@bolligra Last evening while I was handling a business dinner, wife grabbed my 2011 Torcido and opened it. It was not in the ‘open at will’ section of the rack, but I got home in time to enjoy a glass with some left for tonight. Wow, really nice Grenache.
I was finishing up a glass that was left on the counter overnight and it was still surprisingly good. I may have even topped it off with some fresh wine after an initial taste, I don’t remember.
Overall the wine tastes relatively young with bright cherry notes, medium oak and firm tannins. There is a definite bret component, or “barnyard funk” as I like to call it.
2009 Wellington Englandcrest Syrah
With Grilled Sirloin Steak, Baked Sweet Potatoes
Steamed Brussel Sprouts and Artichokes.
Wow! What a mouthful of flavor. Now I’m glad
I’m sitting on a ton of Wellington. No pun intended.
My new go to at the local seafood restaurant (Water Grill) is Patient Cottat Sancerre Anciennes Vignes 2017. Love the way the Sauvignon Blanc pairs with cocktail shrimp with a hint of lemon or the sauce they make witrh vinegar and purple onions. Then the 1/2 dozen oysters (each is a different one, they have over 20 different varieties).
Then finished off with a pour of Chateau Romer 2013 Sauternes, my new favorite style of wine.
Had some 2014 Siduri RRV Pinot Noir at dinner after the Indians playoff loss yesterday. Carlos Baerga was at the restaurant too and my wife just happened to be wearing his jersey, which he signed. He even came over to our table a bit later and gave us each an autographed pic. Nice guy!
I remember back when cool was still cool but I got made fun of by someone about 5 years younger than me for saying “neat”. That made me feel old and I was only around 30 at the time. I still feel 30-ish in my head but my body knows that ain’t right!
2009 Eagles Trace Latitude 38.
Eagles Trace was founded by longtime Conn Valley residents Gus & Phyllis Anderson. Gus passed away in late 2016 at age 86. Gus enjoyed a successful career as founder and winemaker for Anderson’s Conn Valley until his retirement at age 72. Most 72 year old’s are quite comfortable with retirement at this age, but not Gus. After a year of retirement he had the wine making itch so strong that he started Eagles Trace, at the time a completely new winery located next to Anderson’s Conn Valley. This new winery allowed him to implement some very creative wine making practices. Thanks to TSO for selling many vintages and types (CS, PN, Lat 38, etc.), at a greatly reduced price, we all got to appreciate this venture.
Love the Eagles Trace wines, when TSO was selling them off I stocked up on pretty much all that was offered. Have drank cases and still have cases, all of them have been delicious.
I agree on the ACV, generally a good QPR
@rc70 Good call on picking up cases. I only went in on 3 or 4 packs of different vintages. Woulda, coulda, shoulda…And they seem to be holding up very well, which should come as no surprise for a well-made wine.
For dessert, 2013 “Levesque Estates” Select Late Harvest Cab Sauv, Niagara-on-the-Lake. The winery is in quotes because it’s an off-label.
The wine is good, and certainly a reasonable $15 wine. But it doesn’t get the kind of awesomeness that a proper SLH from Niagara should have.
2010 WineSmith Cab Franc
2013 Wellington Handal-Denier Cab Sauv
Paired with ma’ special seasoned ribeyes grilled zucchini and bell peppers. Flatbread and hummus.
Had a friend come by for family dinner and she loved the WS CF. It is doing much better now than before IMO.
@CorTot@radiolysis I forgot to look closely for it at TJ’s today. But the turkey stock is out, so this can’t be more than a couple more weeks away. My first purchase of it last year was on November 4. There were more still around Xmas time, so I was able to add a couple more on Dec 22.
@chipgreen@rjquillin I think there’s also a degree of forgetting what day it is, and when the sale begins and ends. I had a reminder email in my Inbox this morning, telling me that the sale ends tonight. That’s consistent with the WineSmith we know and love!
GSO - I had to look that up, never even heard of it. I guess they operate in CA, NV and AZ, “Overnight Services”. Weird that they would spring for Overnight on relatively local delivery but then ship UPS Ground to Ohio. I got the email on Thursday that it was coming and replied to Sandra within hours that it would not arrive in time as the tracking was already live. She never responded back…
Menu for tonight: (Appetizer) canned sardines in olive oil and crostini, (main course) grilled lemon chicken, grilled zucchini, spaghetti squash with alfredo. Perfect night for a white wine. But no. Just before dinner, I got an email from Steve at Congruence saying that he was almost out of wine. So, I HAD to open that last bottle of 2009 Congruence CS.
I hope your experience with South Carolina wines was better than ours. We went to a winery in Myrtle Beach where they made about 2 dozen wines and I think at least 20 of them were made from Muscadine. Basically the same wines with different labels. Did not like.
2001 Pratesi Carmione Rosso Toscano. (SW58, you would love this one.) In a perfect place, i.e., the fruit has not faded and the tannins are soft, and just enough of the Italian funkiness that can be in their wines. Went well with a plate of cheeses and salami.