2013 Corked wine log

Corked wines are, unfortunately, a hazard of our hobby. I thought it would be interesting if we could keep a running log of corked wines that we stumble across during the year.


My first corked wine of the year:
1992 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve. (BIG bummer Frown )
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2 bottles so far this year... out of 6!
2003 Domaine de la Vougeraie Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Marconnets (massive seepage as well)
2001 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Exceptionnelle (more likely Brett than corked)

Although my sample size of flawed wine has been (thankfully) small, I've noticed that a higher percentage of French wines tend to be affected. Also that wines >5-7 yrs or so tend to have a higher failure rate than younger wines. What trends do you see in your flawed wine?
2007 St. Supery Napa Cab Sauv (badly cooked and probably a bit corked too)
2011 AMano Primitivo (cooked. purchased at same time as above bottle)
2011 Meiomi Pinot Noir (their Sonoma-Monterey-Santa Barbara bottling, was just awful. had to be seriously cooked)
At a company dinner, the second bottle of 2010 Catena Malbec. Unfortunately I wasn't paying attention and the server didn't offer to have me taste the wine first. Of four bottles that night, this was the only one she didn't. As I was drinking something else, it wasn't until others said the cab I had ordered was much better than the Malbec and someone commented it might be corked. I didn't even have to guess as a newly poured glass got close and I could smell it from a foot away!
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Originally posted by kybo:
Friday night - '05 Arcadian Syrah Westerly Vineyard. Probably the most corky-smelling corked wine I've ever had...tons of wet cardboard and funk...not good.


Have you had others from the same batch? I recently bought 4 of the '06, I've not had one before.
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Originally posted by kybo:
Friday night - '05 Arcadian Syrah Westerly Vineyard. Probably the most corky-smelling corked wine I've ever had...tons of wet cardboard and funk...not good.


Have you had others from the same batch? I recently bought 4 of the '06, I've not had one before.


Had 3-4 others purchased all together - this was the first one w/any flaws.
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Originally posted by AML:
In the end, it worked out fine -- Dave had two backups standing that fit the bill:

1989 Cheval Blanc
2001 Chateau Rayas

Cool

Left my notebook at Dave's but I'll get some notes up soon.

And damn...what a shitty way to reach the big 1000...


+1 on both of VinT's comments. Those were nice backups. Looking forward to your notes.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
2003 donjon

I'm not sure I really can detect when a wine is corked or not?


Seriously, or kidding?


+1. I didn't want to ask the question and seem snarky.

Aphilla, if you have gone this long without experiencing corked wine, please buy me a lottery ticket! Or, drink more Spanish wine. Razz For a while it seemed like every corked bottle I had was from there.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
2003 donjon

I'm not sure I really can detect when a wine is corked or not?


Seriously, or kidding?


Seriously. Occasionally I'll have a wine that just doesn't have much flavor and suspect it's corked. When people talk about different levels of sensitivity to it, I think I'm on the low end.

This particular wine fit the non-descript bill, but also tasted kind of icky.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
2003 donjon

I'm not sure I really can detect when a wine is corked or not?


Seriously, or kidding?


Seriously. Occasionally I'll have a wine that just doesn't have much flavor and suspect it's corked. When people talk about different levels of sensitivity to it, I think I'm on the low end.

This particular wine fit the non-descript bill, but also tasted kind of icky.
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Interesting. I'm cursed with very high sensitivity.

It is all in the smell/odor for me. Once I smell TCA, I never bother to taste the wine.

There are serious wine enthusiast I know here in Dallas that were clueless what a corked wine was, but once they were exposed to a seriously corked bottle and smelled it, I think they now recognize it.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
2003 donjon

I'm not sure I really can detect when a wine is corked or not?


Seriously, or kidding?


Seriously. Occasionally I'll have a wine that just doesn't have much flavor and suspect it's corked. When people talk about different levels of sensitivity to it, I think I'm on the low end.

This particular wine fit the non-descript bill, but also tasted kind of icky.
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Interesting. I'm cursed with very high sensitivity.

It is all in the smell/odor for me. Once I smell TCA, I never bother to taste the wine.

There are serious wine enthusiast I know here in Dallas that were clueless what a corked wine was, but once they were exposed to a seriously corked bottle and smelled it, I think they now recognize it.


At an offline, AllRed's wife pointed out a seriously corked chablis and I could pretty clearly see what someone means by wet cardboard from that. Occasionally we'll have an off wine and my wife will describe it as musty but I don't get any of that, it just seems off or tasteless.
I wish I had a better grasp of wine flaws.... Tonight I opened an '04 Telegraph that I thought was flawed on my first taste, but after 20 minutes it was gone, and after an hour it was gorgeous. It was very bitter when I opened it.

Posted a note from my impressions at about 45 minutes in the tasting notes thread.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Tonight I opened an '04 Telegraph that I thought was flawed on my first taste,


What were you thinking, VA?


That reminds me, a few weeks ago we had a flawed bottle of 1998 Vieux Telegraphe. Some figured cork, some just flawed. The one certainty is that it wasn't the wonderous experience previous bottles of this wine had been. Frown
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Tonight I opened an '04 Telegraph that I thought was flawed on my first taste,


What were you thinking, VA?


Don't know, really, wish I did. I've had wines that seemed to have a similar bitterness on opening that just kept getting worse.
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Originally posted by Matt P:
I opened an Edward Sellars a couple weeks ago and it tasted like nail polish remover. Would that be corked wine or just an expired bottle.


You know what nail polish remover tastes like??? When a wine smells like nail polish remover it's often VA (or volatile acidity).

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