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Holiday Weekend Wrap

September 8, 2009

I enjoyed a handful of interesting wines over the long weekend, in between settling into and working on the new pad.

Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Trinch! , 2007:
Served slightly chilled. An off bottle. Disappointing as heck. The last bottle was bursting with fruit and vibrancy…this one, fruitless and dull. What was left was green-pepper skin and soppy leaves.  I can’t say what the flaw is, but with wine as natural as this you have to take the good with the bad.

Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo, 2007: In good form, a solid showing. This bottle seemed slightly firmer structurally than my last, but delivered the goods with signature Nebbiolo roses and black cherries. Accessible, and a value under $15; perfect with a weeknight pasta dinner.

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Luneau-Papin Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Le L D’Or, 1997: My first mature Muscadet, and a great one. Golden color and ripe nose, with citrus, a little fresh apricot and stone. Very well balanced acids, enough to satisfy my acid-tooth, but not overbearing or too zingy. Smooth on the palate, delivering a Chenin-like (Savennieres?) wooly character with tons of minerality and long finish. At around $20, this is a remarkable bottle of wine, and gives me a lot of hope in hoarding quality Muscadet for the future. Perfect with crab.

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Puzelat/Clos du Tue-Boeuf Touraine La Guerrerie, 2007: Im starting to really love the quirky character of the Puzelat wines. Regardless of the varietal, they all seem to be super-fresh and unmanipulated, with an acidity that cries for food, and a component of earthy/hippy-ness that rocks. This cuvee is 75% Cot (malbec) and 25% Gamay from Touraine, and is loaded with ripe cranberries and underbrush. 11.5% ABV, lean and tightly wound, but with no harsh tannins – just direct and loosened with air – almost like a white wine. If this were a little cheaper, I’d be drinking way more than my fair share during the summer and early fall. Worked with stroganoff. But maybe better with a burger or grilled chicken.


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