[Pigging by Wilfrid: October 21, 2014]
Blind taste a dozen wines from 1989 to see how they're aging? I'm game. Two Italians, two French, three Ribera del Dueros, and a bunch of Riojas, including--argh!--two blind pours from the same bottle. Most of us missed that, and some of us (argh, again) ranked the pours very differently.
I did pick the French wines, but somehow managed to switch the Bordeaux (a fine Latour à Pomerol) with the Olga Raffault "Les Picasses." The actual Chinon was not too pleasant, which makes me worry for the bottles I have stashed from a different, older vintage.
I think it actually came a close second in the tasting, but almost all these wines were very good indeed. At almost $500 a bottle:
1989--I'm told, and I believe it--was one of the last traditional vintages before modern methods started to produce more fruit-forward, alcoholic, "international" Spanish wines. It's pre-Pingus.
Almost everything tasted here would be worth tasting again in 2024.