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2006 Bibi Graetz Testamatta - finishing up second bottle of two opened for a blind tasting.   This is probably one of the best wines made by Mr. Graetz.  They are quite variable vintage-to-vintage, but this one exhibits the best characteristics of Sangiovese.  Lots of spicy dark fruit, a distinct touch of menthol, and licorice that has faded over time.  Powerful with nice structure.  The best Testamatta I have tasted.

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We've been enjoying some of our older bottles from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia lately.  Tonight, with roast turkey and all the trimmings:

  • 2016 Le Vieux Pin Ava.  A perennial favourite.  White Rhone blend (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne).
  • 2011 Meyer Family Vineyards McLean Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Both showed very well.  Two of Canada's top wineries IMO.

2018 Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay (Victoria, Australia).  Not your typical warm weather chardonnay.  Think of ripe fruit grown in a cooler climate near the seaside.  Lovely wine at a reasonable price for the quality.  Looks like it will continue to evolve/improve over the next few years -- not in a hurry to drink the remaining bottles.  Well worth seeking out.

Tried out a couple of wines that I picked up at Costco:

2019 Kirkland K Vine Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay---I had hoped this would be a bargain buy (it's 10$), as I enjoy Charles Smith's Sixto chards.  This bottles was the opposite of most of the Sixto chards that I've had.  Light, kind of sweet.  Fine for sipping by the pool in the summer though.

2018 Cult Cab (30$).  It was good, not great.  Definitely a nice Napa cab for the price, especially as the starting point for that area is getting up to 60-70$.  

Got into a few bottles Sunday-Tuesday with three other Forumites for first offline in a while (we are all vaccinated).

1996 Diamond Creek RRT Microclimate

1992 Opus One

Selosse V.O (disgorged 2010)

1997 Cristal

1997 Salon

2013 Coche Dury Bourgogne blanc

2014 Leflaive Puligny Montrachet

2008 Lopez Rosado

2001 La Mission Haut Brion

1997 La Turque

1996 Salon

1985 Chateau Rayas

!985 Marcel Juge Cornas

1995 Penfolds Grange

1982 Diamond Creek RRT

1996 Opus One

Needless to say, a good time was had by all. 

@steve8 posted:

Great?? Like 96 great as per JS? I have a single bottle on the way  so I may have to open it as soon as it arrives to try it. That said there doesn't seem to be much inventory left around if I want to buy more.

93 points for me. You’ll like it. It’s dense and quite seductive.

Perfect wine to drink on May 12th when Arsenal beats Chelsea.

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2017 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis

1999 Fanti BdM - This was the first vintage that Fanti turned to making BdM in a fruity extracted style in an effort to gain popularity.  It worked too as WS gave it 98 points.

This vintage has held up well, unlike some of the later vintages (e,g, 2001) which aged ungracefully.

Recently

2018 Cesar Marquez Perez, Bierzo, Las Firmas, Valtuille

Recommended by VinT. Delicious but people who don't like wines with bright, high acidity should run away.

2018 Leon Beyer, Gewurztraminer

Very good gewurz. Medium bodied. An anti-ZH gewurz.

2017 DeMorgenzon, Maestro, White

Excellent. A blend of roussanne, grenache blanc, chenin blanc, chardonnay and viognier. I can see myself reaching for this one often this summer.

2019 Cantina Girlan, Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige

Another one I can see myself quaffing regularly in the summer.

2018 Casanova di Neri, Rosso di Montalcino

This was delicious but was actually better without food than with. Bit of an anomaly for a sangiovese.

First offline in a while last night - with DoubleD, Greenwine and other vaccinated members of our Jersey Crew- Italian food of course.  Sausage and Broccoli Rabe.  Grilled octopus. Homemade pasta bolognese. Casarece-pasta w/ lamb ragu. Dry aged ribeye with punch potatos.  Grilled bone marrow w/ sea salt and umi. Homemade cheesecake and gelato.

2016 Kistler Laguna Ridge Chardonnay-magnum ( I think it only comes that way)

2014 Henri Germain Mersault Chevalieres

2005 Jean Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers

1990 Col D'Orcia Poggio Al Vento Riserva BdM

1995 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova BdM

2009 Damilano Barolo Riserva

2012 Allegrini La Poja Igt

2016 The Third Twin

1999 Ridge Monte Bello

1990 Leoville Las Cases

SQN Mr K the Nobleman- ? year

Feels good to get back some sense of normalcy. The only thing missing was a couch for DoubleD to take a nap on.

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@steve8 posted:

2017 DeMorgenzon, Maestro, White

Excellent. A blend of roussanne, grenache blanc, chenin blanc, chardonnay and viognier. I can see myself reaching for this one often this summer.



Dashed across the border before it closes tonight to get some of this today, on your recommendation. Had it with burrata, beefsteak tomato, suite balsamic and fresh chewy bread. Not bad.

@winedrmike posted:

First offline in a while last night - with DoubleD, Greenwine and other vaccinated members of our Jersey Crew- Italian food of course.  Sausage and Broccoli Rabe.  Grilled octopus. Homemade pasta bolognese. Casarece-pasta w/ lamb ragu. Dry aged ribeye with punch potatos.  Grilled bone marrow w/ sea salt and umi. Homemade cheesecake and gelato.

2016 Kistler Laguna Ridge Chardonnay-magnum ( I think it only comes that way)

2014 Henri Germain Mersault Chevalieres

2005 Jean Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers

1990 Col D'Orcia Poggio Al Vento Riserva BdM

1995 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova BdM

2009 Damilano Barolo Riserva

2012 Allegrini La Poja Igt

2016 The Third Twin

1999 Ridge Monte Bello

1990 Leoville Las Cases

SQN Mr K the Nobleman- ? year

Feels good to get back some sense of normalcy. The only thing missing was a couch for DoubleD to take a nap on.

Is it really an offline if Dom doesn't fall asleep?  Glad to see you guys getting together again. 

2006 Querce Bettina Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Opening pe-2009 bottles from QB is always an adventure because of widespread cork issues, but this bottle was perfectly on point. Dark red fruit and florals on the nose with secondary notes of earth and dried cherry on the palate. Great lift and balance. Cork was solid and soaked about a third of the way. Happy to have a few more of these and will likely consume within a year or two.

2001 Conterno-Fantino Vigna del Gris - I had the 01 Sori Ginestra a couple of nights ago which got me to open the Vigna del Gris.  It was also quite advanced, although not as much as the Sori Ginestra.  My cellar is passive but I wouldn't wait any longer to have either wine.

Both wines are massive reflecting their roots in Monforte but I found the Vigna del Gris a bit more floral (violets) in aroma and more spicy.  Needs a strongly-flavoured meat to pair with.

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