TNs: Last Saturday ... a real treat (Don Melchor, Heitz, A.P

  • 1993 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne - France, Champagne (3/20/2010)
    12.0% alcohol. Fully mature, with a beautiful honeyed color. A bit of citrus still showing on the nose, with apple, loads of yeasty bread, minerals, and a touch of sherry-like notes. In the mouth, sumptuous and stately, with great elegance and power. The fruit is coated in sappy, yeasty notes, with impeccable balance and a remaining streak of youthful acidity. Long finish emphasizes brioche notes, with that touch of sherry creeping in. Drink up, but this is very tasty. A-/A
  • 1998 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/20/2010)
    13.5% alcohol. Decanted. Clearly Heitz on the nose, with pencil lead, black currant, tobacco, and a distinct eucalyptus note. In the mouth, structured and very fine, with excellent concentration and palate presence. The fruit leads the way, complemented by dark earthiness and that hint of mint. Smooth and strong finish, with great purity. A-
  • 2000 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor (Private Reserve) - Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley, Puente Alto (3/20/2010)
    13.5% alcohol. Decanted. This is drinking beautifully, and it’s an impressive wine. Tremendous bouquet, a whiff of smoke, loamy earth, rich and pure black currant, and tobacco. In the mouth, plush and expressive, with great purity and focus. Concentrated but not plodding or overly extracted. There is a tremendous loamy streak that I find in Chilean Cabernets, which adds terrific complexity. The fruit is pure and lovely, playing harmoniously with the deep layers of complexity. A memorable mouth feel and a profound finish, with ripe tannins that have integrated very nicely. As good as it is, definitely happy life ahead for this wine. A
  • 2003 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (3/20/2010)
    14.4% alcohol. Terrific nose of black cherry, earth, and baking spice. Velvety and plush in the mouth, with juicy cherry fruit and terrific concentration. The whole palate is smooth and pleasant, very easily drinkable. But also a slight drying edge on the finish. A-
  • 2007 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills (3/20/2010)
    14.7% alcohol. Surprisingly, this is positively rocking right now. Initially a touch of oak on the nose, but this blows off quickly. Gorgeous nose of black cherry and blackberry, with earth and spice undertones. In the mouth, velvety palate presence, with great purity and concentration. Balanced gorgeously, with no sharp edges, and a total focus on fruit at this point. Bright acidity and a long finish, which shows a touch of creaminess. This is very youthful and will get better in another couple of years, but it’s nice to catch a bottle at such a perfect early moment. A-/A
  • 2005 Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel Lone Redwood - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (3/19/2010)
    16.4% alcohol. This bottle showed better than the previous one. It wasn’t quite so weighty. This had the same cherry jam profile, with a more pronounced spice note. The acidity provided better balance here, and it was juicy on the finish. Better balance all around. A-

Posted from CellarTracker

Love me some Don Melchor.

my very hazy memory seems to recall a white that night as well…

Did we have a white? Oh yeah! We had two whites! I completely forgot. That was before the porn came on at the bar we ended up at.

Don Melchor is awesome, Bill. Totally agree.