With teriyaki salmon, rice, and assorted banchan, 2008 Bachelet Cotes de Nuits Villages. Pretty tight at first, this takes couple hours to really open up. Red berry fruit, earth, some mocha once it gets enough air. Good acids, moderate tannins, good length. Let these rest. B+
Thursday I did pork medallions in white wine. Wine was the 2008 Matrot Meursault. Full - I almost thought fat at first taste, but plenty of acids here. Some oak that needs to integrate, but nice citrusy fruit with some hazelnut. Needs a little time, but with the possibility of the pox should I wait? B+/B
Friday’s dinner was a bit scattered, we were horrified and transfixed by the events in CT. We were due at a cafe, and just got one course done in time, so we split dinner into a 7 PM and a 9:30 course (green “puttanesca-ish” pasta before we went to Hastings, salt and pepper squid when we came home). Wine with both was the Cantina Ericina “Tonnara” (Sicily, didn’t see a vintage, but think I was told 2010), . From indigenous varieties, a pleasant and easy going white with saline and fruity elements playing off each other. Not especially complex, but at under $10, a buy again. B
We went to a jam session at the Hasting Plaza cafe, where we had a couple of tapas plates (spicy chicken thigh, mushrooms) while we watched some serious guys play (guys who have been in Gerry Mulligan’s bands, Spyrogyra, Duke Ellington Orchestra). We tried a couple wines off short list (no vintages listed)
SA Prum “Essence” Riesling- appley, simple, but inoffensive B-
Fonterutoli “Mazzei” Tuscan - round, Merloty, a bit short, disappointing. C+
Saturday dinner was roast chicken and Brussels sprouts, with the 2004 Rene LeClerc “Clos Prieur” Gevrey-Chambertin. I’m not the most sensitive to the green meanies, but the piney notes were pretty strong here. The underlying wine has a nice structure- moderate acids, light tannins, some red berry fruits. I’m not that familiar with Leclerc but this seems a reasonably traditional/transparent wine, but unfortunately the green is also transparently obvious. Tried next day, but it was an oxidized mess by that point. Night one, B-/C+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.