Tom's 34th Birthday

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Tasted December 3, 2011 by ckinv368 with 344 views


Tasted wines blind, then took them to dinner.

Flight 1 (5 notes)

1999 Agricola San Felice Vigorello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
89 points
Blind tasting:

Slightly bricked on the edges might show an older bottle. Some nice notes of vegetable, green pepper, a little onion, and a bit of spice box. Cedar as well. Smooth, bacony, with smooth vegetal, herbal, and forest notes. Some pine, cedar, and spice as well. And a bit of candy as well.
1998 Château Gloria France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
90 points
Blind Tasting:

Spicy green pepper, green pepper, green pepper! Wow! What a nose!! Silky smooth, some tannic astringency, with less concentrated spicy green pepper, onion, forest, cedar, leather, and dustiness. Really pleasant, and powerful wine!
2008 Barnett Vineyards Pinot Noir Viento Valle Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Blind tasting:

Astringent, strong, alcoholic on the nose. Candied fruit---sweet cherry, strawberry, cotton candy (a bit), and some yeasty, sweet, and spicy flavor at the middle and end of the palate. The spice at the end really helps balance this wine out.
1998 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
Blind Tasting:

Some spicy pomegranate on the nose. Leather, blood, and a bit of cedar and forest as well on the nose. Sour plum, cherry, and blood on the palate, with bacon, stewed and roasted meat, fat, and roasted vegetables as well. Like a cold, nasty, winter day's meal---a hearty stew on a nasty day. Lovely wine!
1990 Château La Tour de By France, Bordeaux, Médoc
93 points
Blind Tasting:

Bacon, blood, fat, green pepper, spice box, and cedar on the nose for sure! White pepper as well. Lots of concentrated tastes similar to the smells above. Great concentration! Really showing perfectly right now. Had a bottle almost a year ago, and wine wasn't quite there. Now it's just phenominal. If you have any, drink it now! What a great experience, with a wine that punches FAR above its weight class! Was surprised, and excited by this wine for sure!


Enjoyable night with 5 wines that were all pretty different, and very interesting. The '90 La Tour de By was the WOTN, and a great surprise for everyone involved!

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