April 28, 2012

2010 Cru Boo: Coudert Clos de la Roilette Tardive

I recently started drinking some 2010 Cru Beaujolais. As you may recall, I was a big fan of the somewhat atypical 2009 Cru Beaujolais. This week, the best wine I tasted was the 2010 Coudert Clos de la Roilette Cuvee Tardive, a Cru Boo from the Fleurie AOC in the Beaujolais region in France. Less ripe than the '09, the 2010 is cool and precise in the way good Beaujolais should be. It's a terrific buy at $20.

April 22, 2012

Tasting: 2010 Perez Cruz Carmenere

I've been given the opportunity to try a good bit of Chilean wine in the past few years. Most of it has been decent; some has been truly bad, none of it has been too inspiring. I do feel, though, that Chilean winemakers can do very well with Carmenere; of the Chilean wines I've tried. it's the Carmenere that are closest to being winners. Carmenere is an interesting grape; it's often blended with Cabernet, but on its own, it can produce an iinteresting and bold wine.
I was recently given the opportunity to try the 2010 Limited Edition Carmenere from Perez Cruz, a winery located in in the Maipo Valley region of Chile. Pierre Cruz has a good track record of producing good value wines that are well-received by regular drinkers and (respected?) wine critics alike. I found this 2010 to be so over-oaked that it was hard to really tell what was going on with the wine. If you like new oak in wine (read: the taste of sweet oak and buttered toast) this might be for you. To me, the oak here is just a bit too much, leaving the wine tasting almost superficial

April 16, 2012

Mature Burgundy

As I have posted here before, I own a decent amount of wine from Savigny Les Beaune. With no Grand Cru vineyards, and its southern location in the commune of Beaune, wines from Savigny are some of the best values in Burgundy.

Last weekend, I spent a few days in NYC with my borther and some friends for some revelry in conjunction with three Furthur shows at the beautiful Beacon Theater.  After the Thursday night show, night we popped a few older Burgundies that my brother was kind enough to bring along. The 1970 Henri de Villamont Savigny-Les Beaune was inspiring. It showed a mature, dank nose that I love in aged Burgundy, somewhere between decaying leaves, an autumn fire, and patchouli (oh wait, the patchouli was from all the hippies that had descended upon the upper west side). The palate has no edge really, just a touch of red-fruit and earth tones. Lighter weight to the body and a finish that shows iron and is slightly dusty and rustic. Once again we were reminded that even from lesser communes, and even in not-the-greatest vintages, aged Burgundy can be quite sublime given time. Kind of like these guys:

April 9, 2012

Beach Drinking: Hard Likker

I recently spent some time at the beach along the Florida Gulf Coast. While I like my share of wine, beach living is made for cold beer and hard liquor, not Grand Cru Burgundy. That's just a fact. The thing about hanging out on the gulf coast during spring break is that it seems almost every other person there on spring break was someone I knew from metro-Atlanta. That led to a couple of big 'ol parties in the beach house. The Fidencio Mezcal pictured above was brought over by Thirsty South, who happened to also be in town. He whipped up some tasty Mezcal cocktails for the thirsty crowds at one of the parties. A tasty, smoky and floral Mezcal that's available around ATL.  
The Laddie Ten, from Bruichladdich, was perhaps the drink of the week. A terrific Scotch from the isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland.  The Laddie Ten is an easy drinking, Scotch that is full on rich on the palate, with raw sugar and fruit notes along with toasty oak. Really tasty stuff. It is not cheap at $50, but if you like a good scotch, it's worth that much, easy. At Greene's and Tower.
Earlier in the week, while on a beer run, we stumbled upon a single bottle of the rare Angels Envy bourbon in a liquor store right outside Rosemary Beach. We jumped on it, as the stuff is hard to find. Angels Envy is a boutique, small batch bourbon made by Master Distiller, Lincoln Henderson. Finished in port wine barrels, it's an oaky and very big bourbon that really needs some air to open up. I didn't love it and would probably spend similar money on Elijah Craig 18.