Memorial Day Pig Roast at Roland’s


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It was nearly five hours after Roland’s Memorial Day pig roast had started that I texted him asking if people were still there.  I had seen the pictures he submitted earlier on Facebook, which he let me post here, and was curious if both pig and wine were still around.  They were.

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I promptly walked over to find that there were many friends and wine lovers still there.  I had missed out on some older Barolo, Burgundy, 1999 Guigal, Chateau d’Ampuis, Côte-Rôtie,  magnums of 2003 Pierre Usseglio, Cuvée de mon Aïeul, Chateauneuf du Pape and 2003 Pegau, Cuvée Reservée, Chateauneuf du Pape., etc.  You get the idea.

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Roland quickly handed me a large glass and let me know, fortunately, there was a small bit of 2006 Guigal, La Landonne, Côte-Rôtie left.  He handed me the bottle so I poured my first glass ever of a La La.  It was dark, dense, complex just perfect for a long slumber in the cellar.  Many thanks to Phil for recording the moment!

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I joined a big group at the table where some older vintages were poured.  One guest brought bottles of 1994 and 1995 Chateau de Fonsalette, Reservé, Cotes du Rhone imported by Martine’s Wines.  These were served blind and though someone would not stop letting the cat out of the bag, we had a good time guessing the vintages.  The 1995 was still quite tight and firm with tannic structure.  The 1994 was fruity, a touch rounder, and definitely more approachable.   There was also a lovely bottle of Roland’s 2000 Les Cailloux, Cuvee Centenaire, Chateauneuf du Pape.  This too was served blind but an accidental flash of the colorful label corner revealed what was in store.  Again, we took a stab at the vintage.  Lovely, comforting stuff!  The final wine was the 1998 Domaine René Engel, Grand Cru Echezeaux.  Again from Roland’s cellar, the idea was to move backward into maturity.  That was accomplished with this aromatic wine!  It was a lovely evening thanks to all.

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