- posted 11 years ago
So heat finally broke, Betsy was in the mood for Bolognese. We were
eating outside, I wanted something to serve cool, so went pink, with
the 2008 Cantalupo "Il Mimo" rosado (I confess to never even thinking
of rose with meat sauce before, but it went ok with the pasta and a
yellow beet salad). Deep beautiful color. Red cherries and strawberry,
a distinct tangy citrus note, a pleasantly bitter herb edge. Even some
light tannins along with good acidity. Fine rose. B+
Tuesday dinner was a really delicious scrod with a ginger garlic
sauce, Japanese eggplant with a peanut sauce, green beans and rice.
Wine was the 2002 Colin-Deleger et Fils " La Maltroie" Chassagne-
Montrachet 1er, C-D has lots of PremOx reports, so I was wary, but
this actually showed like a sound 7 year old. But not a great 7 year
old. Oak is mostly integrated, just a bit of vanillan and hint of
toast, but the pear fruit is a tad subdued, and the finish too short
for a good 1er cru vineyard. Moderate acidity, ok but a bit blah.
Would be ok as a Bourgogne AC B-/C+
Last night we did a citrus marinated fresh farm chicken under brick
(well, skillet) on grill, with chard, salad, and carrots. Wine was the
2002 Luneau-Papin "Clos des Noelles Excelsior" Muscadet. Muscadet
isn't my first thought with chicken, but this isn't your typical
Muscadet, and besides I felt like drinking it. Big and rich, yet with
a good seashell/saline edge that makes you realize it's of its place.
Lemon and green apples, but the fruit (rich though it is) takes
backseat to the minerality that's driving. Needs time A-/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.