Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Summer Evening

The wines that one best remembers are not necessarily the finest that one has ever tasted, and the highest quality may fail to delight so much as some far more humble beverage drunk in more favorable surroundings.
H. Warner Allen
2010 Monte Antico, Toscano.  85% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  13% alcohol and $12.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mauro Veglio Barolo

One of the things I missed this winter was a good bottle of Barolo.  I remedied that situation a few days ago when there was a gift in the form of of a cold front that blew in from Canada. The wine was a 2001 Mauro Veglio, Vigneto Arborina.

I pulled the cork early in the morning and decanted a little more than half into a jug.  The remainder was put under vacuum.

As befits its age the wine was a brick reddish brown in the glass.  There was little to recommend the wine immediately so it sat until evening when a steak came off the grill.

The color had not changed but the wine was now full of aromas of raspberries and red currants and summer flowers.  It was a pleasure to sit and smell the wine.  The flavors were strong but not overpowering with the raspberries and currants predominating.  The Barolo tannins were in full force on the initial sip, but quickly mellowed.  Wonderful acidity cut through the richness of the steak.  At fourteen years it was singing a beautiful song.

Two days later I finished the vacuumed wine and noticed only that the tannins weren't as strong.  It was still a beautiful wine.

2001 Maura Veglio Barolo, Vigneto Arborina.  14.5% alcohol and $50 when purchased more than several years ago.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

♪♫Summertime, and the Living Is Easy♫

...and the wine was delicious.

After many days of rain and clouds Mother Nature apologized to us yesterday with a beautiful, sunny day with a low humidity and a light breeze.  It was perfect weather for a rose' wine. One of the things I missed this spring with the medications making everything taste bitter and metallic was the joy of rose'.

The wine of the evening was a 2014 Domaine du Dragon from the Cotes du Provence area of France.  The wine is a mixture of Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache.  It was a very pale salmon color in the glass - just beautiful.  It smelled of strawberries and roses and citrus.  It tasted much the same and had a wonderful lightness to it that belied its 13.5% alcohol.  Sweet and yet dry, full flavored but light, it was just about perfect for the day.

There was a large rib steak from the grill and there was fresh corn, basil and red onion relish served at room temperature. 

2014 Domaine du Dragon Rose'.  13.5% alcohol and $16

Monday, June 29, 2015

Last Bottle

I suppose it should be sad when the last bottle of a particular wine is consumed, but when a wine is as good as a 1997 Staglin Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon it's hard to be sad while the drinking is in progress.

Dark cherries, tobacco and leather aromas were strong.  They flowed on into the taste with the added benefit of coffee and dry earth.  Well balanced and rich without being over the top in any way.  A treat to drink, and the rack of lamb with an herb crust certainly added to the mix. 

2007 Staglin Family Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.  13.8% alcohol and $200.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer


What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~Gertrude Jekyll
Wildflowers blooming on a hillside during a walk this morning.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Amazing

I love Chablis.  After one sip of this 2007 Gerard Tremblay, Domaine des Iles Grand Cru Vaudesir I was tempted to not share.  I thought of excusing myself and running off to another room with the bottle and my glass.  I stayed and shared, but only because there is another bottle in the cellar.

The brashness of youth was gone here and the wine matured into something different.  The color had changed to a light golden hue with time in the bottle.  The aromas were still citrus and wet limestone.  There was great depth of flavor, mature and not totally youthful.  But it was unmistakably a Chablis.  The citrus flavors and the minerality were really prominent.  The finish was long,  flavorful and bone dry at the very end.  With a lobster salad and some pan roasted diver scallops it was remarkable. 

2007 Gerard Tremblay, Domaine des Iles Grand Cru, Vaudesir.  13% alcohol and $80 a few years ago.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Heaven Sent

At long last there are no more medications to interfere with the consumption of moderate alcohol.  There are no more medications that destroy the taste of most foods.  There are only happy times ahead and some of the bottles in the cellar that I have stared at with virtual lust are now back in play.

The first one opened was a 2008 Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner Tradition from Austria.  Its selection had most to do with with the fact that it was the first one my hands touched.  With some soft shell crabs it was outstanding.  Six years in the bottle mellowed the wine but the edges were still sharp and tart.  Great depth of flavor suggesting green grapes, apples and summer.  Amazing length to the finish.  It took three days to finish the bottle and each day the wine was outstanding.  The crabs were sweet and spicy with a ginger and lemongrass dipping sauce and the Asian flavors were perfect with the wine.  Happy, happy, happy!

2008 Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner Tradition Kampatal Reserve.  13% alcohol and $45.