January 2013: What are you drinking?

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Originally posted by nevada slim:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
2006 Carlisle Sonoma Syrah
2006 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot

Too many others to name at Key West Food and Wine Festival

How were these two wines showing?


Both in a very good place right now
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Originally posted by futronic:
Thursday with Darcy, otw, CSM, and mangiare:


2001 Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul


How did this wine show? I believe I have one left. I've very much enjoyed this wine each and every time I drank it.
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Originally posted by snipes:
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Originally posted by futronic:
Thursday with Darcy, otw, CSM, and mangiare:


2001 Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul


How did this wine show? I believe I have one left. I've very much enjoyed this wine each and every time I drank it.


This was my 3rd bottle and the past 2 were far more enjoyable. This one wasn't bad, but it really paled in comparison to the 90 Mont-Olivet.

I agree with futronic's recommendation to wait 5 years on this one and will do so before I open my next bottle (I have 2 left).
A somewhat unsuccessful wine weekend at home. My dad is a new world guy so they were coming over this weekend with an 08 Esprit so I matched with 2 CA wines:

2011 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains – Meh. Ok enough, but nothing to really get me excited.

2010 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Griffin's Lair – This did not show well. It was ripe and a little out of balance which is surprising because I liked the 09. I have been having bad luck with CA Syrah over the last year or two and have pretty much stopped buying it. For the money, you just cannot beat France for the type of Syrah I enjoy.

2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel – My dad brought this over and as expected it was way too young. I’m a fan of the esprit, but I think it needs a good 7-10 years to show best.
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Originally posted by jorgerunfrombulls:
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Originally posted by Noiregonian:
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Originally posted by g-man:
2008 EIEIO E cuvee


How did you like the E cuvee ?


I... how do you even pronounce this???


As in ... 'Old MacDonald Had A Farm...' Smile


Tonight;
2008 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay

2005 Chateau Puygueraud
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Originally posted by CSM:
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Originally posted by snipes:
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Originally posted by futronic:
Thursday with Darcy, otw, CSM, and mangiare:


2001 Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul


How did this wine show? I believe I have one left. I've very much enjoyed this wine each and every time I drank it.


This was my 3rd bottle and the past 2 were far more enjoyable. This one wasn't bad, but it really paled in comparison to the 90 Mont-Olivet.

I agree with futronic's recommendation to wait 5 years on this one and will do so before I open my next bottle (I have 2 left).


CSM, was the 90 the Cuvee du Papet?
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Originally posted by Robo Porker:
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Originally posted by CSM:
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Originally posted by snipes:
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Originally posted by futronic:
Thursday with Darcy, otw, CSM, and mangiare:


2001 Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul


How did this wine show? I believe I have one left. I've very much enjoyed this wine each and every time I drank it.


This was my 3rd bottle and the past 2 were far more enjoyable. This one wasn't bad, but it really paled in comparison to the 90 Mont-Olivet.

I agree with futronic's recommendation to wait 5 years on this one and will do so before I open my next bottle (I have 2 left).


CSM, was the 90 the Cuvee du Papet?


No, it was the regular CdP.
Over the past couple weeks:
2011 Left Foot Charley Dry Rosé
2008 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite
2008 Argyle Pinot Noir Spirithouse Reserve Series
2004 Château Lascombes
2011 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Clay Court Vineyard
2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Kick Ranch
2007 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine
2003 Château Gruaud Larose
2010 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner "Hefeabzug"
2010 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
2009 Argyle Pinot Noir Silver Series Stoller Vineyard
2009 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari
2009 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume "Les Vaupulans"
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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.


Just received an email from Ceritas offering a very limited amount of this wine from their library as a special release.

I've already done some damage with the Binny's sale and the Rivers-Marie and Kutch mailers, but I thought I'd let others know this may be available.
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
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Originally posted by Jonanator:
2005 Chateau Montelena Cab Sauv Estate

How was this? I think I am opening this up tonight.

Drank from a half bottle and I didn't find it that memorable or interesting. Would like to pop a 750 and see if there is any difference. This bottle just didn't show that well. I would love to hear your thoughts on how your bottle shows.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by mangiare:
1985 Mondavi Reserve


How was it? Was thinking of opening one next weekend....


V - it actually got better over 3-4 hours. Very Bordeaux like nose. Not a stunner but classic nose, full body and med-long finish. Extremely enjoyable and definitely not tired.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by mangiare:
1986 Beaucastel CDP Rouge


How did you like it? I've had a number of them and found the first few dull, but this wine has opened up nicely of late.


Board-O, it was my most interesting showing of a Beaucastel in my limited experience (89,90). Although the fruit seemed to be slightly fading and it was a touch hot (not hindering), I found that there were many layers of flavours and overall notes on the nose and palate. Kirsch, mineral, wet earth, mild barnyard, and spices. The last sip was the best one.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by mangiare:
1986 Beaucastel CDP Rouge


How did you like it? I've had a number of them and found the first few dull, but this wine has opened up nicely of late.


Board-O, it was my most interesting showing of a Beaucastel in my limited experience (89,90). Although the fruit seemed to be slightly fading and it was a touch hot (not hindering), I found that there were many layers of flavours and overall notes on the nose and palate. Kirsch, mineral, wet earth, mild barnyard, and spices. The last sip was the best one.


Thanks. I thought it was a mediocre wine until recently. I haven't found it to be fading, but that could be bottle variation. Mine have been in my cellar since release.
Tonight with crispy skin rotisserie chicken, sautéed zucchini and peppers, roast sweet potato, 2005 Delas Freres Cote-Rotie La Landonne, fabulous fruit and soy nose, rich mouthfeel with lots of plum, tar, dark chocolate, very long finish with fine tannins taking over at the end.

Needs at least an hour or two in decanter. Too young, but I've got a few and wanted to try this. A special wine with a long future.
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Originally posted by nevada slim:
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Over the past couple weeks:
2007 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine
2010 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

Please comment on these two wines. Thanks

Palengat: I have drank a few QC wines early, and found this similar with strong oak (and I had it in the decanter over 4 hours). It had some dark fruit like blackberry as well as some coffee hints, but it was hard to get a feel through that oak. The taste came out a bit more on the second night and I might see this being something I enjoy a few years down the road. 91 points.

Rudius: Decanted for about 2 hours before having one glass, then drinking the rest the next night. Aroma of smoked meats and plum. Taste is quite a bit lighter than expected, but that is on the second night after having it re-opened for about 3 hours. Taste definitely still has the plum, but it is light across the palate. Also shows a hint of tobacco. Finish only has moderate tannins. 91 points.
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Originally posted by Jonanator:
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
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Originally posted by Jonanator:
2005 Chateau Montelena Cab Sauv Estate

How was this? I think I am opening this up tonight.

Drank from a half bottle and I didn't find it that memorable or interesting. Would like to pop a 750 and see if there is any difference. This bottle just didn't show that well. I would love to hear your thoughts on how your bottle shows.

I actually found it fantastic (as did my wife) and will probably try to source more. I will try to find the wine in the TN section and post.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by mangiare:
1986 Beaucastel CDP Rouge


How did you like it? I've had a number of them and found the first few dull, but this wine has opened up nicely of late.


Board-O, it was my most interesting showing of a Beaucastel in my limited experience (89,90). Although the fruit seemed to be slightly fading and it was a touch hot (not hindering), I found that there were many layers of flavours and overall notes on the nose and palate. Kirsch, mineral, wet earth, mild barnyard, and spices. The last sip was the best one.


Thanks. I thought it was a mediocre wine until recently. I haven't found it to be fading, but that could be bottle variation. Mine have been in my cellar since release.


I should clarify that I didn't think the wine was fading just that the fruit was thin. However, it may have started out like this.
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
I actually found it fantastic (as did my wife) and will probably try to source more. I will try to find the wine in the TN section and post.


Did you give it a long decant? I'm wondering if I just had an off bottle. My gf didn't like it either. I need to try this again... I was pretty disappointed but I'm glad to hear yours showed well. Gives me a reason to try another bottle!
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Originally posted by Jonanator:
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
I actually found it fantastic (as did my wife) and will probably try to source more. I will try to find the wine in the TN section and post.


Did you give it a long decant? I'm wondering if I just had an off bottle. My gf didn't like it either. I need to try this again... I was pretty disappointed but I'm glad to hear yours showed well. Gives me a reason to try another bottle!

I decanted for 3 hours, then drank over the next 4+ hours. It was doing pretty well from the first sip after that 3 hour decant, and stayed pretty consistent over that 4 hour drinking period. Hopefully your next one shows better!

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