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Monthly blind tasting lunch notes

2004 Duck Pond Pinot Gris €“Ive been less than impressed with some
of the output of this Oregon winery, but this was juast dandy €“
minerals and some acid in nose, clean, dry and a good match with the
albacore tartare and seared albacore with crème fraiche.

2002 Renaissance Viognier Sierra Foothills €“ I identified this as
Viognier but couldnt see it as a California wine. Tangerine nose,
full mouth feel and just enough acidity for good balance.

1999 Patrick Javillier Meursault Les Tillets Cuvee Speciale €“ there
was an initial lanolin element in the nose that blew off, leaving an
indistinct non-varietal nose. It was a bit flabby in the middle and
although it had decent terminal acidity, the wine lacked charm and
interest. I wanted to like this one, but it was not to be.

1998 Panther Creek Pinot Noir €“ A nose that cried out pinot noir and
an initial restraint that found me looking to France, yet the wine just
kept opening and growing as it had time in the glass, until it could
have been nothing but new world.. Some rubber in nose, but not
objectionably, and good fruit, big in the mouth and good length. Im
sorry I didnt peruse the bottle and note the details of this €“ the
person that brought it said it had been $85 Can., so it must have been
one of the cuvees that sell in the $0s in the US, not the basic pinot
but one of the reserves or single vineyard wines.

1997 Thirty Bench Reserve Blend €“ bit of cocoa and mint in the nose,
and dark fruit, a little sweaty horse, ridden hard and put away wet,
lots of extract, and a green note near the end that I correctly deduced
must mean a cab franc component. This big 14.5% alcohol Bordeaux blend
was quite good and there was no way we were able to place it in
Ontario. Perhaps the best showing of any Ontario wine Ive tasted.

1997 Finca Valpiedra Rioja Reserva €“ a single vineyard Rioja from
Martinez Bujanda, this a leathery nose (suede, I think  and good
acidity. There were a fair bit of tannins yet, but soft and it drinks
well now. Not sure how long it will hold.

1998 Cuvee Mythique €“ this Vin de Pays dOc is a blend of the usual
grapes, Syrah etc., and is usually quite good, but this one was the
exception. Medium coloured with a hint of plum in the nose, but not a
lot happening, dill in the mouth, lean on palate and slightly bitter at
the end. A bad bottle or just a wine that is too old?

1982 La Lagune €“ instant recognition of the Bordeaux nose, the wine
is elegant but has sufficient stuffing to carry it quiet a few years.
It shows good fruit and ends softly. It is definitely time to find the
case of this I have stashed somewhere and start getting into it €“
drinking beautifully now.

2003 Abeja Cabernet €“ a Washington State offering I was not familiar
with. down in the Columbia Valley, operated with technical assistance
from Zelma Long. Sweet bright fruit in the nose, and juicy fruit in the
mouth, a "very berry sort of cab that needs some time.
1993 Leonetti Merlot €“ the colour on this one is medium garnet with a
nose of sweet cassis and cocoa. The wine was quite balanced and
harmonious and finished with soft tannin and a slight bit of heat. I
dont think this will improve and should be drunk over the next 2-3
years.

1997 St. Francis Merlot Reserve €“ I used to drink a fair bit of this
winerys zin, but you always had to be in the mood for a "woodie
as they tend to favour oak in the mix. This wine had a bizarre nose
that is hard to describe €“ a sort of mens locker room after the
game sort of thing that was decidedly off-putting and fortunately blew
away after awhile. The wine had a good entry but tailed off a little
quickly, was full bodied and ripe.

Quinta do Valle Donna Maria Reserve Port Lot 01 €“ single vineyard
wine bottled one year short of being entitled to call itself a crusted
Port, the wine was close to black €“ you really had a hard time seeing
through it. The nose was sweet and hot with some pepper and jam and in
the mouth it was only medium sweet, which I thought a definite
advantage, and not as heavy as a vintage Port can be. Nice weight for
a luncheon Port or a dinner one when you dont need anything too
heavy duty. Well done Cristiano and at a good price!


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Bill S. wrote:

1998 Cuvee Mythique €“ this Vin de Pays dOc is a blend of the usual
grapes, Syrah etc., and is usually quite good, but this one was the
exception. Medium coloured with a hint of plum in the nose, but not a
lot happening, dill in the mouth, lean on palate and slightly bitter at
the end. A bad bottle or just a wine that is too old?


Hmmm... I have a bottle of this stashed away in the cellar. Sounds like
it's time to open it up and see if yours was just a bad bottle.


1982 La Lagune €“ instant recognition of the Bordeaux nose, the wine
is elegant but has sufficient stuffing to carry it quiet a few years.
It shows good fruit and ends softly. It is definitely time to find the
case of this I have stashed somewhere and start getting into it €“
drinking beautifully now.


*sigh* I remember having this in its youth, at a time when we didn't
have any cellaring available. Would that we did.

Nice notes, as always, Bill!
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Mark, FWIW, Parker thoiught this was not that good from the beginning.
It will be interesting to see how your bottle has held up. I tend to
drink these younger.

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Bill S. wrote:
Mark, FWIW, Parker thoiught this was not that good from the beginning.
It will be interesting to see how your bottle has held up. I tend to
drink these younger.


I assume that you're talking about the Cuvιe Mythique, Bill ;-) FWIW,
here's what I exerpted from Parker for my database:

keywords: licorice, chocolate, cherry, dense, chewy, tar, muscular
rating: 88-91
reference: WA#127, p. 33

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1982 La Lagune - instant recognition of the Bordeaux nose, the wine
is elegant but has sufficient stuffing to carry it quiet a few years.
It shows good fruit and ends softly. It is definitely time to find the
case of this I have stashed somewhere and start getting into it -
drinking beautifully now.


*sigh* I remember having this in its youth, at a time when we didn't
have any cellaring available. Would that we did.


£39 a case en primeur...walks to garden to have a quiet sob. Like many 82's
all drunk up, why couldn't I lose a case in my cellar.?

Nice notes Bill, memory lane.




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John Taverner wrote:

£39 a case en primeur...walks to garden to have a quiet sob. Like many 82's
all drunk up, why couldn't I lose a case in my cellar.?



Drank up my 1983, but held on the 82 - I think it is perfect now and
will get into it as soon as I can find it.....

Forgot to include this note:

1993 Leonetti Merlot - nice fruit nose, soft tannins very mellow and
smooth, probably now starting to head downward.



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