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WTN: Dinner with friends

Postby Florida Jim » Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:11 pm

2003 Eaglepoint Ranch, Grenache:
Too jammy for me (although, when served with blue cheese toasts, it was a nice counterpoint) with solid acids and a focused delivery.

2004 Pepière, Muscadet:
As always, delicious, bright, happy juice. Buy by the case.


Dinner with Bob and Letta:

With smoked trout stuffed endive:
2002 Baumard, Savenièrres:
Wonderful with the dish; cut through the saline elements of the food and yet maintained a certain dry, chenin driven minerality that enhanced the smoky, salt-air essence of the fish spread.

With grilled scallops and shrimp with salsa verde:
1996 R. & V. Dauvissat, Chablis Les Clos:
Closed at first but, with time, opened to reveal a lemon-edged viscosity that accompanied the seafood beautifully; curiously, it closed back down later in the evening. ‘Hard to figure, but expressive and exceptional with the food when it was with us.

With . . . nothing at all:
2001 Texier, Côte-Rôtie:
Showing very youthful and primary but still, loaded with character and terroir from first sip to last; mineral, bacon, smoky, fleshy fruit, fine tannins, evident complexity, depth, and a long finish with a reprise of fruit and earth, or two – a syrah that makes me understand why the appellation is second to none with this variety. Hold . . . and then hold a bit longer – what a wine!

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Re: Dinner with friends

Postby Randy Buckner » Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:46 am

2004 Pepière, Muscadet


Jim, was that the Classique or the Cuvée Eden? Have you had them both? Any preference? TIA.
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Re: Dinner with friends

Postby Florida Jim » Sun Apr 09, 2006 10:47 am

Randy Buckner wrote:
2004 Pepière, Muscadet


Jim, was that the Classique or the Cuvée Eden? Have you had them both? Any preference? TIA.


Randy,
The bottom-end bottling - not vineyard or cuvee designated, at all.
I have not had the ones you mention but have had the 04 Clos des Briords, which is very precise and a bit closed.
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Re: Dinner with friends

Postby Randy Buckner » Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:41 pm

Thanks, Jim. I just bagged a case.
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