1996 Salon Le Mesnil
Wow! Unctuous and rich caremelized nose of figs, white flowers, and toffee leads to a rich, almost syrupy palate, but with enough acid to provide lift. Incredibly long finish heavy on the maple syrup. Plenty of RS here. This is a baby, I would not touch again for at least 5 years. I much prefer the '95 we had a few weeks ago. That said, this didn't suck! 93(+)
1991 Leroy Clos de la Roche
The best Leroy I've ever had. The nose is a smorgasord of flower petals, red raspberries, red cherries, dates, underbrush, and a hint of both brown spice and minerality. Medium-bodied, rich, full of flavor yet light on its feet. The finish is incredible. THIS is what wine is all about. May continue to drink very well for a very long time, but to me, this is in perfect drinking shape right now. Up until the next wine of the evening, this was probably the best wine I'd had in over a year. 94.5
1997 DRC La Tache
When first opened, this was very stemmy. But as the wine sat in the glass... Oh my goodness!!! Black raspberry pie! Christmas! Adirondack pine! A hint of moss; a hint of dates. The nose was just captiviating and rich and I could smell it all day. The palate was medium plus bodied with all these wonderful fruit, brown spice and mineral flavors. The finish was at least a minute. As the night wore of the fig and date component to the nose became that much more powerful. The best wine I've had in well over a year, probably the best Burgundy I've ever had. This will probably continue to improve for another 5+ years, but it is SO good right now. 95.5
2001 La Spinetta Barolo Campe
Decanted 2 1/2 hours. Dark, rich, Bordeaux-lilke nose but with none of the weedy green tobacco character. Lots of brown spices, plumbs, black cherries, cassis, black raspberries, blueberries on the palate. Full bodied for a Barolo. Rich and intense. Long, long finish with tons of medium-grained tannins. This is more modern in style than I thought it would be, given the vintage, and this seemed a bit out of place relative to the other wines. This will get better over the next 5 or 6 years, but I do not expect it to be incredibly long lived. 94.
Great food, great company! Thanks for the call, DRAB!