TN: Fleurie and Gruner


Sunday was a very long day for me, running a picnic for my group. I
dragged in about 6:30 to find Betsy preparing chiclen yakitori, rice
with shiso furikake, and some beans from organic co-op. Wine was the
2009 Clos de la Roillete (Coudert) "Cuvee Tardive" Fleurie. Lovely
wine. I remember the 05 and 02 Tardives on release as being a bit
tight and austere, but this seems quite friendly and open. Black
cherries with a little cranberry tartness, some tannins hiding in
background, nicely structured. Nice acidic tang on long finish. Some
smoke and damp soil. Sure this will age well, but I'll have trouble
keeping hands off unless it shuts down. Drinks as well or better on
night 2. A-
Last night it was too hot to eat outside, we enjoyed pork loin stuffed
with peppers and feta, barley-asparagus "risotto", and chard.
Hmmm...pork, feta, asparagus? I have no Greek whites, how about a
Gruner? I brought up the 2009 Hofer Gruner Veltliner . Light, floral,
a little hint of spritz. Citrus and a little pea. Nice wine for the
price (I think about $11 for a liter), but while I think GV was a good
choice, this one was way too light for the meal. I should have bitten
the bullet and opened a Nigl or Knoll. Still, a good value wine. B/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. 
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DaleW
I like the Hofer for qpr also. 1 liter bottle with a crown seal. You're correct about the price.
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Bi!!
Sunday was a very long day for me, running a picnic for my group. I dragged in about 6:30 to find Betsy preparing chiclen yakitori, rice with shiso furikake, and some beans from organic co-op. Wine was the 2009 Clos de la Roillete (Coudert) "Cuvee Tardive" Fleurie. Lovely wine. I remember the 05 and 02 Tardives on release as being a bit tight and austere, but this seems quite friendly and open. Black cherries with a little cranberry tartness, some tannins hiding in background, nicely structured. Nice acidic tang on long finish. Some smoke and damp soil. Sure this will age well, but I'll have trouble keeping hands off unless it shuts down. Drinks as well or better on night 2. A- ---------------------------------------- Thanks for the notes, Dale! I just put away some 2008 after Mark's post reminded me what an interesting wine this is (my stockbroker did the same). The bottle I had earlier this year could have done with at least another year before opening. Graham
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graham
Oh, you lucky dog, drinking '09 Cru Beaujolais and GV! Luckily, the Fall shipping season is right around the corner, just in time for the arrival of '09 Cru Bojo and Muscadet, both of which appear to be epic years for the regions.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

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