mangiare posted:

Winetarelli, do you have any insight regarding the differences between La Chavaroche, Amethyste, and/or Maestria?

Unfortunately only the last 2 are currently available in our market. TIA

I’ll get back to you. Either the Amethyste or the Maestria is the exact same wine as the Journaires, just with a different label for a different market. I like that wine a lot (though the La Chavaroche has my heart) but I forget which one it is. I would say it is sometimes a little less “extreme” in its rusticity, but still is cut from the same cloth. I’m not certain if the other is a different label La Chavaroche or is a third wine, but I’ll check. 

Ok. The Maestria is the Journaries which I have had on a few occasions and like quite a bit. I have never had the Amethyste unless it is a different-label Chavaroche. In France La Chavaroche is sold as La Peroline. 

Confusing all of this is that almost every website says that these are all 100% Syrah wines. But I know at least La Chavaroche (and I believe the others) to be 100% Serine. (Admittedly, I believe that is officially classed as a subset of Syrah.)

Just an FYI I found on thewinecellarinsider.com

Bernard Levet La Chavaroche is made from 100% Syrah planted on the Cote Brune on a terroir with granite and schist soils. The wine has a different name and label for consumers in France, where the wine is sold as Domaine Bernard Levet La Peroline. The wine takes its name from the grandmother of Agnes Levet.

Bernard Levet Amethyste is produced from 100% Syrah that comes from vines planted in both the Cote Blonde and the Cote Brune, as well as in the Baleyat, Chavaroche and Mollard lieux-dits.

A portion of the grapes are destemmed, (30-50%) never more than half of the grapes are whole bunch fermented.

The wine is aged in a combination of new and used 600 liter oak casks, of which 30% are new and oak foudres. The production ranges from 500 to 600 cases per vintage. The wine was first produced in 2006.

The vineyards are managed using self sustaining, farming methods, which are quite close to being fully organic. Bernard Levet has been HVE certified, Haute Valeur Environnementale by the Vignerons Independants de France.

To produce the wines of Bernard Levet, it is important to know they are a traditionally managed property. Most of the time, on average, no more than 50% of the grapes are destemmed.

Vinification of the berries and whole cluster fruit takes place in epoxy lined, cement tanks vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. They do not do punch downs here.

Instead, they prefer to submerge the cap using wood planks. The wines are aged in a combination of demi-muids, Alsatian and French oak barrels of which on average 15% to 30% are renewed each year. The wines are then aged on average for between 30 to 36 months before bottling.

The first part of the aging takes place in large oak casks. After about 12 months, the wine is moved to demi-muids and standard French oak barrels of which no more than 15% consists of new French oak.

Not much wine is made here. On average, today they produce between 1,000 and 1,250 cases of wine per vintage at Domaine Bernard Levet.

2000 La Croix du Casse.  Amazingly good.  Dense, chewy and complex.  I have had 3 since getting a 6-pack, and they all showed well enough, but this one was a different experience.   If you have a bottle of this, I'd recommend you stand one up.  There was a ton of sediment in this bottle.

PH

Decided it was time for a big boy dinner for 5...my place, since I'm the go-to chef:

Started by tearing into buddy's bakery's bread with some Compte (and had arm twisted into opening a 2008 Dom P as a bonus bottle to drink while waiting for latecomers).

Then caviar on blini

Then seared foie gras on toasts, drizzled with sauce of veal stock, honey, and wine vinegar

Then seared Waygu flat iron, with fries, drizzled with waygu stock reduction

Then boned rolled stuffed bacon-wrapped rabbit, with roasted veggies and peas, drizzled with rabbit stock reduction

Vino

2008 Dom P (with bread and cheese)
1998 Krug Clos du Mesnil (with caviar)
2003 d’yquem (with foie)
1982 Chateau Haut Brion
1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
1982 Chateau Latour

All wines were sound and excellent, as expected...I liked all 4 reds, the pauillac reds may have had an edge over the HB (but they all changed over the evening), hard to pick a winner but if I had to it would probably be latour, at least on the palate...mouton and HB on the nose.

1998 Krug C d M was profound on opening, wish I'd finished my glass within 20-30 minutes, as it lost something after that time, but was still excellent b d b bubbly with characteristics of a great champs and a great chard.

Oh and the food turned out fairly nice also; I tried to keep it fresh and clean to prevent it interfering with enjoyment of the wine...mission accomplished, I think.

Two more quasi-epic dinners coming in the next few weeks...

machine posted:

Decided it was time for a big boy dinner for 5...my place, since I'm the go-to chef:

Started by tearing into buddy's bakery's bread with some Compte (and had arm twisted into opening a 2008 Dom P as a bonus bottle to drink while waiting for latecomers).

Then caviar on blini

Then seared foie gras on toasts, drizzled with sauce of veal stock, honey, and wine vinegar

Then seared Waygu flat iron, with fries, drizzled with waygu stock reduction

Then boned rolled stuffed bacon-wrapped rabbit, with roasted veggies and peas, drizzled with rabbit stock reduction

Vino

2008 Dom P (with bread and cheese)
1998 Krug Clos du Mesnil (with caviar)
2003 d’yquem (with foie)
1982 Chateau Haut Brion
1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
1982 Chateau Latour

All wines were sound and excellent, as expected...I liked all 4 reds, the pauillac reds may have had an edge over the HB (but they all changed over the evening), hard to pick a winner but if I had to it would probably be latour, at least on the palate...mouton and HB on the nose.

1998 Krug C d M was profound on opening, wish I'd finished my glass within 20-30 minutes, as it lost something after that time, but was still excellent b d b bubbly with characteristics of a great champs and a great chard.

Oh and the food turned out fairly nice also; I tried to keep it fresh and clean to prevent it interfering with enjoyment of the wine...mission accomplished, I think.

Two more quasi-epic dinners coming in the next few weeks...


Sounds terrible. You should be ashamed. 

 

Bytown Rick posted:
machine posted:
Bytown Rick posted:

2006 D'Arenberg Laughing Magpie.  Lovely wine.  

Have you been dipping into Bob's cellar again?

We do have overlapping tastes in wine.  But differences too.  Which is more than fine.

 

NV Chanoine Freres Grande Reserve brut champagne

2014 Rombauer chardonnay

2017 Erath pinot noir

1998 Urbina reserve especial rioja

2011 Prats and Symington Duoro Chryseia

2014 K Vintners Cattle King syrah

2008 l'Aventure Cote a Cote

1997 Calem vintage port

 

For the annual celebration of wine discovery that is the extravagance of Sherry Xmas this past weekend:

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Amontillado No. 58 Sanlucar

Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado 20 Years VOS

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino

Tio Pepe Tres Palmas Fino

Toro Albala Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejismo Solera 1922

Vernaccia di Oristano da Davide Orro

2018 Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia

2001 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Blanco Tondonia

2008 Radikon Jakot

2016 Holdvolgy Vision

2017 Charles et Philippe Brand Fleurs Maceration

NV Drappier Blanc de Quatre blancs

2009 Huet Brut Reserve Vouvray Petillant

2015 Raventos i Blanc de Nit

2011 Colet Colet-Navazos Reserva Extra Brut

2016 Olienas Cannonau Riserva

2013 Elvio Cogno Barbera Pre-Phylloxera

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'Alba Falletto di Serralunga

2010 Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain

1997 Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'

2015 Raul Perez Ultreia Mencia

2008 Acustic Cellars 'acustic'

2005 Paolo Bea Rosso San Valentino (marred by some VA)

2006 Catherine & Pierre Breton St. Louans

Might have missed some in there as well.  The real standouts for me were the drappier, retro, cogno and Breton.  and ch. des jacques. and tondonia.  and mrs. VeV loved that radikon.  and really - the sherries acoss the board were stunners.   Food was great, company was outstanding.  Didnt even set a couch on fire this year.  The art wasnt bad either.

 

 

 

vinoevelo posted:

For the annual celebration of wine discovery that is the extravagance of Sherry Xmas this past weekend:

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Amontillado No. 58 Sanlucar

Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado 20 Years VOS

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino

Tio Pepe Tres Palmas Fino

Toro Albala Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejismo Solera 1922

Vernaccia di Oristano da Davide Orro

2018 Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia

2001 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Blanco Tondonia

2008 Radikon Jakot

2016 Holdvolgy Vision

2017 Charles et Philippe Brand Fleurs Maceration

NV Drappier Blanc de Quatre blancs

2009 Huet Brut Reserve Vouvray Petillant

2015 Raventos i Blanc de Nit

2011 Colet Colet-Navazos Reserva Extra Brut

2016 Olienas Cannonau Riserva

2013 Elvio Cogno Barbera Pre-Phylloxera

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'Alba Falletto di Serralunga

2010 Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain

1997 Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'

2015 Raul Perez Ultreia Mencia

2008 Acustic Cellars 'acustic'

2005 Paolo Bea Rosso San Valentino (marred by some VA)

2006 Catherine & Pierre Breton St. Louans

Might have missed some in there as well.  The real standouts for me were the drappier, retro, cogno and Breton.  and ch. des jacques. and tondonia.  and mrs. VeV loved that radikon.  and really - the sherries acoss the board were stunners.   Food was great, company was outstanding.  Didnt even set a couch on fire this year.  The art wasnt bad either.

 

 

 

But no px?  Or did I just miss it in the long list?

bman posted:
Bytown Rick posted:
machine posted:
Bytown Rick posted:

2006 D'Arenberg Laughing Magpie.  Lovely wine.  

Have you been dipping into Bob's cellar again?

We do have overlapping tastes in wine.  But differences too.  Which is more than fine.

 

One of these days Bob we will bring you over to the non-dark-rich-and-bold side of the anti-wine-flavour-elite.

wineismylife posted:

2001 Château Rieussec

Perfection in a bottle. Served by itself with a Bayern Munchen win over the Spurs. Tasting note posted on CT and blogged.

Sometimes I think I'm the only one here drinking dessert wines and ports.  Then again, I don't check this thread very often. 

bman posted:
wineismylife posted:

2001 Château Rieussec

Perfection in a bottle. Served by itself with a Bayern Munchen win over the Spurs. Tasting note posted on CT and blogged.

Sometimes I think I'm the only one here drinking dessert wines and ports.  Then again, I don't check this thread very often. 

I love Sauternes - brought a 750 of this wine to an offline that thelostverse hosted a bit ago. I still have a 375 that I’m holding.

bman posted:
wineismylife posted:

2001 Château Rieussec

Perfection in a bottle. Served by itself with a Bayern Munchen win over the Spurs. Tasting note posted on CT and blogged.

Sometimes I think I'm the only one here drinking dessert wines and ports.  Then again, I don't check this thread very often. 

You're not.  I have some more coming soon including a 1927 Dow.

wineismylife posted:
bman posted:
wineismylife posted:

2001 Château Rieussec

Perfection in a bottle. Served by itself with a Bayern Munchen win over the Spurs. Tasting note posted on CT and blogged.

Sometimes I think I'm the only one here drinking dessert wines and ports.  Then again, I don't check this thread very often. 

You're not.  I have some more coming soon including a 1927 Dow.

Be still my beating heart....

wineismylife posted:

I have 1 half of that 2000 Graham myself.  How did it show?  Drink or hold?

It was good but will be much better in a few years. I have a few halves and full bottles and will not open those or other 2000s for another 3-5 years or more. But I like my ports fully mature and have lots of older bottles to keep me going until then. 

I only opened those bottles because we had a fellow portlover over who likes ports younger than do I. 

wineismylife posted:

Sounds good bman.  Thanks for the tip.  I'll make sure my 2000 halves sleep 3-5 longer.  I'm in no rush.  Like you I prefer them fully mature if possible.

Any thoughts on 2003?  I'm sitting on a six pack of Novals 750s right now as well.

My rule of thumb for drinking port when it's fully mature is 25 years, perhaps a little less for half bottles, single quintas or weak vintages. So I would let those 2003s sleep for another 10 years. 

You may recall a group of WS Forums portlovers, most with much more experience and better palates than me (tsunami, KillerB and David from another forum)  did a port tasting at Berry Brothers in London in 2005. We tasted Taylor, Fonseca, Dow and Graham from 1970 and 1977. So 35 and 28 years old. And the consensus was that none of the 77s had peaked. But those are both top vintages, like 1994. 

All of that said, Gman has much more port experience than me I think so perhaps he will weigh in! 

Sounds good.  I was leaning heavily towards extending them since they are all 750mls and should all be long lived.

I was just working in CellarTracker double checking some of my drink by dates as a result of reviewing these ports.  I've accidentally purchased and laid down some wines that won't be ready to drink until I'm 83 years old!    Needless to say I need to keep a better eye on that.  Matter of fact, looking at what I drink versus buy I'm getting seriously close to the point of never buying another bottle of wine again.  Nothing more than simple daily drinkers like Chiantis for pasta night and Spanish garnachas for tapas night.

bomba503 posted:

FYI had a glass of 94 Dow last Sat Night at a local steakhouse that had a bottle open. It was still way to fruity and primary for me to enjoy. I cant say that another 10 years would be enough to try again

If the bottle had been open for a while it would not be at its best or even be faded out. 

wineismylife posted:

Sounds good.  I was leaning heavily towards extending them since they are all 750mls and should all be long lived.

I was just working in CellarTracker double checking some of my drink by dates as a result of reviewing these ports.  I've accidentally purchased and laid down some wines that won't be ready to drink until I'm 83 years old!    Needless to say I need to keep a better eye on that.  Matter of fact, looking at what I drink versus buy I'm getting seriously close to the point of never buying another bottle of wine again.  Nothing more than simple daily drinkers like Chiantis for pasta night and Spanish garnachas for tapas night.

I have some 2007 Dow halves that will like form part of our kid's inheritance before I drink a single one. 

bman posted:
vinoevelo posted:

For the annual celebration of wine discovery that is the extravagance of Sherry Xmas this past weekend:

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Amontillado No. 58 Sanlucar

Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado 20 Years VOS

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino

Tio Pepe Tres Palmas Fino

Toro Albala Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejismo Solera 1922

Vernaccia di Oristano da Davide Orro

2018 Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia

2001 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Blanco Tondonia

2008 Radikon Jakot

2016 Holdvolgy Vision

2017 Charles et Philippe Brand Fleurs Maceration

NV Drappier Blanc de Quatre blancs

2009 Huet Brut Reserve Vouvray Petillant

2015 Raventos i Blanc de Nit

2011 Colet Colet-Navazos Reserva Extra Brut

2016 Olienas Cannonau Riserva

2013 Elvio Cogno Barbera Pre-Phylloxera

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'Alba Falletto di Serralunga

2010 Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain

1997 Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'

2015 Raul Perez Ultreia Mencia

2008 Acustic Cellars 'acustic'

2005 Paolo Bea Rosso San Valentino (marred by some VA)

2006 Catherine & Pierre Breton St. Louans

Might have missed some in there as well.  The real standouts for me were the drappier, retro, cogno and Breton.  and ch. des jacques. and tondonia.  and mrs. VeV loved that radikon.  and really - the sherries acoss the board were stunners.   Food was great, company was outstanding.  Didnt even set a couch on fire this year.  The art wasnt bad either.

 

 

 

But no px?  Or did I just miss it in the long list?

Bman, the Toro Albala Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejismo Solera 1922 is actually made from PX but it’s bone dry. It was fantastic. 

vint posted:
bman posted:
vinoevelo posted:

For the annual celebration of wine discovery that is the extravagance of Sherry Xmas this past weekend:

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Amontillado No. 58 Sanlucar

Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado 20 Years VOS

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino

Tio Pepe Tres Palmas Fino

Toro Albala Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejismo Solera 1922

Vernaccia di Oristano da Davide Orro

2018 Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia

2001 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Blanco Tondonia

2008 Radikon Jakot

2016 Holdvolgy Vision

2017 Charles et Philippe Brand Fleurs Maceration

NV Drappier Blanc de Quatre blancs

2009 Huet Brut Reserve Vouvray Petillant

2015 Raventos i Blanc de Nit

2011 Colet Colet-Navazos Reserva Extra Brut

2016 Olienas Cannonau Riserva

2013 Elvio Cogno Barbera Pre-Phylloxera

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'Alba Falletto di Serralunga

2010 Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain

1997 Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'

2015 Raul Perez Ultreia Mencia

2008 Acustic Cellars 'acustic'

2005 Paolo Bea Rosso San Valentino (marred by some VA)

2006 Catherine & Pierre Breton St. Louans

Might have missed some in there as well.  The real standouts for me were the drappier, retro, cogno and Breton.  and ch. des jacques. and tondonia.  and mrs. VeV loved that radikon.  and really - the sherries acoss the board were stunners.   Food was great, company was outstanding.  Didnt even set a couch on fire this year.  The art wasnt bad either.

 

 

 

But no px?  Or did I just miss it in the long list?

Bman, the Toro Albala Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejismo Solera 1922 is actually made from PX but it’s bone dry. It was fantastic. 

Interesting. Never been much of a fine of dry sherrys but always open to trying something new. 

Recently

2017 Giant Steps, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley

2010 Leeuwin Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Cecchi, Chianti Classico, Riserva di Famiglia

2009 Domaine Ostertag, Riesling, Heissenberg

2012 Stratus, Syrah, Niagara on the Lake

2015 Domaine La Bouissiere, Vacqueyras

The Heissenberg was outstanding

I just noticed that none of my co-conspirators posted what we drank last Saturday for a surprise dinner to celebrate a ...<cough>...milestone birthday for KSC02. Eight days later I'm not sure I can remember all of them either

2008 Christian Moreau, Chablis, Vaudesir

2007 JL Chave, Hermitage, Blanc

2014 Henri Prudhon, St-Aubin, Sur le Sentier du Clou, Blanc

2001 Frescobaldi, BdM, Castelgiocondo Ripe al Convento Riserva

2006 Casanova di Neri, BdM, Tenuta Nuova

1996 Chateau Montus, Madiran, Reserva

2000 Chateau Cos D'Estournal, St. Estephe

2004 Clos St. Jean, CdP, La Combe des Fous

I know I'm forgetting at least 2 bottles because there was a red Burg and a 1982 Bonnezeaux. Perhaps Mimik can fill in the details?

Should also mention that Purple Haze made the long, eventful trek up for this and it's always good to see him.

 

At Richmond Station Saturday to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of my first date, and first anniversary of my engagement

2002 Lanson Gold label - loving this vintage for champagne right now

1987 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - still not fully ready, but singing - 95+ points easy

bman posted:
jcocktosten posted:

2012 Cotino Gran Reserva Rioja

Off wine list:

2004 Radio Coteau Timbervine

2005 Greppicaia Bolgheri

For friend's birthday:

2011 Agharta Black Label Syrah

2017 Bedrock Heritage Papera Ranch

Was the Timbervine worth the fee?

Was excellent.  It was also 50% off - so instead of $140 it was $70.  Definitely worth it - 

2012 Reva Barolo

I was rather doubtful (about the vintage as well as the producer) when I bought it but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  It's an intense wine with classic rose petal and tar flavours.  Great flavour depth as well as length.

wineart 2 posted:

Enjoyed with snipes and bigfoot; 

2006 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne 
2011 Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots
1995 Jaboulet La Chapelle
1961 Giacomo Borgogno Barolo Riserva

Interesting lineup.  Each wine distinct from the other.  Who is the one born in 1961 in that group?

steve8 posted:

I just noticed that none of my co-conspirators posted what we drank last Saturday for a surprise dinner to celebrate a ...<cough>...milestone birthday for KSC02. Eight days later I'm not sure I can remember all of them either

2008 Christian Moreau, Chablis, Vaudesir

2007 JL Chave, Hermitage, Blanc

2014 Henri Prudhon, St-Aubin, Sur le Sentier du Clou, Blanc

2001 Frescobaldi, BdM, Castelgiocondo Ripe al Convento Riserva

2006 Casanova di Neri, BdM, Tenuta Nuova

1996 Chateau Montus, Madiran, Reserva

2000 Chateau Cos D'Estournal, St. Estephe

2004 Clos St. Jean, CdP, La Combe des Fous

I know I'm forgetting at least 2 bottles because there was a red Burg and a 1982 Bonnezeaux. Perhaps Mimik can fill in the details?

Should also mention that Purple Haze made the long, eventful trek up for this and it's always good to see him.

 

An epic evening.  Was good to see the Montreal gang after a few years.  I still retain the image of steve8, indolently slouched in his chair surrounded by bottles of almost empty wine, laughing at all the losers who were headed home before the wine was finished!  You sir, are a true animal.    Until next time!

PH

purplehaze posted:
steve8 posted:

I just noticed that none of my co-conspirators posted what we drank last Saturday for a surprise dinner to celebrate a ...<cough>...milestone birthday for KSC02. Eight days later I'm not sure I can remember all of them either

2008 Christian Moreau, Chablis, Vaudesir

2007 JL Chave, Hermitage, Blanc

2014 Henri Prudhon, St-Aubin, Sur le Sentier du Clou, Blanc

2001 Frescobaldi, BdM, Castelgiocondo Ripe al Convento Riserva

2006 Casanova di Neri, BdM, Tenuta Nuova

1996 Chateau Montus, Madiran, Reserva

2000 Chateau Cos D'Estournal, St. Estephe

2004 Clos St. Jean, CdP, La Combe des Fous

I know I'm forgetting at least 2 bottles because there was a red Burg and a 1982 Bonnezeaux. Perhaps Mimik can fill in the details?

Should also mention that Purple Haze made the long, eventful trek up for this and it's always good to see him.

 

An epic evening.  Was good to see the Montreal gang after a few years.  I still retain the image of steve8, indolently slouched in his chair surrounded by bottles of almost empty wine, laughing at all the losers who were headed home before the wine was finished!  You sir, are a true animal.    Until next time!

PH

PH, I meant to call you and see if K wanted you to bring his 2002 Dom Warhol label I still have in my cellar. I have had his bottle for many years now. Grrr. 

Sounds like a grand evening. 

purplehaze posted:

An epic evening.  Was good to see the Montreal gang after a few years.  I still retain the image of steve8, indolently slouched in his chair surrounded by bottles of almost empty wine, laughing at all the losers who were headed home before the wine was finished!  You sir, are a true animal.    Until next time!

PH

Hey, I resemble that remark! KSC02 also commented on that yesterday at lunch. A lunch at which we drank the following

2007 William Fevre, Chablis, Bougros

2010 Pierre Jean Villa, Cote Rotie, Carmina

2015 Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Savigny Les Beaunes, Les Bas Liards

wineart 2 posted:
PH, I meant to call you and see if K wanted you to bring his 2002 Dom Warhol label I still have in my cellar. I have had his bottle for many years now. Grrr. 

Sounds like a grand evening. 

As it turns out, this would have been in inopportune time to have brought it.  I had a wee bit of an "adventure" at the border this crossing...  

PH

purplehaze posted:
wineart 2 posted:
PH, I meant to call you and see if K wanted you to bring his 2002 Dom Warhol label I still have in my cellar. I have had his bottle for many years now. Grrr. 

Sounds like a grand evening. 

As it turns out, this would have been in inopportune time to have brought it.  I had a wee bit of an "adventure" at the border this crossing...  

PH

Cavity search?

Actually, I got pretty lucky.  I did have to go to have my "declarations confirmed."

They actually "missed" 2 bottles and a couple of other minor items.  They did confiscate an old and cherished butterfly knife that has resided in my center console almost since I've been driving.  I'll miss it.  Otherwise, it certainly could have gone worse.  After a 10+ hour road trip, including some close to white-out conditions in the Adirondacks, I almost had to laugh that I'd gotten so close to my destination and then had to go through that mess.

PH

Over a few days with friends in Florida,

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV (At a marina restaurant in St. Pete's.  Menu listed it as Perrier Joust, lol)

2008 Saffredi - drinking well

Haton Extra Brut Rose Champagne NV - good with oysters, seafood

2014 Domaine Moutard Chablis Valmur - good with more oysters & shellfish salad, bayside at Oyster Catchers, Tampa Hyatt

1998 Urbina Riserva Especial - better than previous bottle back in T.O.  With decant and some time, opened up nicely.  Great with tapas at Ceviche, St. Pete's

2005 Fonroque, St. Emilion.  No surprise that it was a step up from the Urbina.  In a good spot, with long way to go.

At various venues around Lake Mary:

2017 Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir

NV Veuve

2011 Henri Boillot Corton Charlemagne - singing

2006 Soldera Riserva, amazing, ethereal. Purity and freshness, balance.  Wow.

2015 Ballot Millot Meursault Genevrieres 1er, beautiful

2010 Poggio Scalette Piantonaia, young but drinking well

1978 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bricco Bussia Vigna Colonnello, surprisingly youthful. Opened up beautifully.  Wow.

2008 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda, Sooooo young following the 78 Colonnello, but beautiful purity of fruit, terroir.  Great wine with a LONG way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

jcocktosten posted:

First wine of note (notably not the first wine) for FKG's birthday - 2002 Match Butterdragon from .375 with hamburgers for lunch.  Outstanding

I once bought a bottle of that at the gas station wine store for supper there with Jorgerunfast and his brother. 

2000 Les Pagodes de Cos

Had this with home-made lasagna on Christmas eve.  It was decidedly better than I was expecting.  It had a lot of the taste attributes I expect from Cos.  A muscular full-bodied wine that would have paired well with a more substantial dinner.

steve8 posted:

2016 Sadie Family, Skerpioen

2005 Mauro Sebaste, Barolo, Monvigliero

The Barolo was a little disappointing, but still very good. The Skerpioen was delicious.

Still holding a Columella in case you ever get your sorry butt here one day.....

With turkey dinner on Christmas Day:

  • 2012 Larmandier-Bernier Terre De Vertus Blanc de Blancs Non Dose
  • 2014 Remelluri Bianco
  • 2002 Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu

 And with turkey leftovers next day:

  • 2013 Murrieta Capellania Reserva Blanco

 I've never been much of a turkey fan, but I lose that argument every year and I'm the first one to recognise my limitations anywhere near a kitchen.  I just do the wine service at Christmas-time.

NV Vollereaux, Champagne, Brut Reserve

2013 Winderlea, Chardonnay

2017 Colene Clemens, Pinot Noir, Dopp Creek

Had never had a Vollereaux before but was impressed for a $30 champers. Would buy again.

The Winderlea seemed a little tired to me. The Clemens was really good and really young.

With two other couples comprising our best friends:

2013 Mordoree Tavel - holding on surprisingly well.

2013 CVNE Rioja Riserva

2004 Vieux Donjon CdP from magnum - showed really well in my preferred style. I’d say drink now. 

2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - after being open for a while, this got really nice and reminded me of a Bordeaux with nice fruit. 

A 2014 Sojourn Pinot but I can’t recall which bottling. It was excellent. They might be my favorite Cali Pinot producer.

NV Drappier Carte D’or. This showed really well with a biscuit/bread note that I love when it isn’t dominant.

Nye gathering with friends and KSC02 and vinaigre and significant others:

NV Montaudon brut réserve champagne

2008 Vina Gravonia rioja Lopez De Heredia

2013 Baumard Clos St-Yves Savennieres

2003 Pesquera reserva especially rioja from magnum 

2018 tu bu or not tu bu cotes de Roussillon 

2002 Clos des Goisses champagne( thank you KSC02)

NV Marc Hebrart bdb brut Champagne 

1982 Bonnezeaux coteaux du Layon 

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