Two lovely wines last night at the brilliant The 10 Cases. The first was a BYO that Gareth Birchley brought along (from Hedonism), and the second was off the list. The list at The 10 Cases is amazing.
Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Napa Valley, California
This is an incredible wine from a slightly different era in Napa, before things got a bit too ripe. Lovely supple blackcurrant fruit with some plummy depth. There’s some savoury, gravelly grip here. Nice texture and lovely fruit intensity. Showing a bit of development and some minty hints. This is beautiful. Some lovely cedar, blackcurrant and mint. This wine is amazing now and has some distance to go. 95/100
Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph 2016 Northern Rhône, France
This is a thrilling expression of Northern Rhône Syrah. I know Gonon is super-trendy now, but it deserves to be, and at £69 on the list this isn’t crazy expensive. Fresh and detailed with black cherries, plums, olives and meat. So floral and precise but also with nice grip and structure. Notes of blood and iron with nice precision. Essence of northern Rhône. 95/100
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