Last night we drank four wines at the 29th Virtual Wine tasting. Opening up with both a chilled and room temp serving of this Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon the group found the wine to be a pale lemon color with the textbook aromas of cut grass, citrus and dare I say- cat pee. Other aromas and flavors included peaches, algae (?), pineapple, grapefruit and lemon curd. The wine was dry with high acidity and a medium (-) body leading to a short finish. I think this $45 bottle is worthy of 91 points, slightly shy of the pros who went as high as 94. It’s delicious now and will keep for a few more years but why wait on this 4 star effort. Seafood or poached chicken would pair nicely. Salut….
Rich ruby colored and about 75% opaque. The nose has enticing aromas of black plum, cassis, blackberry, menthol, vanilla, coffee, mocha. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins. They are well integrated but still grippy. Flavors of cassis and plum dominate but I get blackberry with oak influence and some green pepper alongside the menthol. Full bodied it carries on to a long finish. This is textbook Right Bank Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Franc- delicious and reasonably priced at $25. I like it and think it is worthy of 92 points and 5 stars. I’m searing some Hangar steaks with Gratin Potatoes to pair. Drink till 2028. Salut….
Bright lemon colored this is the third vintage of Lamothe that I have tasted. A blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc with 13% Semillon it has intense aromas of cut grass, gooseberry, flint, bell pepper, lemon zest, stone fruit and underripe strawberry. The palate is dry, crisp and tart with medium (+) acidity. Texturally speaking there is an oily component that gives this wine a medium (+) body. The citrus takes center stage on the palate with the stone fruit backing it up. The telltale cut grass and gooseberry are not as pronounced. The finish is medium in length, perhaps the aromatics of this varietal linger longer. Delicious and refreshing to say the least. I’m impressed by this $15 wine that gets 90 points and 5 stars. Drink with lighter fare including chicken and seafood. It begs for oysters and clams on the half shell. Salut….
This Right Bank Merlot based blend is a deep garnet color in the glass with long, lingering legs. The nose is gorgeous- plum, steeped blackberry, cassis, licorice, vanilla bean, graphite and blueberry mixed with fresh oak and a touch of espresso. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins that are silky on the mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied this just-maturing wine has got waves of blackberry, blueberry and plum flavors intertwined with a dash of vanilla, coffee and oak. It is just starting to offer tertiary flavors and will develop nicely in the coming years. It finishes long with a black tea component alongside cassis. Very smooth and certainly delicious, this $55 bottle will drink nicely till 2032 and pair with most meat dishes and stews. 94 points from me make it a 5 star wine. Salut…..
There’s dessert wines and then there is Chateau d’Yquem. Head and shoulders above the rest it is the only Supérieur Premier Cru in the region. This botrytised wine was still very young but we got exactly what we wanted out of it-
Deep gold colored. Honey, apricot, lemon marmalade, orange preserves, white blossom, nuts, super sweet with medium (+) acidity. Full bodied. Youthful, long finish. 96 points
A pretty basic write up, but when you are sipping this stunner with chocolate lava cake it’s hard to divert too much attention to making assessments. An amazing wine to savor with friends for the next 30 years or so. I have to agree with the pros, this is at least a 96 point wine that gets 5 stars. Salut….
We are moving next month and wanted to have a special dinner with close friends- this was the opener. My last sampling of the 2000 Lynch Bages was 4 years ago. It has developed further and is fully mature now. Moxie said it was the best wine she has ever tasted. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
A very light bricking on the rim gives clues to this wine’s age. The nose is a complex melding of tertiary notes alongside some fruit and oak nuance. Leather, tobacco, cassis, cedar box, cooked blackberry, prunes, fig and a touch of caramel. On the palate this wine is so smooth- medium (+) acidity has kept it in fine shape alongside very fine grained tannins that are fully integrated at this point. Medium bodied, the flavors have a medium intensity- it’s about finesse with this wine. A long finish shows off its pedigree. Simply stunning and a pleasure to drink after so long in the cellar. It’s average price hovers around $450 now, jaw dropping I know. I’m sticking with my original 96 point score. It’s only fair to give this wine 5 stars. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Back in 2003 I bought 3 cases of this wine and have steadily been drinking it on occasions like birthdays and Christmas. This week I will be opening two bottles, this one and then another with my wine class in celebration of another year on earth.
I’m shocked at the color of this 21 year old- medium ruby, with a touch of bricking. I could call it garnet but it still shows youth in the glass. The nose is stunningly mature yet still gives off aromas of some primary fruit. Blackberry, cassis, leather, tobacco, mint, rose water, black plum, vanilla- the list could go on. It is so complex and earthy. The palate is dry with quite a tannic grip on the forefront. Medium (+) acidity makes for a sour note on the initial attack. As the wine warms on the tongue I get all the primary, secondary and tertiary flavors I picked out on the nose with a helping of sour cherry to keep it sharp. The wine is medium (+) bodied and is a comfortable 13% ABV. The finish is medium (+) in length and tapers to mainly tertiary flavors, the fruit running out of steam early. The sourness and acidity make it a mouthwatering wine that begs to be drunk. This is by far my favorite label. I paid $60 back in the day for one bottle that now runs $200. I would says it is at peak and has another 3-5 years left. It deserves more than the 90 points it got originally. I would say it is a 92 pointer and I have to go with 5 stars. Pairings would include any manner of meat, cooked in pretty much any style. Love this stuff. Salut….
Tasted blind, this Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cab Sav was a deep ruby color with thin legs. Medium (-) intensity nose with aromas of red cherry, red raspberry, wet wool and purple grape- I found it to be very youthful and simple. (Plus disgusting). The palate was dry with medium acidity, medium tannins, medium alcohol and light bodied. Medium (-) intensity flavors of the above led to a medium (-) finish. I called this wine poor but was corrected to- acceptable; a point for balance was deserved(?). This wine is to be drunk now, not suitable for aging. I did not care for it and was surprised that I couldn’t even get the varietal right. For me this $14 wine gets 84 points with a 1 star rating. Salut….
This dessert style Bordeaux wine is pale gold in the glass- a stunning shade imho. The nose is chock full of Botrytis-driven goodness. Dried apricots, honey, marzipan, orange marmalade, candied ginger. The palate is sweet, luscious and silky- yet full bodied. It’s hard to tell that there is much acidity, but if it lacked that key component this wine would be out of balance, which it’s not. Unctuous flavors of apricot, honey, marmalade and candied ginger caress my palate so beautifully. The worst part of the finish on this wine is the the fact that it ends, after a decently long time lingering on my palate. Still young, this blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc will further evolve and be delicious until 2033. 92 points from me for this $ $28 stunner makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….
As I poured this medium gold colored elixir I couldn’t help but notice its viscosity. The nose has delightful aromas of honey, apricot jam, geranium, hibiscus, citrus extract and a very unique burnt smell. It may be from the sulfites?? The palate is sweet but not cloying. The flavors are pronounced in strength and display textbook Botrytis notes of honey, apricot, florals, a touch of bread/yeast and nuts. The acidity is medium and the body is full. The honey component really shines on the mid palate along with the ripe stone fruit. The finish of this dessert wine is medium in length and really coats my mouth with sweet yummy goodness. I love drinking this wine right now and am happy I have more bottles to watch the evolution. It will drink well into 2030’s and gets 93 points from me. I believe you can find a half bottle for around $30 making it a 5 star effort. It cries for Blue cheese or Foie Gras. Salut….