2002 Salon last night for a little celebration. A stunning bottle of wine that will get much better IMO.

The 2002 Champagne  vintage continues to impress me and IMO is the best vintage since 1996 without exception. 


g-man posted:

1982 Leoville Barton

1998 Leoville Barton


How cool. 98 is my daughter's birth year; I've put something away, but wouldn't mind options. Could you rate them?

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theoldman posted:
g-man posted:

1982 Leoville Barton

1998 Leoville Barton


How cool. 98 is my daughter's birth year; I've put something away, but wouldn't mind options. Could you rate them?

the 82' was fully mature, if even perhaps over the hill if one likes semblance of richer fruit on the palate.  It had a lovely nose of fine blue cheese with a touch of cocoa.  The palate had that taste of bic pen ink that rounds out with dark cocoa nibs and a touch of blackberries on the finish.

the 98' was dusty, brawny wine that had a nose of rich crushed blackberries with hints of ground allspice.  An incredibly lovely mouthfeel of smooth richness showing off currants, wet tobacco leaf and a long lingering finish of blackberries.

both were different but lovely wines.

Last night with Mimik, KSC02 and our so's.

2017 Domaine La Suffrene, Bandol, Rosé

NV    Geoffroy, Champagne, Expression

2002 Louis Brochet, Champagne, Cuvée HbH

2004 Lopez de Heredia, Rioja Bianco, Tondonia

2015 Fournier Père et Fils, Sancerre, Les Belles Vignes

1990 Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon

2004 Alion, RdD

No dogs. The Alion is young, as usual. The LdH Tondonia was really excellent. The previously unknown to me Brochet was also excellent. The Moulin Touchais was also excellent and really worked well with the Indian food.


2012 Rudius "Knockmore" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Memorable. Might be two years from its peak. First "aged" 2012 cab for me. I'll try another 2012 cab in 2019. Got a lot of 2004-2010 to get out of the way.


2009 Peter Nicolay, Riesling, Ürziger Goldwingert Spätlese

First time with this producer. Hopefully not the last. Delicious.

Last night with Italian-style veal chop, rack of lamb, assorted pastas and antipasti, we had

- 2014 Billaud-Simon Chablis Les Clos -- young, tight, but after about 45 min. lots of apple, citrus, mineral, joined later by hints of honey, excellent acidity; probably needs another 2-3 years to develop into something really special

- 2004 Greppicaia Bolgheri -- lots of plum and mineral, silky and light on the palate but intense, with a very long finish with just a hint of fine tannins at the end, seems to be wide open now and should stay that way for a few more years 

2016 Comando G La Bruja de Rozas - pale/translucent red. nose is worth the price of admission alone. cracked black pepper, olive brine & leather, some earthy/herbal notes that follow through on the palate wrapped around a core of cherry.  Really enjoyed this.

To finish the long weekend:
2012 Hermann Vintage Tunina
2014 Telmo Rodriquez Mencia Gaba do Xil
2004 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva

Standing for tonight:
1997 Gaja Langhe Darmagi

NV Gruet BdN. This is always dependable, but damn, tonight's bottle is punching way above weight. Hint of pink/salmon color with the gold. Fine bead that is still lively over an hour after opening. Biscuit aromas with some strawberry and cream. Same on the palate with the addition of lemon and ginger. Fantastic balance. Haven't paid $14 for many (if any) bottles showing as well as this one. 

2014 Louis Max Gevrey-Chambertin Les Azerottes - lucked into a couple cases of these on markdown.  Popped and poured one at a Vietnamese restaurant tonight to accompany a 7 Courses of Beef menu along with an entree of caramelized catfish in claypot.  The wine worked well with the variety of savory and sweet notes commonly found in Vietnamese cuisine.  I would be inclined to let these sit for a couple years, but no harm in drinking some now.

A couple of nights ago with a handful of the MD crew:  Big Napa Cabs theme.

2015 Arnot Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard; one of the better domestic chardonnays around. Very approachable and balanced with minerality, citrus acidity, and very little oak. 

2006 Domaine Ponsot Cuvee des Alouettes Morey St Denis 1er cru; just a knockout of a wine, smoky, black cherry, with lingering acidity and a long finish.  A bit of funk blew off after about 15-30 minutes. 

2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia; just fantastic, balanced, seamless, no hard edges.  

2002 Spottswoode Estate vineyard; the most Bordeaux like of them all, a bit of cedar wood, oak and vanilla, red currants, perhaps the wine showing more tannins and the more restrained wine.  would love to try at year 20.  

2005 Araujo Eisele Vineyard; was fun to try side by side with the Insignia as they share fruit from same vineyard.  Classy classy wine that felt quite young still. Has all the ingredients to be great. 

2006 Continuum; surprisingly drinking so well, balanced, silky and fruit with ultrafine tannins. Might have just edged the Insignia for WOTN but they were all so good it is hard to pick

2007 Outpost Howell Mountain; a bit of the outlier of the bunch. Still a baby, dense deep dark fruit punch that just slams the palate upfront.  With more air it got significantly better. Will be a great wine but its just a baby now despite it showing no tannins. 

We had the big cabs with a terrific prime strip roast cooked by cometspider. 


2007 Rotari Trento Flavio Talento

100% Chardonnay, traditional method, disgorged in 2014. Nice yeasty, nutty character thanks to 60 months on its lees. Major detractor for me: it's on the sweet side with 9 g/L dosage.

2011 J & J Eger Kékfrankos Eged-Hegy Dülö

I think this was a tip from VinT. My second of three bottles. I like it, but I still haven't wrapped my head around what I'm tasting. There are notes I just can't identify.

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2015 Baudry Chinon Les Granges - Mrs. VeV exclaimed "It smells like armpits - in a good way if that makes any sense?" it does, and I like it.  Dont care who knows.

2012 Clos Ouvert Primavera - very funky/earthy/smoky.  Worked great with loads of galbi.

2015 Joan D'Anguera Altaroses - decanted for 2 hrs. wasn't thrilled with this bottle. Seemed to hit you with a bunch of tannin then this hollow midpalate that follows disappoints, then some fruit pokes through. not sure if this bottle is representative of what it could be, but i'm going to keep my hands off the others i have for some time in hopes that it finds some semblance of balance.

2015 Mercouri Estate Antares - 60% Avgoustiatis/40% Mouvedre from the Western Peloponnese.  Warm climate wine, no hard edges.  Nice dark/black fruit profile with coffee notes and some mourvedre funk.  Nice wine, interesting to try.


Finished off the remnants of a bottle of 2014 Montes Carmenere, Colghagua Valley. This was surprisingly nice - gifted by a well-meaning co-worker. Dark red berries and spice, with the nice wet earth scent I enjoy in a lot of Chilean reds. 

Last night with a few of the locals:

NV Jacquesson No. 736 Degorgement Tardiff

2011 Chapoutier St. Joseph Les Granits Blanc

2011 Krupp Brothers Vivace Ermitage Blanc (served blind)

1997 Gaja Darmagi

1997 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle

2002 Argiolas Turriga Isola dei Nuraghi

Last night for our 31st Anniversary:

2004 Dom Perignon Champagne
1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Love the Dom, but the Montelena was in a league of its own again.  A well stored bottle of this should have no problem going another 20 years. 


steve8 posted:

2009 Peter Nicolay, Riesling, Ürziger Goldwingert Spätlese

First time with this producer. Hopefully not the last. Delicious.

Lovely wine. 

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