An abbreviated work schedule today and the impending arrival of Isidore provided an obvious opportunity for some mid-week wine consumption.
Rion Nuits-St.-Georges Les Grandes Vignes '99 - purchased for $35 (WS 92 - described as "superlative"): strong pinot nose instantly apparent upon bottle opening; full-bodied, earthy pinot; quite good although somewhat tannic; needs time - appears to have potential for significant aging - fruit is definitely present but now overshadowed by the oak/tannins. Have one more and will be buying more.
Green & Red Zinfindel Napa Chiles Mill '00 - bought for $26 on recommendation of local retailer (WS 87): nothing impressive here - typical zin flavors overshadowed by excessive oak. Poor QPR. Pass.