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Tasted January 13, 2007 by psmith with 698 views

Flight 1 (20 notes)

White
1996 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Maturing, creamy texture with less minerality than expected. Lighter flavors and developing some secondary heavier characteristics. Somewhat faded after 30 minutes in the glass. Decent wine, not a particularly good Meursault Perrières.
White - Off-dry
1983 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
Golden-brown color. Pine-Sol and cider notes. Still some sweetness to the palate but a nasty sour edge. Not really drinkable.
White
2001 Domaine Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
Big, tart Sancerre. Lots of acid and without any real age showing. Asparagus and vegetal character, with bright citrus fruit. Enjoyable wine.
Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Scary brown color. Lighter tobacco and subtle dark fruit notes. Older, front-heavy palate and a caramelized finish. Lighter-bodied and with a somewhat hard edge, but not without charm. Better than expected, and would probably be very acceptable with food.
Red
1996 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay USA, California, Napa Valley
Black cherry and assorted dark fruits and cedar notes. Somewhat hard tannins but softened fruit. Medium-bodied. Enjoyable, probably some room for improvement.
Red
1989 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Lots of wood and black fruits on the nose. Really woody and sour palate needs time. A wrapped-up feel to this. Drying structure. Hard to read.
Red
1996 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale USA, California, Sonoma County
Dark fruit. An impression of sweetness to the palate. Large scaled, firm, and tannic. An out of place green, woody undercurrent in an otherwise very ripe wine. Young, may dry out in the long term.
Red
1987 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
Well resolved nose with some wood influence, dark red fruits, and yes...mint. Builds on the palate with a somewhat raw, chewy feel to the finish. Not really complete and may never fully round out, but a very nice wine.
Red
2002 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
Ripe purple fruits and vanilla notes. Chambord palate, tannic and raw structure really clips the fruit off.
Red
1994 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
Characteristic wood and green olive/tobacco notes. Astringent and woody mouthfeel. Medium body with some black and red fruits. Can probably last. Typical SO.
Red
1996 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
Still fruity, though with a very raw astringency due to the over-applied wood. Fans of SO should enjoy this.
Red
1995 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
Red fruits and mint notes. Young palate with some restrained green notes and a good, masked, core of fruit. Tannic. Needs time.
Red
1986 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow USA, California, Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain
Really charming and classic nose - cassis, earth, and ripe dark fruits with some alcohol evident. Resolved, but somewhat light palate doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose; still, a good enough wine.
Red
1988 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
Tobacco and blackberry notes. Lighter palate with a green, raw structure. Enjoyable, but fruit will never outlast the tannins here.
Red
2001 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
Dark blackberry and meaty, floral Syrah notes. A big, exotic palate. Full and tannic. Chambord and blackberry with smoky meat notes. Tasty stuff with lots of character.
Red
1997 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
Chambord and mineral notes. Big, thick, spicy, Zinfindel-like fruit lacks any Cabernet character whatsoever. Possibly a bit cooked, otherwise a really terrible effort.
Red
1975 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Caramelly and salty. Not really drinkable, but still tannic.
Red
1998 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
flawed
VA and caramel nose - not right. More acceptable palate with characteristic BdM structure but older, tawny fruit. Not a representative bottle.
Red
1999 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Dark fruits and tarry, animal fur notes. Tannic mineral-laden palate. Really wound up and hard, just not showing much. Not enjoyable at this stage, hold off.
Red
2002 Serafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Dark, brambly Pinot fruit with some heat evident. Tar and earth. Moves over time to more heavily spiced strawberry and anise notes. Heady and tannic. Enjoyable. Reminds me of Dugat Py.
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