Wet leaves, truffles and mushroom all mingling in Piedmontese harmony with blackberries and plums and fall chestnuts. Like great old Burgundy, but with more weight.Your Thoughts
Want to know more about Washington State wines? The state’s wine commission has just released a fun new app, The Recommendeuer, for iPhones & iPads. Comedian Greg Proops walks you through an exploration of this dynamic wine region with insight and humor. Download for free from the App Store here.
How many things missing!Your Thoughts
The Clos du Val Pinot Noir 2005 ($42) was pale and delicate – far more like a ripe village Côte d’Or than the dense, jammy California version. I was not impressed when I first opened it. Lacks substance, too acidic I thought. But boy, was I wrong. It took two hours, but by the time we sat down to drink it with a roast chicken, it as sublime.
It had mellowed and rounded out. The angular acidic, shoulders had softened, while delectable flavors of ripe, red strawberries and summer cherries filled my mouth, followed by a lingering finish that left ghostly hints of smoke and wet leaves for minutes after.
This is why people go nuts over Pinot. We are prepared, us fanatics, to overlook all those bad, bad, hugely expensive adulterations because it all becomes worthwhile when we stumble across a rose petal gem like this.
Listen to Nick’s WineCast!Your Thoughts
The delightful J Rosé was delish, shy but with that captivating vitality you usually only find in top Champagnes.
The Domaine Sainte-Eugenie, Corbières 2011 At about $12 a pop this is the most delightful every-day red I’ve drunk in a long while, and it’s one of the few successful efforts in the so far disappointing campaign to raise the quality of Languedoc-Roussillon wine. Good with turkey too.Your Thoughts
About as good as it gets in plush, seductive, high-end, semi-cult-California Cabs. Dense and as opaque as a big old Cahors, with 15.2 alcohol and that’s just what the label says. Creamy thanks to velvety tannins, but so similar to so many others.
But for lovers of CA Cabs, this is the real thing.Your Thoughts
In the company of the charming French/American proprietor Aline Baly at the surprising good Brasserie Cognac. Their crème brûlée was one of the best ever, and pure, sweet magic with the Sauterne.Your Thoughts
Not much better than the 11 beauties at Christie’s Hospices de Beaune tasting last night. Astounding. And the reds, one after another showed that magical Burgundian contradiction of attributes that makes the wine so unique – a mushroomy earthiness hand-in-hand with aristocratic polish .
Perhaps because they were all so young the wine that stood out was the Corton Grand Cru Charlotte Dumay 2005, if only because being 8 years old it was more accessible. However the Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, George Fritter 2006 offers huge potential, and the Pommard 2005 from Billardet was a delightfully pretty wine.Your Thoughts