The good weather ended about the time I lit the grill this evening. The rain came in and is expected to stay for four days. Still, it didn't put out the fire.
The wine was a 2005 Potel-Aviron Cote De Brouilly. The wine is beyond it's bloom of Beaujolais youth and heading toward a really delicious maturity that older Cote de Brouillys evolve into. It wasn't quite there yet. The fruit in the nose and the taste were a little reserved and the acid seemed just a little high. The deep cherry - strawberry taste was there but was subdued. The finish was nice and long. It had ceased to taste like a young Gamay wine and is on its journey to taste like a pinot noir. This is my second bottle of this wine. The first was consumed on issue and was alive and fruity. The lone remaining bottle will wait a couple of years for its opening.
Dinner was a grilled veal chop with some wild mushroom ravioli and a small salad of mescalin, roasted yellow beets and fresh goat cheese dressed with lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.
I also tasted another glass of Barbaresco discussed below. It was still tannic, but not nearly so much as yesterday. The fruit was coming into play and the flowers were there in the nose. Probably at its peak tomorrow and there is still one glass left to try then.