Tasted Tuesday, December 4, 2007 by Dave Dalluge with 492 views
The Kitchen Tasting Group decided to get together to sample 10 vintages of Lynch Bages at JP American Bistro. Due to the weather and other commitments we were unable to assemble the whole group. Fortunately Steve Orloff and Brad Weiss were able to join the group. It was a snowy day in Minneapolis, and travel was treacherous. Fortunately, most of us were close to the restaurant. Most of us actually arrived early -- shortly after 6:00. By the time we finished dinner -- well after 10:00 -- the streets were cleared and travel home was pretty safe.
We had planned the white as the starter. However, a couple of attendees were late due to the weather so we sipped the 1982 LP to pass the time until all attendees had arrived.
We decided to pour youngest to oldest tonight. On a couple of occassions Rico has been adament that this was the proper way to pour a vertical and I thought we should put this advice to a test. It proved to be excellent. It was easier to appreciate the young wines at the start of the night, but it did nothing to detract from the older wines served later.
The 1996 showed better than the 1995, but both were very enjoyable. It will be interesting to track this pair to see of the 1995 ever loosens up and surpasses the 1996.
What a great pair of wines. They were distinctly different but both tasted awesome. I waffled back and forth as to my favorite during the night and ulitmately decided to calll this a draw.
The 1970 showed beautifully, but not quite as well as the bottle shared by Brad in Colorado a few months back. The 86 and 88 are both quality wines, but nowhere near the quality of the 89 and 90.
We finished with all the remaining wines that were brought. I thought the Lafite showed amazingly well -- at least relative to expectations set by published reviews.
The members of the KTG, the weather, the festive atmosphere, the empty restaurant and the great food prepared by JP Samuelson conspired to make this a truly enjoyable evening. Since there were only eight of us, we ended up sharing a lot of wine with the staff. Since the restaurant was empty (due to the weather) they semed to really enjoy joining in on the party with us.
I couldn't decided between the 1989 and the 1990 as WOTN. Both were special wines.