A wine discussion board member recently moved to town, and he and his wife hosted a dinner to meet some of us locals. They served an excellent multi-course Italian dinner. The original wine theme was Chards and Pinots from Burgundy and California. We decided to put an emphasis on our local wines, to give our hosts a taste of what's produced nearby.
The first three wines were served with appetizers. I opted against note taking, as we were up mingling, but all were excellent.
· NV Prosecco di Conegliano, Valdobbiadene, Il Sogno di Annibole
· 1990 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay, “Estate”, Santa Cruz Mountains
· 2002 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, “Les Perrières”, Louis Carillon
Our organizer kept secret who was bringing what wines. I knew what I brought, and had some ideas what else might be there, but didn't know how many of what type of wine would be opened.
White blind flight
A) Nose - smooth, white flower, sandalwood spice
Smooth, sweet oak, vanilla/lemon creme. Ridge?
Ridge '05 Chardonnay SCM
B) Nose - sulfury, tighter, cool mint
Wood spice, lemon, mint, exotic.
Rhys '04 Chardonnay SCM
C) Nose - resiny, lemon, exotic spice
Rochioli '01 Chardonnay "South River Vyd." (Russian River Valley)
D) Nose - savory spice.
Smooth, lovely, mellow, well integrated, lemon curd. This is the '96.
Ridge '96 Chardonnay SCM
Hands down favorite. (I brought.)
Red Blind Flight 1
A) Nose - very mature, darker Mount Eden-like fruit, dusty pruney note.
Dark, dusty tannin, smooth, plum, golden raisin.
Thinking '70s or weaker '80s Mount Eden.
Chalone '79 Pinot Noir (Chalone)
B) Nose - very mature, sandalwood, lighter expression.
Dark, intense, firm, zesty, dusty, tea, mineral, touch of bitterness.
Arthur Barolet et Fils '79 Clos de la Roche
Red Blind Flight 2
A) Vine Hill minerality, cherry, kirsh liqueur.
Dried herbs, cherry, with dark, dusty tannins. '91 pts
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards '88 Pinot Noir Jarvis Vyd. (SCM)
Yes, that's Vine Hill. (I brought.)
B) Nose - heavy, dried herbs, sage, basil.
Dark, tart, zesty, smoky, dried sage, iodine. 90 pts
Mount Eden '90 Pinot Noir Estate (SCM)
C) Nose - dark, earthy, hint of lemon.
Dark with a bit of barnyard, black plum/black cherry, a bit drying, iodine. Better with food. 88 pts
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards '91 Pinot Noir Jarvis Vyd. (SCM)
D) Nose - rich fudge, marachino.
Hot pruny marachino, chocolate. 82 pts
Mount Eden '94 Pinot Noir Estate (SCM)
Red Blind Flight 3
A) Nose - young, intense, savory, touch of resin.
Intense, voluptuous, whole cluster resin stemminess, sweet rhubarb and strawberry. 89 pts
Marcassin '03 Pinot Noir "Bondi Home Ranch (Sonoma Coast)
B) Nose - shy, smooth, spicy, needs to open up.
With time: Younger, very ripe, rich, hot-ish.
Very young, sweetish, char, hint of jujube, primary. 88 pts
Radio-Coteau '04 “Alberigi” (Russian River Valley)
C) Nose - a bit of soy/molasses, heavy.
Savory, sickly, soy/molasses, sweet. 78 pts
Martinelli '02 Pinot Noir "Bondi Home Ranch - Water Trough Vineyard" (Green Valley)
Radio-Coteau "Savoy" (Anderson Valley)
The rest were served blind, but in a less structured manner:
Mount Eden '06 Chardonnay Estate (SCM)
Nose - Intense, lemon, spicy, tropical, well structured.
Fresh herbs, lemon verbena, nutmeg, cardamon, lovely creamy spicy lemon curd, touch of purple basil. 94 pts
Windy Oaks '06 Pinot Noir "Proprietor's Reserve" (SCM)
Nose - smooth, lovely, rich rhubarb, dark mineral, cherry, forest floor, sage.
Bay, sage, rustic roasted fruit, lots of rhubarb, peppery feel, intense, structured to age. 94 pts
Château Loupiac-Gaudiet '83 Loupiac
Nose - balsa, sherried.
Orange/lemon marmalade, sandalwood, sherry note. 86 pts
Some people really loved this.
Kosta Brown '04 Syrah "Amber Ridge" (Russian River Valley)
Nose - smooth, woody, pruney.
Burning hot, peppery, bitter, hint of black fruit, gritty bitter tannin. 65 pts
Another example of age taking away the facade from over-ripe crap.
Salamandre Wine Cellars '03 Primitivo Late Harvest (Monterey County)
Nose - pruney, raisin, red fruit, kirsh.
Raisins, spicy, a bit hot, white pepper, nutmeg. 88 pts
Lillian '06 Syrah "White Hawk Vineyard" (Santa Barbara County)
Nose - warm, spicy, stemmy, dried herb, full fruit.
Intense, woody, stemmy, dense fruit, tight, tannic. Nice. 92 pts
Woodside Vineyards '04 Woodside Port (SCM)
Nose - intense, spicy, vanillin, clove, nutmeg, blueberry jam. So complex and lovely.
Thick, spicy marachino, fudge, complex spiciness. 93 pts
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