TN: SOBER at Mark's - John serves Bdx, CA, Gmax, Rhones, etc

John hosted SOBER last night, but moved it to Mark’s as a more conv enient location for some. Great job, interesting and tasty wines, interesti ng and tasty food
We were greeted with the 2004 Bollinger RD. I’m not a big Bolly? ??s fan, but this was quite tasty, in a rather round/creamy/fat style. B/B+
To table for 5 blind red flights; John had out a nice assortment of cheeses and meat- Brillat Savarin . Pierre Robert, manchego, Reblochon, mousses, m ore.
Blind Red Flight # 1 #1 - there was some argument about this, I first I thought just a little m usty, but I think clearly corked after a while. 1985 L’Arrosee #2 - I thought this was Italian at first. Cherries, herbs, slightly volatil e acids, but good length. 1985 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon B
Bonus bottle from Mark Mark said “famously 2 lots of this” and Craig got wine befo re he had a pour. And this was clearly from the good lot! Great, lush but w ith structure, herby, long. 1985 Lynch-Bages A-
Blind Red Flight #2 OK I confess I thought both were Burgundy #1 nice nose, red fruits with herbs and soil, but a little clipped on pala te. Once we knew CA and John mentioned where he sourced, I refrained from g uessing as I knew story. Good wine, just overshadowed. 1978 Kalin Pinot Noi r (same source later labelled DD) B/B+
#2 lovely, smokey, complex, perfumed. I was thinking GC or top PC Burg. On ce CA I guessed Swan(he said he had originally planned a Swan for flight bu t it had traveled too recently), when John said Santa Cruz I got wine. 1978 Mt. Eden Pinot Noir A-
Blind Red Flight #3 #1 Herby, quite accessible, nice length. Dan got Pomerol quickly but we gue ssed through about every known estate before getting. 1989 Latour a Pomerol B+ #2 elegant , red fruited, I think I was guessing Margaux AC. 1989 Mouton-R othschild B+
Blind White , served with a delicious chicken & sausage stew Craig called Riesling and guessed CFE immediately, good guess. Reminded me of ‘93 CSH, but John eventually said not Alsace. Someone (Craig aga in?) got Keller, but no one expected this cult wine. Incredibly generous o f John*. Rocks and tropical fruit, very long finish, stunning. 2006 Keller G-Max A-/A (Incredible wine, but incredible price)
Blind Red Flight #4 #1 Smoky, meat, Dan got CR, but took us a while to get producer. 1979 Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie B+/A-
#2 Spicy and ripe nose, but flat on palate. 1976 Ch. Fortia “Tete d e Cru” Chateauneuf-du-Pape B/B-
Blind Red Flight #5 #1 Pretty divisive, some thought past it, I didn’t. Tobacco/cigarbo x , earth, black cherries. Elegant. 1966 Beychevelle B+/A- #2 I thought this was a little weird at first but someone else thought it s melled of vomit! Individual sensitivities. Settled down- smoky, herby, quie t fruit,. 1966 Cantemerle B
Really good night, great company, John did a fabulous job of choosing wines .
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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