February 2019: What are you drinking?

mimik posted:

Over herbed salmon and rack of lamb with accompaniments, Steve8, Uncle John, vinaigre and KSC02 with our significant others thad the following last night:

2002 Comtes Taittinger blancs des blancs(stunning)

NV Larmand/Bernier tardition Brut

2011 Macle Cotes du Jura

2016 Raul Perez Sketch Albariño 

2001 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva Barolo(stunning)

1997 Aldo Conterno GranBussia Barolo Riserva

2001 Monprivato Barolo Mascarello e Figlio

2004 Pegau Reservee Cdp

2000 Moccagatta Basarin Barbaresco 

2005 Huet 1er trie le mont vouvray

 

Well done, lads! Any standouts?  

2013 Pearl Morissette Estate Winery Riesling Cuvée Black Ball

2008 Clos del Rey Côtes du Roussillon Villages Le Clos

2005 Pio Cesare Barolo

I'm a big fan of dry riesling (curse you, shavez!) but that Black Ball is over the top. Bracing, puckering, searing - call it whatever you want - the acidity was so distracting it completely dominated the quality juice hiding underneath. Will it integrate with time in bottle?  Does acidity even do that? Who knows; I have two left so I guess we'll see. 

The Clos del Rey was gorgeous as always - love that old vines carignan.  I wasn't sure how far along the Pio would be, but not to worry - it was hugely tannic on opening and took three hours in decanter to settle down. 

vint posted:
vinoevelo posted:

long overdue lunch w. Mangiare - 2016 Comando G Rozas 1er Cru 

How was it? CellerTracker's suggested drinking window is 2021-2027!

I thought it showed well.  We agreed it was a definite step up from the Bruzas bottling.  I'm sure it will get better in time as the acid & tannin resolve themselves but it was fine with food.  Far more open than a too-young claret.

LB, nice to see you posting again. Always appreciate your wine insight. 

Recent notables

2007 La Stoppa Macchiona Emilia IGT - in a great spot and punching well above it’s tariff 

2007 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente - in a good spot  

2001 Clerico Ginestra

1997 Lisini Ugolaia - drinking well but a bit heavy and one dimensional 

2000 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Coteaux - love this style; restrained but so much going on

 

 

 

mimik posted:

Over herbed salmon and rack of lamb with accompaniments, Steve8, Uncle John, vinaigre and KSC02 with our significant others thad the following last night:

2002 Comtes Taittinger blancs des blancs(stunning)

NV Larmand/Bernier tardition Brut
2009 Leclerc-Briant, Champagne, Les Chevres Pierreuses

2011 Macle Cotes du Jura, Chardonnay

2016 Raul Perez Sketch Albariño 

2001 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva Barolo(stunning)

1997 Aldo Conterno GranBussia Barolo Riserva

2001 Monprivato Barolo Mascarello e Figlio

2004 Pegau Reservee Cdp

2000 Moccagatta Basarin Barbaresco 

2005 Huet 1er trie le mont vouvray

If you found a Larmand-Bernier bottle in the recycle bin you must have drank it by yourself after we left.

Stand-outs for me were the Taittinger and the Huet. All of the nebbiolos were excellent, maybe a slight nod to the Moccagatta, which surprised me.

The Domaine Macle was a stand-out in that it was crap. I really do not understand people making oxidized style wines. If I want sherry, I'll buy sherry.

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No idea on the producer, but it was the 2014 and it had the great big word of Pauillac on the label.

Surprisingly good drinker for a wine that I was think would taste like that shitty R de' Lafite or an equally bad Mouton Cadet.

Decent grippy balance mixed with hints of black fruits and a nice subtle bramble nose.  Not much complexity, little oak forward, but good drinker.

doubled posted:

How was the Dunn?

It was still lively. We tried it after a 2 hour decant and it was inviting at that point. Open 4 hours it had deepened further. However, it started to decline an hour after that. I think it will hold a few years yet (which is good since I have 2 more).

2014 Vasse Felix, Chardonnay, Heytesbury

Excellent, although it could have used a little more body to make it outstanding.

2012 Querce Bettina, RdM

Also excellent. This is the most recent vintage of a QB wine I've had and for those keeping score they seem to have changed cork suppliers. Solid, dense and compact...the cork. The wine is bigger than many RdM's. I think need to go back and get some more even if the $31.25 price tag is getting up there.

 

@ Technique, a new restaurant in Westwood, NJ.  Classic French fare demanded classic French wine.

NV Billecart Salmon Brut

1999 Pavie

2000 Malescot St Exupery

2006 Lynch Bages

the 99 Pavie was spectacular- gave it a brief 30 minute decant and just kept getting better in the glass. The Lynch was a close second- ready to rock right now.  The Malescot is still tight and not quite in the same class but still very enjoyable on its own.

2006 Copain Thompson Syrah - Nice, new world in style, I found it a bit one-dimensional but Mrs VeV loved it.

2008 Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia - again, nice, italian claret in a polished new world style.    Paired well with a cold night and some lentils and cotechino.  

2015 Occhipinti SP68 rosso - finally a not flawed bottle.  Still a bit of effervesence on opening, but settled down with an afternoon of air and turned into what it could be.  I have one bottle left and i'm not sure i'm a repeat buyer based on the number of skunked bottles i've had.

2015 Sybille Kuntz Reisling Kabinett Trocken - this disappeared fast.  Loved by all.  petrol, tropical fruits, a little smoky minerality and enamel-peeling acidity.  Glad i have a few more to follow

2012 Castello di Rampolla Chianti Classico - This was great with porchetta - still young and needed some fat to tame the acid/tannins.  On the darker side of sangiovese.  Would probably benefit from additional aging.

2010 Querce Bettina RdM - middle of the road stylistically, nice sangiovese.  Good fruit/savoury balance.  Revisiting the bottle on the 2nd night it was oxidising pretty quickly.  Cork was fine though.

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