Saturday, May 5, 2012

Graduation celebration wine tasting flight

Graduation Celebration Wine Tasting Flight  - featuring 1990 vintage birthyear wines

Gala celebration of son Alec and his roommates' graduation from Indiana U, Kelly School of Business, featuring specially selected wine flight of namesake or other memorable wines saved for the occasion. Tasted with son Alec, siblings Sean with Megan, Erin and Alec's room-mates Matt and Nate, and all the parents, L & I, Lisa & Kipp and Jill & Jerry, other grads and assorted friends. .

Matt, Nate, Alec
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The wine accompanied a potluck dinner featuring pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, twice baked potatoes, salads, fruit and cake. From one of our favorite producers, Randy Lewis who also happens be be a former Indy 500 race car driver, Alec's Blend, Napa Valley Red Wine 2003, named for his Randy's first grandson. Another of our favorite wines from a favored producer, Mollydooker, Blue Eye'd Boy Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2006.

The wines
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Three special wines to celebrate our son Alec; the first, Michel Loriat Blanc de Noir Reserve Brut Champagne as a remembrance of our Champagne Wine Experience 2006 trip with Alec to Champagne France celebrating his High School graduation, taking advantage of his studies and fluency in French; also tasted were two birthyear vintage selections, from Napa and France: Domaine Boisrenaud Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1990, and Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine 1990.

Our collection of birthyear wines for each of our kids' birthyears were the subject of our feature in the Collecting section of Wine Spectator, June 2001 issue. See it recreated on our WineSite at

More to follow...The wines ....

Michel Loriot Blanc de Noirs Reserve Brut Champagne NV -

RM 89 points. 


Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Napa Valley Red Wine 2003 

Dark inky color, full bodied, complex nicely integrated and polished layers of black berry, hints of black cherry and blueberry, mocha and spice with layer of soft lingering tannins.

RM 92 points.
Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006

Big brooding full bodied, dark inky purple color, aromas of earth and raisin, forward layers of tongue coating ripe black and blue berry fruits, glycerin, hints of clove and cinnamon spices on a lingering soft tannin finish.

RM 92 points.

Domaine de Beaurenard, Paul Coulon et Fils, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 1990

Medium to full bodied, slight earthiness and leather accompany layers of black and green pepper that accompany the slightly subdued black cherry and black berry fruits with a hint of spice, moderate lingering tannins.

RM 89 points.

Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine 1990-
Very Bordeaux like - medium to full bodied, slight rust hue setting in, slight earthiness and leather accompanies the black berry and black cherry fruits, floral, hint of tobacco and black olive on a moderate tannin finish. 

RM 89 points.

The spectacular Viader Howell Mountain Estate was featured during our Viader Napa Valley Wine Experience 2008.

We tasted this wine with proprietor and winemaker Delia Viader who was featured at a Binny's an evening with Delia Viader vertical wine tasting in Lakeview, Chicago.
Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Perennial favorite high QPR (quality to price ratio) wine - we own this label going back to the inaugural vintage in 1993. We've featured Robert Craig at numerous tasting events and visited the Napa town tasting room and the winery atop Howell Mountain for harvest parties and special tastings. See our winery visits at Robert Craig Napa Howell Mountain Wine Experience 2008, and Robert Craig Howell Mountain Harvest Party '09, See our Robert Craig featured wine producer dinners during our Napa Wine Experience 1998 and Napa Wine Experience 1999.