We took a break from the structured tastings in January.  Instead, we enjoyed four wines from David's cellar, along with an amazing spread of cured meats and fantastic cheeses provided by Ali & Andy.

Notes are presented in the order tasted:

Domaine Carneros Brut 2007 (Carneros).  Very lively and crisp, featuring white flowers, yeast, white grapefruit, and lime notes.  Much less evolved than the last time tasted, with some ginger on the moderately long finish.  About $24.

Bodegas Shaya Shaya 2009 (Rueda).  Made from 100% Verdejo, this offers scents of preserved lemons, minerals, limestone, and honeydew.  Aluminum and citrus flavors (primarily lemon), then earthy spices on the finish, similar to white pepper.  Mouthwatering acidity, with great body.  About $16.

Lucien et André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux 2009.  Heady nose, with aromas of mulberries, dry erase marker, cherry liqueur, leather, blueberry, and cola.  Rich, with serious tannins that are covered by a wealth of fruit (currants/cherry), bitter chocolate, charcoal, and black pepper on the finish.  Plush.  About $50.

Dow Vintage Port 1997.  Coffee, chocolate, tons of blue/black fruit, and tootsie roll notes.  Dense, but not super-sweet, and really well-balanced.  About $75.

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