Wine Tasting November 7

Strange day in some undefinable way. First, it was Halloween, and we decided to wear “costumes.” Pat had a really great Witch Hat and pasty witch makeup and looked, well, kinda creepy. At the last minute I found my old martial arts outfit and put that on…it’s been enough years that now it is definitely a “costume.”

We were expecting a pretty good crowd, and imagined many would be in costume, but alas, only a few. Which is really not all that surprising for a Saturday afternoon. Then again, it isn’t that complicated to put on your old Lone Ranger mask, and a bit of stage makeup. Anyway, Russ, Kathy, and Kathy’s sister, Cindy (who is talking about moving here)—- did themselves up very nicely and set a festive mood, and late in the day Mary Jane came by decked out most convincingly as a nun, having access to the wardrobe of a new production of “Sister Act” soon to be in rehearsal somewhere nearby. She even had that stern countenance that scared the bedickens out of all the little kids in oldtime Catholic schools (it’s one of the the things Recovering Catholics are, you know, Recovering from).

This week’s wines:

Nefarious Cellars “Consequence” White ’08    Washington-Chelan   $15: Off-dry in style, a blend of Aligote and Viognier, a great patio sipper, with aromatics of tree fruit (huh??) and grass, with flavors of peaches, apricots, green apple, stone fruit, and ruby red grapefruit, with really lovely mouth-cleansing acidity. Not to mention, this winery is beautifully situated overlooking Lake Chelan and several acres of well-tended vineyards.  see slide show

Martorana Colonna nero d’avola/syrah   Italy $13–Lush, Rubenesque aromas and flavors of ripe plum, Moroccan spice, mincemeat, and sweet ginger

Domaine Rimbert Le Chant de Marjolaine  07   France   $14— “Jean-Marie Rimbert is a native of Provence who has forearms reminiscent of Popeye’s – must be the vine-pruning. He believes that carignan is his pinot and with old vines and small yields is a noble cépage. In his words “It is a much more efficient vehicle for terroir than syrah or grenache, at least here, where the schiste gives you relatively low acid wines.” (which basically means I can’t remember this wine except that I liked it!”

Marguery Familia Malbec ‘04   Argentina    $21  —a round, supple wine with insinuating flavor intensity, smooth tannins, and lovely life and length (my favorite!)

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