- posted 14 years ago
I just got the new Wine Spectator (hey, don't yell at me, I don't pay for it, Zachys does). So I'm flipping through, paying more attention to the flops than the supposed winners. James Laube's worst wine in the CA Cabernet & Blends category this isssue is the 2001 Havens Bourriquot. "67: Dense and leathery, with more earth and barnyard flavors than fruit, tasted twice, consistent notes "
Ok, so that doesn't jibe with my experience. This is a wine I really loved. In general disagreeing with critics doesn't bother me. But 67 points? Barnyard flavors? This may not be the most fruit-forward of CA reds, but there's a good backbone of fruit there.
Laube seems to lately be going out if his way to pick fights- the WS consistently awards 80-84 pts to pure dreck, and then Laube gives scores in the 60s to Montelena,etc.
I've poured the '01 Bourriquot (oneof the few CA wines I've bought by the case) several times to some friends, some of whom are quite "fruit-friendly." No one has ever not thought it lovely. I'd love it if anyone else who has tasted this wine would post comments.