How was this one Shane? Have you had other older vintages? I'm interested in which are the better years for older Howell Mtn cabs.
Over the weekend
2010 Duemani CiFRA
2009 Guigal Gigondas
2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee
2006 Tenuta Poggioverrano Dromos
2005 Mas Du Soleilla La Clape Les Bartelles
2005 Quails Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir Stewart Family Reserve
2005 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Quinault l'Enclos
Going where the water tastes like wine
2010 William Febre Chablis, basic bottling. Quite nice and I'm sure will be better in a year or so.
2008 Telegramme CdP. Decanted a couple of hours and open for business by the time we had it with pot roast. I've had better 08's but I'm pretty sure I got this on a close-out very cheap.
2009 Dunham Trutina Bdx blend - huge gorgeous black fruits and smooth tannins, but a bit oaky at this point. It may settle down in a couple of years. Wheen tasting at Dunham a few months ago, I gave it a rating a couple points less than what WS gave and last night confirmed my impression.
2002 Phillipe Prie Brut Millesime - awesome. Firm, minerals, green apples, deep gold color.
Have you enjoyed their Austin location, and if so, does Houston measure up?
I have not yet tried the Austin location. Our waiter, who was excellent, transferred from the Austin Uchi to help get things going. He seems to think that they are equivalent. I can not validate, though! Love the BYOB aspect!
The one in Austin is as good as it gets.
2004 Domaine de La Mordoreee La Reine des Bois Lirac.
2007 Robert Keenan Cabernet Spring Mountain District Franc
2000 Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District
The Keenan Cab Franc was really excellent.
Last night: 1994 Graham Vintage Port. I'm trying to start a tradition of opening one or another of Graham's for my son Graham's birthday. He's only three. The first b-day I opened an '83 and didn't get it done for his 2nd. For his 3rd, I only had the '94 in the cellar. While young, I thought it was fantastic. I haven't scored or written a note yet as I am going to have more tonight.
2000 Chateau Laville Haut-Brion, Blanc
Will keep it in mind the next time I am there! If you have not tried it, the Houston location is terrific with a nice vibe and good wine service. An easy way to get a table (when no reservations are available online) is to just go early (5-ish). They purposefully limit the online reservations to encourage walk-in business.
2009 Ch. Senejac
DOMAINE ZIND-HUMBRECHT CALCAIRE RIESLING 2009
2006 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch
2005 Clos Apalta - Thanks MiamiAtty - this was a great bottle
2008 Achaval Ferrer Quimera
2005 Core Coreferment
2008 Stefania Haut Tubee
2011 Nadeau Rose
I tried the 1982 Dunn Howell Mountain late last year and it was fantastic. The bottle came from perfect storage since release and was inserted in a 1982 Bordeaux themed lineup tasted blind. The bottles opened were Haut Brion, La Tour Haut Brion, Leoville Las Cases, and another from the right bank, but can't recall the name. It came in 3rd that night behind the Haut Brion and La Tour Haut Brion. Great wine.
At a wild game meal at Bibou in Philadelphia last night:
1970 Montrose - Excellent bottle
1989 Montrose - Another excellent bottle
1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou - Tight
1986 Gruaud-Larose - Best '86 I have tasted with tannins finally integrated
2001 Chapoutier CdP - Way too young
1997 Rouget Echezeaux - Excellent Burgundy
2005 Raveneau Valmur Grand Cru - Beautiful and would be even better with a little more acidity.
To celebrate the return of nasal breathing
1992 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon - good to very good. Just lacking some mid palate and length but extremely enjoyable.
2001 Barolo Ceretto Bricco Rocche - very good
Took a bottle of 2007 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d' Or Vineyard to a friend’s house last night to pair with some grilled steaks. Started off a little green, but the fruit came out nicely when paired with the meat. I think this showed better when younger.
As expected, this bottle was incredible. I'll get some notes up soon.
I've had every vintage of Dunn's HM except for the '79 (tough to find in 750ml) & the '83. They're all fantastic in their own right, but I'm always partial to the '87. IMO, this is one of the best wines to ever come out of California.
As for "older HM Cabs" from the 80's, I really like '82 & '85 too. I've even had a lot of luck with '88, despite the not-so-good vintage.
As for vintages in the 90's, it's hard to go wrong with any of them. Even Dunn's '98 HM is great. If I had to choose an order, it would probably go:
Just one more sip.
2008 Larkmead Firebelle from 1.5
2009 Frank Family Winston cab
Both were quite outstanding
Last night at home I opened a 1982 Chateau Chasse-Spleen. This was a treat!!! Should drink well for another 2-3 years
2005 Bryce Pinot
2004 St Innocent corked
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... was this one of the wines you bought from the list we emailed about?
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