Spent the weekend in Washington DC to celebrate the 40th birthday of a friend and fellow wino/glutton. We had dinner Friday night at Bourbon Steak, Saturday night at Cityzen. We had a fairly eclectic selection of wines and I've grouped them into tiers according to how well I thought they showed. I'm not a big tasting note person, but wanted to provide a few impressions. The 90 Latour was, as it has been every time I've had it, a magnificent wine. The Vega Sicilia looked, and was, amazing for a 40 year old wine. It seemed, if you can believe it, hard and closed and I think has a way to go. I'm no expert on super old wines, but I don't know that this wine will ever resolve. I love Ridge Montebello and it is the most common wine in my cellar. The 91 is a stunning example and this was an exceptional bottle. It and the Latour competed for wine of the weekend. The Essensia was one of the best sweet wines I have ever had and I am hopeful to track some down. It was positively unctuous in the mouth without being cloying and just delivered wave after wave of flavor. The Williams Selyem was also surprisingly youthful for a 16 year old CA pinot noir with still lively and sweet fruit and really zippy acidity. I really enjoyed this wine a lot more than I thought I would. I know virtually nothing about Burgundy, but one of the celebrants picked up the Musigny on Winebid bottom feeding recently. The bubblies were both excellent and struck a good balance between brightness and secondary flavors. Both were enjoyed to start each meal.
The other three 70s from Spain were in various stages of fatigue and not showing much. The Martini was shockingly alive and I enjoyed it. Still deep purple, lively acidity and remnants of fruit. The Suiduirat was, well old. Others liked it more than I did, but Sauternes is one of my least favorite dessert wines.
The food at both restaurants was excellent and the group surprisingly preferred Bourbon Steak to Cityzen.
1990 Chateau Latour (CZ)
1970 Vega-Sicilia Unico (CityZen)
1991 Ridge Monte Bello (B)
1993 Pajzos Esszencia (B)
1994 Williams Selyem Allen Pinot (B)
1996 Jacques Prieur Musigny (CZ)
1970 Louis Martini Special Selection Cab (Bourbon)
1970 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Gran Reserva (CZ)
1970 MarquÃ©s de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial (CZ)
1979 Karthauserhof Eitels Auslese (CZ)
1970 Chateau Suduiraut (B)
1970 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva (B)
1995 Henriot Cuvee Enchanteleurs (B)
2002 H. Goutorbe Brut "Special (CZ)