My brother was in town visiting the last weekend and not that I necessarily planned it but we ended up drinking a number of really nice wines. I haven’t formalized my tasting notes but wanted to share while the memory is fresh in my mind.
It started with the 2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel which I picked up as a birthday present for myself late last year. I put this one in the decanter for an hour or so while I cooked up some nice steaks…okay I admit I snuck a glass while cooking and oh boy! This wine was bold, striking and yet refined and elegant. Excellent now, I would love to see what this one is like in another few years. If I could only afford a case!
Next up was the 2006 Belle Glos Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir which was recommended by Rick’s Wine Cellar when I stopped in on my way to the Tavern at Lark Creek for dinner on Saturday night. Rick’s has a free corkage list that applies there and at many other restaurants throughout southern Marin, if you are local be sure to check it out! As for the wine, it was excellent. No tasting notes to report but a perfect complement to my braised pork shank and the evening overall.
Which leads us to Easter Sunday when we headed down to my father-in-law’s. He always has some nice wine around and I always get to pick’em. A while a go, after visiting the winery (part of his Swiss connections) he came home with a case of the 2008 Michel-Schlumberger Pinot Blanc. The case is almost gone as this is such an easy choice to start the holidays with. To call it clean and simple sells this short as it delivers much more than that. While the lamb was roasting I headed downstairs to the wine cellar where in addition to his stash I have my wine cellared. I ended up pulling out the 1996 Navarro Pinot Noir Methode Alancienne. I’ve long pondered what to do with this bottling as this is (was) the earliest in my vertical that dates to the present day. Putting those thoughts on hold I brought it upstairs and opened it up. Given it was 2+ hours until dinner I decided to leave it in the bottle. In hindsight I wish I would have put it in the decanter. The wine was certainly still all there, nice fruit and balance but it was tight throughout and the last few sips showed me what it could have been. This wine was drinking at its peak with proper care. Drat! I could use a mulligan on that one. That said it was still super enjoyable.
Well, needless to say, my weekday wines haven’t been all that gratifying the last few days. Thanks for letting me share. How about you? Did you drink anything good this past weekend? If so, I would love to hear about it!