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We Treat Ourselves to a Nice Pair of Wines


It is a treat to drink nice wine at home on an ordinary work night. I usually hold on to such bottles for a special dinner or tasting but sometimes it is best to just pull the corks. Both of these wines are in a similar state in that they have clearly benefited from some bottle age by taking on additional flavors but they seem poised for greater development over the next several years. For the first hour or so the Rene Rostaing was primarily enjoyable for its nose but then it decisively revealed more flavors. If you drink it now give it two hours in the decanter or better yet wait another 2-3 years. We are still enjoying white dessert wines so we heartily enjoyed the La Tour Blanche. Though nectar-like it was very easy to drink the entire half bottle down to the last viscous drop. A disclaimer, I have barely any experience with Sauternes so I truly have no clue how long this wine will drink. I do believe it will improve for several more year and should easily last for some time. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

2005 Domaine Rene Rostaing, Cuvee Classique, Cote Rotie – $45
Imported by MacArthur Beverages. This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 30-35 year old vines which were fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. They were aged in 10% new oak of which 50% were casks and 50% demi-muids. Alcohol 13% vol. The color is a medium+ dark ruby core with youthful grape highlights. At first this was driven by the nose but then it opened up in the mouth. There was a light feeling to the complex mouth with lots of gentle texture expanding. The fresh red fruit was straight-up but not hard then flavors of blacker fruit with a lipstick quality came out. There was a fresh balance between acidity and tannins. With air the wine opened up nicely to reveal smoke, incense, tastes of stone with a mineral kiss. It still has drying tannins. ***(*) Now-2022.

2007 Chateau La Tour Blanche, Sauternes, (375ml) $29
Imported by MacArthur Beverages. This wine is a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon, and Muscadelle averaging 28 years of age and located on soils of gravel over clay and sand and loess. It was aged for 16-18 months in French oak barrels. Alcohol 14% vol. The complex nose is honeyed with apple caramel and lovely citrus. In the mouth this wine is quite sweet but still maintains balance with flavors of cinnamon apple and spices delivered in an unctuous manner. The is young and lovely with perhaps a hint of petrol from some bottle age. On the rich and thick side of the line but there is some verve and good acidity in the finish. ***(*) Now-2027.

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  1. July 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

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