Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Wines

I drank entirely too much over Christmas; these are only the bottles that I managed to get pictures of. Without a doubt, my favorite bottle was the Rioja, which was the recommendation of one of the clerk's at Pete's Wines in Bellevue. Spicy, with sour cherries and great balance. Only $17, which is a bargain. The Morgon was good as well--and number 21 on the Wine Spectator Top 100. Not that that really matters, but it is interesting from a QPR standpoint since it was only $12. Is it better than other Beaujolais from 2009? Well, I would say it isn't the best that I've had but at 12$, it's a great value. Abbot's Table wine from Owen Roe is always reliable, although I don't like it as much as I once did. The Tres Picos is a great value with lots of cloves, and vanilla...let me give you a hint what that means it tastes like: Coca-Cola. But it has enough balance and complexity that at ~15ish bucks most places it is a good value. The Saumur was only $40 on the list at Lark, which was delicious. My Dad was pretty surprised at how light bodied the wine was--I guess he isn't that used to wines from the Loire. What I thought was interesting is the entire rest of Christmas, he kept on requesting a wine like that again. Sometimes it pays to not shop at Costco...just saying. Anyways, there were a lot of other wines that were okay, but too many to count. And Lark was delicious. I will be back there. The pork belly was the shit. So were the duck rilletes.