- Reply by dmcker, Jan 4, 2011.
On NYE I was in a mountain temple meditating. Really... ;-)
However, after Christmas but before leaving for the hills I had a couple of nights that were memorable. One was with an '86 Potensac, my daughter's birthyear, over a meal of lamb at home. Still lots of fruit, square-shouldered and a bit rustic and more dry than the market as a whole likes, but a very good cabernet from a bigger vintage at a good stage in its life, made more oldskool than parkeresque. All that leather and graphite. Have enjoyed this wine over many vintages and this was no exception.
The other was a bit of a debauch, at a friend's Italian place. No tasting notes but plenty of memories of three '97 reds. Feslina Rancia chianti to start with. Some must that quickly blew off to become spice. Cherries and leather. Nice start. Then an Ornellaia. Deep red color. Measurable oak, but well absorbed. A scent of juniper berries. Lots of berries, some red, some dark. Powerful, smooth yet vibrant, well-balanced, delicious wine. Finally a Masseto. Green peppers galore, and a bit of earth. Whole box of spices. Leather at a different level. Luxurious satiny, velvety mouthfeel. Even better balance then the Ornellaia. This wine sent the table off. While probably not the best wine in the world, it had most people that night persuaded otherwise. Good conversation stimulator, for sure. The bistecca fiorentina that everybody'd been waxing on about disappeared from the conversation. Nobody was in a rush on to the dessert and grappa....
- Reply by Stephen Harvey, Jan 5, 2011.
Like dmcker, no wine on NYE but for different reasons, was ferrying our almost 15yo daughter to various NYE gatherings [Note to GDD, sadly this is what is in store for you in about 13-14 years time!!!]
But my best Christmas/Holiday wines have been
06 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru
05 Prunotto Occhetti Nebbiolo d’Alba
05 Capineto Brunello di Montalcino
08 Hardy Eileen Chardonnay
06 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru
02 Grant Burge Meschach Shiraz