Chave Hermitage 1994 and home-made pizza

I had a pretty good day today, and am getting close on my job hunt. By next week I’ll have something to talk about publicly. So I’m having a bottle of Hermitage to celebrate, and making home-made pizza again. Very little cheese, to keep the fat content low, and a good home-made pizza sauce made from simmered chopped tomatoes and garlic, very simple. Tonight’s fare is red onion, red bell pepper, kalamata olive, and oregano, with a mix of low-fat mozzarella and parmesan sprinkled very lightly, with pepperoni only on half.

The wine is Chave’s 1994 Hermitage, which I just opened and needs a bit of time to breathe. Even just after opening, though, it’s sweetly spicy (not sugar sweet but rather, in the form of sweet spices), on top of the black fruit and signature high-toned tart finish. After a bit of air time, it’s pretty clear that the 1994 is good but not profound. 1994 was a tough vintage in the northern Rhone, with rain in September that ruined harvest for many producers. Chave’s Hermitage is sweet on the palate with good body but at 11 years old, is fairly light and lacking in the depth that one sees in the better vintages. My guess is that early drinking is fine with this wine, although there’s nothing about the 1994 that suggests that it won’t age gracefully for awhile longer.

Comments

15 Comments so far. Comments are closed.
  1. Drug Information and Supplement Information

    Enter a drug name. Search Tips. Supplements Information …

  2. Immigration Reform: Demographics the Decider

    and Orderly Immigration Act [ S. 1033 ] introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and the Comprehensive

  3. Afghan protestors to continue hunger strike

    Justice Minister Michael McDowell’s announcement today that he will not be negotiating with

  4. South Korean cloners indicted

    charged with fraud, embezzlement and violation of bioethics law.

  5. Customer Service Center

    Searchable Directory of Online Sources “Source Locator” … To begin, supply search criteria for any field(s) in the search form below …

  6. Mayo Clinic Studies Find Association Between Acid Reflux And Esophageal Cancer

    Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma). These studies will be presented Monday, May 22, and Tuesday, May 23, in Los Angeles at Digestive

  7. Over 100 Iranians Take Suicide Pledge

    than 100 Iranian men and women pledged to become suicide bombers to defend their country and Islam.

  8. International Author Reveals Why Women Are Genetically Better Programmed for Success

    in Houston for One Night Only. (PRWEB Jun 1, 2006)

  9. Wizards’ Arenas, Storey Arrested in Miami

    and forward Awvee Storey have been arrested on charges of disobeying police, reports the ASSOCIATED PRESS in THE WASHINGTON POST.

  10. The Ring’s the Thing in McDyess Bid

    much as his final one last season in San Antonio. With tears welling in his eyes, the Detroit Pistons forward was unable to compose himself

  11. MSN Admits To Hand Tailoring Search Results

    discovered a job posting at MSN Search. Part of the job posting includes this specification: Hand crafted results When all else fails,

  12. ESRI Careers, Job Spotlight: Senior Java Software Development Architect/Engineer

    to envision, design, and develop ESRI’s cutting-edge GIS software products. Work closely with Java

  13. What’s Better for You: Coffee or Tea?

    tudies Have Shown Coffee and Tea Have Several Health Benefits

  14. How the West Was Won

    with the Mavs leading through much of the game, my eyes were on the last 5 minutes. The Spurs came through, and when Manu hit that 3 to put

  15. Anne,

    Okay, so it’s been ages since I’ve read your blog. But, having seen this entry, I’m wondering if you’d care to share your recipe for pizza crust. I’ve been thinking of making some here, but don’t have a great recipe for the crust.