Easter Sunday Wines: 2003 Vieux Telegraphe and an Oregon Pinot

Easter Sunday lunch at home with ordered-in pork buns and duck sandwiches from Momofuku Ssam, as well as Japanese-style steak fried rice that Marina prepared. Drank with Ron and family, as well as nephews presently enrolled in NYU and whose parents reside in the Philippines.

**2003 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘La Crau’**Plenty of ripe fruit but no heat, or at least it wasn’t that evident in order to be dominant or negatively intrusive. Nothing unctuous in its flavor. Although I don’t believe that more cellar years is warranted in order to gain any more improvement, I’m also convinced that my remaining bottles can remain in offsite and can offer similar decent experience at least in the next 5 years. B

2002 Patricia Green Balcombe Block 1B Yamhill County Pinot Noir, Oregon
Love the earthiness that’s present and distinctive in its bouquet. A bigger, smooth-drinking Pinot with core red fruit that are presented in nice layered phases, showing just enough elegance and good balance. Currently in a good drinking form. B+