TN: QPR Pomerol (oxymoron?), d'Angerville, Winemonger SB, etc

Friday night I had the rest of a bottle of Passetoutgrains with
dinner, then felt like another glass of wine later that night. Popped
the cork on a 2002 d'Angerville Bourgogne. Pretty clean red Pinot
fruit, cherry-blossom nose, nice clean finish. The next evening I had
more with dinner (pork chops)- the wine had filled out: ripe sweet
cherry fruit, some mineral notes, long finish. A bit less body than
Lafarge's basic '02 Bourgogne but just as attractive. Great QPR at $18.
I had a work meeting that took up most of the day Sunday, Betsy spent
the day gardening and preparing dinner. Friends were coming over to see
us (well, to be honest, to see Lucy the hound- we were just a bonus).
Betsy had an appetizer of a walnut/red pepper/cumin dip served with
naan. I served the 2003 Sabathi "Klassic" Sauvignon Blanc (Styria).
Nice lighter-styled SB, there's some citrus and honeydew flavors along
with a pleasant grassy/herby note. Just the thing sitting in the
backyard on a warm spring night. B/B+ (note: first bottle I've tried
from my first order- nice wine, Emily)
Dinner was lamb (butterflied and marinated in garlic and rosemary). I
finished grilling and as the lamb rested went to the reds:
2000 Ch. Mazeyres (Pomerol) - surprisingly open from the git-go.
Classic Pomerol lushness, deep red fruit. Low-acid, easy to like. Some
ripe tannins way in the background. Some spice and leather emerge with
time. Very good for an under-$20 Pomerol (I didn't know there WAS such
a thing). B+
2002 Leasingham Magnus Shiraz/Cabernet (Clare Valley)
This came across sweet and soft. I generally have been a fan of
Leasingham's reds (at least the Classic Clare and the Bin 61), but this
is forgettable wine. A little coffee over dark fruit, nice flavors but
lacking a bit of spine. 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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I'm hurt, Michael. Haven't you memorized my Austrian portfolio of vintners yet?
Dale- A bottle each of the Sabathi (Erwin) Possnitzberg 2003 & Poharnig 2003 Sauvignon Blancs should reach you soon. I'm curious to see which you prefer (I have a favorite, and my partner favors the other) For that matter, Michael, which did you prefer?
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I cooked the same meal a few weeks ago on Easter. I think the recipe came from the William Sonoma Grilling cookbook. It was prepared with the grilled new potatos. We drank 1997 Beringer Knights Valley with it.
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Apparently not.
Too lazy to dig into my TNs I did at the estate a year ago when I tasted their complete range for a portrait in "A la Carte". But I remember not liking their very top SB - far too much oak to my taste. Not a bad wine at all, but little sauvignon fruit left. If one likes oaky chards, why bother to go sauvignon?
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Michael Pronay
I think you mean their Mervielleux bottling. They do a Mervielleux Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Mervielleux Chardonnay and yes, they sure have oak! The Possnitzberg & Poharnig are more in the typical Styrian style, with one (Poharnig) showing a really salty note from the mineral deposits in the soil. I missed the article in "A La Carte", but my partner will see them next week and I'm sure they'll have an extra copy. E.
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