Wednesday, June 11, 2008

An Eclectic Mix of Wines

After much delay, warmer weather finally arrived in the Bay Area, hence the outdoor patio was the perfect setting for barbecued steaks and this eclectic mix of wines at Steve's last Saturday June 8th.

1983 Pauillac Premier Cru, Château Mouton-Rothschild: dark, fleshy, soft, good fruity and cedary perfume. Not intense but fresh and meaty, earthy and somewhat spicy dark berry fruits with soft tannins. A pleasure to drink and I would not hesitate to declare it very open for business at this point. 4 Stars

1994 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain: High-toned red currant, even a bit of cranberry fruits with spice. Fresh fruity, herbal nose. Nice elegance. Very good balance. Expanse in the mouth with a good, long finish. Drinking very nicely and will age further. 3 Stars

1998 St-Emilion, Peby-Faugeres : Very darkly colored. Earthy jammy fruit scents. Densely, fleshy textured blackberry and blueberry fruits with cedar, earth tones. Rich, lively tannins. Powerful, mouthfilling palate. Good finish, though not extraordinary in length. Opulent, but harmonious overall. This is evolving very well. Can’t wait for another ten years. 3 Stars

1985 Ridge Zinfandel Geyserville, Sonoma
: Perfumy currant, herbal Cabernet nose. Good savory red berry fruits and bright herbal notes with good concentration and acid balance. Still very fresh with very soft tannins. Good length on the finish. The surprise wine of the night. 3 Stars

2004 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir “Southing”, Santa Rita Hills (Santa Barbara)
: This nearly escaped being opened, but some of us insisted we needed to have a dessert wine. Candied cherries and caramel flavors accented by oak vanilla. Juicy, softly textured intense forward ripe flavors, with good brightness. Warm on the palate and a touch alcoholic. Pleasurable and simple. 2 Stars

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