A couple of weeks ago, my cousin and her husband and I had the opportunity
to compare three vintages of DC Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.
The following are our impressions:
1999 - The color was the darkest of the three - a dark amber, almost carmel color. It smelled and tasted of dried apricots, with a viscous texture.
2000 - A light amber color, smelled of honey. Flavors were lemon, apricot and minerals. This was the most complex of the three and the group favorite.
2001 - Light gold color, the lightest of the three wines. It tasted like apricot marmalade or syrup. The flavors were simpler than the other two wines and were extremely rich.
Other recent Coffaro impressions:
A 2000 Mourvedre that was open for 3 days and got better with each day, suggesting many years of happy aging ahead.
A 1998 Aca Modot that suffered slightly from Sabate cork
taint, but was quite spicy and with blackberry and raspberry flavors.
I recently had a 2000 Falesco Vitiano that also had a composite cork, not
sure if it was Sabate, that was totally undrinkable due to the taint.
So far, I haven't had a tainted neocorq'd wine. I look forward to
seeing how you and Brendan resolve your closure discussions.
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TN: Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc - 1999, 2000 and 2001 and a bit more
David Perlmutter, June 8, 2003