Peter Pratt's Inn
Tasted Sunday, January 28, 2007 by bsherwin with 417 views
There have been few wine events that I looked forward to with more anticipation than the 2nd Annual Peter Pratt's extravoganza. You will be seeing paeans to this lunch over the next few days and the praise is well deserved. Excellent job, Mark. There was a wonderful spirit to the event as people walked around sharing wine and stories. I noticed that the Burgheads were particularly interested in sharing our wines (and who can blame them) and Paul spent a great deal of time pimping out our leftovers for tastes of assorted Burgundies. I for one went a-begging at the California table at the end with some great results (mmm...Reva).
I got more than a few questions as to why I sat at the Bordeaux table as opposed to the California table. Well, first, I had acquired some impeccably kept wines and I certainly didn't plan to just have them sit there. Second, I thought it was important to get out of my sweet spot and try new things in the interest of putting as many different wines in my mouth as possible (albeit not at the same time). I was richly rewarded with some fantastic wines and some great company. Thanks to the table (particularly to Mark Chatwin and Paul Jauoen who sat next to me) for access to their wealth of experience and knowledge; I tried my best to soak it all up. Thanks to Paul as well in having confidence in me to ask me to scribe. Without further ado...on to the notes...
Two interesting wines. Neither knocked my socks off. Wandering around, I had some great wines including an '04 Pahlmeyer which I enjoyed and a fascinating '04 DuMol Viogner that Jay Hack talked about elsewhere.
This was a great flight to get things started on. The idea was that all of these wines were fully resolved and ready for action. That was certainly true of the '83 Lafite and the '75 HB, but frankly I'm not sure the '82 LP is ready yet.
For me, this was the most consistent flight. All the wines showed well (some better than others). The Mouton was served blind as a mystery wine. I got as close as Paulliac (or Booyah as Bill heard me), but no closer.
My theory here is that the Margaux ruined the other wines. It's a jealous wine. It a prima donna of a wine that wants the stage all to itself and it got it. I suppose that all the ruined wines were welcome as palate fatigue started to set in.
We certainly finished strong with an excellent Troplong Mondot and LB. They deserved better than my fatigued palate, but I really enjoyed them nonetheless (especially the TM).
There were lots of dessert wines floating about. I had no strength to keep track.
Thanks to all for a great day of comaraderie and for all the great wine!