Every year I get together with some friends in February for two Saturdays in a row to have a fun movie day where we watch 3 different movies and eat food and drink wine all day. It’s called the Freakin’ Freezing Film Festival, though it certainly hasn’t been freezing at all this year with unusually mild temps and not a snowflake to be seen on the ground. Here’s what we had on the first night of the festival:
TRIMBACH 2016 CUVEE FREDERIC EMILE RIESLING – Brought especially for me in celebration of my landing a new job. This was just superb, with incredible texture, unctuousness and piercing lemon-lime and green apple flavor and acidity. Beautiful.
BADLANDS BREWING 2023 INKY – A 13% imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill and Willet Bourbon barrels for 22 months. This is essentially sweet beer liqueur, smooth, sweet and delicious. Reminds me of the Dark Lord brewskie I had at fellow board member Humberto Dorta’s place.
BELLWOODS BREWERY 2021 SKELETON KEY – Another 13% Imperial stout, this time aged in rum barrels. This is lighter bodied than the Inky and is a nice semi-sweet beer with lots of baking spices. Better crafted than the inky. I’m liking these beer flavored wines.
DR. LOOSEN 2019 RIESLING AUSLESE – Lime and petrol nose, sweet and tangy with a smooth texture and botrytis tingle. Nice. (Not pictured)
RIZZI 2012 BARBARESCO – Extremely rich Barbaresco, lots of deep red fruit and what I like to call a note of turpentine that makes the wine very fragrant. Deep wine.
CROFT 2005 VINTAGE PORTO – Rich deep and sweet stewed red fruit spiced with tobacco notes. Enjoyable. (Not pictured)
STAGS’ LEAP VIOGNIER – As fellow attendee and board member Mike Grammer put it, this is not shy. No, don’t expect a delicate French Viognier here, this is big bodied and redolent with white fruit and flowers. A touch phenolic. Classic flavor, but again, big. You have been justly warned. I loved it.
MALEVOLENT BENEVOLENCE 2020 PEACH BRANDY BARREL AGED – Yet another 13% Imperial stout, this time aged for 18 months in a peach brandy barrel. Sweet and smooth with hints of chocolate and coffee and peaches.
WESTCOTT 2020 HOME FARM SELECT PINOT NOIR – Whole cluster Ontario Pinot Noir with flavors and aromas of sour cherries with notes of balsamic vinegar.
THIRD MOON BREWING QUINTUPLE BONE TREE – A 13.5% New England Style IPA. This is rich and sweet but also bright and refreshing with an insane amount of hops that tickles my nose. I was genuinely surprised it was also 13.5% ABV given how much lighter bodied it was than the IPA stouts. Damn, I’m becoming a serious craft beer fan. And I hate beer.
ROTEM & MOUNIR SAUOMA 2015 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES INOPIA – EDIT After seeing the comments below, looking up the wine online and speaking to Michael, it appears I have either mistakenly confused a different wine for this bottle or else there was a different leftover wine in the bottle. I think we can all agree flint, subtle smoke, and tart green apple which I get from this aren’t white Rhone notes. So all I can say is I drank a nice Chardonnay and leave it at that.
ARDAL 2010 RIBERA DEL DUERO RISERVA – Saline and tannic notes spice up the sour cherry and apple flavors. Very different from the usual Rioja.
Great selection for the first night of the festival. More to come after this weekend.