Lionel: I know this is damn late but like they say late better than never. For Christmas dinner which was a whole smoked Gammon ham together with a lovely USDA roast beef, we had 2 lovely and powerful wines.
The first one is from an estate name Chateau Montelena, no it's not French in fact it's from Napa Valley, California. This estate produced a Chardonnay which was part of a handful of wines that beat the French wines in the tasting of Paris 1976. we had a 1996 that evening and it showed how well a little age will do for this big, muscular Californian Cabernet. Silky smmoth but with loads of fruit and depth of power and finesse.
This was followed Cortaccio from Villa Cafaggio, this is an estate located in Greve, central to the Chianti Classico region. With recent investments it is now a very modern and forward thinking winery. The Cortaccio is a 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Sangiovesse blend.
A 1999, this is a wine that if tasted blind most would say that it's from the new world. Made with all the modern techniques allowed and from a very nice year. Unctous, juicy and ripe.
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Villa Cafaggio, Cortaccio 1999
These are some of the wines and whiskys served at my place on the 31st December 2008.