There are wines that are stashed away for special occasions. The hope is these are well hidden enough in the cellar to escape notice until that auspicious moment when they are called to action.
Dinner at Copine over the weekend was one of those times. The 2004 Kistler ‘Cuvée Elizabeth’ Pinot Noir was the wine. It was a cool customer when first opened. Considering the wine’s age the fine dry tannins were a bit of a surprise. After a brief debate it was decided it should be decanted. This made all the difference.
The wine opened up to show off a silky smooth, rich palate with flavors of sage, cherries, plum, and chalk. Bright acidity keeps things fresh. It paired best with the night’s main course- pithivier de canard. A rich combination of puff paster, succulent duck confit, cherries, and pistachio.
At 13 years young the Cuvée Elizabeth could have laid down for another few years. It has that rare combination of balanced tannic structure, high acidity, and rich fruit presence to carry it forward and reward the patiently curious.