Had VM and Lady VM over for a great evening of wine tasting, food, and conversation. Here are the highlights:
Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Charles Heidieck Millesime Brut Champagne 1990
TN: Toast with honey, fruit, citrus, vanilla with a nice finish. Elegant. So sad it was my last bottle. Drinking fabulously now. 94.
Smoked Oyster Cream Cheese Wontons
Turley "The White Coat"
TN: Roussanne/Viognier blend from Rozet Vineyard in Paso Robles and the Alban Vineyard in Edna Valley. 16% alcohol. Good floral bouquet. Full bodied wine with hints of honey, gun flint, and a nice long finish. Held up well with the smoked oysters. Didn't notice any heat in the finish. Still some left - what will be revealed in day two? Recommended at 92.
Grilled Lamb with Olive Sauce / Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1995
TN: Decanted 3 hrs. A reserved, elegant rendition of Syrah with gamey aromas followed by pepper, spice and berries. Well balanced and should still improve with time. Score: 90.
Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Ranch Syrah 1999
TN: Decanted 3 hrs. More concentrated than the Guigal. This 1999 "Hommage to Ed Oliverier" Syrah was produced in very limited quantities - 50 cases. This Syrah from Mendocino County was simply outstanding. Aged in one, new French Oak puncheon for 17 months (according to the B&H newsletter) was full-bodied, huge, and perfectly balanced. Cassis, spice, and blackberry flavors with a nice long finish. Should improve with time, but I enjoyed it now. Good match with the lamb. Score: 93
Butterscotch Creme Brulee
Kracher Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese 1998 #9
TN: Medium to full bodied, sweet tropical fruit with a sweetness that matched well with the Creme Brulee. Very nice. Recommended at 90.
Assorted chocolate covered strawberries and grapes. A nice touch for a wonderful evening. Thanks again Vino Me and Lady Vino Me!
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