for a Wedding Celebration - Birthyear and Big Bottle
Extravaganza Continues with Quivira Cabernet Cuvee' Imperial, Pahlmayer
and Pieper Heidseick Magnums - and Top Rated Birthyear Vintage Wines
The family gathered in Conneticut for son Alec and Vivianna's gala wedding weekend; we started off the festivities with a dinner with the wedding party, generously hosted by the B's, our new in-laws.
The Big Green Truck with its on-board Pizza oven was on-site and prepared a broad selection of custom hand-made pizzas made with the finest ingredients and toppings.
It was a perfect food-wine pairing with the California Cabernet Cuvee' Bordeaux Blend from Alec’s birthyear vintage, served from a 6 liter large format Imperial bottle I brought from our cellar collection for the occasion, as well as several other wines served.
As I presented the big bottle, I discussed the irony of it being one of our 'V' wines, this one also featuring a boat on the gold painted bottle, in light of the fact that I acquired this bottle decades ago in anticipation of this event.
Frank B, father of the bride is an avid boater
and the wedding party men spent the afternoon on his boat cruising the
Westport and Southport Conneticut coast of Long Island Sound (below).
Quivira Dry Creek Cabernet Cuvee' 1990
Thus was dark inky purple garnet colored, medium-full bodied with vibrant black berry fruits accented by notes of mushroom, smoke, oak and hints of black tea and cassis with a nice smooth integrated tannin laced finish.
RM 89 points.
Son/brother Ryan gifted six bottles of recent releases of this label to Alec, and I swapped them with a vertical tasting flight from our cellar from the ‘99, ‘01, ‘03, ‘05, ‘07 and 2009 vintages. These were served alongside the current 2017 release.
Following the wedding weekend, the bride and groom headed off to Napa to pay homage to the vines and visit several family favorite producers including Lewis, Del Dotto and several others, firestorm permitting. Alec and Vivianna have a planned visit to the Lewis Cellars Winery in Napa on their re-planned Honeymoon to Napa Valley.
|Three #1 Wine Spectator Top |
100 Wines from 1990 vintage
I blogged about these wines and big bottles in a preview to this weekend's gala festivities.Chateau Grand Vin Latour Pauillac Bordeaux 1990
This 1990 vintage release was the Wine Spectator Top 100 #1 Wine of the Year for 1993 and was awarded a perfect 100 points. We also served this wine from a six liter Imperial from daughter Erin's 1981 birthyear vintage, at her and son-in-law Johnny's wedding celebration.
|Erin, Johnny and Fort family |
at Sean & Michelle's wedding
Penfold’s Grange (Hermitage) McLaren Vale Shiraz 1990
Caymus Special Select Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 and 1991
|Author, Rick & Linda, |
Lastly and notably, this follows by just three weeks the wedding celebration and serving of other large format and birthyear wines at son Sean's and daughter-in-law Michelle's wedding earlier this month.
|Michelle and Sean, newlyweds of |
three weeks at A-V's wedding