Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Soooooo sorry it’s taken me so long to post!…James and I went on our anniversary trip and after a week of total relaxation, it was quite hard to get back into the swing of things.  For the second part of our trip, we drove up to Washington, DC to visit James’ older brother, Charles and his wife, Jordi…who helped us with this weeks salud!

While James whipped up dinner in their newly remodeled kitchen (which was amazing!)…
…Charles & Jordi grabbed a couple of different wines that they bought while on their honeymoon and were awesome enough to share with us! (thanks!)

Il numero di vino uno (with a variety of cheeses)!

Consumer: James, Sara, Charles & Jordi 
Name: Baldacci Allwin
Region:  Napa Valley, CA
Grape Varietal:  Syrah
Vintage:  2005
Price:  $39.00 
Alcohol content:  14.5%
Food pairing:  Venison tacos with black beans and rice.
venison provided by Charles & Jordi’s friend.

Color & Appearance:  Rich/dark red, ruby

Nose/Aroma:  Leather, dried plums, pepper, blackberries and smells like Napa!

Mouth/Flavors:  Pepper, mineral earthy finish, dry, unripe blackberry, full, lingering and “inky” (per Jordi)

Rating:  We were all in agreement that it was a solid 9.

Impressions:  This wine was cave aged (Chas & Jordi actually went down and toured the cave!).  It was a big hit among all of us and definitely one to keep in the home cellar.  I think we opened it at the right time to enjoy it!  I’m a huge fan of Napa wines…so I was definitely happy with the familiar smell and awesome taste!

After we finished the Syrah, C&J ventured down to their stock and brought up yet another wine from their honeymoon (and I’ll admit, at this point…I had a few glasses of wine so it’s a bit hard to decipher my handwriting and notes which include lots of quotation marks around random words and chicken scratch…but I’m sure it all made perfect sense at the time! HA!):

Il numero di vino due!


Consumer: James, Sara, Charles & Jordi 

Name: V. Sattui, Ramazzotti Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

Region: St. Helena, VA

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel

Vintage:  2006

Price:  $33

Alcohol content:  15%

Color & Appearance:  Claret (which James had to explain to me was a deep, purplish red).

Nose/Aroma:  Alcohol is the first thing you smell and it was “burny” according to Jordi (seriously, she comes up with the BEST adjectives!), “smells unappealing” according to Charles.

Mouth/Flavors:  Nothing remarkable and nothing bad…it was just kinda there, alcohol, jammy.  You could definitely taste that it was past its prime.

Rating:  Charles-6, Jordi-5, James-7, Sara-6

Impressions:  Charles described it perfectly as “mill of the road” (I told you I had lots of quotation marks).  This was definitely pale in comparison to the first wine, the Syrah.  We all agreed that we waited too long to drink it and would have been much better opened in 2009 or, at the latest, 2010.  Don’t get me wrong, we finished up the entire bottle! 

That decanter was a gift from James and I a few Christmases ago…but it was a bitch to pour out of!

Thank you Chas & Jordi for your awesome hospitality and sharing such special wines with us!  We had a blast!




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2 responses to “Sunday, August 14th, 2011

  1. Charles Allen (Chas.)

    Thanks for making the trip to DC and helping us polish off those bottles of wine! Can’t wait to see you guys again.

  2. Ginny Allen

    So sorry I missed the festivities! Happy Anniversaries all around.

    Love ya,

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