Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down

A package arrived in the mail recently from one of my friends who supply flamingo items.  She found this teapot and had to send it along.  The package should have been marked "open at your own risk."
After some long hours at work this week (60+) friends called last night with an offer for dinner.

They were trying a new recipe for a pork loin, marinated in an apple jelly, garlic, herb and grainy mustard marinade and then slowly grilled. It was delicious.

There were two wines, one very good and one a huge disappointment.  The very good wine was a 2005 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Riesling Kabinett from the Rheingau.  The petulance of its youth was gone but the high acid and sweet fruit was still there in near perfect balance.  It just seemed to dance around the tongue.  Truly good stuff and delicious with the pork.  8.5% alcohol and the original $12 price tag still on it.

The disappointment was a 2006 Beaulieu Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir Reserve.  The wine was jammy, highly extracted, dark, dense, woody, weedy, and overbearing.  In a blind tasting I would have picked it as a poor syrah and would have never pegged it as a pinot noir.  14.5% alcohol and $50.  I have no doubt it was the poorest Beaulieu wine I have ever tasted. 

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