I have not seen my folks in a year and a half. My mother suffers from Alzheimers and my father has been her stalwart. They finally made the trip from Florida to PA after all parties got the COVID vaccine. We spent five days driving around to visit cool sights, pick strawberries at my friends farm, and visit family. The finale was a dinner with my cousin who encouraged me to start the Virtual Wine Tasting Club. I grilled a whole Beef Tenderloin on the Weber, Moxie made a batch of Henry Bains sauce and we opened some stunning wines.

I started with the 2016 Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs 2016, a bubbly Chardonnay from the North Coast of Cali made in the Methodè Traditionelle. It was delicious as you may have read my post on it.

Next up was the amazing 2001 Cos D’Estournel. Simply stunning. Fully mature at 20 years of age it showed tertiary flavors of cigar box, leather, dried sage and traces of cassis. Fully integrated tannins are still perceptible and the wine’s acidity has held the whole thing together beautifully. Rich in flavors, it has shed the primal fruit, treating us to the gorgeous mature notes of aged Bordeaux. Delicious stuff.

Next up was the Don Melchor 2000- This is the last bottle of a three case purchase I made many moons ago. Unfair to the wine, it was served after a bottle of the sublime Cos D’Estournel ’01, which garnered 95 points. This one was stunning as well, fully melded and showing waves of tertiary flavors- just a touch less concentrated than the Cos. It gets 94 points from me. I will remember drinking this penultimate bottle, what an amazing 21 year run this vintage has had for me. I look forward to starting the next series with a few bottles of the 2017 vintage of one of my favorite wines.

Memories are made by the people you share the moment with, reinforced by the little things like special bottles of wine. I am grateful I have cellared such treats and can share them with friends and family. Salut….