Friday night for ckinv368's Birthday

Farnatchi, Dallas, Texas
Tasted Friday, November 2, 2012 by wineismylife with 300 views

Introduction

Six of us gathered on a beautiful Friday evening to celebrate ckinv368's birthday. Our venue for the evening was Farnatchi and our mission was a to enjoy each others company over a casual 5 hour dinner. The food was good (especially the four cheese pizza!), the wines all performed surprisingly wine sans one corked bottle and the company as always was stellar. Here are the results of the wines:

Flight 1 (1 Note)

Flight 2 (1 Note)

  • 2010 Secret de Grand Bateau Blanc 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux

    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ash, grapefruit and light notes of lime. Flavors of peach, grapefruit and lime. Bright acidity, light body. Drink over the short term.

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Flight 3 (2 Notes)

  • 1964 Pio Cesare Barbaresco 92 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and allowed to slow-O for about 7-8 hours.

    Light garnet color in the glass, little dusty looking. Nose of leather, spice, camphor and a bit of pepper. Flavors of tart berries, raspberries, cherries and a bit of spice. Tart acidity, resolved tannins, medium to full body. Drink now.

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  • 1967 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barbaresco Riserva 94 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and allowed to slow-O for about 7-8 hours before serving.

    Garnet color in the glass with a little brownish twinge here and there, fairly clear looking. Nose of saddle leather, truffle, spice and dried herbs. Flavors of berries, raspberries, cherries and a bit of mushroom. Medium to tangy acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold.

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Flight 4 (9 Notes)

  • 1955 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened allow to slow-O a while before serving.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose started with a little smoke, a little dried herbs, then onto attractive aromas of roses with a hint of tobacco. Flavors or berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium to tangy acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.

    Based on the color, clarity and nose of this wine I immediately cried "Real?" I couldn't believe this wine was so youthful in the glass. Everything from foil to cork to label to palate seem legit but I'm really still amazed.

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  • 1955 Château Brane-Cantenac 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and allowed to slow-O a bit before serving.

    Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of saddle soap, leather, anise, pepper and wet stones. Solid flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold.

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  • 1964 Château Léoville Las Cases

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and allowed to slow-O for a bit before serving.

    Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Tight nose of spices, wet stones, white pepper and camphor. Flavors of berries, cherries and minerals. Medium acidity, medium to drying tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold? Not sure.

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  • 1973 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, laquer, white pepper, rose petals and a bit of berries. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. I'd likely drink. Seems in a good place.

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  • 1982 Château Prieuré-Lichine 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    WIML90

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose was a "grapey" berry aroma with black cherries and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. This bottle showed better than the last bottle I had.

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  • 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of graphite, white pepper, plums and currants. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium to tangy acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold.

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  • 1990 Château Gruaud Larose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of rose petals, spice, plums and soapstone. Flavors of cherries, berries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink with some air time or continue to hold.

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  • 2002 Château Gruaud Larose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Decanted 12 hours before serving.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, white pepper, sandlewood and plum. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Bright acidity, firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with plenty of air or continue to hold.

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  • 1997 Château Cos d'Estournel Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Unfortunately the party stops here. Corked, obviously so. Shame.

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Flight 5 (1 Note)

  • 1980 Gould Campbell Porto Vintage 92 Points

    Portugal, Douro, Porto

    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. "Boozy" nose of Kirsch, currants, nuts and melted black licorice. Flavors of currants, berries and candied plums. Medium acidity, full bodied alrightly. Drink now with plenty of air time or continue to hold.

    The cork was compromised but the contents didn't suffer in the least.

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Closing

Many thanks to all for bringing and sharing such great wines, especially to the birthday boy ckinv368. Happy Birthday Cameron.

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