TN: With ribeyes at the lake (Pride, Opus, Hillaire CdP, l'aventure)


We popped this contribution from Larry along with some leftover Grey Stack Sauv Blanc and a Larkmead Sauv Blanc.

  • 2008 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
    13.6% ABV. 84% Sauv Blanc, the balance Viognier, Roussanne, and Semillon. Medium straw in the glass. High pitched mineral resin and somewhat vague white fruit nose. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy texture - i’m guessing this saw some oak. A little bit short, but pretty good.

  • 2007 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    14.5% ABV. Dark ruby garnet translucent in the glass. Complex balsa wood, garrigue, red fruit nose with a touch of a meaty savory element. Perfumed. Medium full bodied and rich with lovely savory/sweet black cherry fruit. Mouthfilling. Very good. I enjoyed this more than some higher rated '07 CdPs i’ve tried. Nice. (94 pts.)
  • 2005 Opus One - USA, California, Napa Valley
    14% ABV. Served with rib eyes. Dark garnet, translucent in the glass. Complex nose of cedar, mocha and a kiss of mint. Rich dark currant fruit. Medium full bodied. Rather seamless and elegant. Drinking just fine right now. There’s a part of me that wants to dog this wine, but it is really pretty good juice, albeit an expensive one. 93-94? (93 pts.)
  • 2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley
    14.7% ABV. Dark garnet, mostly opaque in the glass. Red currant with a touch of charcoal and iodine on the nose. Rich red currant on the palate with secondary coffee, caramel, and cedar notes. Focused, but also a little narrow. Has some lingering tannin in the finish to suggest this could age a couple more years. Very good, but short of extraordinary. (93 pts.)
  • 2004 L’Aventure Syrah Estate - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
    16.4% ABV. Inky in the glass with a little translucence at the rim. Meaty/charred meat nose. Sweet attack of red raspberry fruit and bramble. Rich full bodied and still very youthful. With a little air the fruit seemed to slide back and forth between raspberry and blackberry. Still a little chewy. Very good. (94 pts.)

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Nice to see that Opus is starting to make a qualitative turn back to the good old days…still kinda on the expensive side though.

You got it. I won’t be adding it to my cellar any time soon, but if someone else wants to pour it, it’s not half bad.



Nice notes. Hope to see you again soon.

Nice notes James. I have a couple of the 2004 L’Aventure Syrahs and look forward to poping one soon. Too bad Stephan at L’Aventure is not making a stand alone Syrah any more. [swearing.gif]

I agree with the Opus. I drank the 2003 on a cruise in October. Very nice, but for the price and in this market, no way.