TN: Rieslings, Nebbiolo, PN, etc

No wine Monday (tofu tikka masala, cardamom rice, bok choy).
Tuesday was the salmon teriyaki, broccoli, lentil/barley. Wine was the 2011
Foillard Fleurie- I was a little worried this would be closed when I reali
zed what I had opened (thought it was a different Fleurie, this label is ve
ry unlike Foillard Morgon). But with a little air it showed fine- silky, fl
oral, pretty red fruits. Nice, but costs more than the Morgon, not sure it'
s a value play. But liked B+
Wed 2008 Richter Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett with spicy shrimp in a cocon
ut milk sauce kale. Real Kabinett, moderate sweetness, a little funky, good
acids, modest length, not the elegance and distinction of a great MSR Kab.
. This was pretty inexpensive and fine for what it is.. B/B-
Poor Lucy the Basset had to have bladder stones removed. Apparently she's b
een in pain for a long time, but she's so good natured we missed it. After
her surgery we had pork chops with spicy pumpkin seed sauce and toasted her
with the 2012 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound. Nice Bordeaux blend, black plums
and a little smoke and leather. Midbodied, maybe a little more sweettextur
ed than my ideal, but pleasant little wine to toast our faithful hound with
. B/B+
Some friends came over Friday and brought the appetizer, hummus and smoked
The 2011 Gramona "La Cuvee" Cava was a little less than fresh, flat notes,
no real oxidation but this tasted too old for 2011. C+
Main duck legs with mustard and panko, Chinese broccoli, & potatoes
2013 Chevillon Nuits St George VV
Young but very tasty, black cherry, soil notes,sandalwood coffee. Some tann
in, nice acids, this should age well if I can keep hands off, B+/A-
2012 Mosse Anjou rouge
Herby, green tobacco leaf, black currant, smoke. Very fun. B+
With duck leftovers, I opened the 2010 Parusso Barolo. Some tannin, some li
ght oak notes, sweet cherry, but with a strange bitterness to finish. With
air I thought this got more tannic. B-/C+
Sunday with Betsy in NH I went solo to a Valentines open house where I saw
a lot of friends. Wines were mostly things like Cavit, Principato, Woodbrid
ge. I did try the 2013 Wente Fog Chardonnay, which wasn't bad in the slight
ly sweet a little bit of oak style. Not my fave, but I've had a lot worse.
I also tried the 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe (I brought)
. Lovely easy to drink young Nebbiolo- floral, cherry fruit, smoke and tar.
For dinner trout, sauteed spinach, curry noodle soup, and the
2007 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile. Fine young Freddie, rocky minerals over
clean white fruits. With air more citrus/lemon notes and a little flower e
dge. Dry, fullbodied, long. A-/B+
Betsy had a snowy drive back fro NH, we had a quiet post-Valentines day din
ner . Sockeye and leftovers, how romantic. Wine was the NV Chartogne-Taille
t Rosde Champagne. herry, blood orange, brioche - mature (2008 disgorgement
), tasty. B+
We got up at 2:30 to drive to Newark in slush, now in CA, probably skipping
wine tonight though Wed snd Th should be great wine days
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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