Some other wines from the past week:
1997 Terrabianca "La Fonte" red table wine
I bought six of these at auction for next to nothing about six months ago, and the first two were a bit tired. Last night I pulled another, and noted with dismay that the cork was protruding considerably, almost 1/4 of an inch. So of course I expected it to be totally dead. What a shock--it had more youthful color (ruddy dark red) than the first two, and drank better than either had though we did note that the tannins were creeping up on our second glasses. Still, a lovely wine with our pasta amatriciana: plum and dark berry fruit with leather, sandalwood, star anise, cinnamon incense and a little earth. I don't know if this was just an inordinately lucky bottle or if I didn't give the first two time enough to settle after shipping. Both could be true. Very good.
1993 Arrowwood Cabernet Sauvignon
A neighbor opened this wine the other night. Been awhile since I had a 93 Californian so I didn't know what to expect, but this bottle was very good. Not a swooner, but it's handling middle age very well: medium bodied, solid cab flavors, little in the way of secondary development.
1994 Swan Zinfandel "Ziegler"
It took a little while for this wine to open up. When it did: raspberry and Dr. Pepper with tangy acidity. After a bit of time in the glass, a bit of soy sauce flavor muddies up the finish which says the wine's past optimum, but it drinks well, however much it's rather inexcusable to keep a zinfandel this long. Whatever's good about that grape is best enjoyed in youth, methinks. Good.
1994 Troplong Mondot
Another wine from the same cellar as the Arrowood, a wine I feared would be too young--I haven't touched a single 94 of my own yet--but it's not. I can't remember the last time I had a Troplong Mondot, but it's been so long that I haven't recognized that this wine should be one of my favorite St. Emilions. Perhaps I've avoided it because it's a Michel Rolland wine? Don't know, but loved what I tasted here. Largely merlot (65%), the plummy, cassis fruit gets fleshed out with herbs and spice from about equal amounts of cab, CF and malbec. Some minerality shows as well as some emerging secondary nuances. Excellent.
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My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov