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Pascal Doquet - Grans Cru Le Mesnil sur Oger
Balanced and relatively full-bodied for a BdB. Yeast and apple aromas and flavors dominate this very enjoyable bubbly.
Opened and double-decanted 2 hours prior to dinner. Aromas of currants and sweet oak; still quite primary fruit aromas after 13 years. Well-balanced, medium-bodied flavors; pleasantly surprised to the upside given the so-so vintage. Don't believe this wine gets any better than now.
Felsina - Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva (Berardenga)
Popped and poured. Dark red/black color. Aromas of black fruits and some smoke. Big, juicy flavors with nice acidity and softening tannins. Many years ahead for this wine, but in a really good place right now!
Louis Jadot (Domaine des Heritiers) - Beaune-Boucherottes 1er Cru
Popped and poured. Drank over a few hours. Consistent notes with same wine tried in 2014. Medium plus bright ruby color. Nose of dark red fruits and earth. A fairly big wine owing to the vintage. Rich mouth-feel with good balance of fruit, acid and tannins. Lots of life ahead! Great value!
Rhys - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard (San Mateo County)
Popped and poured. Drank over two days. Ruby color. Aromas of cherry, spice, and a bit of strawberry. Sour cherry on the palate with a silky texture and very soft tannins. Fairly high acid wine with a bit of sweetness. Very enjoyable medium-bodied wine, though was hoping for more structure and mineral tones more akin to a mountain wine or a Burgundy. Very little experience with Rhys wines, so hard to say if this wine improves much over the next 3+ years. Because the tannins already are lying down, I don't expect dramatic improvements from this wine; try again in 1-2 years.