A virtual Northern Rhone tasting last night with w+a, VinT and bman. A few other forumites joined the festivities a bit later including otw, gman, bomba, xhoser and basecadet.

My contribution: 2011 M. Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

Deep golden honey colour. Delicious and beautifully balanced. Honeydew melon, pear, vanilla, almond paste, and a judicious level of waxiness.

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I found a 2012 Domaine Durand Cornas Empreintes in the cellar. Apparently I never recorded the purchase so it was a happy discovery. 

Decanted forabout 90 minutes and this exceeded expectations by a wide margin.  Blood & rusty iron on the nose but lithe and silky on the palate with a lingering finish  Wish I had more, because this will only get better from here.  

2001 Mauro Molino Barolo Vigna Gallinotto 

Good typicity with an intense spiciness in the aroma and some mint flavour.  It seems oaky and yet doesn't have enough structure for my liking.  If you like the La Morra profile, this would please you.

sunnylea57 posted:

A virtual Northern Rhone tasting last night with w+a, VinT and bman. A few other forumites joined the festivities a bit later including otw, gman, bomba, xhoser and basecadet.

My contribution: 2011 M. Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

Deep golden honey colour. Delicious and beautifully balanced. Honeydew melon, pear, vanilla, almond paste, and a judicious level of waxiness.

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  Sounds wonderful.

 

For me:

2018 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

2017 Riccitelli Malbec Tinto de la Case - I really like this Malbec.  Great with Picadillo that Stef made over sweet potatoes (as opposed to the more traditional rice which we have been eating too often)

more cellar thinning 

2017 Aurelien Chatagnier Viognier

2008 CUNE Rioja Gran Reserva

2011 Signae Montefalco di Sagrantino

2004 Clos des Menuts

2006 Malmaison

1997 Saffredi 

2015 Domaine Guion Bourguel 

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2010 Weingut Pfeffingen Ungsteiner Herrenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs trocken "M".

Great as always. But the name's just not long enough.  

futronic posted:

We should all be cellar-thinning at this point!

judging by our local crew it actually looks like the opposite. bravo 

winetarelli posted:

2016 Domaine de Trevallon. (French Alps)

Ive heard good things but never had one - what do you think of winetarelli?

2014 Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir. One of the more Burgundian California PN’s I can recall having - not in a good way. 

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Hess Panthera Chardonnay 2017

Nice acidity, not as heavy as expected, yellow pear, golden apple, a little bit of light 

"rice crackers" or "saltines" texture (without the salt:-)). James Molesworth would laugh at my philistine description.

 

vinoevelo posted:
winetarelli posted:

2016 Domaine de Trevallon. (French Alps)

Ive heard good things but never had one - what do you think of winetarelli?

It was interesting.  It's a Syrah/Cabernet blend but I would say it doesn't show any one varietal character.  Could have also been a Mourvedre by fruit profile.  Jammy purple fruit, but not overripe in flavor profile.  (13% ABV, I believe.). Some Loire-like Miracle Grow minerality along with a hint of Rhone funk.  The palate was better than the nose or finish.  (The nose was reticent and a bit monolithic in its purple fruit and hint of asphalt; the finish was a bit monolithic and shorter than ideal.)  I can definitely see drinking this with hearty red meat dishes -- seems appropriate it hails from the Alps.  @$60, I don't know that I would buy this again, though.  It isn't in the same league as, for example, Charvin CDP, or Faury Cote-Rotie, imo.

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2004 Gosset Champagne Brut Grand Millésime

2010 Telmo Rodríguez Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Pegaso Granito

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2015 Chateau De La Roulerie, Anjou Blanc, Les Terrasses

2016 Pic & Chapoutier, Saint Peray

2009 Frescobaldi, IGT, Lamaione

2013 Stefania, Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz

sunnylea57 posted:

A virtual Northern Rhone tasting last night with w+a, VinT and bman. A few other forumites joined the festivities a bit later including otw, gman, bomba, xhoser and basecadet.

My contribution: 2011 M. Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc

Deep golden honey colour. Delicious and beautifully balanced. Honeydew melon, pear, vanilla, almond paste, and a judicious level of waxiness.

 

Sounds great. I have a bottle each of the 2010 and 2012 so you're tempting me to open one. I should have joined in on the tasting.

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2018 Merry Edwards SB.  It’s improved (or just settled down) in the 5 or so months since release. Now nearly (not quite) where the 2017 was. The distance Merry puts between this wine and virtually every other CA SB continues to bogle the mind. 

csm posted:

2016 Chave st Joseph Offerus.  Delicious. 

We had this wine (different vintage) at a cool restaurant/bar in Paris called Cafe L'abattoir a few years ago.  Whenever I see it, I'll buy a bottle or two.  I don't know if it's the sentimental side of me thinking it was a fun evening and loving the wine since, or if it is just a dang good wine, but I really enjoy this bottling every time I drink it.  

2010 Larkmead Cab

Dark roasted coffee oak mixed with a dusty rich red and blackberry compote.  Better after an hour in the glass.

2007 Carlisle "Papera Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel. Last one of a batch I've been drinking for about 10 years. Still very good.

Last two weeks:

2012 Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay

2016 Two Wolves Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Robert Mondavi I Block Fume Blanc

2012 No Girls Syrah

2011 SQN The Moment

2005 Chateau Rayas Reserve

2017 Elizabeth Spencer Rose of Pinot Noir

2015 Louis Michel & Fils Montmain Chablis Premier Cru

2012 Slantwalk Malbec Riserva

2004 Clos Des Papes CdP

1984 Chateau Lafite

2000 Castello Banfi Brunello 

The Antica Terra or SQN the Moment were the best of the White wines, while the Rayas was clearly the best red.  Unfortunately the Lafite was DOA, I don't remember where I sourced it so not sure how it was stored.  

Looking over the list I'm realizing I need to open some bubbles.  

Since the kids don't have to be up early for school, and it's quiet around the office, we seem to be enjoying our cellar much more than we normally do.  Silver lining I suppose. 

With mushroom quinoa patties with gorgonzola:

2018 Wilde Farm Wines Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek Vineyard

2017 Sandler Pinot 10th Anniversary Cuvee

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