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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. 

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