Dinner with friends

My house

Tasted August 1, 2006 by psmith with 700 views

Introduction

We had a few friends over on Tuesday for wines and steak frites. I can't say the meal was a success on all levels, but the wines were quite enjoyable and the resulting late night made for a rather rough Wednesday.

Flight 1 (12 notes)

White
1986 Nikolaihof Riesling Spätlese trocken Weingebirge Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
91 points
Pure, petrol fumes and natural aromas of fresh cut grass, honeyed peach and apricot, and white flowers. Mature, weighty palate well supported by a vibrant acidity and minerality. No signs of decline. Beautiful wine, and very Nikolaihof in style.
White
2000 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
90 points
Lemon zest and white flower with hauntingly pure petrol notes. More subtle flavors and somewhat hollow in the middle, but a powerful mineral core and tangy acidity on the finish begs age. Delicious young wine.
White
2003 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
93 points
Melon, pear, orange oil, and exotic tropical fruit with floral notes. Lushly textured, flashy, and oily on the palate. Deliciously forward but traces of alcohol detract from the finish as the glass warms up. As intensely flavored as any Chave Blanc as I've ever had, but never heavy or tiring.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
89 points
Old label bottle, probably 7-8 years since release. Cherry and red berries on the nose. A well integrated and reserved mousse comes across as a more aggressive frizzante than fully sparkling. A bit caramelized and overly oxidative on the finish detract from the vibrancy this wine usually displays. A bit out of balance, probably should have been consumed a few years ago. Very disappointing relative to a bottle from the same batch enjoyed a few months back, but not bad on an absolute level.
White
1994 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Gueberschwihr France, Alsace
flawed
Over the hill resin and pine-sol notes. Not drinkable IMO.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Schloss Gobelsburg Brut Réserve Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
86 points
A bold wine, not particularly complex, but some leesy notes. Rather winey. Nice finishing acidity and good balance overall. Very nice.
White
1988 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Goldert France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
89 points
Some pine-sol, honey, and butterscotch on the nose - comes across as too old to me. Actually a very nice palate. Mature with a full, oily, thick texture. Tropical fruits and some Gewürztraminer character remain. Finishes nicely with a good balanced acidity. Attractive old wine, expressive and interesting.
Red
1998 Turley Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
Dark black fruits, violet, and spicy flavors. Concentrated though quite balanced with bold, medium-grain tannins. Enjoyable wine.
White
2004 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
88 points
Austere grapefruit, citrus, and mineral notes backed up by a dominant tangy acidity. Rather steely and cold at this point - less expressive fruit than a bottle from a few months ago. More textured on day two, though a lot of tension and restraint to the flavors. Deserves a few years in bottle.
Red
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
96 points
Funky Mourvedre nose - lots of animale notes and earth driven flavors but with mineral, lead pencil, and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied but never overbearing. Intense with a creamy, weighty fruit profile and ample firm tannin. Just an amazing young Beaucastel, though really showing a lot now. A truly wonderful wine.
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Red
2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil USA, California, Central Coast
92 points
Dark, thick, and slightly sweet blackberry liqueur, violets, and meaty flavors. Dense and full on the palate with loads of extract and a fine tannic finish. A large-scaled, flashy, in-your-face wine. Sexy and smooth as silk. Not something I'd want every day, but really delicious in small doses.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1976 Monimpex Tokaji Aszú Essencia Hungary, Tokaji
Old, concentrated Madeira color. Not dead by any means, but definitely old bones. Wonderfully complex nose of orange marmalade, candied tropical fruits, caramelized sugar, prune, and raisin. Malt and chocolate on the palate with persistent, bright, and intense flavors well supported by firm acidity. Something very unclean about the finish that makes drinking this a rather unappealing idea. Unchanged on day two. Hard to attach a meaningful number to, but an enjoyable experience overall.
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