Drove down to Missouri (with an additional 6 cases of wine in tow, plus a lot of other stuff) and rewarded us (my wife and I) with a bottle of 2013 WineSmith Meritage (that was already at the house from a previous trip).
Hats off to the Tour-ists! Just had a 2013 Revelry and their blending skills have produced an excellent and age-worthy wine. Sure, Peter helped with the growing of the grapes, picking, pressing, fermentation, aging, bottling, labelling, blah, blah, blah. Well you all created a really great blend!
Glad you like it! I have been hoarding mine as others have said it needs an hours-long decant but sounds like it is entering its drinking window now.
There were 32 of us, so we split into 4 groups of 4 to start. 16 of us went into the lab and 16 waited in the tasting room. Each group came up with an initial blend, then 4 more groups of 4 went into the lab to tweak our blends into 4 final blends which we voted on. There was a tie between 2 of the blends, so we tasted again and voted on just those 2 to determine the winner.
Ironically, as part of the first set of 4 groups, our initial blend was almost identical to the winning blend but the group that was supposed to “tweak” our blend scrapped it altogether and started over. Their final blend was not one of the 2 that tied in the first vote.
@radiolysis@woopdedoo I’ve boxed up some cases of PS, Amarone and Sauternes to let it get old. I hope my strategy works. (OMG, just went and looked, and there’s other stuff in there as well; Mollydooker, Two Hands, Michael David high end stuff and some Cab…better get that stuff out of there!)
@FritzCat@radiolysis Had to give it a try - was rummaging around some of my as-yet-unboxed stuff and wondered how it was coming along. Not that it was a PS, but Boss Monster took a while to mellow out.
2015 Shafer TD-9, their Right Bank Bordeaux Blend.
Very good. Lots of flavor throughout the palate, long finish and great mouthfeel. The nose is good, but nothing really comes out of it, except perhaps some licorice that also shows up in the flavor. I am an over-extracted oak loving kinda guy, the sort that likes Caymus. This Shafer is less fruit-forward, although it is has lots of flavor, and I would consider it more restrained. Just finishing the dregs on the 3rd day, and it just keeps getting better. Decant!
But I’ve zero to kvetch about, especially tonight. Second half of 2011 Wellington Mohrhardt Ridge Cabernet with a mismatched 12 oz Flannery rib steak.
I don’t care if they’re mismatched if they’re always this tasty. Damn good stuff!
@ScottW58 My wife and I enjoyed it very much. I felt like it was more old world than CA: full-bodied but without being tannin-rich, spicy and sharp in aroma.
The Casemates boards do seem to eschew the wines found on the shelf in most normal wine stores for $10. My WineSmiths, Wellingtons, Scott Harveys, Pedroncellis, et al, are in my cellar for special occasions. They are my precious jewels! I am very thankful for the Casemates discount on wines because it makes your amazing wines fit more into my very ordinary Joe salary. My palate is being refined by you guys, but my wallet has to be able to keep pace! Thanks for asking.
@ejrunion@ScottW58@Winedavid49 Glad you enjoyed it! That’s the point, after all.
There are some good wines at grocery stores, there’s also a lot of plonk. I like picking up some Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc - it hits my style preference for that grape. I’ve also been lucky enough to find some Bell at my local Safeway/Vons.
@ejrunion@klezman@ScottW58@Winedavid49 I do find myself eschewing (thanks for the opportunity to use this word!) $10 wines on the shelf these days. I might get some varietal I’m curious about a couple times a year at Trader Joes, but usually for <$10.
My main cellar defender is 3L Trader Joe’s box wine, Chardonnay (sometimes Pinot Grigio or Sauv Blanc to mix it up) and Shiraz. Including tax, that’s like < $3.50 / bottle. Quality varies, but average is certainly better than $3.50/bottle level. The worst was a couple months ago where I thought, yeah, that’s down toward $3.50 / bottle, but it still wasn’t horrible. I’ve also had a couple Shiraz boxes where the quality was quite high.
@klezman@PatrickKarcher@ScottW58@Winedavid49 NY doesn’t allow wine sales in supermarkets, so we have to rely on liquor stores. While we have some amazing retailers, the CA collection of wines seems to be based upon the big wine conglomerates - those mass produced for type and interest. I saw a Pedroncelli once, and every time I ask about other wines I have seen on Casemates I get a quizzical look. Imagine my shock when my family camped in Lake Tahoe two years ago and got groceries at a Discount Grocery Store. We found Dry Creek Valley reds for $7, and some other gems for between 6 and 10. Needless to say, I am very envious of your selection and opportunity!
You have some amazing retailers in New York that don’t cater to the big box Cali wines. If you’re looking check out Chambers, Crush, Astor, Empire or even wine library to name a few.
@ScottW58 Dang, when did they sell them? I’d have bought some more. Had a lovely 2016 Gigondas last Tuesday, it was great with the filet of Wicklow beef and the Comeragh Hill lamb (we were in Dublin, having a grand time).
Sorry the picture is so dark, the label says Domaine Burle “Les Fouilles”.
Very nice! They didn’t sell them again that I noticed but I was looking at what I bought from them on the site and on the right side they have a box that shows if they are still available, it was so I bought another 6
Had a fabulous Marsanne/Roussane from Saint-Joseph with low country boil this weekend. A rich front with a beautiful mineral finish. I have a terribly hard time finding any kind of Roussane, and this was a great surprise.
2008 BV Georges de La Tour
Ron Says: “Deep & Rich” Distinctly different than the Shiraz (Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy) that Judy likes. Distinctive body and good fuityness. I like it much better than the shiraz. Mellowed with air. I like it too. Judy likes the Mollydooker much better. No accounting for tastes.
@chipgreen@karenhynes@ScottW58 Boxty, we just had it last week in Dublin! Clearly I’ve been sheltered, I’m more about the potato latkes, not sure I knew about boxty. We saw it on a food/travel show on Netflix, before our trip.
@ScottW58 You totally got the rösti from berserkers, didn’t you? That guy cooks a lot of great looking stuff! Pastrami (or its lesser relative, corned beef) would be amazing with it…
And yes, @InFrom, there is a bit of a difference between latkes and rösti, but not a ton. Rösti are usually much larger than latkes, at least the ones I make!
Well, since the Clue thread is broken and I had to dine tonight without the company of my virtual pals to entertain me in figuring out the next offer…I thought I’d introduce you to my “date” for the evening. Casemateys, meet Mr. April.
As of a couple of hours ago O’Hare reported 5.3 inches. Some of the north/northwest burbs reported over 8. It’s still snowing now (at least where I am in the city). I guess I should expect a messy drive in the morning. At least it should melt away pretty quickly.
With grilled salmon, 2000 Arcadian Franchesca Pinot, easily the greatest california Pinot I have ever had the pleasure of drinking by a country mile! And a recent club release I don’t know how Joe dose it?
That is some high praise! Great cork integrity, that surely helped and between that and the pristine appearance of the bottle/label, great provenance too (as you would expect from the winery itself).
@rc70 Very good. I, too, have 09’s and 10’s. Per CT, this one of the three was the most approachable, based on the drinking windows. A well-crafted wine worth the reasonable TSO price. Decanted for an hour, which helped.
Saturday (before, during and after pulled pork sliders, mac n cheese and coleslaw):
2017 OTP Rosé
2010 The Crusher Big Orange Wilson Vineyard
2017 Nervi Conterno Gattinara Rosa
2007 Super Hero Wines InZINerator
2007 WineSmith Pinot Noir Penny Farthing
N.V. Vilarnau Cava Brut Rosado
2007 Hunt Country Vineyards Vignoles Late Harvest
Today with Easter Dinner (pork tenderloin with sauerkraut, redskin potatoes and mixed veggies):
2011 Hunt Country Vineyards Riesling Semi-Dry
Decent. Can’t complain for $7. There was something just a bit “off” on the palate, maybe some slight bitterness and/or salinity that seemed to interfere with the otherwise cherry/strawberry flavor profile. It wasn’t chilled as much as I would have liked, which may have played a role in my perception of it.
@ScottW58 Mismarked benchmark bin sale item. Delicious. CS/Mer/PV. Not many wine blends like this come out of Italy. Still have an '06 and an '07 to drink=lucky me. A wine I’m sure you would have enjoyed.
@chipgreen@ScottW58 Yeah, I looked at the alc when we were halfway through the bottle and I found myself noticing the alcohol. That doesn’t usually happen. 32.6 proof!
At the end of it, I thought the wine aged well, but it was a little more alcoholic than I wanted after all was said and done. But it wasn’t overdone, wasn’t a fruit bomb, and had nice acidity and structure.
2013 Long Point Zinfandel (regular, not Reserve)
Again, I’ve gotta plug Long Point. The ONLY great Finger Lakes Reds. This Zin is fabulous @15.8%. Tastes like a Port. Wow!
“Given” to me by the owner of my favorite wine store: Vinomania in Syracuse NY.
@rjquillin Hardly a reasonable comparison. This was never hinting at being not good. Just young. It’s pretty tasty, and I’m not sure it’s built to age long term but it’s good now and will get better for a few more years I’m sure.
@chipgreen@rc70@ScottW58 I saw them in the early 70s, in my mind’s eye it’s in the student center at college, but perhaps that’s the wrong location. I tried searching on the names of the band and the school, but closest hit I got was for a professor named Ian Anderson. Close, but no cigar.