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Christmas Party

By PimpDaddy | December 22, 2008

I attended a fellow Wine Gang members party last night put on by LeSoccer. Nice size crowed with a great mix of wines out to taste. Unfortunately I did not catch the name of the first bottle that had been decanted out. It was a 25 year old Spanish Rioja. It had the old world stink in spades if you know what I am talking about. It had a barn yard nose that was bordering on obnoxious but once you got past that it was quite an enjoyable wine in its own right.

There were a number of wines that I tasted during the night that I was never able to catch the name of but a few that stood out for the event were:

2000 Mayo Russian River Zinfandel
This was with out a doubt the best example of Zinfandel I have tasted in at least 3 years and a great example that Zinfandel can be aged to some degree. This wine showed no obvious signs of its age with a wonderful tart cherry and cranberry nose with vanilla overtones. On the pallet this wine had the perfect balance of high acidity and tannin to keep the fruit in check. The fruit was all raspberries and cherries with cranberries on the finish with some oaky over tones and a cranberry finish then held on to your pallet. None of those flabby plumy flavors you find in so many over ripe Zinfandels.

2003 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
I brought this wine into the fight last night and I was completely impressed with it. Black fruit, cedar box and licorice on the nose. On the pallet this was surprisingly similar to the Mayo in its structure. While the fruit profile was different it did have a lot of red raspberries and licorice, the acidity and tannin structure where almost the same. With out a doubt, one of the best red wines I have had recently.

1987 Leonetti Cellars Merlot
This was decanted and set out to taste. This wine tasted very much the same as other recent old Leonetti Merlots that I have tasted. The nose was dominated by fresh cut bell pepper with the smallest hint of oaky coconut. On the pallet it was more of the same with bell pepper dominating the experience. Hints of what went into this wine really were not obvious until the glass was empty. When the wine was gone the bowl of my glass was filled with the most enjoyable aromas from this wine. Coconut, cedar box and vanilla all poured out of the glass. I’d really be curious to see what this wine would do with more time in the decanter. Will the bell pepper blow off? Time will tell

2000 Rodney Strong Symmetry
This wine was oaky with a strong corky nose. I did not taste it beyond the nose.

Those are all the wines I can recall. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

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Topics: Reviews, Tips, Trips, Wine | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Christmas Party”

  1. Badman Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve always loved Leonetti, but I can’t stand that herbaceous nose that most New World Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignon’s get. Why does old Bordeaux smell so grand, while Cali and Washington reds reek?

    And wtf is up with you tasting a lot of old Leonetti’s? I am sooooo jealous!

  2. Glenn Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Sounds like a blast PD..

    Confused about this last comment: “I’d really be curious to see what this wine would do with more time in the decanter. Will the bell pepper blow off? Time will tell”

    Did you leave some in the decanter for later? Or you mean, you will try another bottle and decant longer next time?

    I love the vegital notes that come with the best reds. Are you saying they are a bit much? Or that you are worried that over time they may blow off?

    Sure sounds like a winner!

  3. Badman Says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    You like that vegetal skank? I am so not your friend anymore. :evil:

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