Wednesday Night Blind - Wines of 2001

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BLIND - APRIL 2011 - Peter Pratt’s Inn (4/6/2011)

Another month has come and the time for the Yorktown wine geeks to gather has arrived. Our theme for this month was wine $50 and up from the 2001 vintage, any region or varietal would do. We poured the wines blind, save for the Solitude CdP Blanc and the Camaraderie Cab Franc that George threw in. There were eight tasters present. Pratt’s had a special tonight, Waygu Filet Mignon with Foie Gras on top, it was the best steak I’ve ever consumed, bar none. Simply divine and worth every penny! I took some meager notes on the wines.

  • 2001 Yarra Yering Shiraz Dry Red #2 - Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
    Blind - Big rich slightly sweet fruit, jammy, a little floral, really nice body, finish was a bit short though. (90 pts.)

  • 2001 Clos Mogador Priorat - Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
    Blind - Pretty tight, needed a good amount of air to come around and open up, nice black fruit, anise, tar, cigar and hints of pine. The more this was open, the more I liked it. (90 pts.)

  • 2001 Juslyn Vineyards Proprietary Red - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Blind - Blue fruit, very well balanced, really nice wine, very deep and complex, velvety mouth feel, good finish. (92 pts.)

  • 2001 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Blind - Big black fruit, great depth and balance, lush and plush, really enjoyable. I’m a big fan of Whitehall Lane and love when they show well in blind tastings. (91 pts.)

  • 2001 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
    Blind - Huge wine, rich and deep, loaded with ripe black fruit and mocha, decadent wine, long lush finish. I loved this wine. (93 pts.)

  • 2001 Alban Vineyards Pandora - USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley
    Blind - Big, bold wine, loaded with black fruit and cracked black pepper, long and lush wine with tremendous depth. Really nice. (92 pts.)

Another tremendously successful tasting, not a dog in the bunch and no corked wine. We finished off with a great 2001 Auslese from .375, but I don’t remember the producer. Next months theme is Southern France (not Rhone), so it should be interesting.
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