Sunday Night Dinner

RPM Steak - Chicago, IL

Tasted September 28, 2014 by tooch with 409 views

Introduction

Despite two of our guests not getting into Chicago due to the FAA troubles in Aurora, we still managed to have a great night! Big thanks to the team at RPM. They took great care of us, and we all enjoyed our food. Excited to go back!

Flight 1 (8 notes)

White
2011 Emmanuel Houillon (Maison Pierre Overnoy) Chardonnay Arbois Pupillin France, Jura, Arbois Pupillin
A young and firm chardonnay that's not showing a whole lot at this point. I probably should have let this breathe a lot longer than I did (about 90 minutes) to awaken some of the exotic citrus tones that I'm sure are buried deep down. I had hoped to keep some of the bottle for the end of the night, but that didn't end up working out. My last sip was the best.
White
2011 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
A lot to like here with a core of sweet citrus fruit - namely lemons. With some air this developed a really flinty nose that seemed to have a bit of a Meursault/Puligny thing going on. Usually, people equate Ceritas to chablis (myself included) but this was distinctively more powerful and brawny. Great florals, great acidity, and lots and lots of lemons and limes. Very good.
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Red
2005 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
92 points
Decanted for about 4 hours before drinking, this was young but showing some great potential. Lost of soft cherries and floral tones on the nose with some earthy undertones. The palate had some tannins in there, but the material behind them is really beautiful. Charming, feminine, elegant, pick your adjective....
Red
1987 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
What's striking about this wine is just how youthful and energetic it was. Seductive nose filled with dried roses, leather, dusty cherries, and some smoke. The palate was so fresh and lively too...great acidity and the brightness of the fruit was surprising for a wine of this age. Even Lopez wines (which can age forever) tend to lose their brightness a bit and take on more earthy, meaty tones...but this hasn't gotten there yet.
Red
1978 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Coronas Reserva Mas La Plana Spain, Catalunya, Penedès
93 points
Gorgeous nose of currants, sweet cherry, violets, and smokey earth. Palate was in a great spot. Lots of sweet dark fruit, with some secondary spice tones. Really nice.
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Red
2008 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
90 points
This might be the first non-Alesia bottling of syrah I've had from Rhys. I liked this a lot. Had some spicy dark fruits, a touch of meatiness, and beautiful florals. Nice acidity and a cool fruit profile, I was a fan.
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Red
2007 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
92 points
It's been over three years since I last tried this and this still has greatness in its future but was a touch less expressive than before. Still has the powerful black fruit core to it with some beautiful spices and smokey notes. The tannins seemed to get to me just a bit more this time...they're pretty gnarly. Worth noting that its aromas of florals and smoke were very nice.
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Beer
2014 Founders Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout USA, Michigan, Grand Rapids
92 points
Thanks to Kyle for breaking this out...who knew RPM Steak was planning to age beer! This might have been the first time I've tried this beer, and I'm usually not into these big stouts. But, wow...this was excellent! Aromatics of meat, coffee, chocolate and spice. The body of the beer was crisp and lively but had the big flavors you'd expect from a beer like this. I was really pumped after drinking my glass.
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