Roses de Jeanne: surprisingly accessible. Unsurprisingly dry and uncompromising yet for winelovers as opposed to yeastytoastyalkaseltzerlees lovers. Could drink this all day every day all year all seasons. Vinous yet bracing and superduper high quality.
Agharta 2010 Mountain Terraces Sonoma County Cabernet: the most accessible of the reds and the only one drained by GF’s family and the only one I didn’t have to brace myself a little to sip. Turns out GF herself, though, has a great palate and this was her least favorite of the three reds and I have a theory why: she likes quality and potential more than accessibility. But this was a perfect, and classy, Thanksgiving wine.
Soter 2007 (1977-2007) cabernet-based red: So smooth that it’s hard to realize it’s tight. No tannins to be seen anywhere. But hold it in the mouth for several seconds and aha! all kinds of very gentle potential. GF and I drank the leftovers on Day Two, much improved, and I think day three would have been even better. A wine that cannot be judged by most people with just a glass, it’s too easy to drink and dismiss. Love this.
Le Macchiole Messorio 2007: the most newly-released-cult-wine feel by far, a little rough…worse, huge-Parker-97 up front, but not so much on the finish (!!)… quite food-unfriendly because of youth. If this were from Napa I’d say it’s mostly spoof. Maybe it is, but maybe it’s a front-end-loaded wine only because it’s unusual being from Italy and all. But in any event no point in opening for five years. Day Two: same reaction, I’m tasting purple and tannin. Not a young great wine, just purple and tannin. Hmph. Maybe it’s just me. And I bought six of these f***ers.
After Turkey Day
Dominique Laurent 2003 Clos de Vougeot VV IN magnum. Not EN magnum. IN magnum, or FROM magnum. EN is French. Magnum is Latin, adopted by English and French speakers, but why would English speakers mix French and Latin? Cut it out. Gracias Liebchen. Anyway…
Far better than the magnum of 2003 Laurent Bonnes Mares a month ago (which was quite worth drinking but was all black and brown flavors, roasted coffee mainly). This was surprisingly softened and maturing red Burgundian fruit, maybe slightly cooked to explain the development (bottle was in perfect shape) but I was glad of this, because we were not in the mood for admiring potential, we wanted delicious. And it was, with neato other stuff going on. Definitely not from the US. Really hard to drink this slowly. Very satisfying Burgundy.
Anyway, Laurent’s Vougeot sources must be extraordinary, it’s always a great wine. I think his lush style is risky in 2003 but it works here.
The hosts’ Kobler zin and Kobler pinot
Oh crap they really like this and are proud of it and I’ve never heard of it so gee it must be $5 at Trader Joes, when can I open the Grand Cru Burgundy? Here goes, fake a smile George…
Oops. Outstanding, pure just the right amount of oak, maybe the most elegant (like Ridge) ready-to-drink (not like Ridge) zin I’ve had. Pinot I only got a sip, but again, honest pure and elegant. Great stuff, depending on price.