March 3, 2006 - Tasting Notes - Joanne

Bonhams & Butterfields Pre-Auction Tasting

San Francisco - Held February 9, 2006

A pre-auction tasting for the auction two days later.

(The numbers in the right-most column is the number of bottles Jack would like in his cellar - a rating of 3 or more are bottles worth seeking out. For this tasting, a few have a second set of numbers in brackets - these were re-tasted near the end of the tasting; the bottles had 90 additional minutes of opening time.)

1995 Château Branaire Ducru     Chocolate and salumi in center. A real baby. Hard to judge. Tight.
1985 Château Cheval Blanc     Black fruit with a creamy center. Hard flavors. Medicinal center. And slightly medicinal finish.  Needed more opening time.  Slight tannic. Does not have the fruit of the ’83 Pichon-Lalande. Hard to judge.
1996 Château Grand Puy Lacoste     Not the time for this wine. Tannic center. Acids on finish. Too young. Hard to judge.
2000 Château L’Angelus     New world style? Heavily concentrated and too heavy on oak for me.
1990 Château La Conseillante     Hay, straw and earth on nose. Impressive concentration. Deep. A baby. Almost creamy on edges.
4-6+ (6-9+)
1990 Château La Croix de Gay     Slightly leaner style. Lighter. Browning on edges.
1990 Château Lafite Rothschild     Really closed. Raspberries. Great acids. There is no flaw with this wine.
3-5+ (6+)
1986 Château Margaux     Berries. Tannic center continues through finish. Medicinal finish. Intense deep garnet color. Young.
1990 Château Meyney     Stinky almost farmyard nose with urine. Grassy herbal acidic center. Plenty of acids on finish. Orangish red. Chocolate on finish.
1983 Château Pichon-Lalande     Expressive explosive nose. Grass and earth on nose. Slight medicinal finish. Really young. Re-tasting it – it was even younger than we first thought.
1994 Chave, J.L. Blanc Hermitage Minerals on nose. Tart grapefruit center. Slightly bitter pithy finish. Desperately needs food. It was great with some bread.
2000 Colgin Cariad   Very CA red style but balanced oak-acid-fruit.
1989 De Champs, J.M Cuvee Dr. Peste Hospice de Beaune Corton Slightly stinky nose. Lean elegant center. I’m happy to drink this wine.
1989 De Champs, J.M Les Porets Hospice de Beaune Nuits St. Georges Oxidation on nose. Wood smoke first notes with smoked sausage. Oxidized.
1994 Graham’s   Vintage Port Tastes like a Ruby port with caramelized sugar. Good bright flavors. Young.
1990 Heitz Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Great nose. Herbs and grass and yum! Lots of fruit. Good acids. Very balanced. Drink now.
1991 Heitz Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blacker deeper more concentrated that the ’90. Slightly bitter. Still young – needs time.
1997 Kistler Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Served too cold. Slightly buttery. Rich center. Clean finish – coriander and slight bitterness on finish. Didn’t have the oak I was expecting when we first tasted it. When we re-tasted it was warmer and it definitely had an oaky element.
4+ (3)
2001 Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir Sweet nose. Good berries in center. Alcohol and sugar on finish.
1998 Mondavi/Frescobaldi Lucente   Good acids. Balanced. Good fruit. We were pleasantly surprised by this wine.
1993 Stag’s Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon New oak finish. Good concentration. Too much “saw dust” flavor unbalances it for me.
1997 Staglin   Cabernet Sauvignon Great acids. Good fruit. Very young.
2002 Turley Hayne Vineyard Petit Sirah Cassis is prominent. Great acids. Very balanced! (No need to age for 20 years. - Jack)
1996 Verget Valmur Chablis Interesting nose…lemony center notes. Caramel and Grapefruit on the clean finish.

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