Last night at Zucca for Barb's birthday:

2006 Marc Hebrart Special Club - very good as you might expect

2000 Domenico Clerico Percristina Barolo - this was astonishingly great!  Considering several other recent experiences with bottles from the 2000 Barolo vintage, I went armed with a backup... but this may very well end up being my wine of the month.

2004 Conterno-Fantino Sori Ginestra Barolo - lots of oak on this.  It's a well-made Barolo that just did not stand up on the same podium as the Percristina.

2004 Querciabella Palafreno - powerful and rustic, but less refined than some of the other Italian merlots that I prefer.

sunnylea57 posted:
mangiare posted:

funny guy that Sunnylea, funny guy

2004 Tignanello - much darker in profile than most of the wines I've been drinking lately. No rush based on this bottle. 

Damn. Apparently it's only available in Tennessee:

http://www.shotgunredwine.com/WineStores2.html

Sunny,  If you are a fan of the 2004 Tig let me know and I'll bring it to a future event we both attend.  I still have around 5 of the 04's left in my northern cellar and I haven't tasted any of them in a long time.

otw posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
mangiare posted:

funny guy that Sunnylea, funny guy

2004 Tignanello - much darker in profile than most of the wines I've been drinking lately. No rush based on this bottle. 

Damn. Apparently it's only available in Tennessee:

http://www.shotgunredwine.com/WineStores2.html

Sunny,  If you are a fan of the 2004 Tig let me know and I'll bring it to a future event we both attend.  I still have around 5 of the 04's left in my northern cellar and I haven't tasted any of them in a long time.

😁 I was referring to the Shotgun Red only being available in Tennessee. But yes, I'd love to drink an '04 Tig with you. 👍🏼

This past weekend:

2006 Pierre Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé - I'm a fan of Pierre Moncuit and this vintage BdB is terrific.

2008 Henri de Villamont Auxey-Duresses Les Hautes Blanc - a lovely surprise: crisp, clean, citrus and limestone, with no overt wood influence.

2005 Domaine Bertagna Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Murgers - concentrated, tangy cherry and black liquorice, with some barnyard funk on the nose. Drinking really well, but years of life ahead of it.

1994 Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione – showing its age with balsamic prominent on the nose, but far less noticeable on the palate where sweet cherry, smoke and mushroom dominated. Soft and smooth with a decent level of acidity. Fun to drink but not one for any WOTY (or even WOTM) lists.

Over the weekend:

NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Cuvée Prestige
2008 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année
2016 E. Guigal St. Joseph Lieu-Dit St. Joseph Blanc
2017 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis
2011 Ridge Syrah Lytton Estate

I know there was at least one other red, but I can't remember what it was - probably a Beaujolais.

billhike posted:

2017 Domaine J. Boulon Brouilly. We don’t drink tons of Beaujolais but we really like this, as well as the Moulin a Vent from the same producer. Red fruit and sandalwood on the nose, with flavors of plum skin, both dark ripe and tart cherries, and pepper.

Nice!

 

mangiare posted:
thelostverse posted:

Over the weekend:
2008 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

what did you think TLV? Not available in our market yet but the reviews have been off the charts.

I enjoyed it a great deal.  Allred brought it and was disappointed - there was initially a funk to the nose (think Parmesan Cheese rind), but it blew off.  It did not affect the palate at all and I thought it was drinking well, with plenty of orchard fruit and citrus.  I'm glad I have six in the cellar.

Last night, at a Super Tuscan themed cookout with Festiva, cometspider, Gentleman farmer, Meringue and Bieds:

Starter Whites:

  • 2013 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay
  • 2016 Littorai Chardonnay Sonoma
  • 2016 Cervaro Castelo della Sala

Appetizers included a cheese plate, caprese salad and pan con tomate with serrano.

Reds:

  • 2001 Sassicaia
  • 2008 Oreno
  • 2010 Oreno
  • 2008 Paleo Rosso
  • 2004 Tignanello
  • 2006 Ornellaia
  • and a blind pouring of a 1988 Badia a Coltobuno Sangioveto

Served with 3" thick, perfectly cooked MONSTER Tomahawk Bone-in Ribeyes, potatoes au gratin, broiled brussels sprouts and sautéed mushrooms with red wine and basil.

Dessert:

  • 1990 Ch. Suduiraut Sauternes

With a wonderful bread pudding, made by our resident dessert-master, Gentleman farmer.

Every wine, every damn one would have made a memorable evening.  For them all to show this well in such august company, along with a repast of this caliber was yet one more memorable evening with a group of gentlemen who I am proud to call my friends.  A couple of pictures are attached.  I have more, but can't figure out how to post or convert the &%$^ ing HEIC images from my &$#% ing iPhone to a format that I can post here.    

PH

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billhike posted:

Thanks PH. Now I get to feel like a loser for what I’m drinking tonight. Dick. 

2014 Loring Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills. It’s veering a little to the tart side, but in a pleasant way.

Whatever you're drinking tonight, you are drinking more and better than I am.  I'm still drinking water. Lots of water.  

PH

purplehaze posted:

Last night, at a Super Tuscan themed cookout with Festiva, cometspider, Gentleman farmer, Meringue and Bieds:

Starter Whites:

  • 2013 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay
  • 2016 Littorai Chardonnay Sonoma
  • 2016 Cervaro Castelo della Sala

Appetizers included a cheese plate, caprese salad and pan con tomate with serrano.

Reds:

  • 2001 Sassicaia
  • 2008 Oreno
  • 2010 Oreno
  • 2008 Paleo Rosso
  • 2004 Tignanello
  • 2006 Ornellaia
  • and a blind pouring of a 1988 Badia a Coltobuno Sangioveto

Served with 3" thick, perfectly cooked MONSTER Tomahawk Bone-in Ribeyes, potatoes au gratin, broiled brussels sprouts and sautéed mushrooms with red wine and basil.

Dessert:

  • 1990 Ch. Suduiraut Sauternes

With a wonderful bread pudding, made by our resident dessert-master, Gentleman farmer.

Every wine, every damn one would have made a memorable evening.  For them all to show this well in such august company, along with a repast of this caliber was yet one more memorable evening with a group of gentlemen who I am proud to call my friends.  A couple of pictures are attached.  I have more, but can't figure out how to post or convert the &%$^ ing HEIC images from my &$#% ing iPhone to a format that I can post here.    

PH

Sounds delightful

bomba503 posted:

Surprised to hear those Oreno drank well. Sitting on multiples of both and at last check in the tannins are no where near resolved.

Funny, the 2008 started out as soft as a lamb.  As the evening progressed, the tannins came on more noticeably.  They were very fine, and the wine was absolutely singing by the last sip.  The 2010 started out very tannic.  At about the same point of the evening, say... 2-3 hours after decanting, the tannins resolved more and the wine was lovely.  Both have a long and lovely future, for sure.  Keep in mind that all the wines were tasted with burnt cow, charred vegetables, browned mushrooms and cheesy spuds.  Tannin mitigators, perhaps??

PH

Last night at an epic celebratory dinner with some fine gentlemen here in Toronto:

2013 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Terrers – Disgorged September 2018, 53 months on lees

2012 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Intens Rosat – Disgorged May 2016, 36 months on lees

2006 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged March 2016, 105 months on lees
2008 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged July 2018, 111 months on lees

2007 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged May 2016, 96 months on lees
2007 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged October 2016, 101 months on lees
2007 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged June 2017, 109 months on lees

2004 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Reserva Particular de Recaredo – Disgorged September 2015, 127 months on lees
2005 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Reserva Particular de Recaredo – Disgorged October 2017, 137 months on lees
2000 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Turo d’En Mota – Disgorged July 2011, 121 months on lees

1996 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche
1995 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Tondonia

1989 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
1989 Domaine R. Girard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Belvédère Le Boucou
2006 Joan Simo Les Eres VV

Emilio Hidalgo Amontillado Especial Viejo "El Tresillo 1874"

I had been planning a dinner on many labels, vintages, and disgorgements of Recaredo's wines for some time, and I'm glad it finally came together. Wonderful wines all around, even if the 2008 Finca Serral dell Vell was a bit closed. I think it really demonstrated how fantastic Cava (now Corpinnat for Recaredo) can be at its best.

The different disgorgements of the 2007 Finca Serral dell Vell side-by-side were really interesting. The longer aging on lees retained significant freshness in the wine and contrasted against the evolution in bottle for the earlier disgorgement. The generally comment around the table was that the wines were similar but different.

The 2004 Reserva Particular edged the 2005, and the 2000 Turo d'En Mota was a standout on its own. Oh, and the Intens Rosat wasn't bad with gamay poached foie gras, either! 

Anyone that finds the 2013 Terrers at a decent price should pick some up, as it's the best bottling I've had of it in a few years.

All the reds were delicious too, save for a corked 2001 CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial , and The Emilio Hidalgo El Tresillo 1874 was lights out stunning. I could smell it from across the restaurant when the bottle was opened.

An awesome night and I appreciate everyone's camaraderie and contributions!

futronic posted:

Last night at an epic celebratory dinner with some fine gentlemen here in Toronto:

2013 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Terrers – Disgorged September 2018, 53 months on lees

2012 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Intens Rosat – Disgorged May 2016, 36 months on lees

2006 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged March 2016, 105 months on lees
2008 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged July 2018, 111 months on lees

2007 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged May 2016, 96 months on lees
2007 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged October 2016, 101 months on lees
2007 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell – Disgorged June 2017, 109 months on lees

2004 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Reserva Particular de Recaredo – Disgorged September 2015, 127 months on lees
2005 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Reserva Particular de Recaredo – Disgorged October 2017, 137 months on lees
2000 Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Turo d’En Mota – Disgorged July 2011, 121 months on lees

1996 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche
1995 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Tondonia

1989 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
1989 Domaine R. Girard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Belvédère Le Boucou
2006 Joan Simo Les Eres VV

Emilio Hidalgo Amontillado Especial Viejo "El Tresillo 1874"

I had been planning a dinner on many labels, vintages, and disgorgements of Recaredo's wines for some time, and I'm glad it finally came together. Wonderful wines all around, even if the 2008 Finca Serral dell Vell was a bit closed. I think it really demonstrated how fantastic Cava (now Corpinnat for Recaredo) can be at its best.

The different disgorgements of the 2007 Finca Serral dell Vell side-by-side were really interesting. The longer aging on lees retained significant freshness in the wine and contrasted against the evolution in bottle for the earlier disgorgement. The generally comment around the table was that the wines were similar but different.

The 2004 Reserva Particular edged the 2005, and the 2000 Turo d'En Mota was a standout on its own. Oh, and the Intens Rosat wasn't bad with gamay poached foie gras, either! 

Anyone that finds the 2013 Terrers at a decent price should pick some up, as it's the best bottling I've had of it in a few years.

All the reds were delicious too, save for a corked 2001 CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial , and The Emilio Hidalgo El Tresillo 1874 was lights out stunning. I could smell it from across the restaurant when the bottle was opened.

An awesome night and I appreciate everyone's camaraderie and contributions!

Awesome night Fut!  Still trying to process it all.  The cava's were amazing and that '89 beaucastel was lights out without a hint of brett. I can't get over the cured cod roe bag slider with caviar.....  telling anyone who will listen to me about it!

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Last Sunday, with Mr. & Mrs. Jabe11 and some other friends:

(Vintage?)  Tempier Bandol Rose

2001 R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia

1997 Grange

1964 Barolo (something with "Mirandola" in the name).  Maderized but we drank it anyway.

Wines and people all showed well.

 

Last night at the campsite: a magnum of 2010 Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi. AG said this was an early drinker and gave an end date of 2018. Um, no. It’s drinking very well with some air but it’s still a young’un with serious tannins. It’s also a better wine than Galloni seems to think it is.

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