WTN: Riesling, Gamay, Catarratto, Sangiovese

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I’m mostly avoiding wine on weeknights (trying not to put back on w
eight), but after the “bomb cyclone” hit and I spent day sh
oveling, thought I deserved some Chianti with Betsy’s ragu bolognes
e. The 2010 Rocca di Castagnoli “Poggio a’Frati” Ch
ianti Classico is a bigger framed Chianti, red cherry and leather, good aci
ds, tannins palpable but not hard. B+
On a frigid Friday, Betsy made cod in a chipotle sauce with greens and turn
ips

2016 Defino Catarratto
I had ordered a couple with memory of liking a previous vintage. But this i
s round and flat, peach and melon, lacking backbone and length. Looking bac
k it was the Defino Frappato that I enjoyed. Good thing was when I picked u
p mixed case from CSW they made a (rare) mistake, and gave me 2 of a (more  
expensive) Soave and only 1 of the Catarratto. When I pointed out they let  
the price difference slide. Now especially happy re mistake. C+

2014 Karthauserhof Ruwer trocken  
Citrus and ginger, sprightly acids, nice length for a $15 Riesling. B/B+

Saturday was sous vide miso salmon, Brussels sprouts, arugula salad, and a  
leftover corn souffle. 2013 Lapierrer Morgon isn’t the most complex
 Morgon you’ll run across, but it’s very easy drinking in a
 fresh red berry way. There is a bit of tannin, but so open I think I?
?ll just drink my other 750s now. B+

Sunday was sous vide chicken with tarragon, sous vide glazed carrots (new m
achine, enjoying playing), collards with garlic, and whole wheat couscous.  
The 2015 Eva Fricke Lorcher Schlossberg (Rheingau) isn’t totally dr
y, more feinherb/halbtrocken, yellow fruits and a gingery spice, big. 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 p
arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi
ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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