Christmas Eve Dinner 2012

Tasted December 28, 2012 by pgb67 with 250 views

Flight 1 (7 notes)

2005 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
95 points
WOTN at Christmas Eve dinner, impressing everyone from white wine drinkers to cabernet aficionados. Deep nose of pure red fruits, intermingling with damp earth, ground mace and black tea. Silky smooth palate with flavors of cherry and refined spice and a backbone of moderate acidity and mineral nuance. Medium-bodied with a broad finish.
2006 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Very smooth, suave mouthfeel with pleasing aromas and flavors of black currants, cappuccino, and truffle. Bordeaux-like class, although not as expressive as it could be due to the vintage.
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2010 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
A big cab with firm tannins and sweet oak notes. Still too young, but I wanted to give it a try. Aromas and flavors of plum, powdered cocoa, baking spices.
2004 Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
87 points
The biggest disappointment in the lineup – a full and chewy wine, with notes of violet, forest, and cherry, but the extremely drying tannins made this difficult to drink, and it actually distracted from the food due to its strange finish.
2011 La Mesma Gavi Italy, Piedmont, Gavi
92 points
Ripe and refreshing, and thus easy to drink, but also showing a lingering complexity that elevates it to sophisticated category. Citrusy nose with hints of honeysuckle, and a mouthfilling palate of lemon, lemon zest, and tart pineapple.
2009 Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon South Africa, Cape South Coast, Cape Agulhas, Elim
90 points
Made in an international style, quite similar to New Zealand SBs. Nice lime and lemon zest aromas and flavors with a touch of bitter pith on the finish. Not as long as the Gavi we drank next to it.
2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
A succulent and powerful wine, which was sweet and delicious upon opening and evolved into a deeper, brooding wine over time – raspberry compote, vanilla, dark cherries.
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