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Red

1978 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
We marched onwards with a Bloody Mary of a wine that had tobasco and Worcestershire aromas. It had that edge of maturity like the 1935 DRC, but it would end up being much younger. While clean and polished, the 1978 Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins didn’t deliver much pizazz. I have never been impressed with this vintage of this wine; I think Henri must have just missed this one, as Bonneau can make superstar wines. But in this superstar vintage, that was not the case (92). 92 points
Red

1943 Château Calon-Ségur

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The reds started with a classy and classic 1943 Calon Segur (91). Aromas and flavors of earth, cedar, tobacco and cassis came together in this smooth, polished and easy wine. Some violets emerged with time (91). 91 points
White

1962 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
There were very few wines on this weekend that I found so bad, they didn’t deserve a number…ie, a score below 80. The 1962 Carbonnieux Blanc was one of them. It was hideously oaky and the palate was awful. Glue, green and apple were about all I could say, but it wasn’t enough in any which way (NR). NR points
White

1998 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The third white quickly recalibrated my wine sense with a zippy, perfect bottle of 1998 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne. Its signature white fruits, minerals and kink were all on fine display in this fresh bottle, and its finish said it still had plenty of life left in it (94). 94 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1918 Château Coutet

Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
There was a corked 1918 Coutet (DQ) and a decent 1902 Boal Madeira from Lord-knows-who (93). DQ points
Red

1923 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
There was ‘Swedish chewing tobacco’ in 1923 Ducru Beaucaillou per the SuperSomm. It had a nice nose with classic garden, some exotic fruit and hints of game. The palate was lush and tasty, a bit exotic with flavors of banana leaf (94). 94 points
Red

1965 Casa Ferreirinha Douro Barca Velha

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
Somehow, I missed taking a note on the 1965 Barca Velha Ferreira, a dry red wine from Portugal, but it was supposedly served. I think I remember it . It was time to eat.
Red

1934 Gaston Roupnel Chambertin

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
‘Nail polish remover’ was in the nose of this next wine, per SuperSomm. There was huge acidity and lots of power in this monster of a Burgundy. I couldn’t believe this was from 1934, and even more that it was bottled in 1937 (and not reconditioned). This bottle of 1934 Gaston-Roupnel Chambertin showed the power and acid of 1934, one of the all-time great vintages, but this bottle came up short on its fruit and flavors (89). 89 points
Red

1946 Château Gruaud Larose

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The next wine had coffee again, milder with some baked goodness. I was torn between Spain and Bordeaux. The palate was pure, smooth and lovely, and its finish spoke more of Bordeaux. ‘So complex and elegant’ came from the crowd, and this 1946 Gruaud Larose was a beautiful wine even if it wasn’t from a beautiful vintage. Those are the most thrilling of them all (93). 93 points
Red

1971 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
This flight kept holding its own with a 1971 Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline. The nose was open with aromas of weed, forest bark, mushroom, tea, coffee, animal and bacon mixed with ham. As you can see, there was a lot going on lol. This was complicated stuff, and SuperSomm added ‘incense smoke.’ There was no doubting this was Cote Rotie, and I knew because I brought this bottle. This was delicious wine, in a gorgeous spot, released from the cold, dark cellars of The Cardinal himself. As great as the storage is in the caverns of The Cardinal, trust me when I tell you don’t go down there (95). 95 points
Red

1986 Henschke Shiraz Mount Edelstone

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
Dr. Brown’s celery soda was in the house thanks to a 1986 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz. This was a sweet, yet great wine, SuperSomm was guessing 1977 Grange at first. It definitely had that sweet, saucy Aussie style, but it wasn’t over the top, even Goldilocks would have found it just right. It was delicious, and this flight was a great one (94). 94 points
Red

1952 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask J-9

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The last wine in this second flight had a gorgeous nose with aromas of wafer, caramel and a touch of mint. I was convinced this was from Italy due to its heavy leather and tar in the nose. Someone found it ‘balsamic,’ but its palate had more Cali Cabernet in that Ridge Monte Bello direction. ‘Mint chocolate’ flavors combined with caramel and a stony, gritty finish in this 1952 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask J-9. Well done (93). 93 points
Red

1950 Château La Fleur-Pétrus

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
A 1950 La Fleur Petrus was Bordeaux at first smell, with a great balance of chocolate, caramel and coffee. It had dark Bordeaux fruits and nice acidity. This Pomerol still had lots to give and was a solid wine from this cult vintage (93). 93 points
Red

1940 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The second wine had a fabulous nose with aromas of decadent chocolate. Bordeaux was definitely in the house. ‘Smoky’ and ‘powerful’ came from the crowd for this dark wine. ‘So much fruit,’ I wrote, including plum and black cherry, along with great spice. The palate was delicious and mature, similar to the nose but milder, with more carob. It, too, gained in the glass and got richer. While balanced and smooth, it gained this old Burgundy complexity. I was stunned to discover this gorgeous wine was a 1940 La Mission Haut Brion. God bless old wine (95). 95 points
Red

1993 Château Le Pin

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
SuperSomm kept firing away, this time with ‘autumn forest, smoke and truffle’ in the 1993 Le Pin. This was definitely an XXX wine, dirty and open with lots of earth and flesh. SuperSomm added ‘kissemura,’ which is slang for something in Swedish. Here, kitty kitty (92). 92 points
Red

1948 Château Léoville Barton

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
It started to get tough out there during the next flight, the last before dinner. A 1948 Leoville Barton had a beautiful nose of carob, caramel and toffee, all dry. There was some hay and straw as well, but the palate was a bit short and simple (89). 89 points
Red

1969 Marey-Monge (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The third flight began with a wine that would have exceeded expectations and went beyond its boundaries. SuperSomm noted, ‘fresh raspberry and peach smoothie with a touch of something naughty.’ I was definitely in the Burgundy camp, ‘1971-ish,’ I wrote. If it wasn’t 1971, it had to be 1969 Rousseau, the only wine from that vintage that showed the same freshness, citricity, rose and acidity. The palate was wow times two, long and fantastic. Rose and citricity dominated, and I was stunned to see this be a 1969 DRC Romanee St. Vivant. Many 1969 DRC’s are on the drier and autumnal side, but this was a magical bottle and the greatest 1969 I have ever had, except for Rousseaus, the wines of the vintage without question (96). 96 points
Red

1925 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The third wine in this incredible, opening flight was another great nose, ‘Spain?’ I guessed. There was big-time coffee bean here, in an espresso ice cream direction. Truffle, chocolate and black fire emerged, and while the palate was again milder than the nose, it was still delicious. The nose became super smoky in a wet tobacco, leafy way. The palate had a hint of metal on the finish; it was pretty but not magnificent. Super Mario found ‘almond butter,’ and SuperSomm added ‘a bit volatile.’ It was a 1925 Marques de Riscal Rioja (93). 93 points
Red

1978 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The next wine had ‘moldy hay’ in its nose per Super Mario. I added ‘raining, barn, woman.’ Bad JK, bad. It was a good mold, like cheese, and it also had nice nut, earth and black/purple fruit. Its palate was elegant and balanced yet shy. It was a 1978 Chateau Montlena Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which almost seemed like it needed more time (93). 93 points
Red

1953 Château Mouton Rothschild

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
A 1953 Mouton Rothschild was actually disappointing; perhaps it was a case of reconditioning gone wrong, as its color was quite youthful. Its nose was mild and not showy, yet it still gave a deep impression. Aromas of seashell, black fruit and pencil gave way to a soft and tender palate. Polished and pretty, there was substance there but in reserve. It felt younger than it was, even though it had mature qualities. It was polished like 1953 can be (92). 92 points
Red

1977 Chateau Musar

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, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The next wine had a sweet nose full of caramel, tangerine and mint. This was a delicious wine, fantastic if you will. It had that Cali mint a la old Heitz, and it was gritty and sturdy with outstanding acidity. I found this 1977 Chateau Musar outstanding, although one found it had ‘a lot of makeup’ (95). 95 points
Red

1983 Opus One

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
A 1983 Opus One was kind of oaky and disappointing. Ehhhhh (84). 84 points
Red

1915 Château Palmer

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
‘Back to Bordeaux?’ I questioned for the next wine. I was on an early roll. It seemed fresher and younger than the second wine, but it wasn’t younger in the end. There were wonderful garden aromas, a stick of cinnamon and great balance with its elegant plum fruit. I was in 1959 camp I must confess, but this 1915 Palmer was much older than that. There was nice balance on its citrusy and waterfall-y palate, which had touches of cedar, tobacco and caramel. While there was initially nice grit to its finish and lingering acidity, the 1915 faded quickly after fifteen minutes or so. So this rating is for the ladies, because I know they hate when that happens lol. Classy and classic, pure and super for 97 years old, the 1915 Palmer was excellent, flirting with outstanding, but it just couldn’t keep it up (92). 92 points
Red

1959 Château Palmer

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
A 1959 Palmer was rather disappointing, as this wine can be much better. It had a forward, heady nose with lots of saucy blood and vitamins in its nose. The palate was smooth and easy, and although there was excellent acidity in this bottle, it wasn’t special, and we had had too many great wines to dilly dally now (90). 90 points
Red

1914 Château Pavie

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Tasting of the Year, Part I (8/1/2012)
The next wine had an oaky and sickly nose with too much wood, and while the palate was better, it still had an icky finish. Soft ice cream and wood flavors were about all there was positive to say about the wine. I guess the 1914 Pavie was oaky then and still oaky now (80). 80 points
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