Paul Winalski wrote:Bob,
Thanks for all the great negative tasting notes.
I once bought a bottle of the Tepusquet cabernet sauvignon that Parker awarded a 52 to a tasting with friends. The vineyard apparently had a good reputation for selling excellent fruit to other wineries, but this was the first time they'd tried vinifying and bottling wine themselves. I got it at a wine store that was usually very good for having quality selections.
The wine set a record for shortest time from sip to spit bucket. We then disputed Parker's "vinous equivalent of Liquid Plumber" tasting note. Liquid Plumber is safe to pour down the drain. We argued over whether the Tepusquet might damage the pipes. Eventually we did pour it down the drain, though. The other option was to pour it outside, and we decided it would probably kill the bushes and damage the lawn.
My guess as to why Parker awarded it two points: he was probably grateful that it wasn't actually toxic.
Apparently that store's wine buyer was having a bad spell around that time, because they were selling another very bad wine around the same time. This was Chateau St. Jean's first attempt at making sparkling methode champanoise wine (vintage '87, I think it was). The grapes had apparently been harvested way too early in an attempt to keep the acidity up. I know that vegetal flavors are common with wine made from unripe grapes, but I hadn't realized the pinot noir and chardonnay were capable of producing aromas of boiled cabbage and overcooked asparagus! It was a real shock, especially given how good St. Jean's still wines can be.
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