Dinner with Friends

Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL

Tasted September 4, 2012 by Burgundy Al with 201 views

Flight 1 (11 notes)

White
1979 Stony Hill Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
Well past its peak.
White
2005 Sine Qua Non The Petition USA, California
91 points
Ripe stone fruit aromas with some toasted nut background notes. Sweet, ripe peach and apricot flavors with some baking spice hints. Good balance for its alcohol level. I've often found my favorite SQN whites to be those based on Rhone varietals with a good dollop of Chardonnay added, like The Petition.
White
2007 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
91 points
Ripe fruit aromas, slightly tropical with vanilla and licorice background hints. Similar fruit on palate, very lush and robust with good spice, good energy. New oak can use another year to integrate better.
White
2004 Arnaud Ente Meursault La Seve du Clos Plus Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
94 points
Similar to a couple of bottles I opened this spring, this showed lots of ripe fruit aromas and flavors with good supporting spice, great density and concentration, then lots of minerality and acidity coming through nicely from middle to finish. This wine should continue to improve for a few more years, then drink well to perhaps 2025.
Red
1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
92 points
Black fruit and subtle spice aromas, then completely identical on palate. Very good balance. Perhaps a little less interesting overall vs. another bottle from earlier this year with showed a little more cigarbox aromas and acidic edge.
Red
2003 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Not a personal favorite tonight. Very fat, ripe fruit with good spice. Palate comes across as almost jammy with a fair amount of acid but modest tannins, giving an overall odd textural sense.
Red
2005 Clos Erasmus Priorat Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
96 points
Black fruit with great floral elements to start and some intense five spice in background. Mostly black fruit on palate with some red cherry hints. Same huge spicebox flavors come through particularly on long, precise finish. Really impressive.
Red
2004 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor Grown USA, California, Napa Valley
Ultra ripe black fruit aromas and flavors, lots of new oak spice. Fat and seemingly light on acidity and energy. I can appreciate the wine's quality but it is not my preferred style.
Red
2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah Atlantis Fe2O3~1a, b & c USA, California
96 points
Blackberry and black cherry aromas with great spice aromas supported by charming floral notes in the background. Very similar fruit profile on the palate with black pepper, anise and dried thyme. One thing I find particularly remarkable for SQN Syrah and Grenache is they they retain incredible balance and finesse despite the fairly robust alcohol levels, which almost never protrude.
Red
1985 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Bonny's USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Very impressive. Still incredibly fresh black fruit with (at various points) hints of green pepper, dill, mint and black pepper. Reasonably long, incredibly well balanced.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Weingut Knoll Grüner Veltliner Beerenauslese Loibner Loibenberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Golden color. Sweet and spicy aromas to start with very ripe stone fruit character, hints of roasted nuts in background. Similar flavor profile on palate with good length and structure.