Ken's Birthday

Inovasi, Lake Bluff, IL

Tasted December 1, 2009 by MatthewF with 767 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
1996 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut France, Champagne
From Magnum. Big, toasty aromas with lemon, red apple and brioche. Great acidity with a nice roundess on the palate. Beautiful.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

1996 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
Very mineral driven nose; steely lemon. Not a lot of body to it, but nice acidity and a good finish. Some wood notes in the background.
1999 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
Juicy yellow fruits on the nose and palate with beautiful wood spice throughout. A rich, full mouthfeel with a nice mineral backbone. A great showing.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

1979 Gaja Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
A very pretty nose of red cherry, rose petal, and tar. A decent palate with some nice fruit remaining and good spice. Very nice acidity on the finish.
1970 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Powerful aromatics of red cherry, flowers, and earth. Very nice texture on the palate with everything in balance. Fantastic acidity with lots of structure.

Flight 4 (5 notes)

1994 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Powerful red currant and cassis nose with cedar and very nice spice. Expansive on the palate with lots of texture. Very fruit forward with great length. Fine tannin remaining.
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
Sweet red fruit aromatics with cedar, tobacco, and attractive wood spice. A lush, fruit forward palate with fine tannin and a long finish.
1986 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Unfortunately corked. Dark, chewy fruits still come through on the nose and palate, but I cannot get past the cork on the nose and palate.
1986 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Not a pristine bottle in my opinion. May have just been shut down, but all I got was a dried red fruit nose with a fairly thin palate and a short finish. Very unexpressive.
1955 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
A very port-like nose; pure alcholoic blueberry pie. Dark opaque color as well. Something was not right here. There was talk of fortification, a possible fake, etc. It was not unenjoyable, but something clearly was not right.

Flight 5 (1 note)

1988 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Absolutely beautiful aromatics of red cherry and berry with seductive spice and earth. Nice texture on the palate with a great balance of acidity and minerality. Long seamless finish. Very nice.

Flight 6 (6 notes)

2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Huge nose of dark red and blue fruits with tons of spice and great savory herb notes. Lush, fruit forward palate with a lot of grip on the long finish. Lots of tannin and acid. Very nice.
2001 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
A spicy, crushed dark blue and red berry nose with leather and earth. Very nice body and kept picking up weight throughout the flight. Great length with fine tannin and great acidity on the finish. Mineral backbone. I was a little afraid of this getting lost in the flight, but it held its own quite nicely.
1998 Penfolds Grange Australia, South Australia
Huge, blue and black fruit nose with a lot of peppery spice. Expansive palate with dark fruit and spice throughout. Quite a bit of tannin with good acid. Very good.
1998 Greenock Creek Shiraz Roennfeldt Road Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
Huge, Port-like nose. Dark blue/black fruits and intense spice. The alcohol is a bit too much on the nose though. Very extracted palate; totally coats every inch of the palate with black fruit and spice. Nice, although not my style.
2003 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Huge, sweet cherry pie nose with more baking spice than black pepper. Rich fruit on the palate with firm tannins. Some elegant white pepper notes on the finish. Terrific.
2003 Sine Qua Non Syrah Papa USA, California, Central Coast
Ripe black fruit on the nose with some elegant clove and baking spice notes as well. Lush, well rounded palate. Extracted, but not over the top. A long finish with great spice throughout. Great balance.

Flight 7 (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia Hungary, Tokaji
Passionfruit, orange, and caramelized sugar aromas. Rich palate, very expansive. Great balance with tons of length. Some beautiful floral notes as well.
White - Fortified
1958 Barbeito Madeira Malvazia Portugal, Madeira
Burnt sugar and toasted nut aromatics with the same on the palate. A bit hot on the nose and palate for my taste. Not too sweet. Very nice with good length.
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