The Twelfth Annual Stonefields Dinner

Guelph, ON, Canada

Tasted November 30, 2013 by Dave Canada with 167 views

Introduction

For the 12th Annual Stonefields Dinner, host Michael Barnstijn created a dinner with wines around the theme of "Non continental Europe." Paired with the food from chef Yasser Quahawish from Artisanale in Guelph, it was, as usual, a stunning evening with great food, great wine and fabulous company.

Flight 1 - Reception (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2008 Domaine Chandon (Australia) Vintage Brut Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
88 points
Bright and fresh with tart citrus fruit and minerals. The palate showed razor sharp acidity with flavours of white flowers, minerals and lime and had a medium finish with tart white citrus fruit and minerals. There is a bit of unintegrated alcohol that lingers but is not too obtrusive. This is a great aperitif sparkler.

Flight 2 - Hour D'Oeuvres (2 notes)

Paired with Colville Bay Oysters, Acadian Sturgeon and Caviar, Les Cochons tout Ronds

White - Sparkling
2007 Jansz Wine Company Premium Vintage Cuvée Brut Australia, Tasmania
91 points
This was a big step up from the Chandon Australia….
Powerful nose of lemon, caramel, toffee and obvious autolytic notes. The palate is very smooth and creamy…wow, this is great. Flavours o lemon, lime, biscuit, minerals and orchard fruit transition to a medium+ finish that complex and balanced. Great showing.
Rosé - Sparkling
2007 Nyetimber Rosé England, West Sussex
90 points
The nose was a touch closed on this…had to really work to get coax the nose out. Aromas of strawberry, cherry and minerals were present. The palate showed more tart red fruit character with cranberry, lemon, unripe strawberry, minerals and steel. The finish was medium and complex.

Flight 3 - 1st Course (2 notes)

Paired with Terrine de foie gras with Rhubarb en gelee and polestar miche

White
1969 Chateau Musar Blanc Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
92 points
Served at room temperature
Quite dark colour
The nose is very nutty with salted caramel, toffee, preserved lemon and earth. The palate is quite complex…showing hazelnuts, minerals, lemon, earth, salted carmel, saline notes, and a definite oxidative profile. The finish is really long…quite expansive.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1800 Joubert Family Wine Muscat South Africa
99 points
This is the private wine of the Joubert family. This Muscat d'Alexandrie was produced in 1800 and left in barrel until roughly twenty years ago when the family started drawing off very small quantities (6-250mL bottles per year). So technically it is not a true 1800 wine but given that such small quantities have been drawn and then topped off in an almost solera type system, the wine in my glass here is at least 95% 1800 wine….and it is absolutely spectacular.
The nose is utterly insane! So powerful with christmas cake, nutmeg, toffee pudding, spice cake, marmalade, brûlée, and burnt orange.
The palate is so viscous but there is perfect balancing acidity. Flavours of toffee, cardamon, spice cake, preserved grapefruit, brown sugar and asian 5 spice are so integrated, layered and beguiling that it stops you in your tracks. The finish is never ending……………..
Still tasting it 3-4 minutes later. WOW. I really should score this 100.

Flight 4 - 2nd Course (2 notes)

Paired with Peasant broth, and plantain winter truffle

White
2011 Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bushvines South Africa, Western Cape
92 points
Only had a very small pour of this…..but very similar to the bottle that we had a few days earlier.
Very open and lifted nose mixing pure lemon fruit with nutty elements.
The palate balanced pure lemon fruit with minerals and almond notes.
Finish was long and balanced.
White
2008 Sadie Family Palladius South Africa, Coastal Region, Swartland, Malmesbury
92 points
Golden colour
This was rich with lemon, vanilla, nutmeg, pineapple, wool, acacia, and honey….a touch tropical in its fruit profile but done in a very restrained way.
The palate was equally complex with notes of vanilla, lemon, wood spice, lime zest white flowers, pineapple, and guava. The oak is present but integrated. What really makes this wine is its great minerality and its great balancing acidity. The finish is medium + with layers of flavour and the only quibble I had was the fact that there was a little bit of unresolved alcohol on the finish. Very nice wine.

Flight 5 - 3rd course (3 notes)

Paired with Homard chaud froid and whole circle farm carrots

White
1998 13th Street Chardonnay Temkin-Paskus Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Beamsville Bench VQA
91 points
This was a very pretty wine. Notes of lemongrass, green apple, minerals, lemon and lime….very lifted.
The palate is lively with great acidity, green fruit and a mineral driven edge.
The finish is medium+ and balanced. Nice wine.
White
1996 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
Nose was very rich….lemon custard, white flowers, subtle integrated oak character
The palate was lush with pure lemon, pineapple guava, mango, vanilla, spice, and white flowers. There is good balancing acidity but for my taste, I think it needed a touch more.
The finish is medium length but there is a bit of heat that is distracting and the oak becomes more present and dominates just a touch too much.
White
2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay White Bones Adrianna Vineyard Mendoza Argentina, Mendoza
91 points
Nose of lemongrass, lemon, apple, pear and minerals.
The palate is driven by citrus flavours again but very mineral driven with notes of steel lingering as well.
The finish is medium+ with good complexity and a lingering mineral note that is quite nice.

Flight 6 - Cellar Visit and Stretch (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2003 Domaine Chandon etoile Tete de Cuvee USA, California, North Coast, Napa / Sonoma
88 points
This had a rather simple nose….
The palate had a steely and mineral character with citrus fruits.
The finish was medium

Flight 7 - L'Intermede (1 note)

Paired with Griottines

White - Fortified
1795 Barbeito Madeira Terrantez Portugal, Madeira
93 points
Nose is all dried lemon peel, brown sugar, flowers, dried orange peel, spice, and a definite rancio character.
The palate very complex showing marmalade, orange peel, spice cake, burnt orange creme brûlée and dried flowers. There is a noticeable kick in terms of alcohol and the acid is still quite racy.
The finish for me is where this wine feel down a bit for me…..it was only medium and did not have the expansiveness and power of the other old Barbeito Terrantez that I have tried (1899).
Nonetheless….this was a real treat and pretty to go back to over the course of the evening.

Flight 8 - 4th Course (2 notes)

Paired with Lotte, leek, and onion fondant tartlette

Red
2009 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Treinta y Dos Argentina, Patagonia, Río Negro
88 points
There are bright sour cherry and raspberry notes on the nose transitioning to similar tart red fruit flavours and minerals on the palate. This is very fruit forward and shows medium length on the finish.
Red
1999 Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
The nose is spicy with candied notes of cola and cherry…quite ripe
The palate is pruney and has notes of cherry, spice and cola that are all overlaid with obvious alcohol.
The finish is medium in length but again does not integrate the alcohol well at all.
This is just too hot for me and stylistically not what I look for in Pinot Noir.
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Flight 9 - 5th Course (3 notes)

Paired with Kegou Caille, Ris de Veau en Sarcophage

Red
1994 Harlan Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Very powerful nose……cassis, blackcurrants, earth, blackberry, cedar, and bitter chocolate. This is definitely a riper style of cabernet but quite pretty.
The palate shows similar dark black fruits augmented by cassis, leather and cedar but the alcohol is distracting and quite obvious.
The finish is medium+ in length and quite complex but again the alcohol is not integrated and is distracting.
Red
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
96 points
Wow…..this is so complex…..leather, cedar, blackcurrants, earth, forrest floor and sweet cherry
The palate is equally stunning……sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, leather, earth, black currants, black cherries, sweet cassis and a definite Brett presence (which I love)
The finish is long, layered, integrated.
1994 Dominus does it again.
Red
1994 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
94 points
From Magnum
This was a very nice wine…and still so young
Dark ripe fruit mix with cassis, spice and nice secondary elements of subtle earth and leather.
The palate is balanced and integrated yet still quite primary in nature….blackberries, black currants, black cherries and spice are augmented by some nice secondary nuance.
The finish is medium+ in length with good complexity. Wonderful wine.
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Flight 10 - 6th Course (3 notes)

Paired with British Columbia Chanterelle Mushrooms

Red
1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
Transparent in colour….garnet to a tawny edge.
Still very much alive though it has undoubtedly faded from its peak. My hunch is that it would have been at its best 10-15 years ago as the tertiary notes were definitely taking over in this wine.
The nose was dominated by a medicinal note, mint, backing spice and a dusty character.
The palate showed some cherry fruit with notes of brown sugar, dried flowers and dried plums.
The finish was medium+ and showed good complexity
It is very difficult to score this…..what a treat to try such an historical wine and to see it still alive and kicking.
Red
1975 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
This is dead ringer for aged bordeaux…
Pure black and red fruits augmented by leather, cedar and earthy notes.
The palate again shows such purity….brown sugar, dark black cherries, currants and berries mix with earth, cedar leather and saddle notes.
The finish is medium+ and very complex. Great wine.
Red
2002 Noon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek
91 points
Big nose of mint, eucalyptus, dark fruit and spice.
The palate shows candied cherries, black fruits, eucalyptus and mint with a great spicy character. This wine is 16.1% alcohol and I just do not understand where they hide it as the wine has such balance and no overt alcohol.
The finish is medium+ in length with good complexity and balance. Nice wine.

Flight 11 - 7th Course (3 notes)

Paired with Cerf de Boileau, cedar down farm salsify and Sauce Poivrade

Red
1986 Penfolds Grange Australia, South Australia
94 points
Really surprised this is a 1986…..so young and primary.
The nose shows pure dark fruit, mint, eucalyptus, spice and plum.
The palate adds savoury elements to the dark fruit, mint, pepper, smoke, eucalyptus, spice and plum and is so integrated and balanced.
The finish is long, layered and gorgeous….. wow. Almost 95 points.
Wish I had this in my cellar.
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Red
1999 Torbreck RunRig Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
94 points
Oh wow…this is so smokey and shows notes of obvious stem inclusion. The nose has notes of creosote, blue fruit, pepper, and spice….very northern rhone-esque
The palate is so pretty….spice, smoke, blue fruit, pepper, stems and a glycerol component.
The finish is long, expansive, integrated and o so beautiful. Spectacular wine.
Red
2001 Noon Shiraz Reserve Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek
92 points
Pure dark fruit on the nose…..
The palate shows blackberry, black cherry, mint, eucalyptus, spice and prune.
The finish is long and very complex.
Again….I love how Drew Noon is able to hid the alcohol on these wines as they are all 15.5+%. The balance they are able to achieve is amazing…talented winemaker.

Flight 12 - Fromage (2 notes)

Paired with cheese from Quebec - Le Fou du Roy and Magie de Madawaska

Red
1969 Chateau Musar Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
91 points
The nose shows black tea, mixed nuts and some sweat, earth and incense.
The palate again shows black tea, cherry, wet leaves, forrest floor and sweat. This is quite developed and might have been better a few years back.
Finish is medium+ in length with good complexity.
Red
2002 Noon Eclipse Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
91 points
Great purity.
Nose of dark fruit, spice and liquorice.
The palate is so balanced with dark cherry fruit, spice, eucalyptus and integrated alcohol (15.9%)
The finish is long. I think this will continue to get better as the fruit is still quite primary. Give it time.

Flight 13 - Dessert (2 notes)

Paired with Helge's Cassis Sorbet, Chestnut Chocolate Gateau, Bizjack Farms Summer Peach Preserve

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Mullineux Family Wines Chenin Blanc Straw Wine South Africa, Coastal Region, Swartland
92 points
This is pure tangerine…..
This jumps out of the glass and is so inviting on the nose with its pure fruit and lush character.
The palate shows tangerine, orange, lemon, citrus peel, honey and marzipan with a long finish
White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance South Africa, Coastal Region, Constantia
94 points
What a way to end an evening….orange marmalade, brûlée, lifted orange peel, spice, marzipan, honey and spice all wrapped in long opulent and layered finish. Great wine.

Closing

Another great Stonefields Dinner.