Monthly lunch notes.

2005 Hendry Napa Chardonnay – the lack of oak and presence of
significant acidity had us thinking about other areas. Creditable
Calchard in an international style.

2001 Ch. Carbonnieux – corked

2004 Colin Deleger Chassagne Montrachet en Remilly – sweet chard nose
smooth in the mouth and with a spiciness,. Goodength.

2002 Leflaive Meursault Prem. Cru Sous le Dos d’Ane – this little
number from ‘under the donkey’s belly’ was very nice, although some of
us had a bit of trouble dealing whit the sizeable hit of sulphur at
first in the nose. There was nicely integrated fruit and mineral as
well, it just wasn’t the first thing that hit your nose. This one had
a nice creamy texture in the mouth and good length.

1997 Turley Conta Costa Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard – lighter in colour
than it was in youth, hottish sweet nose labelled it as a southern
clime wine, slightly browning edges as a wine with a bit of age, one
taster pointed out the strawberries in the nose and we all agreed, and
it had a nice long finish. Very tasty. Pity that people probably
drank 99% of these wines within a couple of years of release, because
some of them do pick up interest with age.

2000 Malvira Roero Mombeltrano – this wine from a producer one may
have come across with the whites made from Arneis was a stumper with
their Nebbiolo based wine. Spicy pepper in the nose had us wondering
about the Rhone, but medium fruit and high acidity steered us toward
Italy. Very dry finish and probably best with food, but very pleasant.

1985 Monticello Rioja Gran Reserva Especiale – Only the Spanish can
integrate so much oak and have it work out well, Slightly stinky and
then settling down to mature fruit and cigar boxes. Slightly
astringent on palate.

1984 Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour Cabernet – sweet warm nose,
extracted almost ripasso style, good flavour concentration, fairly
full bodied and tasty. Perhaps on the downhill side, but ageing
gracefully.

1999 Behrens and Hitchcock Ode to Picasso – a wine made from 32%
Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc, and
pretty much typifying the sort of California style I dislike. The
wine was still purple at the edges with a jammy iodine nose and
remains monolithic with no development, no interest, no
differentiation, just a continuous shaft of flavour from beginning to
end. Will appeal t hose for whom intensity is sufficient
justification.

1994 St. Hallets Old Block Shiraz – garnet colour and a slightly sweet
typical mature Shiraz nose, no tannins left, fully mature. My
impression was that it would have been better 5 years ago.

A fine meal featuring rabbit and sweetbread courses made it a very
pleasant holiday lunch.