In the cataegory of a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then . . .
Our youngest daughter was invited to a birthday party/sleep over this evening, so my wife and I were sans kids. After debating whether to just go home and enjoy a bottle of wine at home with carry-out or go out to dinner, we decided to stop at a relatively new wine bar/restaurant about 15 minutes from our house. There was about a 20 minute wait when we arrived, so I started browsing through the racks, in order to see what types of wine that they had available. When I got to the ‘library’ rack, I was pleasently surprised to see older selections of Ridge and Chateau Montelena and then I saw it . . . 1994 Thomas Pinot Noir. Are you kidding me?!? SOLD, without question.
I can be – fairly – criticized for being consumed in the excitement of finding this wine and consuming it with a fantastic dinner and my lovely bride of 24 years; however, this goes in my Top 5 Oregon Pinot List, hands down, no questions asked.
Good fill level. The capsule spun freely. The cork was 3/4 saturated and the bottom part fell into the wine, when the waiter opened the bottle, so the bottle was strained/decanted. Medium translucent red and virtually no bricking at all. Bright red fruited nose, with sois bois mushrooms and a touch of Asian spice. Silkey palate buttressed with lively acidity and a fine lingering finish. Wow. This is a 16 year old Pinot?
Needless to say, all of the remaining bottles on the rack, now have a new home. Daddy’s happy and life is good on this Saturday night.