30 June 2011

Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2006


I enjoyed Tenuta di Nozzole’s Chianti with some friends after work one day while in San Diego for an event; we’d had a long morning and had a break in the afternoon, so sat on the stage enjoying Chianti and crackers with fig jam.  It was great.
The wine was deep crimson, with a nose that seemed to blend black pepper with jammy fruit.
It was a heavy, full-bodied wine, powerfully tannic, with lots of earthy tastes and the fruit hovering just behind it.  It was very dry, but the finish had hints of vanilla lurking underneath the oak, leaving almost a sweet aftertaste.

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Books: Nothing right now.

Bottles: Had a taste of a British Columbia Pinot Gris from the Okanagan while in Vancouver; it was very interesting, very young and acidic, but good.  I have yet to see any BC wine in any wine store in the US so I don't expect I will have much chance to experiment in the States.


Writing: Still plodding along on Into the Shining Sun.


Guitar: Got to piddle around on an acoustic, playing "Mother," revisiting "Is There Anybody Out There?"

27 June 2011

Justin Winery 2007 Isosceles Paso Robles


An unusual blend from Paso Robles, which is usually known for its Rhone blends, Isosceles was composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot - a Bordeaux blend if there ever was one!  It was an amazing wine, however.  Deep ruby in color, medium bodied with a potent nose of oak and sour cherries.  On the tongue, the wine was surprisingly cooling - almost like mint leaves, though it had no taste of mint - instead showing dry, oaky flavors against a crisp acidity.

I enjoyed the bottle with some friends over a cheese platter at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp in San Diego.  The restaurant didn’t really order a cheese platter but when my friend asked, the chef was able to put something together for us - gouda, cheddar, swiss, and, most delicious, a pesto-covered parmesan, which I will be recreating myself in the near future.  It was an enjoyable bottle and an enjoyable afternoon.


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Books: Finished TS Eliot's The Wasteland, but that's a poem not a book...
Bottles: Nothing new right now.
Writing: Still plodding along on novella.  Going is a bit slower right now but hopefully it will pick back up again.
Guitar: Away from my electric, but found an acoustic to play, so I'm revisiting "Is There Anybody Out There?" as well as "Wish You Were Here" and "Wot's the Deal?"

21 June 2011

Edward Sellers Le Thief Paso Robles 2007


Edward Sellers Le Thief Paso Robles 2007

A Rhone-style blend made of 60% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, and 15% Grenache, Le Thief was an excellent bottle.  The wine was a deep plum color, with a surprisingly gentle nose that revealed scents of slate and raisin.  It expressed strong berry flavors and had a surprisingly light and airy mouthfeel, though it was by no means lacking in power.  It finished with a smooth and crisp finish.


I drank the wine at a restaurant in San Diego called Searsucker, which featured tapas as well as contemporary Californian cuisine.  I had baked brie, baked boucheron, duck-fat fries, steak, mashed potatoes, asparagus, three different salads, and perhaps more that I can't remember.  The wine was quite drinkable with all, but it was truly exceptional with the steak.

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Books: Not reading anything new right now; I’m on vacation and just rereading some Wheel of Time on my iPad.
Bottles: The above, also K Syrah 2008 Wahluke Slope, Tenuta Di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, and Justin Winery Isosceles 2007 Paso Robles.
Writing: Working steadily on the novella of the screenplay.
Guitar: Started on some new stuff before I left for Vancouver...I have forgotten most of it but I will get to practice when I get home.

07 June 2011

E Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005


E Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Aromatic and earthy, E. Guigal’s 2005 offering from Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhone was exceptional.  It was aromatic, earthy, with strong, spicy oak in the nose along with hints of plum.
It had a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel for a Rhone blend, and the taste was a balanced combination of oak, mild fruits, and powerful tannins.  It ended with a crisp, spicy finish.
I got it for $88 at the restaurant, so it can probably be found for $40-60 at a store.

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Books: Taking a break from books right now to catch up on periodicals.  I've been kind of addicted to my Scientific American subscription.


Bottles: Bought some bottles of Ramey Claret and K Syrah yesterday.  Looking forward to drinking them.


Writing: Work proceeds apace on the adaptation of my screenplay.  I find myself writing a new scene to fill in a gap that the adaptation has made.

Guitar: "Mother," "In the Flesh?" and "The Thin Ice."