Older Red Wines

Here are some of the red wine highlights from our BYOB dinner in VINO the other night.  Boy, was it fun!  Thank you to all who brought to share.

2007 Clape Cornas

I am a HUGE fan of the Syrahs from this family domaine in Cornas, France.  While their wines may not have the class or sophistication of  Chave’s Hermitage, they are truly artisan, handcrafted, world class & provocatively & profoundly soulful in their own way…AND are at least half the price. 

1985 Tempier Bandol “La Migoua”

I am also a HUGE fan of the wines from Domaine Tempier.  Their red Bandol wines are typically wildly rustic (perhaps too much so for most), masculine, definitively soulful & full of Provencal character.  With age, however, as this 1985 clearly demonstrates, the youthful hardness/roughness greatly changes.  This 1985 was surprsingly classy, lighter on its feet & much more ethereal in perfume & nuance.  It also still had a youthful vitality & surprising freshness to its core.  It certainly was one of the wines of the night!!!!   

1998 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage “La Chapelle”

I was expecting alot from this wine & although I really liked it, I was not blown away as I thought I would be.  The nose & taste seemed muddled….clearly closed down, unyielding AND, the breed of Hermitage was nowhere to be found.  The fruit & structure, however, was still VERY youthful & vibrant….I just need to learn to be more patient. 

1999 Chateau Lynch Bages

Here is a very classy, suave Bordeaux, which was drinking wonderfully.  I believe, though, it unfortunately got dwarfed by the next wine which was served.

2000 Carruades de Lafite

Oh my goodness!!!!  This wine was truly superb with lots of Lafite pedigree.  At first the wine seemed oaky & I was actually taken back at how youthful it tasted, especially after the 1999 Chateau Lynch Bages (only 1 year older).  There is NO doubt, in any case, this wine has grandeur….to the point…..it completely dwarfed the Lynch Bages.  I usually try not to make comparisons like that, BUT the difference in this case was just so profound.  I wish I had some of this wine in the cellar.  WOW!  

 2000 La Spinetta Barolo “Campe”

 This was the first Barolo we were able to get here in Hawaii from this superstar Barbaresco producer.  Although I also believe this was his first commercial Barolo, I don’t know that for sure.  He is one of the phenoms from the Elio Altare camp, using roto fermentors & French oak barriques.  Interestingly, though, the 2000, which is now 12 years old, has really come around.  It again smells Italian & has terrific structure & composure, eventhough I believe this bottle is in a dumb phase & not showing its best stuff.  Everything is there though, one just has to wait for it to open up again.


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