90's Cali Cab and the Kitchen Sink (Ursino in Union, NJ): Loved this. Just such a great dessert wine and somehow it always seems like D'Yquems are in a league of their own. It's not the best vintage by any stretch, but it is lovely. I think I put redemption in a glass after how poorly the Dunn showed earlier in the night. Caramel, butterscotch, decent acidity (this is where I think it lacks from some of the better vintages, but still well ahead of the other competitors). Beautiful wine. Paired particularly well with a Butterscotch semifreddo.
I believe and will continue to to believe that D'Yquem is its own category of dessert wine and wine in general and the rest of us just respect that orbit. That being said, of all of the vintage years I've had, this was my least favorite. Still wonderful and phenomenal and the kindof wine that makes you believe that the entire meal should just have been liquid, but not the same transcendent experience as some other years have had. Very good, but not great. Good acidity. I think what was missing was the super long finish that just keeps going where you can remember it hours after the wine.
Very volatile nose, with acetic acid and ethyl acetate emerging around the 2-hour mark. Before that it was showing apricots, creme brulee, baking spice, butterscotch, and peach. The flaws eventually overwhelmed this wine, unfortunately. Showed much better when chilled than when at room temperature. Drank over the course of about five hours.
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(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) A wet start but a warm summer. Wet harvest though. A moderate gold hue. A slightly smoky nose, with some depth. Not great richness here, in fact pretty light on the palate. It has some botrytis-related sweetness though, as well as depth and interest. But it lacks impact on the palate. Also a short finish. Not a success at all.