My wife and I had the pleasure last week of hosting Jeff Siegel, aka The Wine Curmudgeon, while he was in DC judging a preliminary round of the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition. (Jeff posted his impressions of the judging here.)
Since Jeff was here to taste Virginia wines, we started with Thibaut-Janisson’s Xtra Brut bubbly, which I was confident would not be in the competition because of small production. Then we focused mainly (though not exclusively) on Maryland. Jeff said he was unfamiliar with Black Ankle Vineyards‘ white wines, so we tried the 2010 Chardonnay. The wine was somewhat golden, reflecting age (most of it in my imperfect cellar), but it was by no means over the hill. It was rich, creamy and oaky, and we each enjoyed a glass before moving on.
One of the perils of such a dinner is that good wines can be overlooked and forgotten. When the evening was over, I stuck a cork back in the Black Ankle — no gas, no VacuVin — and put the bottle in the downstairs fridge. I found it there five days later, and guess what? The wine was still just as vibrant, perhaps even more so from having shook off its four-year slumber. I finished the last glass today (day six) at lunch with some stinky unpasteurized cheese from Arrowine & Cheese (Crèmeux des Cîmes, for fans of fermented curd).
One wine that did not survive the evening: the Boordy 2010 Landmark Reserve, a Bordeaux-style red from the first vintage of Boordy’s replanted vineyards. (The story of Boordy’s ambitious make-over is here.) Every time I taste this wine, it seems better than ever. This bottle showed class from first sniff to last sip, sometime around midnight, as I finished cleaning up.
Good friends, good wines, good food — a sure-fire recipe for a great evening.