December 2012: What are you drinking?

Last night with steve8, VinT, and otw at supper:

2005 Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva Cava

1996 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra
2000 Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole

1998 Torbreck The Factor
2003 Delas Cote-Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron
2008 K Vintners Charles Smith Royal City Syrah

Later:

2006 Sine Qua Non Raven Series Syrah

... and a 2005 second-label Bordeaux that I didn't get the name of.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by Shaferguy91:

2009 Dusky Goose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills



How does this compare to the 2008, Shaferguy?

I am extremely impressed by this winery, even more so with their Rambouillet bottling. I think they might be in the top half dozen Oregon Pinot producers.


I really like Dusky Goose too. My first impression was that the 2009 isn't as good as 2008. However I had just gotten the wine so I probably shouldn't have opened it. I'll try again in a few months. I've never had the Rambouillet but I think I'll get some and try it.

Last night:
2008 Lynmar Pinot Noir Freestone-Delicious.
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Last with GlennK:

1998 Smith Haut Lafitte
2000 Rol Valentin
I thought both wines showed extremely well and are ready to drink. The SHL was in the zone and the RV came around quickly with air. Perfect pairing with the steaks.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
How was the Conterno, fut?

PH


It was really nice. It was a definite cut above the Vajra on this night. I think the wine is into its drinking window and showing well.

For the Syrahs, I preferred the Delas Cote-Rotie, but there wasn't a bad wine in the bunch. Everything was very good.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Last night with steve8, VinT, and otw at supper:

2005 Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva Cava

1996 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra
2000 Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole

1998 Torbreck The Factor
2003 Delas Cote-Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron
2008 K Vintners Charles Smith Royal City Syrah

Later:

2006 Sine Qua Non Raven Series Syrah

... and a 2005 second-label Bordeaux that I didn't get the name of.


How was the 03 Delas?
Last night at an offline dinner at Ricciuti's in Olney, MD with six of the original members of the WS DC area offliners (irwin, klymkev, Lentini, Gentleman farmer, cometspider and Festiva):

The theme was.......bring something with some Cabernet in it.

Starter bubbly:

NV Bollinger Special Cuvee - Lovely. I blew through a 6-pak of this in no time. Must get more.

Vajra Sparkling Nebbiolo (NV?) - Very dry. Very Nebbiolo. I'm going to try and find some of this. Much better as it warmed a bit and with food.

2001 Don Melchor - Right in the zone for this bottling. Typical loamy, minty, dark fruit with a zing of pepper.

2004 Sassicaia - Wow. Decanted for a few hours and rebottled. Remarkably soft and ready to go. My WOTN.

2000 Pavillon Rouge du Ch. Margaux - Wonderful. Best nose of the night. Pure Margaux. Great BDX characteristics yet showing the ripe fruit of the vintage. Yum.

1999 Rampolla Sammarco - Soft and balanced with integrated tannins. In a perfect spot right now.

2004 Le Pupille Saffredi - Monster. Needed time to open up. Showing incredible potential. If I had any, I'd hold a few years or decant for a long while. I'm going to find some!

2005 Benziger Oonapais - Big wine. Plush in the mouth. Ripe CA fruit.

2000 Pio Cesare Ornato - cs missed the theme memo and I'm glad he did! Wink Lovely nose, great Barolo. Long life ahead.

2000 Churchill Port - Decanted the day before and rebottled. Ridiculously good. Among the best Ports I've put in my mouth. Very young still.

And..........finished the evening with a digestif: Lentini's home made (from home grown lemons) Limoncello. It was ridiculously good.

If I missed anything, maybe one of the guys can fill in the blank(s). A wonderful night with a GREAT group of guys.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
six of the original members of the WS DC area offliners (irwin, klymkev, Lentini, Gentleman farmer, cometspider and Festiva):

A great group, indeed.


Starter bubbly:

NV Bollinger Special Cuvee - Lovely. I blew through a 6-pak of this in no time. Must get more.

Okay, I'm going to buy a few today...it BETTER be worth $75!

2004 Sassicaia - Wow. Decanted for a few hours and rebottled. Remarkably soft and ready to go. My WOTN.

Good to know. The '04 vintage produced some seriously good wine.

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Originally posted by wine+art:

Starter bubbly:

NV Bollinger Special Cuvee
Okay, I'm going to buy a few today...it BETTER be worth $75!


I paid $52 for this a month or so again and definitely worth that. At $75, it's cutting it close. If the most recent disgorgement, you'll like the wine though. Very nice.

PH
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Longboarder:
2005 Phelan Segur - Better than I expected


Due to youth?


Yes. This was wide open and very enjoyable. Nothing like other 2005's that I have opened. I would have guessed the wine was an '85 or '95.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Best from an off-line last night.

1998 Leonetti Merlot
1987 Diamond Creek Lake Vineyard
1992 Matanzas Creek Merlot
1997 David Arthur 1147
1992 Laurel Glen Cabernet
Glad to hear about the 1992 Matanzas Creek Merlot and the 1997 David Arthur 1147. I'm sitting on both of these wines. Did the Matanzas seem tired at all?
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Originally posted by Board-O:
max, to best of my recollection, the 1992 Matanzas Crrek Merlot is the best American Merlot I've ever had. The last bottle about 3 years ago seemed vibrantly youthful.
Thanks Board-O, look forward to sharing it with our Memphis area group soon. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Last night with steve8, VinT, and otw at supper:

2005 Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva Cava

1996 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra
2000 Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole

1998 Torbreck The Factor
2003 Delas Cote-Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron
2008 K Vintners Charles Smith Royal City Syrah

Later:

2006 Sine Qua Non Raven Series Syrah

... and a 2005 second-label Bordeaux that I didn't get the name of.


IIRC it was a 2005 Hauts de Pontet-Canet.

Excellent evening, which once again ended in the wee hours at the FWR. Thanks for setting it up and thanks to everyone for a good time.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
2009 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva. Whoever gave this a 94 should have his genioglossis excised.


Why on earth do you continue to drink Italian wine? You're far too old and stuck in your ways to have an epiphany about them now.
Celebrating the End of the World last evening:

1997 Beringer PR
2005 O'Shaughnessy Cab Howell Mountain
2006 Caymus SS
2007 Neal Family Cab (from magnum)
2005 Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
2005 Michele Castellani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Collezione Ca del Pipa Cinque Stelle
2002 Grant Burge Shiraz Meshach
Highlights of recent cruise:

2003 Château Giscours
2003 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau
2006 Betz Family Syrah La Serenne
2005 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée
2004 Match Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Butterdragon Hill
2006 Martinelli Seven Mules Pinot
2006 Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvee
2007 Core Hard Core
2008 The Industrial Zinfandel
2008 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah
2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Lingenfelder Vineyard

And an ungodly amount of Nicholas Feuillate NV Brut
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
Highlights of recent cruise:

2007 Core Hard Core

Nice to see a Core wine enjoyed. My wife and I met Dave Corey a couple of years back and really enjoyed him and many of his wines. I remember some pretty interesting experiements he was doing with some non-traditional varieties. He had a 100% Mourvedre that was good, and the Hard Core was as well.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
max, to best of my recollection, the 1992 Matanzas Crrek Merlot is the best American Merlot I've ever had. The last bottle about 3 years ago seemed vibrantly youthful.


A friend opened this for us a couple years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've had a few other vintages since then (having not found another '92) and while nice, they weren't at the same level. This is definitely one of the best Merlots I've had.
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Originally posted by vinoman7:
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Originally posted by redknife:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
2009 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva. Whoever gave this a 94 should have his genioglossis excised.


+1


+2... never enjoyed this wine in any vintage.


Not exactly an epiphany searching wine anyway...
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Originally posted by max:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
max, to best of my recollection, the 1992 Matanzas Crrek Merlot is the best American Merlot I've ever had. The last bottle about 3 years ago seemed vibrantly youthful.
Thanks Board-O, look forward to sharing it with our Memphis area group soon. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.


I'll be looking forward to it. Smile

Last night:
2002 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut

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