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2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Vigna Croera di la Morra

A bit of a unicorn wine. The only vintage Giacosa released from this vineyard. He eventually sold the land after a few vintages that didn’t meet his standards (and which he scrapped). But this 2004 was superb. Very pretty, beautifully perfumed, juicy red fruit, silky tannins, excellent acidity. The bottle disappeared quickly.

to kick off Mrs. VeV's bday celebrations over the weekend:

2019 A Sunday in August Piquette Rose

2014 Peter Lauer Kupp Riesling Fass 18 GG

NV Bernard Gaucher Brut (2008 base)

2001 Ridge Buchignani Ranch Carignan

2016 Damien Coquelet Morgon Cote du Puy

All were good with the Lauer and Ridge as real standouts.  The Ridge was still fresh as a daisy without any bricking at the edge while the nose and palate were showing some tertiary notes as it enters its drinking widow.

 

 

@billhike posted:

2018 Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique. Meh - not much going on and the shortest finish I can recall on a wine that I expected a lot more from. The Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling from Australia blows this away. 

Bill, surprised you had that experience with this wine.  We are members of the wine club and generally love what they produce.  Haven't tried the '18 Classique yet though.  

New pizza place opened up nearby, so couple friends came over to order a few pies and drink some nice wines with them:

- 2002 Pol Roger Champagne Winston Churchill

- 2015 P-Y Colin-Morey Meursault 1er Les Narvaux

- 2006 Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordorée

- 2011 Stella di Campalto Brunello Beatrice

- 2009 Guerrieri Rizzardi Amarone Calcarole

- 2005 Kracher TBA Welschriesling #8

Every wine showed very well. The Champagne was stunning, as was the Kracher. The Brunello was from a producer new to me, and was impressive, lots of plum, anise, black pepper, silky, and still very young; I'm going to pick up a few bottles of this while it's still around.

 

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@winetarelli posted:

2017 Faury Saint Joseph VV.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  One of the best $45 red wines on the market.  The ability fully to scratch the itch for great Northern Rhone at this price point is wonderful.

2018 Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux

My other favorite *great* qpr at the moment.  Rich with earth in a way Beaujolais almost never is — almost old school Rhone-like in that regard. Yet still incredibly perfumed and identifiable as Gamay. $35. 

2016 Luis Seabra Indie Xisto

2016 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco (outstanding)

2016 Aphros Vino Verde Phaunus Pet Nat

2014 Dirty & Rowdy Antle Vineyard Skin Fermented Melon

2019 Pearl Morisette Primesautier (a little too weird for me.  like earl grey and washed rind cheese when first opened)

2017 Big Head Wines Big Red Select

2018 Leaning Post Pinot Noir the Fifty.

2004 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz

Some Australian shiraz starts out as alcoholic fruit-bomb but then settles down after 15-20 years into something quite enjoyable.  That does not appear to be the trajectory for this wine. If anyone wants to relieve me of the Lily's Garden and Run Rig that are left in my cellar, I'm available for transaction.

@otw posted:

2004 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz

Some Australian shiraz starts out as alcoholic fruit-bomb but then settles down after 15-20 years into something quite enjoyable.  That does not appear to be the trajectory for this wine. If anyone wants to relieve me of the Lily's Garden and Run Rig that are left in my cellar, I'm available for transaction.

I recall buying the 2005 (if I'm not mistaken)...very high ratings.  Tasted like crushed grapes, is in they forgot the winemaking altogether.  Maybe purple jesus in a bottle.  And I liked 2005 Aussie Shiraz back then.  This is not wine.

2017 Koncho & Co. Rkatsiteli Qveri - this was really good.  almond paste, white flowers and honey, but dry as a bone.  Will be seeking out more.

2018 Meinklang Morgen - A rose made from Sankt Laurent, i think my first experience with this grape.  Tasted like a good dry hopped sour.  Not great for a wine though.

2017 Iuli Umberta - Big Menh.  Generic barbera.  Had hoped for more.

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