Last night I had an old College friend over for dinner. We ate Brisket, as can be seen in my previous post. While it was still cooking we have heavy hors d’ouerves and I opened up a stunning set of wines. The 2001 vintage from Bordeaux has been quietly sitting in my cellar and I really should get to drinking them, time flies and most wines fade. So, we started out with the amazing 2001 Chateau Cantermerle, which has been drinking well for a decade now. The first tasting note I wrote was in 2011, the wine has only gotten better and more defined. The secondary flavors are in place, the fruit is still present and the tannins are fully melded. A great 91 point wine that I really enjoyed. I purposely did not write notes, I just wanted to enjoy the moment and relish the wines. A quick check online shows this one available for $55, making it a 5 star effort even at 16 years of age! Well done. Salut….
I tasted the 2006 Peters Family Cabernet exactly three years ago and am impressed that it has evolved more and gotten a higher score from me.
A nose of black currant preserves, pine needles and tar. On the palate a beautiful intro of plum, black berries and dried mint. The mid palate shows off some great tannins that are persistent yet subdued. The acidity is somewhat muted, overshadowed by the fruit and tannins. The finish is short to medium in length but ends with the tannic dryness. This wine has a great mouthfeel that I really like and the fruit is still vibrant. A mostly Cabernet Sauvignon wine that has 23% Merlot mixed in. Secondary flavors are evident and I’m excited about this wine’s development. Drink till 2022 with pasta, steaks and roasted game. 92 points and 4 stars for this $55 effort. Salut….
A Burgundy bottling that comes with great acclaim and which I have waited long enough to try. See through light purple, hinting at refinement and class. The nose has strawberry, pomegranate and twizzlers. All typical of good Pinot Noir! The initial taste is very elegant, light and juicy. Strawberry, rhubarb and juicy acidity merge into a mid palate of cherry kirsch. The finish is long and laced with tannins as well as that bracing acidity. This wine is exuberant and young. The earthiness and funk that I crave in Burgundy wines has not yet evolved. I would imagine another 4 years in the cellar might extract the results I’m looking for. 91 points for now and I am excited for the next bottle in a few years! 4 stars for this $55 offering. Salut….
I bought a magnum of this wine a while back and had it sitting on my ‘everyday drinker’ shelf for the past two months, waiting to pop it at a moments notice. This past week I had that opportunity. Black cherries and eucalyptus on the nose were telltale signs of this wine’s Napa roots. Kir, plum and blueberry initially hit my palate along with some beautiful ingrained tannins. Blueberry jam on a creamy finish with nice acidity lead to a great mouthfeel and long ending. This is Napa Cab at it’s finest, showing off fresh fruit yet with great structure and complexity. This particular bottle was relatively young, especially since it was in Magnum. I would venture a 2014-2024 drinking window in large format. 92 points and 4 stars from me for this $55 effort. Salut….
I went in to a wine store this past weekend looking for a special bottle for a friend’s 50th party. This was one of the ‘gifts’ we took and managed to drink. It is a special anniversary bottling and my first experience with this winery. I must say I enjoyed the wine, it is very much a Napa style, but very approachable young. It started with blackberry pie and blue berries on the nose. Very smooth tannins and balanced acidity were my first impression of the structure with delicious berries and dark fruits opening the show. On the mid palate is where I got plums and nutmeg with some chocolate and cassis. A strange yet compelling combination. The 14.6% alcohol barely showed itself and the whole package was very balanced and certainly drinkable. The wine is ready now and will go for another 10 years easily. I would guess this wine to be a 91 pointer in my opinion and for the $55 price tag, it’s worthy of 3 stars. We drank it before dinner as an aperitif but it would also pair well with grilled meats and some gratin potatoes. I’m still learning about Napa cabs and this is certainly a nice way to enter the foray. Salut….
One of my favorite things in life is to drink aged Cabs that have taken on secondary flavors and evolved out of adolescence.
This is a relatively young Sonoma Mountain wine to have accomplished that task and it really shines for me. It shows off a bright purple hue in the glass and presents itself with black plum and blackberry on the nose. The initial attack comprises blackberry and tobacco with oak and cassis. The mid palate came across with smooth tannins and an earthy component. This wine is super smooth and fruity with a delightful balance of secondary flavors and a delectable dryness. I am totally digging this one and glad to have a few in the cellar. Pricey at $55, i believe it offers some serious value and give it a 91 point rating with 4 stars. We had it with roasted Tenderloin and Yorkshire pudding with horseradish and mushroom gravy. A perfect match. Salut….
I picked up some Swiss Chard as part of the Paleo ingredients for tonights dinner. Moxie warned me that it would be bitter which gave me pause to think of a good pairing. Turns out she was incorrect- the Chard was superb, crunchy, full flavored as well as balanced. I de-stemmed the leafs, washed the bright red stalks and rinsed the rich green leaves. Sauteing the thicker stalks and garlic in some European butter, I added the leafy parts right before serving. It was a great new revelation in our quest for new foods to eat following the caveman diet.
Back to the wine…. I absolutely love the ’96 Burgess and think it is a well developed Cabernet that shows great evolution and firm structure. I have built up a few bottles of various vintages, hoping for replicas. Having tasted this particular vintage about two years ago, I was somewhat disappointed with its development and banished the remaining bottles to the cellar.
With tonight’s menu, I felt I needed a fruity yet somewhat mature Cabernet to do battle with the potential bitterness awaiting us in the sauté pan. I picked the Burgess as I felt it would fit the profile. It worked, but it need not have bothered- as I mentioned the Chard was great and did not reflect the anticipated dryness. The wine however showed great length and purity. A young purple color in the glass followed by a gorgeous plum and black fruit nose gave way to a smooth tasting Cali Cab. Dark fruits and cedar mixed with some leather and funk. Seriously smooth tannins caress and the whole thing is on tip-toe, balanced impeccably. I truly wonder how great this wine could be if given another 5 years, i’m guessing it will evolve like it’s big brother the 1996. I am super stoked that I opened this wine and uncorked a monster in the bottle. It is refined, yet powerful, fruity but svelte, satisfying and alluring. I dig this wine. I used to be so anti-Napa, but Burgess really opened my eyes (palate). I have come to appreciate the longevity, finesse, fruitiness as well as the evolution of the better wineries. For $55, you can still find this wine out there. Not a bargain, it will reward you for many years to come as it is just starting its way towards the secondary life of tertiary flavors. 5 stars because I reckon this is a 91 point effort. Salut….
That’s a helluva label to tell you that this is a Burgundian Pinot Noir. Supposedly from a 1st cru vineyard (Burgundy still boggles me), denoting a high quality and from the amazing 2009 vintage. That is why I bought this bottle which retails at about $55 today. I don’t think I got a good deal.
This wine was atypical of the Burgundian profile. I got strawberry and cut grass on the nose. The wine is very pale in color which is expected of the varietal. On the palate, more strawberries but unripe. Sour cherries and cut grass mingle with graphite and some earthiness. I am not digging this profile. Very tannic and with tremendous acidity, this is probably a lurker. I hope so. It has the potential to be great lived. Not ready for drinking until at least 2016, and hoping that it will get out of the sour stage it is sitting in. 87 points and 2 stars for now. I will need to re-visit this one at much later date. Salut….