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Dinner tonight (Oct. 20, 1997) in Ann Arbor with Joel and Sally and their friends John and Jennifer. It was Monday night, a week night, a situation that calls for moderation, but we still managed to pull cork on a few good bottles ...
Domaine Daulny 1996 Sancerre
This delicious wine, hand-imported by Joel, is Kanonkop's special "Auction Reserve" bottling, and probably as good as Pinotage gets. Very dark ruby, with good earthy aromas (only faintly reminiscent of the "paintbox" that's characteristic of Pinotage. A brief sulfury whiff of rubber bands is offputting, but it fades almost immediately to unveil rich layers of red fruit that bring smiles to our faces. Red fruit and snappy acidity on the palate, earthy and ripe. Pinotage at its best. (Prompts a discussion of Pinotage and Zinfandel, each very characteristic of its home country and no other, generally not rising to world-class levels but definitely attention-getting when it does.)
Domaine Bois de Boursan 1989 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
A fabled South African dessert wine of a century and more ago, celebrated by authors as diverse as Dickens and Jane Austen but lost for generations, now reconstructed by the descendant of the original firm. A unique, idiosyncratic and startlingly good dessert wine made from orange (?) Muscat, wearing its nine years very well. Clear copper in color, rather dark if judged by the standard of a Sauternes or Riesling of similar age. Delicious orange-blossom aroma with burnt-sugar and caramel notes and a pleasantly subtle hint of dark chocolate. Flavors follow the nose, adding a floral note reminiscent of something heady and exotic like bougainvillea, seems to fill your head and then the room. Poetic? Maybe, but Constantia somehow inspires that. Lovely wine. Importer - Silenus Wines Inc., Waltham, Mass.
Quinta do Crasto 1994 Vintage Porto
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