DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP - NOVEMBER 2007 - Danielle Osteria, Dallas, TX (11/14/2007)

1998 or older California Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux
  • N.V. A. Lancelot-Pienne Champagne Brut - France, Champagne, Cramant, Champagne
    WIML87

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Light yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout with a light to medium mousse. Huge shot of C02 up the nose up front. Aromas of baked apples, pain grille and vanilla. Flavors of yellow apples, pear and a touch of earth on the finish. Tart acidity, medium body. Drink now. (87 pts.)
  • 2002 Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Light yellow color in the glass, slightly cloudy throughout. Nose of hazlenut, vanilla and citrus fruits. Flavors of vanilla, yellow apples and a bit of creme. Light to medium acidity. Full bodied. Drink or hold. Not quite as good as previous bottles. (90 pts.)
  • 1988 Château Talbot - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
    WIML87-88

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking at least towards center. Nose of bell peppers, tobacco and saddle leather. At first I could of swore I got a whiff of TCA on the nose. Flavors of tart red berries with maybe a hint of licorice on the finish. Tart acidity, integrated tannins, medium body. Drink over the short term. (87 pts.)
  • 1987 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of plums, black berries, a little leather and just a hint of sage. Flavors of black cherries, plums, berries and maybe some licorice. Balanced acidity but lacked a true freshness, integrated tannins, medium to full body. Drink over the short term. (90 pts.)
  • 1988 Château Angélus - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    WIML91

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of cedar, leather, plums and a hint of lavender. Flavors of black berries, black currants and black licorice. Medium acidity, integrated tannins, medium to full body. Drink or hold. (91 pts.)
  • 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages - USA, California, Sonoma County
    WIML90

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light nose of cocoa, anise and mixed dark fruits. Also later picked up some notes of potpourri and white pepper. Flavors of black currants, black berries and plums. Medium acidity, integrated tannins, medium to full body. Drink or hold over the short to medium term. (90 pts.)
  • 1997 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Sonoma County
    WIML89

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light nose of rose petals, white pepper and saddle soap. Flavors of chewy black cherries, plums and licorice. Nose definitely doesn't match the palate here. Medium acidity, integrated tannins, medium body. Drink over the short term. (89 pts.)
  • 1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Dark purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Tight nose giving way to some notes of saddle soap, black berries, leather and maybe some white pepper notes towards the end. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and some bitters on the finish. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. Drink now with a decant or continue to hold. This wine continues to be all over the place for me. Not sure where it is headed. (90 pts.)
  • 1998 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML92

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of potpourri, mixed dark fruits and some florals happening here. Flavors of chewy currants, juicy berries, plums and some light and pleasing licorice notes on the medium to long finish. Fresh acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with a short decant or continue to hold. One of the better 1998 wines I've tasted and a nice little surprise. (92 pts.)
  • 1996 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90

    Tasted November 14., 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Dark purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Soft nose of anise, mixed berries and a hint of dried herbs. Flavors of plums, currants and black berries. Medium acidity, medium to soft tannins, full body. I'd recommend holding based on history with this wine. (90 pts.)
  • 1997 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML91

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Dark purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. When first opened this wine had an almost bizarre aroma of microwave buttered popcorn that quickly blew of to reveal a pleasant aroma of sandlewood followed by potpourri and mixed fruits. Flavors of black cherries, black berries, black licorice and white pepper. Medium acidity, typical firm to almost stalky tannins and full body. Drink now with an hour or so in the decanter or hold. (91 pts.)
  • 2000 Grof Degenfeld Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos - Hungary, Hegyalja, Tokaji
    WIML92-93

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Yellow to dark yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of apricots, honeysuckle, lychee and orange. Flavors of orange cream dominate right up front followed by flavors of dried apricots, some honey and light citrus notes. Also picked up some almond notes on the long finish. Medium to vibrant acidity, medium to full body. Unctuous on the palate without being cloying. Well done. Drink or hold. My WOTN. (92 pts.)

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Originally posted by wineismylife:

Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light nose of rose petals, white pepper and saddle soap. Flavors of chewy black cherries, plums and licorice. Nose definitely doesn't match the palate here. Medium acidity, integrated tannins, medium body. Drink over the short term. (89 pts.)
  • 1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90



  • drink over the short term ??? this wine was tasted far too young. Montelena hold their youth for many years, to say to drink a 1997 short term is crazy. this wine should be still going strong for another 10-20 years.
    quote:
    Originally posted by inky:
    quote:
    Originally posted by wineismylife:

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light nose of rose petals, white pepper and saddle soap. Flavors of chewy black cherries, plums and licorice. Nose definitely doesn't match the palate here. Medium acidity, integrated tannins, medium body. Drink over the short term. (89 pts.)
  • 1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90



  • drink over the short term ??? this wine was tasted far too young. Montelena hold their youth for many years, to say to drink a 1997 short term is crazy. this wine should be still going strong for another 10-20 years.


    Your reading the tasting note for the wine above the Montelena.
    quote:
    Originally posted by wineismylife:
    quote:
    Originally posted by inky:
    quote:
    Originally posted by wineismylife:

    Tasted November 14, 2007 at an offline. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light nose of rose petals, white pepper and saddle soap. Flavors of chewy black cherries, plums and licorice. Nose definitely doesn't match the palate here. Medium acidity, integrated tannins, medium body. Drink over the short term. (89 pts.)
  • 1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML90



  • drink over the short term ??? this wine was tasted far too young. Montelena hold their youth for many years, to say to drink a 1997 short term is crazy. this wine should be still going strong for another 10-20 years.


    Your reading the tasting note for the wine above the Montelena.


    ...ahhh, makes sense now. Thanks
    WIML, I am new to the forums, but live in the Dallas area and I am in the wine business. Would love to join the dinner sometime if possible.
    Swindle34,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Are you in the wholesale or retail side of the business?

    Also, be careful what you ask for? Wink

    WIML will get your email and keep you informed.
    quote:
    Originally posted by Swindle34:
    WIML, I am new to the forums, but live in the Dallas area and I am in the wine business. Would love to join the dinner sometime if possible.


    Swindle34, send me an email at joe (dot) dulworth (at) airmail (dot) net.

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