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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Brunello, Syrah, cheap bubbly, etc

    Last night we went to some friends' house for dinner, joining
    hostess's sister, her husband, and 2 other guests. Very pleasant
    evening, with good company and good food. Salami and olives, followed
    by Betsy's sundried tomato and basil palmiers, then salad, spicy but
    not hot lamb vindaloo, couscous, and green beans. Lots of wines
    sampled:

    NV Sciarpa Prosecco
    light, crisp, easy. B-

    NV Gruet Brut
    a little yeasty/doughy note, flowers, ripe apple. .B*

    NV Gloria Ferrer Brut
    This seemed short and sharp, apple cider with a touch of maple. I
    remember liking this better. A non-wine-person brought this, and I
    wonder if it had seen some warmth. This bottle, C/C+

    2008 Drouhin "Laforet" Bourgogne Blanc
    Green apples, clean, but maybe a little too green/tart. A little on
    the thin side, but hey it's cheap. B-/C+

    2006 Montes Alpha Syrah
    Big, thick, oaky, with blueberries and black plums. Very popular,
    except with me, C+/B-

    2002 Cep Syrah (Sonoma)
    Medium bodied, black raspberries and blackberries, earth, mushrooms
    (maybe I'm influenced by name!), resolved tannins. Not real long, but
    satisfying. B

    2003 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino
    Ron got this from Pat Carey as a winner in our Haiti raffle, I'm lucky
    enough to be here for this! Ron said it was tight at opening, but
    after 2-3 hours in a decanter this was showing nicely. OK, maybe a bit
    round for BdM, but in the context of the vintage good acidity. Ripe
    black cherries, a touch of vanilla, some 5-spice and leather. Modern,
    but not over the top. Nice lusher style of BdM, my WOTN. B+/B

    2005 Lavia
    I believe this was Spanish, but I didn't see from where. Low acid,
    ultra ripe, jammy red fruits. Comes across heavy and ponderous to me,
    but fairly short finish. C+

    Fun night with fun people

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
    excellent*wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
    wouldn't*drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
    offer no*promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
    consistency.**



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    H Bruce Smith Guest

    Default Re: TN: Brunello, Syrah, cheap bubbly, etc


    >
    > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
    > excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
    > wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
    > offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
    > consistency.
    >
    >

    FYI: I've put together my own little tasting system called the 4Yums!
    fouryums.com

    Nothing like a good gathering of friends, food, and wine!

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    Ronin Guest

    Default Re: TN: Brunello, Syrah, cheap bubbly, etc

    On 2010-02-21 16:09:40 -0800, DaleW <[email protected]> said:
    >
    > NV Gloria Ferrer Brut
    > This seemed short and sharp, apple cider with a touch of maple. I
    > remember liking this better. A non-wine-person brought this, and I
    > wonder if it had seen some warmth. This bottle, C/C+


    Too bad - We've always liked the Gloria Ferrer bubblies - about in line
    with Dom. Chandon and Piper Sonoma and the ilk.


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