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2018 Willi Schaefer Wehlner Sonnenuhr Spatlese. 

Good, but slightly simple and lacking a touch of acid. Lots of Slate, Asian pear, green/yellow apple, some sulfer (but not oppressive).  Only let sown due to the extraordinary past experiences I’ve had with this — my favorite — German producer. (Not enough Egon-Muller, no Keller for producer comparison.)

2005 Cuvée du Vatican, CdP, Réserve Sixtine

Drinking really well.

2015 Sadie Family, Grenache, Soldaat

Lighter bodied than I expected, but a very elegant version of grenache. Blind I might have guessed it was a new world pinot.

2007 Carpineta Fontalpino, IGT, Do Ut Des

I have several of these from different vintages, but for the value I should have bought more in strong vintages. Really delicious.

 

2003 Ramey Hudson Chardonnay - So I was going through the cellar and came across this behind an OWC. Figured it was way past it’s prime but decided to open it anyway. It had aged to a golden color which made me even more suspicious that it would be undrinkable. Boy was I wrong. If I had tasted this blind I would have guessed it to be a Batard Montrachet from a top producer. It actually improved in the glass. Biggest surprise ever for a CA Chardonnay. Wish I would have found more. 

longboarder posted:

2003 Ramey Hudson Chardonnay - So I was going through the cellar and came across this behind an OWC. Figured it was way past it’s prime but decided to open it anyway. It had aged to a golden color which made me even more suspicious that it would be undrinkable. Boy was I wrong. If I had tasted this blind I would have guessed it to be a Batard Montrachet from a top producer. It actually improved in the glass. Biggest surprise ever for a CA Chardonnay. Wish I would have found more. 

Wow!  Shocking, but good for you!

Ramey definitely does make very good  CA Chard within its style category.  This reminds me of easily, easily the best CA Chardonnay I ever had which was a similarly aged Marcassin.

 

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