Double Blind 1993s From Around the World
Chez Hughes - Chicago IL
Tasted November 25, 2013 by Burgundy Al with 230 views
The Chicago Wine Flock was hosted to a mystery themed double blind tasted by our friend the Winefool, who fooled us with a fascinating flight of 1993s. Ten wines tasted double blind, I thought there was a twenty year vintage range, perhaps 1982-2002 (!). Oops. Great job with the wines and dinner, thanks, Chris!
Flight 1 - "Welcome" White Wines (2 notes)
2011 Demetervin Tokaji Furmint
Tasted double blind. Seemed very Chardonnay like to me with some baby fat, ripe fruit and sweet spice, just a little simple. Easy to enjoy.
Flight 2 - 1993 Reds (10 notes)
1993 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s from around the world. Pale-medium color. Earthy aromas with mature red fruit. Moderate intensity with good mushroom flavors with good spice. Moderate length or finesse, perhaps a few years past its peak, but very clean and pleasurable tonight.
1993 Georges Lignier et Fils Clos de la Roche
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Didn't come across as Pinot Noir to me. Large black fruit with woodsy spice aromas. Firm on palate as well with structural elements in the forefront, detracting from the wine's overall balance. Shocked to see this Grand Cru Burgundy.
1993 Penfolds Grange
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Dense black fruit, huge spice, lots of dill and eucalyptus. Sweet tannins with dense black fruit. Seemed much younger than a '93, so lots of upside from here.
1993 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Fresh fruit aromas, almost plummy but attractive and balanced with subtle spice. Intense, sweet fruit to start with moderate density and length. Seemed like a younger modern styled California Cabernet to me. Others liked this more than I did, it was the group's 2nd favorite wine tonight, my 5th.
1993 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Modest start, this really opened and expanded with air (even having already been open 2+ hours and double decanted). Serious power and density emerged with concentrated black fruit and very well balanced structural support. I thought this left bank Bordeaux. My WOTN, group's WOTN.
1993 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Started with earth and mushroom aromas with intense mature ripe, seemingly not very ripe. Very good spice. Elegant flavors, moderate intensity, good finesse, just slightly less exciting than the nose. My 2nd favorite wine tonight, group's 6th.
1993 Château Latour Grand Vin
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Red and black fruit with a musty, earthy start. Some thought corked. Mature fruit with moderate intensity and a slight bitter hint on finish. 87 points for me tonight, but was it flawed or just suffering from a mediocre Bordeaux vintage?
1993 Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Ultra ripe all-black fruit, fun but top heavy. Not my cup of tea. Surprised to hear this is a cool climate Syrah.
1993 Dominique Laurent Beaune Vieilles Vignes
Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a flight of 1993s. Large scaled black fruit on nose and palate. Firm and dense but good enough fruit that was starting to show interesting mature notes. I had no idea what varietal this was. Group's least favorite wine of the night, I liked it slightly more than that.
Flight 3 - Some 1993 Whites with Dessert (2 notes)
White - Sweet/Dessert
1993 Château d'Yquem
Tasted double blind from 375ml bottle. Clearly identifiable as Sauternes with good layers of botrytis. Somewhat simple and one dimensional with modest fruit that is showing older than I'd expect from 20 yo d'Yquem, even from an average vintage.
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