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Snooth User: Ivesreeves

Super Bowl, Super Wine

Posted by Ivesreeves, Jan 29, 2015.

After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super Bowl party this year. Over the 9 years I've hosted this event, it is probably the least exotic selection, not to mention least expensive.  Given the fact chili is the main dish (oh please, don't turn your nose. After all, we're American pigskin fans, not Bolsheviks), I'll be leaning on a fruit-forward option for Super Bowl XLIX.  My 15-20 guests will be treated to bottles of 2010 Cline Cellars Ancient Vine Zinfandel.  I feel the heavy strawberry and dark cherry notes will match up well with the main dish as well as the wide assortment of appetizers which will be casually noshed during the pre-game.  The lighter texture concerns me, but the dark chocolate undertone bolsters my confidence in this choice.

Alright, gang, what will you be serving and/or drinking? I can't wait to hear about some bolder choices than what I'll be pouring.  Oh yeah, and Patriots by 13.  (Not necessarily my preference, but my educated guess)

 

 

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Reply by outthere, Jan 29, 2015.

Syrah. I'll know more later.

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Reply by dvogler, Jan 30, 2015.

OT I'm shocked!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jan 30, 2015.

I'll be hiking.  If you want pristine wilderness close to an urban area, just go for a hike on SB Sunday.  It's also a great time for a surf.

And I would never turn my nose up at chili.  I've gone way out of my way to have a bowl at the Duke City Diner on the west side of Albequerque. Like, hundreds of miles out of my way. If yours is half as good, you can serve Two Buck Chuck with it and I will show up. Good chili unites Tea Partiers and Bolsheviks.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jan 30, 2015.

That 3L box wine OT bought would be perfect...I was too late though. Think I'll do beer this time as its UGC Saturday night and work on Monday.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 30, 2015.

I haven't decided yet, so maybe I'll let my sweetie pick a nice one from her....er...our wine cellar.  

Oops.  I have an update after discussing this important issue with Sandra.  We went through the freezer as she was about to leave for work this morning and there are several steaks in there.  So we decided to drink a Repris Cabernet Sauvignon on Superbowl Sunday.

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Reply by outthere, Jan 30, 2015.

"OT I'm shocked!"

I know, huh.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 30, 2015.

OT - Why not try a few reds from a given region (Somona perhaps?) and look for differences in the terroir as you feast on Superbowl snacks.  Perhaps a Syrah, a Zinfandel, a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon?

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Reply by outthere, Jan 30, 2015.

I would never mix those 4 varieties into one tasting because they are such different grapes that the subtle nuances would get lost. I'd rather compare 2-3 wines from the same vineyard or same producer or a mix of both. I like feel my experience would benefit more from that.

Terroir could not be compared in a multi-varietal tasting since different varieties do not prosper in the same soils and thus are planted in different places. That is unless I could come up with single varietal wines made from interplanted vineyards such as Cab, Mourvedre, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel from Bedrock Vineyard but alas they don't make em that way.

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Reply by EMark, Jan 30, 2015.

Ives, the Cline/Chili party sounds pretty good to me.  Have fun.

OT, I'm sure you were aware of this and will say "Oh yeah."  Ridge has varietal bottlings from the Lytton Springs vineyard under the "Lytton Estate" label.  They are pretty hard to find.  So, I suspect that they do not do it every year.  I have seen/tried Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan.  Again, though, I suspect that it would be hard to find different varietal bottlings by Lytton Estate from the same vintage year. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jan 30, 2015.

OT, you should go to this tasting they do where everyone who makes Syrah from Las Madres Vineyard shows up and... oh, wait, you go to it every year and write a post making us all jealous.

Inspired by that, I am planning a 2011 (tough year, but it's what I have) Las Madres tasting with Apsara, Eric Kent, and Myriad later this spring.  The will still be pretty young, but I've got reserves and it could be fun to check in.

JD and I need to figure out when we are doing the '09/'10 CdP event, with horizontals and two year verticals and the kinds of chaos that wines with 15%+ ABV can cause.  I'm still thinking we meet up some Spring Break in Cambria, but it's not happening this school year. 

I went home last night and realized that Super Bowl is Superb Owl if you move one letter to the right.  Any pairing ideas for that?

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Reply by outthere, Jan 30, 2015.

"Who" knows, it may be good!

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Reply by EMark, Jan 30, 2015.

Sadly, I had this one a few days before Superb Owl Sunday:

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Reply by outthere, Jan 30, 2015.

Well done Mark!

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Reply by Ivesreeves, Jan 30, 2015.

EMark, thanks for the laugh. Can we then assume when it comes to choosing sides this Sunday you really don't give a hoot?

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Reply by Really Big Al, Feb 1, 2015.

We decided to do a blind tasting of two Audelssa wines this afternoon / evening; a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2008 Summit.  This winery was the to become the Repris winery a few years after these bottles were sent out through the wine club.  I'll let you guys know which is our favorite, and I'm anticipating it will be the Summit, which is a Bordeaux blend.  These both were blended by the winemaker Erich Bradley.

 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 1, 2015.

Friends are on their way over to finalize plans for a June trip to Alaska. We have a big pot of Superbowl Chili that's been simmering since this morning. Most of the folks will be consuming beer (bought some Natty Greene's for the occasion) but I pulled the cork on this Valdez zin. Can't say I really give a hoot who wins, just hoping for a good game.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Feb 1, 2015.

Agreed on the Super Bowl.  Sandra and I don't care who wins, but we hope it's an exciting game.  Sandra just returned from a 7-mile walk while I relaxed and watched a movie (Terminator Salvation).  We just poured one of the two wines and I think I might be tasting the Summit (Bordeaux blend).  It's so very nice - better than the Caymus 40th anniversary from last night.  :-)

 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Feb 1, 2015.

So, as it turns out, both Sandra and I got the two wines wrong.  What we thought was the Cabernet Sauvignon was really the Summit, and vice versa.  They were both excellent of course, but how could we both be wrong?  If we had to choose, then with food we would take the Cabernet Sauvignon, and on it's own, we would take the Summit.

Anyway, dinner, which was just completed, was superb.  A tasty rib-eye steak with potatoes, mushrooms and a sprout salad is hard to beat.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Feb 1, 2015.

Hey, Sandra say's I'm more of a 'right bank' wine drinker while she is more of a 'left bank' person.  What do you guys think?

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Reply by EMark, Feb 1, 2015.

Getting close to kickoff time.

Not sure how to answer that, Al.  Right Bank Bordeaux wines are more Merlot domininant and Left Bank ones are more Cabernet Sauvignon dominant.  That pretty much exhausts my knowledge of the topic.

 

A few hours ago I could hear Mrs. EMark slicing and dicing in the kitchen.  Then she came up here and asked for a red wine that she could add.  The recipe, a pasta sauce, recommended a Chianti.  Well I don't have a single Chianti, or even a Califrornia Sangiovese in the house.  I have some Barolo, but I was pretty sure I did not want to use that for cooking.  Finally, I settled on this.  Heck a lot of other people seem to be going for Zinfandel, today.




In another conversation OT mentioned that 2011 was a difficult year for Zinfandel in Napa Valley.  In a bit I'll try this and see what it says to me.

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