2013 New Year's Day Tasting

Marietta, GA
Tasted Tuesday, January 1, 2013 by Rezy13 with 202 views

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Flight 2 (14 Notes)

  • 1989 Château Canon 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    In a really good drinking window right now. Seamless texture of red fruit. Reminded everyone of Left Bank due to the complexity and funk on the nose with little to no green notes.

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  • 2000 Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    A very taut, brooding style seems consistent with Faiveley. All red fruit that was reminiscent of areas further south in the Cote d'Or. Pleasing acidity amongst a lineup of heavy Bordeaux. Needed some more time in the glass to really reveal itself and put on some weight. It felt a tad hollow at the time we drank it.

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  • 1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve 92 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Very obvious aged, grenache dominant CdP. Pomegranate, black tea, sweet yet herbal at the same time. Very elegant. Rayas like sappy sweetness is almost a little heavy, though. Won the tasting.

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  • 1985 Château Lynch-Bages 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Showed much better than the first time I had. The leanness was still very strong in the lack of fruit and mainly gravel on the nose, but the palate was actually very rich and had plenty of intense fruit.

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  • 2000 Château Léoville Poyferré 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Delicious; ripe red and dark fruits, perfumy violets, sandalwood. Tannins are smooth already. Was considering supertuscan due to the exotic sandalwood. Really tasty and balanced. Could see Cali Cab drinkers liking this, too.

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  • 1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 92 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    Red fruit, grainy tannin, oak?, cranberry, red apple skin, good acid, liqueur, sweet finish. The oak notes made me think this was a different Conterno. No brett either. Needs more time.

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  • 1994 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 95 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

    This showed really well...for a ringer! Was thinking this was Bordeaux (this is not a New World group), but it was probably too giving and open. Dark color, slight vanilla, young, juicy and a sturdy wine with plenty of stuffing to keep this drinking well for many years more. A slight bitter finish kept this very interesting.

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  • 2001 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barolo Vürsù Vigneto Campè 88 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    A very rich wine with lots of soy on the nose. Cannot tell if this bottle was slightly cooked or the style of winemaking has caused premature aging. It is also extremely tannic and will rip your face off.

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  • 2000 Domaine Robert Jayer-Gilles Echezeaux 94 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru

    Really bright red fruit underneath the dense, sweet texture. Sour cherry, sweet spice, musky- not brett, very balanced, with a fresh finish. Half said older grenache and the other half said Burg. Really tasty and should have won the tasting.

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  • 1989 Château Bahans Haut-Brion 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    At least the 3rd bottle I've had. This was probably the leanest fruitwise but it made up for it in Graves character. Leather, mushroom, dirt, cigar, and possibly a hint of brett. Still a satisfying drink.

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  • 2008 Château Lynch-Bages 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Menthol, very dark, brooding, juicy fruit- tangy, good acid, but lots of vanilla. Seemed very modern right now. Would like to revisit in 10 years.

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  • 1989 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    From magnum. The color was dark and texturally tasted much younger than '89. Lacked a little oomph. A good showing for this bottle, but was not blowing me away.

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  • 1998 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 93 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

    Redder fruit profile, cedar, and a fine tannic structure. The phenominal midpalate was reminiscent of a very good Burgundy.

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  • 1970 Château Canon 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Confident that this bottle was past peak. It was not drinking terribly, but the acidity made this wine disjointed. Strong coffee notes on the nose.

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