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  • 1966 Château Léoville Barton

    Poker night and Chris graciously popped a 1966 Cos and 1966 Leoville Barton.

    In line with recent CT notes, the Leoville was the more lively wine and showed greater body and balance. It needed at least an hour in the decanter and was still developing three hours later. Slight barnyard, old baseball mitt, dried rose petals, Asian spice, and some acetate on the nose. After some air it had nice weight with good acidity for the finish. I got weird flavors, including tomato paste, but I guess that's part of the experience of an old wine from an off vintage.

    The Cos was well past it's prime. Neat mix of Barnyard, leather, cedar, and spice on the nose. The palette seemed to have faded years ago and offered little to compete with the remaining tannins.

    The Cos had a better fill by at least half an inch but the cork on the Leoville was in better shape and came out in one piece.

    Both paired great with Thai takeout.

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  • 1966 Château Cos d'Estournel

    Poker night and Chris graciously popped a 1966 Cos and 1966 Leoville Barton.

    In line with recent CT notes, the Leoville was the more lively wine and showed greater body and balance. It needed at least an hour in the decanter and was still developing three hours later. Slight barnyard, old baseball mitt, dried rose petals, Asian spice, and some acetate on the nose. After some air it had nice weight with good acidity for the finish. I got weird flavors, including tomato paste, but I guess that's part of the experience of an old wine from an off vintage.

    The Cos was well past it's prime. Neat mix of Barnyard, leather, cedar, and spice on the nose. The palette seemed to have faded years ago and offered little to compete with the remaining tannins.

    The Cos had a better fill by at least half an inch but the cork on the Leoville was in better shape and came out in one piece.

    Both paired great with Thai takeout.

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  • 2011 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon

    This is an example of great wine being made in a challenging vintage. 2011 was the coolest vintage for Washington State in twenty years with most producers failing to achieve adequate ripeness. The balance, softness and finesse of this wine are complemented by great depth and character. I get old world notes of stewed red fruits, garrigue, dried papaya, dried flowers, and chewing tobacco. Dusty tannins provide texture for the medium-plus finish.

    Accessible now with and hour of decanting or can cellar.

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