March 25, 2007 - Joanne

Edward Roberts International
San Francisco Pre-Auction Tasting

at Axelle Fine Arts Galerie de L’Europe
Held February 24, 2007

The tasting was followed by the live auction. It was disappointing that a bunch of the older wines were maderized, especially the 1967 DRC Echezeaux. The very pleasant surprises were the Fisher Chardonnay, Hanna Cabernet, Trimbach VT and the 1949 Chateau Gruaud-Larose (which was showing wonderfully for its age). The older wines were quick-decanted and filtered (using coffee filters) just before the tasting. (Jack did not exactly approve of this.)

Name of Wine Joanne's Tasting Notes
# of Btls Desired
1999 Bacio Divino Slightly meaty nose of cooked strawberry with balsamic. Slighty sweet center with some syrupy element. Okay.
2-3
1999 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Light blackberry/blueberry on nose. Mouth coating but acidic center. Somewhat bright.
3
2002 Behrens and Hitchcock Les Chats du Monde Nose of earth and vines. Hard fruity bitter center.
?
1995 Château Calon-Segur Dried black cherry nose. Red bell pepper and light acids in center. Lean but a long finish.
3+
1966 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Very maderized. Very burnt nose. Brown cooked meat center. Very light. Smoked fruit on finish.
0
1949 Château Gruaud-Larose Lean acids, very clean acids. Great for age. Later fruit and eucalyptus on nose and eucalyptus and light fruit in center. Drink now.
4-5
1967 Château Lafite-Rothschild Very maderized. I thought also slightly corked. Hard fruit. Raisiny and acids on center.  Long finish.
0
1964 Château Latour Nose of burnt lemons and jam. Pleasant but very acidic center. The wine was very acidic but there is some fruit – but a bit hard and slightly biting finish.
5
1994 Château Mouton-Rothschild Closed nose. Slightly smokey, meaty center with lots of acids. Long finish but a bit lean. Nice.
3?
1990 Domaine Chantal Lescure Les Suchots Vosne-Romanee Very maderized. Gone.
0
1967 DRC Echezeaux Light nose of unripe raspberry. Lean center. Smoke and lemon custard. Lots of acids. Barely okay. Later it was more open but still not delicious.
1-2
1985 Erben Hockheimer Holle Riesling Auslese Nose of Apricot jam on toast. Acids in center but slightly sweet. An interesting grapeseed finish.
2-3+
2000 Fisher O’Connor Vineyard Chardonnnay  Nose of light peach and flowers. Slightly oaky center but clean finish with a hint of sweetness and flowers.
4+
1994 Graham Vintage Porto Peppery coffee center with classic ruby elements.
2-3
1987 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Herbal grassy nose. Very bell peppery center. Lean finish.
3-5
1998 Hanna Bismark Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Smoked trout on nose. Smokey meaty center. An interesting wine and a nice surprise. Drink now.
3-4+
1997 Heitz Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon Floral and slightly meaty nose.  Very fruity center. Good acids on finish, but light. Good.
3?
1997 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Stinky nose with warm animal. Hints of iron and animal in center. Very good.
4-5
1965 Inglenook Pinot Noir Stinky almost corked nose. Very light center. Smoke and tobacco- like finish. Still alive. Not worth buying.
1
1962 Jaboulet Cornas Nose of burnt caramel. Maderized nose. Dark brown and cloudy. Lemony slightly acidic center.
0
1966 Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee Very cloudy, brownish. Very raisin-y. Brown sugar and sour lemons. Gone.
0
2002 Kistler Kistler Vyd Pinot Noir Flowers and fruit on nose. Very very raspberry center. Pleasing fruit but not tons of acids.
2-3+
2002 Parsons Flat Shiraz/Cabernet RTW Herbs and raspberry on nose. Grassy but hot center. Grapes and raisins on finish. Good acids.
?
2002 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Intense raspberry jam nose. Thick fruity Syrah-like center.
2-3?
2003 Pax Cuvee Mariah Floral nose. Fruit and roses on center. Heat on finish. Good!
2-3?
2004 Pax Walker Vine Hill Syrah Floral and antique rose nose. Very lean hot center. Hot finish.
3?
2002 Piedra Hills Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Sweet blueberry cream on nose. Dark creamy blueberry center.
2-3+
1966 Pierre Gelin Clos de Chapitre Domaine Marion Fixin Perfumey nose. Very cloudy. Very lean acidic center but still pleasant.
2+
1995 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Floral and berry nose. Light fruity and flowery center. Nice balance. Flowers on finish.
2-3+
1976 Schloss Eltz Eltviller Sonnenberg Riesling Spätlese Sugary lemon nose. Center like sugar-water with sweet lemon. Watery finish.
0-1
1983 Schloss Schönborn Hattenheimer Nußbrunnen Riesling Kabinett Mostly gone. Slightly corked as well. Light Lemonade center. Smokey corky finish.
0-1?
1976 Schloss Schönborn Hockheimer Domdechaney Riesling Auslese Sugar and apricot on nose. Baked apricot center. Hint of something interesting I can’t capture.
2?
2000 Selene Merlot Sweet jam on nose and center. Perfumey floral and acidic finish I didn’t like.
1-2
1996 Trimbach Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive Flowers and white peach on nose. Some marine element to the center. Reminds me of a very light fleur de sel caramel with peach compote. Long slightly sweet finish.
3-5+
1997 Viberti San Pietro Barolo Medicinal nose with dried figs. Slightly medicinal center but hard lean fruit shows and some good acids.
3-4+
2003 Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Russian River Valley Very fruity expressive nose. Fruit and acids at center. Almost slightly creamy center. Jack thought this wine was very Russian River-like and though not his style others would be happy with it.
3+




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