TN: Memorial Day - lots of wines

It poured early Memorial Day, then cleared and got very hot and humid. We had invited a big crowd, and people came despite heat. I made mango salsa and guacamole, and marinaded hanger steak in bulgogi sauce and salmon in a teriyaki-ish sauce for the grill. I also grilled hot dogs, chicken wings that Betsy then coated with a honey-chile sauce, and sausages. She also made a broccoli salad and deviled eggs. John Dawson showed up with a couple hundred (not a typo) clams, some of which were shucked, some grilled, and some sent home with partygoers. Others brought a load of salads, a bevy of desserts, steak and chicken for the grill, fruit, beer, and lots of wines. Excess food, excess wine, excess heat, but plenty of fun.
These are brief impressions, I wasn't taking contemporaneous notes, just jotted down some thoughts every couple hours
Whites
2009 Litaud Macon-Vergisson
round, not as nervy as a prior vintage, but good. B
2010 Berger Gruner Veltliner (liter)
usual dependable value, light and easy. B/B-
2006 Ferret "Hors Classe " Pouilly-Fuisse
Big, rich, maybe a tad hot. Interesting, but maybe better at dinner table than in a hot yard. B-
2009 Delhommeau "Clos Armand VV" Muscadet (mag)
Crisp, saline, good with clams. B
2004 Muller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten Riesling Spatlese
Sweeter side of Spatlese, rich fruit, but impeccable balance, lovely. A-/B+
Rose
2010 Edmunds St John Bone Jolly Rose
Fresh, cherries and raspberries, floral. fun. B+
2010 Pepiere "La Pepie"
fresh, lively, but seemed a tad simple and short next to ESJ. B-
2010 Castellroig Ull de Llebre Vi de Terrer 
dark rich color, but light, fresh red fruits, a little onionskin, interesting and good value. B/B+
2009 Knoll Loibner Rose Blauer Burgunder Federspiel
Some people really disliked, but I thought good. Herby, medium bodied, a bitter edge I liked and others didn't. B/B+
2008 Bouchaine Syrah rose
Dull, short, not for me. C/C+
Reds
1970 Peirazeau-Groffier Charmes-Chambertin
Elegant, red fruit and forest floor, focused, never heard of this producer but delicious, thanks Stuart. A-

1976 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon
I opened several older CalCabs for the geeky crowd. Great looking cork, still showing well, light tannins remaining, cassis, earth. Nice length, very good wine. A-
1974 Sonoma Vineyards "Alexander's Crown" Cabernet Sauvignon  
Still life in this, but sweet almost candied fruit doesn't have as clean a profile as the Phelps. B
1978 Beringer "Knights Valley" Cabernet Sauvignon
I realize this isn't a wine intended to age 33 years, but KV is a sentimental fave, the 1991 was one of my rare case purchases. This bottle I picked up cheap was tired, but still with some interesting black fruit. B/B-
1993 Comte Armand Pommard
This was a wine I took as a generous gift from Bob Ross. Still plenty of life to this, but a heavy style of Burgundy that isn't my favorite. I handed a glass to Mark blind, he immediately guessed Cali PN (which is indeed what it tasted like). B-/C+
2008 Abeja Merlot (Columbia Valley)
Maybe I would have felt different with a steak, but this seemed ponderous, sweet, overoaked for my tastes. C
Few I didn't make it to before they were gone included a 2009 Joseph Castan Cab (Pay d'Ocs), a Mionetto Prosecco, and a 2009 Mignard "Cuvee de Olivers" VdP.
Fun day despite heat.
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.
Reply to
DaleW
I've never had a Comte Armand wine but a Pommard as a Cali PN! Wow. Glad the Phelps showed well...they always seem to produce great wines.
Reply to
Bi!!
I am glad to hear that this is holding well, as I still have a bottle. I also have the 1976, the 1974 Insignia and the 1978 Insignia. I have not tasted these in a long time, but they were holding well in the past.
I still have a bottle of the 1976, but not the 1974. In the past I did not like this wine as well as the Phelps, especially the Insignia.
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cwdjrxyz
We had 20 people over for whole roast lamb and lamb sausages. Tasting theme was library reduction and an all Barolo fest. 1989, 1996, 2001 Barolo from many producers including Poggio, Pio Cesare, and 1989 Conterno Cascina Francia as mentioned before. The 1989's were WOTN especially the Conterno. The 2001 next and last 1996.
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lleichtman

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