Sunday, October 4, 2015
While the 2005 Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf du Pape discussed a couple of posts below was a very good wine it was a little overpowering for the roast pig. The crowd favorite turned out to be a 2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico, at least from how quickly the bottle was drained. And while there was barbecue sauce and other accompaniments for the pig that called for beer, the Chianti was near perfect with the pig dressed simply with a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper.
It was such a typical Chianti. There were earthy aromas mixed in with fresh fruit. The wine was full of soft tannin and dry, red cherry flavors. It was tart with acid and and finished with a great length bringing to mind thoughts of early autumn. A beautiful combination.
2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico. 14% alcohol and $30.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A long,long time ago in a galaxy far away I owned and drank my fair share of Chateauneuf de Pape, but over the years the wines kept getting bigger and bigger and higher and higher in alcohol. They stepped over the line for me a decade ago. Nonetheless I plunged into this one without trepidation. After one sip I got an empty glass and spent about five minutes pouring the wine back and forth between the two glasses to open it up a little. It helped, but a few more hours would have helped more.
This is a very tight and dense wine. I could smell clean leather, fruit and spice. It had a ton of ripe blackberry flavors with bits of oak and cinnamon added in to the mix. The tannin was still strong and the acid was good, but there was still a bit of alcohol burn on the finish. Produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
2005 a Domaine du Vieux Telegraph, La Crau. 15% alcohol and $90.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
It was a great summer for agriculture in this area with almost ideal growing conditions and plenty of moisture. The local market is full of fully ripe tree fruit. The pears looked very good the other day and the result was a pear tart made with frozen puff pastry with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, salt and sugar mixed in with the pear slices.
The wine was a 2005 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #9 in a 375 ml bottle. I love it when the first sip of wine makes one pause, look at the glass and think what a wonderful thing someone has made. The golden color looked like fall in the glass, and aromas of apples, pears, pineapple and spices were not at all shy about expressing themselves. It was wonderfully sweet but with so much acid that it was refreshing. It tasted mostly of fully ripe apples and pears, and that taste lingered and lingered.
It was wonderful with the tart, but it would have been just as great by itself.
2005 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #9. 7.5% alcohol and $55 a few years ago.