2005 Ch. Guiot Costieres de Nimes Rosé – nose of strawberries and book dust, veryh dry but not austere. Great balance. Delish.
1997 Tyrells Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon – Presents at first like chardonnay, but some lanolin and pine resin develop and give the wine away. Odd wine. Seems brand new in color and acidity, not eight years old. Just okay for me, but then other than La Frenz, I've never had a 100% semillon that better than just okay.
2002 Golden Beaver Late Harvest Chardonnay – light yellow, and not sweet or over the top with the cheese notes that plague ripe Okanagan chardonnays. IOW, nothing about the appearance or taste suggests 'Late Harvest'. Actually, I kind of liked it. So did our resident White Burg man.
1972 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1 cru Clos de la Boudriotte – Cognac color, tastes of dried strawberries and nectarines. Clearly older--I thought perhaps even 50's. An extra cool bottle, handed in cellar from Mr. Ramonet to our friend and then hand-carried to Virginia a year and a half ago and then to Vancouver this week. Fabulous provenance, fabulous bottle.
1998 Groffier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru – I couldn't have been more surprised, especially following another Burgundy, that you guys didn't go straight to Burgundy on this one (Rob did, but group-think asking about Spain and Italy and merlot talked him out of it.) When I opened that bottle early Friday morning, the aromas that came out of that bottle could have been nothing else. I have 8 or 9 more of these, and I'm glad about it.
1997 Albert Morot Beaune Teurons 1 cru – This wine smelled of pinot noir, but not Burgundy. And not of any place, either. When I mentally ran though the New World possibilities my best guess was Santa Barbara in a bad year. The wine was rough on the tongue and had an unladylike vegetality to it--none of the elegance that I expect of Burgundy. Didn't care for it.
1987 Dunn Napa Cab – Though Doug has never NOT brought a California wine, at least when I was present, my first inclination was to think Doug might be fooling us with a young modern styled Bordeaux--say a 98. That this was a California wine of that age was startling, and it was very good wine.
2001 Montes Alpha ‘M’ – a leaner style of cab with bright berry fruit, plums, and nice acidity. Very good.
1998 Clos Pegase Cab – Young but resolved, very sweet and California-ish. Kind of one-noted. Would have been the best wine for the cheese and fruit plate if there hadn't been a port.
1999 Carpineto Vino Nobile Riserva – very Italian, dense fruit over caramel and raisins and tin flavors. Seemed more like a cab blend than a straight sangiovese. Terrific.
2002 Van Loveren Limited Release Shiraz – Big, ripe, juicy, leathery, huggable. Was surprised that it was South African and as young as this, but it's owner keeps the wine in a closet of a small apartment, so they mature quickly. Very good.
1993 Lindemans Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet – 84% shiraz, 16% cab. You described it perfectly, there's nothing to add.
1977 Dow Port – A lovely port. Very youthful. Dow's seem to age with a dusty plum character that I find very attractive, and this had that. Beautiful.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov