Marcassin and Margaux

I visited with a freind last night for dinner at his home. He served
a NV Pierre Peters Champagne that was nice, fruity, apples and pears,
nice summery sparkler. First wine was 2003 Marcassin Zio Tony Ranch
Chardonnay incredible depth without being cloying or hot. Nice stone
fruit, citrus, orange marmalade and lemon zest with bright acidity on
the finish...just a hint of oaky vanilla. With grilled filets of beef
he opened (two hours in the decanter) 1995 Chateau Margaux. Deep
purple in the glass wth no signs of age. Effusive nose of cassis and
blackberry with the trademark Margaux perfume just a whiff of cedar
and leather. Quite fleshy on the palate with fairly concentrated
black fruit, cassis and anise. Fairly soft tannins, quite lush. The
wine will hold for at least another ten years and could still use a
few more years of development. We finished the evening with a 1994
Taylors Fladgate Vintage Port. Huge mouthful of complex black fruit
and berry fruit flavors. Sweet and smooth with a deep long finish.
Still fairly primary could use some time.
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