Miscellaneous Notes And Feedback
Al & Maxine report that the El Mirador Roja was superb after a year of ageing.
Laurent reports that he found the Pouilly Fume for only $9 at Trader Joe's to be really nice with lots of citrus flavors and a very nice finish. Laurent also discovered Benzinger Chardonnay on sale for $8 at Safeway( regularly $14), prefers it to recent editions of Edna Valley Chardonnay and calls it his "wine of the season."
We had an opportunity to taste Gruet Brut from New Mexico and it matches the sparklers from French houses making "Champagne" in California. Soft, fruity, yeasty and serious. Dare I say it? It is better than the best known Washington State sparklers.
The 2002 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon VIII is a straight up Cab with lots of backbone. IMO, not quite as good as the 2000 Cab VI which was friendlier, fruitier, and softer, but who knows what it might evolve into.
At lunch today, Rich had the 2004 Las Rocas Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud, a big, round ,soft, fruity , slightly syrupy wine with a great nose of spice and I had the 2005 Hayman & Hill Reserve Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills. Miles of Sideways fame would have been very happy with this medium bodied quietly refined Pinot with good body and fruit. Balanced and just right.
Mike, the plastic surgeon, brought his own blend from JM which he made with his wine making partner Mary. They blended 50% Cab Sauv with 25% Cab Franc and 25% Malbec to make a spectacular fairly big red with lots of flavor interest. The high percentage of Malbec made this wine ever so much more interesting than the usual Cab/Merlot blend. Friend Stewart introduced Mike and Mary to the blending experience , but unfortunately we didn't get to taste her blend. Stewart assures us that it is "very competitive."
Do you have notes or experiences you would like to share?