MOPA 100 Point Wine Tasting

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tasted May 9, 2009 by rstark with 924 views


Walk around tasting of 100-point (WS or WA) wines. Charity fundraiser at a private home. Each attendee was given a tasting card of 10 wines.

Flight 1 (7 notes)

1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
95 points
Not much nose on this, but who cares? Fabulous blend of earth, dusty plum flavors. Long velvety tannin finish. Beautiful.
1982 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
Bright, pretty fruit on nose, but did not deliver on the palate. Tastes slightly stewed. Flatlined. Surprisingly short finish. Parker got this one wrong. Oh, I just checked, and two months ago he rerated it and lowered it 5 points. No longer a 100 pointer!
1990 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
95 points
This one is a brett-bomb. Some people would hate it, but I didn’t mind so much, since there was still some fruit. I’ve had other bottles of this wine where it wasn’t so apparent. Long finish. Saddle leather covered with horse sweat. Giddyup, Girl!
1991 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
98 points
Light nose, but the flavor made up for it. Dusty dry plum coated in leather and truffles. Silk sheet finish. Gorgeous. So much dimension, especially in comparison to all those ’82 Bordeaux.
2004 Sine Qua Non Syrah Poker Face USA, California, Central Coast
90 points
Is this wine or blueberry pancake syrup? I've never tasted a dry wine that had such a sticky, cloying finish. I loathed this wine, and would have given it sub-70 points, but have to give it a little nod, as most people at the tasting considered it WOTN. Guess that's what makes horse racing.
1982 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
94 points
Showing more age than the other ‘82’s at this event. Fabulous nose, but in palate the fruit is really start to recede. Meaty, truffly, but missing something. Flatlined in the finish.
1982 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
98 points
Killer nose. This wine is singing right now! Unctuous blend of leather, truffles, with the most delicious dried plum fruit ever. Amazingly long finish. #2 wine of the event.


As with every other 100-point tasting that I've attended, I am now SURE that the Palates That Be at WS and WA have nothing to do with my personal preference. There were only two wines out of 10 that I'd call ethereal (and that I'd spend the $300-$900 that these wines cost).

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