DoubleD1969

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  • 1983 Château d'Yquem

    Wow, what a fantastic wine. From magnum at a Zachys auction. Color was a translucent mix of light orange and yellow. Nose had a delicate complexity of citrus blossoms, caramelized sugar, brown butter. On the palate, this was so smooth - texture of maple syrup but the taste of orange peel, butterscotch, and candied fruit. Yet it was surprisingly fresh with a touch of acidity to keep your taste buds wanting more. A benchmark wine for me.

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  • 1993 Penfolds Grange

    In a great night with good friends and bottles of '90 Lafite, '97 Ridge Monte Bello, and '05 Cayuse Bionic Frog, the Grange held its ground. Both the Lafite and Grange were WOTN.

    I've had the '93 Grange a couple of years ago from the same purchase. This showing was even better than the first bottle. Decanted for about an hour and a half, the nose had an intense raspberry liquer, sweet cherries, eucalyptus, and vanilla. On the palate, the fruit and spice mixes well with the fine, silky tannin. Definitely heavier than the '90 Lafite but everything was in balance.

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  • 1990 Château Lafite Rothschild

    My boss brought this bottle from Europe and drank along with a '93 Penfolds Grange, '97 Ridge Monte Bello, and a '05 Cayuse Bionic Frog. The lineup wasn't meant to compare each other as so much as present some iconic wines from the New World that my boss wouldn't necessarily find in his area too often.

    The '90 Lafite was the second wine tasted, after the Ridge. Despite the 3,000 mile+ journey, the Lafite was showing extremely well. The bottle was decanted at the restaurant and allowed to breathe about 45 minutes. The nose was intoxicatingly sweet and floral - pink roses to be exact -- with hints of raspberry. The palate was suprisingly light and delicate yet focused with a laser beam of red currant and cedar. I didn't even notice the finish. I just kept smelling it and taking sips. I could have drunk the entire bottle. At the end of the evening, the aromas became earthier and leathery. What a fantastic experience. My only other experience with Lafitte were other friends' 2002. It's a shame that some people mix 7-up with this wine.

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