Double blind Cab based wine tasting

Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA

Tasted November 14, 2019 by dcwino with 160 views

Introduction

Mark organized a cost share Cabernet Sauvignon based wine tasting. As usual, the results were fascinating and we all ate humble pie.

Flight 1 - La Tache (1 note)

This was a warm up wine that we drank at our wine storage.

Red
2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive youthful nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, mocha, espresso, a hint of stem, rose, cinnamon, nut meg, Vosne spice and limestone. Perfectly integrated palate, very finely layered sweet black fruit, silky, precise and detailed, good acidity, strong mineral and a medium to long sweet black fruit driven finish with a hint of stem and cinnamon at the end. The middle palate is slightly hollow. Killer nose (98pts) but slightly hollow palate (92).
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Flight 2 - White (5 notes)

I was really impressed by the 13 Aubert.

White
2008 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
Youthful mineral driven nose displaying ripe yellow and white fruit, apple, pear, pineapple, lemon crud, smoked oyster, burnt sugar, spicy spices and wet stone. Excellent concentration, finely layered concentrated ripe yellow fruit, oily and rich but also cool and fresh, medium acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish with burnt sugar and spicy spices at the end. Although it is fresh and cool, there is noticeable heat at the end. A classic Marcassin so YMMV.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Ay La Côte Faron France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
Beautifully mature nose displaying decadent yellow fruit with a hint of red, peach, candied orange peel, a hint of cherry, brioche, candied ginger, roasted almond, hefeweizen, honey and mineral. Fully integrated palate, nicely layered concentrated decadent yellow fruit, rich and warm, fine medium abundant mousse, bright acidity and mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish with a hint of brioche and ginger candy at the end. This bottle is rich and yeasty. If you are a fan of Selosse's oxidative style, you need to try this. Taste like a natural wine.
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White
2014 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
95 points
Youthful yet perfect harmonious nose displaying pure succulent white fruit, apple, pear, lemon candy, honey, a hint of flint, cool mountain stream and subtle wet stone. Excellent concentration, very finely layered white fruit, exceptional energy, harmony and precision, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a seamless long pure sweet white fruit driven finish with wet stone at the end. This is a classic slightly understated Corton Charlie. Served a bit too warm yet still beautiful showing.
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White
2013 Aubert Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
98 points
Exquisite nose displaying pure succulent white fruit, pear, lemon curd, lemon candy, a hint of pineapple, beeswax, honeysuckle, a hint of flint, saline and limestone. Exceptional balance, succulent pure white fruit, surprisingly elegant and precise, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a seamless long white fruit driven finish with strong limestone at the end. I dare say this is very Burgundian. Really exceptional domestic Chardonnay.
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White
2017 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
92 points
Very rich nose initially. With air, medium expressive nose displaying ripe yet pure and succulent white and yellow fruit, granny smith, lemon curd, lanoline, oyster shell and wet stone. Excellent concentration, packed slightly coiled citrus fruit, good focus, precision and energy and a medium to long succulent white fruit driven finish with lanoline at the end. Although very youthful, drinking nicely. I imagine this will go beautifully with raw oysters.
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Flight 3 - Blind flight 1 (3 notes)

They were all primary. It wasn't too hard to guess the region.

Red
2016 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
95 points
Explosive nose displaying intense black fruit crème de cassis, blackberry liqueur, blueberry pie, licorice, milk chocolate, a hint of lead pencil, clove, sweet spices and earth. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated ripe black fruit, dense and unctuous yet silky, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, tannins are masked by opulent concentrated fruit, and a long concentrated black fruit driven finish with dark milk chocolate and clove at the end. This taste like a big Napa cult cab, clearly more stuff here than the next two wines. If you are a fan of Napa cult cab, this may be a great QPR wine for you.
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Red
2015 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
93 points
Very primary nose displaying sweet black fruit, crushed blackberry, blackberry liqueur, cappuccino, milk chocolate, black pepper, sweet spices, lead pencil and limestone. Medium concentration, especially compare to the first wine, finely layered ripe roasted black fruit, silky and polished, bright acidity, nice mineral presence, fine tannins and a medium to long ripe black fruit driven finish with cappuccino at the end. The middle palate is slightly hollow. Very well crafted wine but lacks concentration compare to the first wine.
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Red
2016 Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Initially similar to the second wine. Very primary expressive nose displaying ripe black fruit, black cherry, blackberry jam, blueberry pie, licorice, lead pencil, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Very good concentration, very finely layered ripe blue fruit, silky, slightly lean and polished, bright acidity, good mineral presence, fine tannins and a long ripe black fruit driven finish with lead pencil and licorice at the end. Similar to the second wine, lacks concentration especially compare to the first wine.
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Flight 4 - Blind flight 2 (3 notes)

The 04 Latour was a classic Pauillac.

Red
2013 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Block 1 USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
90 points
Expressive nose displaying sweet red, blue and black fruit, cherry pie, blackberry, black cherry, lead pencil, incense, sweet spices and earth. Medium concentration, ripe red and blue fruit, silky and polished, good acidity and mineral and a medium to long ripe red fruit driven finish with lead pencil and sweet spices at the end. This taste like a $30-40 Modern Bordeaux that is very ripe and trying too hard.
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Red
2016 Château Malescot St. Exupéry France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
94 points
Classic Bordeaux nose displaying crème de cassis, blackberry, lead pencil, light caramel, sweet spices and earth. Very harmonious palate, very finely layered cassis fruit, silky and polished, bright acidity, strong mineral, nicely integrated tannins and a long sweet black fruit driven finish. Even at this young age, a classic claret. My guess is the lower tier classified growth. Very nice but totally overshadowed by the next wine.
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Red
2004 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
98 points
The first smell convinces me that this is a high end Bordeaux from a good year. Youthful perfectly harmonious nose displaying crème de cassis, crushed blueberry, light caramel, a hint of cedar, tobacco, lead pencil and mineral. Impeccable balance, layers upon layers of hedonistic black fruit, silky, almost weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet black fruit driven finish with caramel and tobacco at the end. My guess is the 09 or 10 Pauillac. perhaps Pontet Canet. Excellent showing.
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Flight 5 - Blind flight 3 (3 notes)

Unfortunately, the 15 RdV confirmed that it is not possible to producer a great red in Virginia, well made but lacks the material. I really liked the 14 Gard.

Red
2015 RdV Vineyards Lost Mountain USA, Virginia, Northern Virginia, Fauquier County
92 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe red fruit, cherry, plum, a hint of cassis, caramel, eucalyptus and limestone. Medium concentration, sweet red fruit, slightly lean and green, hollow middle, soft and subtle, good acidity and mineral and a medium red fruit driven finish with a hint of green and cedar at the end. This is neither Bordeaux nor Cali, may be south American. This is well made but lacks material.
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Red
2014 Gård Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Lawrence Vineyards USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
96 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe lack fruit, blackberry, a hint of cassis, black cherry, milk chocolate, cappuccino, sweet spices and earth. Very good concentration, nicely layered sweet black fruit, rich, round and silky, good acidity and mineral, fine tannins and a long sweet black fruit driven finish. This could be a Napa cab. Excellent showing.
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Red
2015 Big Flower Wines Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch
94 points
Expressive nose displaying rich concentrated black fruit, blackberry, blueberry jam, a hint of cassis, strong spearmint, ash, lavender and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered black fruit, silky and polished, medium acidity, strong mineral presence and a medium to long black fruit driven finish. The strong spearmint note makes me to guess as a high end South American Cab/Malbec.
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Flight 6 - Blind flight 4 (1 note)

I initially guessed correctly as South African but changed to South American.

Red
2015 Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch
93 points
Similar profile as the wine 9. Medium expressive nose displaying ripe black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, licorice, ash, a hint of green, strong spearmint and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered ripe black fruit, silky and polished, medium acidity and mineral and a medium to long black fruit driven finish.

Flight 7 - De Fargues (1 note)

This was really delicious.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château de Fargues France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
Intense nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, dry apricot and peach, pineapple, mango, strong ginger candy, strong botrytis, crème brulee, butterscotch and sweet spices. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of opulent slightly dry yellow fruit, unctuous, oily and opulent, medium acidity and a long concentrated yellow fruit driven finish. Really yummy.
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Flight 8 - Jailbreak (1 note)

I think I am bias but I really loved this beer.

Beer
N.V. Jailbreak / Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Stout Last Chance to Throw Out Ideas.... USA, Maryland, Eastern Shore
98 points
Opulent complex nose displaying peach and apricot, roasted malt, molasses, espresso, dark spices, damp cellar and earth. Really rich and concentrated yet beautifully balanced and very light. I am certainly not a beer guy but this is simply the best Porter/Stout of my life. Perhaps I am bias as Justin is a good friend. This was aged in SQN and Herman Story Syrah barrels. Joint project with Evil Twin brewery.
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