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    Bill S. Guest

    Default Southern Theme Wine Dinner

    Dinner chez Jenise notes – every guest was given the task of bringing
    one wine to serve blind alongside the host’s wine for each course
    (except the bubble and final wines, which were provided by the host).

    Bruno Paillard Brut Rose Champagne Premiere Cuvee – this was marked as
    disgorged in May 2009 and was an NV blend that contains 85% pinot
    (information available after interminable wait on the winery’s
    annoying flash-ridden website). Given 3 years in bottle before
    disgorgement, that means that the wine was a 2006 on average, with up
    to 15% older vintage content. A yellow/peach colour, and some nice
    apple in the mouth, and elegant smooth finish. Very nice.

    Gosset Brut Excellence – lean lemony bubble with good middle weight
    and medium length. I like this and drink it quite a bit, but in this
    instance, in comparison with the very good Paillard, it seemed to come
    out second place.

    We had these with cold peanut and sweet potato soup on the deck, then
    moved inside for:

    2005 Dom. Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – interesting for me
    coming off a recent Chablis and spot prawn event. This showed
    uncharacteristically big and buttery in the middle, pale yellow, with
    the obligatory sulphur in the nose that usually puts most people off
    less than it does me, and good length. Good showing.

    2006 Martin Ray Chardonnay Reserve (Santa Cruz Mountain) – while more
    reticent to show us much in the nose, except some lime hints, I
    thought this was a lovely clean chard with some coconut notes coming
    in late on palate.

    Served with shrimp and grits (southern theme menu) and excellent large
    shrimp they were, too.

    Next up, with a ham and mustard green terrine (a sort of deconstructed
    or mutated jambon persille, that worked beautifully) with salad and
    pickled tomato accompaniments:

    2005 Grgich Dry Sauvignon Blanc – very good sauv blanc nose, but of
    the passion fruit rather than grassy bent, and, oddly, I thought, what
    seemed like significant RS, balanced by good terminal acidity. Lots of
    lemon and melon in the middle.

    2004 Dom. Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee – this was the switch-over
    course from white to red and this Oregon offering worked equally as
    well as the white with the food. A nice spicy pinot nose, not overly
    sweet, followed by a sweet entry, and some fairly rich cherry fruit in
    midpalate, ending with medium length.

    The main course was outstanding – a Flannery 45 day prime rib cap,
    perfectly cooked (by which I mean rare) with red eye gravy, creamed
    collard greens and okra fritters.

    I had the task of coming up with a wine to suit this and had no idea
    what Jenise might pull out, so I opted for classic elegance with:

    1994 Ch. Pichon Lalande (Pauillac) – an under rated vintage that has
    shown well in recent tastings and this was one of the wines of the
    vintage. Good colour with the edges lightening a bit, and a nose that
    was classic – currant and spice and vanilla that made it impossible to
    pretend that this was anything but Bordeaux. Still some softening
    tannin, good structure and a commendably long finish, this should
    coast along for many years yet, and may not be at peak for a few more
    years.

    2000 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Dedication Series #20 – almost black in
    the glass and showing a nose more redolent of syrah notes (incl. some
    bacon) than cabernet, this one fooled us. Juicy and long with a big
    middle presence there is no rush on this one.

    With dessert:

    1990 Ch. de Fargues Sauternes – now a darkening amber colour, the nose
    was coconut and orange peel, and the wine showed sweet but balanced.

    I’lll tack on another wine we opened sitting around after the others
    had left for the night –

    2005 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Syrah – these Santa Barbera syrahs are
    some of the most reliably interesting California wine of the type.
    This one showed a remarkably Rhonish nose with a little poopiness and
    sweet fruit, but not so much as to be peggable as overtly New World,
    Excellent concentration and very good length, this would make a great
    ringer for a blind Syrah tasting as it could be mistaken for a
    Northern Rhone.

    Great experience and thanks to the chef!



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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: Southern Theme Wine Dinner

    On May 30, 10:07*am, "Bill S." <wspo...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Dinner chez Jenise notes – every guest was given the task of bringing
    > one wine to serve blind alongside the host’s wine for each course
    > (except the bubble and final wines, which were provided by the host).
    >
    > Bruno Paillard Brut Rose Champagne Premiere Cuvee – this was marked as
    > disgorged in May 2009 and was an NV blend that contains 85% pinot
    > (information available after interminable wait on the winery’s
    > annoying flash-ridden website). Given 3 years in bottle before
    > disgorgement, that means that the wine was a 2006 on average, with up
    > to 15% older *vintage content. *A yellow/peach colour, and some nice
    > apple in the mouth, and elegant smooth finish. Very nice.
    >
    > Gosset Brut Excellence – lean lemony bubble with good middle weight
    > and medium length. I like this and drink it quite a bit, but in this
    > instance, in comparison with the very good Paillard, it seemed to come
    > out second place.
    >
    > We had these with cold peanut and sweet potato soup on the deck, then
    > moved inside for:
    >
    > 2005 Dom. Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – interesting for me
    > coming off a recent Chablis and spot prawn event. This showed
    > uncharacteristically big and buttery in the middle, pale yellow, with
    > the obligatory sulphur in the nose that usually puts most people off
    > less than it does me, and good length. Good showing.
    >
    > 2006 Martin Ray Chardonnay Reserve (Santa Cruz Mountain) – while more
    > reticent to show us much in the nose, except some lime hints, I
    > thought this was a lovely clean chard with some coconut notes coming
    > in late on palate.
    >
    > Served with shrimp and grits (southern theme menu) and excellent large
    > shrimp they were, too.
    >
    > Next up, with a ham and mustard green terrine (a sort of deconstructed
    > or mutated jambon persille, that worked beautifully) with salad and
    > pickled tomato accompaniments:
    >
    > 2005 Grgich Dry Sauvignon Blanc – very good sauv blanc nose, but of
    > the passion fruit rather than grassy bent, and, oddly, I thought, what
    > seemed like significant RS, balanced by good terminal acidity. Lots of
    > lemon and melon in the middle.
    >
    > 2004 Dom. Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee – this was the switch-over
    > course from white to red and this Oregon offering worked equally as
    > well as the white with the food. A nice spicy pinot nose, not overly
    > sweet, followed by a sweet entry, and some fairly rich cherry fruit in
    > midpalate, ending with medium length.
    >
    > The main course was outstanding – a Flannery 45 day prime rib cap,
    > perfectly cooked (by which I mean rare) with red eye gravy, creamed
    > collard greens and okra fritters.
    >
    > I had the task of coming up with a wine to suit this and had no idea
    > what Jenise might pull out, so I opted for classic elegance with:
    >
    > 1994 Ch. Pichon Lalande (Pauillac) – an under rated vintage that has
    > shown well in recent tastings and this was one of the wines of the
    > vintage. Good colour with the edges lightening a bit, and a nose that
    > was classic – currant and spice and vanilla that made it impossible to
    > pretend that this was anything but Bordeaux. Still some softening
    > tannin, good structure and a commendably long finish, this should
    > coast along for many years yet, and may not be at peak for a few more
    > years.
    >
    > 2000 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Dedication Series #20 – almost black in
    > the glass and showing a nose more redolent of syrah notes (incl. some
    > bacon) *than cabernet, this one fooled us. *Juicy and long with a big
    > middle presence there is no rush on this one.
    >
    > With dessert:
    >
    > 1990 Ch. de Fargues Sauternes – now a darkening amber colour, the nose
    > was coconut and orange peel, and the wine showed sweet but balanced.
    >
    > I’lll tack on another wine we opened sitting around after the others
    > had left for the night –
    >
    > 2005 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Syrah – these Santa Barbera syrahs are
    > some of the most reliably interesting California wine of the type.
    > This one showed a remarkably Rhonish nose with a little poopiness and
    > sweet fruit, but not so much as to be peggable as overtly New World,
    > Excellent concentration and very good length, this would make a great
    > ringer for a blind Syrah tasting as it could be mistaken for a
    > Northern Rhone.
    >
    > Great experience and thanks to the chef!


    Really nice wines...thanks for the notes. I haven't bought Laroche
    for a number of years...iirc there was a problem with cooked wine back
    in the early 2000's.

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