Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines

Santa Ynez Valley

Tasted August 13, 2017 - August 14, 2017 by JonnyG with 155 views

Introduction

A visit from great friends led to some sweet drinking over the course of two consecutive evenings. The contrast amongst the bottles was especially notable.

Flight 1 - Night 1 (6 notes)

White
1988 Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) Sémillon Botte 47 Vino da Tavola Italy, Latium, Vino da Tavola
91 points
Dark yellow veering towards amber. Fresh on the nose, with a lanolin/citrus aroma. Definitely in good shape (I've had bad bottles from other vintages). Somewhat austere on the palate, with lemon skin, wax and faint honey flavors. Having had a lot of "The Prince's" old whites, I am still debating whether these are more of a treasure or a novelty.
White
2005 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu Origine France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu
91 points
Pale chiffon in the glass. Clean and inviting nose of melon and orange oil that somehow meshed well. Savory palate, with notes of citrus, chalk and saline. Fine acidity. Very refreshing.
White
2014 Chanin Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
88 points
Too sweet for my taste. In contrast to others' TNs, seemed lacking in acid to balance the concentrated fruit.
Red
1989 Henschke Abbotts Prayer Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lenswood
93 points
My last bottle, and these will be remembered fondly. The crumbling cork did not belie a flawed bottle (for once!). Light bodied, with a beautifully perfumed nose and gentle layers of sweet cedared red fruit, distinctively minty. The acidity was quite evident, and there was a notable salinity as well. Gorgeous stuff.
Red
1999 Henschke Shiraz Hill of Grace Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Eden Valley
94 points
Elegant, almost shy nose of sweet red fruit, balsam and a touch of smoke. Light and expansive on the palate, seamless notes of cassis, vanilla and mint. Mild VA, which suited the wine well in IMO. Sweet, creamy tannins. Long finish. Not the best H.o.G. I've enjoyed but even when less than perfect, these beauties are very special indeed.
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Red
2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Duel USA, California, Central Coast
93 points
One-hour decant, could have used more. Perfumed nose of violets, smoke and bacon fat. Rich, powerful and lush palate (no surprise), with notes of concentrated, sweet blue fruit, smoked meat and baking spices. Would have shown better with 4+ hours of air, and should improve further with more time in the bottle IMO. Not something I'd reach for every day, but impressive for what it is.

Update from Night 2: The wine is stubbornly unbudged. Time failed to move this big boy one iota...

Flight 2 - Night 2 (2 notes)

Red
2003 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
92 points
A muscular, masculine Barolo, showing great pedigree and class in a very hot year. Classic notes of rose petals and fennel emerge with time. Tough, chewy tannins and a nice rusticity. Not classic, but darn enjoyable.
Red
1990 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
94 points
What an awesome CdP. A VA funk quickly blew off, revealing an enticing and savory nose of meat juice, olive and balsam. Beautifully textured on the palate, with black olives dominating the captivating blend of black fruit and pepper. A singular wine, unmistakably of its place. Faded a bit after two hours or so. Still at peak but with a limited window once opened, I think.

Closing

Such a pleasure to get together, with the world class wines sweetening the pot immeasurably.

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