last couple of nights have been good stuff!
2012 Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvée Green Valley of Russian River Valley
2012 Tercero Verbiage (Rouge) Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend
2016 Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay Première Réserve Anderson Valley
@klezman Bought the 17.5 lb. Rib Roast, and had them begin their 4-week dry-aging process. I did get the bones cut off and smoked them today…Excellent! Had them with local corn on the cob, cauliflower and a bottle of 2013 Shafer Relentless. Life is good.
Put some ribs on the grill for dinner 2-3 hours from now. About to open a JL Quinson Cote de Provence Rose (TJ’s special) for easy drinking.
Not sure what we’re going to have with dinner (and friends).
Very nice couple of nights! couple of questions how was the Moulin Touchais? I have 1 bottle left from 86 that was still great a few months ago. Also how was the Dagueneau? I have been meaning to source a bottle from before he died but have not gotten around to it yet.
@ScottW58 The Moulin Touchais was amazing, though not quite up to the 1959 I had some 15 years ago or the 1949, which I had in the late ‘80s. I’d say the ‘64 has at least another decade in it before it could begin to slide. I’d say you ‘86 needs at least a decade… It was a marvelous wine.
I liked the Dagueneau very much. A very rich wine - bigger and more complex than I usually expect even from Puilly Fume, even from him. We had it with oysters, and I confess SWMBO thought we should have had the 2014 Dolly Sancerre Silex or another Champagne instead. Check out the website for the importer Chemin des vins to see what he has from Dagueneau - he and his wife are good friends of ours.
@rjquillin@WkdPanda Agreed! And good to know those two are still enjoying good wine, even if they rarely make it to these parts.
Love that Vincent Arroyo.
Never had that Iron Horse, but a fellow wooter said there might be one to open should I make it to their place.
@klezman@WkdPanda T bar T …
If that third person is somewhat local, I think I’ve got a few bottles we might choose among to add as well.
Be interesting to do an Iron Horse gathering at some point.
Plenty to choose from.
2010 St. Supery Dollarhide Petit Verdot, purchased on the 2014 rpm tour. Excellent now, but will be better with even more time.
Checking my stock, I still have 18 bottles out of 40 from the 2014 tour, mostly 2012’s from Foppiano, Pedroncelli, and Dry Creek, plus older wines from Corison, Bell, and Wellington. Ahhhh, good times, good times.
2015 BV Rutherford Cabernet, Pop-N-Pour, pretty darn good. I just got it from Empirewine as one of their buy-4 free shipping wines @$26/ and was gonna take one for the team, but I notice that it’s not free shipping any more. Good price though.
Last night we opened a magnum of 2004 Seghesio Omaggio that I’d bought on the first RPM tour. Got to reminisce with @JavaDrinker and @MarkDaSpark about it. Also Mark brought some deluxe sherries that he should describe.
2014 LARGE BOLD TEXT from the other place, with smoked pork chops and fresh Ohio corn on the patio. With the hummingbirds, finches and cardinals around on a perfect evening, a great wine and it was a steal!
2011 Wellington Cabernet, basic Sonoma County
Weird: the capsule was nearly bonded to the bottle. There was some gunk underneath it, but not obvious leakage. The cork was softer and more moist than normal, but the wine didn’t get all the way to the top. This bottle had been sitting in a wine fridge, too.
Initially it was rather closed, but even with 10 minutes of air it’s starting to come back to life. I think it’s a good thing I opened this one now!
@rpm Fair point.
The Wellington vineyard designate Cabs have continued to improve. I think this bottle/bottling is nowhere near as structured. I’ll probably finish these off within a year at this stage.
2015 Anne Amie Oregon Pinot Blanc, out at a lobster pound on our last night in Maine. With a few new souvenir mosquito bites, because without them, how would I know I was in ME? Now winding down the evening with a Rising Tide Zephyr IPA.
Drank a bunch of bottles with the in-laws over the weekend, the highlight of which was a 2002 Carini Cab Sauv, St. Helena with a thick juicy top sirloin. Only 45 cases produced and it was singing!
Other bottles consumed were;
2011 Wellington Chardonnay
2015 Kunde Chardonnay
2014 Le Formiche Gavi Del Comune Di Gavi
2017 OTP Rosé
2017 Nervi Gattinara Rosa
2007 Lang Wines Zinfandel
2009 Foppiano Petite Sirah Lot 96
1996 Chateau Bellefont Belcier St Emilion - very good - starting to access some Bordeaux that my wife bought well before we got married (which was 11 years ago). My first aged Bordeaux and hopefully not my last.
2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit - Opened. Decanted. 30 minutes - Merlot was over-shining with some body and floral notes. wine then went “dumb” until around 2 hours. Really opened up with great body and taste. Hold 2nd bottle 5 years
2015 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Crianza - Superb $20 bottle from local cheese store that paired it with a truffle cheese. Instead we paired it with Cottonwood River cheddar and Marcona Almonds. Amazing. The wine has a great profile with just a hint of oak, so perfect to drink immediately. Will be my new wine to have around half a case of around for the wife to drink anytime.
Dinner Sunday - 2016 William Chris Vineyards Enchante Granite Hill Vineyard. WC is one of our absolute favorite wineries in texas. Great blend of Cab Sauv / Merlot / Cab Franc. Paired wonderfully with my Pasta dish with Mariana
and Lastly, we decided to take the plunge and open one of the final offerings on WW.
2014 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon - Paired with Taleggio, prosciutto, marcona almonds. Drinking Exceptional after around 30 minutes decanting. One of the best wines we have ever had.
I’ve i could sign up for Cathy’s wine club right now I would have done it on the spot. I likely will before the end of the year.
tonight’s bottle of choice. 2017 Etienne Besancenot Cochon Volant paired with Brie (no crackers). The wine showed a little age on the initial PnP but lightened up after 10-15 minutes. Rose’s still aren’t my favorite but this one has become a favorite. Especially when paired with brie and the way the fat cuts through the acidity to bring fruit forward such as strawberry.
Last night was the first half of my last bottle of 1995 York Creek Vineyards Meritage, Spring Mountain. Made by a (then) relatively unknown winemaker called Cathy Corison. Shockingly youthful and amazingly delicious.
I’ll be “enjoying” the “excellent” selections of United Airlines-provided wine. The white will be palatable enough (i.e. likely an oak-bomb Chard with enough acidity) and the red will be a flabby fruity mess (and taste like fruity pebbles). Or maybe I’ll end up having beer.
@CorTot It’s a mixed bag…they never have the beer they list in the magazine. And I’m not a fan of the IPA craze. But sitting in the Lufthansa lounge in London, however, gives me much much better options.
@rjquillin That’s actually why I rarely grill them - cast iron gets a really nice sear and crunchy exterior if you get it screaming hot. I’ve also recently learned why one salts only the exterior of the burger and not the middle (texture).
@radiolysis I always mixed salt in with the rest of the seasonings. Apparently salt is good at dissolving myosin (i.e. muscle protein) and it makes the interior or a burger more “sticky”. Kind of like sausage in a way.
Soft-cooked egg wrapped with sausage meat, rolled in breadrumbs, and deep fried. Yup, sounds terrible.
Venison tenderloin seared, wrapped in truffle and mushroom-coated puff pastry. Aside from the venison being the tastiest piece of deer I’ve eaten in a long time (maybe ever), the truffle potatoes were like crack.
Also, the place was called The Laughing Gravy.
Got my 4-week aged rib steaks today and was grilling sausages, so I threw on the smallest of the steaks, seasoned with a little olive oil then garlic salt and freshly cracked pepper. Wow! Probably the best steak I’ve eaten. Had it with an 86 point 2011 Barolo, which was not to my liking (old world, acid, (SWMBO said Band-Aids)), until I had it with the steak…then it came around. Also sauteed brussels sprouts. A fitting end to August.
@chipgreen@FritzCat I often taste (Curad medicated) band-aid in South African Pinotage), especially in past years (they’ve gotten better at getting rid of it – maybe they stopped burning rubber tires in the vineyards ).
2014 Robert Foley Vineyards Cab Sauv, Napa, with tomato garlic bread and fried calamari. My Friday night Italian joint is jam packed tonight. I can’t even get a table! There’s a wedding rehearsal dinner in the main room, so I’m sitting at the bar.
Haha! An excellent question.
The bartendress (is that a word?), Felicia, is lovely and quite entertaining…but not really my type.
I was still greeted with the usual hugs by the owner, head waiter, and bus boy/man. Next Friday, we should all be meeting Mr. September. I know you are waiting with bated breath.
Tonight, 2015 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvée Vieilles Vignes. With take-out grilled chicken, and roasted zucchini and leeks.
Last night, 2016 Scott Harvey Barbera Mountain Selection. With la specialite de la maison, pasta with broccoli rabe and turkey sausage.
Tomorrow night, Gruet Brut Rose, under the stars (I hope) at Tanglewood. With picnic treats TBD.
For once, my pack-rat-itus payed off.
I kept some pieced of the old unit that this one replaced 5 years ago.
While the correct value is an 80+5uF I had a 55+5uF 440V start capacitor.
Back in service.
Correct cap scheduled to arrive tomorrow, thanks to Bezos.
Last night (still August, haha);
2017 Van Ruiten sparkling Rose. I still can’t believe how good this is for the money. Since we can’t get Gruet shipped to Ohio it’s nice to have Van Ruiten. I hope they come up again on Casemates but in the meantime, we bought a mixed case directly from their website to try their other wines along with a couple more bottles of the sparkling Rose.