Board Meetings are never boring! The camraderie, the leadership, the responsible officers, the wealth of ideas, the focus on our mission statement to educate regarding viticulture and enology often provides the worker bees a chance to taste various wines. Most attendees bring one bottle of wine and a few glasses. We like to raid our cellar for wines we would like to share. No formal disussion of the wines takes place. Yet, we have an animated impression of what the wines tend to taste like on their own and/or with food bites prepared by Chef James.
Last night Chef James presented skewered chicken in a pineapple asian sauce, roasted asparagus and a mixed grain rice pilaf, crusty french bread and a caramel creme custard for dessert.
2008 Sincerely – a Sauvignon Blanc from Neal Ellis. A South African wine at 12.5 % alcohol. Gold color, grassy, herbal, earthy fragrances. Tastes of green pepper and grapefruit – great acidity. Under $12 at the Co-op.
2008 Indian Creek Muscat Canelli, Dahlia Series with 11.2 % Pale Straw, a nose of raspberries, almost peaking, tastes of honeysuckle, lively, spicey, creme brulee.
2006 Rioja – Marquise de Riscal – regal Tempranillo, 13.5% tart with no tannins, but a slightly bitter middle, drinkable now.
2005 Fraser Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Dark cherries in the nose and palate, lovely sweet full middle with long finish. The tannins have mellowed.
2008 Little Black Dress Merlot 13,5% A good round soft every day table red from Mendocino, CA.
2006 Indian Creek Petite Verdot 13.5% only 25 cases made – usually a blending varietal, but on its own it is inky black with a boysenberry nose, violets and pencil shavings bouquet, cloves plum and truffles in the taste with long finish tending to taste sweet. Aged cheeses would pair well. Excellent with the chicken in an asian sauce and the dessert. purchased at $32/btl – auction value $ 86/btl
NV Grahams 6 grapes at 19.5 % and ~$23 a young and assertive port yummy with the dessert. A great start on going for a Wine Century Club certificate as it is made from 6 different Tourigia Nationale varietals – TNT, TF, TR, TA, and TC.
Add up all the grapes represented this evening and totals 12 – more than a 10th of the way to 100. Go for it – it is free!