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CT Offline WI Take 2: Judgement of Madison(Paris) Tasting & BYOB Dinner

Madison, WI

Tasted October 6, 2012 by IWineAlot with 989 views

Introduction

Eight people gathered at petitblanc's house for a single blind tasting Saturday afternoon. Big thanks to petitblanc and his wife for hosting this get together at their home. This was absolutely fantastic tasting.

Images from the Judgement Tasting

The White Wines


The Red Wines






Flight 1 - Judgement Tasting—Whites (8 notes)

White
2007 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
Big oaky nose with butter and lemon zest.
Big bold chard with buttered popcorn and a charred barrel notes.
Heat galore on the palate. Flabby wine.

SS 89pts.
White
2008 Peter Michael Chardonnay Point Rouge USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
92 points
Lemon curd, hazelnut, caramel, minerals and a lovely sweet pie crust nose.
Nice balance and finesse on the palate. Thought this was Coche.

SS 92+pts.
White
2009 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
91 points
Sea breeze, mineral, lemons, nuts and an interesting paint thinner quality.
Very clean on entry, more mineral driven on the palate along with a nice floral component.
Oily texture. Lingering finish.

SS 91+pts.
White
2009 Henri Boillot Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Healthy does of oak on the nose along with smoke, minerals and a little lemon spritz.
Balanced and harmonious on the palate with really nice acidity. Mineral driven.
Long lingering finish.

SS 94pts.
White
2007 Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Lovely nose of hazelnut, lemon rind, butter.
Big oak on the palate with minerals, lemons.
Nice balance and acidity.

SS 91+pts.
White
2008 Kistler Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
90 points
A illite thin on the nose in comparison to the other wines. Lemons, little oak and a floral component.
Nice fruit attack, but falls apart for me on the palate. Awkward mid palate and heat on the finish.

SS 90pts.
White
2008 Coche-Dury Meursault France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
92 points
Subtle oak treatment, lemon zest, white flowers and mineral on the nose.
Very burgundy like on the palate with great balance/acidity with a lovely nutty finish.

SS 92+pts.
White
2008 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Nice spicy oak treatment, lemon zest, smoke and minerals. Right off the bat I thought burgundy.
Heavy melon/grapefruit notes on the palate. Mouthwatering acidity.
Great balance.

SS 94pts.

Flight 2 - Judgement Tasting—Reds (10 notes)

Red
2009 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
96 points
Jammy nose, plums, dark berries, vanilla, cedar and a herbal quality.
Smooth round tannins. Long finish.

SS 96pts.
Red
2007 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary Selection USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
95 points
Also a very jammy nose with dark berries, plum, vanilla and baking spices. Almost port like.
Palates echoes the nose along with red currant and forest floor. Silky smooth mouthfeel, long lingering finish.
Excellent balance.

SS 95+pts.
Red
2005 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
92 points
Right off the bat I got this dirtyness, forest floor, tobacco/herbal component along with plums.
Harsh tannins and a little heat on the finish. Needs time to mellow out.

SS 92+pts.
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Red
2005 Château Malescot St. Exupéry France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Red currant, dark berries on the nose.
Tight on the palate, big tannins. Just coming off too young for my liking.
I wasn't feeling this wine, something just wasn't there for me.

SS 91pts.
Red
2006 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Big jammy nose of plums, black berries, vanilla and a touch herbal.
Spice black/red berries on the palate. Silky tannins, nice balance with a long finish.

SS 94pts.
Red
2005 Château Pavie Macquin France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
95 points
Minty, red currant and a graphite/lead note on the nose.
Great fruit attack on the palate. Round silky tannins.

SS 95pts.
Red
2005 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
91 points
Very vegetal on the nose along with dark fruit.
More vegetal components on the palate. Slight alcohol spike on the finish.
Awkward mid palate.
Overall not my cup of tea.

SS 91pts.
Red
2005 Château Angélus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Elegant and balanced nose with currant, red berries and a nice floral component.
Silky on the palate with big jammy red fruit.

SS 93pts.
Red
2005 Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
91 points
Mint, berries and vanilla on the nose.
I like the mintyness in the palate along with plums and raspberries.
Sorta watered down, hollow mid palate.

SS 91pts.
Red
2006 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
89 points
Plums, herbs and graphite/lead pencil nose.
Couldn't get past the alcohol bite on the palate.

SS 89pts.
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Flight 3 - BYOB Dinner wines (16 notes)

We all gather after the afternoon judgement of Paris tasting for dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for even more wine in The Coach's Room.





White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
flawed
This had a nice nose. But unfortunately this bottle was corked. :(
White
2005 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
91 points
Lemon curd, petrol/plastic note along with apple core on the nose.
On the palate I got a spritz of lemon juice with other similar notes as on the nose.
Nice balance and mouthfeel with a medium plus finish.

SS 91+pts.
White
2009 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Very tight nose on this, I noted some butter coming through with a little apple scent.
Hazelnut, lemon are apparent in the mouth. Clean on the palate, with decent acidity.
Just didn't have the depth or complexity I was looking for.

SS 89pts.
Red
1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
88 points
Disclaimer here: bottle had 8cm of ullage. Cork was quite moldy and broke on extraction.
No signs of past seepage. Decanted for sediment and returned to bottle for dinner.

Very dirty on the nose, heavy barnyard, caramel.
Nice velvety texture with detectable grip still on the palate.
Spice and faint red fruit which came out with longer air exposure.
A treat to try even though it may not have been in the best possible condition.

SS 88pts.
Red
1979 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone
92 points
Absolutely Gorgeous dark red color on this wine.

Very sweet smelling wine, I picked up red berries along with a really nice floral note.
Palate echoed the nose along with an intriguing medicinal note. Smooth as silk on the palate
Absolutely delicious.

SS 92pts.
Red
1965 Inglenook Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Very youthful in color with a dark ruby core.

Great mature nose on this wine. Meaty, barnyard funk with hints of smoke and red berries.
Smoked brisket, berries and caramel on the palate. Shortish finish. Overall a nice wine.

SS 89pts.
Red
1989 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Ruby in color.

More mature on the nose than the '98. Notes of vegetables, mushrooms, damp forest floor.
Peppers, dill pickle, mushrooms and underbrush on the palate. Nice velvety texture. Medium plus finish.

SS 91pts.
Red
1998 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
Nice dark color.

Herbal nose with salty plum and forest floor.
Silky texture on the palate with great potential.
Not everything is in place yet for this wine, may get better with a little more age.

SS 92+pts.
Red
2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Very dark purple in color.

Huge jammy nose with baking spice, vanilla extract covered berries.
Palate echoes the nose. Big burly tannins. Some detectable heat on the backend.

SS 92pts.
Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Dark purple in color.

Big nose of baking spice (similar to the '01) plums, forest floor and a vegetal component.
Big fruit attack. Slightly hot finish.
I don't see this wine getting better or working out it's balance issue with age.

SS 90pts.
Red
1992 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
87 points
Very vegetal/earthy nose.
Just not doing it for me on the palate. Nothing of real interest going on here.
Mushrooms and some fruit on the palate. But overall a clumsy wine.

SS 87pts.
Red
1999 Penfolds Grange Australia, South Australia
91 points
Big nose of vanilla, cedar, spice and plums.
Bold fruit, smooth but big tannins. Nice lenght. Still has many years of life ahead.

SS 91+pts.
Red
2005 Château Pavie France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
96 points
Decanted for six hours prior to drinking at dinner.

The wine is dark as night.

Day one

This wine is on lock down. Huge drying tannins, so overwhelming that it was hard to get at the underlying fruit. It's like being punched in the face repeatedly by two heavyweight boxers.

Day two

Wine has vastly improved from last nights showing.

This has a massive nose of chocolate, sweet dark fruits like plums and a lovely cedar spice component. On the palate this wine has gobs of sweet dark fruit, bitter chocolate and some nice spice. Still has noticeable drying tannins, but starting to round out. This wine is delicious now but will only get better and better with more air time. This is a wine that I could see going 50+ years easily.

Day three

Finally the tannins have completely smoothed out. Still has great fruit and structure. Gorgeous bottle of wine.

SS 96+pts.
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Red
2005 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
95 points
Decanted for six hours prior to drinking at dinner.

Day one

Not as dark as the '05 Pavie & '05 Clos Fourtet. Lovely nose of flowers, spice and plums. Palates similar to the nose with the addition of cedar and berries. Great velvety texture on the palate.

Day two

The nose has opened up even more than last night. Baking spice jumps out of the glass along with dark berries, hints of cedar and tobacco. Big cola component on the palate along with dark berries, tobacco, cedar and coffee note. Silky smooth, great mid-palate. Long finish. Excellent wine.

Day three

Hasn't lost its great nose. But the fruit and structure has faded a bit on the palate.

SS 95pts.
Red
2005 Clos Fourtet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
95 points
Decanted for six hours prior to drinking at dinner.

Day one

This wine is on lock down. Just like the '05 Pavie this had big drying tannins, so overwhelming that it was hard to get at the underlying fruit.

Day two

Like the Pavie this wine has improved a lot with more air time.
This wine is almost black in color with a purple rim. Jammy dark fruit galore on the nose, along with spice and a black cherry cola thing going on. This is a sexy lush wine which echoes the nose in flavor profile. Still has drying tannins, but starting to smooth out. Great purity of fruit and texture on the mid-palate. Long finish. A wine that could in my opinion go 40 to 50+ years.

Day three

Very fragrant on the nose, almost vintage port like. Just like the Pavie, the tannins are totally resolved. Smooth round velvety palate. Great length and purity of fruit still. A wow wine for sure.

SS 95+pts.
Red - Fortified
1945 Dow Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Very alcoholic right off the bat on the nose. I got some caramel, and cherries on the nose.
I got this great cherry cough syrup component on the palate. The heat really ramps up on the finish.
Overall a nice.

SS 89pts.
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