4th Saturday Brown Bagger

T&L's

Tasted November 23, 2019 by AllRed with 116 views

Introduction

Wines are tasted double blind in flights, which are arranged randomly, but as much as possible from light to heavy. Each flight is discussed & unveiled before moving on to the next flight.

Flight 1 - Warm ups (4 notes)

White
2016 Capensis Chardonnay South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch
88 points
Double blind. Clay, spice and white fruit/apple aromas. Pretty. Apple and spice on the palate. At first this seemed chardonnay-like but not quite chardonnay so I was thinking chenin from South Africa. After some time in the glass the spice and acidity was more pronounced, and it seemed more Chablis-like than anything else. My favorite of the warm ups.
White
2017 Torres Rueda Verdeo Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda
88 points
Double blind. Apple and sweet pear aromas- very fruity, which is a good thing. A bit waxy at first, with flavors that mirror the bouquet. Guessed pinot grigio.
White
2016 Galerie Riesling Terracea USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
87 points
Double blind. At first this is a touch smoky/flinty, and only after some time in the glass does a petrol note appear. Stone fruit-unripe peach- along with pear. Peach notes follow on the palate; on the dry side of the spectrum. Guessed Clare Valley riesling.
White
2009 Kelham Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
flawed
Double blind. Oxidized. DOA. Others found it better than I, but I just couldn't suffer more than half a sip. The hosts tasted this at the winery and brought a bottle(s?) home. Just more evidence that proves there are no great wines, only great bottles. I guessed semillon, as it reminded me a bit of what Kalin turns into after it has oxidized.

Flight 2 - Reds (5 notes)

Red
2013 Viader Cabernet Franc Dare USA, California, Napa Valley
85 points
Double blind. Enjoyable bouquet of red fruit-perhaps cherry and currant- with underlying spice notes. The palate follows the bouquet in terms of flavors, however, there is no midpalate presence or barely a finish to speak of. No one in the group guessed cab franc. I would think, given the winery & reputation, that this was somehow flawed, although there were no specific discernible flaws to hone in on. Looking back at my note, I suppose my score is a bit generous.
Red
2016 Château Meyney France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
89 points
Blind. Floral, perfume and black fruit aromas. Tannic; structured, but there's a good bit of fruit underneath. Black fruit and woody elements under the tannins.

I did not pick this out as our bottle of Meyney, as I put it towards the end to ensure a later flight. This was decanted in a wide decanter for 6.5 hours before the tasting. A tannic beast, this needs to be held for a few years or decanted for 18+ hours.
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Red
2010 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Double blind. The lightest color of the wines in this flight- must be TLV's pinot, lol. Aromas of cherry, cola, rhubarb and clay (yes, it's TLV's pinot). Spice, cherry and cranberry with a long finish and nice underlying acidity. This has an elegance to it which had me thinking WesMar. In a very good spot right now.
Red
1993 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
80 points
Double blind. Another that shows on the lighter side, though clearly this is due to age and not necessarily variety. Dried tea leaf aromas dominate, and I struggle to find much else. Perhaps some currant and dried red berries, but this is clearly drying out and in decline. Short on the finish, and not much here. Again, in hindsight, my score is a bit generous, as clearly this bottle was long past prime.

The individual who brought this had double decanted it twice, which surely did not help. Older wines such as this should be gently, but swiftly, double decanted only once off their sediment, trying to minimize the amount of air it receives.
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Red
2014 Shafer Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Double blind. Opens with an earthy note, followed by a buttered popcorn note as well as dill and olive...something on the briny side. Currant, plum and black fruit flavors with velvety tannins. Good, if a bit odd...I certainly did not think merlot for this one.
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Flight 3 - Reds (4 notes)

Red
2015 James Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Double blind. Coffee and herb aromas with black currant and plum underneath. Mixed red and black fruit on the palate, supporting medium tannins. Balanced. Impressive. Guessed Napa cab sauv.
Red
2016 Château Labégorce France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
flawed
A subtle hint of TCA fades in and out- it is not always obvious but it is definitely there.
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Red
2007 Mt. Brave Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
91 points
Double blind. Opens with a ripe raisiny note, and it's a touch hot, but there's also some nice dark plummy fruit underneath that follows through on the palate. Fairly well-balanced, it's got structure but also an abundance of good dark fruit. I'd rate it a bit higher if the raisin notes weren't evident. Medium+ finish. I believe I guessed Napa cab...I think one taster (RG?) did pick it out as merlot.
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Red
2016 Château Le Prieuré France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Blind. Currant, plum and spice notes. Structured, but with abundant mixed frut underneath. There's a plushness to it as well, but something else suggests old world. I wondered if this was one of the Bordeaux.

This was decanted 6.5 hours before it was rebottled and then poured nearly three hours later.

Flight 4 - Reds (4 notes)

Red
1991 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
70 points
Double blind. Bouillon dominates the bouquet and palate. Nuances of red fruit lurk beneath the bouillon. Guessed old CA cab. A shame, as the '91 vintage is my favorite of the '90s.
Red
2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
94 points
Blind. Dark fruit and spice notes with a distinct floral overtone. Wonderful black fruit and red fruit flavors with floral notes. Easy to pick out as our bottle of Prieure-Lichine in this flight.

Decanted for 6.5 hours. Will be adding more of this to the cellar.
Red
2015 Lewis Cellars Syrah USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Double blind. Massive and inky- stains the glass and one's teeth. One dimensional but enjoyable bouquet dominated by barbeque sauce- it's sweet and smoky, and a touch meaty. Like a wine glass full of KC Masterpiece or something along those lines. Develops a buttered popcorn note with air which, for me, is a bit distracting. Firm, with searing tannin and ripe black fruit. This is bigger than any SQN I've had, so I guessed petite sirah. I can see where this has fans, and I suppose this would be great with a brisket, but it is not something I would seek out to drink on a regular basis- just something to scratch that certain itch I get on occasion (but that's why I have SQN, so...).
Red
2014 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Double blind. Aromas of dark fruit and sweet, confected grape notes- meant as a good thing here, it's sweet but enjoyably so. Cassis, currant and brown sugar flavors wit a long finish. Full-bodied; firm tannins with abundant black fruit. 93-94 pts.

Flight 5 - Dinner (2 notes)

Enjoyed nonblind with pot roast and sides, with apple pie for dessert.

Red
2008 St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
Nonblind with dinner. Currant and cassis with a dusty earthy quality. Mixed berry fruit on the palate. Softened tannin with a medium+ finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château d'Arche Sauternes France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
88 points
From 750ml. Pineapple, honey and pear syrup aromas follow through on the palate. Nice; could use a little more acidity in my opinion.

Closing

Thank you for a wonderful evening, T&L.

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