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5492822B-F087-426B-89E5-F7A67600D9A7NV Ayala Champagne Brut Rosé Majeur - not a producer with whom I’m familiar, this is a fairly rich bubbly, lots of Pinot Noir character, cherry and ripe strawberry flavours dominant, some floral elements on the nose as well, silky, almost creamy. Very nice; will buy this again.


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2013 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline

2007 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut

A couple highlights from the New Year’s Eve celebration. The La La was outstanding and paired well with the Prime Rib w/ Black Trumpet Jous, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and grated Black Winter Truffle. I’m fortunate enough to have a couple more 2013’s to follow its progressing. And well the Bollinger was a near perfect champagne for me.

Happy New Year!

B12D6D4B-FAA1-45E5-9608-1C9F4C4E03B4Tonight with lots of basil, pasta, and leftover chicken, 2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is firing on all cylinders tonight. Remarkable berry and spice nose that leaps out of the glass with very little coaxing, lots of berry, plum, sandalwood, fresh fig, grilled beef on the palate, silky in the mouth, about perfect acidity for my taste, long rich minerally finish with some fine but gentle tannins and still lots of fruit. A terrific wine and, as it turns out, a very good value almost 15 years ago.

Mimik, the ‘04 Pegaü was magnificent. Hard to say without having them side by side, but I think I’d give the Pegaü a slight edge over this Donjon. Pegaü and Beaucastel are my 2 favourite Châteauneufs (maybe Boisrenard as well), though I don’t recall a single one— excepting corked bottles— that I didn’t enjoy.


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@chard posted:

How was this? I had no idea this was even available. Talk about dedication to the brand name on their part.

Hi Chard, Very nice if basic, but well worth the $20 it was.  I'd buy more the next time I'm in Costco if they still have it.  I'm terrible at tasting notes, but, medium bead, on the brut side of dry, more steely/oyster shell that rich.

Last night we took a bottle of 2016 M Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette to an early dinner at our local fish place. The wine is fabulous, rich and complex, great aromatics, long finish, showing more depth as it breathes, and a great accompaniment to all of the small dishes we had, especially sautéed ocean scallops on a very buttery cauliflower purée. Yum!😋

Last night, 2019 Vincent Carême Vouvray Le Clos, nice pear and honey on the nose, add in lots of mineral on the palate, rich texture, good acidity, long finish. Very nice wine, a small step down from dry Huet Vouvrays, and priced accordingly.

Decanted for tonight, 2012 K Syrah The Beautiful, still very dark, damson plum and blackberry liqueur, bittersweet chocolate, hint of pepper, quite silky, very long finish, excellent. Don't know whether this still has room for improvement, but very tasty today.

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Our local fish restaurant very kindly lets us come in early, before regular service starts, and isolates us in a section that won't be used until we leave. This works well for us; we're fortunate to have such a good connection with such a good restaurant.

Tonight we're taking 2013 Chateau De Fieuzal white, a go-to Bordeaux for me; I usually pick up 3 or 4 bottles in good vintages. Haven't tried this one yet.

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wine – 1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

  • 1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (1/16/2022)

    Tasted non blind.

    Yellow to gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of pencil shavings, yellow pears and wet stones. Earthy flavors of mixed yellow fruits and minerals. Light to medium acidity, medium body. Drink now.

    Not rated. Seems a bit past the drinking window or simply a tad off.

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