June 8, 2013

Bubble, Napa and Austria Sunday

It was a cold march day when I brought over a Bozy and O'Shaughnessy to Eric's Sunday lunch. You may be asking, "Matt, who are those people?" I would respond, "Those aren't people you, mouth-breathing dolt! Naw, I'm just busting your hump, the first one is a Champagne and the other one is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon." Thanks for not getting too upset over that rhetorical device. Anywho, this was a great set of wines. The third wine was a Blaufrankish varietal from the Southern Austrian region of Carnuntum. Before I get into what that last sentence meant let's talk about the first two guys.

I have talked about a few different wines that are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. Those wines would have been from Bordeaux, which are (usually) a blend of Cab, Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot. The last two are mainly used for color and texture. The 2009 O'Shaughnessy, however, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, there is no other grape used in it. One can taste the difference. Usually I shy away from Big American Red Wines, in this case I couldn't stay away. For such a young wine, one would expect a brash and big tannin (that stuff that makes your mouth dry, like in tea). That really wasn't the case. Yes, it had the big American berry, but only a little bit of anise. What impressed me the most was the finish, which lasted at least 30-50 second. Decant this for a while, maybe 3hrs in the mean time drink some Champagne.

O'Shaughnessy, Howell Mountian Vineyard, Napa Valley, Califonia, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009.

ABV: 14.8%
Cases Made: Sub 2500
Average Price: $--

That O'Shaughnessy was too good a wine not to talk about, in fact, it made me think twice about Napa Reds. Don't worry that was the most expensive one of the day. The next one is from a little town called Bozy in Champagne, France. Yes, I am not making that up, look at the label. I am so happy, and astounded that this wine made it's way from Bozy to East Lansing. Barnaut is a Recoltant Manipulants (RM) or Single Producer Sparkling Wine from Champagne. As of this moment, there are three types of production methods in Champagne; Negotiated Producer (Negociant Manipulant (NM)), Cooperative Producer (CM) and Single Producer (RM). An NM house makes its wine from grapes purchased from growers around Champagne. A CM producer is just what it sounds like, a Co-op, growers with stake in the company that share in the profits. Finally, an RM owns it's own vineyards and makes it's own wine. There are wide and ongoing debates about the merits and quality of wine from each production method.
Enough background, if I am wrong then some one tell me, all I could taste was Chardonnay with only a little bit of Pinot Noir. Just a great round mouth feel and swirling effervescence.

ABV: 12%
Cases Made:?
List Price: $40

What do you say about a wine that you know nothing about and spent the last two hours researching wines that you actually knew? Well check out the WIKI page on the grape Blaufrankisch. Got it? Good, yeah this was a fun and interesting wine, it tasted similar if only grittier than Pinot Noir. That only means that it reminded me of the grape, not it's end result. It has it's own distinct taste and mouth feel, almost like a Gamay and an Pinot and something else I cant put my finger on. Was spicy enough to hold up against Beef stew and carrots.

ABV: 13%
Cases Made: NO IDEA
List Price:$27

O.K. that's a wrap or Old Kinderhook as Bradly Cooper tells us in "Silver Linings Playbook" (I added the wrapping portion). 

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