Christmas 2007 After Action Review

Well the day was truly wonderful.  We certainly are blessed and thankful.  The meal was by and large a success.  Only problem was I messed up the tarte.  Somehow the apples got over caramelized and permeated the whole thing with a bitter burnt taste.  Oh well we had plenty of leftover cookies and the ice cream was phenomenal!  If you are going to follow the recipe I would advise to only caramelize the butter and sugar for 5 minutes not the 10-15 they say in the recipe.  Didn’t like the dessert wine too much either.,  From my notes:

 N.V. Alvear Pedro Ximénez Montilla-Moriles Solera 1927(Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles)This had a stunning nose: toffee, figs, raisins and nuts. Tons of flavors of caramel, figs with a hint of orange. The finish just went on and on. Unfortunately it was just too cloyingly sweet for me. The first sip gave me the shudders! Its hard to rate. Not my cup of tea, but it is certainly complex and well crafted.

The absolute best wine was the 2005 François Chidaine Montlouis Les Tuffeaux(France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis).  This was the best non-sparkling white I had this year.  It was terrific! Nose was closed: some lemon and honeysuckle. Very complex on the palate. It seemed to be very sweet initially with honey and floral notes, then it evolved into a long dry finish with lemon, grapefruit and some rock/mineral. Outstanding.  This is from the Chenin Blanc grape, an often overlooked varietal. Gave it 93 points.

Everyone was too full so we never cracked the Icon.  The 1996 Clos du Marquis (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien) was very good though.  It was decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful nose: cherry, vanilla and oak. Very restrained on the palate. Cherry, red fruit, cedar with hint of smoke. Incredibly smooth but still some tannins left. Overall very elegant and refined but not splashy.  Gave it a 91.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas,

Fred

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