[TN] Two more birthday wines ('04 Luneau-Papin, Geyserville)


Tonight, two friends -- through a comic series of miscommunications --
dropped by unexpectedly to give Andrew a gift and have dinner (!!) with
us. I rushed home from work with some takeout pizza to find Jean and
our friends with two bottles on the sideboard.
2004 Luneau-Papin Muscadet SeM VV 'Clos des Allées'
nose: minerals, melon,
palate: rich, deep, round, long finish
Yellow in color, but still fresh and lively, this wine was a deeper
expression of Melon de Bourgogne than we get in our "everyday" Muscadet
bottles of Pepiere and Pierre de la Grange. No sign of oxidation but
fully open and ready to drink, this wine was a joy from start to finish.
2004 Ridge Geyserville (75% Z/18% Car/7% PS)
nose: blackberry, tar and black pepper
palate: medium body, acidic backbone, rich fruit, slight trace of oak
This was the finest Ridge Geyserville I've had since the '99. Unlike
many of the more recent vintages, this bore only a slight trace of oak
and came across as leaner and more structured than many have. Very fine
and in a good place right now, this will likely improve for another 3-5
years (Paul Draper says until 2016 and who am I to argue?)
No more '04s till next year's birthday!
Mark Lipton
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