Wednesday, January 2, 2008

What a wonderful New Year, some other wine tasted

I just wanted to share with everyone what a wonderful New Years Eve we had! While no Nebbiolo was offered, we did drink lots of big bountiful Zinfandel's, Cab's, and Syrah's. Our host, as all hosts should be was generous with his many wines from Paso Robles, Napa, and the Central Coast.

My two favorites:

Jessup 2002 Zinfandel Napa - Rich and creamy, the most butter I have had in a Zinfandel in a long time. The nose was a vibrant explosion of blackberry and pepper that made it hard to pull your nose from the glass. The complexity of the aromas as the wine slid across your tongue was near erotic. Simple sneaks of licorice and oak jumped past and the strong berries and left a long pleasant finish. A GREAT ZINFANDEL THAT I RECOMMEND!

Tobin James 2004 James Gang Reserve Syrah– While it was a nice long lasting chewy wine that help up nicely in the glass, it left a little too much fruit lingering for me to call is spectacular. Rich pepper and raspberry with a bit of chocolate. It was pleasant in the glass and honestly was the second best wine of the night. It just did not have the complexity that the Jessup had.

We had an amazing meal of Prime Rib and sides. The host owns a meat distributor so he had one of his customers stuff the rib line with fresh bacon then pepper the entire rib. It helped to have such bountiful wines as the combinations sung on your tongue.

Anyways, thank you to all of my linked in buddies who have been giving me places to hunt down some Neb’s. We look forward to tasting and sharing again real soon.

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