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- wondersofwine - 08-24-2009

A Friday night party for out-of-towners was open to all kinds of wine. The theme for Saturday's picnic was Syrah and Shiraz although there were a couple tables for off-theme wines. My notes on all but a few of the wines were quite skimpy. I will report on the picnic wines under the Rhone thread.

For the Friday Party I took a
2000 Carr Vineyards and Winery Pinot Gris, Turner Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, CA
1999 Domaine G. Roumier Chambolle-Musigny A.C.
2005 Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA
The Roumier Chambolle-Musigny was drinking smoothly; not over-the-hill or shut down. I've been fond of the 1999 red Burgundies and bought more of that vintage than of others. Listed as 13% alcohol by volume.

The Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir was listed as 14.4% abv. I got a rich cherry nose and flavors--very fragrant. Something of a cherry liqueur (or kirsch as someone said) with maybe some Chinese or Asian spices. Others mentioned pomegranate and lavendar or mint. (Winery notes suggest shitake mushrooms and sassafras, boysenberries, etc. none of which we got.)
Balanced acidity. Alcohol not out of balance with the fruit. I really liked this and so did a number of those that tried it.
Other wines I tasted in small pours include a 1990? Pegau (funky nose but smooth tasting), the 2003 Sherrer Old and Mature Vines Zinfandel which I noted as bright, fruity and smooth, Howie Hart's homemade Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend (quite nice). I missed out on a Tommasi Amarone among others.

- winoweenie - 08-24-2009

Sounds like they had some good juice out on the tables. I usually avoid tastings because of the quality of most of the juice being poured. Glad you had some goodies. WW

- Kcwhippet - 08-24-2009

I don't recall you shying away from the tables out in the Finger Lakes, WW.