Three Reserve Room Wines Ready to Drink Now!
Ridge Vineyards “Geyserville”, Alexander Valley, CA, 1993
At 60% Zinfandel, 22% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, 4% Alicante, and 2% Mataro, this wine was rife with luscious ripe fruits when young. At a ripe old age of almost 24, the fruit will be much diminished with notes of nuts, chocolate, and dried fruits coming through to replace them. 1993 saw a late spring and cool nights, preserving the acidity (and ageability) of this wine, while a warm ending to the season in late September ripened the grapes to give the tannin and fruit so typical to Ridge’s Geyserville Blends. This wine is approaching it’s full maturity, so buy and drink now!
Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 1985
From one of the oldest houses in Pomerol comes this exquisite Merlot based blend. Merlot and Cabernet Franc come together to make one of the greatest wines in Bordeaux. Black and red fruits, figs, and earthy round tannins characterize these wines in youth. In age, look for floral notes paired with dried cherries, dates, tobacco, and truffles. 1985 remains as one of the greatest vintages for La Conseillante, resulting in a wine which, though sublimely drinkable now, will still age for decades to come.
Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider has this to say about the 1985 Vintage Chateau La Conseillante:
This bottle was the finest example of this vintage I’ve ever tasted. The nose was compelling with its floral and chocolate scents. The pllush, velvety mouth feel was to die for. This was better than both previous bottles of 89 Conseillante tasted during the same week.
95 points – Tasted Feb 5, 2006
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon, Anjou, 1949.
From one of the most infamous houses in the Loire Valley comes the sweet Chenin Blanc based white wines of Moulin Touchais. Chenin Blanc, with it’s racing acidity lends itself particularly well to long aging. Even if sweet wines are not to your usual tastes, these bottles are worth the experience. Honey, spices, orange rind, toffee, butterscotch, and almonds burst from this golden wine. Only reaching a good enough quality to release after 10 years, these wines won’t even start to reach their stride until 20 or more years in the bottle. Unique in the world, Moulin Touchais actually gives a century long guarantee on the longevity of their wines. In fact, though the 1949, 1959, and 1969 are considered to be three of the greatest vintages for this house in the past century, the 1959 and 1969 in our reserve room still might need some more time to age. So sit down to dinner, desert, or a good book with a wine that is almost 70 years old, and enjoy the ride!