Many thanks to the Cosimo crew for providing "Wine Madness" this weekend. We tasted several excellent wines, a few standouts are worth mentioning in more detail:
Linne Calodo Rising Tides 2004 - A massive wine, nearly 16% alcohol... which normally would've made me steer way clear of this bottle, but it had tannin structure and fruit to match and was really well-balanced.
Trimbach Reserve Personnelle Pinot Gris 1999 Alsace - Usually an inexpensive producer, you cannot go wrong with these guys (especially if you like wine that tastes like it was filtered over purified gravel).
Stags Leap Wine Cellars Fay 1998 - The upstart CA boys that beat the French and out CA cab. on the map. Lots of secondary aromas going on with this one now, a stark contrast to the...
Opus One 1998 - which was full of fruit and smooth as silk... and they said `98 was a bad year...
Lynch Bages 1988 - One of the smokiest (and enjoyable) wines I've ever tasted... somehow, it got even smokier in the glass over the span of 2 hours... not sure how that happened (maybe I should have paid more attention in Chemistry class).