January 2013: What are you drinking?

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Originally posted by gmbdds:
g-man, was hoping to hear your experiences with the '94 Graham's I opened recently.


i'll certainly have to put it on the list to try as I haven't opened any of the 94s yet.

It was a really good year in porto that I would hazard to geuss the 94 grahams would still be young, youthful, sweet, fruity and showing some tannins, but still the plummy fruit dominating most of the flavors.
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Originally posted by max:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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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.


Thanks Max! Some older Cali Cabs really do seem to show well vis Bordeaux. The 75 Mondavi Reserve we had last year at the Cos/Pl offline was the hands down favorite over the 75 PL.
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Originally posted by CSM:
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Originally posted by mareff:
Beaucastel Vertical

1995-2001
2003-2005


How did the 95 show? I have one standing to go with the cassoulet I'm making this weekend.


I like the food pairing. The wine is at its peak, IMO. Although there were thoughts that this wine had some heat damage, since it seemed that the fruit had faded.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by GlennK:

Reminded me of an 08 Les Combettes that I opened recently.


Which producer from the vineyard of Les Combettes?
Domaine Matrot. I've enjoyed both the 07 and 08 recently. Really good stuff.
A few good QPR wines over the past 2 nights:

2009 Joseph Chromy Tasmania Chardonnay - quite intense stone fruit flavours

2008 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Clos du Roy - nice bright acidity and ripe cherry fruit makes this a good food wine

2008 Domaine Gille Cotes de Nuits Village - great nose with dark cherries and dark plum flavours make this a rich and flavourful wine. Again, acidity goes well with food.

All of these wines were $25 or less and bought at the LCBO.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
2010 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard – Very, Very nice CA Chard. Reminded me of an 08 Les Combettes that I opened recently.


I liked this as well, although, I found it to be a touch disappointing, in that I felt it was a step down for the 2009.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by max:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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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.


Thanks Max! Some older Cali Cabs really do seem to show well vis Bordeaux. The 75 Mondavi Reserve we had last year at the Cos/Pl offline was the hands down favorite over the 75 PL.
I've been impressed with how some of these older California cabs have been showing as well. A couple years ago I was fortunate enough to score a lot from auction consisting of 3 cases of older cabs ranging from the late 50's to early 70's, all from perfect provenance. I've went through near a case of these and only had 1 bottle to not show well do to a faulty cork. The best cab I've had to date, regardless of region or country, has been the 1969 Inglenook Estate Bottled cabernet sauvignon. Amazed at how that bottle showed.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Longboarder:

1975 Montrose How ready is it? I have 2

1986 Gruaud-Larose - Best '86 I have tasted Great to hear. Thanks for the tip. I bought a case on futures. with tannins finally integrated


The '75 was showing well but was still a little muted versus the '70. You can drink and enjoy but I don't think you need to be in a hurry.
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
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Originally posted by Shaferguy91:
2010 Scott Paul La Paulee Pinot


Baby Killer. Razz Have you tried the 2010 Audrey? It may be one of the wines of the vintage.

Definitely was better on night # 2. I have some 2010 Audrey but I have not had it yet.

Last night:
1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia

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