Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets

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Tasted Sunday, November 10, 2019 by AllRed with 86 views

Introduction

The 2nd Sunday group gathered for our regular double blind tasting. For this group, we are presented a couple of double blind warm ups before the main flight. The warm ups are discussed & unveiled before moving on to the themed main flight. We spent forty five minutes or so tasting and evaluation the eight wines for the main flight before ranking the wines and then making guesses as to what we were tasting. Wines are ranked 1-8, one point for each place, and then unveiled from last place to first place. After the tasting, dinner is served with the additional wines brought by the group, nonblind. As Domino and I hosted this event, we tasted single blind, i.e., we knew the wines but we did not know the order (I bag them and she arranges them). For this tasting we had twelve tasters and the cost was $35.

Flight 1 - Warm ups (4 Notes)

The Champagne was served nonblind.

  • 2008 Alain Thienot Champagne Brut Millésimé 89 Points

    France, Champagne

    Medium mousse. Apple, floral and dried yeast notes. Apple, chalk and almond flavors; fine bead. Balanced. Very nice. 89+ pts.

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  • 1984 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    First of two from a recent purchase from the winery's library and while not cheap, priced fairly enough that given the ideal provenance I felt it was worth a shot. Served double blind to the group. Deep golden yellow color. Cooked apple, a hint of oxidation- one immediately discerns that this is an older wines. A touch of something varnishy on the palate, though there are hints of mature/old fruit underneath. While not dead, it was more intertesting than good, but definitely drinkable. Knowing there are no great wines, only great bottles, perhaps we will get lucky with the second one when it comes time to open it.

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  • 2008 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault Les Narvaux 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    Served double blind to the group. Lemon and mineral notes dominate the bouquet. Rich texture with lemon and apple flavors; mineral-tinged finish. Balanced; good weight and presence. Showing really well right now. 92-93 pts.

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  • 2017 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills 89 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills

    Served double blind to the group. Cotton, apple and pear. Decent fruit, but a bit clipped on the finish. Higher acidity. This was much better (92+) a few days later when we finished up the last third of the bottle. Give a healthy decant if drinking now.

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Flight 2 - Themed flight (8 Notes)

The wines double-decanted about two hours before the flight was poured.

  • 1999 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder 84 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder

    Blind. Opens with a baked red currant note but there's also a bit of oxidation here. Plummy red fruit on the palate. A hint of bouillon as it gets more air. Not completely devoid of fruit or charm, but this bottle clearly did not hold up as well as others.

    My #7, Domino's #8
    Group 8, 76 pts

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  • 1999 Araujo Estate Altagracia Napa Red Wine 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Blind. Opens with aromas of herbs and red fruit which follow through on the palate. A bit of chocolate on the palate as well. Develops some interesting earthy elements as it sits. Nicely balanced, with abundant red fruit and a medium/long finish. Drinking very nicely and should continue to do so for at least a couple of years yet.

    My #3, Domino's #2
    Group #1, 32 pts

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  • 1999 Leducq Vineyards Le Ducq 93 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

    Blind. This is immediately appealing with notes of tobacco and what I will describe as cooked red berry fruit, and I mean this as a very positive thing here. Medium-bodied with balancing acidity and flavors of mixed red and black fruit, spice box and tobacco. This has an old world sensibility that is very enjoyable. For me the most complex of the wines in the lineup, and my favorite by a slight margin.

    My #1, Domino's #4
    Group #2, 36 pts

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  • 1999 Pine Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District

    Blind. Opens with an odd cheese-like note that blows off after a few minutes, revealing coffee and black fruit aromas. More of the coffee on the palate, with red berry fruit rounding things out very nicely. Doesn't change much as it sits, but that really doesn't matter as this is just a nice glass of wine. Balanced, slightly plush, with nice fruit.

    My #5, Domino's #5
    Group #3, 38 pts

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  • 1999 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Flawed

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Blind. Red fruit and mocha notes with dark berry fruit on the palate. However, as this sat and had more time to breathe, a subtle musty note began to emerge. Sure enough, this was slightly corked, but those with a lower sensitivity were able to enjoy it.

    My #8, Domino's #7
    Group #6, 73 pts

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  • 1999 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard 93 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

    Blind. Notes of chocolate, black fruit, evergreen/pine, and eucalyptus. Red fruit on the palate. Softened tannins; terrific weight and texture on the palate. Red fruit carries through the lingering finish.

    My #2, Domino's #3
    Group #4, 43 pts

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  • 1999 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District

    Blind. Red cabernet fruit under roasted bell pepper notes-a dead giveaway- this is the Togni. Soft tannins. Mixed red and black cab fruit on the palate. The fruit tends more to the balck spectrum as this gets more air in the glass. Really well-baalnced. Very nice if you like this style, which I do. Drinking well- no reason to hold. 92+ pts.

    My #4, Domino's #6
    Group #7, 75 pts

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  • 1999 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 88 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Blind. Herb and tobacco notes with red frut underneath. A bit thin across the palate. Good red fruit flavors, just lacks presence. I was suprised to see this unveiled as the Mondavi Reserves tend to perform much better for my palate preferences. Perhaps this bottle wasn't the greatest example of this wine. 88+ pts.

    My #6, Domino's #1
    Group #5, 59 pts

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Flight 3 - Dinner/dessert wines (14 Notes)

Enjoyed with choucroute garni and a pear frangipane tart. MaY brought out the port toward the end of the evening and served it double blind.

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