1986 Chateau Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estephe: Maybe this needs more time?
jan. 23, 2011: after we finished the joseph phelps, my dad served us this saint-estephe frenchman. he said he's tried one of these bottles every couple of years, but so far -- despite the reviews from others he's found on google -- he's not been very impressed. greg didn't like this as much as the joseph phelps, but i thought the flavors were hard to distinguish. my dad had brined duck breast for dinner, so i think my taste buds were overwhelmed by those flavors. 12.5 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.