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White

2002 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
flirted with excellence but still felt like a bit of a baby 92+ points
White

2001 Coche-Dury Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
was stupendous. I had heard rumors that Coche-Dury himself has said that his 2001s are even better than his 2000s or 1999s, and now I am a firm believer that those rumors are true. Wow! Intense, complex, rich, long and balanced, there was everything I could want in my young white Burgundy, including a degree of approachability. The classic Coche-Dury flavors and aromas of nut, kernel, minerals, earth and yellow fruits were all in perfect harmony on this night 97 points
Red

2002 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon IX Estate

Napa Valley more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The ninth red of the night had another exotic nose - very kinky but more beefy, still seductive with its chocolate and coffee. The palate was similar with great balance and a firm finish. The wine didn't explode on the finish like some other reds, but it did keep gaining in the glass and was one of my top five wines 94+ points
Red

2001 Constant Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Vineyard

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The wine had a boatload of exotic, blueberry syrup like fruit; as exotic as the Foley was, this took it up a notch, which turned out to be a surprise for me as I had a much different impression of the wine when I had it before this year. In fact, I had picked the wine as I felt it would be more similar to a Bordeaux in the context of the event and my past experience. There were additional, baked ginergbread aromas. Its t 'n a were supporting yet in the background underneath its rich fruit. The palate was great, more classic yet still more exotic than I expected, both rich and fleshy and with good cedar spice and flavors on the finish. 95 points
White

2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The second white was more refined and elegant with a great mélange of nut, minerals, smoke, popcorn, slate and earth in its nose. There was great verve and an elegant, distinguished spine to the wine. Tasty and toasty with an excellent balance to the palate, the wine lingered well, held well and kept improving in the glass 94 points
Red

2001 Robert Foley Claret

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The fourth red had an exotic, super sexy nose with sweet fruits such as black cherry, boysenberry, cassis, blackberry and blueberry. There was a candied edge but in a handmade caramel from Guy Savoy kind of way. The fruit was quite psychedelic. On the palate, the wine was enormous, eliciting a 'wow' from me. There was a huge finish and heavy extraction - this wine summed up quite nicely why I love a good Cali Cab&unless it's a Bordeaux, I wrote. Big flavors of coffee, mineral, slate and cedar rounded out the wine, which thankfully was a Californian 96 points
White

2001 Grgich Hills Chardonnay Carneros Selection

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The next white was our fifth wine of the evening, and it finished in fourth place for the group, receiving 83 votes and one additional vote from the panel, my own. That technically had it tied for seventh place on the panel. Its nose was smoky and musky with nice vigor and minerals but more musk. There was an exotic orange and tangerine oil edge in a very dry way. Some baked honey was like a playful kiss of sweetness, and the palate had a delicious molasses and caramel kink, but not an overly sweet one. The finish had the biggest expression so far, like a wave of activity. Its flavors were pure and white smoky, and the wine had a good balance of both Old and New World sensibilities 94+ points
Red

2000 Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The seventh wine ended up being my own personal favorite, which carried it to a fifth place finish on the panel with seven votes. The group also had it in fifth place with 62 votes. It was another exotic nose with huge jasmine and exotic Asian spices on the nose and some lingonberry syrup action. Gingerbread and yes, pina colada, danced around my nostrils in an awe-inspiring, Amazonian way. The palate was enormous; huge, mouthfilling, long and longer. The palate was extraordinary and enormous, a King Kong amongst gorillas. The funny thing about this wine is that a friend of mine, whose palate I respect, had the wine the week before and trashed it 96+ points
Red

2000 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The eighth wine of the second session had a mild nose by comparison, seemingly shy, smooth and easy in the nose, although I felt that there was something lurking in the shadows. The palate was all about the finish for me, sandy, dusty, earthy and with lots of potential, but its front and mid-palate did little for me at this stage. This wine was hibernating, dormant, whatever you want to call it, but perhaps it was me as this was the most popular wine of the night 90+ points
White

2001 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
Speaking of that, the next wine, white #7, received 53 votes, edged out by the Lafon for an eighth place finish while the panel had it tied for fifth place with an additional five votes. Again, when the group and panel were merged, the wine fell a spot in the rankings, which will become clear why, soon enough. White #7 had lots of spiny vigor in the nose but a pinch more tropicality than the previous wine, not overtly but there. There was nice pungency here in this excellent wine and great balance and length. It seemed to be the biggest bridge between the New and Old World so far, I wrote. Its sweetness kept creeping out in the nose, but its spine on the finish kept kicking in this 94 points
White

2002 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
White #6 had a serious yet unyielding nose, muted and shy yet still deep at the same time. There were lots of minerals in its subtly penetrating nose with whiffs of alcohol and acidity tickling my nose like the hot breath of a mysterious woman on the back of my neck. Long, citric and bright, the wine was like a coiled snake that needed time to be charmed. It coated the mouth more so than any other wine with great stone, earth, mineral and citrus flavors. A touch of smoke added itself to the mix, and the wine kept expanding in the glass over time, practically exploding with time. It was the outstanding 95 points
White

2000 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
White #9 had a nose that I like to categorize as 'Mmmm.' It was clearly the best nose of the night so far, pungent in that 'just right' way and bristling with minerals, nut, popcorn and smoke. It struck me as being a wine from Domaine Leflaive&well it was. The palate was young and searing cold in a way, finish-heavy but oh so young. Its palate was dominated by its alcohol and minerality, and there is a long, promising future ahead for the 96 points
Red

2002 Château Léoville Las Cases

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The second red's nose was much milder by comparison with some leather, sole, light cedar, black fruit and coffee aromas. The nose was deep but not spiny, and the palate produced a lot of smoke and cedar flavors, spicy tannins and alcohol, more tannins than alcohol yet bright overall with a great grip. There was lots of minerality to this almost overly dry wine 93 points
White

2001 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
White #8 was quite popular, receiving 100 votes from the group, which was good enough for a clearly second-place finish. It only got one vote from the panel, though, again technically tied for seventh place there. The nose was very spiny, spicy and vigorous, quite pungent and intense. There were secondary aromas of citrus, cotton, smoke and a flash of banana. The palate was much more one-dimensional, to me that is. It was very brawny and woodsy and clumsy in that regard. There were caramel flavors, but I found the wine to be overly bitter. Big and rich but lacking a center, this wine had a big kick and expanded but failed to define itself for me on the palate, although I saw that there was a lot of potential for this wine to improve 91+ points
Red

2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
Red #1 rang like an alarm clock that we were in Cabernet land. The nose was big, rich and balanced with nice vim. There were hearty cassis aromas and also minerals, cedar, smoke and a great balance between its alcohol and acidity, veritable scales of justice lingering in the air. There was great potential in the nose, for sure. The palate was rich and long at first but did not hold together in the glass that well, or perhaps that was me. Charcoal and grapy flavors marked its chalky finish, and I wondered about bottle variation 91+ points
White

2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
White #1 had a buttery, tropical and lightly minty nose with good minerality and pleasant wax aromas. The mango, banana and pineapple fruit in the nose made me think Cali as the wine sweetened in the glass. The wine had a rich, oily mouthfeel, both buttery and nutty but also with a touch of bitter wood flavors on its finish. Its finish was medium-bodied and subtle, and I felt the wine did not gain in the glass. Overall, it was very good but not a thrilling glass of Chardonnay, at least for me (91). The group gave the wine 57 votes, good enough for sixth place, and the two of the panel's four members also had it in their 'Top 5,' which was enough to have it finish in third place for the panel! When the group's and panel's votes were merged, the wine actually fell to seventh place over all, one of the few wines where the merged results made a difference in the overall placement of the wine. The panel did represent less than ten percent of the overall vote, of course, so that makes sense. 91 points
Red

2000 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
This bottle was far from that experience. I found myself about halfway between pomp and circumstance. This bottle, or the experience of this bottle in the context of the evening, was above average but not even very good. I gave the wine 88 points and found it uninteresting overall. All three wines from the 2000 vintage did not rock my socks on this night. Again, I was suffering from some palate fatigue in the second part of the night, but regardless the discrepancies were large 88 points
Red

2000 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
We continued on with the fifth red, which had a nice nose that was shier yet still interesting with its aromas of carob, leather, earth, smoke and cedar. The palate was less interesting, though, with a sparkle to the finish but overall at a disinteresting stage. I did not get much out of it, that's for sure 90+ points
White

2002 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte

Knights Valley more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
'Back to tropicality,' I wrote. Reined in and somewhat dormant, there were still aromas of honey, mango, banana and some smoke. The palate had a bitter, rubbery finish, but its tropical flavors and oily texture were impressive. However, the wine seemed more one-dimensional to me (perhaps because it was served after the Leflaive), and the palate seemed woodsy and brawny overall. 90 points
White

2001 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
The fourth white wine had an incredibly exotic nose unlike any other white. The wine jumped out of its glass kicking and screaming with lots of exotic white and yellow floral aromas and loads of jasmine but also a unique, pungent, limestone kink. The palate was crisp and clear with lots of minerality, great balance and a stylish impression, but it seemed to lack this potential extra dimension that I wanted it to have; it was excellent, but I wanted it to be even more, and I thought that vintage might be a factor. Exotic and stony, its nose kept singing, but its palate did not expand (93). Chablis must have been a bit more difficult to make in 2001, 93 points
Red

2001 Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
However, it was one my least favorite and lowest scored wines of the entire night. The wine was forward but also marked by green bean. There was some chunky fruit behind that, but the green bean stayed in charge of this red. There was also some chalk, light dust, earth and sugar snap pea joined its vegetable side. The finish had some spark, but the wine was more medium than full and softer overall. The green marked the flavors as well, and that is not one of my favorite things 85 points
Red

2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23

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, John Kapon
The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
a forgotten soldier amongst today's cult superstars. The nose was an all-around classic, rich with nice cedar and a palate with excellent length and a lot of class. Unfortunately, that's about all that I was able to scratch up by this stage for notes 94 points
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