Wine Tasting August 21 ’10

It was hot on the island, steaming hot. So hot that people were digging in trunks and attics and basements (Actually I don’t think anyone on Lummi Island really has an attic OR a basement) for shorts and sandals, which you can only wear around here two days per, you know, decade. So hot I had to dig in the back closet of the wine shop (Nooooooooooooo!) to pull out the old standup air conditioner (a Wonderful Invention!) and we had to actually Turn It On for a few hours in the late afternoon for the several days of the Heat Wave (yeah yeah-ah, yeah yeah-ah, oh oh ohhhh….Heat Wave!).

All you need to know is that it was So Hot I added a fifth wine to the weekly tasting, the Chateau Donjon Minervois Rose’, On Ice, as well as the Nefarious Riesling, also On Ice. This is important because even though we once had an ice tray in our refrigerator, it was long ago used for something else, cuz we never use ice for anything. I mean, who needs to make Ice at the North freaking Pole? So here we had this old cooler, and  bought a bag of ice and had the riesling and the rose’ in it, you know, chilled, and they tasted Really good, if you get my drift here.

And the amazing thing: people who would NEVER drink either rose’ or riesling were like Raving,” OMG this is GOOD!” And we all tasted, and It was Good.  No, no, I mean REALLY Good! So that’s what the occasional Hot Day will do for your palate…Rose’ tastes Wonderful!  That’s all I’m sayiing.

Last Saturday was entirely festive, with a cheerful crowd and a beautiful day and so many new faces I didn’t write them all down,. so rather than embarrass myself by leaving someone out or getting their names wrong we’ll skip the names today. We could instead just caption the photos, I guess. Feel free to add your own…and hey best caption wins a free tasting, how about that? The photos are numbered 1-6, in three rows.

then he says, “To get to the other side!!!

it’s a little disturning to see it, you know, in public!

whaddaya mean no sandwiches?

Sunscreen schmunscreen

We know something you don’t know…             I’m so glad we finished off the Bailey’s before we came


This week’s wines:

Casa Lapostolle sauv blanc 09 Chile $10 88pts
Green-gold color. Smoky peach and yellow plum on the nose, with a subtle lemon note adding energy. Fleshy and a touch sweet, with deep orchard fruit and melon flavors and firmer orange and lemon pith qualities. Finishes with good breadth and lingering citrus character.

Chateau Lancyre Pic Saint Loup la Coste d’Aleyrac 06 France $15    88pts
Offers sweet cherry and plum fruit with contrasting bitterness of their pits and a dusting of cardamom and nutmeg; a fetching combination of creamy texture and refreshment; and a lip-smacking finish.

Villa des Anges Cab Sauv 09 France $10
A wine of great freshness, intensity and concentration. Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.

Storybook Mountain Zinfandel Mayacamas 03 California $25
Deep ruby/purple-tinged color, and an earthy, peppery nose with lusciously sweet black cherry and currant scents. Neither as plush nor seductive as the Eastern Exposure, and dominated by its mineral/structured personality, it is, nevertheless, a refined, elegant California Zinfandel with medium body, excellent purity, and sweet, well-integrated tannin

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