22 May 2011

Martin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino 2008

Martin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino 2008

A pale honey color, with a strong citrus nose (it brought to my mind the scent of orange peel), it was probably the best Albarino I have had yet. For those who have not experienced Albarino yet, it comes from a small region in northwest Spain.

The flavor was mild and gentle; it reminded me of the sea breeze, if that makes any sense. It featured strong citrusy flavors and hints of honey, along with a gentle acidity that melted into a lingering sweet finish.

I enjoyed the wine at Lou and Mickey’s at the Gaslamp in San Diego, with a pan-seared salmon, which it paired well with, and was imminently drinkable by itself as a pre-dinner wine. It proved very popular with the crowd and paired well with one of my friends’ shrimp dishes.

Super affordable - $30 at a restaurant, probably about $10-15 at a store.

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Books: Catching up on reading some magazines right now. Finished The Martian Chronicles.  Still need to write posts about it and Dr. Moreau.

Bottles: Had a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc...can't remember the name of it right now.

Writing: Work continues apace on the prose version of Into the Shining Sun.

Guitar: "Mother."

16 May 2011

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphé La Crau 2006


When The Wine Cellar, my favorite wine store in Kansas City, closed, I asked the owners what one bottle I should make sure to leave the store with, and they pointed me to Domaine du Vieux Telegraphé’s La Crau.  Boy, were they spot on!
Made from a classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, the La Crau was a deep garnet color.  It had a deep, loamy nose, accented with potent oak, and a great sense of weight to it.
Upon first taste, the fruit hit my palate right away, dark fruit flavors like blackberry and currant.  It unfolded slowly, eventually revealing oaky flavors and a lingering finish.
I enjoyed the bottle with friends over a dinner of filet with Greek seasoning, which it paired amazingly with, revealing surprising sweetness and suppleness in the wine.
One warning, though, if you ever do find yourself with a bottle...it had surprisingly high alcohol content (16.5%?  Can’t remember), which succeeded in knocking me on my ass quite suddenly and without warning.  As always, drink responsibly.
It cost $80 and won’t be easy to find again, but it was worth it for a special occasion.

I also happened to enjoy some cheeses that night, though they were done by the time the wine came out.  Saint Angel, a French soft-ripened triple-cream cheese from the Loire Valley, is made from cow’s milk and bills itself as “non-traditional.”  I don’t know what exactly that means, but it was quite good, similar to brie but different in a way I have a hard time quantifying.  We also had some P’tit Basque (good as always) and some Dutch double-cream gouda.  Both were thoroughly enjoyable.


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Books: Finished The Isle of Doctor Moreau.  Working on The Martian Chronicles.

Bottles: Martin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino 2008 and E Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005 at dinner at Lou & Mickey's in San Diego.

Guitar: Started on "Mother."

Writing: Written quite a bit on adapting my screenplay into a novella.  About 40% done now, I think.