July 27, 2009

3 Wines Last Week-2000 Lanessan, 2005 Pax Syrah Alder Springs, 2005 Frescobaldi Chianti Nipozzano Reserva

Just three wines last week; was a bit under the weather and didn't do too much damage.

2000 Lanessan Haut-Medoc: Nice showing; perhaps my best bottle yet. Pencil lead, tobacco frames tart cherry fruit that turns to bitter chocolate cherry with time. Dry, chewy finish that floats softly on the palate. A pleasure. What a great buy this was at $15-$17. This was a great match with Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Short Ribs
2005 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Reserva: Black cherry and leather on the nose. Palate features sour cherry, licorice and dry chewy tannins. Finishes with a slightly persistent heat and earth notes. Nice match with the spinach and olive pizza. Not overly complex, but a decent value at $17. Maybe some upside.
2005 Pax Syrah Alder Springs

Opaque purple in the glass. Like motor oil. Really closed up tight right now. Even with two hours in the decanter this is not showing much. Violets and candied cherry on the nose. Palate is dominated by dark grape juice notes. Seems rather simple now, perhaps it is due to youth. Some heat on the finish is a bit annoying. Not sure, I keep striking out with Pax lately. Perhaps I'm just drinking them too young??? About $40 from Pax wines.

1 comment:

  1. So the '05 Alder wasn't showing so well eh? Sorry to hear... I love me some Pax!