Wow i believe it is the first time i see a posting about this wine here. A few years ago we celebrated my Grandma's 80bday at the winery. We may have had in fact a 2001 Carnaval which was at that time quite young.
What did you think of it?
"The hardest thing to attain ... is the appreciation of difference without insisting on superiority" George Saintsbury
2007 Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Nero-Tracia, D.O.C. Nova Zagora, Elenovo, Bulgaria, obviously Bulgaria suits well to Pinot Noir
2002 Pouilly Fuissé vieilles vignes, Chateau de Fuissé, very very good
How does this compare to the 2008, Shaferguy?
I am extremely impressed by this winery, even more so with their Rambouillet bottling. I think they might be in the top half dozen Oregon Pinot producers.
Last with GlennK:
1998 Smith Haut Lafitte
2000 Rol Valentin
Over the past week:
2009 Reserve de Louis
2010 Cedric Bouchard Val Vilane
I have three off-lines this week, but someone has to do it, right?
Walking out for a night of Champagne and Burgundy.
Just popped a 06 Windy Oaks Wood Tank Fermented PN. Needs a decent decant as it's showing a lot of tannins right now. I also found out that I'm cooking a chicken for four on Christmas Eve, so I'm doing a test run tonight.
"When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink." Francois Rabelais
TN posted on Cellartracker
2002 Dom Tollot-Beaut Aloxe-Corton
Marilyn Remark Grenache 2008
Jean Luc Columbo Le Ruchets Cornas 2000
Sportoletti Villa Fidelia 2004
Marilyn Remark was far superior, I don't decant, but the French and Italian were nice but tight and medicinal while the Remark was loved by all.
2009 Carpineta Fontalpino Do Ut des IGT. Full body, smooth and organic. Nice now better in a year or two.
Going where the water tastes like wine
Last night with steve8, VinT, and otw at supper:
2005 Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva Cava
1996 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra
2000 Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole
1998 Torbreck The Factor
2003 Delas Cote-Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron
2008 K Vintners Charles Smith Royal City Syrah
2006 Sine Qua Non Raven Series Syrah
... and a 2005 second-label Bordeaux that I didn't get the name of.
How was the Conterno, fut?
I really like Dusky Goose too. My first impression was that the 2009 isn't as good as 2008. However I had just gotten the wine so I probably shouldn't have opened it. I'll try again in a few months. I've never had the Rambouillet but I think I'll get some and try it.
2008 Lynmar Pinot Noir Freestone-Delicious.
I thought both wines showed extremely well and are ready to drink. The SHL was in the zone and the RV came around quickly with air. Perfect pairing with the steaks.
It was really nice. It was a definite cut above the Vajra on this night. I think the wine is into its drinking window and showing well.
For the Syrahs, I preferred the Delas Cote-Rotie, but there wasn't a bad wine in the bunch. Everything was very good.
The best from last nights off-line.
NV Cedric Bouchard Val Vilane BdN
1990 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg
1990 Domaine Roumier Bonnes Mares
Tonight's off-line, American wines.
2009 chateau st desirat, st Joseph
2010 jean Geiger riesling grand cru wineck schlossberg
2005 Phelan Segur - Better than I expected with very typical Bdx aromas and flavors
2010 Giugal Gigondas
How was the 03 Delas?
In the United States, anyone can be President. That's the problem!
2001 Warre's Late Bottled Vintage Porto.
Due to youth?
1998 Moulin St.George
1990 Dom Perignon
I think my invite must have gotten lost in the mail...
Last night at an offline dinner at Ricciuti's in Olney, MD with six of the original members of the WS DC area offliners (irwin, klymkev, Lentini, Gentleman farmer, cometspider and Festiva):
The theme was.......bring something with some Cabernet in it.
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee - Lovely. I blew through a 6-pak of this in no time. Must get more.
Vajra Sparkling Nebbiolo (NV?) - Very dry. Very Nebbiolo. I'm going to try and find some of this. Much better as it warmed a bit and with food.
2001 Don Melchor - Right in the zone for this bottling. Typical loamy, minty, dark fruit with a zing of pepper.
2004 Sassicaia - Wow. Decanted for a few hours and rebottled. Remarkably soft and ready to go. My WOTN.
2000 Pavillon Rouge du Ch. Margaux - Wonderful. Best nose of the night. Pure Margaux. Great BDX characteristics yet showing the ripe fruit of the vintage. Yum.
1999 Rampolla Sammarco - Soft and balanced with integrated tannins. In a perfect spot right now.
2004 Le Pupille Saffredi - Monster. Needed time to open up. Showing incredible potential. If I had any, I'd hold a few years or decant for a long while. I'm going to find some!
2005 Benziger Oonapais - Big wine. Plush in the mouth. Ripe CA fruit.
2000 Pio Cesare Ornato - cs missed the theme memo and I'm glad he did! Lovely nose, great Barolo. Long life ahead.
2000 Churchill Port - Decanted the day before and rebottled. Ridiculously good. Among the best Ports I've put in my mouth. Very young still.
And..........finished the evening with a digestif: Lentini's home made (from home grown lemons) Limoncello. It was ridiculously good.
If I missed anything, maybe one of the guys can fill in the blank(s). A wonderful night with a GREAT group of guys.
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