|a few of the evenings bottles|
Certainly there will be a few standout California Pinots and Chardonnays but just as certainly someone is bound to bring an outlier. Some obscure Austrian Riesling or knockout French Beaune could throw off an entire menu!
|gougeres, with various whites|
Striped bass, grilled whole and stuffed with lemon, fennel and onions provided an impressive main dish.
|pearl barley pilaf; fennel celery salad w/ pecorino shavings|
Among the dozen or wines opened, the breakaway gem of the night was undoubtedly the 1978 Morey-Saint-Denis. A 33 year old Burgundy that just happened to be the most elegant, exceptional wine I have ever tasted. Brownish plum in color and cloudy in texture, the physicality of the wine was unlike most any wines of today.
I don't know that specific flavors can be assigned to every wine every time. Sometimes, to me anyway, its more just a feeling than a flavor. This wine was a perfect example of that. While it might sound even more pretentious than just saying 'red plum' and 'curred meat', drinking this delicate, complex wined reminded me only of a rare, antique, handmade lace.
The only thing better than enjoying this wine was enjoying this wine with winemakers. One noted the high fill level of the wine before opening, establishing how well the wine must have been stored over the last 3 decades. The cork collapsed into the screw in three pieces, a clear sign of its age, but had not absorbed much of the wine, again touting its good storage conditions. The high acid profile of the wine meant it must have been barely drinkable at bottling, but a large part of what made it so incredible 30+ years later! A generous and exciting addition to many great wines of the night.