This is still a work in progress as I upload tasting notes and wine labels from as far as 1999... Check back once in a while to get the updates.

December 31, 2002

2002 Da Party

Da Party at Conrad.

199x Jaboulet La Chapelle en magnum - drank very well.

1992 Chapoutier Barbe Rac en magnum

1992 Chapoutier Le Pavillon en magnum - this was OK.

1990 Chapoutier Le Pavillon en magnum - this needed more airing time.  It was clearly too powerful and not ready.  I was little bummed about having to bring this wine and commit infanticide.

1994 L'Eglise-Clinet en double magnum - OK but nothing to write home about.

Pol Roger White Foil - drank for the countdown.

December 29, 2002

1993 Ridge Santa Cruz

1993 Ridge Cabernet Santa Cruz Mountains - drank over dinner at Napa Valley.  My last bottle from the case.  Very good stuff.  Powerful, fruity nose.  A hint of spicy peppers.  Full-bodied, round tannins.

December 24, 2002

1994 Haut-Marbuzet + 1990 Rieussec

1994 Haut-Marbuzet - not interesting.  We had two bottles and neither really opened up.  Smooth tannins, yes, but not exciting to drink.

1990 Rieussec - lots of honey, nuts, orange, apricot in the nose.

December 21, 2002

1994 Beaucastel

1994 Beaucastel - drank over dinner at Au Trou Normand.  Pretty decent, but needed breathing time as it was too sharp when first opened.  Fruity, spicy nose opened up later.  Grilled meats, smoke, saddle, cherries, nose sweet but palate remained relatively acidic.

December 6, 2002

40th birthday party

Friend's 40th birthday party.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Mis en Cave en 1996 - pretty good.

2000 Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Petite Ruche - very light-bodied and refreshing.

1997 Les Carmes Haut-Brion - very smooth, light to medium-bodied, easy to drink.

1989 Climens - sweet enough with honey, caramel, apricot nose.

December 5, 2002

December 3, 2002

1998 Barde-Haut

1998 Barde-Haut - drank at Wolf.  This was pretty good.  Sweet nose with caramel notes, sweet on the palate.  Very approachable now.

December 2, 2002

MNSC Dinner - 1982 Right Bank

MNSC dinner at the Board Room in Grand Hyatt.  The last of the series of '82 dinners and the theme was 1982 Right Bank.

Pol Roger White Foil - not so impressed.  A little too sharp and young for me.

1982 Trotanoy

1982 Lafleur - what a beautiful wine! Started with a little bit of fruit in the nose, while being strong and powerful on the palate.  Opened later to a very sweet nose with loads of ripe fruit, grilled meat and mint.  Second favorite wine and almost on par with Petrus.

1982 Latour à Pomerol - drinking beautifully and almost on par with the big boys.  The best value of the evening given its fractional cost compared to the big guns.

1982 L'Evangile - very ripe fruit in the nose.  A bit of Chinese medicine and smoke.  Later on sweet grass emerged in the nose.  On the palate, the tannins were pretty rounded, with a good, long finish.

1982 L'Eglise-Clinet

1982 Petrus - you just can't say anything bad about this wine... This was absolutely amazing.  Very, very sweet nose.  Finish was long.  I was blown away by this wine.  My favorite wine of the night.  Everyone agreed that this was a great bottle.
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