DINNER AT LAMPREIA - Seattle, WA (1/28/2006)
Tonight we went to Lamreia with out frienfs Jeff & Judy. The food was lovely, and the wines were even more striking.
Jeff started us off with a gorgeous white Burg. This only improved in the glass.
- 1992 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
Well this was a lovely bottle. Some stink and ash on the nose at first gives way to vanilla cream, mineral, and a hint of butterbrickle. The palate was initially all about lime and mineral, but with more air this simply exploded. Long, penetrating, gorgeous acidity, wow, what a lovely bottle. (94 pts.)
- 1990 Château Haut-Brion - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
This was right on form. Horse, roasted earth, some white flowers, wow. On the palate this was gamey, powerful, a sweet core, yet leathery and gorgoeus. What a simply lovely bottle, ripe, yet pure Graves, roasted and earthy. Mmm, I really enjoyed this a great deal! (97 pts.)
- 1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Wow, what a stunning showing for this ethereal wine. On first pop this was tight with some hints of roasted plum, a bit of leather, but mostly blood and iron. However, over the course of 3+ hours this just kept opening and showing more depth and intensity. Roasted plum, smokey creosote, white flowers, a whiff of tobacco, blood and raw beef, wow, this just won't stop! And the palate was that much more generous, long, powerful, chewy, still so young. This is surreal wine and only rated as 99 since this is not quite up to the memory of a bottle tasted in August. (99 pts.)
- 2004 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein - Germany, Nahe
On Monday I opened a 2002 version of this wine, and it simply left me stunned. This bottle was almost as gorgeous but a bit more mortal. Spritz, remarkable acidity, clean, thrusting and powerful. This is certainly an amazing wine with a remarkable concentration of acidity. However, it is not at the same level as the 2002 or simply offering less right now. (95 pts.)
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