Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fourth of July Wines

I went home for the 4th of July to Seattle. Typically, a few of my friends come over and then we watch fireworks. My parents house is a good place for this since they live on a lake and all of the neighbors light off a ton of fireworks. It's a fair amount of fun. The last couple of years we've had really good weather; this year it rained. As far as I'm concerned, it's fun to watch fireworks in the rain. (I miss the rain more than anything else about Seattle. I know it seems weird to most people, but I get bored of it being 70 and sunny 12 months a year. Variety is a good thing...)

Anyways, the first wine that I opened was the D2 from Delille Cellars. It's their second wine to the Grand Ciel, hence the name. My parents gave me this wine for Christmas in my stocking because their neighbor works for Delille. 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet, 7.5% Cab Franc and dashes of Petit Verdot. 14.9% and about 35$. Lots of berries, cinnamon, and a fairly long finish. Pretty tightly wound and relatively tannic. Maybe a tad hot. About what I expect from a New World Bordeaux-style blend, to be honest, but maybe a bit more tastefully done than the majority. B/B+

My Mom wanted a white wine, so I opened the O'Reilly 2008 Pinot Gris. I picked this up for 10$ at QFC. About what I expect from a Pinot Gris. More on the mineral side, and less ripe than some Pinot Gris I've had, which is more refreshing. Crisp, with lots of tarter citrus notes, a hint of some melon on the nose and minerals. B

The last wine that I we opened was the 2006 Delille Cellars Doyenne Syrah. This was easily the best wine of the night. Boysenberry, meat, leather, brown sugar, a bit of chocolate and some spice notes. Extremely well balanced and juicy. Smooth. About 35$ or so. A slam dunk. Really good. I would buy this again. A

I also had a chance to eat at two Tom Douglas restaurants--the Palace Kitchen and Etta's. I tried to go to Salumi yesterday, but it was closed. (Second time it's happened to me...too bad. I love that place.) Palace Kitchen was great this time--I went with my friend John and his wife Aubrey. We split the pork belly with nectarines and mustard (awesome), some bocquerones with tomatoes, lots of garlic and artichokes (also awesome), and then I had a perfectly cooked piece of halibut with morels, and peas. Killer. We also had another bottle of the Chinook Cabernet Franc which I had last time I was there. Also very good. Yesterday I went to Etta's for lunch and had another piece of halibut--this time with olive oil, fried potatoes, parsley and lemon. Very good, if simple. I also had some beets with smoked pistachios. Tasty. I miss Seattle...

1 comment:

Shantel said...

Time passes by so fast and the fourth of July is getting closer. Let's change things up a bit and toast the Fourth of July with a celebratory glass of wine.

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