Friday was surprisingly warm, we decided to grill. Betsy picked up some wild salmon, and at last minte we decided we had enough to invite over a couple of good friends. One drinks only white, her husband drinks mostly red. Thank goodness for salmon.
As they arrived, we munched on inari-zushi, olives,and ume (pickled plums). The
2002 Bonny Doon Ca' da Solo Big House White provided a nice floral backdrop to
a melange of flavors. Aromatic, modest acidity, with ripe white fruit. B
The salmon was grilled simply, served with a soy garlic butter dipping sauce.
Betsy also had some stir-fried chard, and some Japanese rice (with nori
wrappers). With dinner, both red and white Burgundy. This particular bottle of
1995 Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne was the best of 3 (good) bottles I picked up
recently, clean pear fruit with a touch of hazelnut, deliciously smoky with a
minerally finish. I would have been happy with this if it were a $35
Puligny,much less a $10 Bourgogne (hey, on closeout, but still). B+/A-
And for the red, the 2000 Lafarge Bourgogne. This has put on some wait over the
last year or so. The cherry fruit veers closer to black cherry, and the earthy
edge has deepened into more a forest floor aroma. Good acidity, nice finish. A-
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.
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