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by Florida Jim » Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:45 am

1999 Belle Pente, Pinot Noir Murto Vnyd.:
On day one this is stemmy and very slightly reduced; not worth drinking. Put cork in bottle, set bottle on counter, return to bottle 36 hours later. Yep, better. Very Chambolle-like dark fruit, still a slight herbal scent but now its accent not lead role, good depth, nuance, character, balance and length. No good reason to open this any time soon. About $30 on release; I’d pay that again.

2004 Pepiére, Muscadet:
As wonderful as ever.

1992 Fieldstone, Port Staten Family Res.:
A domestic port at 19% alcohol made from petite sirah; quite something with very bright acidity that whips flavors of chocolate, fruit, spice and earth into a delineated and clean delivery across the palate; good depth and nuance, balanced and long. No heat from the alcohol and no raisin flavors. With a ‘cake’ made only of compressed figs and nuts, served with some Manchego cheese, simply stellar. About $30 on release; I’d pay that again.


Dinner with friends:

With deviled crab and boiled shrimp:
1996 J. Dauvissat, Chablis Vaillons:
Round in the mouth with the texture of satin and deep, clear flavors of white fruit and stone; nice aromatics, great balance, good length. A dream with the seafood and, for those interested, not the slightest hint of oxidation. Price unknown.

With wild mushroom lasagna:
1993 A. & F. Gros, Vosne Romanée Aux Réas:
Most tasters thought it past prime; I thought it fully resolved, elegant and delicious with a slight decay to the nose and palate, a silken texture and a lovely fruit-sweetness that is only developed by aging. Yummy with the food. Price unknown.

1989 Gastaldi, Rosso:
An entirely different animal; big, powerful, giving no indication of its 17 years; worsted texture with lots of grip, big black fruit, tar, spice and earth flavors, slight hint of VA and unbelievable length. A baby today but so good with the food that I forgot its size. $50 on release; I’d pay that again.

With almond tart, fresh raspberries and Asian pears:
N/V Nino Franco, Prosecco Rustico:
Bright, active bead, lightly flavored, bone dry and not only good accompaniment with the dish but also a palate cleanser after the Rosso. $13, I’d pay that again.

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Re: Recent notes

by Redwinger » Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:09 am

Jim,
Unfortunately, I finished my limited stash of the 1993 A. & F. Gros V-R about two or three years ago, At that point it was wonderful. Thanks for bringing me up to date on its' evolution.
By any chance did this bottle come by way of Cincinnati? If so, then your bottle and mine were originally sourced from here in Indy.
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Re: Recent notes

by Howie Hart » Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:29 am

Florida Jim wrote:2004 Pepiére, Muscadet:
As wonderful as ever.

Great notes, as always Jim! I believe I had this last one Sunday (didn't make a note on it) as a preliminary to a hybrid tasting. It was the first Musacadet I've ever tasted and liked it a lot. Good cleansing acidity and a nice finish.
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Re: Recent notes

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:07 am

Waiting for my Pepiere to recover from travel shock but about ready to go!!
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Re: Recent notes

by Florida Jim » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:22 am

Redwinger wrote:Jim,
By any chance did this bottle come by way of Cincinnati? If so, then your bottle and mine were originally sourced from here in Indy.


Brought by Moe. And I had tasted it a couple years ago at his place so I am guessing you're right.
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