Great dinner with a couple other forumites Tuesday night at Juniper & Ivy. Interesting wine list but all the reds were priced high and too young. Then we found 375s of Krug on the list for $95. Ordered one and damn it was good! Took another look at the list, nothing jumped out so we ordered another Krug. Damn it was good! Took another look at the list, nothing jumped out so we ordered another Krug. Damn it was good! Took another look at the list, nothing jumped out so we ordered another Krug. Damn it was good! 

Solid Thursday night dinner with another couple who had a 10 week old daughter. Reminded me how much more I love babies than my own pre-teens!

2014 Plumpjack Reserve Chardonnay 

2013 Force Majuere Viogner

2010 Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva

2015 Peay Syrah Les Titans

 

azwiese posted:

Solid Thursday night dinner with another couple who had a 10 week old daughter. Reminded me how much more I love babies than my own pre-teens!

2014 Plumpjack Reserve Chardonnay 

2013 Force Majuere Viogner

2010 Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva

2015 Peay Syrah Les Titans

 

How was the Les Titans? Andy Peay was actually in town Wed night pouring the 16 with some others. Had to pass after the Krug over indulgence

Had a Rasa Wine Dinner at our club last night, with the following:

2017 Composer Riesling
2017 The Dream Deferred Chardonnay
2016 QED Axiom of Choice Cabernet Franc
2016 For Love of the Game Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Perfect Union Red Blend

Billo was there and presented each wine as dinner moved along.  It was a great dinner and the wines were excellent.  Picked up a six pack each of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Perfect Union.

thelostverse posted:

Had a Rasa Wine Dinner at our club last night, with the following:

2017 Composer Riesling
2017 The Dream Deferred Chardonnay
2016 QED Axiom of Choice Cabernet Franc
2016 For Love of the Game Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Perfect Union Red Blend

Billo was there and presented each wine as dinner moved along.  It was a great dinner and the wines were excellent.  Picked up a six pack each of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Perfect Union.

Nice. Rasa was our favorite visit in Walla Walla when we went in 2012. I can’t recall which brother was pouring but he was very friendly and engaging.

Finally far enough out of the fog to get this out. Saturday with visiting forumites starting with beach time on Balboa Island, 9 holes at Ben Brown and dinner in private room at Il Barone. Wines included:

1975 Il Poggione Riserva BDM

2004 Valdicava Madonna Riserva BDM

2004 Valdicava BDM

2016 Macdonald Cabernet

1983 (?) Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill

2011 E Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

1994 (?) Fisher Cabernet Lamb Vineyard

1997 Opus One Magnum

2015 Carte Blanche Cabernet

2014 Rhys Chardonnay (not certain of vintage or vineyard)

1999 Monbosquet

1981 Dunn HM Cab

2009 Belle Epoque Rose

2009 Hanzell Chardonnay

A couple vintage grower champagnes I didnt catch name of

A killer Brunate I didnt get name of

2011 Chateau Guiraud Sauterne

California's finest

My stand outs were Madonna, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Macdonald and Opus in no particular order. Will edit if I can get some corrections

 

bomba503 posted:
azwiese posted:

Solid Thursday night dinner with another couple who had a 10 week old daughter. Reminded me how much more I love babies than my own pre-teens!

2014 Plumpjack Reserve Chardonnay 

2013 Force Majuere Viogner

2010 Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva

2015 Peay Syrah Les Titans

 

How was the Les Titans? Andy Peay was actually in town Wed night pouring the 16 with some others. Had to pass after the Krug over indulgence

Really liked it. It’s actually the second bottle I’ve had this month. Great mouthfeel, just soft and silky, with really nice dark red fruit. The savory aspect of the wine was subtle.  After knocking out two, I’m hoping to keep my last bottle a while and see how it develops. 

2014 Machete-  good wine but not worthy of the 96 points it was awarded.  Not nearly as good as the Robert Rodriguez movie.

Bought some aged Turley zinfandels at auction recently for about $20/ bottle.  Tried the first one- a 2002 Juveniles Zinfandel last night and it was terrific. Shed a little of its fruit bombiness (it sounded better than fruit bombivity), and picked up some earthiness, with a little spice/pepper on the finish.

2011 Elio Sandri Barolo Perno Riserva - Excellent, a big full but balanced and not overpowering Barolo.  Drinking really well.

2011 Cigliuti Barbaresco Vie Erte - Excellent as well.  A bit lighter in body than the Sandri, showing more red fruit plus some tobacco, leather notes.  

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Unfortunately, the pictures don't include the mag of NV Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Premiere Cuvée, the 2012 Louis Nicaise Champagne Premier Cru Brut Millésimé or the Carneros/Taittinger Sparking wine that J3 brought. 

What the pictures represent are the blind tasting that we did at my house Saturday night to welcome Steve8 back to town.  Otis in the past has hosted "Steak-Outs" and we borrowed his theme to taste some blind reds that were tasted during a grilled steak dinner.

Present were Steve8, J3, Mr. and Mrs. Blue Oval, Mr. and Mrs. Billhike, Mr. and Mrs. Otis, Dantherhonefan and his significant other, Mrs. TLV and myself.

In order of tasting we had:
2010 Cayuse Syrah Carlowe Vineyard (tie 6th)
2005 Chateau Pavie Macquin St. Emilion Grand Cru (tie 6th)
2001 Domaine de la Janasse CdP (5th)
2012 Grassini Family Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Barbara (1st)
2010 Pegau CdP Cuvee Reservee (8th)
2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (9th)
2007 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT (3rd)
2007 Match Cabernet Butterdragon Hill (2nd)
2015 Once & Future Zinfandel Bedrock Vine (4th)

There were also several other whites opened during the evening, including the 2012 Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese and the 2001 Rieussec. 

Not a bad bottle in the bunch - you know it's a good night of drinking when a 2001 Togni is the 9th place bottle.  I found it interesting that it placed 9th, but once it was revealed, it was one of the first bottles emptied - and it was a magnum.  Blind tasting can be revealing and humbling.  Also interesting to me at least was that my votes were for the Tua Rita, Match and Once & Future Zin, in that order - and I don't particularly care for Italian wine, (it makes up for only 0.4% of my cellar).

Thanks to all who came and your generous wine contributions, especially Steve8 who definitely traveled the farthest, and had an awful travel day back yesterday. 

Until next time...

mimik posted:
billhike posted:

I got lazy with my post - guilty as charged! 

Thanks again for hosting, and to everyone for the great wine contribution. Good to see Steve again! 

What wine did Steve8 bring?  The Spatlese or the Cayuse maybe?

The 05 Pavie I believe.

billhike posted:
mimik posted:
billhike posted:

I got lazy with my post - guilty as charged! 

Thanks again for hosting, and to everyone for the great wine contribution. Good to see Steve again! 

What wine did Steve8 bring?  The Spatlese or the Cayuse maybe?

The 05 Pavie I believe.

That is correct and it was easily my least favourite wine. More Brett than the #5 KC Royals uniform hanging in the baseball HOF. Just another reason why I have zero interest in Boredeaux.

My #1 of the blind reds was the Grassini, which I'd never even heard of before Saturday, followed by the Cayuse and the Janasse. Funny thing is I pegged the Janasse as a nebbiolo.

Great evening and it was good to see everyone again. Thanks to the TLV's for hosting and the hospitality.

As for my return trip, to be fair I've had worse days at airports as I did make it home on Sunday night, although just barely. Last stand-by seat on the last flight of the day.

When I did get home I needed a drink so I opened the 2012 Varner Bee Block Chardonnay which we never got to on Saturday night. Superb bottle of chard. Glad I have a couple more.

steve8 posted:
billhike posted:
mimik posted:
billhike posted:

I got lazy with my post - guilty as charged! 

Thanks again for hosting, and to everyone for the great wine contribution. Good to see Steve again! 

What wine did Steve8 bring?  The Spatlese or the Cayuse maybe?

The 05 Pavie I believe.

That is correct and it was easily my least favourite wine. More Brett than the #5 KC Royals uniform hanging in the baseball HOF. Just another reason why I have zero interest in Boredeaux.

My #1 of the blind reds was the Grassini, which I'd never even heard of before Saturday, followed by the Cayuse and the Janasse. Funny thing is I pegged the Janasse as a nebbiolo.

Great evening and it was good to see everyone again. Thanks to the TLV's for hosting and the hospitality.

As for my return trip, to be fair I've had worse days at airports as I did make it home on Sunday night, although just barely. Last stand-by seat on the last flight of the day.

When I did get home I needed a drink so I opened the 2012 Varner Bee Block Chardonnay which we never got to on Saturday night. Superb bottle of chard. Glad I have a couple more.

The 2005 Pavie is a monster of a wine, and very modern. Surprised you had a bottle. In any case, if you are offloading Bordeaux, I might be your man.

Last night at dinner with my wife and a few friends:

2011 Poggerino Brut

2017 Montenidoli Rosato of Canaiolo 

2017 Il Poggione Rossi di Montalcino 

2008 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino - this was fantastic. Probably another two or three years from the tannins being fully integrated, but wow. Gorgeous nose of dark cherries and leather.

And back at my place for a closer, 2008 Azelia Barolo. Nice enough, but not my cup of tea. Like Bordeaux, once the remaining Baroli I have are consumed, they are unlikely to be replaced.

steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2012 Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Drinking well. Paired well with spag bol.

I really like this wine. Always solid and ages well. For some reason I don't have any of the 2012. :-(

I had two bottles, and my CT doesn't show where I got them but I presume it was the LCBO. Which I'd bought more.

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