TN: Wines from Iberia, France, and Germany

Friday Betsy made chicken and dumplings, with the 2009 Francois Carillon Bo= urrgogne blanc. I've been a big fan of the Louis Carillon wines, and was lo= oking forward to this. Good acids, minerally, but a tad short and a little = thin. OK,. but a slight disappointment. B/B-
The chicken and dumplings recipe called for dry sherry, I opened a bottle o= f NV Lustau "Los Arcos" Dry Amontillado. Full, nutty, but I just don't get = sherry and can't really comment coherently. I actually had more sherry (wel= l, close, Manzanilla) when I got over to Roger's for our Iberian-themed mee= ting of local group. Fred had brought the La Gitana Fino. This seemed tired= compared to the Lustau- Fred said it had been sitting in fridge for many m= onths waiting to be opened,=20
OK, once everyone had gathered (we had all eaten, but didn't stop us from n= oshing on Roger's pate de campagne, Schaller and Weber double-smoked bacon,= and assorted cheeses), we got down to the blind reds:
#1 Some people's wine of the night. Those people don't include me. Really o= aky nose, though less intrusive on palate. Tannic, big, blackberry and blac= k cherry, modernista mess. 2005 LAN "Edicion Limitada" Rioja C+
#2- this was a throwaway, luckly I had brought backup. The 2003 Quinta de C= abriz Colheita Seleccionada (Dao) was showing old, pruney notes and ashtray= . This wine was never intended to age at all, I found it misplaced under so= me Bordeaux. C
#3 My backup wasn't blind to me of course, I knew it was the 2008 Descendie= ntes de Jos=E9 Palacios "Petalos" (Bierzo). Lots of acid, bright, black ra= spberries with a little oak/vanilla. Good length, fun if slightly glossy. B= +/B
#4 Big, modern, but decent balance. I guessed modern Ribera del Deuro, not = that far off. Marc was visiting from Switzerland, he had brought the 2007 A= badia Retuerta Seleccion Especial. B/B-
#5 This is really nice, earth, good acids, red fruits, fresh. Through a co= uple verbal hints I got Ribeira Sacra. 2009 Ventura "Vino Do Burato" (Ribe= ira Sacra). A-/B+
#6 A bit overripe and jammy, red fruit, I get the Garnacha part correct, t= hough I guessed Jumilla. 2007 Gran Vinaio (Monstant) C+
#7 Structured, a bit tough, no obvious oak, needs a steak. 2008 Quinta do V= ale Meao "Meandro" (Douro) B
#8 Jammy, low acid, but some interesting earth notes. 2009=A0 Borsao Tres P= icos. B-
Fun night.=20
Saturday I had full day of work and speeches, when I made it home Betsy ma= de beef with lemon and sichuan pepper, a wine killer recipe, but a bottle o= f 2010 Ch. d'Oupia Minervois Rose did ok. Full, riper style of rose, almost= approaching lush, with cherry and pomegranite and some floral notes. B
Sunday I was supposed to accompany Betsy to a performance at Cornelia Stree= t Cafe of a friend's works, but I was bushed and she found someone else. Wh= ile I cooked dinner I tried the 2010 Leitz Rudesheimer=20 Magdalenenkreuz Spatlese, all lime and apple fruit, zippy acids, good lengt= h. B+/B
Dinner was shrimp and tuscan beans, with avocado and mesclun salad. Wine wa= s the 2009 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc. Much richer and fuller than the C= arillon, pear and hazelnut, good balance, a little on the fat side, good le= ngth, seems to have a bit in reserve, I'd think about aging this a little e= xcept the fatness and the synthetic cork say drink now. 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 pa= rty where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi= ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.=20
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> #3 My backup wasn't blind to me of course, I knew it was the 2008 > Descendientes de José Palacios "Petalos" (Bierzo). Lots of acid, > bright, black raspberries with a little oak/vanilla. Good length, fun > if slightly glossy. B+/B Yup, when I had this wine in Philly last year, that was pretty much my take. Interesting to compare it with the D. Ventura Ribeira Sacra. [...] > #5 This is really nice, earth, good acids, red fruits, fresh. > Through a couple verbal hints I got Ribeira Sacra. 2009 Ventura > "Vino Do Burato" (Ribeira Sacra). A-/B+
I recently (9/21) had the '09 D. Ventura "Caneiro" which showed quite similarly to yours. Yours was probably higher up in the hierarchy, but I definitely have to get more the next time CSW has them in.
Mark Lipton
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> Friday Betsy made chicken and dumplings, with the 2009 Francois Carillon = Bourrgogne blanc. I've been a big fan of the Louis Carillon wines, and was = looking forward to this. Good acids, minerally, but a tad short and a littl= e thin. OK,. but a slight disappointment. B/B- > > The chicken and dumplings recipe called for dry sherry, I opened a bottle= of NV Lustau "Los Arcos" Dry Amontillado. Full, nutty, but I just don't ge= t sherry and can't really comment coherently. I actually had more sherry (w= ell, close, Manzanilla) when I got over to Roger's for our Iberian-themed m= eeting of local group. Fred had brought the La Gitana Fino. This seemed tir= ed compared to the Lustau- Fred said it had been sitting in fridge for many= months waiting to be opened, > > OK, once everyone had gathered (we had all eaten, but didn't stop us from= noshing on Roger's pate de campagne, Schaller and Weber double-smoked baco= n, and assorted cheeses), we got down to the blind reds: > > #1 Some people's wine of the night. Those people don't include me. Really= oaky nose, though less intrusive on palate. Tannic, big, blackberry and bl= ack cherry, modernista mess. 2005 LAN "Edicion Limitada" Rioja C+ > > #2- this was a throwaway, luckly I had brought backup. The 2003 Quinta de= Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada (Dao) was showing old, pruney notes and ashtr= ay. This wine was never intended to age at all, I found it misplaced under = some Bordeaux. C > > #3 My backup wasn't blind to me of course, I knew it was the 2008 Descend= ientes de Jos=E9 Palacios "Petalos" (Bierzo). =A0Lots of acid, bright, blac= k raspberries with a little oak/vanilla. Good length, fun if slightly gloss= y. B+/B > > #4 Big, modern, but decent balance. I guessed modern Ribera del Deuro, no= t that far off. Marc was visiting from Switzerland, he had brought the 2007= Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial. B/B- > > #5 =A0This is really nice, earth, good acids, red fruits, fresh. Through = a couple verbal hints I got Ribeira Sacra. 2009 =A0Ventura "Vino Do Burato"= (Ribeira Sacra). A-/B+ > > #6 =A0A bit overripe and jammy, red fruit, I get the Garnacha part correc= t, though I guessed Jumilla. =A02007 Gran Vinaio (Monstant) C+ > > #7 Structured, a bit tough, no obvious oak, needs a steak. 2008 Quinta do= Vale Meao "Meandro" (Douro) B > > #8 Jammy, low acid, but some interesting earth notes. 2009=A0 Borsao Tres= Picos. B- > > Fun night. > > Saturday I had full day of work and =A0speeches, when I made it home Bets= y made beef with lemon and sichuan pepper, a wine killer recipe, but a bott= le of 2010 Ch. d'Oupia Minervois Rose did ok. Full, riper style of rose, al= most approaching lush, with cherry and pomegranite and some floral notes. B > > Sunday I was supposed to accompany Betsy to a performance at Cornelia Str= eet Cafe of a friend's works, but I was bushed and she found someone else. = While I cooked dinner I tried the 2010 Leitz Rudesheimer > Magdalenenkreuz Spatlese, all lime and apple fruit, zippy acids, good len= gth. B+/B > > Dinner was shrimp and tuscan beans, with avocado and mesclun salad. Wine = was the 2009 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc. Much richer and fuller than the= Carillon, pear and hazelnut, good balance, a little on the fat side, good = length, seems to have a bit in reserve, I'd think about aging this a little= except the fatness and the synthetic cork say drink now. B+ > > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent win= e, 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 objecti= vity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
2008 Descendientes de Jos=E9 Palacios "Petalos" (Bierzo). I had much the same reaction. I enjoyed the wine and actually bought a few bottles.
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