NV Perrier Jouet
Day two for this bottle, and shows a little sweetness, though nothing overbearing. Under $25 it’s not a terrible buy, but you can do better.
1999 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet
$50 special, so we wanted to see what was doing for a potential re-buy. Pop and pour, initally a little tannic and tight, as to be expected. However, this blossomed into quite a treat, with olives, tar, earth, and mocha/hot chocolate aromas. Seamless palate, with ample acidity. This is fleshy and dense fruitwise, I would think this isn’t near peak yet - and drinks well now with a little bit of air.
2007 Vieux Telegraphe La Crau
Another pretty good deal ($60) so another re-buy (?) scenario. Decanted for about 2 hours, this hit it’s stride about 3 hours in. Loads of ripe raspberry fruit, it’s buffered by an equal dose of iron/minerals/spices. When this was on, what a delicious doozy. Polished and nothing rustic about it, which doesnt seem to be the typical La Crau profile - I’ve read they take years to come around and can be austere/hard. Toward the end of the bottle, everything became a little edgier and disjointed. I’d give this 3 hours of air and dive in, quite a fun ride.
2007 Siduri Sapphire Hill Pinot
Admittedly my palate was taking a beating by this point, but I didnt get the dreaded cola or sweetness I often find in Cali pinots. That in and of itself is a huge plus, would like to try this one earlier in the night. Another great price locally.
2006 Havens Bourriquot
Seemed a little unforgiving right now, but that was after 2 stellar bottles and a solid pinot. No formal note, will check in on it day 2 tonight.
2002 Mondavi Napa Cabernet
From 375ml - its usual good drinking self, not at peak.