others) B/B+

2014 Olivier Cousin €śLa Franc€ť
Bing cherry and barnyard , bright acids. B

1986 Monticello Cabernet Sauvignon
Minty, red fruits, smoke, a little drying on finish but I like. B/B+

2013 Flor do Crasto
Red fruits, a touch jammy, simple. B-/C+

1998 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone
Showing its age, red Grenachy fruit with some earth, ok but drink up. B/B-

2014 Meinklang (Burgenland)
Easy, juicy, bright. B

2014 Chevillon Nuits St George VV
Mark and Craig didnt like, but though I found it surprisingly ripe, I thought well balanced. Ripe black cherry, a little mocha, earthy finish. B+

1982 Rocche dei Manzoni €śVigna De La Roul€ť Barolo Riserva
Just entering maturity, ripe but not overripe, rose petals, tar, and orange zest. B+

2014 Hollis Cabernet Sauvignon
Big fruit forward style, blueberries and mocha, some loved. B-

Fun day, despite the weather (at least I was warm by the grill).

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.


Nice Notes of some interesting wines. Thanks.


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