Dinner Notes

Notes from a wine dinner (the noted menu choices are mine, others had different
With Foie gras terrine and duck rillette:
1996 Zind Humbrecht Clos Hauserer Riesling - now showing a bit of colour, this
wine had a fairly rich nose of sweet fruit with only the obligatory touch of
petrol, and it has tons of acidity and a long finish. I think it was better
with food, which slightly moderated the acidity, than it would have been on its
own. Very nice.
With Pan seared duck foie gras with fleur de sel on chef's brioche with apple,
mustard and Parma ham, mixed organic greens salad
2001 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Clos de la Boudriottes - a red
Burgundy from a white area and thus of reasonable price, I expect. An excellent
fruit driven nose without any hint of ponginess but with a slight bit of tar,
the wine very smooth and seamless in the mouth, finishing with medium length,
clean and crisp.
With Roasted rack of local lamb with thyme, eggplant caviar, garlic puree with
1989 Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou - this wine has received some lukewarm press, but it
presented very well, and much more forward than the last time I tasted it.
There was a good Bordeaux nose with cedar and berries, medium to full body with
excellent concentration and the tannins are definitely still there, but are no
longer obtrusive. Good length. I figure this wine will continue to improve for
the next 2-3 years, with the remaining tannins blending in a bit better, and
will then coast on the plateau for many years.
With cheese and nuts:
1993 Topolos Rossi Ranch Zinfandel - this late picked 15% wine was still in
great shape - dark with a sweet blackberry and black pepper nose, soft tannins
and a long, slightly hot and raisiny finish. A good complement to the cheese.
Back at home for some more cheese:
2001 Clos Mogador Priorat - a mere baby, but showing great class - dark, with
some animal fur notes in the otherwise fruit based nose, the fruit on palate
mellow, big framework and good length. Short on complexity right now, but it is
an excellent wine and should show even better with a few years age on it.
1997 Bonny Doon Cigar Volante - my attempt at a Rhone clone to contrast with
the previous wine, but when we smelled it, there was a cheesy nose, with
rotting hay, very one dimensional. This was like being offered a nice Cuban
cigar by a friend and seeing an 'It's a Girl' message in pink on the wrapper.
This one goes back - previous bottles have shown reasonably Rhonish, even if
they wouldn't make on guess it was a Beaucastel.
1999 Masi Grandirella - this recioto style wine had dark cherries in the nose,
with a ripe obviously hot country facet, a bit of earth and a smooth long
presentation on palate. It went well with cheese and continues to show much
better than the 2000 did.
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Bill Spohn
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Thanks very much for that! I have a single bottle and was wondering how it was developing. Sounds like I don't need to feel guilty about diving into it now, but I'll probably wait awhile.
Tom S
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