TN: Donnhoff, Guimaro, Boulay, Gigault, etc

Some friends of Betsy who had moved to Ireland were visiting, and Betsy in
vited members of the meditation group they were in for dinner. I did a crab
appetizer, with the NV Laherte “Ultrsdition” Champagne. Ap
pley, yeasty, fine mousse, simple. B

Main course was chicken, tomatoes, and shallots in white wine, I opened 2 b
ottles for cooking:
2006 St Francis Chardonnay (Sonoma)
Oaky blobby, sweet, tired. C
2010 Santa Barbara Winery Reserve Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)
Way too buttery for me, but surprising acidic balance. B-/C+

With dinner, a few better wines
2010 Boulay “Clos de Beaujeau” Sancerre
Larger framed Sancerre, great acids, grapefruit with herb and stone notes.

1998 Gigault “Cuvee Viva” (Cotes du Blaye)
I’m a big fan of 1998 RB, but this is overripe, oaky, formless, and
a little hot. Some loved it. C+

2014 Guimaro Mencia
Fresh, peppery, spicy, with bright red fruits. B+

Saturday we went to her sister’s, BIL wanted to make “Dark
and stormys” (dark rum with ginger beer) and had done Caribbean men
u to follow- mango cabbage salad, Caribbean corn on the cob, jerk ribs, and
shrimp with quinoa

2009 Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Kabinett
Sweetness does well with the spices, moderate acids, limey and long. B+

2016 Riotor rose (Cotes de Provence)
Light, easy, simple. B-

Betsy’s cello trio had a concert and then dinner after, I made myse
lf a
Swordfish steak with some leftover rice and beans, wine was the 2015 Lagar
de Broullon Albarino (Rias Baixas). Crisp, saline, long. 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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