As Redhawk was visiting South Florida for a conference, some of the Sout Florida crew got together at our house last night - FKG and I, Redhawk, Redknife, Miami Atty and spouses. Great to see everyone who could make it. Here are the wines - with my brief comments. As neither Vinole or Emilio were in attendance, I got stuck with keeping track
Nicholas Feuillate NV Brut - Consistent nonvintage champagne. Gold color, decent bead and yeast. Looking forward to drinking lots of this on our Seabourne cruise next month.
2008 Avanthia Goldello - Never had this wine or this grape. White wine from Galicia. Very modern in style, pear and melon with some minerality. Definitely some toast and oak. Great finish. Really impressed by this wine.
2006 Penninsula Gewurz Manigold Vineyard - From Michigan. Very nice nose, with some honeysuckle. Tart on the palate, and little flat. Best wine I have had from Michigan (and the only one).
2001 Fuligni Brunello - Definitely on the traditional side. Red fruit predominate more than dark. Excellent and lengthy finish. Good balance and I really enjoyed this and amm happy we have 2 more.
1997 Pio Cesare Barolo corked - big time bummer
2004 Pegau - Beautiful showing. Lots of funk and barnyard, deep red fruit. Good finish and concentration. Most people's RWOTN I believe.
2005 Domaine de la Vielle Julienne CDP - I was frankly a little disappointed in this especially suffered compared to the Pegau. Very modern styled, big fruit, lots of oak for a CDP. Perhaps needs more time. I think this may have been overrated by the critics.
2004 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Pinot - Never my favorite vineyard for KB. Good concentration, sour cherry predominated. Better finish after decanting but I am not sure if these wines were meant to go even 8 years.
2001 Clos Apalta - Big, chewy and delicious. Very enjoyable.
and because Redhawk had never had a Stefania, the excessive and totally unnecessary
2008 Stefania Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah - All I can say is that it tasted good and like a Stefania Syrah. Beyond that, I don't remember anything. Redhawk took the remainder to his hotel so maybe he can elaborate.