Category Archives: 1988

1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

This was arguably the greatest present I’ve ever gotten at work. There was a Riedel with saran wrap on it in my locker with a note reading 1988 Mouton Rothschild, you’re welcome, Kyle! Brown ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, black currant, cigar, leather, basement, cedar bark, loaded with earth, with some oak spice. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, medium tannins, layered with sweet tobacco, mineral and spice, great balance, but the finish faded quickly, still mind blowing.

1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

cht_mouton_88Could have been the scorn of a couple of bad shifts, but I wasn’t all that thrilled with this one. Browning ruby in color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, earth, leather, plum, cardamom, pencil shavings, basement, some oak, and obvious earth. On the palate, dry, medium- intensity, medium body, medium acidity, medium- tannin, balanced wine with a moderate finish. I was left asking what this wine was like a decade ago when it was in it’s sweet spot. Just kind of boring for the $500 price tag.    

1988 Gaja Barbaresco

gaja-barbarescoYou can imagine how hard it was to find an image for 88. This liitle gem was brought in by a couple of ballers that dropped a couple names and referenced working the Poncho Wine Auction, after I shared my Poncho trophy wine, a 6 litre of 1990 Gaja Sori Tilden. Fading ruby color with orange rim, and a lot of rim variation. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, chalky, spicy, loaded with tar and flowers, orange peel, sour cherry, anise, clove, some oak, and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, seamless integration, some subtle fruit, but mainly spice, smoke, tar, and flowers, with medium tannin, medium acidity, and an impressive finish.