D.C. Dinner for Greg Golec

Toscana Cafe - DC
Tasted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by tooch with 434 views

Introduction

Thanks to David for organizing the dinner and Josh for coordinating with Toscana Cafe. David's friend Greg was in town from Chicago for his wedding so a group of us went out to celebrate. It was a fun dinner with an interesting selection of wines.

Flight 1 - Welcome White (1 Note)

David brought this back from his trip to South Africa. I've had a couple of David's "selections" from his South Africa trip and have enjoyed them all...keep 'em coming!

  • 2010 Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 87 Points

    South Africa, Coastal Region, Cape Point

    A dense Sauvignon that reminded me of what Merry Edwards is doing. Floral component is there on the nose with good citrus and herbs. Palate was floral and citrus driven and had the density of a chenin blanc. I usually go for Sauvignon Blanc's that have more acidity than this.

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Flight 2 - Blinded Riesling Flight (4 Notes)

All wines were served double-blind...thought it was a good showing from all four. Seemed like the Rebholz was the group's favorite.

Flight 3 - Reds (9 Notes)

The selection of reds was punctuated by the 1976 Insignia, 1997 Solaia and 2007 Rivers-Marie.

  • 1976 Joseph Phelps Insignia 93 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Mature nose of leaves, cedar, pipe tobacco and leather. The fruit was mostly hidden behind these tertiary tones, but was more evident on the palate. i thought this was particularly elegant with cranberry, violets, forest floor, and cedar tones on the palate. An iconic American producer nails this bicentennial cuvee.

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  • 1997 Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT 90 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    This was popped and poured. Had soft aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, violets, and tobacco. This was drank alongside a 1976 Insignia so it seemed incredibly powerful in contrast, but it did have finesse and elegance. The palate still had a good deal of fine tannin on the finish, but they weren't rough. The red fruit on the palate was nice, but there were times that I thought the oak was creeping into the picture too much. Seems like this still has a ways to go before it fully integrates.

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  • 2005 Castello Vicchiomaggio Ripa delle More Toscana IGT 83 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    A pretty ripe Super Tuscan with dense red fruit, tobacco, warm spices and garrigue. This was teetering on the edge of being over-the-top for me, but seemed to have enough acid and minerality on the finish to keep it relatively in balance. Thought it was just a hair too dense and big for my tastes. Wasn't a huge fan, but many at the table enjoyed it.

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  • 2000 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 79 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas

    Not the style of Cornas that I enjoy. This is forward and driven by sweet red fruit and sadly lacking any of the rusticity that I love in Cornas. Colombo's style shines through here incredibly well.

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  • 2005 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Incredibly dense and spicy wine that is nowhere close to being ready. Thought the palate was awkward at this point and didn't have the harmony that aged CdP's can achieve. This should be a long-lived vintage in the Southern Rhone, so I'd stay away from these for awhile.

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  • 2006 Krupp Brothers Estates The Advocate Stagecoach Vineyard 72 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    This was decanted about 90 minutes prior to service. Heavy oak, heavy dark fruit...just a heavy, dense, sluggish wine. I don't get it.

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  • 2007 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    A very classy Napa cabernet that was drinking incredibly well this night. It had a very classy, cool dark fruit nose with warm spices, subtle oak and cedar. The palate was firm with nice dark fruit, tobacco, violets and spices. Thought the acidity provided nice balance to this medium-bodied Cabernet.

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  • 2006 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari 89 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    I've had good success from the 2006 vintage in Napa, but this wasn't ready. This is a powerful wine with a dense core of red fruit and warm spices. cedar and dark florals. While the 2007 Rivers Marie Cabernet was drinking better tonight, I think this will be the longer-lived wine.

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  • 2001 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico 78 Points

    Italy, Campania, Irpinia

    This was characterized by dark fruit, graphite and tobacco on the nose. The palate was incredibly tannic and firm. Seemed like there was a lot of red fruit trying to bust out from behind the tannin...but that wasn't happening this night. Awkward wine.

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