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Friday Night TN's - CA, Italy, and a Sticky from down under....

Hmm, that 'sticky from down under' sounds abit off, wouldn't you say? [Big Grin] Anyway, Mrs. K took the G-man over to Grandpa's this evening, so IW and I hooked up for a bit of wine swilling and good food. 1st wine of the night was a '96 Benziger Rsv. CS Sonoma Mtn., decanted for about 1.5 hrs. My tasting notes from last night were spot on from those I made back in June:

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This is a great CA cab from a 'sleeper' vintage; paid $36 for these in Atlanta and couldn't be happier.

At the restaurant we opened and decanted a bottle of '97 Pira 'Margheria' Barolo. The lighting wasn't all that great but by the candle on the table the wine displayed a crystal-clear deep ruby coloration. Lots of clear, slow legs. Deep aromas of red cherries and plums, a touch of earth and herbs. Flavors of slate, dark fruits, a mild chocolate hint mid-palate, and talc-like tannins on the long, sweet fruit finish. Just a touch of oak nicely framing the wine, which really opened up after about an hour. Absolutely perfect w/the food (NY strip steak w/grilled Italian veggies and pancetta-wrapped roast pork tenderloin w/garlic mash). $80 at the restaurant, 91 pts., a bit pricey but a great wine.

Back at the Kybo estate we opened a '97 Seppelt DP 57 Rutherglen Show Tokay. A 1st experience for both IW and I, this wine showed beautifully in the glass. Clear burnished bronze colors, strong nose of spice, toffee, and honey, deeply concentrated spiced golden raisins on the palate. Sweet, but definitely not cloying. Mid-length finish that begged for another sip. Good stuff - 92 pts., $18, "A+" QPR.
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