"Fire sale, everything must go" tasting with friends

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Tasted July 1, 2008 by wineamateur with 388 views


Notes in progress

Flight 2 - Off the beaten track (2 notes)

1986 Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
88 points
Bought from the winery in 1990/91. Stored passively since. I didn't hold up many hopes for this. But what a surprise! The colour showed a good deal of age: a bit of a brown tinge on the red, with obvious oranging towards the rim. Good cassis on the nose; not especially fragrant. Elegant and claret-like on the palate, with just a hint of sweetness on the finish to suggest its new world origins; quite herbal, minty.
1985 Chateau Musar Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
92 points
Typically pale red colour, bricking towards rim. Fabulously sexy nose, spicey and classically Musar, though others thought Zin (Ridge Geyserville was one suggestion). Lush sweet evolved palate. Reminds me how good Musar can be.

Flight 3 - Pinot Noir: Burgundy and a couple of oddities (4 notes)

2001 Heribert Bayer Pinot Noir In Signo Tauri Austria, Burgenland, Mittelburgenland
87 points
Good Pinot aroma profile, lots of balls, and a lot of sweet caramel-toffeed oak. Goes down well in the mouth, but I and others left the oak was a bit heavy-handed. Still, a nice drop. New Zealand and Australia were the guesses.
1993 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
Initial sulphur on the nose put others off this at first. But I immediately fell for the dark stone fruit, a satiny mouth feel. Great ripeness of fruit, but still obviously the product of a cool vintage. I loved it. (Oh, and the sulphur blew off too.)
2004 Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
79 points
Bought from the winery in June 2006. Bright purply red colour. Youthful strawberry fruit, a bit jammy, and green tinged, maybe cranberries; something a bit artificial. A good core of fruit on the palate, but again somewhat green tinged; green capsicum flavours not integrating well with a sugary sweetness. Interestingly, all the others thought this Burgundy, probably Cote de Beaune (though "not a good Cote de Beaune").
1995 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
92 points
A bit of a barnyard stink to begin with, but that soon blew off and this developed impressively in the glass. Dartk stone fruits on nose and palate, but with a bit of nervosity and grip, and a lovely ethereal sweetness on the nose and on the finish.A wine really hitting its stride. Perhaps the group favourite of this flight.

Flight 4 - Dessert (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
91 points
This showed a good deal more impressively than the last time I noted it. Deep golden colour. Ripe exotic fruit on the nose. We disagreed whether it showed much botrytis - I thought not, but it certainly made up for that in ripeness, fruit flavour and sweetness. Very good grip on the palate. Rich and mouthfilling. One guess around the table was Rieussec, then Paul hit the nail on the head. Lafaurie 98, we heard, was reputed to be Sauternes of the vintage behind Rieussec. (I didn't ask if that was supposed to include Yquem.) Whatever - this was a seriously good way to end a great evening.
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