Dom Perignon Champagne
Beautiful aromas of light citrus and toast, witha juicy acidity
and seemingly fantastic balance. Just delicious!
course - sashimi of big eye tuna, dungeness crab, blood orange, shisho sprouts.
Aubert Ritchie Chardonnay - Touches of toast and caramel accent the lemon-lime nose and mouth. Smooth, rich, very nice acids - with some nice edges on the palate. Beautifully smooth with the tuna course, which seemed to intensify a butter quality in the wine.
Aubert Ritchie Chardonnay - Very similar to the '01, but seems much bigger in the nose and yet less forward in mouthfeel. Hint of prickly on the tongue, nice finish. Nice, but the '01 gets the nod here.
Aubert Ritchie Chardonnay - Nose of citron and lemon-lime, with just a bit of toasty oak. Full in mouthfeel - more than both the '01 and '02, and seems to carry a nice hint of ginger throughout.
Aubert Quarry Chardonnay - Lots of buttered toast in the nose - plenty of fruit there too! Pretty and elegant initially on the palate; seems to pick up more spicy overtones with the tuna, and even a bit of heat noted on the back end.
Aubert Quarry Chardonnay - Wow! Nose of ginger,
lemon and lime and just a wiff of toast. Creamy and rich in mouthfeel,
lovely concentration, mouthfeel and finish. Very, very nice, and
my favorite of the flight.
Aubert Reuling Chardonnay - Seemed a bit closed or restrained in the nose, with citron-like fruit and a faint touch of petrol. Good balance, seemed a bit tight in mouthfeel, with more of an apparent mineral bent.
course - lobster poached buree fondue, mascarpone risotto, Oregon white truffles, Terre Bormane olive oil
2004 Aubert Ritchie Chardonnay - Nose of lemon-lime and touch of sweet grapefruit. Somewhat soft in mouthfeel, and a bit sweeter than the previous Chardonnays. Fantastic with the risotto, as were all of these Chards.
Aubert Lauren Chardonnay - Wow! Gorgeous, elegant,
very well balanced, and delicious! This wines was seemless on the
palate and just beautiful and my favorite of this flight - and maybe
of all the Chardonnays.
Aubert Quarry Chardonnay - Fascinating ginger-spiced
lemon and lime, with just the barest hint of mineral. Chewy in mouthfeel,
excellent balance and very long finish. 2nd favorite of the flight.
Aubert Reuling Chardonnay - Interesting. This
wine almost seemed to mirror the Quarry, but for the additional
nutmeg/cinnamon spice toward the finish of the wine. 3rd favorite
of the flight.
10 Chardonnays, it was time to move on to the flights of red wines,
begining with the Aubert Pinot Noir.
course - grilled duck breast, seared La Belle Farms foie gras, wild
mushrooms, bing cherry foam
Aubert Reuling Pinot Noir - A beautiful showy
wine - this is very forward in both nose and mouth. Lovely dark
cherry fruit mingled with a bit of spice, impeccable balance - full
and fruit-driven throughout. My favorite of the flight.
Aubert UV Pinot Noir - Deeper, darker and more
brooding than the Reuling, with more loamy qualities and a chewy
finish. Marvelous wine - just needs some time.
course - braised Wagyu shortrib, seared Wagyu flat iron, cipollini
onions, sauce merchand de vin
Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon -
Lots of perfumed cassis and a touch of cigar box on the nose. Lovely
mouthfeel, very accessible, nice dark fruit, and long finish.
Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon -
Wow! Well, whatever the '96 might have promised, this one delivered
in spades! Beautiful cassis-laden nose, with the just a touch of
toast and dark chocolate. Lovely mouthfeel, fine-grained tannins
still perceptable through the chewy fruit. Excellent balance and
very long finish. All of this going for it, but I didn't think it
went all that well with the dish. Rather than blending with it,
it seemed to fight it.
Colgin Tychson Cabernet Sauvignon - Gorgeous
clove-scented nose of cassis, light herb, and toast. Lightly chewy
mouthfeel, fabulous balance, and seamless finish of fine-grained
Colgin Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon - Similar
to the Tychson, but with loads more espresso, coffee/mocha aromas,
along with a whiff of dill. A bit thicker and richer in mouthfeel,
lots of flavor - a wine to sit and talk about.
Colgin IX Cabernet Sauvignon - Still understandably
tight in the nose and mouth, but with obvious dark fruit partially
hidden behind a wall of tannins. Big and chewy in mouthfeel, the
palate does yield up some nice fruit and one gets a sense that this
young wine will grow into its shoes with a few more years in the
course - apricot macaroon, vanilla Devonshire gelato, apricot confiture
Chateau d'Yquem - Stunning! Just absolutely stunning!
Seemed completely integrated - no edges here - with an amazing seamless
texture on the palate, and a staggeringly long finish. Something
approaching a creme brulee/lemon custard/caramel tart. Wow!
Chateau d'Yquem - Slightly edgier than the '01, with more of a
caramel and light lemon note. More fruit-forward, as well.