Phil's B-Day

Chicago

Tasted July 23, 2009 - July 25, 2009 by zimmy07 with 797 views

Introduction

Went to Chicago to celebrate Phil's BDay, amazing wine weekend with amazing wine and good friends.

Flight 1 - day 1, hanging around Phil's place (2 notes)

Red
2005 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
very nice nose with a mid palate of smoke, cherry, leather and tight tannic structure. There was something off on the aftertaste, others did not think so but I could not get around the sharp, burnt taste. Nose and midpalate were very good, still could use more time
White
2005 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
massive sulfur on this bottle, finally went away about 24 hours later as my wife saved a glass in the fridge. Nice citrus tones with a deep core of oak and butter, the taste was very nice but hard to get past the nose

Flight 2 - Dinner at Bristol (7 notes)

White
2005 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carrière USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
just loved this wine. PM is my favorite US producer behind Marcassin. This was rich, lush and just singing right out of bottle. Nice lanolin texture with lemon, apricots and vanilla. Very opulent as always with a complex oak structure and layers of richness.
White
2005 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
dominated by sulfur, drank as much as I could but really tough with the overpowering nose/
Red
1979 Château Ausone France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
this wine was kicking butt. Had a bit of a metallic aftertaste at first which freaked me out a bit, but it opened up wit a very feminine style with silky red fruits, a touch of tobacco and a beautifully balanced midpalate that was highlighted with sone light tar and chocloate. Very elegant and streamlined. Probably was better a few years ago, but a great wine
Red
1961 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Had this wine twice in two days! This thing was still humming, tasted far younger than a '61. A masculine profile with rich dark fruits, an earthy core and tobacco.
Red
2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Really rich bold wine that felt out of place with these well aged Bordeaux's. It was kind of hard to drink a wine that young on this night. The wine itself was beautiful with plums, vanilla, and some mocha tones. Masseto's are so elegant and silky, despite the power this was very smooth and balanced. A great wine I would love to have again in a different setting
Red
1971 Pétrus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
my first Petrus, and worth the wait. Absolute pure balance and a wine of elegance and silk like very few others. Very sweet dark fruits with some coffee, chocolate and leather. So refined and balanced, just hard to find any flaw in this
Red
1995 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
really liked this wine, it was not talked about much compared to the Ausone, Petrus and the '61 Lynch bages, but this was worth some conversation. Very earthy with tar, dark black fruits and a gritty tannic structure with toasty oak. Really liked this wine

Flight 3 - wine tasting at Knightsbridge in Chicago (14 notes)

White
2004 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
this needed hours of air time and needed some warming up in the glass. Massive wine dominated by lemon and a nutty, mineral mid palate. The depth and complexity of this wine were really showing through. Will be great in many years, just too young for this wine to really show off, bottle went quick, would have loved a taste hours after opening
Red
2003 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
this was like drinking a candied apple, really sappy red fruits with a great balance of bakers spice and earth. Really balanced and super complex.
White - Sparkling
1990 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
apple, honey, and a nice biscuit like aftertaste. Really solid wine, had many years left in bottle, but was amazingly balanced and very refined. When champagne is on, my favorite varietal, and this was definitely on, great wine
Red
1996 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
color of a watered down red kool-aid, could look right through the bottle. Spice and really sweet red fruits dominated the mid palate. wine was very well balanced with a silky, seductive styling.
Red
1976 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
cherry, tobacco, and a some dusty, earthy tones. Tannins were a bit sharp and outlasted a lot of the fruit
Red
1989 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
from magnum, leather, cedar and some spiced oak. Really complex and well balanced
Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
impeccably balanced wine with sweet fruit, tobacco and a hint of leather. Remarkable complexity and amazing mid palate that is silky but had depth and layer after layer of fruit, oak and tannin,
Red
1989 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
a lot of red fruit with leather and bakers spice. Tobacco throughout the midpalate with some mushrooms tones. Very alive and well balanced
Red
1995 Château Angélus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
I had this wine a few years ago and will never forget the seductive and sexy nose. This wine was not as structured as the other bottle, but still was highlighted with a great nose and a wine with sweet fruit, tobacco and some vanilla/mocha undertones. still a really good wine
Red
2004 Château Le Pin France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
dark fruits with vanilla, toasty oak and a great balance of spiciness and coffee. Very "cult" like in the approach and taste
Red
1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
very floral like nose of sweet dark fruits with really heavy bakers spice and some tar. amazing balance and stunning complexity and layer after layer of new textures and taste on each sip
White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
vanilla, citrus and creme brulee like character. Not overly sweet, but absolutely perfect balance and sweetness. Juts an amazing wine, had a super long lasting aftertaste that was so seductive and yet restrained.
Red
1949 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Last wine served after a crazy wine weekend, and fittingly so. sweet sappy red fruits with chocolate, and some spicy and toasted oak. This was still really alive for a 375. Very silky texture and a pure seductive nose and mid palate. A great way to end a crazy week.
Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Overlooked by many at the wine tasting due to the other wines (psmith), but this wine had it going on. Dark fruits with cedar and some mocha. Really nice complexity and balance, still a bit young, but really good wine that continues to highlight why Monte Bello is one of the best cali wines out there
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