2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Popped and poured, enjoyed over an hour. Beautifully inviting nose, well balanced, acidic, citrusy, zesty, rich, oily. Paired well with the lobster, the sweetness of the lobster enhanced by the minerality of the wine.
2005 Kapcsandy Family Winery Roberta’s Reserve State Lane Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville)
Decanted overnight, consumed over 3 hours during the Super Bowl. Unbelievably rich and expressive nose, fruit, chocolate, leather and earth. Smooth and supple, the sweetness of the merlot balanced perfectly by the leather and earth of the cab franc. A truly delicious wine that paired wonderfully with the steak.
I’ve not had the 2004s recently, but am pleasantly surprised at the 4+ year mark that they are still open. A bit, but not much, longer lived than I expected in their first phase. Often it is 3 years from vintage and then ignore until they are 10+ years old. Thanks for the note.