It's late and I just got home, but I thought I would catch myself while I'm fresh. No notes, so this is off the fly.....
'90 Bollinger R.D.
This is a bruiser of a Champagne. And, maybe that's what makes it a 98 pt'er? Wet stone, mineral, thick lemon mousse, solid apple pie, charcoal, sourdough and a vibrant effervescent entry. This wine needs a few more years to pull together, but I think it's great. 95 pts. solid.
'96 Dom Perignon
Just now starting to open. I've had this twice since release and this was the best showing yet. Lighter bodied/more elegant in style than the '90 or '95. Citrus oil, lemon blossom, steel, mineral, and pie crust are noticeable. Lots of vibrant acidity and zippy fruit/effervecensce. I think this needs time to put on weight. Should be a great champagne with a bit more age. 96+ pts.
Very nice Champagne, but this was like swiss cheese for me. I loved it, but it had holes in it. Deep straw/yellow in color. Yeasty, mineral, sweet fuji apple aromas. Great attack, but it faded on the midpalate and finish. Well balanced, with a pleasant sweetness to it, but I think it lacked in complexity and structure. 94 pts. for me.
Deep and dense. Lead pencil, coffee grounds, anise, tobacco, and black plum. This was somewhat closed in and one dimensional. Deep, but one dimensional. Not ready to drink yet. Full of power, but lacking in grace/complexity. Still a fantastic wine. This went well with the heartier meat course. 94+ pts.
Wow.....this would end up being part of the trio of reds that I really enjoyed. Sweet tobacco, earth, lead pencil, nutmeg, and blueberry on the nose. Similar palate presence with baking spices and cigar added. This was just starting to enter it's prime and should blossom over the next 10-15 years. 95+ pts.
'89 Lynch Bages
Also a lovely wine. Very approchable, yet it still has plenty of life left in it. New saddle leather, sweet tobacco, wet earth, black cherry, mineral, vanillin, underbrush, pain grille and currant dominated. I think this had more structure than the '89 Mouton, but I liked them equally. 96 pts.
'82 Pichon Lalande
This was the epitome of Bordeaux. Leather, wet earth, mushroom, provencial herbs, sage, plum, and olive on the nose. Very well balanced on the palate. Still plenty of structure for aging. This had been in the decanter for an hour or more before it was served and it was still very youthful. Creme de cassis, olive, herbs, black plum, sweet tobcacco, leather, and cherry dominated. This was the most balanced of the Bordeaux's we had from entry to palate to finish. But, for me, it lacked in sweetness. It's California sibling would be the '74 Heitz Martha's. Wonderful wine.....96 pts.
For me this was the "wild card" of the group. Still very astringent. Firm acids and tannin, and not very giving on the nose or palate. Typical Bordeaux profile, but closed in and shut down. After 20 mins. of swirling, I had some nice red rose petal aromas and earthy components coming forth. But....I think this needs MANY more years. I just hope the fruit will outlast the wines rugged personality...but I have hope! 93+ for me.
'89 Pichon Baron
Wow...right in there with my favorites for the night. Creme Brulee, tobacco, blueberry pie, earth, lead pencil, and blackberries, toasty oak, and currant dominated the nose and plate. Still lots of life in this wine. Just starting to enter it's prime. 97 pts. for me. Lovely.
'00 Tertre Roteboeuf
This could very well be the wine of the night. Vanillin, coffee grounds, strawberry pie, blueberries, cigar spice, and wet earth dominated. Wonderful glycerin, and a very full midpalate with lots of stuffing. This should age VERY well. This had BODY to it. The most well balanced and well "stuffed" wine of the night. 98 pts.
Incredible nose. Violets, toffee, sweet earth, blackberries, mocha and baking spices. Still very closed in on the palate. The acid and tannin dominate, but the fruit was beginning to shine through after 5+ hours of decanting. This is nowhere near ready to drink. The midpalate needs many more years to develop. Too primal. Don't open for another 15 years min.. 95+ pts.
Way too young. Very vibrant. Youthful with lots of acidity and primary fruit. This isn't even CLOSE to being what it will be. Notes of coconut, pineapple, ginger, apple pie, toasty oak, and lemon mousse. Very fresh acidity. Perfect oily body on the midpalate. This should be great in 10-20 years min. 98+ for me.
'89 Suduirauit Cuvee Madame (Creme de Tete)
Very dense. Dark orange/golden in color. Notes of baking spices, espresso grounds, toffee, rich honey, tangerine and botrytis dominate. This is either at it's peak or just beginning to enter it. It's so rich it's hard to tell? 97 pts. for me.
Ooops....I left out one wine....
'03 August West Pinot Noir
One of the best CA Pinot's I've had. This reminded me a lot of the '01 Testarossa Gary's Vin. that I really enjoyed. Strawberry compote, vanilla bean, red floral aromatics, and a touch of white pepper. Very strong from start to finish. 93+ pts.
The food was great, the company superb, and the wines were excellent. My kind of night!
Cheers all and thanks for bringing what you did!