CT Offline WI Take 2: Judgement of Madison(Paris) Tasting & BYOB Dinner

Madison, WI
Tasted Saturday, October 6, 2012 by IWineAlot with 563 views

Introduction

Eight people gathered at petitblanc's house for a single blind tasting Saturday afternoon. Big thanks to petitblanc and his wife for hosting this get together at their home. This was absolutely fantastic tasting.

Images from the Judgement Tasting

The White Wines
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The Red Wines
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Flight 1 - Judgement Tasting—Whites (8 Notes)

Flight 2 - Judgement Tasting—Reds (10 Notes)

Flight 3 - BYOB Dinner wines (16 Notes)

We all gather after the afternoon judgement of Paris tasting for dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for even more wine in The Coach's Room.

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  • NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale Flawed

    France, Champagne

    This had a nice nose. But unfortunately this bottle was corked. :(

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  • 2005 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite 91 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    Lemon curd, petrol/plastic note along with apple core on the nose.
    On the palate I got a spritz of lemon juice with other similar notes as on the nose.
    Nice balance and mouthfeel with a medium plus finish.

    SS 91+pts.

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  • 2009 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge 89 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Very tight nose on this, I noted some butter coming through with a little apple scent.
    Hazelnut, lemon are apparent in the mouth. Clean on the palate, with decent acidity.
    Just didn't have the depth or complexity I was looking for.

    SS 89pts.

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  • 1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru

    Disclaimer here: bottle had 8cm of ullage. Cork was quite moldy and broke on extraction.
    No signs of past seepage. Decanted for sediment and returned to bottle for dinner.

    Very dirty on the nose, heavy barnyard, caramel.
    Nice velvety texture with detectable grip still on the palate.
    Spice and faint red fruit which came out with longer air exposure.
    A treat to try even though it may not have been in the best possible condition.

    SS 88pts.

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  • 1979 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir 92 Points

    USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone

    Absolutely Gorgeous dark red color on this wine.

    Very sweet smelling wine, I picked up red berries along with a really nice floral note.
    Palate echoed the nose along with an intriguing medicinal note. Smooth as silk on the palate
    Absolutely delicious.

    SS 92pts.

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  • 1965 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 89 Points

    USA, California

    Very youthful in color with a dark ruby core.

    Great mature nose on this wine. Meaty, barnyard funk with hints of smoke and red berries.
    Smoked brisket, berries and caramel on the palate. Shortish finish. Overall a nice wine.

    SS 89pts.

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  • 1989 Château Cheval Blanc 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Ruby in color.

    More mature on the nose than the '98. Notes of vegetables, mushrooms, damp forest floor.
    Peppers, dill pickle, mushrooms and underbrush on the palate. Nice velvety texture. Medium plus finish.

    SS 91pts.

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  • 1998 Château Cheval Blanc 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nice dark color.

    Herbal nose with salty plum and forest floor.
    Silky texture on the palate with great potential.
    Not everything is in place yet for this wine, may get better with a little more age.

    SS 92+pts.

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  • 2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Very dark purple in color.

    Huge jammy nose with baking spice, vanilla extract covered berries.
    Palate echoes the nose. Big burly tannins. Some detectable heat on the backend.

    SS 92pts.

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  • 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia 90 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Dark purple in color.

    Big nose of baking spice (similar to the '01) plums, forest floor and a vegetal component.
    Big fruit attack. Slightly hot finish.
    I don't see this wine getting better or working out it's balance issue with age.

    SS 90pts.

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  • 1992 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series 87 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley

    Very vegetal/earthy nose.
    Just not doing it for me on the palate. Nothing of real interest going on here.
    Mushrooms and some fruit on the palate. But overall a clumsy wine.

    SS 87pts.

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  • 1999 Penfolds Grange 91 Points

    Australia, South Australia

    Big nose of vanilla, cedar, spice and plums.
    Bold fruit, smooth but big tannins. Nice lenght. Still has many years of life ahead.

    SS 91+pts.

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  • 2005 Château Pavie 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Decanted for six hours prior to drinking at dinner.

    The wine is dark as night.

    Day one

    This wine is on lock down. Huge drying tannins, so overwhelming that it was hard to get at the underlying fruit. It's like being punched in the face repeatedly by two heavyweight boxers.

    Day two

    Wine has vastly improved from last nights showing.

    This has a massive nose of chocolate, sweet dark fruits like plums and a lovely cedar spice component. On the palate this wine has gobs of sweet dark fruit, bitter chocolate and some nice spice. Still has noticeable drying tannins, but starting to round out. This wine is delicious now but will only get better and better with more air time. This is a wine that I could see going 50+ years easily.

    Day three

    Finally the tannins have completely smoothed out. Still has great fruit and structure. Gorgeous bottle of wine.

    SS 96+pts.

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  • 2005 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Decanted for six hours prior to drinking at dinner.

    Day one

    Not as dark as the '05 Pavie & '05 Clos Fourtet. Lovely nose of flowers, spice and plums. Palates similar to the nose with the addition of cedar and berries. Great velvety texture on the palate.

    Day two

    The nose has opened up even more than last night. Baking spice jumps out of the glass along with dark berries, hints of cedar and tobacco. Big cola component on the palate along with dark berries, tobacco, cedar and coffee note. Silky smooth, great mid-palate. Long finish. Excellent wine.

    Day three

    Hasn't lost its great nose. But the fruit and structure has faded a bit on the palate.

    SS 95pts.

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  • 2005 Clos Fourtet 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Decanted for six hours prior to drinking at dinner.

    Day one

    This wine is on lock down. Just like the '05 Pavie this had big drying tannins, so overwhelming that it was hard to get at the underlying fruit.

    Day two

    Like the Pavie this wine has improved a lot with more air time.
    This wine is almost black in color with a purple rim. Jammy dark fruit galore on the nose, along with spice and a black cherry cola thing going on. This is a sexy lush wine which echoes the nose in flavor profile. Still has drying tannins, but starting to smooth out. Great purity of fruit and texture on the mid-palate. Long finish. A wine that could in my opinion go 40 to 50+ years.

    Day three

    Very fragrant on the nose, almost vintage port like. Just like the Pavie, the tannins are totally resolved. Smooth round velvety palate. Great length and purity of fruit still. A wow wine for sure.

    SS 95+pts.

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  • 1945 Dow Porto Vintage 89 Points

    Portugal, Douro, Porto

    Very alcoholic right off the bat on the nose. I got some caramel, and cherries on the nose.
    I got this great cherry cough syrup component on the palate. The heat really ramps up on the finish.
    Overall a nice.

    SS 89pts.

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