Football and Wines from the 90s @ Mike J

Wilton, CT

Tasted January 14, 2012 by mdefreitas with 549 views

Flight 1 - STARTER WINES (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
2002 De Meric Champagne Cuvée Rene Millesime Sous Bois France, Champagne
93 points
Another impressive bottle. Broad shouldered and masculine, with yeasty, leesy, nutty aromas. Biscuity and a slight toastiness on the palate. Above average length and poise.
White
1996 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
87 points
It's always interesting trying a 1996 White Burg... will it be oxidized? This particular sample was a bit golden in color and the flavors were prematurely evolved, but not really oxidized. Honey, butter and a bit of butterscotch. Still holding onto some acids to keep this somewhat lively.

Flight 2 - WINES FROM THE 90s (9 notes)

Red
1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
My last bottle and sad to see this go, as it still seems to have room to improve. Vibrant red in color, with a slight lighter ruby rim, but certainly not browning. A bit pruney when first opened, but this evolved to a more plummy palate. Vibrant, showing the complexities of age, but still holding a solid core of primary fruit. Cassis, tobacco, earth, camphor and smoke. Powerful, balanced and lengthy.
Red
1995 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
92 points
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Beautiful cassis and spice, mingled with tobacco and soil notes. Wonderful balance. Silky.
Red
1995 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
89 points
Lack of decanting probably hurt this wine. Simple, chocolatey and soft. Drinks reasonably well but seems to lack focus and depth.
Red
1996 Harlan Estate The Maiden USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
A good showing. Elegant, restrained and drinking well.
Red
1996 Jones Family Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
An interesting wine, showing a slightly more herbal edge. Celery seed, earth and plums. The oak is well integrated. This displays moderate complexity and I quite enjoyed it. Held up and improved on day2.
Red
1997 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
93 points
Dense, monolithic and mineral-rich. This was not decanted, and it probably should have been. The ingredients for a great wine are there, but this seemed a bit closed and ungiving at the moment. Let this sleep.
Red
1997 Greenock Creek Shiraz Roennfeldt Road Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
84 points
Ripe, but a bit volatile. Soft but one-dimensional. Meh...
Red
1998 Noon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek
88 points
I can't say I got much here. Nothing really off, but a bit muted on the nose and palate.
Red
1998 Glaetzer Shiraz Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
91 points
Smokey, plumy, spicy. Resolved structure, but I wouldn't wait much longer on this.

Flight 3 - DESSERT WINES (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1993 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Aszú Essencia Hungary, Tokaji
94 points
Fantastic wine. The flavors are heavier than the riesling served next to it, but it is every bit as focused and cut. Shimmers on the palate.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Eiswein Germany, Pfalz
94 points
Ripe tropical fruit, tangy and tart, in a good way. The ripe fruit is expertly framed by the electric acids. Very long on the finish.
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