Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Harvest: Picnic Wines From Around The World

The wines abound at harvest this year due to CV's new rule: for each ton you crush, you bring an "old" wine (old means more than 10). I don't remember drinking this well for a long time, if ever!

1975 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1975 **** Still a very wonderful red plum color in the glass, with bricking. Old oak on the nose with mild oxygenation; some green notes as well. Considerably soft with well-balanced acidity (dried oranges and faint green herbs) blended well with lingering raspberry notes in a very round palate. Mild maderization lends credibility here. Overall very fresh -- hard to put down.

1995 F&L Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Vide Bourse 1st Cru *** light gold. Mild funk on the nose with honey and apricot jam. On the palate still fresh and surprisingly vibrant: pineapples and pear sauce with orange marmalade. This needs time to open up and strut it's stuff!

1983 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese **
Yellow gold. Somewhat dusty and reminiscent of gorgonzola and mushrooms. I love it but the nose at this stage is a little strange.

2000 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva **** Dark plum color. Perfect. Very fruity with loamy texture throughout the mid-palate and a succulent long minerality on the dry, silky finish.

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