We had four flights with four bottles in each flight. The results were VERY surprising!!!
The entire evening was a complete BLIND tasting. We knew nothing about vintage or where the wine was produced.
1.) 1998 Byrd Cooper Napa Valley - nose: oak and beef jerky; palette: fuity, strawberry.
2.) 1995 d'Arenberg Custodian - nose: oxidized, port smell; palette tobacco.
3.) 2000 Chateau de la Gardine Chateauneuf de Pape - nose: huge butterscotch aroma; palette: tight and sharp. Too young.
4.) 2001 Qupe Santa Ynez Valley Purisima Mt. Vineyard - nose: closed; palette: tart, very young.
My choice in this first flight was #3.
1.) 2000 The Fifteen - nose: oaky and a hint of licorice; palette: fruity, with that same hint of licorice.
2.) 1999 d'Arenberg Custodian - nose: wildly complexe nose, lots of stuff happening; palette - very well balanced in the mouth, mild tannins, lots of fruit.
3.) 2001 Dehesa Gago - PLONK!!! Nothing good to say here...
4.) 1999 Philip Staley Russian River Valley - nose: rather flat and unexciting; palette: slight hint of strawberry.
My choice in Flight 2 was #2.
1.) 2000 Vina Borgia - nose: smelled exactly like a port; palette: bland, no connection between the nose and palette. Blah.
2.) 2000 Cedarville Vineyards - nose: fruity, slightly tight; palette: fruity, but still a little tart.
3.) 2000 Oliverhill Winery Bradey Block - nose: cranberry/cherry, then olives; palette: well balanced, smooth, fruity.
4.) 2000 T Vine Napa Valley - nose: soft and fruity; palette: well balanced.
My choice in Flight 3 was #3.
1.) 1996 d'Arenberg Custodian - the only note I have for this is Sweet-Tarts.
2.) 2000 Boeger - nose: sweet, carmel; palette: fruity, well balanced, soft.
3.) 1999 Guigal Chateauneuf de Pape (WS WOTY) - nose: fruity; palette: tight and sharp, little balance, tannins.
4.) 2000 Alban Vineyard Edna Valley - the only note I have for this is BURNED RUBBER!
My choice in Flight 4 was #2.
The 2000 Boeger Grenache was the Wine of the Night at this tasting BEATING OUT by a LARGE margin the WS WOTY!!! I think someone said the Guigal tied for 12th place!!!
I'm still in due to the fact that I brought the Boeger...
Wine maketh glad the heart of men and maketh women giggle.