Sunday, August 30, 2009

2007 Thompson Street Pinot Noir "Posse"

This wine has really come a long way with just a mere 5 months in the bottle. Enjoyed this today with neighbors, and was shocked. We're still sitting on several cases of this juice, letting it rest in the cellar before popping one. From drinking today, I don't know how much longer I'll be able to resist. This truly is a nice drinker. The alcohol has totally blown off of this wine, which is a bit surprising. From the nose, there are no hints of alcohol whatsoever, and it has integrated nicely(14%).
Again, this is not your Santa Barbara County, fruit forward pinot. This is a much more subdued, floral pinot from the Santa Cruz Mountain Region. On the nose, some strawberry and cherry, and a very floral bouquet are prevelant. Hints of spice and vanilla round out the bouquet, making it very pleasant.

On the palate, there is still a bit of acidity, but what do you expect for a wine that has only been in the bottle for 5 months? This wine is very light to medium bodied, with a creamy/velvety texture. Lots of strawberry on the front and mid palate, with hints of oak, vanilla, spice, and even a hint of baking spice and cinnamon. The finish, although far from perfect, gives off hints of cranberry and strawberry, with a touch of acidity. All in all, for a first offering, this is a damn tasty wine, and one hell of a daily drinker/QPR.

We'll pop into one of ours around Christmas time with the in-laws and brother and sister in-law. Fine juice, coming around nicely, but not nearly as Burgundian as when we tasted this prior to bottling. Interesting, but darn tasty!  This will develope nicely for 3-5 years easily!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bordentown Farmers Market 2009

What a great job the city commissioners have done to get a Farmer's Market started every Wednesday in Bordentown City, NJ!
At first, I have to say that I was a little skeptical that there was no way the locals would support this, but it sure has seemed to take off! The last two weeks have generated over 400 visitors each Wednesday, and the vendors keep coming back, so that is definitely great news!
When you think of a Farmer's Market, most people think produce. Definitely not the case here, and the vendors range anywhere from produce, to blown glass jewelry, to fabulous baked items, to chicken and fresh cheeses! WOW!
I have visited the Farmer's Market the last 3 Wednesday's, and I have yet to leave empty handed. The produce that the local farmer's are bringing in are better than you will find at your local Acme, Shop Rite, or even Wegmans, and you can be guaranteed that everything is being locally grown. And note that you will not just have one farm stand to choose from for your produce as there are many.
Here is an example of some locally grown cherry tomatoes. Look at the color on these! Yes, there are grown right here in Jersey. And t think, that you have 3-5 different vendors bring out gorgeous produce like life. Life is definitely good in Bordentown City, and other towns would kill to have something like this on a weekly basis!
But again, it is not just produce. There is also a vendor that has been back every week who has anything from fresh mozzarella cheese, to difference kinds of sausage made from chicken, or pork, and he also carries fresh, local Griggstown chicken. Hopefully next Wednesday I can get a snapshot on my Blackberry of his different offerings. But from what a neighbor has said, the sausage is incredibe!
3 weeks in a row I have purchased fresh bread there, ranging from baguette, to spinach and mozzarella Stromboli, to pepperoni and cheese Stromboli. These are soft as can be, and just take a few minutes to warm up in the oven. The last 2 Thursday's, we have made dinner and Friday lunch out of these, and at just $5 a piece for 2 meals, can you really go wrong?
All in all, these is a great attraction for the Bordentown locals, and is starting to draw in a crowd from out of town.
So, give me the details:
Who: Bordentown City Farmer's Market brought to you by the Bordentown City Commissioners with technical assistance from Burlington County's Dept. of Resource Conservation.
What: Farmer's Market
Where: The Municipal Lot off of Farnsworth Avenue behind the Farnsworth House.
Why: to bring locally grown, raised, blown items to town to make purchasing these items more convenient.
When: Every Wednesday from 3PM-7PM.
Stay tuned next week as I will pick 3 vendors to interview, and do a short write up about them and the items that they are selling. Until then, enjoy!