TN: Loires, Champagne, Tuscans, Rhone, Rioja, etc

No wine opened Thursday, as I had dinner at office before a meeting. Friday was a chicken tagine-ish dish with couscous and the 2014 Domaine des Cost es Bergerac rose. Light, fresh, spicy. Nothing complex here but nice foodfr iendly pink for $10.B
Saturday the fishmonger at market had first of the season bay scallops- mad e a white wine /red pepper sauce served with linguine and the 2014 Clos Roc he Blanche "#2" Sauvignon Blanc. Quite full bodied, ripe but with a nervy u nderlay of acidity, grapefruit and melon fruit with wildflowers. No grass, no catpee, but identifiably SB. Shoulda bought more. B+/A-
Sunday went a friend's 60th. Her husband greeted us with foie gras canapes, salmon on cuke, and the NV Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Cri sp, green apple, snappy, light but fun B
Dinner was a salad, lamb shanks on white bean puree, and roasted vegetable. Several reds made rounds
2006 Crognolo Softer Sangiovese, black cherry and plum, round. B-
2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Fairly structured still, both tannin and acid prominent, but balanced by bl ack cherry fruit. Some saddle leather, hint of underbrush. B+
2007 Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Others liked. Hot, a little pruney, jammy, overripe. C+/C
2001 La Rioja Alta Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial At first I was a little put off by this, some VA and green pickle notes, bu t this improved drastically in decanter and glass, dropping the pickle, low ering the volatility, and emerging as a very nice Rioja, red fruited with s ome spice, sandalwood, & fennel. Quite nice. B+/A-
I had brought cheeses (Stilton, Comte de Savioe, Montgomery Cheddar) and a n offdry wine to finish. 1989 Mabilliere Vouvray Demisec Moderate sweetness, good acids, no Huet but tasty. B
Fun night
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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DaleW
DaleW wrote in news: snipped-for-privacy@googlegroups.com:
Different price point, but La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2004 is outstanding and has a promising future. Fruits, leather, balanced mouth with quite some grip still. I had one glass with the local distributor at a tasting dinner and bought a case inmediately.
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santiago
Nice to hear, Santiago. I got some of the '04 as it's a birthyear wine for our son.
Mark Lipton
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