Bill, my notes:
1999 Ch Pavillon de Margaux: unusually pale, almost clear. Sheepy nose with a lot of minerality with no initial fruit, so was surprised to find that it didn't contain any semillon. Interesting wine, quite unlike any sauv blanc I've ever had. Very good.
2001 Tirecul La Graviere: Custard with lemon and lavender honey. Very substantial body. Great wine, drinking perfectly right now. As Les commented, would be a good dry wine match for Foie Gras. Outstanding.
Note to Mike: This was my bottle. I was unaware that Tirecul even made a dry wine until I saw these at auction, and I apparently have a lot of company in the U.S. in that regard as I could find nary a tasting note, just one mention in fact from some bloke who was trying to feed three hungry men for under $20 in Brooklyn, NY.
2002 Daniel Lenko Signature Chardonnay: unmistakably chardonnay. Sweet ripe fruit but very flinty with some structure, and completely absent any tropical flavors. This is what I want chardonnay to be. Excellent.
1998 Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Rugiens: cherry and potpourri with orange peel. Good fruit. A very good Burgundy, though I couldn't peg it as Pommard.
1986 Ch. Talbot: One sniff and I swooned.
Yes, you are my love, you thing in this glass.
Lovely fruit, with perfume and minerality. I do not drink enough Talbots to guess immediately that this was Talbot, but someone like Covert who does would immediately have gotten it I think. My thoughts progressed from Margaux to Graves to St. Julien, but I couldn't zero in any better than that. A great bottle. Outstanding.
1985 Phelps Insignia: Lovely wine, a truly perfect bottle of one of California's more distinctive wines. Outstanding.
2000 Poplar Grove Reserve: Dark, sweet, rich, new world, and I taste mostly merlot. Very primary, no secondary development. Very good, but it needs time to show more.
1998 Terlan Porphyr Lagrein: cabbish, with minerality and smoke. Along with it's older brother the 95, the only good lagrein I've ever had.
2003 Carm Reserva: I don't own a single bottle of Portugese dry red wine, but here's a candidate. I guessed that it was Portugese, it having an almost opaque grapiness to it that all young Portugese wines seem to have. Lovely balance and big texture, lots of potential.
2002 De Toren Fusion V: Vitamin nose and salty mid-palate on mostly warm red fruit. Odd. Not bad, but odd. Some secondary development had me guessing older, '98 to 2000. Impossible to read origins, but I was surprised that it was South African as it's not nearly as traditional as South Africans usually are. Good, but.
2000 Ravenswood Monte Rosso Zinfandel: As always, we knew whose wine this was from the getgo, and that gentleman's warm passive apartment closet storage always throws one's wine-identification abilities out of whack. Sometimes the storage is to the good, actually;l the accelerated curve usually shows to advantage in young but ageable Rhones this guy loves. But on American wines like zin, it takes the berry flavors out and leaves cooked red fruit and spice. Not entirely unpleasant and not in fact unzinlike, but definitely unRavenswoodlike.
1983 Dow Port: plummy fruit, hot finish. No surprise that it's an 83 and a Dow's.
Fort Wine Company (Fort Langley, BC) Blueberry Wine: my wine. And to me it tastes more of fresh strawberry than blueberry, but the big deal is that unusual cheese nose which is why it was served with the cheese plate. Made in a dry style, this was a gift from the winemaker, Richard Roseweir, who wanted to know what a bunch of wine geeks would say when a fruit wine was popped on them blind. This winery makes nothing but fruit wines, which I have never cared for but these wines downright amazed me for being both so credible and enjoyable. The winery, which is actually part of a working cranberry farm, makes six dry and six dessert wines. I'm going to serve their white cranberry (made from juvenile berries harvested in early August) on Thanksgiving.
Forbidden Fruit Black Cherry Cerise d’Eve – nose of red apple skin and cinnamon and a note of caramel and sandalwood. Same in the mouth, was actually surprised that it was cherry. Complex and viscuous, very good.