TN: Northern Rhones at Racines in NYC

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A nice group gathered at Racines on Chambers Street last night to drink som
e Northern Rhone reds. My first time at Racines, and I totally enjoyed, tho
ugh it was a little sad to be BYOing with that great list. As we gathered,  
3 whites made the rounds

1998 Chave Hermitage Blanc
I'm not a big fan of Rhone whites, but this was pretty lovely, Wax, honey,  
flowers, powerful and full but not heavy. B+/A-

1997 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc
Deep golden color, seemed quite advanced. Surprisingly, I thought much bett
er as it got air and got warm, seemed less oxidized and more honied. B/B-

2013 Lise & Bertand Jousset Singulier "Clos Aux Renard" Montlouis  
Crisp, nervy, dry, with wax and wool and excellent length.B+

We had an amuse of cauliflower veloute, good but not very cauliflowery

2000 Verset Cornas
Pretty forward, nice depth, herby with a stemmy note, meaty, good length. A
-

1995 Verset Cornas
Lots of smoked meat, great acids, earth and flowers. A-/B+

My appetizer was lobster stuffed squash blossom with morcilla and carrot fo
am, really very tasty

2001 Voge Cornas VV
Brambly berry fruit, cow patty, spice. . Some brett, but a strain that appe
als to me.A-/B+

1998 Voge Cornas VV
Earth, pasture, black fruits. Nice texture on the finish. A-

Suzanne had a great idea, we split several orders of fregola "risotto" with
 chanterelles on top, very wine friendly

1988 Jaboulet "La Chapelle" Hermitage
Black fruit,bacon, pepper, not a big vintage of La Chapelle but quite elega
nt. A-

1996 Jaboulet "La Chapelle" Hermitage
A bit riper, earthy, forest floor. B+

My main was the porcelet with squash and some delicious ricotta agnolotti


1998 Vallouit " Les Roziers" Cote-Rotie
New one to me. Peppery, a little tart (Bill calls sour), slightly clipped.  
B-

1998 Jamet Cote-Rotie
Corked., Too bad, I really liked this wine previous time I tried.  

2001 Jamet Cote-Rotie
Spicy, young, good but only wine I felt really needed more time. B

1999 Gaillard "Rose Pourpre" Cote-Rotie  
Black fruits and cedar, olives. B

We also had a cheese plate- Bayley Hazen is only one I noted name, but good
.  
Diane had brought a bubbly:
2002 Clos Cazals Blanc de blanc Champagne
Crisp, elegant, fresh baked croissant over pear fruit, quite floral. A-/B+

Nice night, really enjoyed wine, company, and restaurant.  
At end of night we did traditional 3/2/1 voting, with Paul using 2 hands (o
ne for Bill who had departed, but Paul said he knew what Bill has said)

2000 Verset 14
1998 Voge 13
2001 Voge 8
1995 Verset 5
1996 Jaboulet 4
1988 Jaboulet 3
2001 Jamet 3
1999 Gaillard 1

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 p
arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi
ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

Re: TN: Northern Rhones at Racines in NYC
On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:47:08 AM UTC-4, DaleW wrote:
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ome Northern Rhone reds. My first time at Racines, and I totally enjoyed, t
hough it was a little sad to be BYOing with that great list. As we gathered
, 3 whites made the rounds
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, flowers, powerful and full but not heavy. B+/A-
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tter as it got air and got warm, seemed less oxidized and more honied. B/B-
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e, 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 objecti
vity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

I usually decant Rhone whites as I find that the oxidized note usually blow
s of in time and decanting speeds up the process.

Re: TN: Northern Rhones at Racines in NYC
http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/52100

in recent years the remaining Verset wines in marketplace have skyrockets past my level, but I sure enjoyed them "back in the day"

The 2000 was my last bottle.  

Re: TN: Northern Rhones at Racines in NYC
On 9/16/15 11:33 AM, DaleW wrote:
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Sad news, Dale.  Thanks for the heads-up.  I have many fond memories of
Verset's Cornas, a wine that helped cement my love of N Rhone Syrah.
Like you, I've been priced out of recent vintages, and I drank my last
Verset Cornas a few years ago now.  The memories will live on, however.

Mark Lipton

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Re: TN: Northern Rhones at Racines in NYC
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 5:33:44 PM UTC+2, DaleW wrote:
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Oh, so Franck Balthazar is also a nephew of his, like the Verset I got recently.

My next tasting is north rhone and I will have both the baltharzar and the alain verset.

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