Saturday, September 11, 2010
I opened this bottle to go with a pretty awesome dinner, if I do say so myself. Sarah's friend is moving here from North Carolina, and she's out here trying to find a place, so I pulled out all the stops. We had an heirloom tomato bufala mozzarella salad, green beans with caramelized onions, and ras el hanout braised lamb shanks over whole wheat cous cous. Pretty damn good. I'm glad there are some leftovers. The lamb was a good match for this wine too, which was my goal. Initially, a lot of orange rind character, and then opens up to reveal lots of licorice notes, chocolate, spicy nuances, lavender, and then black cherries. The nose smells a bit hot unfortunately. Very apparent that this is a big wine. I'm struck by the texture of this wine--like satin--smooth and silky, but then that fades into some obvious grip too. Obviously, Daniel Brunier knows what he's doing. This wine is also dense, and boasts a pretty damn long finish. Although I let this wine sit out for an hour-ish before we drank it with dinner, it wasn't really starting to open up until the very last bits of the wine. If you have bottles of this, definitely open it way in advance. It might be a better idea to just sit on these for a couple more years before opening, although it's pretty damn good right now. My only complaint is that there's a bit of heat, but this is a great bottle of wine. B+/A-
We also opened a bottle of 07 Pier Langhe Nebbiolo. I've had this wine before, and it's really settled down. Lots of nebbiolo character--candied cherries and hints of tar. Last time, there was an impenetrable wall of tannin; this time, it's all resolved. I almost think it might be time to drink up the last bottles I have? It almost seemed a bit tired. Anyways...While I was writing this, I was listening to Joey Ramone on XMU and he played "1,2,3, Slam" by Guttermouth. Fucking awesome. I haven't heard that song in forever. Those dudes are cool. They snuck my friend Travis and I into one of their shows with Lagwagon when I was about sixteen and even offered us beer. Pretty cool dudes. It was a seminal moment for me as a teenager. Who ever thought Guttermouth and Vieux Telegraphe would mix? I guess if there are any crusty old skate punks that happen to read wine blogs, maybe this will pop up for them. Haha. Somehow I really doubt it.