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A pre-Birthday Friday night dinner for six at home.

Humus and shrimps soup
1995 Riesling 'Clos Windsbuhl', Zind-Humbrecht
Filo pastry filled with Jamon and cheese, topped with roasted peppers
1994 Rioja 'Reserva Special', Campillo
Roast of Prime Rib with dauphinee potatoes and artichoke
1990 Mazis Chambertin
Grilled strawberries in Cointreau and whipped-cream

Riesling 'Clos Windsbuhl' 1995 Zind-Humbrecht

2/2001. Acquired from New-York June-99 for $51.
The rich flamboyant style of Zind-Humbrecht makes every bottle of their single-vineyard wines a celebration (though hardly typical Alsatian) experience.
COLOR: Full golden yellow. Looks rich and inviting.
NOSE: Extremely rich and round nose. Fruity, minerally and mellow. A touch of honey with incredible depth of fat buttery aromas.
TASTE: Fills the mouth with concentrated nectar. Opulent rich and deep without being sweet. Full blown and forward. Very tasty and impressive.
LENGTH: Long aftertaste that leaves the palate with a taste for more.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-full body. Rich fat and multi-layered. Not bone-dry but neither sweet or cloying. Superbly balanced.
OVERALL: Superb! Another example of a prime Zind-Humbrecht example. Simply great right now, but many years of gaining complexity lie ahead.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

Rioja 'Reserva Special' 1994 Campillo

2/2001. Acquired from Spain Jan-00 for $23.
Some six months ago I tasted the 'Reserva' version of the 1994 Campillo and a fine wine it was. Let's see if the 'Reserva Special' is really better.
COLOR: Pretty dark purple. Thin clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Deep profound Rioja nose. Lush complex fruit that has that typical Tempranillo smell [but without any 'dusty' notes]. Bitter-sweet tones with good oak background.
TASTE: Wonderfully multi-flavored on the palate. Ripe black fruit, plenty of winyness, excellent concentration and focus. Good acidity and very soft tannins. Full of character and extremely tasty.
LENGTH: Very long lingering finish.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-bodied velvety-textured wine of elegant proportions. Mature fruit, fine backbone and excellent balance. At or around its peak now.
OVERALL: Superb! A full notch better than the 'simple' Reserva.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

Mazis Chambertin 1990 J. Faiveley

2/2001. Bought at auction May-96 for $75.
I consider Faiveley's Mazis Chambertin to be the best of their long line of wines. IMHO it is usually better than their Clos de Beze.
COLOR: Medium-light ruby, noticeable clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Well developed fully forward rich nose. Ripe red fruit, with beautiful clean 'Bourgogne Nose' around it. Damp earth, mushrooms, leather - all combine to bring out that wonderful high-class (B) nose that is ever so enticing.
TASTE: Seductive, voluptuous and by now completely open. Sweetish cherries and raspberries, plenty of winyness, nicely [though not overly] concentrated. Good grip with excellent acidity and receding tannins. Every sip is a pure pleasure.
LENGTH: Long persisting aftertaste that carries the fruit to the finish.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-full body, fine complexity and concentration, very good fruit - all in beautiful harmony. Sensuous and perfectly balanced.
OVERALL: Very Fine. A real Grand Cru that will bring joy to any (B) lover. At its peak now but will hold.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

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