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

2014 Arianna Occhipinti Cerasuolo di Vittoria Grotte Alte

Very enjoyable. My first impression was that it was a bit simple and thin but that wasn't the case. It actually has good depth and complexity. However, I don't think it's worth the $70 CAD tariff. I'd prefer a base Terre Nere Etna Rosso at less than half the price.

2002 Domaine Gros Frere & Sour Bourgogne Hauts Cotes de Nuits - Punched way above expectations.  Nose was great on decant.  After 1-2 hrs it opened up beautifully with red berries/cherry, forest floor, mushroom & spice.  Tannins were present but soft and integrated.  Medium bodied with great balance.  

2004 Mas d'en Gil Coma Blanca- I bought six bottles years ago and held this one to see how it aged. It was medium gold in color, with a mixture of tropical fruit and nuttiness. This is the best Spanish whiye I've ever had, a 50-50 mix of Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo. The previous bottle, 3 or 4 years ago, was the best.

robsutherland posted:

Got a keg of Yuengling and a keg of Black Daze Black IPA from Ellicotville Brewing for our Buffalo Bills boys week-end. 17 Guys and the kegs will be done in two nights...

THAT's guzzling!


Will be at a friend's house from  Buffalo. He's making wings and we're bringing cheesesteaks. Everyone will be bringing stellar wines.

FYI Yuengling is a pretty much considered a Philly beer. It's brewed in Pottsville an hour or two from the city LOL 


billhike posted:

2013 Amavi Syrah, Walla Walla. 

How was this? Enjoyed some WA syrahs with some fellow forumites earlier this week. We had a 2013 Reynvaan In the Rocks, a 2013 No Girls Syrah, and a 2016 Delmas Syrah. All showed well and were really good. We also enjoyed a Krug NV, a 99 Isosceles, and a 97 Cosentino cab. Solid Wednesday night.

azwiese posted:
billhike posted:

2013 Amavi Syrah, Walla Walla. 

How was this? Enjoyed some WA syrahs with some fellow forumites earlier this week. We had a 2013 Reynvaan In the Rocks, a 2013 No Girls Syrah, and a 2016 Delmas Syrah. All showed well and were really good. We also enjoyed a Krug NV, a 99 Isosceles, and a 97 Cosentino cab. Solid Wednesday night.

It was really nice despite the tannins being a little firm still. Great dark fruits and a spice component. We popped and poured; an hour of air would have been a good idea. 

Last night at my place with a group of the Toronto crew. WOTN for me was the 1990 Bollinger. But everything showed exceptionally well. All the reds were fantastic. 

FYI we opened the 2016 Piantonaia - the wine that Galloni gave 50 points, calling it abysmal and horrendous. We drank it alongside the 2009. The 09 was superb. The 16 lacked the structure and depth of the 09, but it was a perfectly enjoyable, fruit forward, early drinking vintage of Piantonaia. The general consensus was that it’s a 88-90 point wine.

Here’s the full lineup from last night:

2014 Laieta Gran Reserva Brut Nature

2014 Caballo Loco Grand Cru Brut Nature

2008 Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Brut

1990 Bollinger Grande Année

2018 Ridge Adelaida Vineyard

2010 William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent - Magnum

2000 Chateau Chasse-Spleen

1997 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione - Magnum

2003 Il Poggione Brunello du Montalcino Reserva Vigna Paganelli - Magnum

2004 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis - Magnum

2007 Le Macchiole Paleo

2008 San Giusto a Rentennano La Ricolma

2011 Petrolo Galatrona

2009 Podere Poggio Scalette Piantonaia

2016 Podere Poggio Scalette Piantonaia

2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Mont

NV Equipo Navazos Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda La Bota de Palo Cortado "Bota Punta" Nº 48

2010 Evening Land, Chardonnay, Seven Springs, Summum

Excellent, but started to fade at the end of the bottle. I'd drink up.

2009 Domaine du Clos Naudin (Foreau), Vouvray, Moelleux

Wow. Outstanding and even better the next night.

2011 Podere Sapaio, Volpolo


steve8 posted:

Nice list Sunny et al. If you had a single bottle of the 07 Paleo would you hold it or is it good to go?

It's still a tannic beast. HOLD!

We realized pretty quickly last night that it was not very approachable, so only a third of the bottle was consumed. At the end of the evening I stuck it in the fridge. I pulled it out this evening, poured a glass and let it warm up... and it's still a monster.

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