Turn of the Century Bordeaux vs. Napa Tasting

Tasted December 1, 2018 - December 2, 2018 by jimyeni with 97 views

Introduction

3 flights of 2 wines, single blind. 3 hour double decant. Served with NY steaks, pesto pasta, spinach salad, and sides of manchego and bread. 7 tasters, about half stylistically prefer Bordeaux, the other half Napa which made it really fun when the group miscalled the Las Cases as the Staglin and vice versa in flight #3.

Flight 1 (2 notes)

Red
2000 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
92 points
A bit of brett on the nose (band aid) and some slate, stone. Nice middle and balance, but it feels like it's asleep. I'd give this a bunch more time but was cool to check in.
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Red
1999 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
The group preferred the Beringer over the Montrose this evening, in large part because the Montrose was really closed, backward while the Beringer was in really good shape, a wine that is showing off it's tertiary notes really well. To give you an idea, it was really hard to pick the Bordeaux. Great time to enjoy this wine.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
On initial decant was concerned this wine was flawed as it was incredibly closed and a little bit acidic. Double decanted and drank roughly 3 hours later and it was completely different. Some caramel on the nose, the fruit came out to play and the mouth feel and complexity was really there. Ready to drink. 4th place out of 6 but not far off the top 3, 1999 Las Cases, 2001 Staglin, 2000 Cos. We're talking about milimeters separating these wines.
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Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
94 points
Double decant for 3 hours, initially in the glass there was some real funk that threw people off. Luckily that blew off and this showed really well. Initial decant had a lot of pencil shavings and pine tree, needed time to open up. 3rd place out of 6 in an amazing lineup although 3 people (out of 7) chose this as their WOTN. Beautifully mature Cos.
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Flight 3 (2 notes)

Red
2001 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
94 points
Showed really well, still has a lot of nice fruit, a bit of funk, in a single blind flight against a 1999 Las Cases, most of the group thought this was the Las Cases and vice versa, in large part because of the quality and amount of fruit on the Las Cases. 2nd place for the group (out of 6 wines)
Red
1999 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
95 points
Showed incredibly well tonight, in a 2 bottle flight against a 2001 Staglin, almost everyone thought this was the Staglin as the concentration and purity of fruit was very reminiscent of Napa. 1st place for the group out of 6 wines, 3 tasters had this as WOTN, 3 had as 2nd place of the evening against some really stiff competition

Closing

Voting: WOTN got 3 points, second best wine got 2 points. The Las Cases was WOTN with 15 points, Staglin was the runner up with 12 points, Cos with 11 and the Montelena with 4. The Montrose and Beringer were very good but didn't get a first/second place vote from anyone.

These wines all showed extremely well however and everyone agreed the difference between these wines was millimeters. Fantastic tasting

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