Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

That Alcoholic Weekend

As if we hadn't demolished enough booze Saturday night, we blasted past Saturday night's record with even more wine, which we shared with sinnabor, Derrick, and Dennis. Derrick graciously took over the kitchen and whipped up some tasty pork with a white wine reduction; Dennis showed up a bit later with an amazing mushroom tart as well as a phenomenal loganberry pie. We also ate some more of the Stilton my parents gave us as a wedding present... it's amazing how long that stuff keeps, and it just gets tastier every time.

Here's the wine list:

1994 Tyrrell's Vat 1 Hunter Valley sémillon, $40. I spotted this in a Portland wine shop last month and of course had to buy it. Scared that it might be going over the hill, I chilled it down and we shared it. This was a lovely bottle of wine: a beautiful faded brown color, smooth as you could want, with good flavor still left. Delightful.

1999 Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, probably about $30. This was the science experiment of the evening. Cloudy Bay isn't supposed to be something you'd age, but I figured it'd be fun to try it out. So, I did. And how was it? Pretty damned good. I think it was better as a 5-year-old than it was when it was young: less acidic, more pleasant. Due to a misunderstanding, however, this mostly got used as pork sauce. Ooops.

2002 Erbaluce di Caluso, imported by Bonny Doon, $18. Everyone seemed really, really impressed by this wine, which was fine by me. It's not my favorite, but it's very Italian and far more interesting than a generic Soave. Sold out now, but it was fun while it lasted.

1999 Andrew Rich Mésalliance, $24. I didn't care for this at all, but both Dennis and Derrick really liked it, so... cool! This is a wine mostly from Oregon, cabernet based, and very definitely in the French style [read: higher acid levels, better with food]. It smells really nice, but the acidity gets to me. I wouldn't buy it again, but it was fun to try.

2001 Columbia Crest reserve syrah, $25. Everyone pretty much went AAAAACK when they got a load of this wine. It's very Rhône-y, not even remotely American in style. It's not quite as outré as the Clonakilla shiraz viognier, but it's getting there... it took a few minutes to open up enough for everyone to begin to appreciate it a little, but it's a true oddball, with some viognier hiding in there as well. I'd say it's just too damn young right now; give it five or ten years.

Finally, we finished off the last of the Yalumba Clocktower port and called it a night.

I need aspirin.

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