Met up with Phil, Lars, Summer, Nathan, Mark and Matty at Nathan's house for some good food and wine. All the food was great, as was the conversations. Thanks to Nathan for opening up his house and hosting us - we had a great time.
1999 Antoine Arena Patrimonio Carco - France, Corsica, Patrimonio Brambly nose with some sour cherry, cedar and tobacco. Palate still had some fine tannins on the end, but the flavors were nicely composed. Certainly a rustic wine; nice earthy, smokey, with vivid tobacco elements. Really nice stuff. (91 pts.)
2006 Heart & Hands Wine Company Pinot Noir - USA, New York, Finger Lakes Tasted blind. I thought this was Trousseau and was happily surprised to see it was actually from the Finger Lakes - a place I have zero experience with. The color was opaque and the aromas were earthy, green and floral. The palate had zippy acidity and nicely composed floral, meaty and red fruited tones. Really good. (89 pts.)
2001 Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon From magnum. Interesting aromatics of earth, raspberry, plum, and wet stones. The palate was rustic and seemed to have some nicely developed secondary and tertiary flavors of herbs, stones, earth and dark fruit. I don't have a lot of experience with older Beaujolais, so this was really fun to try. (90 pts.)
2005 Henri Jouan Morey St. Denis - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis Still drinking in a really good spot. Beautiful aromatics filled the glass with dried rose petals, underbrush, mushroom and dry-aged beef. The aromas alone were intoxicating. There's no question, to me, that qualitatively this wine hits well above the village level. The body of the wine was quite light, but the flavors were intense. Great red fruit, florals, mushroom and minerals combine together seamlessly. Great stuff. (92 pts.)
2006 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis This is a meaty, rich, monster. The nose seemed to have some serious oak influences as it had a toasty/mocha edge to it. The fruit was gorgeous on the palate and combined nicely with a dense meatiness that I loved. (91 pts.)
2009 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas This was slow-ox'd for about 2 hours before consuming. The nose gave off some heat and I wonder if decanting this would have helped. Despite the heat, it had lush blackberries, cured meats, subtle anise and olive aromas. The palate was quite nice, albeit appropriately immature. Dark and dense, this is a big, meaty, powerful Cornas and seemed a bit more polished and modern than other vintages. I'm figuring it's more of the vintage than the producer, but it's interesting to note at least. Will bury my remaining bottles for quite some time.
2000 Éric Texier Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie Thought this showed very nice. Medium-weight with nice aromatics of meat, violets, blackberries and cherry. Drinking in a good spot now, but seems to have good acidity and weight to last a good deal longer. (90 pts.)
1988 Jacques Puffeney Arbois Vin Jaune - France, Jura, Arbois A thrilling wine from start to finish. Its aromas were incredibly pure with lemons, roasted nuts, spice, and herbs. The flavors on the palate were really something with vivid lemon, peach, pear, herbs, and spices. Rich and complex, this just kept evolving in the glass. Would love to track a bottle like this over a week or so. (95 pts.)