TN: closeout Syrah, base level Alsace Pinot Blanc


With David home, Betsy's been pulling out all stops at dinner. Another meal based on Kylie Kwong's Simple Chinese Cooking: fried squid shrimp-fried rice duck breast with Szechuan pepper, salt, and lemon carrots braised in the duck fat (not from cookbook)
Squid and shrimp called for white, while duck is usually means red for me, though the Szechuan pepper and citrus isn't exactly wine friendly. Dave prefers red. So I went for a fairly inexpensive white, and a half bottle of closeout red
2006 Schlumberger "Les Princes Abbes" Pinot Blanc Peaches and melon, some mineral, I'm not a PB fan in general but this is a nice wine for something like $13. Good acidity, nice length, not especially complex but good food wine. B
2005 Havens "Hudson Vineyard" Syrah (Carneros) (375 ml) Some oak, tight, a little hint of barnyard on opening. With a bit of time in glass it opens up, dark berry fruit, some spice, some vanilla. This is fine for the $10/half closeout/bankruptcy price, but I wouldn't have been happy with this at normal retail. B- We'll see what it's like tonight
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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