First I want to say this is my first post on the board and have been watching in for some time, so hello to all. I had a bottle last night that I wanted to share along with some other bottles (brief notes). I will have to write more formal notes on the others later.
2006 Brick House Chardonnay Cascadia: Rich, dusty, crushed hazelnut, super fresh floral aromas that make it tough to leave the glass. Cloudy in the glass with a deep gold color that floats around the glass. Balance and fresh acidity on the palate, with a medium length finish. This is a special chardonnay from that region, and I enjoyed it above and beyond their regular Chardonnay bottling from 2006. Strongly recommend++. Saving my last bottle for 3-4 years at least although it is singing now.
Additional Notes: Other bottles we were lucky enough to try were: 2002 Chateau Haut Brion (my first, first growth, they gave this to me blind and I guessed Lascombes 1998 for whatever reason, I knew it had a few years on it, but was still fairly tight. After my guess, I noticed the saddle leather which was very rustic and hard to place my finger on until someone mentioned the descriptor, but was also a little austere at this point. Looking at it, it seemed very polished and well put together. Blind, you knew it was a special wine. Thanks a ton to my friend Keith for this. Bring on more blinds similar to this), 2007 Kutch McDougall Ranch (Deep, dark fruit, little heat, although this drank well now, I will save the last bottle for a few years to gain more secondary aromas), 2007 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard Dundee Hills (side by side, we enjoyed the 13% alcohol over the 14.1% of the Kutch), 2007 William Selyam Pinot (do not recall the specific bottling, but I do remember it being Sonoma Coast, and the cherry fruit was very bizarre in a good way, and side by side with Kutch, both were great wines but had cherry profiles that were completely different), 2005 Cristom Syrah Estate (tasted this blind to a few friends, and immediate guesses were Rhone with a faint “latex/paint” aroma, broading deep dark fruits, but then guessed new world since they figured I was trying to throw them off. After visiting Cristom this year, they said they do not get ripe enough fruit each year to make this but for $30 when they do make it, I’m a buyer for its unique flavor profile), Bollinger Champagne (always a great opener to the night, crisp, balanced, and pure light fruit), 2003-or 2004 Paradigm Cabernet Napa Valley (late in the night but decent Cali Cab). We had a few other wines but these are the few I remember off the top of my head.
What a night of great wines though. I wish I had more time to make the notes less sloppy but wanted to share the overall bottles we were lucky enough to try.