Bonhams Pre-Auction Tasting

Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, California

Tasted September 6, 2012 by Richard Jennings with 213 views

Introduction

Flight 1 - Champagne starter (1 note)

White - Sparkling
1993 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame France, Champagne
92 points
Light straw yellow color with few bubbles; focused, fresh, lime, mineral, leesy nose; maturing, leesy, smoky, lime, mineral, kumquat palate; long finish 92+ points

Flight 2 - Chardonnays (4 notes)

White
1998 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
93 points
Light green tinged yellow color; maturing, chalk, very mineral, stony nose; tasty, mature, mineral, flinty, tart lemon, grapefruit, lanolin palate; medium-plus finish
White
2008 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
91 points
Light yellow color; rich, tart pear, apple nose; buttery, rich, baked pear, caramel palate; medium-plus finish
White
2008 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
92 points
Light lemon yellow color; maturing, mineral, smoky oak, tart lemon nose; ripe apple, ripe pear, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
White
1997 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
Light lemon yellow color; waxy, lanolin, oak, tart lemon nose; mature, ripe lemon, mineral, apple palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Flight 3 - Bordeaux (6 notes)


Red
1962 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
Medium brick red color; appealing, very mature, cedar, leather, tobacco, dusty currant nose; tasty, cedar, tart currant, dried currant, olive, tobacco palate; on the decline, but should go 15-20 years yet; long finish 93+ points
Red
1983 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
94 points
Medium dark bricked red color; appealing, mature, olive, tart currant, tobacco nose; tasty, mature but solid, tart currant, olive, mineral palate with nearly fully resolved tannins; long finish
Red
1982 Les Forts de Latour France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
88 points
Slightly cloudy medium brick red color; mature, olive, tart currant nose; mature, earthy, tart currant, olive palate; medium finish
Red
1988 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
Bricked medium dark red color; very aromatic, tobacco, cedar, tart currant nose; mature, tart currant, cedar, tobacco, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
Red
1995 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
Bricking medium red violet color; appealing, currant, dried currant, cedar nose; mature, tart currant, cedar palate; medium-plus finish
Red
1999 Château Pavie Decesse France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
87 points
Bricked medium red violet color; lifted, mature, olive, tart currant, dried currant, plum, spice nose; mature, tart plum, cedar, olive palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 4 - Italian (5 notes)

Red
2000 Inama Cabernet Sauvignon Oracolo Veneto IGT Italy, Veneto, Veneto IGT
91 points
Bricking dark red violet color; mature, dried cherry, red berry, spice nose; mature, rich, concentrated, dried cherry, dried berry, oak palate with firm tannins yet; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2001 Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Superiore Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Superiore
92 points
Bricking dark red violet color; mature, currant, tomato leaf, tobacco nose; ripe currant, tobacco, dried plum, mineral, coffee palate; long finish 92+ points
Red
2001 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Bricking medium red violet color; appealing, mature, cedar, dried cherry, balsa wood, spice nose; tasty, mature, cedar, dried cherry, balsa wood, spice palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
Red
2004 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT Italy, Tuscany, Alta Valle della Greve IGT
92 points
Dark red violet color; appealing, lifted, tart currant, spice nose; balanced, tart currant, mineral, dried cherry palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
Red
2004 Falesco Montiano Lazio IGT Italy, Latium, Lazio IGT
88 points
Very dark red violet color; herbaceous, green tobacco nose; tight, tart plum, herbaceous, green tobacco palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 5 - U.S. Cabernets (11 notes)



Red
2007 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
93 points
Dark red violet color; appealing, cassis, spice, ripe plum nose; tasty, cassis, oak spice palate with polished tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ points
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Red
1998 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
94 points
Dark red violet color; tart plum, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup nose; rich, tart plum, cassis, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup palate; has decades to go; long finish
Red
2000 Harlan Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Very dark red violet color; cassis, light menthol, mint nose; tasty, poised, cassis, light menthol, mint palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish
Red
1997 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
92 points
Medium dark red violet color; appealing, mature, tart currant, cedar, tart plum nose; mature, tart currant, cedar, tart plum palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
Red
1996 Opus One USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Bricking dark red violet color; appealing, mature, tobacco, cedar, tart currant nose; mature, tobacco, cedar, tart currant palate; medium-plus finish
Red
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Bricking medium dark red violet color; mature, cedar, dried currant, dried cherry nose; mature, poised, tart cassis, cedar, dried currant palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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Red
1993 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Bricking dark violet color; mature, tart plum, tar, dried berry nose; mature, a little tight yet, ripe plum, baked plum, ripe berry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
1993 Peter Michael Les Pavots USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
89 points
Bricking dark red violet color; very mature, herbaceous, tart plum, black fruit nose; mature, tart plum, menthol, tobacco, tomato leaf palate; medium-plus finish
Red
1984 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
91 points
Bricking dark red violet color; tobacco, mushroom, slightly musty nose; mature, mushroom, tobacco, ripe plum palate; medium-plus finish
Red
1983 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Jimsomare USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
87 points
Bricking dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, olive, herbaceous nose; quite mature, tart plum, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
1978 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
89 points
Bricked medium dark red violet color; mature, iodine, dried plum nose; very mature, iodine, dried plum tart prune palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 6 - Zins (6 notes)

Red
1983 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
flawed
Bricked medium red color; mature, earthy, dried tobacco nose; very mature, sweet berry, vinegary palate; medium finish
Red
1992 Nalle Zinfandel USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
91 points
Light medium bricked red color; mature, tart red berry, currant nose; tasty, mature, ripe berry, dried berry, boysenberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
1992 Ravenswood Zinfandel Belloni USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Bricking medium red violet color; mature, raisiny, ripe currant nose; mature, ripe currant, salty plum palate; medium finish
Red
1992 Ridge Lytton Springs USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
92 points
Bricking medium dark red violet color; ripe plum, spicy plum nose; tasty, mature, ripe, spicy plum, dried berry, berry syrup palate; time to drink up; medium-plus finish 92+ points (last vintage that had Zinfandel on the label; 88% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache)
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Red
1994 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Hill USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Bricked medium dark red violet color; hedonistic, dried berry, ripe plum, chocolate, molasses nose; molasses, dried berry, chocolate palate; fading and time to drink up; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2005 Carlisle Zinfandel Pietro's Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Dark red violet color; cinnamon, spicy plum nose; ripe berry, dried berry, tart blackberry, boysenberry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Flight 7 - Other Reds (7 notes)

Red
2002 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
91 points
Bricking medium dark red violet color; earthy, tobacco nose; maturing, tart black fruit, olive, pepper, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2005 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
90 points
Dark cherry red color; oak, cherry, raspberry syrup nose; chunky, tart cherry, raspberry, oak palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
Red
2004 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
93 points
Light medium cherry red color; appealing, intense, watermelon, spicy cherry, dried cherry nose; rich, ripe cherry, spice, ripe berry palate; long finish 93+ points
Red
1995 Dehlinger Syrah USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Dark red violet color; mature, fig, tobacco nose; quite mature, fig, tobacco palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2001 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
90 points
Very dark red violet color; mature, dried plum, light pepper nose; mature, roasted plum, light pepper, cinnamon palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
Red
2009 Carlisle Syrah Pelican Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
91 points
Very dark red violet color; tart roasted plum, cinnamon, ripe currant nose; tart roasted plum, cinnamon, ripe currant, ripe black fruit palate; long finish
Red
2006 Carlisle Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands
91 points
Opaque purple red violet color; earthy, tart black fruit, olive, pepper nose; peppery, tart black fruit, tar palate; long finish 91+ points
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