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.
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.