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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
As a wine lover it is always so much fun tasting new wines from fellow wine lovers and hearing the story of how they come to love this winery and there wines. My thanx again to my friend Jon for telling the tale of Dumol and how he fell in love with this small boutique winery and there wines.
The first bottle of Dumol I ever tasted was a gift that Jon had given me. It was the 2005 Russian River Pinot. I took the wine up to Central Coast last year to celebrate my 40th birthday. I wasn't really sure if I would even open the bottle, but a very interesting moment happened while tasting wines at Tantara Winery with the owner and winemaker. http://www.tantarawinery.com/ I allowed them to taste the Dumol wine blind. The owner Bill Cates instantly stuck his nose in the glass and said "Russian River" and also mentioned that it was either 04 or 05 Vintage. They didn't guess the winery correct but knowing that they got Russian River right tells me again that California is developing a "Terrior" of there own. Ever since then I try really hard to remember those certain blackberry and plum flavors plus the earthy characters of mushroom, nutmeg, and star anise.
The 2006 Dumol Pinot Noir - Finn delivered on all those points. These are flavors that I believe represent the Terrior of The Russian River Valley. The aromas and flavors that stick in my mind since that day in Central Coast. This wine is the Estate Single Vineyard release while the wine I had last year was the spring release Pinot that is more affordable. Big bold flavors and aromas are what to expect when drinking any Russian River Wine.
The 2007 Dumol Chardonnay is also no exception. This wine was another beautiful gift from my friend Jon. Jon allowed me to choose either the pinot or the Chardonnay and since I had already tasted the Spring release Pinot last year. I decided on the Chardonnay. I have said it before that I am really not a big Chardonnay guy not to mention that California has a way of over-oaking there wines to the point of tasting nothing else. Few great Chardonnays come to my mind. Of course Tantara and Rombauer, are just a few that I love. The Dumol falls into that almost there category for me. The wine has Crisp acids with lemon, orange and nectarine notes. On the palate come tons of citrus again with a good lingering finish. What didn't come screaming threw more than I wanted were those butter undertones that I have come to love soooo much in certain chardonnays. Perhaps I should of aged this wine a bit more, but like my friend Jon I too have a wife that loves Chardonnay and this was the bottle of her choice for a quiet night of movie watching and popcorn at home. Either way Dumol is a solid producer of very limited wines and I look forward to continue tasting them in the near future.
Thank you again wine buddy!!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This native Californian wants to still believe in the Pinot "Wine Dream" I mean I waived the white flag years ago to Bordeaux when it came to those varietals. Why can't they just give us this one.
I want to thank my wine friend Peter from Vinatero Wine Shop for allowing me a taste of these 2 beautiful 2003 Burgundies. Terroir is exactly what they expel. "Hands over fists". Both wines produced by Domaine Michel Gros show very different characteristics. The Nuits Saint Georges showed heavy Cranberry flavors with very sharp Tannins while the Chambolle Musigny had a more familiar forest floor character similar to some Californian and Oregon wines plus a heavy lingering finish. Both wines had the perfume aromas of flowers, cherries that I would be able to distinguish blind. Yep! That is a pinot!
I have always said that I have very limited experience with wines produced in Burgundy. Pinot is just a grape that I only found recently in the last 5 years fun and exciting to pair meals with.
Can this Native Californian be swayed to the "Dark Side" of France once more?? Thank god that I have an open mind and palette for just those things. There really isn't a wine that I hate. It is just the fact that to enjoy a real good bottle of wine from any country, is to focus your attention on what may or may not taste great with the wine in question. Some Coq Au vin, lightly poached Salmon or stuffed mushroom caps will do just fine.
"Viva Le France"
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
From the first time I ever walked into this little pub in uptown Whittier over 8 years ago till yesterday. Only it's interior has changed, but the lifetime of memories, friends and clients will live on for the rest of my life. Lets face it! I am a social butterfly! My best friend Jr. Duarte and I use to find places to meet after a long day working just to hang out. Several different places we frequented from West Covina to El Monte. Then came the day when my buddy was working at an office in the City Whittier back in 2001. He called me up and said "Hey! I found this little pub on Greenleaf that is really kool. You gotta come down and check it out one day." Sometime later that week Jr called me again and said I am chillin in Whittier watching the Dodger game. Come on down and I will buy you a beer! Hey!! I can't turn down a free drink and it was a slow day anyway. Why not! I still remember the first words uttered to me by Mike Kachoeff who is one of the owners of The 6740. I walked in wearing a New York Yankee baseball cap and he told me that if I was gonna be wearing that I had to leave. Thanx Mike for being brutally honest!
Pubs like the 6740 are an anomaly. Whether it is the tight knit community of Whittier that makes this place special or just the fact that 3 Gentleman, Mike, Dave and Audi just have the knack for welcoming anybody into there home like family. I have never left now for over 8 years. I have gone on a camping trip with Dave. I have played golf and drank wine with Mike! I even have a close connection with Audi! We are both Cubanos. Three business owners that I now consider close friends.
So many memories stand out for me here like my 35th birthday party! The big giant card signed by many that my wife got the day she was having surgery for Uterine Cancer or the day I cracked the seal on a box of Montecristo #4 Cigars from Cuba right at the bar and passed them out to anybody who wanted them to honor my mother passing away just 2 days before.
The friends and clients I have made here. Russ, Todd, Ed, Big John, Steve C., Terry, little Joe, Marc, Tony, Mr Baley, and Martin to name just a few. They all have different stories to tell about this little Pub as I have done, but there is always a "hello! How are you" every time I step foot in here.
Great owners and Great friends! These are the reasons that I come all the way out from El Monte just to sit back in a chair, have an ice cold glass of Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball or Stone IPA and relax the rest of my day away. You always wish you could find a friendly neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name! Yeah I am a kid of the 80's! I saw the show!
I believe that I have done just that.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
How do they produce a wine in Spain from 80 to 120 year old vines, that only produce one ton of fruit per Hectare of land. Bottle it, Label it, and Ship it to the United States and only charge us $15.99 per bottle. This is a super wine for that price. I actually tasted another Grenache produced here in the United States this past week, that was $30.00 per bottle. Atteca was just as good if not better to drink right now.
The Spaniards have a magical way of producing high end, quality wines for a fraction of what they would cost here in the US or other European countries for that matter. I love reaching out for 2 of my favorite varietals, Tempranillo or Grenache from Spain. Well produced ones should cost you in the range of $12 to 20 dollars a bottle. What wino wouldn't want to pay under $20.00 bucks for a great wine that is ready to drink the minute you pop the cork.
Atteca has a beautiful dark purple color in the glass. Heavy blueberry and stone on the nose with a bit of graphite. Dark fruit like blackberries and plums come out on the palate with just the right amounts of wood.
This is an absolute perfect wine for sweet pulled pork BBQ or beef brisket. With July 4th being tomorrow, a match made in heaven. I tasted and bought this wine at Vinatero Wine Shop.
Give it a Try!