January 20. 2018: Dinner with Friends

Almost a year prior, a few friends of ours got together for a post holiday wine night and dinner. This year, we didn't hold back. 

Bollinger N/V 1.5L - The bottle was well deserved after a long of work, and it drank like I remembered. It had tiny bubbled leaving a creamy mousse with hazelnut, lemon creme brulee, and toasty notes. 

Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2015 - Delightfully bright with acidity, much more than I had anticipated. Classic California flavors of vanilla oak, baked apple and spice, and a subtle fig flavor. 

Chateau De La Mordoree Chateaunuef-du-pape 2006 - This wine may have been the superstar of the evening, but grouped in with so many killers, it is hard to tell. The color was still deep purple and barely fading on the edges. It had aromas of boysenberry, plum, wet stones, and a subtle note of Kalamata olive. It had a long ass finish.  

Chateau Beaucastel Chateaunuef-du-pape 2015 - with a tough act to follow, the famous label showed well, thoguh young. The tannins were tight as expected, but the plum, black cherry, and barnyard notes were present. This bottle could wait another twenty years. 

Vega Sicilia 2010 - A Riberia Del Duero red from Spain, this wine was special and drinking well. I would say, it had no reason to wait to be opened, but if you are patient, waiting would be fine. There was cranberry, cherry, bacon fat, and sweet herbal notes. 

Odette Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - We probably didn't need to open this red with all the others that were already opened, but who was going to argue. It was big, full, tannin, and everything you would expect from a high end Napa Valley Cabernet sauvignon. It was chalk full of blackberry, tobacco, vanilla, cedar, and gritty tannins. 

Chateau D'Yquem 1995 - We all took a pull straight from the bottle like a baller, which I know believe is truly the only way to drink D'Yquem. We had attempted this bottle in the past and it was corked, so we waiting on the edge of our seats and fingers crossed, but we were pleased. No flaws, just perfection. Certainly a treat. 

Blandy's Malmsey Madeira 1996 - This was an unexpected extra from a friend and was full of hazelnut, pecan pie, honey, apricot, Fig Newtons, yet dying acidity. For the price paid for it, it was awesome. 

Soundtrack to these bottles: Any Black Crowes album.