- posted 12 years ago
Last night we went to some nearby friends' home for dinner. One of those evenings where I am the only non-musician (though this was mostly jazz folks), but conversation didn't elude me too much. A really incredible avocado/orange/beet salad, then porterhouses, sweet potatoes, snow peas, and mushrooms. Several reds were opened:
2005 Rosemount "Diamond Label" Shiraz I approached this with trepidation. I thought this was a good entry level Shiraz 10+ years ago, but hadn't liked the last few vintages. This was actually drinkable. Lighter style of Syrah, not-too-sweet blackberry fruit, a little hint of smoke. Nothing to seek out, but nothing to run away from. B-
Then Ron says "try this Zinfandel." Hmmm, one oaky Zin. Lots of vanilla, with ripe black plum fruit. Not getting much sense of Zinfandel here. Wait, it's the 2005 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon. Ron thought he grabbed the Gott Zin, opened wrong bottle. This is a wine that I'm sure many would find a good value, but stylistically it crosses the line into jammy/overdone for my tastes. B-/C+
I had brought along the 1998 BV Georges de LaTour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve. I've probably had about a dozen bottles of BV premium reds from the "problem period", about a 1/3 seemed off. Let's add one more to the list (I emailed BV last night, as Diaego said at time they stood behind bottles- we'll see).
I had brought a backup bottle, and it showed beautifully for its level. The 2000 Ch. Mazeyres (Pomerol) isn't a huge wine, but it has pretty ripe red plum fruit, a lovely lush Pomerol texture, mostly resolved tannins. This was about $18 a year or two after release, and a fine effort for that pricepoint. Sturdy, with air there is some cedar, earth, and a hint of spice (star anise?). You're not going to mistake this for Trotanoy or L"Evangile, but a nice smaller Pomerol. B +
Fun night, fun people.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.