Drinking wine on a snowy day

Image is from the wonderful not to be missed Dr. Vino blog (Tyler Coleman) who has an another good story of wine and snow.

I awoke early this morning, looked out the window, and smiled.  It’s a snowday.

The predictions are in the range of 15 to 24 inches of the white stuff, with strong winds, for the day.  Followed by sub zero air temperatures by tomorrow.  What does this mean?  Time for some wine!

Set up on the counter, ready to go (for later, it’s only 9am right now) are the following:

Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008

La Bastide St. Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape 2007

Seghesio ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel 2006

I’ll update you with tasting notes later tonight.


Tasting notes on “Snowy Day Wines”

Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008:  I love this stuff, and I really like what Greg Brewer is doing in Santa Barbara.  His winemaking style is controversial and extreme.  For instance, no new oak at all on the wine, but he co-ferments the dried stems of the grapevines with the must with the (I think correct) idea that “The best meat is cooked with its bones.  The best fish is a whole fish instead of just the fillet.  The sweetest meat comes from near the bones.  So this is simply doing what the wine naturally wants to do.”  This wine is perfect example of why alcohol level doesn’t matter, but balance does.

La Bastide St. Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape 2007:  Holy Bacchus!  Aromas of clove, black pepper, a hint of licorice, and beautiful pure black raspberry.  Almost sappy in the aroma.  Taste is exceedingly well balanced but young and forceful (which is a quality I like).  A strong wine with a careful and beautiful personality.  Being enjoyed with charcoal grilled bone in rib eye … perfecto!

… and the Seghesio Old Vine Zin was not opened.  Will have to wait for another day.  To pop it after those two bottles would have been fun, but would not have done it justice.

One Response to Drinking wine on a snowy day

  1. ed constantini December 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    At the last wine class “Noble Grapes” you mentioned that you were still up in the air regarding subject matter for your spring class. You mentioned that if we had any ideas for a subject you would like to hear about them. Here goes..I was reading an article in LaCucina Italiana magazine and it was titled “Down the Winery River”. The river was the Po river in Italy, and the article states that not only is the river on the 45th parallel but it bisects some wonderfully rich wine regions which run from Piedmont, through Lombardy, and Emilia Romangna, before terminating in the Veneto Delta. There you have it..four regions of Italy containing 44 DOC and 7 DOCG regions, with many,many varietals.


    Ed Constantini

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