Unbelievable food and wine at Green Gables Inn in Beach Haven, NJ last night. All wines were tasted blind (except the Kistler) in appropriate Riedel Vinums supplied by ojeffso. Let's get started.
1999 Kistler McRae Vineyard Chardonnay supplied by love_cab_chard and myself started us off. Accompanied by salmon tartare. Beautiful golden color with pear, butterscotch, custard and bread dough. Slight minerality in the long finish. Excellent and better than my previous tasting last fall. RP 92-94 jb Rating 93
WINE A-1995 BERINGER KNIGHTS VALLEY brought by Cousin Mike.
Garnet color with a nice nose of cassis. Medium bodied with black cherry, leather and game. Smooth and probably has some bottle age as the tannins have shed. Nice finish. jb Rating 90.
WINE B-1997 FERRARI CARANO TRESOR brought by Short.
Deep dark red, but aromatically reserved. Full bodied with blackberry, leather, and mint. Chewy tannins. This needs more time IMO. Moderate length. jb Rating 89
WINE C-1998 MAXWELL LIME CAVE BAROSSA brought by ojeffso.
Inky black fruit forward with a fine bouquet of blueberries. Full bodied wine with plum, cedar, and cola on the mid palate. Good finish. Very nice wine. (RP 94+) jb Rating 91.
WINE D-1997 GREENOCK CREEK BAROSSA brought by ojeffso.
Dark and thick, this is one beautifully crafted wine. Blackberries, earth, balsa and some toasted oak. Moderate tannins and good balance. Long and sweet finish. Loved this wine. (RP 98) jb Rating 93
WINE E-1996 FLORA SPRINGS TRILOGY brought by jb.
Another inky black fruit bomb. Aromatically big nose of black currant and cedar. Full bodied wine with blueberries, black currant, chocolate, cola, and a hint of game. Huge fruit, but still well balanced by the tannins. (WS 94) jb Rating 94 (ojeffso rated this wine a 98 and thought it was on par with '94 Harlan!)
WINE F-1999 VON STRAUSSER DIAMOND MTN. brought by Revlis.
Dark garnet color. Floral nose of rose and mint. Medium bodied with black cherry, mint and some oak. Mild tannins and moderate length. This wine may have suffered from the bomb that was dropped before it. jb Rating 88
WINE G-1997 RENTERIA NAPA VALLEY brought by Short.
Another fruit forward inky black wine. Nice aromas of dark fruits and herbs. Blackberry, currants, chocolate are all present. Firm tannins and moderately long finish. jb Rating 91
WINE H-1993 SILVER OAK ALEXANDER VALLEY brought by love_cab_chard.
Dark, dark red. Aromatically reserved, but nice flavors of blueberry, cassis, oak, and a sweetness on the finish. Moderate tannins and nice structure. jb Rating 89
We ended the night with a sweetie that I can't remember the name of and an excellent bottle of 1987 Cockburns or Churchill(?) Vintage Port. Someone commented that the wine was almost being overshadowed by the amazing food. Some highlights were the sauteed fois gras over pears in a plum reduction, and porcini mushroom/duck confit risotto (unreal!). Everyone chime in on your impressions of the wines. Great night and I hope we can do it again soon!