Lover of: all things light, minerally, & red; in search of the perfect Chenin blanc, cru Beaujolais, mountain Nebbiolo, & varietals unknown.
Part 1 of a Columbia county weekend w/friends: a surprisingly rs leaning Sicilian white- accent on the white flowers & fruit, lower on acid. Never tasted this varietal. Rather a broad mouthfeel that went well w local charcuterie, cheese, & jaw dropping tomato salad w garden basil. This vintner makes also a spry Nero D’Avola. — 12 days ago
We must be getting old as my homeboy & I remembered when this was 20$— now it’s north of 79$. First, that incredible, shimmering copper color, as if a siren call to the rewards that await. So many layers that never seem to stop: sherry- like on nose, with high pitched iodine, but deeper & round on the palate. Hints of bergamot, cinnamon bark, oyster mushroom, clove, faded citrus fruit. So so alive. What a treat. Part 2 with slow roasted grapefruit chicken, roasted eggplant with yogurt sauce & the early innings of a another wild Mets win. — 17 days ago
Part 3 of Columbia County weekend: the last leg of a great dinner, w ginger ice cream. At 7.5% abv it’s remarkable the archeological dig of flavors— from candied yam to gummy bears. The texture stands out-so caressing, friendly even, like a golden lab. I don’t drink enough Auslese, & at 20$, it’s even possible — 12 days ago
An eye opener: Loire Pineau D’Aunis absolutely dry Pet Nat. Like really dry. Persistent fine bubbles & mousse, the varietal brings some hibiscus & cranberries on the palate. Perfect foil for spicy Schezuan take out. About 11% abv. — 10 days ago
Part 2 of Columbia County wknd: closed Beaujo, quite refined but this needs a good decant or some time. Black cherries, a plum- ier note. Rather compact body & closed on the nose. Still, nicely accompanied Grilled steelhead trout on cedar planks. I suspect this is one Morgon that needs nurturing. Never had this producer before, to the amazement of the wine store guy. — 12 days ago
Years ago I was at a Valdespino tasting & the leader threw some shade at Lustau because their wine didn’t mostly come from proprietary land. I say this not because I don’t like Lustau but because it always lurks at the back of my mind, & wonder how that experience impacts my experience. This fino is broad & yeasty, which is to say not particularly distinctive. Still, a deal at 15/16$— In this case the Valdespino Fino wins hand down — 16 days ago