1994 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Opened and decanted at 6:15 PM, re-bottled at 7:00 PM, tasted at 8:00 PM. Clear light-medium ruby color. Whiff of eucalyptus when first opened. After decanting, this showed garrigue, tapenade, bacon, pleasantly tart red plums and rhubarb. Racer117 commented that this wine was much lighter in color, and more fruit-forward, than another bottle tasted last spring, which he remembered as having a tarry character. Tonight's bottle carries good provenance, so perhaps some bottle variation? (90 pts.)
1995 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley Opened and decanted at 6:15 PM, re-bottled at 7:00 PM, tasted at 8:30 PM. Clear dark garnet-ruby color. Marvelous bouquet of creme de cassis, incense, bright cherries, forest floor, unobtrusive oak, and even a welcome note of fresh flowers. Full bodied, seamless, rich and wonderfully balanced. Fully mature but vigorous, can age for many more years. My #1 and group's FIRST PLACE tonight. (94 pts.)
2001 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages - USA, California, Sonoma County Allowed to breathe in glass for one hour. Clear dark purple-garnet color. Brooding bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, forest floor. Seems closed and tight. On the palate, this was silky, smooth, full-bodied, may ultimately surpass the 1995 BV Private Reserve also tasted tonight. Needs a few more years. My #2 and group's SECOND PLACE tonight. (92 pts.)
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We do love and miss Farmhouse, now living on the north end of the county. Sorry we missed this one, another nice lineup...
Interesting to see your notes on the 94 CdP. Not sure ours back in Arkansas was a barn burner either. Glad the Chateau St. Jean showed well. See ya'll in December? Anyone going to Meritage for the French Freakout next weekend?
Don't want to speak for everyone else as I'm a relative newcomer (and not many people listen to me anyways....) but its turned into a short private email list of "The Usual Suspects" vs. a public call to drinking though that has happened and still does. Drop me a line at scottvor yahoo com.
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