A dinner with friends, quite enjoyable!
Most of us had steak, which was delicious as always (served with a butter/gorgonzola sauce, a nice salad, and lovely scalloped potatos)
2004 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir-Elizabeth Spencer Wines. Fantastic earthy, dark, savory and delicious Pinot Noir. Not a flowery style at all, but the Pinot Noir fruit was still there in force. It would be interesting to see how this powerful wine ages. I've joined their club, so hopefully they'll send a bottle.
2003 Deux Amis Ruud Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley). Produced by the winemaker who made one of my favorite Bordeaux blend (Mazzoco Matrix 1999), this wine had the lovely "caramelly" fruit of a Zinfandel, but not jammy or over-the-top at all. A nice savory backbone not always found in Zins. Delicious-and the place is pretty neat, too.
1997 Stag's Leap Winery Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Awesome. Absolutely awesome. More black fruit than at the winery tasting, but the layers of flavors were incredible. Savor the herbs, but enjoy the black fruit, too. A very, very balanced Stag's Leap Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon-not over-the-top jammy but perfect. I have to keep repeating to myself...You cannot afford wine like this....You cannot afford wine like this. I feel myself being drawn to make that drive next weekend. Urk. Addictions are bad
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