SoCal crew will appreciate…2 racks of lamb with:
2003 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D’Argent Blanc - Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend that shows waves of honeysuckle, lychee, and citris. I love the slightly oily texture from the Semillon.
2007 Gangloff Côte-Rôtie La Barbarine - New to all of us and a real treat. Obviously a super-young wine but it showed some serious potential. There is no doubting it’s Côte-Rôtie from the start. Larger scaled fruits but tons of mineral to back it up. By the end of the night this was probably the best wine on the table. There was an incredible black pepper component that was just enthralling. I don’t think this wine sees much play in the U.S. currently.
2002 Betz Family Syrah La Côte Rousse - Kind of a dud actually. Fat, warm, and just not that interesting. There were basically no secondary characteristics and earthy notes that I normally like with the Betz Syrah’s.
2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Just flat out classic, old skool CdP. What’s not to like here? Nothing overdone, everthing in it’s place an just a pleasure to drink.
1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle - A vast departure from the super funky 1989 the night before. This is certainly more new world in style but still retains some of its heritage. Some good mineral/earthy components with some jammy fruit but in a good way. A bit of the black pepper on the long finish.
Steve, George, and Diane
Notes in the morning, I’m toast.