We drank our last 1997 Delille Chaleur a few nights ago. Nose and palate of raspberry fruit with blueberries, herbs and dirt. The 97 hasn't stood up to time as well as other earlier 90's vintages did. It's not aging so much as fading away; the second glass was considerably less worthy than the first. Drink up!
Tried a 2010 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir from Oregon last night. Medium bodied with bright cherry fruit on the nose and palate with a vegetal, celery note. Tasted so much like the 99 Clos Pepe we had last week that Bob guessed he was drinking a 7-8 year old California pinot. When he got a no with that, he went to Burgundy. It's color, very mild tannins, persistent acidity and lack of sweetness certainly makes that assessment understandable; it's definitely un-Oregonian and very much a food wine at this point. We enjoyed it quite a bit, but it won't be popular with, say, Loring enthusiasts.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov