After the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Women of the Nile Event, 11 of us went to the Afghan Kebab House for dinner afterwards.
Here are the wines we had
- 2008 Stags' Leap Winery Merlot - USA, California, Napa Valley
What a delicious wine! Dark color and expressive nose yields to reveal lots of fruit flavors (blackberry, cherry), dark chocolate, espresso beans and some oak on the tannic finish.
This was tasty now but could age more. Very kind of Gia (Grace) to bring this to share with our group. (90 pts.)
- 2009 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
Another tasty wine at dinner and before the food was served.
The wine was dark with good fruit flavors, some chocolate, oak and substantial tannins on the finish.
It drank nicely today but will drink even better with another year of bottle age.
Thanks to Gia (Grace) for bringing this bottle and sharing it with the group. (89 pts.)
- 2002 Spring Valley Vineyard Syrah Nina Lee - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
At the Afghan Kebab House, post-Met Women of the Nile Event (dinner with 11): This was a very good syrah. It had lots of dark fruit (blackberry, cherry), some chocolate, meat and spices on the finish. I do get a hint of alcohol on the finish (it is 15.3%) but still a very good wine. Excellent pairing with the spicy and bold Afghan food. And I loved Leslie G's explanation of the cult-bottle (thick, heavy) and its bottom indentation that accommodates 3 fingers, too. This was the last bottle. Great QPR for what we paid ($16 + $3.68 commission & tax = $19.70). (91 pts.)
I was surprised the group only drank 3 wines, as I had brought a few more. I guess moderation was the order of the night ...