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Originally posted by davec:
2005 Bond Matriarch - still young, old world style. Opens up with time.

Thanks for taking one for the team. I've got 3 resting and was wondering when to pop the cork on one. I guess I'll wait a little longer based on your review.

This was our first Matriarch. Will probably finish the bottle tomorrow or the next day, and will report back. Probably needs 2-3 years. Wanted to verify before ordering the '07. We're in. Might get two 3 packs.

We started planning our 2011 purchases, which we hope to get down to less than we drink in a year, and as little as half. With offers starting, we have to compare to be more selective, and be prepared to put in our orders early. We don't want to miss out on offers like the 47 minute Schrader offer. Wish us luck.

We started drinking our expected favorites to see from whom we wish to purchase. So far, in the last week or so, in addition to the Matriarch, we have also tried and added the maker to our list:
Lamborn - '05 Howell Mountain Cab
Paratus - '06 Mount Veeder Cab
Myriad - '08 Beckstoffer Dr Crane Cab
All 3 much more Cali Cab style.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
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Originally posted by davec:
2005 Bond Matriarch - still young, old world style. Opens up with time.


Dave,

Thanks for taking one for the team. I've got 3 resting and was wondering when to pop the cork on one. I guess I'll wait a little longer based on your review.


I opened one about 6 months ago, and I gotta say, Dave is spot on. the wine is truly fantastic, but I won't touch my other 2 bottles for at least another 3 years. And i prefer my CA cabs with a bit of age, so I'm probably looking more at 2016+.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
2009 Domaine D'Andezon Cote du Rhone - really nice wine, especially for $10! Just released. Great mouthfeel and balance on this pop and pour wine!


I too enjoyed this last night. Improved a little during the evening. Enjoyed with mushroom & spinach pizza with salad. I paid a little more - $13 from my LWS.
Jack Nicklaus:
Cab Sau, Napa Valley
Private Reserve, Napa Valley

Arnold Palmer
Chard Central Coast
Cab Sau Central Coast
Cab Sau Reserve, NApa Valley

This is part of the PGA Wine Tour of wines presented by Golfers.

Last week we had 5 Callaway wines, and their rating was a bogie. PGA Wine Tour rates wines:

Hole-In-One
Eagle
Birdie
Par
and Bogie

Fun part of this is that Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Jack, Faldo and Donald are all local folks [i.e. they have a house here].
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Originally posted by JCT1000:
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Originally posted by xhoser:
2009 Domaine D'Andezon Cote du Rhone - really nice wine, especially for $10! Just released. Great mouthfeel and balance on this pop and pour wine!


I too enjoyed this last night. Improved a little during the evening. Enjoyed with mushroom & spinach pizza with salad. I paid a little more - $13 from my LWS.


JCT,

I agree that this bottle was much better after 30+ minutes open. I did the "Mollydooker Shake" on the bottle after pouring one glass I put the cork back in and agitate the bottle a few times until the gas blows off. I use this technique on my inexpensive bottles in an attempt to aerate or open them up. I wouldn't recommend this for an 82 Lafite.
Shared with Ampuis and his lovely lady recently:

- 2003 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Hunawihr Clos Windsbuhl -- rich and silky, lots of citrus and mineral, long finish

- 1994 King Estate Pinot Noir -- shockingly good, like a Village or maybe Premier Burgundy that's 10-15 years old, great balance of fruit and acidity; a real revelation for me in just how well an Oregon Pinot can age and improve, (Ampuis also brought a 1998 Erath single vineyard Pinot, but unfortunately it was corked)

- 1999 Delas Cote-Rotie Segneur de Maugiron -- deep dark fruit flavours, mouth-coating, plush, drinking very well right now, outstanding and finished by us very quickly

- 1997 Grahams Port -- inky, intense, powerful, young, and great (375 ml)


Shared with Dunder and VanCityWino, and their much better halves, recently:

- NV Diebolt-Valois Champagne A Cramant -- really delicious fruit

- 1995 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Le Mesnil -- stunning nose, beautiful colour, and no disappointment in the mouth either, great bottle of wine

- 2002 Pegasus Bay Sauvignon/Semillon -- big citrus, peach, and lychee flavours

- 1993 Paulo Scavino Barolo Bric Del Fiasc -- drinks like a much younger wine, floral nose, lots of fruit, great acidity, will still go on for a long time

- 2004 Mauro Veglio Barolo Vignetto Arborina -- amazing how much this was like the previous wine, hard to believe they weren't close to the same age

- 2004 Antonelli Sagrantino di Montefalco -- balanced and tasty, seems still young

- 2004 Robert Foley Claret -- big and balanced, delicious

- 2002 Shafer Relentless -- powerhouse, intense fruit

- 1998 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm -- interesting to have this right after Relentless, it's bigger yet more balanced, I think this may still be evolving and improving (based on having had 1 in each of the last 4 years)

- 1989 Shloss Schonborn Riesling Auslese Erbacher Marcobrunn -- shitty cork, amber colour, but somehow still has pretty intense and fairly sweet fruit, good not great



I've been drinking down my 1999 Gigondas for a few weeks (mostly through January)

- Santa Duc Prestige Haut Garrigues -- very good, quite silky, still lots of fruit, still some tannin at end

- St Cosme -- used to be pretty tannic but it's smooth now, plum and tobacco flavours, med. finish

- Montirius -- last bottle, and I'm sorry I drank my others a few years ago, this is the best of the 7 or 8 different Gigondas that I bought this vintage, and it's still showing strong, can go a few more years I think; a great value when I bought it

- Brusset Les Hauts Montmirail -- always solid, seems a bit faded now

- Tardieu-Laurent Vielles Vignes -- I had high hopes for this and am disappointed, it's drinkable but tired, lot of drying tannins on the finish, and I still have 2 bottles
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Originally posted by xhoser:
I gave this bottle a "Mollydooker" shake to aerate and it opened up nicely almost immediately. I think you could pop and pour this one although it does benefit from a little air time (<30 min).I am really liking the inexpensive 2009 Rhones that I have tried so far better than any other recent vintage.


Thanks. I was very impressed with all the 2009s we tasted last summer, from the CdRs to the top of the line wines.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
Just popped the cork on a 2003 Chateau Puygueraud


weird, I was going to do the same tonite, but it was my last bottle and was hoping to do a 2000, 03, 05 tasting. I went for a 2007 Renegade Wine Co Columbia Valley Cab instead, mainly because I had nothing from Cahors or Fronsac in my cellar.
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1995 Leroy Clos Vougeot, an exquisite wine.
1995 Leroy Chambertin. While clearly stunning, just entering her drinking window.

This thing called cabin fever is not healthy. Smile


Nice wine! I think the Leroy 1978 Chambertin was my WOTY a few years ago.


In my dreams tonight, I will simply tote your wine bag. Wink
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Ginger Ale (neat)


You do indeed dwell in Utah.

Easy there, Tex; just trying to get over a cold. Wink


I have not been sick in 17 years (knock on wood) but feel like I'm pushing my luck. Two weeks in Europe, and now a crazy cold week in Dallas may be too much.

I'm off to Southern California for five days next week. Cool
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Ginger Ale (neat)


You do indeed dwell in Utah.

Easy there, Tex; just trying to get over a cold. Wink


I have not been sick in 17 years (knock on wood) but feel like I'm pushing my luck. Two weeks in Europe, and now a crazy cold week in Dallas may be too much.

I'm off to Southern California for five days next week. Cool

I have been fortunate to evade the "bugs" that my son brings home from preschool, and we are fastidious hand-washers in our home. This time I wasn't so lucky.

You think you have cabin fever. Mad
At a tasting this eve:

Doquet Brut NV Champagne, NV
Pommery Brut, NV
2005 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino,
2008 Schloss Vollrads Kabinett,
2007 Chapoutier “La Berandine” Chat du Pape
2006 Two Hands “Bella’s Garden” Shiraz (AU)
2007 Argyle, Reserve Pinot Noir
2006 Silverado Vineyards “SOLO” (Napa)
2007 Chimney Rock “Stag’s Leap” (Napa)
2005 Heitz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Chateau Montelena Napa Cabernet
2006 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cab Sauvignon (my WOTN)
2008 CARM Reserve (Portugal)
2007 Cadre Pinot Noir “ The Architects,”
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
2003 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde
Nice. How is this drinking?

+1


I have been trying a bottle every six to nine months from the case I purchased few years back. This was the best showing by far with the warm sweet fruit of the vintage at the core. The tannins are pretty much resolved with secondary aroma/flavors well in the mix.
Wednesday night:
2007 Rhys Chard
2005 Guyon Corton Charlemange
1997 Jaboulet La Chappele
2006 (?) vice versa
a 2006 italian supertuscan whose name I cannot spell but was 100% sangiovese and needed lots of time.
a 2001 italian syrah that Manfred Krankle is involved in that rocked.

Thursday at Chateau Stefania (guys please fill in names as I did not catch all the bottles):

a bubbly that was enjoyable
2008 Stefania Chard (wonderful with the crab)
2007 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountain Chard
1999 Ridge Monte Bello (was in a great place)
1984 Ridge ?????? Zinfandel (the ballpark frank wine)
1985 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow (in a great place)
2007 Sesson cab (for the money this was a good as it gets - I'll be buying)
2008 Stefania SCM cab
2008 Copper-Garrod viognier
There were also two pinots (one of which came in a 35lb bottle) that I did not get the producer names (or have since forgotten)

Friday - lots of airplane water. Wink
G
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1995 Leroy Clos Vougeot, an exquisite wine.
1995 Leroy Chambertin. While clearly stunning, just entering her drinking window.

This thing called cabin fever is not healthy. Smile


Nice wine! I think the Leroy 1978 Chambertin was my WOTY a few years ago.


In my dreams tonight, I will simply tote your wine bag. Wink
I think there has been more than one year where I could say that a Leroy wine was my wine of the year. I think I own more Leroy than any other producer. I've especially found the 1966 and 1964 vintages to show very well over the last 10 years. M. Bize just seems to get it right way more than wrong.

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