Thanksgiving 2011

Tasted December 21, 2011 by pgb67 with 442 views

Introduction

Posting these notes a month late ... but I like to keep a record of these things.

Flight 1 - The Whites (and one starter red) (3 notes)

White
2009 Francine et Olivier Savary Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
92 points
My first Savary and my first Fourchaume (which I believe Julia Child said was her favorite white wine). Great cut and purity with a textured and lacy mouthfeel and a balanced complexity capturing a classic Chablis freshness. Aromas of crushed stones and candied lemons with stones and white-fruited flavor on the mouth and just a hint of salinity.
White
2007 Domaine de l'Aigle a Deux Tetes Côtes du Jura Vieilles Vignes en Griffez France, Jura, Côtes du Jura
89 points
I was expecting this to be funky in some way (must be the rep of Jura, and consistent with what the guys at Weygandt told me), but the for most part, it came across as an acidic chablis - lemon zest and preserved lemons on the nose and palate, with a biting acidic finish that actually worked quite well with food and urged you to forge forward with that Thanksgiving meal.
Red
2009 Georges Viorney Côte de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly
88 points
Like many others, I've had great experiences with '09 beajolais, but this one was not a standout, although completely serviceable. Underripe strawberries on the nose and palate with a good earthy tannic structure and finish. Served pre-dinner.

Flight 2 - The Reds (6 notes)

Red
2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Got just a sip of it upon opening it, and otherwise, missed out on any longer appreciation at the dinner table because my companions drained the bottle - being the first bottle finished off in a mult-bottle lineup suggests that it was a big crowdpleaser. But, based on my sip, it seemed like a tradtional RRV WS - very fruit forward for WS, but much more polished and restrained than what you'll get from the typical RRV producer.
Red
2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
91 points
Brambly and concentrated, with deep dark berry aromas and flavors. Not particularly long, and not as suave as a cab might be, but stood up very well to a variety of foods. Seemed like a good value too.
Red
2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
90 points
Concentrated and savory, but bright and unexpectedly light-bodied. Has a singed, smoky fruit component that might be a function of the vintage.
Red
2008 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
93 points
My personal WOTN for Thanksgiving 2011, with the traditional Carlisle jamminess offset with nice lingering acidity. Blackberries and a hint of coffee on the nose, with a smooth, glycerine-like mouthfeel and flavors of blackberries and toasted oak.
Red
2002 La Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru
88 points
Well built and in a fine drinking window, with plenty of life left, but nevetheless, not really my thing. Had distinct Pommard-like characteristics, with raspberry and a rustic sous bois component, but also had a lingering anise flavor that I found disconcerting, but which others at the table loved.
Red
2006 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
On the young side and not particularly complex at this point (and may never be), but nevertheless, showed some nice characterisitc Margaux flavors and aromas of cassis and tobacco. Not as balanced and acidic as other Giscours that I've enjoyed - maybe a touch flabby - but nevertheless a decent dinner companion.

Flight 3 - The Back-up Plan (2 notes)

Red
2006 W.H. Smith Pinot Noir Maritime USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Consolation prize that I pulled out after my W-S pinot was drained quickly at the Thanksgiving table. Showed stronger than I was expecting because some of the CT notes indicate an imbalanced, fizz issue with this bottling. To me, this strutted its maturity well by having a well-integrated and long attack of deep cherry flavor and soft, mature tannins.
Red
2007 Domaine Lucien Lardy Fleurie Les Roches Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
87 points
Austere but interesting, with floral aromatics and an earthy palate showing forest floor and sour cherry. Opened at the end of the night when perhaps something more potent would have enticed tired palates better.
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