One of the tastings that we had spoken about was having a vertical wine tasting. As much as I couldn't find more than 2 years of each wine, I still thought it would be an interesting tasting to compare years of the same wine. One of the years of each wine is a 90+ on wine spectator or other rating. So, what we will do, is I won't tell you which is which year, is which, or which description is which, or which price is which, and you get to guess price, year, rating, and critique the descriptions! How is that? Don't cheat to figure out which is which (everything below is mixed up)!!!
Ornella is one of my favorite restaurants in Astoria, and only a half a block from the train! They have the most interesting vegetarian menu (no worries you carnivores, there is a full list of meat from lamb, to beef to chicken to seafood) with the most interesting homemade pastas that are really good (chick pea for example) and they are inexpensive for the quality no doubt. Most likely we will be waited on by the super hospitable owner Giuseppe, or one of his sons. He may even let you change a recipe reserving the right to not let you if he doesn't think your change will work (he is right every time too). Here is a link to the menu so you can check out the selection http://www.ornellatrattoria.com/menu.html
Note that the $20 covers wine only, you will be responsible for your food.
See below for the wines. See you then!
Chateau Gaby Canon-Fronsac 2009 and 2010 - WS 91/93 - 29.99/26.99 "Still very primal, but enticing, with sappy raspberry, sweet spice, melted licorice and linzer torte notes that have yet to stretch out fully. There's racy acidity as well, so this should knit nicely." [BARREL SCORE 90-93]
A broad, fleshy, smoky style, with dark plum, currant paste, braised fig and baker's chocolate notes that hang on the muscular finish. A gutsy style, that should only get better with age."
Chateau de Cruzeau Pessac Leognan 2005 and 2009 WS 90/90 $29.99/34.99 - Elegant, Berry, Cedar, Medium-bodied"Very racy, with a sanguine frame to the delicious core of red currant, damson plum and linzer torte notes. Long, with tar and juniper lingering through the finish.
This shows crushed berry on the nose, with hints of sweet tobacco and cedar. Full- to medium-bodied with soft tannins and a coffee, toasty oak and ripe fruit aftertaste. Subtle and interesting." 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 2%
Chateau La Papeterie Montagne-Saint Emiion 2009 and 2010 James Suckling 91 /Unrankied $19.99/24.99. Wonderful aromas with blackberries and blueberries and dark chocolate. Full body, with super well integrated tannins and a long finish. Lovely depth of fruit. Better in 2016."
Elegant, Merlot-based wine from the owners of Chateau La Cabanne, this delicious, easy-drinking red from the Right Bank is filled with fresh plum, cherry and violet notes. La Papeterie stands just across the road from Pomerol and St. Emilion.