Tonight at Crush, with VinT, OTW, Vinojoe, Darcy, and friends:

Course 1 (with the champagne)
King Crab with grapefruit, avocado, watercress & vanilla bean

1999 Laurent Perrier Brut: Bigger of the two Champagnes. More grapefruit. Excellent with the grapefruit and King Crab.

1999 Alfred Gratien Brut: Softer and more approachable. Excellent.

Course 2
Butternut squash puree with bacon & pumpkin seeds (there are a few vegetarians-please consider garnish)


2003 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Stunning, mature, but years to go still one of my 3 wines of the night.

2006 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Just entering into its prime drinking window. Not as big a year as the 03 but starting to show some age.

2009 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Has mellowed and integrated since last bottle (2011) but still young and primary. Will try a bottle in 2020.

Course 3
Caramelized onion tart with olives & oven-dried cherry tomatoes
Portobello frites with truffle aioli

1999 Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny: In a great spot now. Good time to drink.

2002 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru: Just beginning into its drinking window. Deep colour, aroma and flavour. Beautiful. One of my 3 wines of the night.

2002 Maison Roche de Bellene Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses: From a mystery producer under Nicolas Potels new label> excellent.

Course 3
Roasted Magret Duck breast with mushroom hash & cherry jus

1999 Domaine Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets: At its peak now. Beautiful. Smooth, still some fresh fruit, well integrated.

1998 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts: Too many good wines tonight to keep track of the details. This was outstanding. Thank you Anthony!

2001 Pierre DamoyChambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru : WOTN. Stunning. Many years to go for this one. Thanks Vinojoe!

Cheese Course.

Dessert:

Chocolate devil’s food cake
Toasted marshmallow + Oreo cookie crumble

1985 Dow Vintage Port. Beautiful mature Port. Good with the dessert. Better with the stinky blue cheese.

Crush was exemplary with their caliber of service, replenishment of stems, and a great menu, well matched to our wines.

Thanks to all for the great wines, and company! A great way to wrap up a good wine week.

Earlier:

Wednesday:

2008 Sequin, then FWR for:

2010 LaStella Fortissimo: Great, comparible or better than the Sequin at dinner. bought a 6 pack

2009 LaStella Maestoso "Solo" Merlot: Big and ripe, like a Cali.

2010 Le Vieux Pin Retouche : Cab & Syrah. Big but smooth tannins. The Syrah adds some nice spice. Excellent.

Tuesday (Blind tasting) 2006 Burgs:

2006 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

2006 Antonin Guyon, Corton Clos du Roi, Grand Cru

2006 Domaine de la Vougeraie, Gevrey Chambertin, 'Les Evocelles’

2006 Louis Boillot Gevrey, Gevrey Chambertin, 'Les Evocelles

2006 Pierre & Jean-Louis Amiot, Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru, 'Les Ruchots’

2006 Domaine Jacques-Fréderic Mugnier Nuits-St.-Georges, Clos de la Maréchale, 1er Cru

2006 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Cru, 'Les Champans’,

2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru, Les Beaumonts,

My take away from the blind 06 Burg tasting was that the lighter ones are open for business but will go longer. The bigger ones definitely need more time.

A good week Smile
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
Tonight at Crush, with VinT, OTW, Vinojoe, Darcy, and friends:

Course 1 (with the champagne)
King Crab with grapefruit, avocado, watercress & vanilla bean

1999 Laurent Perrier Brut: Bigger of the two Champagnes. More grapefruit. Excellent with the grapefruit and King Crab.

1999 Alfred Gratien Brut: Softer and more approachable. Excellent.

Course 2
Butternut squash puree with bacon & pumpkin seeds (there are a few vegetarians-please consider garnish)


2003 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Stunning, mature, but years to go still one of my 3 wines of the night.

2006 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Just entering into its prime drinking window. Not as big a year as the 03 but starting to show some age.

2009 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Has mellowed and integrated since last bottle (2011) but still young and primary. Will try a bottle in 2020.

Course 3
Caramelized onion tart with olives & oven-dried cherry tomatoes
Portobello frites with truffle aioli

1999 Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny: In a great spot now. Good time to drink.

2002 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru: Just beginning into its drinking window. Deep colour, aroma and flavour. Beautiful. One of my 3 wines of the night.

2002 Maison Roche de Bellene Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses: From a mystery producer under Nicolas Potels new label> excellent.

Course 3
Roasted Magret Duck breast with mushroom hash & cherry jus

1999 Domaine Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets: At its peak now. Beautiful. Smooth, still some fresh fruit, well integrated.

1998 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts: Too many good wines tonight to keep track of the details. This was outstanding. Thank you Anthony!

2001 Pierre DamoyChambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru : WOTN. Stunning. Many years to go for this one. Thanks Vinojoe!

Cheese Course.

Dessert:

Chocolate devil’s food cake
Toasted marshmallow + Oreo cookie crumble

1985 Dow Vintage Port. Beautiful mature Port. Good with the dessert. Better with the stinky blue cheese.

Crush was exemplary with their caliber of service, replenishment of stems, and a great menu, well matched to our wines.

Thanks to all for the great wines, and company! A great way to wrap up a good wine week.

Earlier:

Wednesday:

2008 Sequin, then FWR for:

2010 LaStella Fortissimo: Great, comparible or better than the Sequin at dinner. bought a 6 pack

2009 LaStella Maestoso "Solo" Merlot: Big and ripe, like a Cali.

2010 Le Vieux Pin Retouche : Cab & Syrah. Big but smooth tannins. The Syrah adds some nice spice. Excellent.

Tuesday (Blind tasting) 2006 Burgs:

2006 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

2006 Antonin Guyon, Corton Clos du Roi, Grand Cru

2006 Domaine de la Vougeraie, Gevrey Chambertin, 'Les Evocelles’

2006 Louis Boillot Gevrey, Gevrey Chambertin, 'Les Evocelles

2006 Pierre & Jean-Louis Amiot, Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru, 'Les Ruchots’

2006 Domaine Jacques-Fréderic Mugnier Nuits-St.-Georges, Clos de la Maréchale, 1er Cru

2006 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Cru, 'Les Champans’,

2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru, Les Beaumonts,

My take away from the blind 06 Burg tasting was that the lighter ones are open for business but will go longer. The bigger ones definitely need more time.

A good week Smile


Dude, well done!
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by dzitt:
2010 Duemani Cifra Costa Toscana i.g.t.


And...?


Pretty good ! Perfect balance between fruit flavors, acidity and nice chewy palate. Glad I followed and bought some. Will buy more at the 10% in february...
Over the weekend Smile
2010 Duemani CiFRA
2009 Guigal Gigondas
2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee
2006 Tenuta Poggioverrano Dromos
2005 Mas Du Soleilla La Clape Les Bartelles
2005 Quails Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir Stewart Family Reserve
2005 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Quinault l'Enclos
2010 William Febre Chablis, basic bottling. Quite nice and I'm sure will be better in a year or so.
2008 Telegramme CdP. Decanted a couple of hours and open for business by the time we had it with pot roast. I've had better 08's but I'm pretty sure I got this on a close-out very cheap.
2009 Dunham Trutina Bdx blend - huge gorgeous black fruits and smooth tannins, but a bit oaky at this point. It may settle down in a couple of years. Wheen tasting at Dunham a few months ago, I gave it a rating a couple points less than what WS gave and last night confirmed my impression.
2002 Phillipe Prie Brut Millesime - awesome. Firm, minerals, green apples, deep gold color.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
For our wedding anniversary at Houston's Uchi.

2002 Cristal


Have you enjoyed their Austin location, and if so, does Houston measure up?


W+A,
I have not yet tried the Austin location. Our waiter, who was excellent, transferred from the Austin Uchi to help get things going. He seems to think that they are equivalent. I can not validate, though! Love the BYOB aspect!
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
quote:
Originally posted by Wine doc:
For our wedding anniversary at Houston's Uchi.

2002 Cristal


Have you enjoyed their Austin location, and if so, does Houston measure up?


W+A,
I have not yet tried the Austin location. Our waiter, who was excellent, transferred from the Austin Uchi to help get things going. He seems to think that they are equivalent. I can not validate, though! Love the bring your own Champagne aspect!


The one in Austin is as good as it gets.
Last night: 1994 Graham Vintage Port. I'm trying to start a tradition of opening one or another of Graham's for my son Graham's birthday. He's only three. The first b-day I opened an '83 and didn't get it done for his 2nd. For his 3rd, I only had the '94 in the cellar. While young, I thought it was fantastic. I haven't scored or written a note yet as I am going to have more tonight.
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
quote:
Originally posted by Wine doc:
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
quote:
Originally posted by Wine doc:
For our wedding anniversary at Houston's Uchi.

2002 Cristal


Have you enjoyed their Austin location, and if so, does Houston measure up?


W+A,
I have not yet tried the Austin location. Our waiter, who was excellent, transferred from the Austin Uchi to help get things going. He seems to think that they are equivalent. I can not validate, though! Love the bring your own Champagne aspect!


The one in Austin is as good as it gets.


Will keep it in mind the next time I am there! If you have not tried it, the Houston location is terrific with a nice vibe and good wine service. An easy way to get a table (when no reservations are available online) is to just go early (5-ish). They purposefully limit the online reservations to encourage walk-in business.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
quote:
Originally posted by Shane T.:
- 1987 Dunn Howell Mountain Cab Sauv.


How was this one Shane? Have you had other older vintages? I'm interested in which are the better years for older Howell Mtn cabs.
I tried the 1982 Dunn Howell Mountain late last year and it was fantastic. The bottle came from perfect storage since release and was inserted in a 1982 Bordeaux themed lineup tasted blind. The bottles opened were Haut Brion, La Tour Haut Brion, Leoville Las Cases, and another from the right bank, but can't recall the name. It came in 3rd that night behind the Haut Brion and La Tour Haut Brion. Great wine.
At a wild game meal at Bibou in Philadelphia last night:

1970 Montrose - Excellent bottle
1975 Montrose
1989 Montrose - Another excellent bottle
1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou - Tight
1986 Gruaud-Larose - Best '86 I have tasted with tannins finally integrated
2001 Chapoutier CdP - Way too young
1997 Rouget Echezeaux - Excellent Burgundy
2005 Raveneau Valmur Grand Cru - Beautiful and would be even better with a little more acidity.
Took a bottle of 2007 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d' Or Vineyard to a friend’s house last night to pair with some grilled steaks. Started off a little green, but the fruit came out nicely when paired with the meat. I think this showed better when younger.
quote:
Originally posted by VinCentric:
quote:
Originally posted by Shane T.:
- 1987 Dunn Howell Mountain Cab Sauv.


How was this one Shane? Have you had other older vintages? I'm interested in which are the better years for older Howell Mtn cabs.


As expected, this bottle was incredible. I'll get some notes up soon.

I've had every vintage of Dunn's HM except for the '79 (tough to find in 750ml) & the '83. They're all fantastic in their own right, but I'm always partial to the '87. IMO, this is one of the best wines to ever come out of California.

As for "older HM Cabs" from the 80's, I really like '82 & '85 too. I've even had a lot of luck with '88, despite the not-so-good vintage.

As for vintages in the 90's, it's hard to go wrong with any of them. Even Dunn's '98 HM is great. If I had to choose an order, it would probably go:

- '94
- '97
- '92
- '95
- '96
- .......

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