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|Friday, July 20th, 2012|
I had a foie gras entier I bought in Paris that needed to be consumed. You don't often get 100% foie gras in North America.
So I baked two breads to serve it with, a walnut raisin, and a cranberry banana.
I then decanted a 1983 Sauternes to accompany the foie gras. The cork was very soft and disintegrating and there was some ullage so I was concerned. Took some TLC to remove that venerable cork. I see why you really should replace corks every few decades. Despite the ullage the wine was sound and had solid acidity. I just opened a Sauternes from a bottler - Alexis Lichine - but I tasted this wine years ago and in 1987 when I bought it the 1983 represented great value.
This wine proves to me that 1983 was good year for Sauternes. Can't wait to try my Sudirault or Broustet with another foie gras. Dark gold with honey, dried apricots. First the nose promises sweetness, there is sweetness in the middle and a dry crisp acidic finish but unfortunately not a lot of length. The wine is past its prime and if I had any more I would see to it :) This would make a nice aperitif. Good mouth fill.
Plating the liver I included some walnuts and some homemade black raspberry preserves.
Oh by the way the foie gras was amazing - we loved it. My other half can't wait till we have it again. First I turned him on to truffles. Now foie gras. *$$$* Whine...
|Monday, September 26th, 2011|
I love port with Stilton
We've had a lot of guests recently and some great wine and food pairings. Not many compare to the pairing of a 30 year old Taylor Fladgate Tawny and Stilton cheese we had after dinner last Saturday.
|Sunday, March 13th, 2011|
Left Foot Charley
2009 Riesling MD
Left Foot Charley
Traverse City Michigan
Never heard of this wine producer before, figured I'd give them a shot. This is their "Riesling MD" MD for medium dry. They give some fun literature on the back of the bottle as to their name choice.
Now to business. It's grassy and tart on the nose.
Taste is somewhat dry for a riesling, peaches and citrus. Very refreshing. Finish is clean with only a little lingering sweetness. Would make a great summer wine. It's fairly simple, nothing too complex, but it's really effing good.
One of the best Michigan wines I've had by a long shot, and one of the better Rieslings I've had to boot!
|Sunday, February 20th, 2011|
|Monday, November 29th, 2010|
Lucky Duck Cab Sav
So I picked up this bottle of Lucky Duck Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chilean wine, tonight to go with lasagna. It was $3 so I wasn't expecting much. Overall rating is not bad. It's got a nice cherry and berry flavor to it, and the acidity isn't as strong as other cheap wines I've had. I tried it both room temperature and chilled, and it's definitely better chilled; the acidity is cut way down.
It's not bad for the price and the label is cute. :) Current Mood: chipper
|Friday, November 19th, 2010|
La la la :3
Ok I've just been on a wine kick lately, I went awhile without any and am just going nuts as of late :3
Chateau Grand Traverse
Very fruity on the nose. It has a very strange taste. It's earthy, with strong raspberry notes, and pronounced oak.
I'm not sure what to make of this wine. I really really like it, but it's quite unconventional in taste. You'd know what I mean if you had a glass.
For what it's worth this wine is Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Meunier. I don't know the %'s but I can taste the Pinot Noir, and Franc the best out of this...
|Saturday, November 13th, 2010|
Another One? How bout a Rose?
We have a Provencal Rose wine here, not something I usually pick up, but I figured what the hell. I was visiting a friend and we ran into a specialty wine, cheese, and craft beer store. I will go back there again if ever in the area. The selection wasn't huge, but quite good.
I decided on a very good (and crazy expensive so I didn't get much) oak smoked cheddar cheese, and:
Domaine de la Fouquette
Cotes de Provence
Rosee d'Aurore 2008.
Pours very light salmon, if even that. Flowers, minerals, and grass on the nose.
This is a light bodied wine, and on the palate you have a very well put together combination of mineral, some grapefruit, and a liiiiiittle bit of berry. Short and crisp finish with some mild acidity.
This is actually better than I expected. Lighter bodied than I was expecting but exceptionally well done. It's extremely freshing, as a rose often is, but manages to be a damn good wine as well, very damn good. It's a little pricey, but not too bad, and for what you get out of it it's worth it.
For those interested the breakdown is 65% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 5% Rolle.
Sorry for the crappy camera phone pic. I seemed to have misplaced the little cord for my regular camera...
|Friday, November 12th, 2010|
A housewarming present from the Rhône river valley
Domaine les Pallières 2006
$33 retail, $24 on sale from WFM
I went up to visit Nightflurry in his new home, and of course what better housewarming gift than a nice bottle of red wine from the Rhône river valley! I picked up a bottle of Domaine les Pallières 2006, an estate co-owned by legendary importer Kermit Lynch in the small Gigondas AOC of southern France. This area is known for producing wines that are primarily Grenache, but my distributor explained that while this particular Gigondas had a good amount of Grenache in it, it was primarily Syrah. This was not too surprising given the tasting notes we took:
I was concerned at first as there was some coloring of wine leaking through to the top of the cork, which might have indicated a bad seal. We aerated and decanted the wine, letting it sit for about half an hour. At first, there was not a lot of complexity on the nose - the high alcohol content was really dominating. However, after some thorough swirling it began to open up with light tannic and vegetal / floral notes. On the palate, the floral notes become more accentuated and reminded me of potpourri. This is a very full-bodied wine, but I was pleased that the strong alcohol present on the nose was not at all overbearing. The tannins were very soft and smooth, and quite delightful. On the finish, I noticed a somewhat strange savory / umami flavor. I am pretty sure that was not supposed to be there, and was probably due to the aforementioned cork issues.
All in all, an excellent wine though the high alcohol content on the nose was a little off-putting for me personally. I would like to try this again when I could be sure the cork was not throwing off the delicate balance of flavors.
|Wednesday, November 10th, 2010|
2008 Chateau Grand Traverse Pinot Grigio.
Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan.
Another in my Michigan wine review series, as it were.
It has a little more viscosity than I expected. Smell is melon and peach.
Taste is aforementioned melon, with some pear. It's surprisingly light bodied and laid back for a Michigan wine, which often seem like they're trying too hard. Finish is short, and a little bit minieral-ish and sour, but not enough to mess anything up.
I gotta say, of the Pinot Grigio I've had this is hands down my favorite. This is probably also the best of the Michigan wine's I've tasted, and one of the better ones I've had overall. Very nicely done.
There's not much to say about it, it's simple, unassuming, not complicated. But it's just good! Buy it!
|Tuesday, October 26th, 2010|
October 27th Tradition
I realize it's the 26th, but I'll be getting out of work pretty late tomorrow, so going to do it tonight instead.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling was my mom's favorite wine, and her birthday was the 27th, so every year I've made a point of finishing off a bottle on that day. Birthday was the 27th and she passed on the 29th, so it sorta kills both celebration/remembrance birds with one stone.
This is a 2008 vintage. Strong pear on the nose. Taste is also ripe pear, with some sweet citrus flavors. Has a bit of a dry and slow finish.
This is actually a fantastic wine, all sentimental attachments aside.
|Sunday, October 10th, 2010|
Naughty Red Wine!
"Naughty Red Wine"
Red Table Wine
Going to try different Michigan wine's I think. I have previously drank a fair bit of St Julian and Chateau Grand Traverse, the two large producers. Last week I tried Tabor Hill, this week Chateau Chantal. Much smaller vineyards.
Once again, most wines you find in Michigan are classified as table wines. Thing is, those don't really go out of state. On many bottles you'll find "For Sale in Michigan Only", or something similar. It's basically like they're producing cheap wines for everyday use to the locals. And most aren't too bad for table wines!
They do produce some good varietals, and St Julian, as a previous review will show, did a decent Meritage. These are harder to find though, even in state. Take Chateau Chantal, the vineyard in the spotlight tonight. They only have 65 acres.. that's not really a lot. Their low production Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir will be low production indeed. I'd love to try them! But I can only find their table wines that are available state-wide.
Anyhow! This is a pretty decent wine for the price. Plum on the nose, light bodied on the tongue. It's pretty mild, despite the "Naughty" name. Tastes are of light spice and grassiness, almost. It's pleasant, and relaxed.
Not a bad one for what it was intended for. Maybe next week I'll grab another local pick!
|Wednesday, October 6th, 2010|
A Taste of Michigan
Non-vintage Table Wine.
You never really know what you're going to get with a wine like this. Inexpensive non vintage table wine is a very common thing that the Michigan vineyards put out. Most are pretty blech, as you'd expect. Sometimes you actually find one that's pretty drinkable though...as a cheap table wine.
This is a semi-sweet red, which is not something I typically enjoy. Smell is very fruity, a lot of grape.
It actually taste quite good though! Needs to decant a bit, but it's not half bad for the style. Very bright and energetic with an almost bubbly sweetness. Definitely some cherry notes which most Michigan wines have. It's also fairly tannic. I'm not really sure what to make of it, sweet...and well rounded tannins.
I might just be getting this one again, it makes for pleasant casual drinking. It's certainly not a snobby wine, but hell with it, it taste good.
|Friday, August 6th, 2010|
2006 "Spanish Quarter" Cabernet-Tempranillo
Very pretty bottle, and marked down from $11.99. I thought the Cab-Tempranillo mix would be an interesting try.
It's actually a lot bolder and drier than i was expecting. Hits ya real hard right up front with minerals and dried peppers. It's got a strong oak taste as well. This actually really reminds me of a Zin, like, seriously. That's certainly not a bad thing ;)
For 8 bucks? Yah, I'd get it again!
|Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010|
To friends old and new.
I haven't been here in quite a while. Lots of reasons for it ranging from plain old laziness to living in a bad country song (without the jail time).
I don't have my glass full at the moment, so nothing to report. Still, I thought about this group and decided to look in again. If anyone is going to the Rocky Mountian Fur Con in Denver, let me know. I have a couple of bottles that need to be appreciated.
|Saturday, July 10th, 2010|
|Sunday, July 4th, 2010|
Independence day tastings
Nightflurry came to visit this weekend, and as usual we opened a few bottles :) Here are our notes:
2007 Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse
This is my absolute favorite white wine. While I am partial to dry Reislings in general, this Chardonnay is amazing. I normally stay away from Chardonnays due to the objectionable (to my taste at least) oak flavors that they pick up in the cask, but this unoaked Chardonnay is a winner. A strong mineral component, with hints of apricot and good deal of pear on the nose, this wine will pair well with any sort of pasta, fish, and especially GARLIC. I almost wish I had saved it for a nice northern Italian meal, but even by itself this wine is delicious and refreshing. Its intoxicating aroma of exotic fruit and its delicious, tart and refreshing body make it a great summertime wine. It finishes cleanly of course, and leaves just a little bit of that great mineral taste on your palate.
2006 Red Knot Shiraz
This is a very big shiraz. A quick sniff reveals tobacco, smoke, black pepper and plums - quite spicy as you might expect, and the nose is VERY big. Just a brief sniff will overwhelm you - this is exactly the type of wine that excites me. A sip reveals fairly harsh tannins - as you would predict from a wine with such strong tobacco notes on the nose. However, as it fades, the plum flavor moves in and stays for an extra long finish. I was honestly quite impressed - this wine is fairly simple and an excellent example of a shiraz (big and bombastic spiciness), but the nice LONG tart plum finish was quite unexpected and definitely a delight. For the price, an excellent shiraz!
P.S. Nightflurry agrees but would add that it also smells of black cherries on the back end.
The night is young - more to come perhaps? We just opened a bottle of Cupcake dry Reisling, so count on an update soon!
|Wednesday, June 30th, 2010|
well, i just got a new job at a liquor distribution center, and i have an opportunity to pick up two cases of unsellable wine (damaged labels) for an extreme discount. these will be a complete grab bag, and i was wondering if anybody would be interested in helping me taste test some of them. i'm located just outside of woodhaven, mi, and would offer some limited sleeping space for people who are interested. so, who would be? if so, would a friday or saturday be better? i'll provide the wine, of course.
edit: if enough interest is shown, this may become a full weekend long event :-p
|Saturday, June 12th, 2010|
Something A little Different
Goretti Trebbiano Grechetto
I tend to be a red wine guy, but in summertime I often grab a white wine for the weekend. I saw this at a local store and went "Hmm". It's a bit out of my norm, but there's nothing wrong with that, eh?
Pours an almost light greenish-yellow. Nose is pineapple.
Taste is of apple, pear, and the aforementioned pineapple. It's pretty smooth from start to finish.
Honestly at first I didn't care for this wine, but it grew on me pretty quick. It's not a real standout, but it's pretty decent. It's a bit heavy for a light summertime white, but that's no condemnation in my book.
|Monday, May 17th, 2010|
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection
$24 marked down to 15.
Heard good things, figured I'd try it out. Not much on the nose at all. Well rounded on the tongue though. Has some cranberry going on, and a pleasant smokeyness. Has a very long finish that's pretty good except for tinge of bitterness at the very end.
Nothing about this wine really jumps out at me, but it's smooth, well rounded, and just has a great, if not boisterous, taste. I like it. Recommended at the sale price for sure.
|Sunday, May 9th, 2010|
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
I always have really liked wines from the Northwest, and enjoyed having a good selection of them when I lived in Washington. Sadly they're not that easy to come by out here, but Ste Michelle is always around. I've bought and have enjoyed their Riesling several times, but never anything else by them. Interestingly enough their Riesling was my mom's favorite wine, so I guess I'll call this a toast to her memory on Mother's Day.
Smells of oak and perhaps cinnamon, with something sweet in the mix. Taste is very forward of jam and plum. It's actually pretty good, but the finish handicaps it a bit, being a bit too tart for me.
It's a good wine, but wouldn't be my first pick for a Cab in that price range. On sale? yah I'd get it again.