TN: Easter weekend wines (Bdx, Burg, CA, NY, more)

saline, minerally with white fruits and citrus. Good acids, fresh fruit, ni ce finish. B++
This was week for visitors seeking to meet the pup, we shared the NV Camill e Saves “Carte d’Or” Brut Champagne (Bouzy). I? ??m a big fan of the Saves rose, but this is a bit fuzzy, almost clumsy . Sweet fruit, French toast, honied. B-/C+
Dinner was grilled pork tenderloin, wine was the 2013 Thivin “Rever don” Brouilly. Red fruit, spice, anise. Good if not especially comp lex. B
Saturday was sea scallops, with a salad and herbed sauteed tomatoes with ri ce and pasta. Wine was the 2015 Arnot-Roberts "Trout Gulch Santa Cruz Mtns" Chardonnay. Very tasty, no appa rent oak,apple and white peach, good acids, a chalky mineral finish. B+/A-
Easter Sunday Betsy played a church service, while I dealt with pup and gri lled 7 pounds of butterflied lamb. Took the lamb (with an anchovy/mint/lemo n sauce) and Betsy’ deviled egg chicks:
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To her sister’s big Easter open house. Enjoyed the lamb, some ham, various salads, quiches, dips, and more. Tried some wines
2005 L’Esprit de Chevalier (mag) Smooth red fruit, still a bit of tannin, cocoa, a little cigarbox. Mostly a bout the round red plum fruit, I’d have probably thought Right Bank if blind, but this is pleasant and in a good place. B
2015 Schwedehelm Schwarzer Hergott Rielsing Trocken (Pfalz) Crackling acids, good fruit (grapefruit, tart plum), crunchy wet rock finis h. B+/A-
2014 Harmas Cotes du Rhone Red plum and raspberry, clean, simple but good. B/B-
2014 Drouhin St Veran Lemony, crisp, straightforward and a fine value. B
2014 Red Newt Dry Riesling I wouldn’t personally call this dry, noticeable sweetness (sec tend re if in Loire). There’s an oxidative note, not much freshness. Uns ure if just this bottle. C+
2016 HB Picpoul de Pinet OK, I expect Picpoul to be light, but this is actually dilute. There? ?s nothing there (but a hint of spritz). Tastes like industrial vinho ver de. C
David was in town for a couple of days, after the party we took a break fr om eating for a couple hours, then had duck breast on mizuna greens, along with pasta and mushrooms, on the patio (weather was summerlike).. Wine was the 1988 Pierre Gelin “Clos Napoleon” Fixin 1er. Low expect ations which seemed to be met on opening- thin and weedy, pale color, a tad stanky. But an hour of air did wonders- fruit deepened (as did color), wit h black cherry and pomegranate. Some cedar and earth. Not really complex, b ut solid mature Burgundy. B+/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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