Very much enjoyed another dinner at No. 9 Park on Beacon Hill (Boston) last night. What a gorgeous evening on the park. Joe always gives me a window table. I tried a new dish on their menu, which I believe they named after me!, since I have become a regular: Wild Boar. It was very good; albeit a bit fatty – which I no longer am, but will be anew if I keep eating stuff like that.
I ordered the only Bordeaux remaining (I thought) in the $100 range on their wine list that I have not drunk there yet. A 1998 St-Emilion. It p—d me off a little after the waiter came back some time later to inform me that they didn’t have it anymore; so partly in protest I said to just bring me their regional bar Bordeaux by the glass. I didn’t feel justified to jump to $200+ bottles when I am all alone and generally leave some of my wine behind.
Like all the 2003s I have drunk in restaurants recently, probably 10 by now, since a lot of restaurants have only the current vintage from distributors, except for maybe a $200 or $300 bottle or two from 2000, it was a little tannic, but so loudly fruity that the tannins didn’t hurt at all. And like with most of the 2003s I have enjoyed, the nose was deep, concentrated and interesting. These wines do not taste anything like New World wines to me; but they don’t exactly taste like Bordeaux, either. Almost another genre, but not bad at all.
The only classed 2003 I have drunk so far is Lynch Moussas, which is beautiful. But I have heard that other better-than-generic 2003s, such as Gloria, are drinking wonderfully already, too. I wonder if the 2003 are potentially a good, near-term drinking “gap” wine, like the 1997 was, while awaiting the more classic years, such as 1995, 1996 and 2001 to develop?