2007 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre - France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre (6/5/2009)
I can count the sauvignon blanc I like on one hand and this is not one of them. It does seem precise and focused and there was decent minerality to it. All I got on the palate was some pineapple and maybe a little bit of grass. Others seemed happy with it. A Kermit Lynch import.
1998 Michel Colin-Deléger et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet (6/5/2009)
This is a wine that reminds me when I drink Burgundy I buy it’s usually out of the slums of Burgundy. Fred and Robin brought this wine and even though it’s an 11-year-old village-level wine it’s still so tight it needs to be decanted. Initially out of the bottle I got nothing out of the nose, but after the waiter decanted and much swirling in the glass it opened up. A rustic nose with brambles maybe a tad bit of oak. On the palate, masculine with dark cherry and forest floor. It’s silky, but it’s not really showing any finesse or terroir. Probably needed another couple of hours i the decanter, but the duck breast needed wine and the Bordeaux varietals were not the answer. If I owned any of these I wouldn’t have a problem letting them sleep another five years before trying one. A Kermit Lynch import.
1985 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley (6/5/2009)
This wine clearly illustrates my snake-mongoose relationship with Bordeaux varietals. I got nothing, zero, on the nose. On the palate it seemed a little dense with some peppery tannins on the finish. I couldn’t tell this from a supermarket cabernet saugivnon. Which is why I don’t buy cabernet. Fred, who brought, said it was better five years ago but felt it was still holding. Nice to try Ronald Regan’s favorite wine.
1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (6/5/2009)
On the nose, I got wet cardboard and sweaty sock. So it seems my snake-mongoose relationship with Bordeaux varietals will continue. But on the palate, I got flavors I liked. Didn’t set off any bells and whistles, but it was pleasant. Cedar, plum, maybe a little bit of leather and earthy. Nice finish The wine was silky and seemed highly structured. Glenn brought it and had pulled the cork before to let it breathe, but I don’t know how much air it got before dinner. Glenn felt the wine is drinking at its best now. Imported by Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines
1996 R. López de Heredia Rioja Crianza Viña Gravonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (6/5/2009)
Love this wine. First off I was almost hypnotized by the color. Kind of an light amberish yellow that seems especially translucent in the clear bottle. Almost like it’s so delicate the color is fading. On the nose there’s a blend of citrus and a little bit of oxidation. The palate is where it really got interesting. Some oxidation but there’s a core of acidity with lime and pear flavors wrapped around that as well as some nuttiness. Good finish. The last glass was the best as it continued to gain complexity and depth through dinner. Super dry it probably does show best with food. I’m thinking I like these Heredia crianza better than the reserva.
Around here, we call that C z y r y c a disease…
The '89 Pichon sounds corked.
Wet cardboard and sweaty sock? I’d have to agree!
I have zero TCA sensitivity. I have no clue when wine is corked. The fact that I could perceive it is almost 100 percent proof that it wasn’t corked.
Others at the table have good TCA sensitivity and none thought it was corked.
NOTN- nose of the night; when the palate is no good on Pete’s wine
COTN- color of the night; when neither the nose or palate is good on Pete’s wine
sorry for the thread hijack!
I’m not going to bring wine to offlines anymore - I’ll call it “Kyling” - or crashing an offline sans wine!
I don’t find the last name of Reverdy in Sancerre to be reliable in any of its iterations. Stick with Vatan, Cotat, Crochet or Labaille.
Well, you know the way around that. Bring ALL of the wines to dinner.