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65 year old wines. How did they fair?

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Working in restaurants allows wine lovers to enjoy many wines attainable and not. Regular tastings with distributors is the norm. A customer who may bring special bottles is another plus to try some hard to find wines. Special birthdays of customers often bring unexpected treats sometimes. Recently a doctor and very special customer chose to have his 65th birthday in Escopazzo on Miami Beach. This doctor, wine lover, wine collector and gourmand had some special wines from his birth year, 1948. The good doctor also purchased several bottles to supplement his tasting dinner, but I will just mention the special bottles he brought this night to share with his family and the staff of Escopazzo.
In Bordeaux there are five First Growth Premier Grand Cru Classe as classified in 1855, Chateau de la Tour from Pauillac is one of those prestigious wines. Celebrating 65 years, the doctor brought a Chateau de la Tour from the vintage he was born. The wine’s color had faded somewhat, but this wine is usually over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon still had plenty of red in the center with a little rust color in the corona. The nose was filled with red fruits, but most of the earthiness had disappeared. The palate was also just fruit, the tannins long since faded as it aged. Those same tannins had allowed this wine to still be enjoyable and drinkable after all these years. A note to people with too much money and able to drink powerful Bordeaux soon after release, show some restraint and wait, it doesn’t impress people who know about wine to try and show off to wine that isn’t ready to drink.
The February 2008 issue of the “ ‘Wine Advocate’ gave a 93-point rating on July 6, 2009. Reported by John Maher | Posted in: Featured Wine. Primitivo Quiles Fondillón Gran Reserva Solera 1948. This was the dessert wine served, an ages old style of wine rarely produced these days. Only two wineries in Alicante, Spain have produced this Monastrell based unfortified wine consistently through the years. This wine was more light plum colored and the aromas we oxidized dried fruits. The palate is pretty much faded, mostly tastes of heavily oxidized wine, most fruit flavors masked by the oxidadation. It would have been interesting to have tasted this throughout the aging process, of course that would have meant buying a lot of bottles.
All wine lovers should have at least a few trophy bottles to put away for a special date. I have wine put away for when my daughter turns 21 to celebrate her big milestone. What do you have lying in wait?



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