Wine, food, and great company

Guillaume, taking a quick detour from his planned road trip through KS and OK, came to Cheyenne yesterday to catch a rodeo and then dinner and wine at my home, enjoyed with a few of my close friends. It was great meeting Guillaume and lots of fun spending a number of hours together around the dinning room table. We enjoyed [grin.gif] the following very tasty wines:

2006 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese;
2002 Bongran Viré Clessé Cuvée Tradition Sélection E.J. Thévenet;
2003 Bongran Viré Clessé Cuvée Tradition Sélection E.J. Thévenet;
1999 Clos des Papes CdP;
1999 Clos du Caillou CdP;
1998 Jamet Côte-Rôtie;
1998 Saint-Cosme Côte-Rôtie; and
1990 Graham’s Malvedos Centenary port.

Food included grilled sirloin, grilled shrimp, grilled asparagus, and grilled portabella mushrooms (topped with basil and garlic pesto), and salad.

Of course, all was accompanied by some nice (and at times loud) rock and roll! [cheers.gif]

Guillaume’s off on that loop through KS and OK, and fortunately he seemed not to have my hangover today. If all planning falls into place, we will be seeing Guillaume next month for a night in our Laramie Range for more fun with friends!

Sounds like a very nice evening. How were the 98 Cote Rotie’s drinking?

Both were drinking well at this point. We did have some question regarding possible slight TCA taint on the Saint Cosme. While I’ve always thought myself pretty sensitive to cork taint, I didn’t pick up on it at first, but did when it was mentioned. Neither the nose or the palate seemed muted in any sense and the wine otherwise remained pretty expressive.

Upon learning from Guillaume that Côte-Rôtie produces some of his favorite wines, and given my difficulty getting a handle on just what I’m drinking with these wines, I asked Guillaume to help me identify what’s in these bottles. He obliged! [cheers.gif] The Jamet seemed flawless, as did both of the CdP’s.