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WTN: 3 nights, 3 whites (all good)

Postby Dale Williams » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:45 pm

Monday I made toor dal with spinach & squash, warmed some leftover pimenton cauliflower & some naan, and made a salad. With dinner we had the 2008 Willi Schaefer “Graacher Domprobst” Riesling Kabinett (it’s the #2 if more than 1). zippy, racy, a true Kabinett, beautiful apple and citrus fruit expression, minerally/slatey tones, long, yum yum. A-

Betsy made a trip to HMart and we had scallops in a ginger/soy marinade, long beans with pepper, rice, kimchi, and seaweed salad for dinner Tuesday with the 2005 Trimbach “Cuvee Frederic Emile” Riesling. Good match with the scallops, this is less austere than most young Freddies, peach and nectarine fruit with a little petrol edge, maybe not a CFE for the ages, but tasty early. B+

Last night clams with a basil puree and red pepper over pasta as well as a arugula salad, wine was the 2011 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. Briney, nutty, green apple and citrus, good acids and good length, this is a nice wine for low teens. B+/B

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.
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Re: WTN: 3 nights, 3 whites (all good)

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:57 pm

Not a bad group.

I still have not popped a 2005 CFE. Maybe soon.
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Re: WTN: 3 nights, 3 whites (all good)

Postby Oliver McCrum » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:54 pm

I think Fabio from Colle Stefano will be happy to hear that he's on par with the CFE ;) Glad you liked the wine, Dale. Verdicchio is a very under-rated grape, IMO.
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Re: WTN: 3 nights, 3 whites (all good)

Postby Dale Williams » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:39 pm

David, kind of reminded me of 1997 and 2000- comparatively forward and friendly (but maybe not the one you put away for decades)

Oliver, do you import Colle Stefano on West Coast? Good stuff. I've had some pretty dreadful Verdicchio or Verdicchio-dominated blends, but the ones from Matelica and sometimes Jesi can be quite good (like this one!).
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Re: WTN: 3 nights, 3 whites (all good)

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:16 pm

Well then since I still have some 2000 CFE, I might just skip it except for a trial bottle.
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