Adrian's Apartment - Chicago, IL

Tasted September 29, 2015 by tooch with 361 views


Our wine buddy Mark Senn is moving to Peru. This is a very exciting move for him and his wife, so we wanted to open some nice wines. He's been a huge fan of syrah for quite some time, so that seemed like an appropriate theme. Lots of fun wine were opened, and we grilled up some steaks, too.

Can't wait to visit Lima!

Flight 1 (10 notes)

2008 Adega Regional de Colares Colares Arenæ Portugal, Lisboa, Colares
94 points
If you like saline-driven wines, you'll love this. If you dislike the ocean and all it stands for, you'll hate this wine. Super fun.
1999 Noël Verset Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
94 points
Very seductive and wild nose of smoked meats, olives, earth, and cherries. The palate was in a good place - maybe a hair less depth than the bottle I had a couple years ago, but this was no less enjoyable. Lots of acidity on the palate, nicely integrated fruit/earth/meat and good depth. Didn't hit the high mark like the bottle i had in 2012, but still very very good.
2005 Noël Verset Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
88 points
The young vine-ness of the wine comes out here. The profile of the wine is high-toned and fleshy and, frankly, lacks complexity or depth at this point. Has some nice cranberry and mushroom tones, but this paled in comparison next to the 2006 and 1999.
2006 Noël Verset Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
91 points
Noel's final vintage! I've loved 2006 in the Northern Rhone and I think there's a lot to like with this one. It's very primary, still, but there's some good potential underneath. Fighting an uphill battle in a way with the vine age, but I found this more complex and deep than the 2005 that we opened alongside. More earthy, more meaty, more of what I want from Cornas.
2001 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
90 points
Drank alongside the 2002 Turque, this was far more enjoyable to me...which wasn't all that surprising. There was still a lot of oak lingering on the nose and palate, but it had a nice pure core of dark fruit, earth, and something like bacon. Some of the newer LaLa's seem to get overrun by the oak, and while it's a part of this wine, the fruit is winning out. Maybe give it some more time to let the oak recede a bit more? Or, age will just give the oak more of a starring role...I'm really unsure.
2001 Robert Michel Cornas La Geynale France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
93 points
I was really fond of this. Nice, attractive meaty/dark fruited/olive-driven aromas with soft florals tossed in too. The palate was still firm but had some nice smokey, meaty, cherry tones. Great depth and complexity.
1971 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Ruppertsberger Hoheburg Riesling Spätlese Auction #18 Germany, Pfalz
92 points
Beautiful amber color with tones of white florals, orange, tangerine, and lime. The palate was not sweet and had a beautiful coolness/crispness to it - great acidic profile. It's fun to taste what Spatlese used to taste much different today.
2004 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
96 points
Very impressive. I've been drinking Benetiere's stuff young, so it was great to try one with a wee bit of age on it. Still had the mix of Northern Rhone wildness and Burgundian elegance but this seemed to be more deep and complex than the younger versions of his wines have seemed. Lotsa Northern Rhone nerds debate who the next great winemaker will be in the region, and while there's no shortage of great producers these days, it's very clear to me that Benetiere is top on my list.
2002 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
86 points
With a weaker vintage, the oak treatment comes through. Pretty one-dimensional at this point.
1975 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
Really liked the nose of this after it got some air. Had that classic, Lalande floral note along with some nice graphite and dark fruit tones. Smelled VERY Pauillac. Palate was edgy and firm. It was kinda a tough nut to crack, but I think that's somewhat typical for the vintage. While it won't have the fleshy character that some of the more generous vintages may have, this seemed to fit into the 1978, 1983, 2004 mold of stern, dark, unforgiving wines. May not work for some, but this was right in my wheelhouse for BDX.
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