Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind

Northbrook, IL

Tasted November 9, 2013 by Burgundy Al with 387 views

Flight 1 (17 notes)

Red
2011 Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir West Hill Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Slightly tart red cherry aromas and flavors, both showing a bit of new oak protruding for now. Good textures, but a slight raw edge in the middle right now, which I expect will soften in a year or two.
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Red
2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
90 points
Lean black cherry and boysenberry aromas with subtle spice hints. Similar black fruit flavors behind firm and assertive tannins for now. Long finish with persistent fruit that just needs a few years to soften and integrate further. Not a powerhouse wine, this should really drink well around its 10 year mark.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
1973 Anselme Marino Recioto della Valpolicella Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Recioto della Valpolicella
79 points
5 cm ullage. Tired and uninspiring, drinkable, just completely non-descript.
Red
2000 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Tasted double blind. Plum aromas with good spice and hints of cassis, espresso and cocoa. Very forward and rounded flavors, very pleasurable today. I was surprised to see this from 2000, finding it easier and more forward than I'd have expected.
White
2011 Carlisle The Derivative White USA, California, Sonoma County
87 points
Tasted double blind. Ripe stone and orchard fruit with some fresh ginger. Tough wine to figure out, I thought it was from white Rhone varietals given its intensity, slight sweetness and signs of heat. Others enjoyed this more than I did today.
White
2011 Sine Qua Non The Moment USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
91 points
Just shipped to Chicago this week, so perhaps a little shaken up. Slightly tropical fruit, very rich and spicy with some intriguing white pepper and clove. Served slightly too warm, several degrees above cellar temp, so this came across as slightly more alcoholic than if served cooler.
Red
1999 Argiano Solengo Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
90 points
Tasted double blind. Black fruit aromas and flavors, very much like a modern styled Bordeaux to me. Sweet, lush and very easy to enjoy right now. Good concentration but slightly one dimensional.
Red
2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington
91 points
Tasted double blind. Very big black fruit with lots of power, length, intensity and structure. Lots everything here, but a little too hot on finish.
Red
2003 Colgin IX Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Tasted double blind. Roasted and ultra ripe fruit. Very New World, clearly from a ripe vintage. Clearly well made, but lacking depth and structure for what I like in Cabernet-based wines.
Red
1998 Girard Red Wine USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Tasted double blind. Slightly musty start with good black fruit. Moderate intensity, but with the balance and textures that made me think this from Bordeaux when tasted blind.
Red
1999 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon HL USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Tasted double blind. Very fresh and balanced aromatic start with blackberry and plum aromas and good spice. Well textured and balanced throughout, but as Ken pointed out, this is very modern and tough to identify its "place." But a very successful 1999 Napa Cabernet.
Red
2004 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
85 points
Tasted double blind. Very advanced tart cherry aromas with plenty of earth. Very lean start-to-finish with subtle spice hints. While I didn't find the 2004 "green" bitter elements here, I did find it to be too lean and advanced for such a young Rousseau Grand Cru. I've had mixed results with Rousseau 2004s, recalling good bottles of Chambertin and CSJ, but also disappointment a couple of times with Chambertin-Clos de Beze.
Red
2004 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
83 points
Tasted double blind. Advanced black fruit with some sweet spice on nose, then nothing sweet on palate. Black fruit, mostly mature, but behind firm tannins. Lean edge on finish. Don't see much upside.
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Red
2002 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
Served double blind to the tasting group alongside the same wile from 1997. Very attractive spice start with slightly mature black fruit aromas. Very good power and depth, everything in excellent balance with great new oak contributions and integration. At its peak now, I would expect it to drink this well for at least several more years. Just as good 5 hours after opened vs when popped-and-poured.
Red
1997 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
87 points
Served double blind to the tasting group alongside the same wine from 2002. While the '02 was fresh and exciting, this was good but slightly tired. Mature (very ripe) black fruit aromas and flavors with as much earth. Spice seemed off center with new oak character that never perfectly integrated.
Red
1969 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
89 points
Tasted double blind, paired with the same wine from 1983. This wine was very elegant with very charming mushroom and first floor aromas. Slightly muted but nice enough balance. I preferred this to the 1983, which I found to be off balance, but most tasters today disagreed.
Red
1983 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
84 points
Tasted double blind alongside the same wine from 1969. Mostly earthy with some lingering fruit, but I found this unbalanced and slightly shrill. I preferred the more subtle and elegant 1969, but most other tasters today disagreed.
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