Monday, January 2, 2012

our 2011 New Year's Eve

2009 Perrin & Fils L'Andéol Rasteau | AC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

2008 Sonoma Junction Cabernet Sauvignon | Sonoma County

2008 Sella & Mosca Riserva | DOC Cannonau di Sardegna

2006 Château Fongaban | AC Côtes de Castillon

Back to work tomorrow! Depressed, but since I'm not the offspring of a business mogul, back to spreadsheets and deadlines. It's been a fairly subdued holidays, but I did get to drink myself silly. Not silly drunk, but I did have a few good hangovers. Going through the photos, New Year's Eve seems a bit hazy. I vaguely remember doing an interlocked arm wine toast with an uncle. It's going to be painful having to get up before noon (sometimes 1pm) again.

Sometimes great drinkability is all you want. No fuss, although a bit more pure fruit would be nice. And with these long dinners with so much food on the table, so much interplay between savoury, sweet, sour, and spicy flavours, pure fruit and high acid, with not too much tannin are really the way to go. Of course, in an ideal world, we'd all be drinking Champagne and nothing but Champagne with these kinds of meals. Maybe someday.

Our host always prepares the best, in terms of resources and time required. We walked in and the first thing I saw was a box of lobsters wriggling in the sink, before a bottle of beer was promptly shoved in my hand. Good man. We had so much food. Ending with lobster and sea cucumber. Great stuff, and of all these family dinners we've had over the years, this one ranks as one of the more interesting ones. One of the kids said he had hurt his wrist - one look by the aunties and it was quickly determined that it was a fracture. And when one of us gets hurt, it's everyone's business, so my father and another uncle dragged him into the car and drove him to the emergency room to get checked out. About 2 1/2 hours and a soft cast later, I (tipsy as fuck) went with my mother (she drove of course) to pick them up. Problem solved, and back to the wine and lobster!

So, we had quite a range of red wines on the table. I sampled all of them - maybe a bit too unabashedly. Meaning the bottles were never farther than an arm's reach away from me. I have to be honest, I don't really remember specifics about any of the wines. They all sort of blend into each other, the way larger volume wines from high production producers are. The Bordeaux was good, though maybe I shouldn't be trusted . . . I had forgot that we had even opened a 4th bottle. All that well-made, unremarkable yet solid red wine. Good. Because you shouldn't get drunk on bottom-feeding junk. It's still respectable when the wines are $15+. And just look at those glasses . . . surely you don't expect to be swirling and sniffing from those, do you?

2012 up and at it, here we go again!


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