Our dinner with Cilantro

Chez nous
Tasted Sunday, March 12, 2006 by 1800kidney with 542 views

Introduction

Short visit to Birmingham with Cilantro; delighted to have him in our home

Flight 1 - The apperatifs (1 Note)

Truffle pate, black pepper pate and an Italian blue triple cream

Flight 2 - Ready for the Main Event (1 Note)

The Pavie Decesse had been decanted for 4 hours and was really quite nice. Plenty of gusto for the insalata Capriese and moving in to the main course

  • 2000 Château Pavie Decesse 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Very impressive, extremely complex fruit up front with some raisins and even tar in the finish. This will develop nicely over the next 10 years, but is the most approachable 2000 Bordeaux that I have tried. May well improve with more bottle time, but for now, it is very enjoyable

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Flight 3 - Prime Ribeye and Beautiful White Asparagas (1 Note)

First grilling in a while, and more medium than intended. Nevertheless, the Pavie Decesse was dancing in the glass and thoroughly enjoyable. The 1982 Lynch Bage was decanted and immediately poured. Just simply terrific, in fact at its peak

  • 1982 Château Lynch-Bages 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Quintessential Pauillac, just doesn't get much better than this. At the start, cork was seeped clear through and there was a whiff of barnyard, but after decanting, this just kept going on an on. Beautiful color with hardly any brickings. The nose came alive with cassis, leather, and faint cedar. Great mouthfeel with balance and power, long finish. Definitely at its prime

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Flight 4 - Lovely Strawberries with a touch of Pere William (1 Note)

The Late Harvest was the perfect to a lovely evening.

  • 1997 Ravenswood Gewürztraminer Late Harvest 95 Points

    USA, California

    Similar notes to previous tasting..Lovely--very unusual late harvet dessert wine from Ravenswood. Only 13.5% alcohol with residual sugar of 135 g/l.
    fresh and clean on the palatte, not cloying. Complex fruit with some citrus, in perfect balance. Unctioius, more refined and integrated than last tasting. Unfortunately, this is not widely available and was essentially a private bottling

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Closing

Lovely evening, catching up and making plans for the furture. Only thing lacking were prescient fortune-cookies at the end of the meal. Who knows what the future will bring

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