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A trio from 1979 in honor of my host's birthday.
Voting was close all night for the best wine. To me it came down to the Pichon Lalande and the Chateau Trotanoy. The former hit the highest notes and demonstrated the purity and power of a great #pauillac. It did one thing, and it did it very well.
The #pomerol by contrast offered a range of flavors and styles, opening light and closed down but expanding into a round but balanced structure. Some fruit, some acidity, and lovely perfume.
The Leoville Las Cases wasn't a great bottle. It was a bit stewed but it offered the characteristic power and weight for which the estate is renowned.
@bordeauxwines #bordeaux #classifiedgrowth #SuperSecond #StJulien #frenchwine #redwine #cabernetsauvignon #corkdork #durand #drink #drinkwine

What a night! We began with a 50+ year old bottle of Chateau Souverain from #napavalley. Still lively and complex after half a century. I've always believed that @souverainwine could last in the cellar but this was truly special.
Next came two 1985s from #stjulien in #bordeaux. The Gloria wasn't in perfect shape but the @chateautalbot sure was. It has structure and balance, some pleasant dry fruit flavor, and a lot of length. I think we were drinking this at its peak.
Finally 1977 Warre's - a longtime favorite that is consistently pleasurable even if not quite hedonistic. This too is in prime drinking period and will likely stay there for another 15 years.
#vintagewine #instawine #port #frenchwine #redwine #wine #corkdork #californiawine #cabernetsauvignon #oldwine #dessertwine @josephjanas

Lovely Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme 2012 drinking even better the day after being opened. Classic #medoc #cabernetsauvignon and a splendid claret at the price.
Interesting that although the chateaux was in the Cru Borgeois classification they didn't use it on the label by this point.
#caronnestegemme #instawine #frenchwine #bordeaux #medoc #crubourgeois @bordeauxwines #redwine

#StillLife Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue 1999 from Languedoc. This one has been in my cellar for a long time. Fully mature medium bodied wine with good balance and acidity. Distinctively southern France, with herby stewy aromas. For the price ($15 on release) this is pretty yummy stuff, although a bit overmatched by short ribs. @chateausaintmartindelagarrigue
#wine #vintagewine #1999 #winetasting #decanter #durand #corkscrew #grenache #syrah #mourvedre #frenchwine #redwine #languedoc #instawine @wine_spectator #top100

The third and final night of my birthday celebration @bernssteakhouse
Our goal this night was quantity and variety over quality but we sure got plenty of the latter.
The 1968 @bvwines #pinotnoir was really cool despite being served from a half bottle. Rich and ripe the way one would expect from #napavalley but still varietallly accurate.
1983 @bouchardpereetfils #mercurey was lively and racy and the favorite for some.
I probably preferred the 1983 @mayacamaswine #zinfandel which was fuller than the Ridge from the first night and its muscularity was helpful towards the end of the meal.
In the Harry Waugh dessert room we drank a #Sauternes from Ch Grillons 1983 and this wonderful 1967 @fonsecaport Guimaraens with a robust kick of sweetness that powered #karaoke until 6:00am!
#corkdork #tampa #steakhouse #sommelier #port #germanwine #Alsace #californiawine #cotesdurhone #carrots #bonein #burgundy

Night 2: #Bordeaux Night!
A 99 year old @smithhautlafitte from the 1920 #vintage. Ullage on this bottle was pretty severe - perhaps low clavicle or high nipple. But the wine seemed to be in great shape! At least for being almost a century old. The color was fairly dark if murky. Immediately the aroma was indistinct but over fifteen minutes a variety of wonders emerged: #forest floor, lead pencils, and even #LoMein. What a treat to drink a wine made only two years after the Great War ended.
It was hard for the other two wines to compete, but the 1966 @fourcashosten showed that even non-classified growth wines can last half a century. It was well structured and well made even if it never soared.
The 1983 @chateaubouscaut didn't seem to get going. Perhaps more time in the decanter would have helped but we had so much that needed drinking!
#corkdork #tampa #steakhouse #sommelier #dapper #dapper40love #graves #martillac #pessacleognan #pessac #1920 #vintagewine #cabernetsauvignon #decanter #wine #winelover @bordeauxwines @vinsdegraves

The first of three consecutive nights dining @bernssteakhouse for my birthday!
Each of these wines far exceeded expectations. The #Julienas and the #cotesdurhone - both from my birth year - were still in beautiful shape. The former soft but still highly perfumed, and the latter meaty, with dried fruits. The @inglenook1879 Charbono from 1972 was a #unicorn. No one makes these anymore and this bottle suggests that's a mistake.
Finally, @ridgevineyards continued to prove that #zinfandel can age splendidly. Here, the Shenandoah from 1979, was still spicy and fruity with great varietal character supported by a cool acid backbone.
#steak #vintagewine #redwine #beaujolais #charbono #dapperfortylove #dapper40love #sommelier #corkdork #californiawine #steakhouse #tampa

A charming #Burgundy in honor of the late (and always charming) Gary Fradin of @qualityhousewines We will will miss his stories and his passion for wine. #RIP

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