Thursday Betsy made some Indian-influenced lamb chops (a variation on a
Mark Bittman recipe from this week's time, with some baked rice and
salad. I sadly chose the
2002 Montes Alpha Syrah (Colchagua Valley, Chile). Who put oak in my
blackberries? Who put blackberries in my oak? Bad combo with the food,
but not a wine I'd like in any case. Sweet forward fruit, but some hard
tannins and lots of vanilla/oak. Did I mention oak? The fruit is the
redeeming factor (edit: day 2 the oak was better integrated, leaving a
decent Oz Shiraz). Think Tardieu-Laurent. B-
No redemption neccessary for the 2001 Havens Bourriquot. Structured
though fleshy, delicious but with promise. Spicy oak, but integrated
with the rich dark fruit and herb aromas. Ripe tannins, moderate
acidity, fantastic fruit. Give it few years to settle down. One of my
favorite CA blends hits it out of the park this year, best vintage of
this fave I've tasted. Good QPR for $33. 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
That's a shame to hear, Dale. I've had previous vintages of the Montes
Alpha, and they've been quite nice and not overly oaked. Have they
brought in Michel Rolland or something? ;-)
(itching to see Mondovino)
Montes has always been known for putting a lot of oak in their wine, so it's
not a surprise there. Especially in a weaker vintages as the 2002 was, the
oak should be more prevalent.. Not my style either.
The good news is the 2003 reduced the amount of oak in all the alpha range,
and the fruit is much, much more upfront, better too. I tried a Cab, and
I'm ordering a case.
I recommend you give the 2003 Montes Alpha Cabernet or Syrah a try.
I got Mum a bottle of the Montes desert wine (I can't remember which,
but it cost me like ~$20AU) and she said she was dancing around 2
o'clock in the morning.
Thought they'd put something funny in it.
That sounds like it.
She was by herself.
I think she thinks they put some marijuana or cocaine in it. Which would
be funny if they did, but I doubt it.
It makes me wonder what would be in it that would make you go like that.
I think you are getting offended over nothing.
I didn't mean to imply all south americans "deal with coke or pot". Nor
did she. She was being comedic. Apparently humour is in short supply
these days. There's an el nino of laughs going on over the Pacific.
Global warming may be involved.
The fact is most of the world's cocaine does come from South America.
Not that that means every single south american is involved. And we have
our own pot here. And lots of it. If you believe the Balinese there's a
thriving Australian export business.
So get over yourself please. I don't have a hissy everytime someone says
didgeredo or says "By crikey" for about the billionth time. So just calm
down please. Its like these days ppl are primed at the slightest hint...
O, and we do have a lot of south american expats who live here you know.
Some of my best friends in high school were Chilean refugees.