Night 3 in Telluride...

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.

Nice mix of wines! As always, fantastic notes, too!

Has Diane brought out any ancient Riesling yet?

Actually no she has not. The Reisling will be my treat in the next couple days. Much more to come.

I will actually post a few notes in the morning. By the way, the Betz should NOT have been on the table. Way outclassed this night.

Can’t wait to hear about the Jaboulet…

Haven’t the locals escorted you guys out of town yet neener

Looks like a great vacation and I hope your getting some good runs in between all that nice wine.

Steve look really hammered.


We have not had one bad wine all week, and Phil is a cooking fool.

Last nights big surprise was the 2007 Gangloff Côte-Rôtie La Barbarine, after a few hours in the decanter it was a rock star.

Oh my, look outside…another 6+ inches of powder this morning. [wink.gif]

Ken, I always look that way. newhere

That’s because you normally ARE hammered.


I haven’t sobered up this entire trip and I don’t plan on it. [tease.gif]

Some notes are now up on the original post.