Alex's Birthday Party

Yan's China Bistro, Walnut Creek, Ca.

Tasted May 5, 2018 by bestdamncab with 89 views

Introduction

I was the first guest to taste these wines after Alex opened them. All were magnums or double magnums and a joy to taste. Listed in order of my ranking.
Thank you Alex for sharing these treasures with me.

Flight 1 - Big Bottles Tasted (10 notes)

Magnums and Double Magnums to enjoy during a Happy Birthday Celebration.
Ties broken based on palate score.

Red
1995 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
96 points
Floral nose of dusty, gravel road, black cherry, black berry, and tar, more of the same on the palate, big body, lots of soft tannins left in this etched magnum format suggest it will improve the next three years and easily last another ten years, rich, mouth filling fruit, elegant, easily outclassed its peers tonight,and a long, long, flavorful finish.
Red
1999 Newton Le Grand Vin USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Nose of cigar box, black cherry, black berry, and plum, same on the palate, big body, lovely, mouth filling fruit, well blended and crafted, very tasty, at its peak in this magnum format, and a long, long finish. Tasted one hour later and starting to fade.
Red
2005 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
94 points
Nose of mushroom, forest floor, medicinal, black berry, and a touch of herbs same on the palate, big body in this magnum format, fairly fruit forward, very tasty, juicy fruit, needs five years to peak, and a long finish.
Red
1976 Château Talbot France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
94 points
From a double magnum, Alex's birth year, bright, light red coloration in the glass with hints of bricking, nose of shitake mushroom, earth, black cherry pie, nose shows its age, more of the same on the palate, no acid, not tart but fairly rich fruit, mouth filling fruit, almost elegant, easy too sip and savor if you like old Bordeaux, and a long, flavorful finish.
Red
1982 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace USA, California, Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain
92 points
From a magnum with a nose of briar, tar, black cherry, black berry, candied fruit, and wood, same on the palate, big body, elegant, at its best, drink up, mouth filling fruit, rich fruit, no sign of tannins, easy to sip and savor, and a long finish.
Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
Nose of black cherry, dry, dusty road, and plum, same on the palate, medium/big body, magnum format, fruit fairly forward, opened in the glass over the next thirty minutes, needs five years to peak in this magnum format, and a long finish.
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Red
2008 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solo USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
91 points
Nose of black cherry and tobacco, the magnum showed lovely, rich fruit on the palate, medium/big body, tasty, three years from its peak in this format, almost mouth filling fruit, touch simple, and a long finish.
Red
1995 Concannon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Assemblage Red Reserve USA, California, Central Coast
90 points
From a double magnum, nose of black cherry, ash, dry forest floor, allspice, and sage, same on the palate, medium body, tasty but not rich, satisfying, at it peak in this format so if you own it you should drink up, and a long, flavorful finish, the finish was its best feature, a red wine blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc.
Red
2005 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
90 points
Nose of black berry, black cherry, boysenberry, and floral mums boquet, same on the palate, in this magnum format it showed very well, big body, tasty, mouth filling fruit, slightly pungent, long, medicinal finish.
Red
2000 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Nose from this magnum of black cherry, black berry, and black currants, same on the palate, medium body, fruit forward, touch simple, tasty, mouth filling fruit, at its best so drink now-suggest you don't wait-even in this magnum format, and medium finish.

Closing

Big Bottles Birthday Party-and a Huge Shout Out and Thank you to Alex; and again, Happy Birthday Alex.

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