Monday, August 18, 2008

Too Much To Chew!

Whew. When you attend a 3 day party with about a hundred guests you end up drinking a LOT of different wines. Some were pretty darned good. I made quick notes on only a few of them as many I got only a brief taste of (including an always good Chateau Musar, a stupendous Burgundy - I have to find out what it was (I forgot!), a really good classic Rioja and a nice recent example of La Volte from Tuscany).
The Terrazas de Los Andes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 2006 had a subtle nose but was a nice mouthful of blueberries and blackberries. A fairly serious entry level Cab, it's worth the $15.
Stepping it up a notch was the Altano, Reserva, Douro 2004 - vanilla and cedar nose leading into a woodsy palate with cherry fruit. Nice, well integrated tannins and a good finish. This made from traditional Port grapes and is good wine! Fair value at $25.
Next in line is the Penfolds, Bin 389, 2004. Nice cedar, vanilla and blackberry nose. Chewy oak mouth coating tannins but (?paradoxically) it goes down nice and smooth. Simply delicious, this borders on that "wow" feeling. Worth putting a few away at $35.
Now for the big guns. The Hardys, Eileen Hardy Shiraz, 1998 is hard to find and a quick search finds that it now retails for about a hundred bucks. You get a black, completely opaque monster with a big nose of mint and black fruit. Thick and unctuous palate, the black fruit is still there with menthol, nutmeg and tar. Wow.
Chateau Palmer, Margaux, 1999 will currently set you back at least a couple of hundred bucks if you tried to find it today. Good luck. It smells of very pungent musty blueberries. Full bodied, meaty, graphite, black coffee hide the cassis. Nice long finish. Would like to try this in 10 years. Wow.
Thanks to everyone who allowed me to share these last couple of days!!


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