Early Birthday Celebration

Chicago

Tasted July 28, 2013 by MatthewF with 349 views

Introduction

An early birthday celebration with a group of 5 friends. All the wines were out and everyone drank as they wanted instead of pairing with specific foods. There was grilled Porgy with a sweet corn relish, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Triple Seared Rib-Eye, and some veggies.

Flight 1 - The Wines: (6 notes)

Rosé
2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé France, Provence, Bandol
Two bottles opened with identical notes. Strawberry, crushed stone and lighter floral and thyme notes. Good energy on the palate where the same flavors carry through. Delicious as always.
Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
flawed
Corked. Boo!
Red
1981 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From magnum obtained directly from the Domaine just over 4 years ago. Opened 45 minutes before trying and then decanted and drank over the next 3 hours or so. A mix of dried red and black fruit with notes of damp earth, worn leather, black truffle and savory herbs. Medium bodied on the palate and I would say at its peak, but will hold for another couple years (with this provenance).
Red
1981 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
Opened 45 minutes before trying and then decanted and drank over the next 3 hours. Great aromatics and palate from the start, but only got better over the course of the evening. Dried dark red cherry and berry, savory herbs, lots of black pepper and notes of iron. The same dried fruit and herb flavors on the palate with a great blood/iron streak running through it. Fairly powerful and the tannins have integrated nicely. The acid stuck out a touch on the finish at first but with time in the decanter everything balanced out nicely.
Red
1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Popped, decanted and drank over 2 hours. Cork looked pristine. Amazingly youthful color when poured. Vibrant red berry and plum on the nose and palate with notes of wet tobacco, cedar and earth. Rich and giving on the palate. Medium plus bodied with a very long finish. Fantastic balance. Delicious!
Red
2004 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
From magnum that was decanted roughly 6 hours before trying. Much like the bottle I had 4 years ago. Dark red berry and currant on the nose and palate with a great coffee bean component. Bitter chocolate as well as sweet tobacco and cedar notes. Very giving on the palate, but there is plenty of stuffing to age for quite a while longer, especially in this format. Full bodied with a long, gripping finish.

Closing

Thanks everyone!

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