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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Labor Day weekend wines, running the gamut

    With the lobster glut, we've gotten used to $4-5 lb sales for chicks,
    but lately Fairway has had $6/lb for larger ones, so Saturday I got a
    4-pounder. Served with melted butter, corn, tomato salad and the 2007
    Au Bon Climat "Bien Nacido" Chardonnay. The lobster was better than
    the wine- I think of ABC as more vibrant than most CalChards, but
    while this did have some good acidity, I thought the sweet canned
    tropical fruit element approached cloying. C+

    We decided to have our Labor Day party on Sunday instead of Monday, a
    bit smaller than usual, but still about 3 dozen folks. Betsy made
    fried chicken, sweet potato/scallion salad, roasted pepper salad, and
    guacamole. I was in charge of bulgogi hanger steak, bluefish
    Dijonnais. mango salsa, & hot dogs. We had a large platter of goat,
    leftovers from a party Dave had previous afternoon, with tortillas and
    salsa. Others brought a huge assortment of desserts, salads, chicken
    wings, deviled eggs, etc. A perfect day- clear, low humidity, mid 70s
    with a light breeze. And, of course, some wine:

    Pinks

    NV Clos Boutes "Le Pluriel" Rose
    Strawberries, grass, clean and straightforward, not especially complex
    but a great apertif. B

    2009 Ch. Bellevue La Foret (Fronton)
    Strawberries, red cherries, a dose of RS (though marketed as dry).
    Very herby. B-

    2009 Guion Rose
    Spice and red fruit, my favorite rose of the day. B/B+

    Whites
    2008 Luneau-Papin "Pierre Blanches" Muscadet
    I thought this was corked at first, then decided ok. Saline, citrus,
    good length, a bit mute- still not 100% sure on this one. NR

    1992 Hans Wirsching Iphofer Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Spatlese
    Trocken (Franconia)
    I decanted this so bottle wouldn't give away, blinded John D with it.
    His first guess was Alsace Riesling (not bad guess), he quickly got
    Silvaner once I said it wasn't Riesling. Very floral with petrol
    nuances, good length, mineral, not at all tired. Not especially deep
    or complex, but nice mature wine at a bargain price. B+

    2008 Domaine de Gioielli Blanc de Blancs Sec (Coteaux du Cap Corse)
    I believe John said this was Vermentino. Herby, rich, good acidity,
    medium body. B/B+

    2009 Clos Roche Blanche "#2" Sauvignon (Touraine)
    Larger framed vintage of this wine,but still a good acidic backbone.
    Orange zest, citrus with a hint of just mowed grass. B+

    2008 Willi Schaefer Riesling QbA
    Fresh, light, vibrant, green apples with a little limeade, delicious
    basic estate wine. B++

    Reds
    2008 Sandro Fay Rosso di Valtellina
    I've generally quite a fan of this,and have liked this vintage, but
    this seemed a bit dull- red fruit, a little hint of tar, but a touch
    clipped. This bottle a B-/C+

    2008 Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages
    Surprisingly rich, medium bodied with good fruit and acids,and a touch
    of tannin. B/B+

    1971 Anforia Barolo
    My last of these from an unknown producer. A fair dose of VA, hint of
    brett, but underneath there's a real red fruit meets newly tarred road
    Baroloness. Divisive wine. For me, B

    NV Marietta Lot 51 Old Vine Red Wine
    After some unimpressive lots, this is what I used to like about the
    Marietta. Juicy, fresh, forward, happy go lucky wine. B

    2008 Guion "Cuvee Domaine" Bourgueil
    Didn't take notes but I liked, as always!

    Sweet
    1982 Freemark Abbey Edelwein Gold
    Dark, thick, reminds one of a TBA. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch.
    Rich, deep, long. Great stuff, thanks John! A-/A

    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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    cwdjrxyz Guest

    Default Re: TN: Labor Day weekend wines, running the gamut

    On Sep 6, 2:55*pm, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > With the lobster glut, we've gotten used to $4-5 lb sales for chicks,
    > but lately Fairway has had $6/lb for larger ones, so Saturday I got a
    > 4-pounder. Served with melted butter, corn, tomato salad and the 2007
    > Au Bon Climat "Bien Nacido" Chardonnay. The lobster was better than
    > the wine- I think of ABC as more vibrant than most CalChards, but
    > while this did have some good acidity, I thought the sweet canned
    > tropical fruit element approached cloying. C+


    I have not had a "regular" bottle of ABC Chardonnay in years. They
    have to make a living, but their outstanding wines in the past that
    age so well are all reserves and need at least 10 years before
    drinking in the better years. Thus did the label give any other
    description than the name of the vineyard,"Bien Nacido"? In the past I
    have bought reserves labeled Reserve Bien Nacido and Le Bouge D a Cote
    Bien Nacido. If this is not a reserve, I have no concern. If it is a
    reserve, the quality of the wine has gone way down in recent years, as
    there is no excuse for selling a wine as a reserve when it is not
    something special. For the top reserves in the past I would say buy
    them only if you can store them well for about 10 years at least.

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: Labor Day weekend wines, running the gamut

    On Sep 6, 6:29*pm, cwdjrxyz <spamtr...@cwdjr.info> wrote:
    >Thus did the label give any other
    > description than the name of the vineyard,"Bien Nacido"? I


    Santa Maria Valley."Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection" no
    mention of reserve

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