Celebrating my 80th birthday on March 30, I had the task of choosing three of my favorite wines to bring from the cellar to the table. It was a tough choice--I have many favorites--but, after hours of deliberation, my selections were a Barolo, a Chateauneuf du Pape and a Crozes-Hermitage that I consider at least the equal of most wines from the more prestigious Hermitage appellation in the Northern Rhone. More specifically, the wines were the:
*1970 Pio Cesare Barolo
*1988 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape and
*1990 Paul Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Thalabert.
All were excellent, meeting all my expectations--mature but still going strong. In notes to follow, I will report on each wine in detail.