TN: 7 Fishes with some Italian wines, Bdx and more for Christmas, etc

With assorted leftovers, the 1998 Jadot Clos des Ursules Beaune 1er. I expe cted to love this, but found it somewhat monolithic and closed. Medium-high acids, some tannin, black fruit in the background. Other?s notes s eem to find this more open, not sure what to make of it. Wondering if low-l evel TCA, but if so under my perception level. B-/C+
Betsy?s mom was with us for rack of lamb, kabocha squash, and salad , wine was the 2016 Barou ?Autre Monde? St. Joseph. Lighter styled, good acids, dark fruit and pepper. B
An early ?Feast of the Seven Fishes? dinner at Betsy? ?s sister?s , think we actually ended up totalling 10 fishes.
We were in charge of Crudo (wahoo and scallop, with sakura cress and citrus dressing) Smoked salmon canapes Unagi Cioppino (clams, mussels, squid, shrimp, wahoo)
They did Coconut Shrimp Calamari with 2 sauces Crab salad in avocado Linguine with anchovy sauce
NV Bernard Bremont ?Cuvee Prestige? Grand Cru Champagne Apples, citrus and warm bread, elegant mousse, fine and appealing. A-/B+
2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Decanted a couple hours before dinner. Warm red fruits, tar, sandalwood spi ce. Medium bodied, resolved tannin, lively acids. Drinking well. $21 I thin k. A-/B+
2017 Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica Ripe pit fruit and citrus,oystershell, lively, fine value. B+
2017 Inama Soave Classico Comes across as a little fat and sweet compared to the Verdicchio. B-/C+
2017 Terre Nere Etna Bianco Melon, tropical fruit, tasty but needs more cut. B-
Fun night
Home on Christmas Eve for Korean-accented pork tenderloin, Asian slaw
1996 Sottimano Barbaresco Fausoni Fully mature, mocha and plush red fruits, acceptable older red wine from an ywhere I guess. B-/C+
Set up for 10 people Christmas dinner, we had 2 families join us.
Pork pate beef terrine smoked salmon with ikura, shiso, and creme fraiche on cukes
NV Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Blanc des Blancs Champagne (magnum). Elegant, high acids, crisp and a great foil to the food. B+
Mushroom madeira soup
1988 Ch. Carbonnieux Blanc Not a lot of fruit on opening, , but really complex nose with wax, grass, a nd petrol. I thought a bit tired at serving but actually picks up heft and citrus fruit through evening. Quite fun. B+
Citrus marinated grilled quail with steamed veggies on bibb lettuce 2002 Bachelet Bourgogne I thought I had drunk all of these, stumbled across in cellar recently. One person (fond of big wines) thought ?thin?, but I thought e legant and aromatic. Black cherry and raspberry, spice, soil. All one could hope for in a regional wine. Overachiever! B++
Beef tenderloin with basil mayonnaise, green beans with gremolata, ? ?Party potatoes? (whipped with sour cream, cream cheese, etc)
1966 Louis Martini Mountain Barbera These old Martini Barberas are usually fun. This was a bit funky when first decanted, and I worried it was cracking up, but settled down with nice bla ck cherry fruit, dried apricot and pineapple. Not very long, but holding on . B
1998 Ch. La Grave a Pomerol I think everyone?s WOTN. Just a great showing- ripe black plums, co coa, coffee, and a little hint of forest floor. Long, balanced, plenty in r eserve but drinking well now. A-
1988 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva D?Oro Ducale A touch of merde, high acids, still a bit of tannin, a bit clipped on finis h. B-
Pears poached in red wine, chocolate cake, Camembert, Great Hill Blue
1995 Ch. Soucherie ?Cuvee de la Tour? Coteaux du Layon-Beau lieu (500 ml) Dried apricots, orange marmalade, some wool and wax. Nice acids. B/B+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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I'd never discount the ability of even the normale to age (had great bottles from 60s and 70s) but I think 2000 was a ripe forward vintage and it is drinking well right now, so why wait.
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