Pre-New Years with K&O

Chez Walker - Princeton, NJ

Tasted December 30, 2018 by walkerjfw with 53 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

2014 Hirsch Vineyards Chardonnay USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
First wine of the evening, good chance to check in on this again...Chilled, PnP, drank over 30 minutes

From prior notes: "Light(er) gold color. Nose of green apple, citrus fruit, lemon peel, sea air, white flowers. Palate showed orchard fruits, green apple, lemon zest, nectarines, mild butterscotch. Palate is fresh and supple, really great texture on this wine...."

Picked up more saline/oyster shell this time on the nose. Citrus/lemon zest prevalent on the palate. Crisp, lean, lighter styled

Drinking very well, elegant, well made Chardonnay...gets more expressive as it warms a bit in the glass - best to drink from goblets to get full effect. Cliche to say it but Burgundian texture, not typical Calif Chardonnay. Will appeal to those with French leaning plates on white wines... should drink at this level for at least a few more years.
2008 Lail Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Premiere Napa Valley Lot 131 Henry USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville
Second wine of the evening, haven't had this in a couple years and was interested in checking in on it. Interesting contrast to the first white (14 Hirsch Chardonnay).

Color has really deepened with age - dark gold/brass color. You could mistake the color for an aged sauterne...profile has evolved considerably (from memory). Nose showing candied lemon, nuts/almonds, floral, vanilla. Palate adding marinated apples, orchard fruits, creme brulee, oak..full bodied and long finish

Really interesting wine, age has added weight and complexity to the wine . Best guess is it will go for a while. Style not for everyone, and wont be guessed as Sauv Blanc in any blind tastings...paired well with rich cheeses

Flight 2 (1 note)

2009 Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
93 points
First red of the evening, its been several years since drinking this. Decanted for about an hour prior to serving

Medium ruby, translucent. Aromatic nose showing red berries, earth, bacon/savory. Palate of raspberry, pomegranate, rhubarb, pine notes, cedar, earth notes. Medium body and finish, silky and elegant texture

really gorgeous showing on this evening...classic Gevrey-Ch, Wine is in a great spot now, should drink at this level for a while if wanting to cellar. Decant allowed this to open, wine benefits from a decant or slow ox at this point

Flight 3 (2 notes)

2010 Kristine Ashe Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Nous USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
95 points
Drank after an 09 Gevrey Chambertin, decanted for about 2 hours prior to drinking. Paired with 10 hour roast lamb shoulder and duck fat potatoes...a lot to stand up to...

Purple/red core color, no signs of age. Classic Oakville nose, dark red fruit, spices, earth and oak. Rich and fruit forward palate of black cherries, plum, violets, cassis. Floral notes and licorice showing up on the mid palate. Full bodied, voluptuous wine. Long finish

Haven't had this since release, drank at a lunch at the property w the vintner and winemaker Philippe Melka. Classic Melka wine, has really come into a good spot with the bottle age. Has a long arc ahead of it if wanting to cellar. The decant made a difference with this bottle, was bit tight when first opened, about 90 minutes later it was really singing
2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
94 points
Last bottle of the evening, had not planned on opening this one so it was PnP. The crowd was ready for one more w Napa as preference.

From prior notes: "Dark purple/red color. Nose showing dark fruits, licorice. Ripe fruit forward palate of blackberry, baking spice, cloves, earth notes and violets. Tannins present but softening, ripe secondary flavors through mid palate. Full bodied, long finish (45 secs)...."

Showed great as expected. The 2012 Napa wines are very accessible now, tannins still present but less tannic than other vintages and will show more quickly when opened than say the 13 or the guess on opening this bottle as a late add to the lineup was good. Really nice now, should drink at this level for at least another 5-7 years (IMO).
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