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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Franco hosts SOBER, with gorgeous Gaja and other fine wines

    Took the train in on a hot night and headed down to Chelsea where Franco was hosting SOBER He welcomed us with cheese, caprese, and couple of bubblies (insert obligatory sekts joke here):

    1990 Lauer Riesling Sekt Brut Reserve
    Moderate fizz, crisp acids, full with a cool French toast flavor profile. Iquite liked, though reported $60 tag makes it middling value. B+

    The 1994 Schloss Schonborn Sekt was corked

    To the table for the blind wines. First up, a white flight

    #1 Clearly white Burgundy, good acids, nutty with white pit fruits, long, Iliked a lot. 1996 Leflaive “Clavoillon” Puligny-Montrachet 1er A-/B+

    #2 undrinkably oxidized, some much for no PremOx in Leflaive! 1996 LeflaiveFolatieres Puligny-Montrachet 1er

    As we went to reds, Franco put out the Momofuko spread- bo ssam with all the fixings, bok choy, pork buns, etc.

    Red Flight #1
    Andy got Barbaresco quickly, took a while to get producer (think Tim got vintage on #2 quickly)

    Wine #1 - just a hint of VA, seemed old at first but then perked up - some obvious age, but plenty lively with good fruit. Rose petals, a meaty note,1958 Gaja Barbaresco A-/B+

    Wine #2 = just drop dead gorgeous from first sniff. Elegant, balanced, long, with fresh acidity, just slightly lifted, long finish. Red fruits, floral, tar, sandalwood. My WOTN (and possibly WOTY!) 1971 Gaja Barbaresco A

    Red Flight #2
    I believe it was Andy again getting all Barolo, and Tim getting producer.
    Wine #1 -big, full, sturdy, with smoky aromas. 1968 F. Rinaldi Barolo B+/B
    Wine #2 - firm, meaty, good fruit, my favorite of the flight. 1967 F. Rinaldi Barolo B+
    Wine #3 - a bit volatile, cherries and tar, hint of prunes, not as long as others. Good but to me a tad tired. Think I was in minority as others likedmore. 1964 F. Rinaldi Barolo B-

    Red Flight #3 - I got Rhone, but it took awhile for someone to get vintage,then Andy (he was hot this night) nailed both wines.
    Wine #1 spicy, a bit of obvious wood remaining, medium bodied, good. 1980 Guigal “La Landonne “ Cote-Rotie
    Wine #2 - fuller, spice and black olives over pretty fruit, long, floral. 1980 Guigal “La Mouline “ Cote-Rotie. A-

    Red Flight #4 someone else got to Cal Cab (I thought Bdx at first), after afew guesses I got producer (by elimination)

    Wine #1 - midbodied, elegant, cassis with a cigarbox edge. Lots of life left. 1997 Corison “Kronos” Cabernet Sauvignon B+

    Wine #2 - well balanced, a bit more red fruit in profile, tobacco, mineral.1998 Corison “Kronos” Cabernet Sauvignon B+

    I had to leave and missed the blind dessert, two version of zabaglione, onemade with PX sherry and other with sparkling wine.Great night, with the 71 Gaja on top, but several others that excelled. I think some in group wereespecially happy to discover Corison.

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine,B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN: Franco hosts SOBER, with gorgeous Gaja and other fine wines

    On Saturday, June 29, 2013 3:49:26 PM UTC-4, DaleW wrote:
    > Took the train in on a hot night and headed down to Chelsea where Franco was hosting SOBER He welcomed us with cheese, caprese, and couple of bubblies (insert obligatory sekts joke here):
    >
    >
    >
    > 1990 Lauer Riesling Sekt Brut Reserve
    >
    > Moderate fizz, crisp acids, full with a cool French toast flavor profile.I quite liked, though reported $60 tag makes it middling value. B+
    >
    >
    >
    > The 1994 Schloss Schonborn Sekt was corked
    >
    >
    >
    > To the table for the blind wines. First up, a white flight
    >
    >
    >
    > #1 Clearly white Burgundy, good acids, nutty with white pit fruits, long,I liked a lot. 1996 Leflaive “Clavoillon” Puligny-Montrachet 1er A-/B+
    >
    >
    >
    > #2 undrinkably oxidized, some much for no PremOx in Leflaive! 1996 Leflaive Folatieres Puligny-Montrachet 1er
    >
    >
    >
    > As we went to reds, Franco put out the Momofuko spread- bo ssam with all the fixings, bok choy, pork buns, etc.
    >
    >
    >
    > Red Flight #1
    >
    > Andy got Barbaresco quickly, took a while to get producer (think Tim got vintage on #2 quickly)
    >
    >
    >
    > Wine #1 - just a hint of VA, seemed old at first but then perked up - some obvious age, but plenty lively with good fruit. Rose petals, a meaty note, 1958 Gaja Barbaresco A-/B+
    >
    >
    >
    > Wine #2 = just drop dead gorgeous from first sniff. Elegant, balanced, long, with fresh acidity, just slightly lifted, long finish. Red fruits, floral, tar, sandalwood. My WOTN (and possibly WOTY!) 1971 Gaja Barbaresco A
    >
    >
    >
    > Red Flight #2
    >
    > I believe it was Andy again getting all Barolo, and Tim getting producer.
    >
    > Wine #1 -big, full, sturdy, with smoky aromas. 1968 F. Rinaldi Barolo B+/B
    >
    > Wine #2 - firm, meaty, good fruit, my favorite of the flight. 1967 F. Rinaldi Barolo B+
    >
    > Wine #3 - a bit volatile, cherries and tar, hint of prunes, not as long as others. Good but to me a tad tired. Think I was in minority as others liked more. 1964 F. Rinaldi Barolo B-
    >
    >
    >
    > Red Flight #3 - I got Rhone, but it took awhile for someone to get vintage, then Andy (he was hot this night) nailed both wines.
    >
    > Wine #1 spicy, a bit of obvious wood remaining, medium bodied, good. 1980Guigal “La Landonne “ Cote-Rotie
    >
    > Wine #2 - fuller, spice and black olives over pretty fruit, long, floral.1980 Guigal “La Mouline “ Cote-Rotie. A-
    >
    >
    >
    > Red Flight #4 someone else got to Cal Cab (I thought Bdx at first), aftera few guesses I got producer (by elimination)
    >
    >
    >
    > Wine #1 - midbodied, elegant, cassis with a cigarbox edge. Lots of life left. 1997 Corison “Kronos” Cabernet Sauvignon B+
    >
    >
    >
    > Wine #2 - well balanced, a bit more red fruit in profile, tobacco, mineral. 1998 Corison “Kronos” Cabernet Sauvignon B+
    >
    >
    >
    > I had to leave and missed the blind dessert, two version of zabaglione, one made with PX sherry and other with sparkling wine.Great night, with the71 Gaja on top, but several others that excelled. I think some in group were especially happy to discover Corison.
    >
    >
    >
    > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.


    When Gaja is right....it can be thrilling.

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