TN: NZ SB, Bdx AC, MSR
We had some friends and their pup over for dinner last night. Bones
for the dogs, people had mushroom canapes, bouillibaise, and spinach
followed by fruit salad and cheese. She's blanc-centric, he's
rougophilic, so we had one of each:
2007 Cairnbrae "The Stones" Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)
Nose of flowers and gooseberry, on the palate citrus fruit,
gooseberry, with just a hint of SweetTarts. Nice medium-bodied SB,
clean, fresh, glad to see it back on track after the so-so 2006. B+/B
2005 Ch. Mylord (Bordeaux AC)
Sweet dark plum fruit, a little green pepper. Fairly fruit forward,
low-acid, not much in the way of tannins (or finish). OK for the $7 I
paid, but tons of more interesting (and more clearly Bdx) claret out
1997 von Othegraven Kanzemer Altenberg Riesling Auslese
I was serving this as a dessert wine, based on my impression of '97 as
low acid and fruit forward/sweet. Not really sweet enough to qualify,
nice apple blossom nose with just a hint of diesel, off-dry on palate
with apple butter and orange zest. It went ok with the cheese, but if
I had really needed a dessert wine this would have been a disaster.
The people had almost as much fun as the dogs.
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.