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Drinks With Frank at Range


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Frank (Drink What YOU Like) was in town again.  I typically meet up with Frank at one of the innumerable wine events which take place in Washington, DC.  We decided to shake things up and actually pay for our wine.  Actually, I do not get invited to many events so I typically pay for my wine both at home and at restaurants.  Range is a great place to go for wine, the list is diverse and prices per bottle start in the $20 range.  Surprisingly, there are no half-bottles.

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Frank wanted to have a lighter red wine with dinner, perhaps not Beaujolais and not Loire Cabernet Franc due to his upcoming Cabernet Franc tasting on Sunday.  Going off of these restrictions we let sommelier Elli Benchimol pick a wine for us.  She suggested Sicily which worked for us so she returned with a bottle of the 2010 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere, Caldera Sottana, Etna Rosso.  This wine is a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio source from a single vineyard at 600-700 meters of elevations.  The vines here range from 50 to 100 years of age.  Though the wine was light in a sense, it packed some deceptive structure and really needs several more years in the cellar.  We even had Elli pick our main courses of Octopus and Pork.  The wine did start to open up during the course of our dinner so I would recommend dumping it into a decanter.

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As were deeply engaged in discussing the wine blog-o-sphere Frank was up for another drink.  Again, there were no half-bottles so I figured we could order a full bottle then take the leftovers. I suggested the well priced 2008 Finca Sandoval, Salia, Manchuela at $26 but when I mentioned the 2010 Jean-Paul Thevent, Vieilles Vignes, Morgon Frank lit up.  “That’s a Kermit Lynch wine,” he said.  That worked for me.  Unfortunately, the supply of the 2010 vintage was exhausted and the next case held only the 2011.  We decided to try it and idiotically, keep trying it.  It wasn’t the best.  Frank did not much care for it and Elli even made a face or two.  She decanted it and swirled it for quite some time.  It eventually opened up, just a little bit to reveal some delicate berries and citrus.  Too bad, this wine is made from fruit sourced from a parcel of vines 45 years old and a parcel which is 110 years old.

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To allay our feelings Elli returned with a bottle of 2010 Aurelien Verdet, Le Prieure, Hautes-Cotes de Nuits and two fresh glasses.  She gave us generous pours which she refreshed later on as we enjoyed the wine.  This was much more interesting, a little earthy, good concentration, and weight.  The fruit is apparently sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard planted in 1970.  I do not think we concluded anything that night but I had a good time talking a lot over a rather long period.

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