Last week I shared information on a few wines that I enjoyed at Herb Krumsick’s Annual Real Estate Forecast and Hunt I attended in Fall River, Kansas. This week I want to talk about another group of wines I also enjoyed thanks to good friend Gregg Cook who shared some of his amazing collection at the Hunt.
Some Extra Wines Not on Herb’s List
Several years ago Gregg starting bringing some special bottles of wine from his very extensive French wine cellar to the Hunt to share with a small group of us. I wrote about Gregg in last year’s article on the hunt here. This year was no different. He brought four different wines to share with myself and Kevin Geenty, one of Gregg’s real estate partners. This year we included Flint Oak’s Executive Chef, Phillip Burrus, in our tasting. Here are some notes on the wines:
1977 Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (Portugal)
Over the years, as I try and increase my wine knowledge and educate my palate, one of the wines I have come to enjoy are various Port wines. This port was a deep dark rustic red in color. The wine was a big hearty Port with rich aromas of flowers, milk chocolate and plums. On the palate it was full-bodied with sweetness and lots of red fruit flavors. The finish was long and offered a bit of spice and fruit. The wine is beginning to reach its peak and may not mature much more after the next several years, and it may begin to lose some of its flavor profile. It was a very good Port and enjoyable. Scores on this wine were between 89/100 to 91/100 points.
1966 Lafite – Rothschild (Pauillac, France)
This is one of only a few wines to be considered the first growth, top Bordeaux wines in France. The wine was a wonderful mature Lafite – Rothschild. The wine was sort of a rustic purple in color. It was easy to tell the wine was 54 years old. The wine has most likely hit its peak but will continue on for years tasting just as it does now. The wine offered some floral notes and a lot of earthiness on the nose. In about 20 minutes the wine began to lose its earthiness which turned into hints of fruit. The wine has lost some of its boldness but still offered flavors of fruit and some balanced tannins on the finish. The wine was a pleasure to drink. The average critic score today is 91/100 points. The average price today is $950.00 a bottle. Gregg told me that he paid around $50 per bottle back in the 1970s.
2006 Chambolle – Musigny Les Amoureuses Premier Cru (Burgundy, France)
This was a delicious Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. The color of the wine was a deep light red. On the nose were aromas of fruits and smoke. On the palate the wine was rich and not as fruity as some Burgundy but it had a good drinkable profile with mild fruits, freshness and minerality. The finish was balanced and of a good length. The wine scores in the 93/100 to the 94/100-point range. It is available on the internet for about $260.00 per bottle. It was a pleasure to taste with Chef Phil’s duck slices.
2006 Domaine de la Romanee – Conti La Tache Grand Cru (Burgundy, France)
I have saved the best wine of the tasting until last. This was simply the best Burgundy or Pinot Noir I believe I have ever tasted. My Glenwood Cellars Pinot Noirs are good but I have never been able to produce the finish such as the one this La Tache wine had. I’ll keep trying!
Here are Stephen Tanzer’s tasting notes for this wine from the March/April 2009 issue of International Wine Cellar:
“Deep red. Lovely high-pitched aromas and flavors of raspberry, minerals, flowers and spices; this could go into a time capsule. Then juicy, pure and almost magically light on its feet, with terrific verve and spicy lift. With air, a note of smoky underbrush emerged, but in comparison to this sappy wine the 2005 is distinctly more sauvage (wild.) Finishes with sweet but firm tannins and outstanding purity and persistence.”
This wine has been scored from 96/100 to 97/100 points in the United States and 18/20 to 19.5/20 points in Europe. My notes on the wine were that it was an excellent color with a tight nose that opened in about 10 minutes. The finish began as dry and tight. As the wine opened it produced a perfect balance and a great mouth feel. This wine is quite expensive. Wine-searcher listed the average price of the wine at $4,502 per bottle. Yet on their list of shops that had any of the wine it could be purchased for around $2,333 at one place in the U.S. It then began to increase in shops around the world to near the average price. You can purchase six bottles in the original wooden case for around $25,000.
Thank you Gregg Cook for sharing all of this spectacular wine with us. And thanks again to Herb Krumsick for putting on this wonderful event.
While I know that many of you may never have the opportunity to taste these particular wines, my main point in writing about them is to try to convey that by tasting so many different types of wine you will begin to educate your palate and you will learn more about which wines you prefer and why. So drink up and experience all that wine has to offer!
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