12.9.09 The UNusual Suspects

15 02 2010

For the annual day of birth of beloved wino Nikki G., our theme was interesting, different, and unique wines from across the world. Brownie points for weird countries, weird blends, and weird facial expressions. From a brutally wine stained note page, we learn this:

First up was the 2007 Tangent, White Blend (Central Coast, CA), $18.
This ridonculous blend of Pinot Gris, Viognier, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Albariño had aromas of honeysuckle according to Ellen and possesed a viognier-y orange blossom quality, said Kelly.
Alea thought it tasted like viognier and honey and Kelly found it very round, slightly crisp, and simple syrup-y.
Rating 7/10

2002 Hagafen, Sauvignon Blacn (Napa Valley, CA), $7.
This was our first (and maybe last) Jew wine. Nikki’s a Jew, so it made sense at the time. Chris C. got turpentine on the nose, Darren got Torah, Nikki got 3rd day of Hanukkah and maple glazed yams, Colin got pine tree, Kelly got Pine Sol.
Colin thought the palate was like a less sweet Sauternes. Everybody thought it tasted kinda like tukhus.
Rating: 3/10

2007 Henry of Pelham, Pinot Noir (Niagara Peninsula, VQA, Canada), $17.
Dave got maple syrup, Colin got sweaty socks in a swimming pool, and Kelly got smoked bacon.
For the palate, we jointly decided it was Eh?!
Rating: 4/10

2005 Mildiani, Saporavi, (Kakheti, Republic of Georgia), $15.
Not surprisingly, Nikki found this obscure son of a bottle. Dave and Ellen got fennel on the nose, Nikki got anise and salami, Kelly got blackberry, and Colin got new innertube.
For the palate, Dave got pepper and Nikki got smoky, meaty, salami.
Rating: Wasn’t taken or note-taker was too buzzed to notice it happened. Oops!

2008 Tenuta delle Terre Nere (Etna, Italy), $17.
On the nose, Russ got latex, Colin got butter, and all other sexual innuendo aside Alea got pears and canned cherry pie filling, Nikki got watermelon Jolly Rancher and black pepper.
On the palate Kelly thought it was high in acidity. Everybody else either didn’t have an opinion or whispered they’re comments.
Rating: 6.5/10

2007 Cana’s Feast, Cabernet Franc “Ciel du Cheval Vineyard” (Columbia Valley, WA), $30.
Colin got forest floor on the nose and Kelly got black fruit. On the palate Alea got smoky, berry pie, and Kelly thought it was pretty medium in body and tannin.
Rating 6.5/10

2007 Some Young Punks, “Drink n’ Stick” Mataro/Shiraz (South Australia), $24.
On the nose, Colin got ppepper (that’s how it was spelled on the page, a testament to the sober nature of out little get together) and dark fruit. Kelly got plum and Alea got febreeze.
On the palate, Kelly got nut, Ellen thought it was rhubarbish, and to be honest it was a shit show from here on out.
Rating: Rather/Drunk

Nikki loves bourbon

Happy Birthday Nikki!




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