28 March 2011

Chateau Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux-Blanc

Chateau Lamothe de Haux, a Grand Vin de Bordeaux, is made from 40% SauvignonBlanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle.  It was my first experience with a white wine from Bordeaux, but hopefully not my last.  I found it on special at The Cellar Rat in Downtown KC where it was on sale, and I got it for less than $20; while it probably doesn't aspire to the heights that first-growths reach, it was not a bad first foray into this category.

The wine was a bright golden color, with scents of apple cider and orange blossoms in the bouquet.  It had a potent acidity (which was, sadly, magnified by my accidentally leaving it in the refrigerator too long), but it did gradually mellow on the palate as it was warmed by my tongue.  It slowly evolved into soft fruit flavors, as well as a slight minerality, before revealing a slight sweetness.  The finish lingered on a clean, crisp note.

All in all, not my favorite wine; I will try it again when it's not over-chilled, but so far, I find it lacks the finesse of white Burgundy and the sweetness of Vouvray.

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Books: Still on Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison.

Bottles: The above.  My birthday is soon and I have several special bottles waiting...

Guitar: Working on "Fat Old Sun" and "Everlong."

Writing: Working on Part 3, which I will finish before going back and doing a rewrite of the whole thing.

10 March 2011

Night

I recently read Elie Wiesel's Night, his account of surviving interment at Auschwitz in 1944.  It was a haunting book, brutally honest, and a heart-wrenching telling of some of the most horrifying experiences imaginable.

The story started off with Elie and his family living in Hungary, being moved first to a Jewish ghetto and then taken to Auschwitz, separated from his mother and sisters and going with his father to the men's camp.  He tells of the death of his god, how the atrocities he witnessed destroyed his faith, and also how ashamed he was as he began to resent having to care for his increasingly helpless father - so much so that, when his father lay dying and calls for his son, Elie can't go to him.

It was a hard read, at times, and forces sincere reflection on one's own morals, and it makes me wonder how I would have faced the test that he went through.

I guess that's all I have to say on it for now.  It is still very near to my mind and hard to process.  I can read about it, but the things it depicts are so far from my reality, my imagination can never do it justice.

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Books: Reading Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison.

Bottles: Nothing lately, though something soon...

Guitar: "Fat Old Sun," Sors' Study in B Minor.

Writing: Haven't written much this last week, work has been crazy.  Read my friend's second draft of her novel, which is awesome (I am jealous of how great it is - no lie).

07 March 2011

Deneza Torrontes 2006

Torrontes is the signature white grape of Argentina, and I got to enjoy a bottle of Deneza's Torrontes from the Salta region on Superbowl Sunday (yes, I know, some time ago - I had rather too much to drink and left my wine book at my friend's house, and it took a while to retrieve it).

The wine was golden in color, with scents of dried fruit as well as grapefruit, a vibrant citrusy bouquet.  When I tasted it, I was surprised by the taste of granny smith apples, along with other tart fruit.  It had a bit of acid but mellowed on my tongue.  It was kind of medium-bodied, I suppose; I have a hard time remembering this far out.

It was very refreshing, with a clean finish, and very enjoyable by itself - though there were snacks at the Superbowl party, they weren't exactly meant for pairing with wine.  I'm just not sure that there is any wine that goes well with taquitos.

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Books: Just finished Night by Elie Wiesel, which was quite good and rather haunting.  Up next is Harlan Ellison's Deathbird Stories, though I am still making my way through the last two months of Wine Spectator as well.

Bottles: Nothing of note lately.  But I did buy half a dozen bottles last week - K Syrah, two more bottles of Ramey Claret, another bottle of Chappellet 2008, and two bottles of some sort of Bordeaux Blanc to try out (and because 6 bottles get a 5% discount).  I will report on what gets drunk - something is going to happen soon.

Guitar: Started on "Fat Old Sun", which is very fun to play.  "Sorrow" proved troublesome because it's rather hard to identify the individual guitar parts.

Writing: Started on the third draft of my novella, and been doing some research for it as well; read the pertinent parts of a dissertation recently and got some great ideas on how to deal with the psychological effects of torture.  I could use another resource or two I think, and I eventually need to find a book that has old World War I memos or briefings or what have you.