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@g-man posted:

made the mistake of trying a 2019 caymus thinking "it cant be that bad"

oh it's bad.  real bad.  fruit concoction bad.  no structure, incredibly sweet, and honestly not that far above a meiomi.

I was gifted a 2010 a number of years ago and finally opened it last year. My TN in CT:

”Everything I dislike in red wine: a blast of alcohol heat on the nose; overripe, sweet fruit; flabby, low acidity and structureless; gobs of milk chocolate. I get that this is right in the wheelhouse of some people. À chacun son goût.”

93F49D02-7196-45B3-A965-6BBB1504C8AEWe and a few friends all had very recent negative COVID tests, so tonight we’re hosting a little pizza party, likely last time we have anyone other than immediate family over for a while. Guests are bringing some special whites as surprise to me.

One bottle in the photo is also a surprise, meant to instill fear in my sommelier friend.😄

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@seaquam posted:

93F49D02-7196-45B3-A965-6BBB1504C8AEWe and a few friends all had very recent negative COVID tests, so tonight we’re hosting a little pizza party, likely last time we have anyone other than immediate family over for a while. Guests are bringing some special whites as surprise to me.

One bottle in the photo is also a surprise, meant to instill fear in my sommelier friend.😄

Nice line up Seaquam and happy holidays. I had my last 2003 Pegau reserve a couple of days ago and it was amazing. Hope the 2004 turned out as stellar as my 2003.

@bman posted:

Fully mature or still room for improvement?

My recommendation was drink now with air to open it a bit or hold a while longer.   It's close enough in my book.  Doubt it'll gain more than a point maybe.

  • WIML94

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of melted black licorice, black currants and dried plums. Flavors of dried plums, currants and golden raisins. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink with air or continue to hold. (94 points)

My recommendation was drink now with air to open it a bit or hold a while longer.   It's close enough in my book.  Doubt it'll gain more than a point maybe.

  • WIML94

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of melted black licorice, black currants and dried plums. Flavors of dried plums, currants and golden raisins. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink with air or continue to hold. (94 points)

Thanks!

C74EBD09-794F-4619-9E6F-3FB8B5286A212005 Cascina Bruciata Barbaresco Rio Sordo — friend brought over a bottle to share a couple of years ago, and we loved it. He brought another yesterday, and it was faint on the nose, and faded on the palate. Both bottles from same case. Hard to say whether this second was an off bottle or the wine has declined rapidly in a couple of years, but either way, too bad. I guess a few more will be opened in next few weeks.

The joy and the gamble of wine...

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Two from California

  • 1996 Ridge Geyserville
  • 1986 Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet

I have become used to a lot of bottle stink with older zinfandels.  That blew off after a long decant.  Still a powerful wine, if somewhat disjointed.

The Silver Oak, on the other hand, was magnificent.  This justifies seeking out and cellaring wine. 

Last week or so...

2006 I Greppi, Greppicante...very nice!  Opaque, youthful.  Better with an hour/2 of air.

2018 Bastianich Friulano, Orsone, loved it

2017 Lions de Suduiraut.  Would buy more.

1964 Poderi Scanavino, Cascina Zocolaio barolo...for my sister-in-law's husband's bday.  Still hanging on.  Was happy it was drinkable, and even quite enjoyable.

Xmas holidays and New Year’s Eve and day wines

2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

2018 Domaine Pascal Cotat Sancerre Chavignol Rosé

2019 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

2017 Domaine Barge Côte-Rôtie Cuvée du Plessy

2016 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

2009 Delas Frères Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

1992 Thirty Bench Riesling Icewine

NV Laherte Frères Champagne Extra Brut Ultradition

2007 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Réserva (corked)

2019 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc

2005 Château Fleur Cardinale

2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

2013 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain

2018 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvée Azalais

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