An Italian dinner with Sam, Jean, Steve, Matt, Ilene, Rob, John, George, Diane and I. We have all known each other over 15 years; in and out of each other’s lives but always connected by the internet; and what a fine thing that connection has turned out to be. ‘Nice to reconnect in person this night.
2012 Cowan Cellars, Ribolla Gialla:
Although this wine is not of continental origin, the grape is. Acquitted itself well; bright but broad, veritally correct and a pleasant accompaniment to starters and salad courses.
1997 Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato Res.:
Over the course of the evening, it “younged up” into a still youthful but well balanced expression of Barolo. Perhaps, my favorite of the evening, but only if forced to pick.
1998 Giacosa, Barolo Rocche:
Too early to this but it still has everything one would expect from young Giacosa; just not much one would expect from mature Giacosa.
1995 Biondi-Santi, Brunello:
Firm. Oh, so hauntingly delicious but firm. Years to peak.
1985 Gaja, Barbaresco Sori Tilden:
Fully resolved, tertiary, ready and maybe, just a bit passed it; but still, a lovely wine; somewhat frail in the company.
2010 Occipinti, Frappato:
Slurp-able and much more. Maybe starting to close just a bit.
1990 Ruffino, Chianti Classico Reserva:
Tight and structured and may have much more than I found.
1980 Shafer, Cabernet Sauvignon:
Before there was Hillside, this was it; fully resolved and tertiary; a lovely diversion.