I still have a buzz as I am typing this so please excuse any spelling errors. We had a fantastic dinner last night at Green Gables Inn. All wines were tasted blind in Riedel Vinums for whites and Burgundy Soms for the reds. Vinum Cab stems for the Italians and Syrah. Here are the cast of charecters:
jb & mrs. jb
ojeffso & mrs. ojeffso
My buddy Rip and his wife Janet
Katra, Bethel, Jennifer and Suzanne
WINE A: '00 J. BOILLOT PULIGNY MONTRACHET CLOS DE LA MOUCHERE rp94 - brought by jb - Color is pale yellow. Nose is somewhat muted, but reveals pear and peach. Zippy citrus and lime on the palate. Lively finish. jb Rating 91. Wine was revisited 2 hrs later and had improved markedly. Showing more vanilla bean and carmel flavors. Now jb rating 93
WINE B: '00 V. GIRARDIN PULIGNY MONTRACHET LE CHAMP GAIN VIELLE VIGNES WS91 - brought by jb - Fuller bodied wine than A. Stronger nose of butterscotch and pear. On the palate, pear comes through with smoke and stone,with a hint of vanilla. Very long finish. My favorite of the night. jb Rating 93
WINE C: '98 V. GIRARDIN PULIGNY MONTRACHET LE CHAMP GAIN VIELLE VIGNES WS90 - brought by Rip - Another full bodied Chardonnay, straw in color. Aromatic notes of sweet, ripe peach and pear. White fruits and carmel on the palate. Very rich wine. Finish was a little shorter than B. jb Rating 92.
WINE D: '01 MELVILLE CHARD INOX 76 RP90 - brought by jb - Lighter in color and body than the other wines. More floral on the nose, revealing zippy pineapple, white peach and minerals on the palate. Moderately long finish. jb Rating 90
SUMMARY: Everyone but me thought C was the best. I felt B had better length. Many picked D as their next favorite. Melville is doing great things these days. Interesting (and lucky) to have Rip bring the same wine I did, just a different vintage.
WINE E: '99 D. MORTET GEVREY CHAMBERTIN LAVAUX ST. JACQUES WS92 - brought by jb - Almost inky in color. Huge nose of black cherry and spice. Flavors of blackberry, earth and dried herbs. This is very tannic and probably very young. Good length and big, big wine. jb Rating 90.
WINE F: '99 V. GIRARDIN CORTON RENARDES RP93-95 - brought by Rip - Another very dark Burgundy. Nose is somewhat funky. Somebody let the horses in. On the palate though, chunky dark fruits, plum, black cherry, and a little oak. This wine needs lots of time as it is pretty tannic. ojeffso remarked that it drank like a young Rhone. An excellent observation. jb rating 91.
WINE G: '98 MEO-CAMUZET VOSNE ROMANEE LES CHAUMES WS93 - brought by jb - This wine appears to be older. Garnet color with a nose of rose petals and raspberries. More raspberries, Queen Anne cherries and briary notes on the palate. Brilliant finish. Excellent balance. Loved this. jb Rating 94.
WINE H: '93 R. ARNOUX CLOS DE VOUGEOT RP? - brought by ojeffso - Oh my god, this is unreal! Color is lighter than the others. Nose is so beautifully perfumed with violets, roses and sweet ripe cherries. Wonderful purity of fruit in the mouth, bursting with strawberry, cherry and raspberry. Still could go longer with this wine, but drinking excellent now. I thought about 95, but decided it needed to go up. jb Rating 97.
SUMMARY: I felt the Arnoux was mind blowing. Others preferred the thicker, more forwardness, of the Mortet (Rip). All were great, but to me, the Arnoux had complexities that set it apart. ojeffso called WINE E as a Mortet before the bag came off. Impressive.
Board-O, I am now a believer!
OTHER WINES TASTED - brought by Revlis
'98 SEGHESIO BAROLO LA VILLA - WARNING! I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ITALIAN WINE! Dark, inky black with blackberry, blueberry and spicy flavors. Nice length. jb Rating 89.
'93 BANFI BRUNELLO POGGIO ALL-ORO - I hope I got the name right. This one was excellent. Dark, dark purple with loads of sweet fruit, plum, anise and a wee bit of oak. Longer than the Seghesio. Well integrated tannins. jb Rating 93.
'98 CLOS MIMI SHELL CREEK SYRAH - I went back to this a couple of times. Very lovely Syrah. Thick, rich and definitely New World. Loads of blueberries and cedar(?). Gripping tannins. This could be cellared for a while. jb Rating 91.
'95 DOM. DE FENOUILLET MUSCAT BEAUMES DE VENISE - brought by ojeffso - This is a brilliant sweet wine. I love good B-D-V! Bursting with orange peel. I am losing the ability to discern at this point. Let's just say "YUMMY" jb Rating 93
'98 PENNY HILL MCLAREN VALE FORTIFIED SHIRAZ - brought by ojeffso - I liked this. That's all I can say. No rating.
Great night. Excellent food, as always. Fantastic wines. But the best part was the company and conversation.