A Birthday Gathering

Tasted June 17, 2009 by Kirk Grant with 298 views


It's hard to find the time to get away from studying while in Grad School...but Lisa went above and beyond to make sure that my Birthday did not pass without a nice meal and good company.

Flight 1 - Champagne Starter (1 note)

Lisa & I had this while unwinding before dinner. It was a lovely start to a great meal and went very nicely with the lobster in the next course.

White - Sparkling
1996 Lanson Champagne Gold Label Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Showing a pale yellow in the glass with scents of baked bread, minerals, and star fruit. In the mouth vibrant lemons and mineral notes lead into bracing acidity and a lingering of clementine and lime along a medium long finish. This might improve with a little more time sideways. I will want to check back in on this in 2011

Flight 2 - Two Lazy Lobsters and a German Gem (1 note)

For my birthday dinner Lisa prepared two lazy lobsters and steamed some broccoli & carrots. The Dönnhoff was perfect for this meal as it was light as a feather yet had wonderful acidity to cut through the freshly drawn butter.

White - Off-dry
2002 Dönnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spätlese Germany, Nahe
93 points
Showing a light yellow color in the glass with stunningly pure and delicate scents of sugar cane, candied pineapple, lemon drops, and petrol on the nose. In the mouth flavors of lemon, quinine, limes, pineapples, kiwi, and peaches ebb and flow like the rising of an incoming tide. This light bodied wine has the finesse of an illusionist, the grace of a ballet dancer from Julliard, and the strength & power of a Spartan warrior.

Flight 3 - Wine & Cheese (1 note)

We pulled out the remaining half bottle of this Brunello from a few nights prior to have with some simple cheese & crackers.

1999 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
Checking back in on this after 48 hours in an empty half bottle. Time has confirmed what I thought when I had this last...it's really blossomed since I last had it. Scents of smokey earth, blue fruits, spice, and light hints of cedar slowly open up in the glass. In the mouth there are flavors of tart black cherry followed by bracing acidity and a hint of nutmeg, spice, and a hint of cedar that lingers along a medium length finish.


All in all it was a great night that I will look back fondly on for years to come. I'm not sure if I'll be able to pull off the same thing for her birthday in a few weeks...but it will be fun to try.

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