TN: Cali PN and Wachau GV


A matching mistake, Betsy had said we were having salmon, so I pulled
out a Pinot Noir. Problem was the recipe she used steams the salmon
with chard and caramelized onions, does much better with whites. But I
already had the cork pulled on the 2002 Williams-Selyem Sonoma County
Pinot Noir. Red kirschy fruit, a little blackberry, a little earth.
Tannins are mostly integrated, the acids seem a little spikey. The
fruit is a little candied. Decent, not exciting. B-
(my early inclination is that is ready and needs to be drunk up.
But...it actually held up, and is better on day 2. Hmmm, what to do
with other 2?).
Sunday afternoon I prepped dinner, made an appearance to thank
volunteers at a benefit concert, but then headed to White Plains where
Betsy was leading cello section in a small string orchestra. Theme was
film composers and those that influenced them, sinfoniettas by
Bernard Hermann and Franz Waxman, and then Verklarte Nacht by
Schoenberg.
Afterwards I rushed home to do pork chops with a mustard/sage sauce,
with potatoes, salad, and some grilled vegetables. In honor of
Schoenberg, we went with an Austrian wine, the 2002 FX Pichler "Von
den Terrassen" Gruner Veltliner Smaragd. Peppery/ floral nose, ripe
peach and melon fruit on the palate backed by firm acidity. Nice
length, clean finish. With some time there's a little Riesling-like
petrol note, but there's also some pea and white pepper to show it's
GV-ness.
Nice wine, not one of Pichler's more expensive bottlings, but doing
well at 7- drinks nicely, but no hurry. A-/B+
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.
 
Reply to
DaleW
I've never had a WS Pinot that blew me away. I find many of them a bit candied and for the most part they never seem to deliver much.
Reply to
Bi!!
Sunday afternoon I prepped dinner, made an appearance to thank volunteers at a benefit concert, but then headed to White Plains where Betsy was leading cello section in a small string orchestra. Theme was film composers and those that influenced them, sinfoniettas by Bernard Hermann and Franz Waxman, and then Verklarte Nacht by Schoenberg.
Since you speak often re concerts, I will ask if you know the answer to my question.
"Alessandro Marcello's small but distinguished musical output includes a concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo, published about 1717 at Amsterdam in a concerto anthology and transcribed by J.S. Bach as concerto for solo harpsichord in D minor (as BWV 974), presumably from an earlier manuscript."
Question: """""""I wonder if the Adagio (on stage, not recording) in the Concerto in D minor is ever played by PIANO."""""
I see that Glenn Gould is playing here at 4:48 min.
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although the sound quality is not that great, compared to another recording (piano) at 1:45 min.
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Thanks, Dee Dee
Reply to
Dee Randall
I've liked quite few, but none blew me away. But Cali PN is not a big interest to me overall. I do generally like the wines, and can always put a piece of tape over the Selyem when serving at family gatherings. :)
Reply to
DaleW
Never heard of the piece, but if transcribed for keyboard and recorded by Gould, I am sure someone has played it in concert. I'm not the musician, will try to remember to ask my wife if she is familiar with it.
Reply to
DaleW
Dale, I wonder if you could expand on your term "candied"? Do you mean over-sweet or perhaps tasting of caramel? No argument, just interest.
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James Silverton
On Mar 30, 12:31 pm, "James Silverton" wrote:
James, I use "candied" when there seems to be a sweetness to the fruit in a wine that isn't quite...integral. I'm thinking of those little fruit pieces (glacee?) or maybe candied apples (not caramel apples, which would have that darker caramel edge). I'm not saying the fruit is necessarily sweeter, it just has a sugary edge (as opposed to really ripe fruit, which can be just as sweet). I wonder if it's a function of alcohol- I'll look at the WS bottle tonight to check level. Thinking about it, even very sweet Chateauneuf-du-Papes seldom seem candied to me. I mostly think of it as something one finds in Pinot, or maybe Syrah.
Reply to
DaleW
When I think of "candied" I think of the sugary shell on a candied apple but not in the sense of the sugar but in the sense of the interplay between the sugar and the tart fruit. I find this "candied apple" note in a lot of New World Pinot Noirs.
Reply to
Bi!!
A matching mistake, Betsy had said we were having salmon, so I pulled out a Pinot Noir. Problem was the recipe she used steams the salmon with chard and caramelized onions, does much better with whites. But I already had the cork pulled on the 2002 Williams-Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Red kirschy fruit, a little blackberry, a little earth. Tannins are mostly integrated, the acids seem a little spikey. The fruit is a little candied. Decent, not exciting. B- (my early inclination is that is ready and needs to be drunk up. But...it actually held up, and is better on day 2. Hmmm, what to do with other 2?).
Sunday afternoon I prepped dinner, made an appearance to thank volunteers at a benefit concert, but then headed to White Plains where Betsy was leading cello section in a small string orchestra. Theme was film composers and those that influenced them, sinfoniettas by Bernard Hermann and Franz Waxman, and then Verklarte Nacht by Schoenberg. Afterwards I rushed home to do pork chops with a mustard/sage sauce, with potatoes, salad, and some grilled vegetables. In honor of Schoenberg, we went with an Austrian wine, the 2002 FX Pichler "Von den Terrassen" Gruner Veltliner Smaragd. __________________________________________________________
A flinty, dry white would be appropriate for later Schoenberg but Verklarte Nacht demands a fruit-forward, Parker bomb{;-) BTW has Betsy recorded it? Graham
Reply to
graham
No, she has played before, but never recorded. If it makes you feel better about the wine match, this was the 1943 version for string orchestra, not the original. Not really 12 tone, but some dischord stirred into the romance. :)
Reply to
DaleW
That's probably a good thing. My initial thought about Verklärte Nacht was that one should eschew wine altogether and instead seek out some Xanax to counterbalance the music.
Mark Lipton (Still a slave to tonality, sadly)
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Mark Lipton
Could one link wine with composers? Chopin - PN Ravel & Debussy - Sancerre Beethoven - Left Bank claret Brahms - Barolo etc: Bach? Hmmmm! Elliot Carter - anything to anaesthetize as quickly as possible! Graham
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graham

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