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!