Notes from 3 Wines from a Weekend in the Cape

My wife and I had to come to Cape Cod for a wedding.  The wedding was on Saturday but we arrived Friday afternoon because all the hotels up here have a 2 night minimum (or so I’m told by my wife). Friday afternoon it was raining so we hung out in our room until some of my wife’s other friends arrived. We brought up with us a bottle of Chardonnay so we decided to crack it open while we waited.

2007 Mount Eden Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard

Hard to believe this is only $23.99. Someone brought this to one of our wine club meetings and I remember liking it then.  This is classic California Chardonnay.  It had a nice  nose of melon, butterscotch and citrus. On the palate, this was full-bodied and buttery with apple, pear and roasted nuts.  Very elegant and better than some bottles at twice the price! I’m going to have to throw a few more bottle aside for myself at the store!

In Stock $23.99

We went to dinner that night at an Italian restaurant that I found on Go BYO but when I called they said they weren’t BYO.  We ended up going there anyway and the food was very good but the wine was nothing memorable. Don’t even remember what I ordered so I have nothing to report.

The next day we went to breakfast then stopped by a local liquor store. Figured I could grab something for us to sip on in the heat while we were waiting to go to the wedding. I remembered seeing  a nice Pinot Gris from Oregon in one of the latest Wine Spectator’s so we grabbed that.

2008 Erath Pinot Gris

This was clean and refreshing but not too acidic ( I’ve been having trouble lately with acidic white wines for some reason). The wine had a floral nose to go with hints of lemon and a touch of minerality. It had flavors of peach, melon and a touch of minerality. Overall, a nice wine and great to beat the heat.

We then went to the wedding and it was probably one of the hottest weddings I have ever been too. It was inside but the AC wasn’t great. Combine that with the humidity outside and wearing a suit that means a lot of sweating. I stuck to Champaign early on. They had something from Kenwood that wasn’t your typical $3.99 crap that usually serve at weddings. Once we got inside the main reception hall, it was cooler in there and I ran out to the car to grab a bottle to go with the meal.

2005 Atticus John Cabernet Sauvignon

I think I have spoken about Atticus John in the blogs before but I think it is worth repeating.  With the recession hitting everywhere, wineries are looking for ways to get rid of high price wines that aren’t selling. Not because they are bad but because consumers have been cutting back.  Atticus John is supposedly from a high-end Napa producer who normally has the wine for almost $100 but bottles it under the Atticus John label because they were having trouble selling the wine. Rather than tarnish their labels name, they sell it under the Atticus John label so it doesn’t hurt their brand. I have heard three different producers make this from various sources. One was Shafer, which was refuted on my visit there but something they would obviously do. The second was Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars but I don’t think it tastes like one of their wines. The third was Vineyard 29 but I haven’t heard much about that nor have ever had their wines.  Regardless of where it comes from or if it is just clever viral marketing, it is a very nice wine. The wine has nice dark cherry, coffee, and mocha notes.  The wine is surprisingly not that tannic for a Cabernet, which means it is perfect for early term consumption.  We have had trouble getting our hands on this wine at the store but will continue to investigate it.

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