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My Friends are Insaner than Your Friends

whiner | Jul 23, 2008 04:39 AM

First of all... SORRY MARIA, as I said, this was a play-it-by-ear thing, but it did happen! Next time, I swear...!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

I just got back from a friend's house. It will take me a while to collect my thoughts, but here are my preliminary ideas:

1995 Bollinger RD: Decent, not great. 3rd time having it; first time was a 91 pt wine, second time was 94, this is back to 91.

1995 Salon: Awesome wine. Best of the night. Not as good as the '95 Taittinger Comtes (comparing '95 BdB) but more complete and ready to drink. 94.5

2006 Beringer Sbragia Chardonnay: Candied coconut. Completely masks the 15.3% (labeled, so 16%) alcohol. Impressive CA Chard. 92

2005 Cristia Renaissance CdP: The twin of the '05 Telegraphe. Thick, rich syrupy, and in need of time to see what happens. Very "New World." Very Rivers-Marie Pinot. But this isn't labeled CA Pinot. 92

2005 Usseglio Mon Aieul CdP: Showing more potential than any still wine of the night. This is a baby, and the most in need of age of any '05 CdP I've tried. 92(+++)

2005 Mordoree CdP: For drinking right now, the best of the CdPs, but this doesn't have the potential of the Usseglio, nor the current hedonism of the Cristia. 92.5(+?)

I've had several complete '05 Pinots already, none of these lived up to that. I wonder if the vintage is beginning to go to sleep or if this is just the luck of the draw?

2004 Chasing Hares Cabernet: Beautiful bottle. Wish the wine were as good. Simultaneously stewed, dark fruit and yet too thin. and astringent Not a bad wine, but not worth the asking price nor the wonderful bottle. Got better through the night -- more so than I would have imagned. 90

1998 Shafer HSS: One of the best '98s I've had, but still a bit shut down. Dark Purple fruits and deffintie Stag's Leap earth. I would not have guessed HSS, though, and this did not have the red currant complexity that I generally find in these wines. Still a treat and perhaps still getting better. 91

Sadly, what would have been my still wine of the night ('04 Beaucastel Blanc) was never opened.

3lb, 40 aged prime Brian Flannery rib cap grilled medium rare and accompanying potatoes roasted in rosemary, bacon, and duck fat = 98+!!!! :-)

By the way, there were 4 of us. :o

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