Random Bordeaux Tasting

Went to a Bordeaux tasting, was also for people in buying 2009 Bordeaux Futures [Not my since they are way to expensive and I do not roll that deep]  Tasted 6 wines, and a white to start the night a pleasant S.B from Sonoma

Here are some Pictures

And my tasting notes

UNDERGROUND BORDEAUX TASTING FEB 10/2010 - Yaletown, Underground (2/10/2010)
A tasting of Bordeaux from a Negociant from well a Bordelaise. Tasted the much disappointed 2007 Vintage, which I say is disappointing.

The notes are arranged from my Favourite, to Least Favourite
  • N.V. Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend - France, Vin de Table Français
    So this is blended with 15% to 20% Syrah from the Rhone, rest with Bordeaux Grapes, Only About 60-70cs made per year. A Throw Back to the days when some Bordeaux were adding Syrah to make there wines taste better, and as from this wine here it definitely does that

    C: Med Fuchsia, Clear

    A: Earth, Coffee, Tobacco[Dried], Sweetness, Bordeaux Fruit coming through also

    T: Red Fruit, Ripe, spicy, Good Tannins Good Balance, Good Acid

    Conc: This was the Wine of the Night, it was fantstic so good that Rhone Syrah just makes it so much rounder and approachable early (93 pts.)
  • 2001 Château Malescot St. Exupery - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
    Bottle open for 1.5hrs not decanted tho

    50%CS 30%M 10%CF 5%PV

    C: Cloudy, Not Clear, Med Minus Intensity

    A: Initial Ketchup Chip, Earthy Flavours, Some good high ripe fruit

    T: Red Cherry, nice Approacble Tannins, Acid.

    Conc: Showing very well, def good to drink now (91 pts.)
  • 2003 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
    Decanted 1.5hr before drinking

    80%M 20%CF

    C: Med+ Intensity, Ruby

    A: Raisin, Fruitcake, Orange, Grand Marnier

    T: Really Good, soft, Cola Flavours, Orange, Grand Marnier Spice, Silky~

    Conc: Really Enjoyed this wine showing so nice, Merlot makes it nice and "soft", silky yes! (91 pts.)
  • 1999 Château Pontet-Canet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    Bottle opened for 1.5hrs not decanted
    62%CS 32%M 5%CF 1%PV

    C: Cloudy, med Ruby

    A: Nice Ripe Fruit, Ripe Cherry, Floral, Tar [Almost Nebbiolo Like] loved the nose 92pts on that itself

    T: Approachable Tannins Med+, Good, Acid med minus touch bitterness

    Conc: Looks like to start drinking now, the acid was not as high as the other wines (88 pts.)
  • 2002 Château Montrose - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
    Decanted for 1.5hr Aprox before drinking

    62%CS 32%M 4%CF 2%PV

    C: Med + Intesnity, Ruby

    A: Just Beautiful Nose, Cherry nibs [what I get off good Nebbiolos]

    T: Still Tannic, Good Fruit Ripe, Really Tight tho, slowly Opening up

    Conc: Yeah this wine has lots of life, and really good (90 pts.)
  • 2007 Château Léoville Las Cases - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
    Decanted for Aprox an 1.5hr before drinking

    82% CS 8% M 10% CF

    C: Med Minuns Intesnity, Purple/Fuchsia

    A: Big "Acetone" Ripe Fruit, Touch of Coffee

    T: Bitter Tannins, med minus body, med fruit intensity tart red fruit

    Conc: As I have heard from the winedoctor which they were takling about at the Bordeaux event, they call the 07s the Restaurant Vintage, I can see its not a big wine, who knows if it will evolve lots of acid to keep it...but not worth the money (87 pts.)
The only Disappointing wine is the Leoville Class, the other 5 were very good

Bordeaux is getting expensive, I don't know if i'll be buying a lot in the future, I might have to go to NRhone and Barolo/barberseco
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Lights over English Bay [2010 Olympics]

Went down to take some Pictures over English bay/Vanier Park.  One of many Art Features around the city for the Olympics. Lights over English Bay, Article

What is this?

DSC_0149, originally uploaded by Weston3220.

So What is this picture, yeah its wine related. You'll find out soon enough!

WSET Lvl 2 Class [Sauv Blanc, Semillon, Riesling

I should of did this for my other wines at class for the other days  but hey Im on the ball now
Gotta love it when the instructor gets super excited about a wine [the german riesling] that we are about to taste, I think he bought it more for himself then for us haha

WSET CLASS, SAUVIGNON BLANC, SEMILLON, RIESLING - Downtown Vancouver [AI School] (2/1/2010)
From Our WSET level 2 Class, on Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2008 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes - France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
    Appearance: Clear, Pale Plus, Lemon Tinge of Green

    Nose: Clean, Pronounced,
    Fruit, Gooseberry, Floral, A Confectioners Icing Sugar, Touch of Veg not really green tho
    A very pretty nose

    Taste: Dry, Grassy, Red apple, Gooseberry
    High High Acid, med body, Long finish

    Conclusion: I enjoyed this riper then a NZ style, not super complex on the palate, but well made (87 pts.)
  • 2008 Shepherds Ridge Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
    Appearance: Clear, Pale, Lemon

    Nose: Clean, Pronounced
    Vegetal, Pepper, Herbs, Leafy, Mild Fruit, Tropical Red Apple, Confectionist Sugar

    Taste: Dry, Med + Acid, Med Body, Finish Med minus
    Ripe Fruit, tropical, Herbs

    Conclusion: Simple in its approach but it is that NZ style so it is true to its place (87 pts.)
Semillon and Semillon Blends
  • 2007 Château Saint-Jean-Des-Graves Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves
    Appearance: Clear, Medium, Med Lemon

    Nose: Clean, Med Plus Intensity
    Waxy, Melted Butter/Brown Sugar[light] Apple, Oak[light balanced] Opened up with lots of Lanolin nice and musky good way

    Taste: Dry, med Plus Acid, med body, finish med
    Good use of Oak nicly balanced, Apple, Raison, Yellow Grapefruit Pith[the bitterness] Creamy

    Conclusion: I really did enjoy this wine, as again not super complex could see this going really nice with a White Fish and Butter Sauce (86 pts.)
  • 2006 Peter Lehmann Sémillon The Barossa - Australia, South Australia, Barossa
    AppearanceL Clear, Pale Plus, Lemon

    Nose: Clean, Med Intensity
    hazelnut, lanolin, plastcine, waxy, light fruit

    Taste: Dry, med plus acid, med plus body, finish med
    Fruit Apple, Green Fruit, Waxy, Toasty BRioche

    Conclusion: As mentioned by some other people tasting with it did seem to have a...different sensation as if there were "tannins" some people thought maybe the Acidification was balanced properly as it high acid for a barossa which can't really be natural
    Not a bad wine, but the graves we tasted was much better tho it was blended with SB and Oak (85 pts.)
One Off Dry and One Dry
  • 2007 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
    Appearance: Clear, Pale, Lemon tinge Green

    nose: Clean, Light Intensity
    Little Rubber, Very light Peach, apple lime

    Taste: Off Dry to Medium [7.5% alc] High Acid, Medium Minus Body, Finish LONG
    Green Fruit, Citrus, fantastic Balance, Purity exceptional

    Conclusion: Kickass Balance and Purity, Clean! but not in your face intensity very delicate (89 pts.)
  • 2008 Wolf Blass Riesling Yellow Label - Australia, South Australia
    Appearance: Clear, Pale, Lemon

    Nose: Clean, Med + Intensity,
    Seven Up [Sugary Lemon/Lime] Rubber Cement

    Taste: Dry, High Acid, Med Minus Body Finish Medium Plus
    Citrus Grapefruit [mix of Yellow/Ruby] Touch of Rubber, Bitter Grapefruit Pith also

    Conclusion: has that dry riesling "bitterness" that personally doesn't suit me, also the wine isn't overly complex not like a german riesling can be (84 pts.)
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THE 100-POINT RATING SCALE (Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail.)
• Extraordinary (96-100 points)
• Outstanding (90-95)
• Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
• Good (80-84)
• Average (75-79)
• Below average (70-74)
• Avoid (50-70)