What are you drinking right now?
I first opened a 2004 Patric Lesec Chateauneuf du Pape "Chasse Temps" I bought at Costco. I remembered another decently low priced CdP from Lesec, the "Rubis", and got this one assuming in would be in the same league. Totally disappointing, no idea what RP was thinking about when we rated it 89-91. No bouquet, no grenache, no nothing. Daughter says not even good for soaking the dried mushrooms.
Since I was in the Rhone-ish mood, I set the Lesec aside and opened a tried and true, the 2000 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph. Here, reverend Robert got it right: "This supple, medium to full-bodied, elegant St.-Joseph possesses superb depth, purity, and balance. " Rated 90-92. An entirely different league. Forget ratings, dear reader, they are meaningless.
Summary for the day: one out of two. Not at all bad, I guess...
Opened a bottle of 2005 Chateau de Lascaux 2005 tonight - a great wine from Languedoc. Another outstanding Kermit Lynch selection (and only around $17.00)
Rainer Wess's 2005 Gruner Veltliner "Pfaffenberg". The remaining half of a bottle opened on Saturday, when it made a wonderful accompaniment to miso-glazed sockeye with the last-of-season local asparagus. Textbook GV, if less than full throttle than some (a good thing IMO). White pepper, light citrus and chalk on the nose, white and green fruit on the palate. Acid bright, bone dry. Long minerally finish. A bit austere so probably best drunk with food, but a fine wine indeed.
2005 William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux. Lots of green apples, then more green apples, with a faint hint of grapefruit peel. Nice minerals, great acidity, though a bit more chalky than I'd preferred. Should go well with a gruyere mac 'n cheese. A good bargain right at $20 considering his other offerings. My wine guy also invited me to try his Argentine malbec. I think I will next week.
Latah Creek Chard, not too bad at all. We went to the 25th anniversary winery party Friday, and sampled their Cabernet-Syrah, their 25th anniversary offering: quite nice, and I was pleasantly surprised not to be overwhelmed with sweetness: I'm definitely a dry wine type. We picked up a mixed case of: Riesling, again, less sweet than the usual, and I like it, and the other half was May Wine, a nice middling easy wine; a case of: Chardonnay, good and reliable; and two cases of their Sangiovese, which is to die for. These crazy people wanted to combine it in some ghastly lemonade summer drink, and I say for shame! It's a great moderate red, and absolutely great with blackened steak.