Hosting LI Blind 2017 edition

Jewel Restaurant Melville

Tasted June 25, 2017 by VDLT Wine with 177 views


Twelve of us gathered for dinner. Despite a relatively quick put-together, the pairings faired well. All wines were opened at least a few hours prior to service.

Flight 1 (1 note)

Simple flatbread pizza

White - Sparkling
N.V. Nicolas Maillart Champagne Brut Elegance Marie Hanze France, Champagne
Sweet, oaky but with yeasty character. No one thought it was champagne. Not without pleasure but rather simple. Seemed tired.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Jumbo Lump Crab/Avocado/Mango/Cucumber

2004 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Germany, Nahe
Very good but lacking Distinction on day one. Day two it had more drive, penetration and flavor distinction.
2004 Müller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten Riesling Kabinett Germany, Pfalz
More viscosity than the Donnhoff. Also very good but not special enough. Unlike the Donnhoff, this remained similar on day two.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

Buffalo Mozzarella/Heirloom Tomatoes/Basil/Verjus Sea Salt/Saba

2012 Ulibarri Artzaiak Bizkaiko Txakolina Spain, País Vasco, Bizkaiko Txakolina
More muddled than prior bottles. More nutty than citrus-flavored. Seemed tired.
2014 Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Rías Baixas Bastion de la Luna Tintos de Mar Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas
Terrific energy and pure fruit even if the flavors are curious. I preferred the 2013. At times, the flavors were just too peculiar.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

“Rare” Yellow Fin Tuna Corn/Pesto

2013 Celler Escoda-Sanahuja Conca de Barberà Els Bassots Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Conca de Barberà
This bottle was stranger than the first. Like a cross between an ultra funky farmhouse ale and a cider. Before food, the nose was downright stinky and the oxidative flavors strong. The food mellowed it somewhat but 9 of 12 folks loathed it, one was neutral and two of us found things to like. A day later it was undrinkable.
1994 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Another very good if rustic bottle. Fine depth and perhaps a bit more fruit than previous bottles. A good match with the tuna, but maybe a bit too big. Glad I bit on these.

Flight 5 (2 notes)

N.Y. Sirloin(or chicken) Sauteed Zucchini/Yellow Squash/Red Potatoes/Mushroom Demi-glaze with with shaved truffles

2005 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
Sweeter, richer and less oxidized than my other bottle. It paired with sirloin with aplomb. No one could identify it as Viognier but no one had ever had one this old. A couple of folks named it wine of the night. Excellent.
2002 Forey Père et Fils Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
A good wine - juicy but seemed over-wound and tense (not in a good sense).

Flight 6 (2 notes)

Long Island Duck/Pomegranate/Cherries/Olives/Lemon

2009 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Réserve Vieilles Vignes Greece, Macedonia, Amyndaio
The 90-year old, ungrafted vines are palpable in this wine that has great depth, distinct flavors we couldn't peg and real class. Very impressive over a few nights.
2006 Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Cinque Querce Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
A quality wine albeit big, hot and alcoholic - even after several days. Not my thing.

Flight 7 (2 notes)

Butter Pecan Bread Pudding/Whipped Cream/Caramel

White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Peller Estates Vidal Blanc Icewine Andrew Peller Signature Series Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
A light, energized and mighty tasty ice wine. An unexpected surprise. Nice cut.
White - Fortified
N.V. Dandelion Vineyards Pedro Ximénez Legacy of the Barossa Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
Another out-performer. Much bigger and deeper than the Ice Wine but with no less precision. Rather haunting.
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