On Thursday, July 18, 2013 2:30:20 PM UTC-4, DaleW wrote:

> Tuesday was a scorcher, but luckily Dan had good AC as he hosted SOBER at his home. He greeted us with smoked salmon and a nice cheese assortment, and the

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> 1989 Deutz Blanc de Blancs (from mag). Good, long, baked bread and ripe pears, toasty notes. B+

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> Onto blind wines:

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> White Blind Flight

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> Franco nailed Bordeaux immediately, took a while to get wines/vintages

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> #1- Lemongrass, coconut, good length, I liked more than table. 1985 Laville Haut Brion B+

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> #2- Nose of wax, wood, & citrus; sweeter/riper than its flightmate, a bitspirity on palate. B+ on nose, B- on palate 1983 Haut Brion Blanc B

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> Nice wines, but not at current pricing.

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> Red Blind Flight #1

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> This took a while, no one immediately thought Burgundy on #1

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> #1- Some VA, black fruit, spice, tannic. I think people who know the winethought an unrepresentative showing. Once the VA calmed down I thought good wine, though not very like any GC Burg from good vintage I’ve had. 1993Drouhin Romanee St Vivant B

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> #2- Sweet fruit, sandalwood, sturdy. 1993 Bouchard “La Romanee” B+

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> Red Blind Flight #2

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> #1 Full, rich, ripe, herby, smoky, beautiful balance. 1987 Mugneret Ruchottes-Chambertin

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> A-

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> #2 A bit leaner, but tasty. Black fruits, coffee, I’m shocked how delicious this is once vintage is revealed. 1986 Mugneret Ruchottes-Chambertin B+/A-

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> A really nice porcini ravioli in sage butter dish appeared about here.

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> Wanting to savor the Burgs, John asked for a Champagne intermezzo, Dan “Mr. Champagne” obliged. Hmmm, slightly exotic fruit, some sweetness, fennel, a little funky. John gets producer on first guess. NV Andre Beafort Grand Cru Ambonnay (2008 disgorgement) B+

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> Red Blind Flight #3

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> Aha, Bordeaux. Takes a few guesses (and arguments over whether Graves is Left Bank)

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> #1- Beautiful midbodied wine. Black fruits, cigarbox, leather, lovely balance. 1983 Domaine de Chevalier. A-

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> #2- advanced, a touch pruney, a nice elegant styled wine underneath. Not near as good as a bottle earlier this year. 1983 Ausone B/B-

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> Osso buco, barley, green beans- yum!

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> Red Blind Flight #4

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> Another clear Bordeaux flight.

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> #1- Someone got 70s Pauillac immediately, took a few guesses till John got wine. Elegant, sturdy, cedar & pencil lead. 1971 Les Forts de Latour B+/A-

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> #2 Beautful, full, and elegant- wait, it’s not Pomerol? Smooth, velvety, lush yet still with structure. 1971 Magdelaine A/A-

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> Red Blind Flight #5

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> #1- Powerful full masculine style of mature Bordeaux. 1967 Latour B+

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> #2 I was SURE this was a classic 70s CalCab. Good acids, mint/eucalyptus,red fruits, medium bodied. 1968 La Rioja Alta “904” Rioja Riserva B+/A-

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> Red Blind Flight #6

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> #1 ripe, spice, coconut, herbs. 1982 CVNE “Vina Real Rioja Riserva B+

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> #2 Full, rich, black cherries and coffee, herby. 1976 CVNE “Imperial”Rioja Gran Riserva

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> A-/B+

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> #3- bretty- horsesweat and bandaid- over dark fruits and herbs 1978 Ch., Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape B-

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> Great night with some great wines.

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> Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

Nice Notes, Thanks. What was the WOTN?