Over the past 2 weeks:

1996 Dom Perignon.  Right at the end of its useful life for me.  A little too madierized and lacking effervescence for my palate, but still memorable.  The folks I drank it with last had a bottle with me 12 years ago, so it was interesting to hear their opinion.  They agreed with me, but there was a small tussle over the last pour!

2006 Dom Perignon.  A little tight at this tasting..  Great potential.  Hold.

2002 Dom Perignon.  Right in my wheelhouse.  Stunning.  

2006 Taittinger Comptes.  As with the 2006 Dom, more closed than my last bottle.  Will hold for a few.  Still lovely.

1999 Karl Lawrence Napa.  Have had this once before, but this bottle out-performed the last one by a large margin.  Lovely after a 2 hour decant and better with each sip.  Happily surprised.  No good wines, just good bottles seems appropriate.

1999 Stefania Cabernet Crimson Clover.  Slow starting, even after a couple of hours of air.  Finished very strong.  My friend's 85 year old father said it was the best red wine he'd ever had.  One must consider the source, but still...

1995 La Vieux Donjon CDP.  Simply stunning.  I took a large pour at the end of the bottle and headed to the fire pit for contemplation.  One of the best CDPs I've had in years.  Perfect with a mixed grill of venison, elk and wild boar backstraps.

2001 Pegau CDP. I like a little stank in my Pegaus, but this was over the top for me.  The George "Brett" of CDPs on this evening.  Even after several hours, the fruit lost the battle with the barnyard. Blech... 

Grahams Tawny 10.  Served with BBQd Saint Louis Ribs and a Bourbon BBQ sauce.  A remarkable and very successful pairing.

2014 Louis Michel Forets, Sechet and Vaudesir.  The Sechet, surprisingly, was my favorite.  Poured for the ladies whilst tending to the fire pit and smoker.  Wish I'd had more time with them. Love Louis Michel's Chablis.  Great bang for the buck, IMO.

2001 from 750 & 2004 Ornellaia from 375.  The 2004 was good to go on pop and pour.  The 2001 took hours, but was  marginally better.  Friggin' delicious juice, both.

PH

 

 

 

 

 

Fun dinner earlier this week:

1985 Fonseca Port
1987 Calero Selleck PN (mag)
1990 Drouhin Pommard
1990 Lafon Volnay Santenots
1990 Taittinger Collection
1997 Argiano Brunello
2000 Giacosa Barbaresco Faletto
2000 Taylor Port
2001 Arnoux Chambolle (mag)
2001 Giusto du Notri Toscana
2002 Drouhin St. Veran
2003 Rieussec
2004 Thomas Pinot Noir
2005 Scherrer Cab
2009 Duckhorn Cab
2009 Roulot Meix Chavaux
2011 Foillard Morgon Côte De Py (mag)
2011 Knoll Loibner Gruner Smaragd
2014 Ultramarine BdN
2015 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
2015 Foradori Fontanasanta Nosiola
2015 Xavier Gerard Cote Rotie
2017 Rivers Marie Summa PN

Standouts for me were the Taittinger, Lafon, Thomas and Roulot.  Drouhin Pommard was unfortunately very flawed, and the Arnoux had some low levels of TCA IMO.

At a small tasting courtesy of Paul Hart from HDh followed by a civilized dinner at Brothers with vinoevelo. 

2014 Chablis, Forêts, Domaine Raveneau
2015 La Clarté de Haut-Brion [2nd white wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion]
2013 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Vaucrains, Henri Gouges
1985 Château Cos d’Estournel

NV Cedric Bouchard Rose des Jeunes
1985 Peter Louis Guntrum Riesling Spätlese
1999 Burgaud Cote Rotie

mangiare posted:

At a small tasting courtesy of Paul Hart from HDh followed by a civilized dinner at Brothers with vinoevelo. 

2014 Chablis, Forêts, Domaine Raveneau
2015 La Clarté de Haut-Brion [2nd white wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion]
2013 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Vaucrains, Henri Gouges
1985 Château Cos d’Estournel

NV Cedric Bouchard Rose des Jeanne Cote de Val Vilaine
1985 Peter Louis Guntrum Riesling Spätlese
1999 Burgaud Cote Rotie

minor correction to the champagne.  great evening.  even riding the subway home.

Two older Canadian wines.

  • 2009 Pearl Morissette Riesling, from Niagara in Ontario.  Their first Riesling, and drinking well after 10 years.
  • 2007 Church and State Meritage, from Okanagan in British Columbia.  A Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc blend.  Nice to try an older example, but showing its age.  Probably better a few years ago.
purplehaze posted:

2002 Dom Perignon.  Right in my wheelhouse.  Stunning.  

1999 Karl Lawrence Napa.  Have had this once before, but this bottle out-performed the last one by a large margin.  Lovely after a 2 hour decant and better with each sip.  Happily surprised.  No good wines, just good bottles seems appropriate.

1999 Stefania Cabernet Crimson Clover.  Slow starting, even after a couple of hours of air.  Finished very strong.  My friend's 85 year old father said it was the best red wine he'd ever had.  One must consider the source, but still...

2001 from 750 & 2004 Ornellaia from 375.  The 2004 was good to go on pop and pour.  The 2001 took hours, but was  marginally better.  Friggin' delicious juice, both.

PH

 

1999 Stefania Crimson Clover??? Is that a typo PH or am I really that old?

I had three bottles of the 99 Karl Lawrence and the last one at 15 years of age was by far the best. Good to hear it's still going strong at 20.

Thanks for the comments on the 02 Dom and 04 Ornellaia.

Out in Napa  Valley this past weekend.  Some of the highlights included:

2016 MacDonald

2005 Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan

2016 Arietta On the White Keys

2011 Gandona Estate Cabernet

2013 Ovid Hexameter

2014 O'Shaughnessy Mt Veeder Cabernet 

2014 Hunnicutt Wayside Cabernet

winedrmike posted:

Out in Napa  Valley this past weekend.  Some of the highlights included:

2016 MacDonald

2005 Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan

2016 Arietta On the White Keys

2011 Gandona Estate Cabernet

2013 Ovid Hexameter

2014 O'Shaughnessy Mt Veeder Cabernet 

2014 Hunnicutt Wayside Cabernet

Very nice!  Hope you had good weather!

Friday lunch and post-lunch (a total of 7+ hours) to celebrate a trio of April birthdays. I think this list is complete.

1959 Drappier Carte d’Or
2004 Philipponnat Brut Clos des Gousses
2005 Chapoutier Blanc Le Meal
2005 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto
2011 Hanzell Chardonnay
2006 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
2010 J.F. Ganevat Cuvee Florine
1978 CVNE Imperial Rioja Reserva
1982 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
1995 Ridge Monte Bello
2002 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary Selection
2005 Favia La Magdalena
2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
1959 Chateau de Malle
1996 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
1998 Castello Rampolla Vinga D’Alceo
1987 Dunn Howell Mountain

sunnylea57 posted:

Friday lunch and post-lunch (a total of 7+ hours) to celebrate a trio of April birthdays. I think this list is complete.

1959 Drappier Carte d’Or
2004 Philipponnat Brut Clos des Gousses
2005 Chapoutier Blanc Le Meal
2005 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto
2011 Hanzell Chardonnay
2006 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
2010 J.F. Ganevat Cuvee Florine
1978 CVNE Imperial Rioja Reserva
1982 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
1995 Ridge Monte Bello
2002 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary Selection
2005 Favia La Magdalena
2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
1959 Chateau de Malle
1996 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
1998 Castello Rampolla Vinga D’Alceo
1978 Dunn Howell Mountain

pretty sure it was an 87 Dunn.

What a day!

2015 Josep Foraster Blanc Seleccio - very nice futronic reccomendation paired with some charcuterie before dinner.

2015 COS frappato

2017 Envinate Albahra - both of these fit the bill for pochetta pairing - high acid to cut the fat and enough herbal/savoury notes to match it. 

sunnylea57 posted:

Friday lunch and post-lunch (a total of 7+ hours) to celebrate a trio of April birthdays. I think this list is complete.

1959 Drappier Carte d’Or
2004 Philipponnat Brut Clos des Gousses
2005 Chapoutier Blanc Le Meal
2005 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto
2011 Hanzell Chardonnay
2006 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
2010 J.F. Ganevat Cuvee Florine
1978 CVNE Imperial Rioja Reserva
1982 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
1995 Ridge Monte Bello
2002 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary Selection
2005 Favia La Magdalena
2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
1959 Chateau de Malle
1996 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
1998 Castello Rampolla Vinga D’Alceo
1987 Dunn Howell Mountain

   Wow!

csm posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

Friday lunch and post-lunch (a total of 7+ hours) to celebrate a trio of April birthdays. I think this list is complete.

1959 Drappier Carte d’Or
2004 Philipponnat Brut Clos des Gousses
2005 Chapoutier Blanc Le Meal
2005 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto
2011 Hanzell Chardonnay
2006 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
2010 J.F. Ganevat Cuvee Florine
1978 CVNE Imperial Rioja Reserva
1982 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
1995 Ridge Monte Bello
2002 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary Selection
2005 Favia La Magdalena
2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
1959 Chateau de Malle
1996 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
1998 Castello Rampolla Vinga D’Alceo
1987 Dunn Howell Mountain

   Wow!

And only one (very mildly) corked wine!

A lot of surprises though, the colour of the N. Rhone whites, the freshness of the 60 year old champagne, the awesomeness of the CVNE (not a surprise but...still amazing wine).

Won't be online much over the next 1 1/2 weeks between visitors, a wedding and a cruise, but this is what I have ready to consume over the next week or so:

2014 Kutch McDougal Ranch Pinot Noir

2016 Laetitia Les Galets Pinot Noir

2009 Dom Perignon

2015 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Caymus

and some CdP I picked up at Costco that I can remember the name of LOL

Last Thursday,

2007 Boizel Grand Vintage Champagen

Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines Brut Rose Champagne

1970 Germano Barolo

1971 Terre del Barolo Barolo Riserva Numerata

1978 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo

1990 Parusso Barolo Mariondino

1996 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato

1996 Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca

1999 Voerzio Barolo Cerequio

1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

2008 Conterno Fantino Barolo Chinato

A great evening with good friends, food and some very tasty Barolo.

Some recent winners:

2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch

2013 Sans Liege Grenache Pickpocket

2010 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta

2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard

2003 Two Hands Shiraz Ares

2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove

2013 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

 

  
  
  
thistlintom posted:
longboarder posted:

Tonight in Paris at Le Petit Sommelier- 2013 Guiberteau Breze and 1996 Domaine de l’Arlot Clos des Forets 1er Cru Nuits St. Georges.  Both were absolutely delicious. 

Were you able to avoid the protests?

They had a lot of the right bank sealed off to both pedestrian and car traffic. Lots of the Metro was also shut down.  it is a mess.

Fun, Japanese-centric dinner Friday night:

NV Billecart-Salmon rose
1967 Ridge Monte Bello
1977 Grgich Hills Johannesberg Riesling
1993 Ausbruch Furmint
2002 Chave Hermitage mag
2004 Allemand Reynard
2005 Rostaing La Landonne
2007 Chave Hermitage
2008 Dauvissat Vaillons
2010 Ramonet Les Caillerets
2011 Heaven's Door
 
 

2003 Domaine Beaurenard CdP Boisrenard

A great wine in a difficult vintage.  Tanzer's TN describes it well: "Highly expressive, very ripe aromas of dark cherry, plum liqueur, black cardamom, bitter chocolate, espresso and exotic oak spices. An enormous, outsized wine, with broad, sweet dark fruit and mocha flavors accented by pepper and oak spice."

Simply delicious with a beef tenderloin.  I wish I had more of this wine.

Notables over the past few days

NV Krug 
2015 Domaine de l"Ecu Orthogneiss
2012 Colet Navazos Extra brut Cava
Tarlant Cuvee Louis - disgorged in 2007  from the '96 and '97 vintages
2008 Marc Hebrart Special Club
2015 Garon Syrah Collines Rhodaniennes
2011 Signae Montefalco di Sagrantino
1999 Castelgiocondo BDM
1989 Leoville Las Cases

otw posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2010 Jermann Vintage Tunina

You must have been feeling our vibes.  We had the 2012 Vintage Tunina and 2011 Beyond the Clouds last night at TTC.

Tonight:

2006 Josetta Safirio Barolo Persiera Riserva

Nice. How’d the 2012 show?

Tonight for me: 1984 Burgess Cab Sauv Vintage Selection. Superb. It’s been open 3 1/2 hours and it’s better now than when I first popped it. Showing at least 10, if not 15 years younger than it is. 

sunnylea57 posted:
otw posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2010 Jermann Vintage Tunina

You must have been feeling our vibes.  We had the 2012 Vintage Tunina and 2011 Beyond the Clouds last night at TTC.

Tonight:

2006 Josetta Safirio Barolo Persiera Riserva

Nice. How’d the 2012 show?

Tonight for me: 1984 Burgess Cab Sauv Vintage Selection. Superb. It’s been open 3 1/2 hours and it’s better now than when I first popped it. Showing at least 10, if not 15 years younger than it is. 

Both the 2012 Tunina and 2011 BtC were delicious.  Considering how different they are, it was interesting to have them side-by-side.  For all the times I've had the two wines, I never had them at the same sitting.

That's good to hear about the Burgess Cab.  It's long been one of my favourite wines out of Napa.

Bytown Rick posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Poggerino, Chianti Classico

Hi Steve.  I see you have been buying and drinking a number of 2015 Chiantis.  Any particular favourites?

Poggerino, Volpaia and Fonterutoli are all excellent. Probably too late for the latter as the SAQ has the 2016 on the shelves. Note that my comments are only for the normales. Haven't tried many of the Riservas or Gran Selezion's  yet.

On a related note, you might also want to try the 2015 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino.

steve8 posted:

2012 Telmo Rodriguez, Rioja, Lanzaga

First experience with this wine, but it won't be my last. Excellent with our cast iron roast chicken.

+1

The entry level LZ is also delicious, and you could also check out the Altos de Lanzaga: 60% tempranillo, 30% graciano, 10% garnacha. 100% bush vines. 

steve8 posted:
Bytown Rick posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Poggerino, Chianti Classico

Hi Steve.  I see you have been buying and drinking a number of 2015 Chiantis.  Any particular favourites?

Poggerino, Volpaia and Fonterutoli are all excellent. Probably too late for the latter as the SAQ has the 2016 on the shelves. Note that my comments are only for the normales. Haven't tried many of the Riservas or Gran Selezion's  yet.

On a related note, you might also want to try the 2015 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino.

I may be biased, but I love the Poggio Scalette CC, and the 2015 is the best vintage I’ve tried.

Finally recovered from a debaucherous Friday.........

MV Krug 160eme
1970 Ch Palmer (mag)
1982 Ch L’Evangile
1982 Ch Montrose (double mag)
1989 Ch L’Evangile (double mag)
1989 Ch D’Yquem
1990 Hubert Lignier MSD (mag)
1990 Mongeard-Mugneret V-R (mag)
1992 Groth Reserve
1993 Confurion Clos Vougeot (mag)
1997 Ch Duhart Milon (mag)
2001 JJ Prum Goldkapsel
2004 Ch Lafite Rothschild
2007 Bond Matriarch
2009 Bouchard Corton Charlie (mag)
2009 Gaja SSL Langhe
2013 Ceritas Porter Bass Vineyard Sonoma Coast chard
2016 A. Clape Cornas (mag)
Hibiki 30 year
1995 Glendronach 19 year single cask

sunnylea57 posted:
steve8 posted:
Bytown Rick posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Poggerino, Chianti Classico

Hi Steve.  I see you have been buying and drinking a number of 2015 Chiantis.  Any particular favourites?

Poggerino, Volpaia and Fonterutoli are all excellent. Probably too late for the latter as the SAQ has the 2016 on the shelves. Note that my comments are only for the normales. Haven't tried many of the Riservas or Gran Selezion's  yet.

On a related note, you might also want to try the 2015 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino.

I may be biased, but I love the Poggio Scalette CC, and the 2015 is the best vintage I’ve tried.

Thanks guys.  The Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva has been our go to wine for pasta and pizza for many years, with some Castello di Ama, Isole E Olena and Volpaia in the mix when something better is desired.  We eat a lot of Italian wine friendly food, and are always on the lookout for wines to match.

steve8 posted:

2005 Paolo Scavino, Barolo, Carobric

Maybe not quite as good as I was expecting it was still excellent.  Don't see it improving much so I'll likely drink my other bottle within the next couple of years.

Had the 2003 with futronic, on the wine and others last week and it was in a pretty good spot.  Did not show the heat of the vinatge at all.  

ProSys posted:

Finally recovered from a debaucherous Friday.........

MV Krug 160eme
1970 Ch Palmer (mag)
1982 Ch L’Evangile
1982 Ch Montrose (double mag)
1989 Ch L’Evangile (double mag)
1989 Ch D’Yquem
1990 Hubert Lignier MSD (mag)
1990 Mongeard-Mugneret V-R (mag)
1992 Groth Reserve
1993 Confurion Clos Vougeot (mag)
1997 Ch Duhart Milon (mag)
2001 JJ Prum Goldkapsel
2004 Ch Lafite Rothschild
2007 Bond Matriarch
2009 Bouchard Corton Charlie (mag)
2009 Gaja SSL Langhe
2013 Ceritas Porter Bass Vineyard Sonoma Coast chard
2016 A. Clape Cornas (mag)
Hibiki 30 year
1995 Glendronach 19 year single cask

Wow!  Can I ask how a lineup of trophies like that came about?  

vint posted:
ProSys posted:

Finally recovered from a debaucherous Friday.........

MV Krug 160eme
1970 Ch Palmer (mag)
1982 Ch L’Evangile
1982 Ch Montrose (double mag)
1989 Ch L’Evangile (double mag)
1989 Ch D’Yquem
1990 Hubert Lignier MSD (mag)
1990 Mongeard-Mugneret V-R (mag)
1992 Groth Reserve
1993 Confurion Clos Vougeot (mag)
1997 Ch Duhart Milon (mag)
2001 JJ Prum Goldkapsel
2004 Ch Lafite Rothschild
2007 Bond Matriarch
2009 Bouchard Corton Charlie (mag)
2009 Gaja SSL Langhe
2013 Ceritas Porter Bass Vineyard Sonoma Coast chard
2016 A. Clape Cornas (mag)
Hibiki 30 year
1995 Glendronach 19 year single cask

Wow!  Can I ask how a lineup of trophies like that came about?  

Lucky to have a friend that organized an A5 Hokkaido Strip loin multi-course lunch for the private social club he’s a member of, and was invited as one of his guests.  They do a Friday lunch where members and guests bring in wines, but this was a bigger “to do” than usual, and everyone knew it was an opportunity to dig out some special occasion category bottles.  Fun times, to say the least.......

Bytown Rick posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
steve8 posted:
Bytown Rick posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Poggerino, Chianti Classico

Hi Steve.  I see you have been buying and drinking a number of 2015 Chiantis.  Any particular favourites?

Poggerino, Volpaia and Fonterutoli are all excellent. Probably too late for the latter as the SAQ has the 2016 on the shelves. Note that my comments are only for the normales. Haven't tried many of the Riservas or Gran Selezion's  yet.

On a related note, you might also want to try the 2015 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino.

I may be biased, but I love the Poggio Scalette CC, and the 2015 is the best vintage I’ve tried.

Thanks guys.  The Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva has been our go to wine for pasta and pizza for many years, with some Castello di Ama, Isole E Olena and Volpaia in the mix when something better is desired.  We eat a lot of Italian wine friendly food, and are always on the lookout for wines to match.

I'm still hoping the importer here will bring in the 2015 Poggio Scalette CC but I'm losing faith.

Rick, you may have already tried one but I did have the 2015 version of the Nipozzano Chianti Rufina. Unsurprisingly solid, just not as good as the others I mentioned.

2012 Pavelot Savigny les Baune 1er la Dominode,  opened it on the weekend.  Bigger, fuller than I expected and very balanced, drinking well despite being very primary.  Finished it last night - even better.  Last glass was wonderful.  Will leave remaining bottles for a few years.  

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