Odds and Ends

Posted on: July 7th, 2004 by

2002 Markham Sauvignon Blanc (Napa)

Hey, it wasn’t great. The oak was very subtle and it almost tasted like a Sauv Blanc should. I didn’t pay for it, so I don’t know how much it cost, but I bet you could get a French or New Zealand one for the same price or less.

Last night I had a Pouilly Fume (2002…great year in the Loire). I wish I could remember the producer; I’ve had one of his before, this one was from a different vineyard. It had explosive lemony acidity, racy crispness, and was perfect w/ a mixed green salad w/ goat cheese. Goat cheese and sauv blanc from the Loire are a great match. Salad is often hard to match with wine. Go with Sauv Blanc from the Loire or NZ.

I also drank a Mouton Rothschild…his second label. I think it was called Petite Mouton, and had this art deco label. It was a 2000. It was 70% Cab Franc, which is weird for a left-bank Bordeaux. I drank it w/ a buddy at a half price wine night. We splurged…it is normally 210 on the list, so we got it for 105. We had it decanted and started drinking it about an hour later. It was a little disappointing. When you are paying that much for a wine, there has got to be what I call “The Wow.” There was no “wow”. It did improve, though, about 2hrs after decanting. I think this wine needs more time, or a good 4 hour decanting before drinking.

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