I like Couly-Dutheil--the Clos d' Le Echo we had a few years ago was awesome. I picked up this wine for 18$ at Costco. I was seriously surprised to see anything from the Loire at Costco. Occasionally, you'll see a Sancerre, or a Pouilly-Fuisse. But other than that, it's kind of a rare occurrence, and this is a wine that most people would find a bit on the weird side--100% Chenin Blanc. Dry (as opposed to a lot of the styles of Chenin Blanc that have some residual sugar left), with floral, chalky/minerally, and pineapple. Rich, but with good acidity, a slightly waxy texture, and a nice finish. For me, this wine is interesting in that it combines some of the elements that you normally see in both more austere white wines, such as Sancerre (stony, mineral, chalky feel), and the elements that you more often see in extremely ripe new world whites--think California Chardonnay (like pineapple and other tropical fruit). Dave and Emily both seemed to like this wine; so did I. B+
I think I must be getting slightly jaded about wine--nothing that I've had recently has really blown me away in unequivocal terms. Had lot's of wines that are good...but nothing recently that's really rung my bell in a serious way since the Vieux Telegraphe in January and the Launois Blanc de Blanc. I think in some ways, that's the terrible thing about learning about something--eventually, you end up comparing it to past experiences that can't be created and are romanticized to a certain degree. You also realize that what might have been fascinating or great in the past maybe isn't as good as you thought it was because something else knocks it off its' pedestal.
I took this picture at the Getty yesterday with Dave and Emily. There was shit traffic (and I almost killed us twice in terrible marathon traffic--sorry guys--I am a crappy, aggressive driver), but hanging at the Getty was totally worth it. I love the view. One other interesting thing is that there's a really long, skinny (like 18" wide) wall off to the right of this photo that extends out over a big drop--probably 20-30 feet to the ground. All the travertine is slippery. And there were three teenagers that decided to walk out on the wall. I was shocked for two reasons: 1. No one stopped them (how European of the Getty!)! 2. They walked out there at all. I would have been a bit scared of falling of to my death below. Anyways, I think they probably got a pretty good photo out of the experience. A fun day, despite the crazy traffic and terrible driving on my part...Sarah and I are excited to leave LA and go to Rome for a couple of weeks though. We leave on Wednesday.