96` Henriot Brut in magnum; 74` Ridge Zinfandel; 92` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot Noir

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96` Henriot Brut in magnum; 74` Ridge Zinfandel; 92` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot Noir

Postby Blake Brown » Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:46 pm

We recently entertained Burt Williams and his lovely wife Rebecca for dinner in our home. Starting with appetisers on the rooftop on a magnificent blue bird day, we enjoyed a fine magnum of champagne and then moved downstairs to feast on a creative dinner put together with a South America theme.

I typically supply the bubbly plus a bottle of Burt made Pinot Noir, but in this case, Burt brought the champagne.

1996 HENRIOT BRUT MILLESIME- magnum; a great combination of a stellar vintage from a fine producer in a magnum format makes for a winning combination which this fulfilled; this bottle was at its peak maturity; with a yellow gold colour, it had mature notes of butterscotch, honeysuckle and caramel in the nose; the taste profile had more peach, pear, apricot and lemon with a lightly honeyed undertone; it had a creamy mousse, bright acidity and a crisp, refreshing finish; consumed.

1974 RIDGE LYTTON SPRINGS ZINFANDEL- I had promised Burt that we`d share this bottle which I recently acquired and tonight was the night; the colour was a deep, dark purple with no signs of ageing; it had a good amount of spicy dried blueberry which beautifully dominated the taste profile; additionally, some black cherry, cranberry and plum also came in; Burt mentioned this had some Petit Sirah in it and I then checked the label to discover it was 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petit Sirah with an abv of 13.3%; the quite informative label also stated the vines were 80 years old, 1974 was an excellent harvest, the wine was bottled in November 75`, the tannins were higher than previous years and it needed 5 years to develop; we certainly achieved that last qualification.

1992 WILLIAMS SELYEM ALLEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR- it`s always a treat for me to bring out a wine that Burt made and share it with him; that typically leads to discussion about the vintage, the vineyard, harvest, etc.; Joe Rochioli was the vineyard manager for Allen and Burt praised his knowledge and expertise in viticulture; he gives credit to Joe for this fabulous wine; I`ve only had great bottles of this 92` and this one may have been the best ever; the colour was a milky, velvety red with no signs of ageing; the nose had spice and cinnamon flavoured red raspberry which continued on and was joined by a dollop of strawberry; the texture was silky smooth and the flavours crescendoed into a grand climax; this was in perfect balance and so elegant with grace and charm, a tie with the first 2 wines for WOTN.

Another fabulous evening with friends with food and wine as the intermediary.

Cheers,
Blake

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Last edited by Blake Brown on Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: 96` Henriot Brut in magnum; 74` Ridge Zinfandel; 92` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot Noir

Postby Jeff Leve » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:09 pm

Blake... I have had a few old Zins that aged just great. One from 69 was very good. If your wine was bottled in 1974, I would think it was from the 72 vintage however. What do you think?

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Re: 96` Henriot Brut in magnum; 74` Ridge Zinfandel; 92` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot Noir

Postby Blake Brown » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:52 pm

Jeff Leve wrote:Blake... I have had a few old Zins that aged just great. One from 69 was very good. If your wine was bottled in 1974, I would think it was from the 72 vintage however. What do you think?


My error Jeff, it was bottled in 75` and now edited to reflect that. The back level stated such.


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