A roundup of wine consumed this week. I needed it. 

1996 Hanzell Chardonnay
2015 Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico
2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Maestro Raro
1999 Vincent Girardin Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots
NV Pierre Moncuit Champagne Cuvee Hugues de Coulmet BdB Brut

sunnylea57 posted:

A roundup of wine consumed this week. I needed it. 

1996 Hanzell Chardonnay
2015 Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico
2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Maestro Raro
1999 Vincent Girardin Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots
NV Pierre Moncuit Champagne Cuvee Hugues de Coulmet BdB Brut

An eclectic selection.

steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

A roundup of wine consumed this week. I needed it. 

2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Maestro Raro

How was the 2015 Maestro Sunny? I would expect excellence in the vintage but no doubt young?

I could only do an hour slow ox. All the elements were there, but it was disjointed. Revisited it the next night and it had come together nicely. My first Maestro and I was impressed. I have three more that I’ll bury for at least five years, if not longer. 

My Top 10 over the long weekend in Nashville with some of the Tahoe crew.

1989 Beaucastel

1996 Dunn Howell Mountain

1995 Gruaud-Larose

1991 Caymus Special Selection

2001 Schrader Original To Kalon Vineyard

1998 Rayas Pignan

2007 Pegasi

2005 Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul

1973 Beringer

1997 Ornellaia

Did a little cellar organizing over the last couple of weeks.  Ran across a dozen forgotten 375s buried in the back of the coolers.  Tonight with dry rubbed St. Louis ribs:

2005 Beringer Private Reserve.  Smoking good.  Dense.  Moderate tannins.  Perfect with the meat and sides.

2007 Chalk Hill Estate Red.  Punching way above its price point.  Simply lovely.  

fwiw, neither of these wines were guzzled.  

PH

steve8 posted:
csm posted:

2013 Element Winery Syrah - beautiful example of a cool climate Syrah. 

I tried that at their tasting room although not 100% on the vintage. I thought it was very good, but pricey. Especially when the exchange rate is factored in.

It's spendy for sure, especially with the exchange.  It came as part of our shipment for the wine club a year or two ago though, so it's a sunk cost for me  

sunnylea57 posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

A roundup of wine consumed this week. I needed it. 

2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Maestro Raro

How was the 2015 Maestro Sunny? I would expect excellence in the vintage but no doubt young?

I could only do an hour slow ox. All the elements were there, but it was disjointed. Revisited it the next night and it had come together nicely. My first Maestro and I was impressed. I have three more that I’ll bury for at least five years, if not longer. 

We had one a few months ago with a longer decant, and it was excellent although I agree too young

sunnylea57 posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

A roundup of wine consumed this week. I needed it. 

2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Maestro Raro

How was the 2015 Maestro Sunny? I would expect excellence in the vintage but no doubt young?

I could only do an hour slow ox. All the elements were there, but it was disjointed. Revisited it the next night and it had come together nicely. My first Maestro and I was impressed. I have three more that I’ll bury for at least five years, if not longer. 

I've had a 97 and 07 before, both of which I drank at about 10 years of age, and they were excellent. Really elegant style of cab. Hopefully the SAQ will bring in the 2015 which is where I bought the above mentioned bottles. Did you get yours at the LCBO, private import or the US?

Recently

2016 Poggerino, Chianti Classico

Solid CC. From my limited tasting so far 2016 is another strong vintage for Chianti, although not as good as 2015.

2016 CVNE, Rioja, Monopole Blanco

Really interesting wine. I was afraid it would be another one of these white riojas made in a slightly oxidized style, but thankfully not despite the fact they do blend in a little sherry. Nutty and citrus flavours.

2004 Clos Triguedina, Cahors, The Black Wine

Huge. Opened up with some air in a decanter. How many years does this wine need? Will I be taking a dirt bath before the bottle of 2009 I have is really ready?

2008 Stefania, Cabernet Sauvignon, Crimson Clover

Drinking really well, but could still use some time. I have one bottle left, which I'll hold until it is 15.

steve8 posted:

Recently

2016 CVNE, Rioja, Monopole Blanco

Really interesting wine. I was afraid it would be another one of these white riojas made in a slightly oxidized style, but thankfully not despite the fact they do blend in a little sherry. Nutty and citrus flavours.

You are finally coming around to liking the style. Glad to hear.

steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

A roundup of wine consumed this week. I needed it. 

2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Maestro Raro

How was the 2015 Maestro Sunny? I would expect excellence in the vintage but no doubt young?

I could only do an hour slow ox. All the elements were there, but it was disjointed. Revisited it the next night and it had come together nicely. My first Maestro and I was impressed. I have three more that I’ll bury for at least five years, if not longer. 

I've had a 97 and 07 before, both of which I drank at about 10 years of age, and they were excellent. Really elegant style of cab. Hopefully the SAQ will bring in the 2015 which is where I bought the above mentioned bottles. Did you get yours at the LCBO, private import or the US?

US from Envoyer in July 2018, delivered last month. FWIW, despite the strong vintage, Galloni gave the 2015 an average review. He gave the 2011-2014 scores of 94-95+, but the 2015 was a 90. "The warm vintage has baked out most of the varietal character this wine can show in more favorable years..."

Over the last week or so...

2010 Revana -- delicious.  Would love to try more from this producer

2013 Alpha Omega Stagecoach Vineyard Cab--really good, preferred the Revana though

2003 Clerc Milon--meh. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing that made me want to have another bottle either.  

2007 La Rioja Alta 904--always good. Easy to drink, pairs well with food.  Great value 

jcocktosten posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

1998 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

Sadly, my last of 11 bottles purchased for $32 each. They got progressively better with each bottle.

Nice on all fronts

I was turned on to this bottling by dinwiddie at an offline many years ago at Jean Louis at the Watergate.  So good then, I bought 3 for myself just afterward.  Long gone, but delicious memories.

PH

purplehaze posted:
jcocktosten posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

1998 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

Sadly, my last of 11 bottles purchased for $32 each. They got progressively better with each bottle.

Nice on all fronts

I was turned on to this bottling by dinwiddie at an offline many years ago at Jean Louis at the Watergate.  So good then, I bought 3 for myself just afterward.  Long gone, but delicious memories.

PH

We had it for the first time at a restaraunt at Disney World if you believe that.  Must have been 15 or so years ago if not more

sunnylea57 posted:

1998 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

Sadly, my last of 11 bottles purchased for $32 each. They got progressively better with each bottle.

I've always found this to be fine value in a Cote-Rotie. I've got one bottle left of the '88 that I'll crack soon.

2018 Tardieu-Laurent, Tavel, Vieilles Vignes

The only thing more I could ask of this rosé is warmer weather.

NV Chartogne-Taillet, Champagne, Cuvée Sainte Anne

Solid Champagne for a relatively reasonable price.

2006 Ca' Viola, Barolo, Sottocastello

The floral nose on this was incredible and a hard act for the palate to follow, but still a really good Barolo.

2015 Keermont, Chenin Blanc, Terrasse

My last bottle <sniff, sniff> of this excellent wine, which is really a blend but 70% chenin.

2016 Badenhorst, Cinsault, Ramnasgras

The bright red cherry and lighter body  of this wine worked well with the turkey dinner. Although after having drunk 2 bottles, I have to say it was a little over-priced and overrated by Tim Atkin (94). Three or four points lower in my book.

2014 Jean Foillard, Morgon

Same level as the above wine, but 40% cheaper. Foillard is always solid.

2018 Foradori, Manzoni Bianco, Fontanasanta

This is a pretty unique wine. Blind I would have been clueless as to what I was drinking. A genetic hybrid of riesling and pinot bianco from Trentino, it is a full bodied, white fruit and mineral driven wine. There is still some in the bottle so I can try it again later today. I think this wine could use a few years in the cellar and I actually should have decanted it last night.

 

Over the last week or so:

2013 Ridge Zin Jimsomare
2006 Henri Goutorbe Special Club
2017 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard
2012 Ceritas Cabernet Peter Martin Ray
2014 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Edward James Estate
2015 Beaucastel CdP (brought to dinner by a friend).

The Hartford Court was a pleasant surprise in terms of QPR, but all were really good.  I would have held off on the Beaucastel, but it wasn't my bottle.

Recently

2008 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato - beautiful

2011 Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Ravera di Monforte - nice

2014 Aldo Conterno Barbera Conca Tre Pile

2011 Pavelot Savigny les Beaune 1er La Dominode - starting to drink nicely

2009 Baron Fuente Brut - great qpr

2014 JP & Benoit Droin Chablis Villages

2010 Jadot Moulin a Vent La Roche - yum

 

Over the long weekend:

2016 Produttori Langhe Neb - good stuff

2015 Venus Universal Dido red - good stuff

2014 Sybille Kuntz Kabinett trocken - more trocken than kabinett, good dose of petrol, tons of acidity

2008 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional - was unimpressed with these in their youth, but they're starting to come around.  Big.  

2013 Mure Clos Saint Landelin Riesling - very good grand cru alsatian.  lots of tropical fruit, good texture, bone dry.

2004 Qunitarelli Valopolicella - Awesome.  Great bottle.

2016 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco - Awesome.  like 1er chablis, but even more minerality and acid.  Cant waite to revisit again this evening.

2016 Luis Seabra Indie Xisto - Awesome.   These two wines were a great intro to Seabra's wines for me and will definetly be seeking out more.

 

vinoevelo posted:

Over the long weekend:

2016 Produttori Langhe Neb - good stuff

2015 Venus Universal Dido red - good stuff

2014 Sybille Kuntz Kabinett trocken - more trocken than kabinett, good dose of petrol, tons of acidity

2008 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional - was unimpressed with these in their youth, but they're starting to come around.  Big.  

2013 Mure Clos Saint Landelin Riesling - very good grand cru alsatian.  lots of tropical fruit, good texture, bone dry.

2004 Qunitarelli Valopolicella - Awesome.  Great bottle.

2016 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco - Awesome.  like 1er chablis, but even more minerality and acid.  Cant waite to revisit again this evening.

2016 Luis Seabra Indie Xisto - Awesome.   These two wines were a great intro to Seabra's wines for me and will definetly be seeking out more.

 

Interesting note on the Xisto Branco. All three bottles of my 2015 were corked and I haven't bothered with anything from them since. It was quite disappointing.

futronic posted:
vinoevelo posted:

Over the long weekend:

2016 Produttori Langhe Neb - good stuff

2015 Venus Universal Dido red - good stuff

2014 Sybille Kuntz Kabinett trocken - more trocken than kabinett, good dose of petrol, tons of acidity

2008 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional - was unimpressed with these in their youth, but they're starting to come around.  Big.  

2013 Mure Clos Saint Landelin Riesling - very good grand cru alsatian.  lots of tropical fruit, good texture, bone dry.

2004 Qunitarelli Valopolicella - Awesome.  Great bottle.

2016 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco - Awesome.  like 1er chablis, but even more minerality and acid.  Cant waite to revisit again this evening.

2016 Luis Seabra Indie Xisto - Awesome.   These two wines were a great intro to Seabra's wines for me and will definetly be seeking out more.

 

Interesting note on the Xisto Branco. All three bottles of my 2015 were corked and I haven't bothered with anything from them since. It was quite disappointing.

You had mentioned this to me not long ago and it had me nervous opening it.  Our experience with the wine couldnt have been more different.

Over the long weekend

2015 Valle dell'Acate Vittoria Il Frappato 
2015 COS Cerasuolo - solid
2017 COS Rami - first time i didn't enjoy this wine
2018 Tornatore Etna Bianco - solid
2006 Baracchi Ardito Toscana IGT 
1998 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Grand cru Cuvée Ste. Catherine L'Inédit! - meh
1997 Lisini BDM Ugolia - stunning 

sunnylea57 posted:

2015 Valle dell'Acate Vittoria Il Frappato

Can’t deny it’s a well-made wine. It’s just not my style. Candied fruit and savoury notes competing with each other.

I had one last week and felt the same way.  I've really ejoyed previous vintages as lithe elegant expressions of frappato but this one saw too much heat.  I couldnt get over the jolly rancher.

Last night before seeing Gemini Man with a friend.  Both from 375:

2014 Louis Michel Montée de Tonnerre - still young, but lovely.

2009 Lous Michel Vaudesir - mildly oxidized, but drinkable.

After the movie, also from 375:

2000  Léoville Poyferré -  Best showing for this bottling in my experience.  Delicious.  Right in the zone.

PH

purplehaze posted:
After the movie, also from 375:

2000  Léoville Poyferré -  Best showing for this bottling in my experience.  Delicious.  Right in the zone.

PH

Thanks for that PH. I have a single bottle, albeit a single serving 750 ml, and have thought about opening it a few times recently.

spo posted:
mimik posted:

With Thanksgiving dinners,

2006 Faustino gran reserva I rioja

2015 Chateau le puy Émilien (great Qpr)

2017 Riesling Julien Schaal Dchoenenbourg Gypse grand cru( a steal for 28$)

Hey Mimik, how did you like that Faustino?

I like Faustino because dollar for dollar it’s  hard to beat for an aged wine that is enjoyable and affordable. It’s not the greatest vintage but it’s typical Faustino rioja with gallops of oak and with some red fruit. This is not a wine that will develop more in the bottle beyond say 5 years. After 2 days in my fridge, it fell apart. But very nice in my opinion 

Dinner a couple nights ago:

2010 Domaine does Lambrays Les Loups MSD - drinking really well, and perfect pairing for a whole roast duck 

1995 Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain - post-meal surprise.  Residual sugar a bit higher than I’d like, giving off a flavor reminiscent of creme brûlée that had been torched a couple seconds too long.  Not unpleasant, but I wouldn’t wait much longer to consume if I had any in my cellar

1980 (bottle date) Sunny Brook Kentucky straight bourbon - from a 200ml.  Nose was fascinating, with a plantain note most prominent.  Vanilla, cherry and plantain on the palate were harmonious.  Been really enjoying opening up a bunch of “dusties” I acquired this past month.  The contrast between what bourbon was like decades ago to what’s being distilled now is interesting, to say the least

2007 Bollinger Grand Annee

1999 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 

2005 Bruno Giacosa Barolo le Rocche del Falletto

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

Franco Conterno Barolo Chinato

2009 Clos de l'Oratoire

2009 Azelia Barolo Bricco Voghera Riserva

2006 Saffredi

All were great with the exception of the Clos de l'Oratoire, which was good.  The trio of Giacosa's was stunning, as was the 2009 Voghera Riserva. 

 

 

2001 Fuligni BDM
2007 Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo 

I would say the Fuligni is just entering its drinking window after 3 hours while the VdS is darker and more modern but the oak is still too prominent. I'm hoping it will integrate with a few more years. 

Friday Evening:
2006 Dom Pérignon
2008 Dom Pérignon
2006 Penfolds Chardonnay Yattarna
2007 Penfolds Chardonnay Yattarna
2011 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Four
2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Four
1982 Joseph Phelps Insignia
1987 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia
1988 Château Gruaud Larose
1991 Dominus
1992 Dominus
1927 Dow Vintage Port

Saturday Afternoon: Blind Tasting of Red Burgundies from Louis Jadot
2005 Bonnes Mares
2005 Latricières-Chambertin
2006 Grands-Echezeaux
2005 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques
2006 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
2003 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
2005 Clos de la Roche
-- Ringer --2005 Vincent Girardin Bonnes Mares

Saturday Evening
2002 Dom Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blancs
2004 Delamotte Champagne Blanc de Blancs
2015 Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
2002 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
2002 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet
1978 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellers Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 2
1979 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1992 Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial (1970, 1973 blend)
1981 Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva
2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
1990 Licht-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion

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