October 6, 2005 Tasting Notes - Joanne

Bonhams & Butterfields Pre-Auction Tasting
San Francisco

Held September 24, 2005

2000
Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja Wow – Joanne likes this Rioja. Slightly spicy center. Balanced but very young. Spices and fruit and acids. Nice finish – needs food.
1
2000
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Fresh chicken on nose. Bright red cherry with meaty depths. Light style. Very CA. Jo: Likes but on it’s own.
1–2
1996
Château Calon Segur   Bordeaux Great nose! Light center. Sugar and grass/herbs on nose. Pepper and herbs. Light center. Yum. Buy some!
3-4+
1999
Château Ducru Beaucaillou   Bordeaux Not much nose. Pepper and coriander/spices. Slightly spicy. Red finish and dry. Young.
3
1999
Château La Mondotte   Bordeaux Very dark color. Very concentrated. Not sweet but extracted. Tannic. A beast-like wine. Almost chemicals/plastic on finish. Jack liked.
4
1995
Château Latour   Bordeaux High acids. Highest of the lot. Red fruit + tannins.
2
1983
Château Pavie   Bordeaux Slightly oxidized. Nose of plump currants. Burnt sugar on finish. Dry center. Definitely currants.
 
1996
Château Pichon Lalande   Bordeaux More of a classic Bordeaux style. Red fruit. Dry center. Young.
2+
1990
E. Guigal   Hermitage Young deep light center. A bit of V/A. Tasty. Jack: Very light – Cote du Rhoneish.
1
1998
Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay Incense on nose. Sandalwood, spices, ripe apples. Clean finish. Acids on finish.
1?
1997
Flowers CMR
Moon Select
Pinot Noir Cherries and sugar on nose. Young bright creamy center. A bit of acid and tannin on finish.
2–4
1977
Fonseca Vintage Port Ruby sugar with notes of red sugared fruits, slightly caramelized.
1
1998
Harlan Estate   Cabernet Sauvignon Creamy nose. Intense coriander center. Biting acids. Okay.
2
1977
Heitz Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Oxidized nose. Balanced, good acids. Caramelized red fruit. Brown sugar. Almost tawny port-like character with the alcohol. Jack likes a lot.
6–12
2002
Leonetti Cellars   Merlot Spiciness and Coriander finish. High acids. Not that attractive a wine.
0
1997
Littorai Charles Heinz Vyd Chardonnay Light honeysuckle nose. A bit of honey in center. Slightly bitter finish.
3
2000
Marcassin Alexander Mtn, Upper Barn Chardonnay Nose of butter and gold plums. Butterscotch! Really smooth. Slight acids on finish.
3+
1999
Marquis D’Angerville Clos des Ducs Volnay Sugar on nose. Bright biting acids. Tannic finish.
1
1990
Mongeard-Mugneret   Grands Echezeaux Dried cherries on nose. Bright red. Good acids in center. Thin finish. Jack liked. Will be better with food. Balanced.
3+
1993
Peter Michael Point Blanc Meritage Interesting wine. Cream and fresh butter on nose. Hint of chocolate. Cocoa powder in center. Good acids. Still young. Drink in 3-4 years.
4–6
1990
Prince de Merode Clos de la Platiere Pommard Great Burgundy nose. Black Cherries! Slightly sweet. Really attractive drinker. Ja: Not balanced. More acids than fruit.
1
1996
R. Arnoux   Echezeaux Fresh meat on nose. Very young. Good acids. Thin watery finish.
5+
2000
Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir Sweet sausagey center.
4–6
2000
Turley Hayne Vyd Zinfandel Tasted just before port. Sweet nose. Sweet red center. Acids on finish. Screams for cheese.
0
1998
Veritas Heysen Vyd Shiraz Raisiny port-like nose. Shirazy. Weird. Acids and blue/black fruit with hints of sage and tarragon.
0
1990
York Creek   Cabernet Sauvignon Very old taste for 1990. A bit of herbal. Bright. Good acids. Red fruit. Lighter style.
3



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