Yearly Archives: 2005

The Road to Recovery

My throat is finally healing and I was able to sneak in some wine-drinking in Chicago. Went to one of my favorite places to eat there: avec (http://www.avecrestaurant.com/). Lots of small plates and a quirky, inexpensive wine list. Drank a couple of very food-friendly wines: an Italian cab franc (2003) and a Spanish grenache/syrah (2004). [...]

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Cursed Sickness!!!

I have had a horrific cold/flu that has me stuffed up and with a sore throat. There have been so many great wines open around me and I can’t even enjoy them. They are like nails and battery acid on my throat. I think my ideal drink would be a hot toddy right now. So [...]

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Legendary Wines

Got a chance thanks to two of my colleagues having birthdays on the same day to drink two memorable wines 1983 Cheval Blanc2001 Dagueneau Silex I haven’t really had an older Bordeaux let alone an older Cheval Blanc. The 1982 is a legendary vintage, but this was no slouch. Probably right at its peak; had [...]

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Very Unique California Wine

When I think of California wines, I think Cab, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, etc. The usual suspects. I recently tried a great wine made from Spanish/Portuguese grapes: 62% Tempranillo26% Touriga Nacional8% Souzao Souzao-wha? The wine is the 2003 Murrieta’s Well Zarzuela and it’s from the Livermore Valley. Just when you think you’ve seen it [...]

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On Second Thought…

I had something strange happen; I drank I wine that I had not had in many months that I had really liked, and found myself not liking it so much. It was the 2001 Maculan Brentino, an Italian Cab/Merlot blend. I didn’t remember it having so much new oak and extraction. I have to say [...]

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Pure, True Chardonnay

I drank one of the finest whites I have had in a while; it was a 2004 Verget Pouilly-Fuisse. It sees a little bit of oak (mostly old oak) but has a purity and clarity that is the hallmark of great White Burgundy. And as my coworker, Jeff, said: RICHNESS. Wow.

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BOLLINGER – Grand Année 1997

This may be the finest Champagne I have ever had. The best part about it was that is was NOT cold. It was cooler than room temperature. You could really taste this Champagne at that temperature; if it is iced down, you get nothing but bubbles. Champagne truly is one of the finest wines in [...]

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The Baron of Bierzo, The Maestro of Mencia

Well, I drank another stunning wine from Bierzo, the grape being Mencia. 2003 Decendientes de J. Palacios Petalos del Bierzo Stunning. Bierzo is in the upper left-hand corner of Spain, practically right above Portugal. The vineyards are usually fairly high-altitude, so these wines aren’t all roasty and pruney like other Spanish reds from the south. [...]

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The Gift of Wine

The question from Basic Juice: If you were to give a wine out of your own cellar/collection/shelf/fridge as a gift this year, which wine would it be, who would receive it and why? Here’s my answer: Lambrusco – Ceci 2004 “La Luna” Whaaa? Lambrusco? This is not the insipid kool-aid that you may remember, or [...]

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4 Days Later

That Cahors. Whoa. I had it open for four days and just finished it last night. I have one of those vinu-vac things to pump out the air from the bottle, but I am still impressed. It’s hard to determine what wines will age well but, for me, if a wine is still drinking good [...]

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