What we’re drinking

The New York Times has What We’re Reading. Here’s our take on that: What We’re Drinking–a summary of interesting wine, beer, and/or cocktails we’ve tasted over the last week.

  • Thomas Fogarty Late Disgorged 1998 Blanc de Blancs, Santa Cruz Mountains. Wow, a late disgorged bubbly from California? I didn’t know what to expect from this. I bought it on a whim because I was curious–but it’s one of the most earthy, mushroomy bubbles I have ever had. It’s a very savory sparkling, with lots of complexity and great balance. A great food wine and a steal at $30. -DD
  • This isn’t just one taste, but many: recently I went to the In Pursuit of Balance seminar at RN74. Take everything I say here with a grain of salt because I’m far from an expert on California pinot, but it didn’t do much to relieve my skepticism of it. I tasted 20-some producers, and at the end of it, most of them just tasted the same. Big, high alcohol, and fruity. None of those things are inherently bad, but the wines overall lacked character for me. Especially for the retail price (few were under $40). There were a few standouts, though: LIOCO’s 2009 Michaud Vineyard and the Tyler 2008 “Presidio” from Santa Barbara were both excellent and full of complexity. I thought the Hirsch 2007 San Andreas and the Kutch 2009 McDougall Ranch stood out as winners as well. -DD
  • 1997 Philipponnat “Réserve Millésimée. Have I mentioned that I love old bubbles? I wish I would’ve bought more of this. On the nose, there is something about this wine which is oddly similar to the Fogarty–which is extra odd because the Fogarty is chardonnay from California and the Philipponnat is mainly pinot from Champagne. But, they both have some mushroomy, earthy tones to them. But in the mouth this is a classic pinot bubbly with great length. The only bad thing about this wine is that it reminds me that I need to drink their higher end Clos des Goisses which is nearly triple the price. C’est la vie. -DD