Thanksgiving eve I thawed choucroute and opened the 2002 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling. Man this is in a nice place. Pear, peach, lime zest, and rocks. Lots of rocks. Plenty of acid but without any hard corners. A-
My first Thanksgiving without Betsy since marriage (visiting her mom). I went over to her sister?s for a snack and a drink. The 2008 Huet Clos du Bourg Vouvray Sec is a fun burst of honeycomb, wax, and apple. Some floral notes with air. Drinking well already. B+
Ruby the hound and I went over to friends? for the big meal. We started with crudite with tzatziki, smoked scallop canapes on endive or green apple with yogurt/dill, and charcuterie (pate, pork rilletes, pastourma).
2008 Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne
French toast, apple, citrus. Ripe brioche notes, apple, orange zest. Dosage a bit high. Good but doesn?t scream great vintage. B
They did a big spread - turkey, dressing, gravy, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with pecans, salad, marinated celeriac, pumpkin pie, apple pie.
2013 (I think) Arnot-Roberts Syrah
This was decanted a while but still remained a little tight. Quite structured, but nice future - black plum, pepper, little herby note. But for drinking now B-/B
2013 Foillard ?Cuvee Corcelette? Morgon
Red and black cherry, smoke, nice slightly gamey meat notes. Full bodied, structured but easy to drink, quite good. B++
Back home, 1983 Ch. Canon (375 ml)
Cherries, mushrooms, earth, incense. Fully mature, in a nice place from half. B+/A-
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 party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
- posted 2 months ago