For this week's edition of What We Drank, 5 of those who contribute to LENNDEVOURS chimed in with entries, some local, some not.
opened a gifted bottle of Channing Daughters Winery 2007 Tocai Friulano to ease the
pain. I've been known to buy any Friulian red I can find at a wine store,
but not so much the whites. They are too easy to find, and for this treasure
hunter, I need to feel like I bought the most interesting wine in the store,
Since Channing Daughters seems to have the "interesting" varietal market
cornered in New York, I chose this bottle for this week's post.
It's beautiful pale golden color and concentrated aromas of grapefruit,
pineapple and spice made this an incredibly appetizing white wine. For a
wine with such bright acidity, its full-bodied mouthfeel came as a
surprise. This wine was a welcome departure from the rieslings and unoaked chardonnays that keep making their way into my glass. With its long
satisfying finish, this white can be savored as a sipper or as a versatile
food pairing choice. I've gotten over skipping Sunday at Tastecamp. For now
state ought to be making pinot noir, you're likely to get five very
different responses. Some say yes without reservation; others say yes
with a caveat; still others think it's a fool's errand. But I think
they'd all agree on this: Chehalem is making the kind of pinot noir
that we ought to emulate.
qualities, of course. But these days the pinot noir coming from the
west coast tends to be dark as an eight-ball with more wood than a
treehouse convention. There are gorgeous exceptions, and this wine is
one of them. It smells like someone opened their spice rack and dumped
the assortment onto a flower garden. The fruit is vibrant and
uninhibited by oak. In other words, I really dug it, and I suspect the
more thoughtful winemakers in New York state will dig it — and perhaps
make something a lot like it — too.
From Melissa Dobson: Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine
us into the barrel and tank room to preview 2008s. The final wine he poured for us was his 2008 Cabernet
Franc Ice Wine and Rich and I brought the rest of the bottle home to enjoy after dinner last night.
This is the first ice wine we have tasted made from the cabernet franc grape. It is a true ice wine in that it was hand-harvested at dawn
from frozen grapes. On the nose we noticed lush strawberry and a hint of honey.
Strawberry also dominates on the back palate with a lingering, elegant finish. At 18% RS, it is well-balanced and satisfying.
From Jason Feulner: Mateus 2007 Rose
For the first time, I had the opportunity to drink a Mateus rose from Portugal
at my aunt's house in Boston. From what I've heard these wines were
popular amongst college kids in the 1970s for their funky bottles, many
of which were transformed into dripping candles after consumption. I
did find the bottle to be quite recognizable despite the fact that I
had never had the wine before!
While not a complex wine, I found the Mateus to be very drinkable and
enjoyable on a warm and muggy evening. The wine had a hint of fruit,
mostly cherry and plum, but most importantly provided a cool, smooth
taste. While I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again, I think
it might be a viable option for entertaining mixed company on a hot day.
From Lenn Thompson: Cornerstone Cellars 2004 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Yes, a Napa cab. I joke about them quite a bit, but I can admit that it's stupid to make broad generalizations about any wine or region. I still don't know what you eat with a wine like this, but I can appreciate it on an intellectual level. This is a big, hulking wine that, even after 24 hours in my decanter, was hefty.
But if you are looking for that sugary-sweet fruity style of Napa cab, look elsewhere. There is a lot of dark fruit deep at its core, but (at least at this point) aromas and flavors of leather, anise, clove and sage are more prominent. The thing I liked the best though, is this graphite-minerally flavor that runs from start to finish. I hear that's common in "mountain fruit" but I don't have much experience tasting these wines.