The Famous Dr. Miller Wine Tasting Group
Wed. eve. 31 May 2000

Pinot Noir and Copper River Salmon at Jimmy's

The Wines 


95 Rochioli Russian River

97 Byron Santa Maria

97 Lane Tanner Bien Nacido
98 Mueller Russian River Emily's Cuvee

98 Rochioli Russian River


By vote for top three:

98 Mueller (by unanimous 1st place vote!)

98 Rochioli

95 Rochioli


Honorable Mention:  97 Byron

Roll Call:  Eric, Steve, Ruthie, A. David


My Tasting Rating (0-10):  7
A singularly fine dinner!  All wines very good and Pinot Noir just seems to go with salmon, Copper River or otherwise.



General comment:  All the wines were very good although one could tell the youngsters needed some age.  The Byron was a very good pinot, but it was in the company of giants.  SAD NEWS:  Maggie's last day will be next Wed. eve. (7 June).  She is going to Spaghettini on Fri. and Sat. eve.

The Mueller was clearly a favorite, especially in combination with the Copper River salmon.  Even though it was very young, it had a big fruity nose and fill-your-mouth acids and tannins.  Lots of oak, but in balance with the abundant fruit.  Drinkable now, but should be good for up to 10 yrs.

The 98 Rochioli had a beautiful nose, but was very young on the palate.  Angular and un-integrated flavors that clearly will come together in about 5 to 10 yrs.

OTOH, the 95 Rochioli had a very closed nose but covered the palate beautifully.  The bouquet was red roses in a bucket of dried manure.  Most  burgundy-ish.

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