Pre-Holiday Dinner @ Home

Tasted December 15, 2013 by mdefreitas with 449 views

Flight 1 - APERETIF (1 note)

Served with cheeses.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
90 points
A lovely, precise Champagne with a pinpoint beads, fresh, lifted, elegant palate and chalky finish. A nice choice for a light bodied, elegant aperetif.

Flight 2 - SOUP COURSE (2 notes)

Roasted cauliflower and Asiago cheese soup.

2008 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
A bit fatter than I remember from my last bottle, but still well balanced. Peaches and apples with the oak apparent in a "clove" hint. Finishes clean with a stony, salty finish.
2012 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay South Africa, Cape South Coast, Walker Bay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
89 points
Perhaps a mistake to pour this with a quality white Burg, as it got a bit lost. Fruity, creamy and palate-filling, with adequate acids. Just lacking a bit of depth tonight.

Flight 3 - CHICKEN COURSE (4 notes)

Grilled spiced chicken.

2000 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
84 points
Deep bronze in color, thick and viscous. Quite sweet and a bit lacking in acids. There is however, a bitterness in the finish that keeps this from getting too flabby... but this is heavy and a bit undefined and perhaps better with cheese than by itself.
White - Off-dry
2002 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Germany, Nahe
94 points
A wonderful combination of zesty citrus, cherry, slate and lime rind. This dances effortlessly on the palate. Still a long road ahead for this wine.
1999 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
94 points
Uncanny how this can possess so much power yet be so weightless. A smack of citrus with a rocky saline wash in the finish. Lip pursingly good.
White - Off-dry
2003 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *** Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
88 points
A wine that one drinks for a cornucopia of exotic fruit flavors. Marmalade in texture, with honey, apricot, peach and (I think a first for me in Riesling) coconut. However, the acidity is a bit soft. A wonderful experience and a peek into what the 2003 vintage can produce, but alas not a thought provoking wine. No development over 5 days in the frig.

Flight 4 - BEEF COURSE (7 notes)

Braised short ribs.

2001 The Standish Wine Company Shiraz The Standish Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
84 points
Ripe sweet fruit with intriguing spices, however the sweetness was a bit too much for me.
2003 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley
84 points
Rich and concentrated, but very ripe and sweet, with the fruit verging on prunes.
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1969 Fratelli Berteletti Bramaterra Castello di Lozzolo Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Bramaterra
88 points
After a flawed (maderized) bottle, it is good to know that this wine is still alive. Quite mature with dried leaves, earth and leather, but there is some fruit in there as well. Wonderful acids that keeps this refreshing and food friendly. Even on day two, although the fruit had dried up and it was all about secondary aged flavors, it was still drinkable with food -- thanks to that Nebiolo structure.
1961 Fontanafredda Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
This was drinking quite nicely. Dried roses, violets and leather. The structure was smooth and silky. Light bodied, filigree and delicious.
1988 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
95 points
Beautiful, delicately-aged Graves. Gravel, earth, leafy and loamy with a well-reolved, fine-grained tannic spine. Drinking great.
1988 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
95 points
Savory, smokey, herbal and gamey. A lovely, complex, ethereal wine with great presence and persistance.
1983 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
TCA rears its ugly head.

Flight 5 - DESSERT (2 notes)

Served with homemade Christmas cookies.

Red - Fortified
1977 Gould Campbell Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
This showed signs of seepage, and the cork was quite crumbly. The wine was sound however. As always, this was dark, youthful, deep and full of life. The tannins are accessible, but this can continue to age for a couple more decades. Plums, raisins, spice and (my only complaint) a bit of a medicinal quality to it. My second bottle with that detracting medicinal note.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1994 Alois Kracher Scheurebe Beerenauslese Zwischen den Seen Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
85 points
An interesting wine, with thick honey, peach compote and floral notes. Palate coating and persistent, but very soft, with almost no acidity left.
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