January 28, 2010

A Stellar Wine in a Night of Stellar Wines: 1993 Edmunds St. John Syrah Durell

I convened with several ATL winos and foodies last night for some great wines and food at Antica Posta. Rowdy was in attendance and took some killer pics and vids that can be seen here Rowdyfood.com

Antica Posta rocked out some delicious food matched perfectly to our four flights of wine. A local collector, who is also a good friend, provided all the wines. The Edmunds St John spurred on the night as Bob had promised to not open it without me. He's a man of his word.

The 1993 Edmunds St John Syrah Durrell was nearly an ethereal experience. Aromas of mint, coffee, grilled meat, blackberry. A palate that was at once weightless, but as Don said, also showed a wonderful, sturdy, stone character amidst black fruit and smokiness. Perfect with the pork belly dish. I've not had a better CA Syrah. Blind, you'd never call it CA. Cote Rotie, more likely. Stunning. Drinking perfectly.
We had some other superstars bottles. I didn't take any notes, we were just having a good, non-totally-geeked out time. That being said, the 1997 Arcadian Pinot Pisoni, 1993 Chezeaux Griotte Chambertin, and 2006 Rhys Chardonnay all showed brilliantly last night.

January 25, 2010

I Got Nothing Good to Say

It was one of those weekends. Mostly uninspiring wines, a really mediocre meal at Parker's on Ponce Friday night, and more rain. At least the Colts covered. As far as Parker's goes, I think I'm done. I never thought it was great shakes to being with (one night it was almost above average-my reveiws are archived), but it's right around the corner, and my daughter digs it for some reason I can't figure out. Fri night, I had one of the most uninspiring salmon dishes I've ever had, off their menu that has not changed a single bit since they opened nearly 18 months ago. Say what?

I did enjoy a 2006 Chateau Beaucastel Coudelet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Sunday night while watching Brett Fahvruh again demonstrate the essense of FAIL. The wine was nice, though I had to open two bottles as the first one was corked. Yay! Great value as usual and built to live a few more years. That's all I got right now.

January 18, 2010

A Quick Wrap-Up of Weekend Wine Notes

1999 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de mon Aieul--Good amount of barnyard on the nose. Funky, with notes of saline on the nose. Palate shows some dark fruit, slightly roasted plum notes, and cherry and meat notes. Rather brisk acidity cuts through and balances things nicely. Some herbal notes and pepper on the finish. Great weight and concentration to the wine. In a nice groove now, but will hold. Not a mindblowing Mon Aieul, but nice.

2005 Edmunds St. John Syrah Parmelee-Hill--In a recent post, I claimed that Steve Edmunds was a genius. This wine has not changed that assertion. He is certainly one of my favorite Cali winemakers. This win is so incredibly balanced, so delicious, and yet, so young. There is a nose of vanilla bean, iron, smoke, and dark fruit. Palate is tight, but so smooth. It's a graceful wine, yet it seems to be just revealing hints of what it will become. Very nice effort and ridiculous value at $25.

I was recently at the Ansley Kroger and picked up the 2006 Zepaltas Pinot on the closeout wall. A bit too "Cali" for me these days, but no real complaints.

2006 Zepaltas Pinot Noir La Cruz--Black cherry, smoke and baking spice on the nose. Palate is loaded with drippy black cherry and blackberry fruit. A lot of fruit here. It's integrated and there's a nice weight to the wine. Little bit of heat on the finish. It's full throttle, but nice.

January 14, 2010

2006 Nicolas Potel Beaune Les Teurons

I posted last month on Nicky Potel's 2005 Jarrons from Savigny-Les-Beaune. Last night I checked out his 2006 Beaune Les Teurons. 2006 will perhaps always live in the shadow of the stellar 2005s, but I have had several nice '06s lately...they just seem to need a little more time. This Beaune 1er included.

2006 Nicolas Potel Beaune 1er Les Teurons: Candied red fruit on the nose. Wrapped up tight initially with rather aggressive tannins. It's leathery. There's iron and blood, too. There are some interesting parts here, with significant air it smooths a bit and begins to give more love on the nose and palate. Long, warming finish. Still austere and rustic, but Beaune can be that way. This needs food now. It needs time, too.

January 11, 2010

Weekend Wine Wrap-Up

Had a couple of nice wines this past weekend while staving off frost-bite and cabin fever in an unusually frigid ATL.

The 2005 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape was in great form Friday night and capped off a fun day of cooking with my daughter. It was a snow day; she wanted to cook. Works for me. Decanted one hour. Beef and peppery-red fruit nose. Palate is what I would call elegant. Dark currant, beef stock, and pepper notes mark this pure and silky wine. Just glides across the palate. Finishes with a wisp of smokiness and more red fruit. Very nice, and drinking so right now; yet it is really just unfolding. Great match with the local grass-fed beef burgers and homemade onion rings.


Also in fine form, especially considering its humble pedigree, was the 2006 Hudelot Noellat Bourgogne. There was a slight funk on the nose that was horsey, but appealing in a way. Bright cherry fruit on a somewhat pedestrian palate. Beginning to unwind a bit, but there's not really much here anyway. No complaints at $25. Nice entry level Burg that tasted quite nice alongside the Ad Hoc Cauliflower Soup with Beet Chips.

January 4, 2010

Welcoming 2010 With A Few Wines

Just a quick recap of some of the wines from the past few days of festivities. To be honest, I'm slammed with a new job and won't be blogging too much for a few weeks, so these are just some impressions to get 2010 started. Hope you all had a great holiday season.

With our friends in Candler Park on New Year's Eve, this stood out:

2007 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Jamie Kutch left his job on Wall Street back in 2005 to chase his dream of making pinot noir in California. 2007 is his third vintage, and he is really finding his way. There is an old world sensibilities to his pinots, especially the '07s that top out at 13.2% alochol. This '07 showed a xpicy, smoky nose. Feminine red fruit caresses the palate. There is also an herbal/stemmy note that leaves a lingering spice on the palate. Really nice, long finish here. Slightly tight at times, but that's a fleeting notion as the wine really drank well last night. I don't know if I need to say more than that it was flat-out delicious.

At home on New Year's Day, as I continue to scratch my Burg itch:

2003 JL Trapet Gevrey Chambertin Ostrea
Faint floral nose. Delicate, feminine palate shows dark cherry fruit and forest floor. Palate is balanced and softly touched with sweet oak. Nice wine, but not a lot hiding. It's ready for easy, but pretty drinking. Despite the heat of the problematic 2003 vintage, this was quite nice and showed some restraint.

And while watching Florida dismantle Cincinnati's undefeated season:

2005 Pax Syrah Alder Springs
I've posted on Pax's Syrahs numerous times here before. This was one of the best bottles of Pax's stuff I've had, and certainly the best showing for this wine. Time has done it well. Decanted for three hours. There was a deep, tarry nose that also throws some mint notes. Palate is stacked with deep dark fruit, black cherry, and more tar notes. There are hints of eucalyptus and herbs in the back. Still somewhat tannic on the back side. Best showing yet for me on this bottle, but it still has a few years to go. Terrific young Syrah. Cheers.