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Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting

The Union League Club (Chicago)

Tasted September 12, 2010 by IWineAlot with 662 views

Introduction

Another great pre-auction event. Some of the wines poured were the best examples, but others were absolutely stunning. You win some you lose some that's all I gotta say.

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White
2008 Jemrose Viognier Egret Pond USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley
91 points
Light gold or straw coloring. Very floral, lots of citrus white fruits, fake candy plastic scent. Refreshing, good acid, flavors dances around the mouth long after the wine is gone. Good mid-palate feel. Excellent Viognier…First experience with this winery. 91+ pts.
Red
1928 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
87 points
Garnet/orange/red coloring, browning towards the edge. The nose was rather closed; all I picked up was some faint floral, tea and nutty notes. On the palate this wine was pretty awkward; I tasted stewed tomatoes, blood and iodine. After about five minutes in the glass the wine died. Showing its age. I showed up late to this event so that might have affected the score. 87 pts.
Red
1959 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
flawed
Brownish red coloring. On the nose this resembled an oxidized tawny port, with a sweet caramel nuttiness. Very disappointing…pretty much dead on arrival. Watered down on the palate, nutty and floral. Finish was almost non-existent. Wine feel apart in the glass after a few minutes. Honestly this wine probably shouldn’t have been poured. If this was any indication of the quality of the other 1959 mouton that was being sold by the seller, I for one wouldn’t buy. I reserve scoring this wine due to the fact that it wasn’t a sound bottle.
Red
1966 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
flawed
Very light brown, tawny color. Toasted walnuts, sour tobacco, sweet candied scents. Tawny port like, except thin and watered down on the palate. Very disjointed…clearly dead on the palate after a minutes in the mouth. I had this same wine a few months back and it was a gorgeous classic old claret. No Score
Red
1981 Château Lascombes France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
Super cloudy brown color. The color was far darker brown than all of the above wines. Very oxidized…Again a wine that shouldn’t have been served. I was looked at funny when I poured the rest of my glass out. Flawed/Cooked….Awful! Even though this was from a weaker vintage this still should have shown well. I had a ’81 Pichon Baron five months prior that was beautiful. No Score given.
Red
1996 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
95 points
Inky purple in color. Intense nose of graphite mixed with lots of dark fruit and some mocha/Coffee. Nose followed through to the palate. Still very youthful, tannins very noticeable, elegant pure fruit. This wine didn’t disappoint. 95+ pts.
Red
1989 Opus One USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Limited notes on this. One of the two last wines I tasted before the auction started. Drinking very nice right now. Mature nose of leather/tobacco and dark fruits. Got some dark chocolate/coffee along with cherries and earth on the palate. Much better than I thought it was going to be. 92 pts.
Red
1991 Opus One USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Limited notes on this as well. I am not really a Opus fan but I have to say this was an excellent wine. Pencil lead and floral on the nose. Well balanced with leather/tobacco notes on the palate, not over oaked like most of the recent vintages of this wine are. 91 pts.
Red
1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
94 points
Bricking slightly at the edges but with a solid crimson colored core. Classic tuscan nose of cherries, tobacco and some rustic earthiness. Cherry flavoring I detected on the nose followed through to the palate, tannins/acidity is perfectly in balance with each other.
I know I have a thing for great Italian wines, but this was no doubt the finest Flaccianello I have had the pleasure of drinking. I really need to stock up on this beauty. 94+ pts.
Red
1997 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
93 points
Mature on the nose with notes of smoke, bacon fat and little earthiness. Got some pepper, smoked meats, bitter dark chocolate, well integrated tannins w/bright acidity. As I mentioned above I really enjoyed both of Guigal’s La La wines, both showing very well. I think I will give the nod to the Landonne which I preferred over this. 93 pts.
Red
1997 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
94 points
Expressive on the nose as well as on the palate…notes of pepper, coffee, meatiness, earthy. Really enjoyed both of Guigal’s La La wines, this I thought was showing better than the Mouline. 94 pts.
Red
2002 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Color darkish red purple, no bricking. On the nose sweet black fruits, tobacco, little vanilla. On the palate blackberries, little plum, tobacco, asian spices, long finish…..Excellent napa cab. Overheard some people saying that it doesn’t live up to its hype. I probably wouldn’t plunk down $500+, that being said I do like the how well integrated the tannins, fruit and oak are within this wine. Obviously a well made wine, but not worth the price tag for me. 95+ pts.
Red
2002 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Label Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
89 points
Pretty average napa/generic cali cab. Nice bottle, but just not great.
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