The blind reds are served in one flight. Tasters are to identify the theme of the tasting and rank the wines. Votes are tallied and the wines revealed. We had twelve tasters, cost was $45. Mike was the only one to correctly guess Chateauneuf, though everyone was in the Rhone. I guessed 2010 Gigondas. Warm ups The Duval was nonblind; Chave blind.
NV Duval-Leroy Champagne Brut - France, Champagne L2270AQ19. Soft bead, with subtle toast overtones along with biscuit and honeyed apple qualities. Flavors of mineral, toast, dough, pear and apple. Finishes well. (90 pts.)
2010 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph Deep color. Aromas of citrus, mineral, pear and waxy melon notes. Rich texture with waxy fruit tones along with mineral & stone qualities. Reminds me of the Quenard Chignin Bergeron we had recently. (90 pts.)
2010 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Light garnet color. Aromas of cherry, plum, licorice and evergreen. Develops a cherry cool-aid note, perhaps some boysenberry too. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and bright acidity. Flavors of dark cherry, berries and spice. Plenty of tannin; spice flavors; turns stemmy. 91+ pts.
My #6, Domino's #8 Group #8, 82 pts (91 pts.)
2010 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Light garnet color. Aromas of cherry and red fruit- herbal; develops notes of evergreen and herbs, as well as roasted red fruit and pepper. Medium- to full-bodied, with roasted cherry, black fruit, herb, spice and pepper flavors. Long finish.
My #1, Domino's #2 Group #2, 45 pts (2 x 1st place & 3 x 2nd place) (94 pts.)
2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Light garnet color. Reticent at first; notes of adrk fruit, currants, pepper and garrigue. Full-bodied with flavors of peppery red fruit, spices, garrigue and black fruit. Bright acidity.
My #5, Domino's #6 Group #3, 45 pts (2 x 1st place & 1 x 2nd place) (92 pts.)
2010 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deep inky garnet color with aromas of herbs, dark fruit and a healthy bit of earthy funk; also clay, red fruit and garrigue. The most unique bouquet tonight, certainly the most funk. I like it, though it's not for everyone. Full-bodied, with flavors of garrigue, spices, dark fruit and berries. Tannic; not as much acidity as some of the others tonight. 91+ pts.
My #7, Domino's #1 Group #1, 33 pts (91 pts.)
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Inky garnet color. Notes of black cherry, licorice and roasted herbs. Full-bodied, with flavors of cherries, black currants, pepper and spice. Develops an incense quality in the bouquet, and a harshness on the finish.
My #4, Domino's #4 Group #4, 54 pts (1 x 1st place vote) (92 pts.)
2010 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deep garnet color. Aromas of black fruit, herbs and pepper. Full-bodied, with firm tannins. Loads of spice, with red fruit and a long, balanced finish. Well-balanced- terrific fruit, structure and acidity. 92-93+ pts.
My #2, Domino's #7 Group #5, 54 pts (0 x 1st place votes) (92 pts.)
2010 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Light garnet color. Initially has a plastic, band-aid aroma, blowing off leaving aromas of black fruit, cherry, clay and garrigue. Full-bodied, with good acidity and tannin. Balanced, with a wealth of red fruit, mineral, pepper and herb flavors. Long finish. 92+ pts.
My #3, Domino's #3 Group #6, 57 pts (92 pts.)
Nonblind dinner & dessert wines With lamb shanks, lentils and rice pilaf.
NV Brice Champagne Aÿ - France, Champagne, Aÿ, Champagne Not a recent release though I did not catch a lot# or disgorgement date. 90% Pinot Noir with terrific pear and almond notes with a toast overtone. Hazelnut and pear qualities on the palate. Fine bead; lovely finish. (92 pts.)
NV Brice Champagne Bouzy - France, Champagne, Bouzy, Champagne Not a recent disgorgement, though I did not note a lot# or disgorgement date. A bit oxidized; nutty apple and cashew qualities. (88 pts.)
1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Our last bottle, decanted briefly off its sediment and rebottled, served with dinner about three hours later. A bit of bricking, with a faded crimson core. Aromas of leather, dark fruit, cherries and violets. Well-balanced, with black fruit, cherry, cedar and violet flavors. Long, balanced finish. An outstanding example of this wine. (95 pts.)
1995 Château Lynch-Bages - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac Deep color. Aromas of black currants, green tobacco and dark fruit. Balanced, with black fruit, cedar, violet, tobacco and earth flavors. Long finish. 93+ pts. (93 pts.)
1996 Clos de l'Oratoire - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru Deep color. Black fruit, raspberry and incense notes. Balanced; black fruit, berry and incense flavors. Long finish. In a great place right now, but should hold for a good while yet. (92 pts.)
2000 Château Terrey-Gros-Cailloux - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien Notes of violets, dark fruit, tobacco and cherry. Currant and cherry flavors on the palate; hint of earth and tobacco. (89 pts.)
I have no more '97 Flacc. Thx for the TN. I love the '10 Cdp. An excellent vintage from ALL price points.
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