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Tasted November 1, 2014 by tooch with 427 views

Flight 1 (20 notes)

White
2000 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
93 points
A touch of butterscotch on the nose at first, but that seemed to blow off revealing a salty, rich, textured Raveneau. Nice length and body, the 2000s seem to be in a great spot right now.
White - Sparkling
2004 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
91 points
Toasty, and fresh. Lots of floral notes on the palate too and a creamy, nutty edge to it too. Good acidity, with a lot to like about it.
White
2012 Weiser-Künstler Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
91 points
Tart, refreshing, and mineral-driven. Lots of peach, lychee, pear, and a steely disposition on the palate made this a beautiful Kabinett.
Red
1985 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Beautiful aromas of leather, cherry, earth, tobacco, and smoke. Palate is slender and sleek with cool red fruits, layers of floral notes, and some green notes. Tons of elegance and charm to this and it's drinking in a really nice spot.
Red
1986 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Nose is leafy, floral, and red fruit driven. Beautiful rustic aromas of cigar, and earth too. The palate had a real sweetness to it...tons of cherries, pomegranate, and rose notes. Very nice.
Red
1987 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Touch of alcohol noticeable on the nose masks a bit of the florals and earth notes that are on the palate. Certainly better on the palate than the nose, with lots of soft florals, cherries, tobacco, and leather. The nose was a bit muted here, but the palate was drinking nicely.
Red
1988 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
flawed
infected with too much brett.
Red
1989 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Smooth as silk. Nose is a bit muted with soft tones of floral notes, cherries, tobacco, and some mint. Palate is soft, with some juicy red fruit. Maybe not as powerful as some of the others, but the palate composition was really nice. Good for those of you look for a restrained and elegant Napa cabernet.
Red
1990 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Nose has some distinct green bean notes, lots of dark fruits, cigar, and leather. The palate is ripe and full bodied. Great balance and elegant. Really nice.
Red
1975 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
flawed
all stewed fruit.
Red
1998 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
Nose of dark red fruit, tobacco, and charcoal. Palate is ripe, juicy, and delicious. Certainly its own style of Bordeaux, but very nice on this day.
White
2000 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Smells like lemon meringue pie. Intense lemon notes with some creamy, vanilla-y notes, some peach, and pear notes too. Very deep and dense right now with some caramel, and buttery notes. This does not taste like Sauvginon.
Red
2001 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington
72 points
Not very good, at all. Dense, sappy blue fruits. This was served blind and was easily distinguished as a Washington Cabernet. I called Leonetti, but, whatever. Dense, pretty simplistic and out of balance. It's all sweetness and alcohol.
Red
1995 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
flawed
Red
1994 Château La Fleur de Gay France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
92 points
Exactly what you want from a 1994 Pomerol. Lots of earthy red fruits, leather, cigar, and currants. Lots of sweet berries on the palate, great balance, a touch of green peppers, and smoke. Wonderful.
Red
1999 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
A nice nose of cherries, and earth. The palate was a bit firm, but was very nice to drink. I think with another 3-5 years the palate will open up a lot more - hopefully, some of the earthy, funky notes will emerge.
Red
2003 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
86 points
Bright cherries...almost a candied cherry tone to it actually. The palate was a bit better than I would have guessed. While the fruit was dense and dark, there was nice floral and earthy notes in there too. A bit outside my comfort zone, but decent.
Red
2004 Les Forts de Latour France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
Really nice. Tons of cedar, dark fruits, earth, and tobacco. Lots of energy on the palate, with some drying tannins on the finish. Will be a lot better in time, but I enjoyed this a lot.
Red
2005 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
91 points
I hadn't tried this in a while, and this was certainly interesting. Tasted it blind and based on the weight and energy on the palate I thought it was a Foillard Cru Beaujolai. It had crunchy red fruits, nice undertones of earth, and dried leaves. Loved the acidity on the palate and the smoothness of the fruit and floral composition.
Red
2009 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
85 points
Super dense and dark. You could see the PLL floral notes in there, but it'll take a lot of time for the baby fat to fall away. The palate is thick, and sweet - reminded some of us of something out of the New World than Bordeaux. I consider myself a huge fan of PLL, so it was disappointing that this is so disjointed at this point. Will be interesting to revisit in time.
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