Hart Davis Hart BYOB Dinner

Hinterland Gastropub, Milwaukee, WI

Tasted September 5, 2013 by petitblanc with 715 views

Introduction

An exceptionally enjoyable event and fine company, as usual. This two hour dinner could have easily been stretched to five. While the food wasn't too exciting, the quality of the wines was generally excellent, some just didn't receive the time and attention they deserved (not to mention a few others that never made it to our end of the table, and a few more that never even got opened).

Flight 1 (19 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Val de Mer Crémant de Bourgogne Rose (No Dosage) France, Burgundy, Crémant de Bourgogne
87 points
Very pale copper-pink. Generous and interesting nose of red pinot fruit, sweet melon, lychee and honey. A faint bit of an odd sourness on the palate, just a bit flat, otherwise clean. Short finish.
Rosé
2010 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Rosé Erratica USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Really lovely once again. Very light, easy drinking, with pure and delicate pinot noir character coming through.
White
2008 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazées France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
90 points
Unusual nose of tart orange juice concentrate, honey and white flowers. More interesting chardonnay character comes through on the palate, with faint sulfur, light structure and some heat. White flowers emerge again through the finish.
White
2010 Remoissenet Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
88 points
Faint, toasty nose. Simple and just a bit harsh on the palate, a bit of melon late. Just not giving a lot right now, a little age may help this soften and open up.
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White
2010 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Very faint but pleasantly perfumed and floral nose. Light oak allowing the chardonnay to speak. Somewhat light and simple, but pleasing and easy to drink.
White
2008 Sturino Trotta Cellars Chardonnay Carneros USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
89 points
Charred wood and faint sulfur actually make for an inviting nose. Very fine balance of oak and fruit throughout, with just a touch of passing heat to clip the midpalate.
Red
1979 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
91 points
Similar to the previous bottle, very appealing tobacco, earth, and red fruit. Still very lively, this was fine drinking and would have been classic if it weren't for the massive and lingering tannins that really called for a solid food pairing.
Red
1980 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Green and yeasty nose. So clean and pleasingly balanced on the palate. Firm tannins emerged late, along with an almost candied, youthful sweetness that mingled very nicely with the lingering green note.
Red
1971 Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Rousseau Deslandes Morin Père & Fils France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
Pale rose-garnet color, quite cloudy. Cork smelled of pure old gym socks. Almost completely fungal, clinging to just a bit of a faint moldy strawberry note. Somehow this was still vinous and sippable, with a hint of structure, but generally just an interesting novelty, well past prime. Not scored. From magnum.
Red
2009 Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune 1er Cru Grèves France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
87 points
Pale, generic hot, thin. Drinkable, with no outright flaws.
Red
2009 Remoissenet Père et Fils Corton-Renardes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
89 points
Intersting nose of melon, orange peel, torrefaction and pinot berry. More tart on the palate, still showing some complexity. Moderate tannins, mild acidity, turning hot through the shortish finish. To be consumed relatively young.
Red
1993 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
90 points
No detailed notes, but this showed a remarkably fresh and sweet nose, candied fruit, tea leaf and rose petals.
Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Classic leathery, earthy Lynch Bages nose. Lots of sweet fruit and earth on the palate. A generally beautiful bottle, with a slight green streak that detracted.
Red
2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
This came across as harsh, hot, and tannic. I don't know when it was opened, a longer decant would possibly have helped. Not scored.
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Red
2001 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Rich primary fruit, dusty tannins, simple and generic but very clean save for excessive heat. Not scored, as this almost certainly would have benefitted from a longer decant. Still, the balance here seems unlikely to improve with age.
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Red
2005 Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
My first sip was warm and simple, but I just didn't have time to give this the attention it deserved. Not scored.
Red
2009 Peter Michael Les Pavots USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
Beautiful sweet, primary nose, with fine roasty oak treatment. After that, this came across as hot, simple, linear, and a rich style that just wasn't in my sweet spot this late in the evening. Not scored.
Red
1997 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
Pleasant fruit and generally appealing balance, save for a touch of the heat of the vintage. From magnum, tasted quickly on the way out the door, not scored.
Red - Fortified
1963 Sandeman Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bright, fresh color. This was shockingly primary and youthful, showing a touch of spirit but still smooth enough. Almost a slightly thinner version of the 1977 Taylor. Decanted 8 hours and could have used 12. Bottles like this won't see maturity for another two decades, a really fine showing this time. Neck fill, very clean, BB&R UK bottled.
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