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Bordeaux Blends Smackdown

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Tasted March 4, 2021 by galewskj with 55 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White
2014 Aubert Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Drank double blind. This wine was clearly chardonnay, and a fat rich one with oak influence and butter. The palate tasted like there was a lot of malo. Round and ripe, peach and tropical fruit. It was clearly a well made wine of good pedigree, I was just slightly bothered by the sweetness and oak. It's interesting that I liked this wine significantly more 1.5 years ago when I knew what it was.
White
2014 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
Drank double-blind. This wine was lighter, and clearly chardonnay. There was matchstick, nice minerality and a slight saline quality. Someone else suggested a grand cru chablis, and that flavor profile resonated with my perception, but obviously we were wrong. Good job Kistler.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
2000 Château Duhart-Milon France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
Dark double-blind. This wine tasted old and somewhat dry. There were a lot of dried herbs present, fennel, savory sage, along with loam and earth. I got little to no fruit. This was fun to try, not sure I'd want to split this with another person over an evening. My score is largely based on the complexity of the wine. I guessed bordeaux and frankly I'm surprised it was "only" a 2000, I would have guessed much older.
Red
1994 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, Santa Cruz Mountains
95 points
Drank double blind. Damn, this wine was on point. Much more red-fruited than the 2000 Duhart Milon. The leather and tobacco made me think this was from California. Elegant integrated tannins and high complexity. The wine took on a caramel note with time. My WOTN and the groups.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

Red
1996 Château Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
Drank double blind, I was confident this was Bordeaux. Savory, well-fruited, but my note from 1.5 years ago is still correct: this wine had good traditional Bordeaux complexity, but it was drinking on the young side. Seriously, 1996 is tannic, and it seems like none of the good Bordeaux from that vintage are ready without a LONG decant. This bottle was slow o'd 2.5 hrs and that wasn't enough.
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Red
1995 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
93 points
Drank double blind, I felt this wine was definitely Bordeaux. The wine has rich tobacco, anise and other spice along with a peppery finish. Savory and well-fruited, really nice, but it's a struggle to assess a wine when you don't have the perspective of what it is. In hindsight, this drinks young, has good complexity now but should gain more with a few years time.
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Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
2007 The Napa Valley Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Drank double blind, the wine was decanted 3 hours. This wine was hard to assess, it seemed slightly green, had a lot going on but wasn't that expressive. I wish I could have assessed it further, not knowing what I was drinking, and being the 7th wine, I was grading on a curve here.
Red
2011 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva Chile, Maipo Valley, Puente Alto
91 points
Decanted 3 hours, drank double blind. This wine had a chocolate and blue fruit streak that made me think it was a Caymus Special Selection. I was shocked when the wine was revealed. It was still a quality wine but obviously the odd man out in this lineup.
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