What I drank last night (again?)

We had a little party last night.  Started 07 Donum West Slope Pinot Noir with some pistachios and almonds.  What a fabulous American Pinot.  Much deeper than most (96 pts from the Dictator) with ripe dark fruit on the palate.  We moved on to a Ladera Sauv Blanc with pan fried shrimp in a homemade butter with  garlic, parsley, almonds and a few other magic ingredients on small olive/garlic toast rounds made by my friend Peter . the acidity of the SB with the sweetness of the buttered shrimp.  Perfect!.  Next up with dinner was a 99 Phelps Insignia and  a 96 Figeac St. Emillion Premier Grand Cru.  Both were excellent with the rib roasted and garlic baked potatoes.  The Insignia was a little funky but dense, dark, and brooding while the Figeac stole the show with it’s finesses and elegance.  12 years old and still with beautiful sweet fruit and a long glorious finish.  We marched  on (troopers all)  to a 96 Bouchard Aine Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Burgundy with assorted cheeses.  Great body, strength, and elegance again showing the power balanced with  finesses of a fine French wine.  The cheeses brought out the best  in the Burgundy. We finished with a 97 Rosenblum Concento D’Oro dessert wine.  I don’t think Kent has made that wine since either 99 or 2001.  Paired with fresh blueberries and strawberries in a word sublime.   Fabulous finish to a fabulous night. Whoops! Did I forget to mention the 04 Duckhorn Estate Cab after all was finished? Yikes!

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