Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's cold in here, my allergies are bothering me and I wish I could write more interesting tasting notes

In the interest of full disclouse, and in an effort to not loose the last 3 of you who are readers and not related to me, I suppose this is a cobbled together post, consisting of a short paragraph with impressions of wines drunk and tasted over the past week. Just so you know what you're in for. Arnot-Roberts Trousseau (08?) from Clear Lake (?!) looked, smelled and tasted pretty much like Trousseau. Not bad. Their Mt Veeder Ribolla was simple and fruity. Gravner grafted, great marketing...2004 and 2002 Montborgeau Savagnin L'Etoile both delicious over the course of the week, more flor qualities to 04, richer fruit in 02. 2009 Clos de Briords is supposed to be the best wine he made or some such but to me it's just another really tasty Briords, why hype this more than needed? 15ish bucks. Everyone knows it's good, buy it; we're not composing email pitches from a home office in Seattle or something here, people...07 Huet Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec tasting simple, one-dimensional and not right on finish. Grey or RWC, is one worse than the other here? '02 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spatlese really hit the spot, great lithe structure and refreshing acidity, just enough tangy/sweet fruit. '88 Dauvissat Camus Le Clos sounds fancier than it tastes. '88 Preuses had more life in it, more verve. Still, merely a pretty good drink at this point. '95 Noël Verset Cornas smoky, peppery, and tannic. Somewhere there was fruit but smoke, meat, earth and tannin seemed to dominate. Though it was my first Verset and I do appreciate this read from someone who has more experience with these wines than I. '06 Cornelissen Contadino 4 was a pleasant surprise: ripe, expressive red fruits with skins, scruffy herbs, and a real fine grained, non-oak induced tannin structure for such a warm climate, 15% abv specimen. Intriguing.

Shana Tova to all!


Florida Jim said...

Arnot-Roberts stuff is interesting and I admire them for taking the shot.
Of course, there are very few patches of trousseau and ribola in CA so they kind of have to take what they get. But bless them for doing something outside the ordinary.
Speaking of which, if you want to try some skin-fermented sauvignon again, its starting to come together very nicely. Come to wine country for lunch or dinner and we'll try it.
Best, Jim

David McDuff said...

Well paragraphed, brother (no relation, I assure you). Happy New Year.

Joe Manekin said...

Jim. I too admire Arnot-Roberts for their originality and drinkable wines. I forgot to mention their Syrah (the one that was only 11.5%), very well made, and interesting, wine. Thanks for the invite - a Sonoma trip is certainly overdue.

Thanks, David. No relation, but undoubtedly my "brutha from anotha'" if I may....