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Vintage Pairs Round 8, 6 Sep 2016

In this round of Vintage Pairs Blind Tasting, we served:

 

Calera Wine Company ‘Mills Vineyard’ Pinot Noir - 1999 & 1994

Josh Jensen established this pioneer estate in Mt. Harlan, San Benito County, in 1974. The Mills Vineyard is a high elevation (2200-2300 feet above sea level) slope, planted in 1984. The site used to be a limestone quarry.

 

Te Mata Estate ‘Coleraine’ - 2008 & 2007

This estate in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay region is one the oldest in the country. The Buck family brought it up to date in the late ‘70s and from 1982 produced this Bordeaux blend named Coleraine (after their ancestral home in Ireland), quickly becoming regarded as NZ’s best.

2008 – 13.5% abv, 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc
2007 – 14% abv, 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc

 

Tenuta San Guido ‘Sassicaia’ - 1998 & 1996

Founded by horse fanatic Piemonte aristocrats for… horse breeding, like all good aristocratic families they needed the trappings of a civilized life at their Tuscan estate, so they planted vines. ‘Sassicaia’ was originally made for home use from the first vintage in the 1940s, and subsequently released commercially from the 1968 vintage. Lucky us! Having no place in the DOC/Gs of the region it was originally a ‘Vino di Tavola’ the lowest of the low. But in Italy success breeds laws, and in 1994 Sassicaia was granted its own DOC.

1998 – 13% abv, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc (Bold ripe year)
1996 – 12.5% abv, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc (cool, difficult year)

 

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba - 1998 & 1996

Born in 1929 Bruno Giacosa rose to prominence in the 1960s to 1980s for the quality of his traditional (5,000-litre botti-aged) Barbarescos and Barolos, including district and single vineyard bottlings. The key is low-yielding ripe fruit. 1998 is 14% abv
 

Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva - 2007 & 1925

The first estate to export wines from Rioja, founded 1852. 485m elevation, southern end of Rioja Alta. The Castillo Ygay is the top wine, not made every year.

2007 – 14% abv; 86% Tempranillo, 14% Mazuelo. 28 months in 225-litre oak barriques (French for Mazuelo, American for Tempranillo). Released 2015.

1925 - 13% abv; 49% Tempranillo, 19% Garnacha, 17% Mazuelo, 15% Graciano; 13 days in American oak vats, 5 years in new American oak barrels, then 32 years in old barrels, then 9 years in bottle before release in 1973!

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View our past Vintage Pairs wine selection

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1999 Calera Wine Company ‘Mills Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 750ml WA 92
1994 Calera Wine Company ‘Mills Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 750ml --
2008 Te Mata Estate ‘Coleraine’ 750ml --
2007 Te Mata Estate ‘Coleraine’ 1500ml WA 95
1998 Tenuta San Guido ‘Sassicaia’ 750ml --
1996 Tenuta San Guido ‘Sassicaia’ 750ml --
1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba 750ml WA94-96
1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba 750ml WA94-96
2007 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva 750ml --
1925 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva 750ml --

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
1999 Calera - Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 750 BOTTLE 13 13 700 WA92 HK
2007 Te Mata - Coleraine 1500 BOTTLE 2 2 980 WA95 SHOP
1996 Bruno Giacosa - Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba 750 BOTTLE 8 8 2,200 WA94-96 HK
1996 Bruno Giacosa - Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba 750 BOTTLE 1 1 2,200 WA94-96 SHOP
1998 Bruno Giacosa - Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba 1500 BOTTLE 5 5 3,200 WA94-96 HK
1999 Calera - Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 700 / BTL 13 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
13
Qty of btl
13
Btl price (HKD)
700
Score
WA92
Location
HK
2007 Te Mata - Coleraine
1500 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 980 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
980
Score
WA95
Location
SHOP
1996 Bruno Giacosa - Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
WA94-96
Location
HK
1996 Bruno Giacosa - Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 2,200 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
WA94-96
Location
SHOP
1998 Bruno Giacosa - Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 3,200 / BTL 5 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
5
Qty of btl
5
Btl price (HKD)
3,200
Score
WA94-96
Location
HK
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