Guys Night - Bordeaux vs Napa

Jason's House

Tasted April 7, 2018 by galewskj with 304 views

Introduction

9 of us gathered to do a smackdown of sorts, pitting Bordeaux against Napa. Bordeaux managed to win, although there were some excellent Napa cabs. My WOTN was 1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia. But really, 5 wines won tonight, as they were spectular.

Flight 1 (4 notes)

White - Sparkling
2005 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Similar to previous notes. Pear stands out. Clean.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Mignon Champagne Brut Premium Reserve France, Champagne
88 points
Even for an NV champagne, this was quite lackluster. There is some yeastyness, and that's about all. I hope other bottles show better.
White
2013 Kistler Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
This is a fairly restrained Kistler. The spicy oak is not heavy, and there is ample acidity. There is a lot of golden fruit. This is a really nice chardonnay.
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Red
2011 Jean-Claude Boisset Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
88 points
I didn't get much Burgundy out of this wine. It is a fairly lean pinot noir without much minerality, or anything to elevate it above "good average".

Flight 2 (8 notes)

Red
1984 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
1 hr decant. Wow, talk about bottle variation from the previous one 2 years ago. This is completely in the zone right now. Like all Dominus, it is a bit dark and brooding. Scorched earth, saddle leather, a bit of funk. It was quite smoky.
Red
1985 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
94 points
1 hour decant. This wine had mixed opinions as to how good it is. I thought it was a great old Bordeaux, soft integrated tannins, harmonious palate. There is the typical funk, cedar box, earth, red fruit.
Red
1990 Dalla Valle Maya USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
I am not inputting a score, but it would be 88 or lower for sure. I was so looking forward to this wine. We all agreed, and were confused, as to how they were making such modern fruity alcoholic wines in 1990 in Napa. It tastes like it was made by TRB. Reading the wineries tasting note, it's spot on: smoky cassis, chocolate, and licorice. Some red fruit was present, followed by a lot of alcohol. I hope this was an off bottle.
Red
1990 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
93 points
1 hour decant. As good as this was, it was not as good as other bottles that I've had. Some people at the table agreed, while others felt it was as good or better than their expectation. Anyway, a great Bordeaux for sure, and in a great drinking window.
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Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Decanted 2 hours. Fantastic cabernet. Better than a bottle we had 2 years ago, brought by the same guy. There is still a lot of fruit here along with spice, tobacco, and nice acidity. Incredibly balanced, slightly fruit-forward. I can't see anyone not liking this if they drink red wine. This is a rockstar wine.
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Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
92 points
Decanted an hour, this was good but not great. It is bordering on classic Bordeaux, but feels like it needs another 5 years to unfurl and get some more secondary qualities.
Red
2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Decanted for 2-3 hours. It seems too big and too young. Unless you like a fair amount of tannin and big fruit, I would hold.
Red
2012 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
At a great tasting, this was the only wine that almost everyone dumped. This wine is too young to drink right now. But if you do choose to bring it to a tasting, DECANT IT. As a pop and pour, it is downright unpleasant to drink. Unscored
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Flight 3 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2014 Château Coutet France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
89 points
Surprisingly, this wine did not show that well. It seemed thin, lacking pretty much everything. It was definitely lacking acid.
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