Last night we ate at Chung Sol Bat with Mark Ricca and Stacey. The Kalbi was tasty but I had the feeling that the food was down a notch from the last time I ate there, a different chef in the kitchen can make that sort of difference, I think that must be the reason.
Mark brought the 2005 Kendric Pinot Noir that he had won on Berserker Day. It’s a Marin County wine and I think it went very nicely with the Korean food. A somewhat subdued taste but with a nice sweet clove note on the bouquet. We enjoyed it.
Mark gave a smirky look at my 1995 Banfi Summus, said it would be Californian. Of course I know that Banfi is American owned, and that several of their wines are not what you would expect from Tuscany. But the Summus was pleasantly lean for my taste, a different sort of good match with the Korean food. And the blackcurrant note in the bouquet was a touch of what I love about the Sangiovese grape.
Finally – even though the food was all gone, Mark pulled out a surprise, the 2005 Marsannay from Meo-Camuzet. I know I have bought several red Burgundies from Meo-Camuzet over the decades but don’t recall the details, they are pretty respectable. And after the first sip, I said “this is delicious.” Or perhaps I should say it was “Lush, plush, sexy, ripe, and fat” – well not quite but certainly a 90 if we were giving points.
Mark told stories about Berserkerfests he has attended, which I found interesting. Now I am just one degree of separation from people like Todd French and Brian Flannery! I told him a little about wine boards back in the days of hand cranked 300 baud modems.