Dinner with the Lees and Zimmers

Columbus, OH

Tasted April 2, 2009 by psmith with 555 views

Flight 1 (3 notes)


Rosé - Sparkling
1990 Pol Roger Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
Bright, forward red fruit notes - strawberry and cherry cola. Still vibrant on the palate, with a mousse that hasn't quite toned down yet despite overall good balance. Very enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
1961 Pommery Champagne Brut Millésimé France, Champagne
Light golden color with some apparent mousse left. Caramel overtones and texture, and quite an impression of sweetness to the palate before turning a bit Madeira-like on the finish. A bit heavy. Probably never a great wine, but OK.
White - Sparkling
1998 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill France, Champagne
Generally consistent with last note. Young and vibrant. Nice clarity. Very enjoyable.
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Flight 2 (3 notes)

With mushroom and thyme risotto:

2005 Sine Qua Non The Petition USA, California
Exotic, bold nose - lanolin, tropical fruits, and butter notes. Oily, viscous palate presence. Big flavors and texture; hot finish. Enjoyable.
1994 Marcassin Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
Super sulfury nose - all matchstick and smoke. Hard to get by these notes to see what's on the palate, but a buttery texture and some impression of honeyed fruits point to a mature wine. Not enjoyable in the place where it's at.
1999 Louis Latour Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
A touch of sulfur on the nose. Still youthful in color. Good clarity with lemon curd notes and mineral. Great backbone to the palate. Good balance. Very good '99 clearly capable of aging.

Flight 3 (4 notes)

With polenta and slow cooked lamb shanks:

1998 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Super nose with high pitched tobacco and eucalyptus notes; very classy. More wrapped up and harder to read on the palate. Seems to have a solid core of fruit lurking beneath lots of structure. Some Merlot plummyness and chocolate comes through. Young, but very promising.
1986 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Characteristic Mouton dark fruits and tobacco notes. Masculine styling. Giving on the nose, but still quite tannic, high pitched, and wrapped up on the palate, even with several hours decanting. Big Bordeaux. Still quite young, but very enjoyable.
1996 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Black strawberry and raspberry fruit nose with characteristic earthy undertones. Bigger than I remember on the palate, with forward, deep fruits and a density that's more than many '96s. Still some primary flavors, and tannins that need some time to resolve, but certainly drinking well now. Very enjoyable.
1990 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
Streamlined, elegant nose with earth, tobacco, and red fruits. Medium bodied but great balance, with softened fine tannins. Classy styling. Really good.

Flight 4 (1 note)

With cheeses:

White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Sélection de Grains Nobles France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
Pinkish gold color. Bright, zippy tropical fruit and orange marmalade notes. Sweet and viscous. Honeyed flavors. Good backbone and balance. Very good.

Flight 5 (2 notes)


1999 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
Dark dense fruits. Classic Cabernet flavors of ripe cassis. Some graphite character. Medium grain tannins. Big, dense wine. Still youthful. Very enjoyable.
1997 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì San Lorenzo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
Drinking far younger than I remember this. Black, tarry palate with little real fruit character but some floral undertones. Find but abundant tannins. Big wine; masculine styling. Needs lots of time, but very impressive.
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