1989 Mas de Daumas Gassac (from 375) - Wow!
1989 Mas de Daumas Gassac (from 375) - Wow!
Or favourite rose find of the summer: Soto Manrique Naranjas Azules Garnacha Rosé 2018.
2011 Cepa 21 Ribera del Duero.
2007 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard
Served with a Grilled Rib eye. Tasting note posted.
NV Varnier-Fanniere Cuvee Jean Fanniere Origine Extra Brute - 100% Chardonnay from GC vineyards in Cramant, Avize & Ogier. Intense (white) floral aroma, strong autolytic flavours, minerals, chalky. I liked it a lot.
NV Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvee Reserve Extra Brute - Blend of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay. Much richer than I expect from an Extra Brute. Muddled flavours of apple, almond, lemon pie. Solid but not memorable.
Drunk with mounds of Bairdi and Snow crab.
2018 Accornero Bricco del Bosco Grignolino Monferrato Casalese
Made from grignolino, this pours a pale orange red - lighter than the last Tavel rosé we had. Don’t let the colour fool you though; this has a solid tannic spine framing an earthy bouquet of strawberries and black cherries and a decent enough finish. Great match for roasted portobellos and would probably even improve with a little age. Great cellar defender for C$20.
2004 Clos des Papes CdP
An unheralded vintage, but I've enjoyed many CdPs from 2004 - and this is no exception.
2016 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres
2009 Chateau Gaby Fronsac. On the fruit-forward side (for a Bordeaux) and fully ready to go.
in the recent past....
NV Tarlant Brut Reserve
2018 Domaine Chantereves Aligot les Chagniots
2017 Arnot Roberts Pinot Noir Coastlands
2017 Enfield Wine Co. Citrine Chardonnay
2018 Vinatigo Gual
2017 Vinatigo Vijariego Negro
2015 Dirty & Rowdy California Familiar Mourvedre
2014 Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Blanc
2015 Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
2007 Patrick Lesec Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pierres Dorées
over the past few weeks in northern Ontario
2011 Telmo Rodríguez Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Pegaso Granito
2011 Telmo Rodríguez Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra
2015 Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz Riesling trocken
2008 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva
2007 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT
2006 Brancaia Il Blu Toscana IGT - very tough to drink in the summer
2017 Chatagnier Viogner - great qpr
2019 Bodegas Valdesil, Montenovo Godello
2017 Bodegas Valdesil, Valderroa Mencia
2018 Envinate Albahra - nice
2018 Envinate Migan - really nice
2018 Envinate Benje Blanco - meh
Mangiare, what did you think of both the 2011 Barrancos de Pizarra and 2017 Valderroa Mencia?
I had the 09 and 10 Barrancos de Pizarra and they weren't great. A bit too much on the sweet-fruited side of things.
And after trying one, I sold my bottles of Valderroa to others in the TO crew. Not my style.
Agreed they're weak. Nothing wrong with them but seem more like an entry level wine rather than the $50-60 i believe we paid. It's one of the reasons i pulled them to drink up north.
I really enjoyed both Valdesil wines given the price points in the low $20's. Will probably reload at some point.
I've enjoyed the Lanzaga and the Matallana from Telmo in the past.
2016 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Pinot Noir
Past couple of days in a cottage in northern Quebec:
Mangiare, i disliked the Benje as well. Too oxidized and lack any real interest for me.
1990 P. Licht-Bergweiler Erben Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling - Auslese. Very nice with just the faintest hint of petrol.
2017 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba
10 Year Broadbent Bual Madeira
Stef also had a Dow's 20 Year Tawny
Mimik, what did you think of the Volpaia? i'm sitting on a case.
2006 Fattoria Poggiopiano Rosso di Sera Toscana IGT - another wine that should be half the price or less. Not a chance the fruit will keep up with the tannins and acidity. Pretty sure it was purchased based on a published review 10+ years ago.
One positive of trying to drink it made me grateful for this board and the great friends I've met and knowledge I acquired.
I liked it but it needs time. Modern construction but has a nice structure and lots of fruit. I would open a bottle in a year or two since you have a case but I’d give it 3-4 years before it even starts becoming approachable, imho.
2019 Pazo de Senorans, Rias Baixas, Albarino
2010 Two Hands, Shiraz, Bella's Garden
2004 Paul Coulon & Fils, CdP, Boisrenard
2017 Markus Huber, Riesling
That was the best bottle of Boisrenard I've ever had. The Huber Riesling is excellent stuff. Great QPR
2017 Erath Pinot Noir Oregon
2016 Pascal Cotat, Sancerre, La Grande Cote
Everything I love about Loire sauvignon blanc.
2015 Pax Hermit Syrah with Shepherd's pie. Very nice
2019 Casa alle Vacche Rosato “Raffy” - my new favorite rosato.
2015 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
NV Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve.
2017 A & P de Villaine Cote Châlonnaise La fortune ( very nice)
2016 Domaine Tempier (red)
2005 Dominus Estate
2017 Aubert Hudson Chard
1988 Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo Ghemme Collis Breclemae (Nebbiolo)
This has aged very nicely. Garnet with no visual sign of its age, other than a light sediment. Light-bodied, dried roses, sweet red cherries, velvety. Graceful, delicate and persistent.
2010 St. Cosme Gigondas.
Tonight we finished the tail ends of three bottles:
2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia, opend three nights ago. Such an interesting wine. On night three, the fruit is largely gone but this is far from deceased; it still has the complex sherry and herbal tones that remind me of those aromatic bitters used in cocktails. In a good way.
2014 Domaine Jessiaume Beaune 1er Cru Cent-Vignes, opened 2 nights ago. Better on the first night, but holding its own after 48 hours. Earthier and more subdued, but still a nice match with tenderloins and broccoli off the grill.
2018 Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi - opened last night. This has definitely lost the freshness and bite we really enjoyed last night.