Hi guys, here’s the scenario I’m going to a blind tasting with some friends, some of which I only know since a tasting back but since it’ll be the last one before christmas I want something special, a christmas treat for people I like! Hence this is were you come in. Here are my options:
I want something to make them ponder and enjoy, I have either not tried these wines or the specific vintage (hence me asking) at the moment I am leaning towards Rostaing or Prüm. Wise? Heard the Clos des Cortons is supposed to be good, but wont give up any goodies at the moment?
Please help me out as I value your opinion!!
Can’t comment on the Burg’s since that isn’t my thing, but the Mount Mary should be a no-go. Consider it for these guys in 10 years if you are still getting together. I haven’t even touched my '99s yet…
Kalin is always a fun blind! I had that wine a year ago…
•1991 Kalin Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Sonoma County (11/11/2009)
WOW…this is high toned with sour skin acidity! Opens up to beautiful dusty cedar, earth tones, wintergreen tobacco, some orange chocolate, little Tawney maple. But what this wine is really about is a very high toned, sour cherry/plum skin, citrus acidity…kind of like a Barolo?? With the wintergreen tobacco, and the cedar and leather…it’s kind of cool! It almost hurts to drink…but very tasty! I thought maybe the alcohol was high…I looked…nope, 12.8. Interesting wine…and another shocker from Kalin! (92 pts.)
Guys you’re awesome! The tasting turned theme on me, my friends wanted some syrah to warm the winter darkness and I think I got a good price on the Sorrel’s ‘Le Gréal’; $39, have no idea about the quality of the wine, seems almost slightly monolithic in the reviews I’ve read, should I go for it?
P.S. Scott that Mount Mary Cab sounds quite special, I’m usually quite reserved in buying Australian cabs, is it worth the ‘benjamin’ which seem to be the standard retail price? D.S.
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder (Certainly not in the eye of RP on this wine). I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a small vertical at prices of $78-95 USD. I think it represents a great wine that doesn’t fit the stereotype of Aussie wines, probably one of my go-to Aussie Bordeaux Varietal blends (Yarra Yering being the other, both from the Yarra Valley)