Los Angeles, CA
Tasted Sunday, February 18, 2007 by Eric with 776 views
When it comes down to it, Bordeaux is definitely my favorite wine region, and I love ripe-vintage wines like 1990 and 1982. So it was with great excitement that we lined up for a memorable evening at Spago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of 1982 Bordeaux, a vintage that hits incredible heights. Coming off some of the best food of my life when we dined at Providence an evening earlier, I knew that Spago was an unfair comparison. Still, as with other visits, they easily bust out of the cliché and do a great job of food and wine. The courses were a cavalcade of meats that paired easily with the wines. And Kevin the somm did a fantastic job as always. As far as the wine goes, well I was a pig in shit. I just LOVE this vintage. Maybe my scores are a bit compressed, but wine after wine just dazzled me tonight.
Generally speaking, we had some pristine bottles, and apart from a few corked wines things showed incredibly. We again tasted the wines single blind apart from the white starter. I actually got on a pretty nice roll and had 10 of the last 15 correct, seeming to get more dialed in as the night went along.
We started with a troika of St. Emilion wines.
Next we moved to Pomerol. The Certan de May was a no-show due to some confusion about where the dinner was hosted. Oh well, we had to make do with a lovely pair of Pomerol.
Next we moved to Graves.
OK, now we moved to Pauillac to play with the big boys. At the start of the night Eric Cotsen had people try and predict their favorite wine and the favorite of the group, and everyone's guesses centered on this flight. I figured that the Latour would be the group favorite, but I had little doubt that the Pichon Lalande would be the wine to make me swoon. Pretty much right on both counts.
This flight mixed up 3 communes, and following the Pauillac's one would have thought it would be overwhelmed. The wines showed beautifully though.
OK, home stretch. Most people had given up on their notes at this point, but I actually got a bit of a second wind. Maybe it was the rain dripping down my back for much of the evening?
We finished up with one last drop, the 1990 d'Yquem served from a pair of 375ml bottles.