Urban Heights - 03 Cathelin, 90 LP, 97 Rayas, 07 IX, 11 LPV & etc. (Urban Heights - Bethesda, Maryland): Another wow moment of the 90 LP. I may be lucky but the 90 LP has shown so well so consistently for me. Expressive nose displaying intensely sweet black fruits, cassis, cedar, dark milk chocolate, tobacco and dark spices. Excellent concentration, silky palate, just right amount of acidity to lift up the overall impression, nicely integrated tannins and lovely long sweet finish. This is just simply hedonistic wine that demonstrates all the goodness of the 90, ripe, generous and hedonistic. No need to ponder much, just enjoy.
Melville Clone Tasting AND pre-2000 California Cabernet: Sweet and delicate black currant fruit with a touch of sewer to it. Plenty of forest floor and mushrooms. Delicate and elegant bottle which doesn't fit my normal expectations of this wine. It was however consumed from a bottle where a Coravin had been deployed 3-4 months earlier.
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Two finds to wrap up an eventful day - thanks to everyone that has inquired regarding the Blue Hill Event - Niki will get back to everyone shortly:
2005 Lagrange (Pomerol)
This wine remains an enigma and I have a parcel at less than first tranche pricing. The winery's refusal to allow most journalists from sampling (and subsequently reviewing) the wine has a US populous that would be eager to support the estate scratching their heads? 2005 was such a strong vintage in Pomerol that it would have been very difficult to mess things up. Secretive or not, this could be a major bargain a decade from now as Pomerol does not cost this little in a vintage like 2005.
1990 Leoville Poyferre 1.5lt (Saint Julien) This wine is quickly becoming a legend - it has surpassed what anyone originally thought possible. It was always highly thought of but the 750ml I had last month was among the finest wines of this precocious vintage - in magnum all bets are off. VERY RARE in magnum and sure to keep escalating in price:
(Leoville Poyferre) was a bit horsy as well with its earth and green field aromas. The wine was taut with a hidden core of ripe, cassis fruit. The palate was very tasty, long and earthy with nice, ripe fruit. Clive was very impressed, scoring it 18/20
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