Monday, July 28, 2014
2005 Chateau de Coulaine Chinon Les Picasses. Geez this #wine is fantastic. Soaring nose, black fruit and oodles of violets. So fresh and complex it is ridiculous. To think that this was $26 when I bought it in 2008....I can't help but laugh. Stunner. #france #chinon #loire #cabernetfranc #gottatrythis
Thursday, July 24, 2014
2006 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino. This #wine is all about elegance and finesse. Very earthy, silky and great acidity. A different style of Brunello that seems on the traditional side of things, but it has got great length and precision. #italy #tuscany #brunello #vino
Saturday, July 19, 2014
2004 Chateau de Pibarnon. This #wine is drinking well right now. Earth, licorice, blackberry, dried herbs, bacon and truffle. Lots going on. Still on then stern side, but definitely ready to go. #france #bandol #provence #wine #vin #mourvedre
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
2005 Domaine d'Ardhuy Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Clous". Lovely #wine. Crushed berries, sour cherries, tobacco and black tea. Showing well but not close to peak and many years of life left. #france #burgundy #bourgogne #beaune #pinotnoir
Friday, July 11, 2014
2009 Feudi Medusa Albithia. This #wine is 100% Vermentino from Sardinia and it is like seabreeze in a bottle. Very floral with minerality/salinity, but a weighty texture that can pair well with fish and chicken alike. Love this stuff. #italy #sardinia #vermentino #feudidellamedusa
Thursday, July 10, 2014
2012 Tibouren Clos Cibonne. This is a serious #wine for sure. Strawberries and minerality, but also an oily quality in a good way. In a way, the texture reminds me of a full bodied white burg. Will pair great with roasted salmon tonight. #france #provence #rose #cotesdeprovence
Sunday, July 6, 2014
2011 Foradori last night at Felidia in NYC. It was really nice. The #wine list at Felidia is huge and really deep on Italian wines, including many obscure varietals that I love so much (Negroamaro anyone?). We picked this with the help of the sommelier, and it was a very good food match, albeit a touch young. At $68 off the list it was a value in relation to the wine list, but I would stop short of saying it was a value buy in general. The Pagnac the night before was a much better value in the greater scheme of things. Food at Felidia's is expensive but outrageously good. In my opinion a must go place for upscale Italian when in NYC.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
2009 Chateau Pagnac St. Emilion at Brasserie Les Halles last night. What an awesome house #wine at $39/btl off the list. Went perfectly with the food, which was equally nice. If you go to NYC, I highly recommend eating here at least once. And for July 4th, the place was decked out in red white and blue. #france #bordeaux #stemilion #merlot #rightbank #nyc
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
2012 Li Veli Salice Salentino "Passamante" This #wine is 100% Negroamaro and while I have really liked prior vintages, this one seems just a touch flabby and it lacks the freshness of prior vintages. A fat and ripe wine. Still does OK with food (especially the All' Amatriciana I am making tonight), but lacks the character to be consumed on its own IMO. #italy #puglia #food #foodwine #negroamaro #salicesalentino #redwine
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I drink lots of different wines every year. From lots of countries, lots of different regions, appellations, and varieties. And I certainly have my favorites.
Some wines are easy to like. How about wines from Sicily like Terre or any number of charming Chianti Classico Riservas or even Brunello di Montalcinos? Many of them show well young, they don't need extended ageing, and they don't have harsh tannins in their youth or go through periods of being "closed" or "tight".
And while I love all those wines, too, all for their sense of place and unique ability to pair with the foods originating from the same places...there are few wines I love as much as Bordeaux.
You might ask why that is, and the answer is somewhat multifaceted and long winded.
For one thing, Bordeaux was my first true (wine) love. I fell in love with Bordeaux early on when I discovered I liked it a lot better than the California Cabernets I had been drinking at business dinners. These wines had more depth, more soul, and more character than their California counterparts (on average) and that appealed to me.
But it isn't just about the wines themselves...once I was hooked, there were the business dinners at Bacar in San Francisco with good friends on Monday nights when we would order bottles 50% off and not only did I learn to love Bordeaux, but also aged Bordeaux. My friend Rick (thanks buddy) who afforded me the privilege to try wines out of his extensive cellar of aged 80s Bordeaux further deepened my liking for these wines.
And then there was the trip we took to Bordeaux in 2006. A trip of many firsts. My first trip to taste wine, my first pilgrimage to the French wine producing regions I love so much, my daughter's first birthday and the best croissants I have ever tasted to this day (sold by an old lady out of her bedroom window facing the main street in a village near St. Emilion).
Other things I remember are the dinners at L'Envers du Decor, the walks through the vineyards, the owner of the trinket store across from our lunch spot in St. Emilion who would always insist on holding my daughter by our lunch table so we could eat in peace for 10 minutes. The Inn owner Willy who told us to grab an unoccupied room to watch the Italy-Germany soccer World Cup match and the waterfall and bird that ran/flew through our room later that week. And the calm, balmy night we sat outside in the courtyard drinking wine and eating cheese and baguette.
Every time I drink Bordeaux, all these memories flood into my conscience as if on command, and it makes it easy for me to feel euphoric.
Just like most stories, this one has an arc....Then came the years when Bordeaux became a status symbol. A thing to collect and revere rather than to drink. And I told myself I didn't need Bordeaux wine. I despised it for a while and the people involved in the game who I thought were selling their soul at the altar of Robert Parker and easy money.
But in the last year or so, I have realized that while I can't play with the big dogs and buy the silly expensive stuff, that this wasn't what attracted me about Bordeaux in the first place. I like the simplicity of it and the expression of the wines, and there will always be some wines I can afford that still give me that feeling. Tonight's Sociando Mallet and the Beausejour Becot from a week ago reminded me of this again...and I am glad I have decades worth of Bordeaux in my cellar so I can relive the memories all the time.
But memories are just that. I have been itching for some time to go back to Bordeaux, so maybe I'll refresh my memories sometime soon. This time with a more mature family and maybe some good friends. Because that is how Bordeaux is best consumed...with friends and family over good food, making eternal memories along the way.