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Friday, November 7, 2008

On 6:41 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
I've neglected the blog lately, so this is a bit of a catch-up.

Last Sunday, we had friends in from California staying with a relative in Manhasset. That meant that I got to cook in a real kitchen! I made Lamb Shanks with Herbs de Provence.

To go along with the Proveçal dish, it was only fitting to serve Provençal wine. While cooking, we drank a bottle of 2001 Domaine des Relagnes Chateauneuf du Pape. Luscious, lush and complex, this was a star. If only I could afford to drink wine like this all the time.

We moved on to a perrenial favorite, 2005 Domaine des Remizieres Crozes-Hermitage. This is 100% Syrah, and a very smoky version. Not quite as intensly flavored as the 2004, this wine has smoothed out since its release and is now drinking beautifully.

Finally, with the meal itself, we drank the 2005 Castell Reynoard Bandol Rouge. This one is pretty gutsy - not a wine I would call smooth. It kept some tannic bite and had terrific acidity, both needed to cut the richness of the lamb. It combined savory and herb flavors with some dark berry and black cherry.

For the rest of the week, we drank far more economically. One night Chris (my wife) and I split a bottle fo the 2007 Alamos Malbec. It showed a slightly gamey side of Malbec, yet still had some nice ripe, black fruit.

Last night I worked late, so I drank some incredibly inexpensive Cabernet from Argentina called Antis. We have it on sale right now for just $7.70 a bottle. It was pretty tasty for a wine of that price. I would have no problem recommending it at the $10.99 it sold for originally.

So that was the week that was.



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