By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2015 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I had this last night with an excellent New York Steak from Five Mary’s Farm. As most readers of these pages know, Cinnamon and I celebrate every Friday with steak & claret night, and this was a special one. Cinnamon prepared russet potato squares and the New York in the cast iron pan, and steamed some excellent French green beans. We decanted the wine a little over an hour ahead. I was over the moon for the 1999, and I might have enjoyed a little more than my half of the bottle, but at 12.5% the wine was as mild as mother’s milk. I found the wine lively and full of verve at 16 years old and yet silky and integrated. In 1999 they made 300,000 bottles of the first wine, declassifying the other third of the production. The composition is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Cinnamon and I both found the wine plummy from the high percentage of Merlot and I loved the minty focus on the back end. This is long finishing stuff, and the good acid on the back cut the richness of the meat, while the expressive fruit played excellent counterpoint to it. What a treat!
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