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  1. #1
    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Pre-Thanksgiving Wines

    Tues I flew to Atlanta, Betsy and Lucy the hound joined me at my
    parents (Betsy had driven via NC, where she had trio rehearsals) that
    evening. No wine that night, but last night my brother came over for
    dad's beef tenderloin, with stuffed potatoes, salad and asparagus.

    My sister in law likes big Chardonnay, so I had put the 2006 Hartford
    Court "Stone Cote" Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) in Betsy's car. This is
    one big white (you could drink with steak), with Anjou pear and
    tropical fruit flavors, lots of oak, good dose of butter. I can
    appreciate the skill, but not a style that does much for me. But a
    glass as an apertif was interesting. B- for me as an apertif, probably
    would be a C as a dinner accompaniment, A- if you are looking for that
    style.

    My dinner wine was the 2006 Qupe Syrah (Central Coast), picked up for
    $19 at Harry's in Alpharetta. Quite a pleasant light to medium bodied
    Syrah, fresh red fruit with some black pepper and a hint of grilled
    meats. Good acidity, light tannins, not especially long but for under
    $20 in an overpriced market I was pretty happy. I was a little
    surprised my brother also liked, as I think of him liking real
    bruisers. B+/B

    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.

  2. #2
    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN: Pre-Thanksgiving Wines

    On Nov 27, 8:09�am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Tues I flew to Atlanta, Betsy and Lucy the hound joined me at my
    > parents (Betsy had driven via NC, where she had trio rehearsals) that
    > evening. No wine that night, but last night my brother came over for
    > dad's beef tenderloin, with stuffed potatoes, salad and asparagus.
    >
    > My sister in law likes big Chardonnay, so I had put the 2006 Hartford
    > Court "Stone Cote" Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) in Betsy's car. This is
    > one big white (you could drink with steak), with Anjou pear and
    > tropical fruit flavors, lots of oak, good dose of butter. I can
    > appreciate the skill, but not a style that does much for me. But a
    > glass as an apertif was interesting. B- for me as an apertif, probably
    > would be a C as a dinner accompaniment, A- if you are looking for that
    > style.
    >
    > My dinner wine was the 2006 Qupe Syrah (Central Coast), picked up for
    > $19 at Harry's in Alpharetta. Quite a pleasant light to medium bodied
    > Syrah, fresh red fruit with some black pepper and a hint of grilled
    > meats. Good acidity, light tannins, not especially long but for under
    > $20 in an overpriced market I was pretty happy. I was a little
    > surprised my brother also liked, as I think of him liking real
    > bruisers. B+/B
    >
    > 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.


    We're spendind t-day at my farm and an Italian-American friend is with
    us and made pasta with meat sauce, a few antipasti and breaded chicken
    cutlets. I opened a 2001 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico..a bit light
    bodied with cherry and red raspberry notes a C+. One dimentional but
    cheap at $12 on closeout. I then opened a 1995 Farnese Opis
    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which was really quite nice with red berry,
    black cherry, a bit of chocolate and cedar a B-.

  3. #3
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: Pre-Thanksgiving Wines

    On Nov 27, 10:02*am, "Bi!!" <rvwr...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Nov 27, 8:09 am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Tues I flew to Atlanta, Betsy and Lucy the hound joined me at my
    > > parents (Betsy had driven via NC, where she had trio rehearsals) that
    > > evening. No wine that night, but last night my brother came over for
    > > dad's beef tenderloin, with stuffed potatoes, salad and asparagus.

    >
    > > My sister in law likes big Chardonnay, so I had put the 2006 Hartford
    > > Court "Stone Cote" Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) in Betsy's car. This is
    > > one big white (you could drink with steak), with Anjou pear and
    > > tropical fruit flavors, lots of oak, good dose of butter. I can
    > > appreciate the skill, but not a style that does much for me. But a
    > > glass as an apertif was interesting. B- for me as an apertif, probably
    > > would be a C as a dinner accompaniment, A- if you are looking for that
    > > style.

    >
    > > My dinner wine was the 2006 Qupe Syrah (Central Coast), picked up for
    > > $19 at Harry's in Alpharetta. Quite a pleasant light to medium bodied
    > > Syrah, fresh red fruit with some black pepper and a hint of grilled
    > > meats. Good acidity, light tannins, not especially long but for under
    > > $20 in an overpriced market I was pretty happy. I was a little
    > > surprised my brother also liked, as I think of him liking real
    > > bruisers. B+/B

    >
    > > 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.

    >
    > We're spendind t-day at my farm and an Italian-American friend is with
    > us and made pasta with meat sauce, a few antipasti and breaded chicken
    > cutlets. *I opened a 2001 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico..a bit light
    > bodied with cherry and red raspberry notes a C+. *One dimentional but
    > cheap at $12 on closeout. *I then opened a 1995 Farnese Opis
    > Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which was really quite nice with red berry,
    > black cherry, a bit of chocolate and cedar a B-.


    Too bad about the Chianti, I've liked IeO wines in the past. Hope your
    family enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

    My family had an early meal- turkey, ham,. dressing, traditional
    sides. We had a bottle of the 1994 Saintsbury Reserve Pinot Noir
    (Carneros). Black cherries and plums, just a hint of prunes. Some
    earth, leather, and cedar. Fully mature, actually probably has crested
    hill and started the roll down, but pleasant. B

  4. #4
    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN: Pre-Thanksgiving Wines

    On Nov 28, 10:32�am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Nov 27, 10:02�am, "Bi!!" <rvwr...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Nov 27, 8:09 am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > Tues I flew to Atlanta, Betsy and Lucy the hound joined me at my
    > > > parents (Betsy had driven via NC, where she had trio rehearsals) that
    > > > evening. No wine that night, but last night my brother came over for
    > > > dad's beef tenderloin, with stuffed potatoes, salad and asparagus.

    >
    > > > My sister in law likes big Chardonnay, so I had put the 2006 Hartford
    > > > Court "Stone Cote" Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) in Betsy's car. This is
    > > > one big white (you could drink with steak), with Anjou pear and
    > > > tropical fruit flavors, lots of oak, good dose of butter. I can
    > > > appreciate the skill, but not a style that does much for me. But a
    > > > glass as an apertif was interesting. B- for me as an apertif, probably
    > > > would be a C as a dinner accompaniment, A- if you are looking for that
    > > > style.

    >
    > > > My dinner wine was the 2006 Qupe Syrah (Central Coast), picked up for
    > > > $19 at Harry's in Alpharetta. Quite a pleasant light to medium bodied
    > > > Syrah, fresh red fruit with some black pepper and a hint of grilled
    > > > meats. Good acidity, light tannins, not especially long but for under
    > > > $20 in an overpriced market I was pretty happy. I was a little
    > > > surprised my brother also liked, as I think of him liking real
    > > > bruisers. B+/B

    >
    > > > 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.

    >
    > > We're spendind t-day at my farm and an Italian-American friend is with
    > > us and made pasta with meat sauce, a few antipasti and breaded chicken
    > > cutlets. �I opened a 2001 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico..a bitlight
    > > bodied with cherry and red raspberry notes a C+. �One dimentional but
    > > cheap at $12 on closeout. �I then opened a 1995 Farnese Opis
    > > Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which was really quite nice with red berry,
    > > black cherry, a bit of chocolate and cedar a B-.

    >
    > Too bad about the Chianti, I've liked IeO wines in the past. Hope your
    > family enjoyed your Thanksgiving.
    >
    > My family had an early meal- turkey, ham,. dressing, traditional
    > sides. We had a bottle of the 1994 Saintsbury Reserve Pinot Noir
    > (Carneros). Black cherries and plums, just a hint of prunes. Some
    > earth, leather, and cedar. Fully mature, actually probably has crested
    > hill and started the roll down, but pleasant. B- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    We did a traditional meal with a free range organic Bourbon Red brined
    in aplle cider. I opened a 2003 Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet
    GC...sturdy and full bodied with lemon curd and minerals along with a
    2005 Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay..pineapple and coconut
    almost like apina-colada with bright lemon on the finish. I opened a
    2003 Perrot-Minot Gevery Chambertain 1er also...nice black cherry and
    a raspberry. All wines get an A.

  5. #5
    Lawrence Leichtman Guest

    Default Re: TN: Pre-Thanksgiving Wines

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    DaleW <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Tues I flew to Atlanta, Betsy and Lucy the hound joined me at my
    > parents (Betsy had driven via NC, where she had trio rehearsals) that
    > evening. No wine that night, but last night my brother came over for
    > dad's beef tenderloin, with stuffed potatoes, salad and asparagus.
    >
    > My sister in law likes big Chardonnay, so I had put the 2006 Hartford
    > Court "Stone Cote" Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) in Betsy's car. This is
    > one big white (you could drink with steak), with Anjou pear and
    > tropical fruit flavors, lots of oak, good dose of butter. I can
    > appreciate the skill, but not a style that does much for me. But a
    > glass as an apertif was interesting. B- for me as an apertif, probably
    > would be a C as a dinner accompaniment, A- if you are looking for that
    > style.
    >
    > My dinner wine was the 2006 Qupe Syrah (Central Coast), picked up for
    > $19 at Harry's in Alpharetta. Quite a pleasant light to medium bodied
    > Syrah, fresh red fruit with some black pepper and a hint of grilled
    > meats. Good acidity, light tannins, not especially long but for under
    > $20 in an overpriced market I was pretty happy. I was a little
    > surprised my brother also liked, as I think of him liking real
    > bruisers. B+/B
    >
    > 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.


    I personally hated the Hartford Court as it was brought by friends for
    a dinner of striped bass. It was mediocre as an apertif and did not
    match the food. My rating would have been Dale scale C.

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