What will March bring Confused Roll Eyes Smile
Should be a good start with a Montreal off-line this Saturday night.
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8:40am so no drinking yet. LOL

But will be trying some barrel samples later this a.m. getting ready for the Wine Road Barrel Tasting weekend. Nothing like a little 2011 Cab Franc before lunch ...
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2006 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec. This is the last vintage I bought of the alta line because I have found the single vinyard malbecs(Nicasia,Adriana)are so much better.That being said the 2003 & 2004 alta malbecs are amazing. 2005 and 2006 are not quite up to the two previous vintages. I seem to enjoy the top Malbecs more than most west coast wines in the same price range.
... Clos des Goisses, what elseWink

Various delicious stuff over the last weeks:
2000 Chateau d'Agassac, Haut-Médoc
2005 Moulin-à-Vent, Domaine des Rosiers, my first
Beaujolaus that comes close to the legend that good Beaujolais tastes like real good Burgundy, absolutely recommended
2000 Meursault-Blagny, Matrot
2000 Puligny Referts 1er Cru, Jadot, recommended
2007 Pinot-Gris Domaine et Tradition, Mathis Bastian
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1990 Philipponnat Clos des Goisse
1990 Lynch Bages


What??? You couldn't wait one more night for me!!!!! Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Board-O:
2003 Celler Joan Simo Les Eres Vinyes Velles


How was it? There's some 2006 up here that I have been pondering buying.
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Originally posted by Bruce Hayes:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
2003 Celler Joan Simo Les Eres Vinyes Velles


How was it? There's some 2006 up here that I have been pondering buying.


I first tasted this wine at the winery in 2006. I thought it was outstanding then, but it has really blossomed. When I pulled the cork, the aroma or dark fruit filled the room. This is much better than I thought it would be, and I was expecting excellence. I don't believe I've tasted the 2006, but the vintages in Priorat are pretty much all consistent and excellent. My advice would be to go for it.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Bruce Hayes:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
2003 Celler Joan Simo Les Eres Vinyes Velles


How was it? There's some 2006 up here that I have been pondering buying.


I first tasted this wine at the winery in 2006. I thought it was outstanding then, but it has really blossomed. When I pulled the cork, the aroma or dark fruit filled the room. This is much better than I thought it would be, and I was expecting excellence. I don't believe I've tasted the 2006, but the vintages in Priorat are pretty much all consistent and excellent. My advice would be to go for it.



Bruce Hayes - go for it. Wink

1999 Clos Erasmus
2005 Mormoreto Marchesi Frescobaldi
Had theses lately:

2009 Frédéric Magnien Fixin
2009 Vincent Girardin Monthélie 1er cru Les Riottes
2008 Château de Fonbel Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
2008 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco Langhe

I prefered the Vietti and the Fonbel...

dzitt
2005 Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin. Better than I was expecting, but nowhere near worth the price
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Originally posted by KSC02:
2007 Arnot-Roberts North Block Hudson Vineyard
I have been wanting to try something from Arnot. What do you think of them?
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie
2008 Huet Le Mont Demi Sec Vouvray
1982 Branaire Ducru

A wonderful evening with Longboarder.
Highlights from last night's brown bagger (uptown theme):

1999 F. Magnien Corton Charlemagne Cuvée Unique
2009 Bouchard Le Corton
1995 Ridge Monte Bello
1995 Schweiger Cabernet
2002 Cayuse Widowmaker
2001 Anakota Helena Dakota Vnyd Cab
Tonight I'm getting together with my wine group to drink some Calif/Wash Cabs and blends.

2004 Martinelli Martinelli Road Chardonnay
1996 Spring Mountain Estate Reserve
2001 Seven Hills Pentad
2002 BV Private Reserve
2003 Andrew Will Champoux
2004 Chester Kidder Red Wine
2005 Ramey Claret
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Bruce Hayes:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
2003 Celler Joan Simo Les Eres Vinyes Velles


How was it? There's some 2006 up here that I have been pondering buying.


I first tasted this wine at the winery in 2006. I thought it was outstanding then, but it has really blossomed. When I pulled the cork, the aroma or dark fruit filled the room. This is much better than I thought it would be, and I was expecting excellence. I don't believe I've tasted the 2006, but the vintages in Priorat are pretty much all consistent and excellent. My advice would be to go for it.



Bruce Hayes - go for it. Wink

1999 Clos Erasmus
2005 Mormoreto Marchesi Frescobaldi


This unrelenting peer pressure is starting to wear me down. Wink
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
2005 Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin. Better than I was expecting, but nowhere near worth the price


When I was in Vancouver last March, I bought four bottles of the 2007. Haven't cracked one yet.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie
2008 Huet Le Mont Demi Sec Vouvray
1982 Branaire Ducru

A wonderful evening with Longboarder.


Ditto W+A. Enjoyed the conversation more than you know.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
2007 Arnot-Roberts North Block Hudson Vineyard
I have been wanting to try something from Arnot. What do you think of them?

I was completely unaware of this producer until speaking with steve8 and he mentioned Arnot-Roberts, your mention of him in your Kramer thread, and that they recently arrived here in Montreal.

That all piqued my interest, so on the way home yesterday, I stopped in to pick one up and try.

At 14% just a touch hot on the nose when initially poured but this blows off over several minutes. An absolutely provocative nose. Gorgeous. Continued to expand over the next hour and then plateaued. Nice mouth feel. Mid length finish. At $55 (SAQ price) will I load up? No. But I will pick up a couple more. I agree that this is one of the more restrained California Syrahs and appreciate the style very much.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie

Is the '85 Charlie still showing well?

My last few bottles had begun to reflect better days prior so I tended to drink them up last year. Curious to hear how yours showed. Maybe it was the batch I had.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie

Is the '85 Charlie still showing well?

My last few bottles had begun to reflect better days prior so I tended to drink them up last year. Curious to hear how yours showed. Maybe it was the batch I had.


I will not speak for W+A but I thought the Charlie was excellent and definitely not past its peak. It really opened up as the night progressed and the acidity kept it so fresh for me. I actually thought this bottle tasted young.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie
2008 Huet Le Mont Demi Sec Vouvray
1982 Branaire Ducru

A wonderful evening with Longboarder.


Your winnings from last year? If so, I'm glad it showed well. Hell, I'm glad it showed well regardless. Cool

PH
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Originally posted by Longboarder:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie

Is the '85 Charlie still showing well?

I will not speak for W+A but I thought the Charlie was excellent and definitely not past its peak. It really opened up as the night progressed and the acidity kept it so fresh for me. I actually thought this bottle tasted young.

Cool
Brought to a nice restaurant near Orlando (Winter Garden) named Chef's Table.

2009 Pride Chard Vintners Select
2006 Realm Tempest
2006 Erna Schein Cemetery
NV Pierre Peters BdB and a lobster shared with a friend over lunch.

1998 Vilmart Grand Cellier Rubis shared with same friend over much conversation. Cool
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Brought to a nice restaurant near Orlando (Winter Garden) named Chef's Table.

2009 Pride Chard Vintners Select
2006 Realm Tempest
2006 Erna Schein Cemetery


Beerman, how was the Cemetery? I love the label BTW.
Taco night (Chorizo and mushroom), so a good night to knock off a daily-drinker night -

2003 Elyse Winery Zinfandel Howell Mountain - Off or over-the-hill bottle - pruny, raisiny mess. Like a bad port. A shame, as my last of 6 and the previous 5 were quite tasty. So, offered to the Gods of the Drain, and on to

2006 Four Vines Zinfandel The Biker - much better.
2009 Huet le Haut-Lieu Moelleux
2003 Giscours (nice and fresh, couldn't tell it was '03 blind)
2009 Jasmin Cote-Rotie
Last night at a blind tasting

2006 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor
2007 Coho, Headwaters
2003 Osoyoos Larose
2005 De Toren, Fusion V (group WOTN)
1998 Chateau Pontet-Canet
2004 Il Borro
1998 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia, Ornellaia
2003 Chateau Duhart-Milon
2004 Nicolas Catena Zapata

The 98 Ornellaia was corked. I didn't write down which wines were the groups #2 and 3 wines of the night, but I think the Coho was #2.

There was also a 2003 Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes, which I found disappointing. Not enough acidity for my taste. And the colour was pretty dark, more so than the half bottle I just looked at in my cellar.
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Originally posted by Longboarder:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie
2008 Huet Le Mont Demi Sec Vouvray
1982 Branaire Ducru

A wonderful evening with Longboarder.


Ditto W+A. Enjoyed the conversation more than you know.


Indeed.
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Originally posted by Longboarder:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie

Is the '85 Charlie still showing well?

My last few bottles had begun to reflect better days prior so I tended to drink them up last year. Curious to hear how yours showed. Maybe it was the batch I had.


I will not speak for W+A but I thought the Charlie was excellent and definitely not past its peak. It really opened up as the night progressed and the acidity kept it so fresh for me. I actually thought this bottle tasted young.


KSC02, the first pour had me a little worried, but the wine did end up showing well. Based on this bottle, I agree no need to rush.

PurpleHaze, I still have your gift in my cellar. I'm planning on enjoying with D, and we shall speak of you. Cool

...and speaking of Champagne, Big Grin I had the '98 Vilmart Rubis yesterday, and it was special!
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Originally posted by steve8:
Last night at a blind tasting (theme: Bordeaux Blend)

2006 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor (group #3 WOTN I think) (KSC's WOTN)
2007 Coho, Headwaters (group #2 WOTN)(KSC #2 WOTN)
2005 De Toren, Fusion V (group WOTN)(KSC #3 WOTN)


A fun evening and great to see everyone. Very disappointing regarding the '98 Ornellaia.

It was fun hearing some people pegging the Osoyoos Larose to be "an elegant Left Bank Bordeaux") Razz

I was quite confident that the '98 Pontet-Canet was a '95 Sociando-Mallet (the horror Big Grin )

The Coho Headwaters showed beautifully. Man, I wish we could get that wine into QC.

The De Toren was totally off my radar. It isn't any more...

Yep, nothing more humbling than a blind tasting.
A lot of fun. It's been quite a while since we last did one of these.
Thanks, I wasn't sure if the group #3 was the DM or the Catena Zapata. The latter was my #3.

Agree about the Coho. Based on the 2006's and this 2007, I will pick up more anytime I see it on my travels.

I didn't use the word elegant to describe the Osoyoos Larose, but I did peg it for left bank Bordeaux. This tasting taught me O-L does need time.
Bigfoot

The Cemetery was drinking very nicely. The tannins were in balance with the fruit. It is definitely bold. Everyone at the table liked it better than the Tempest. You can either open yours or hold it a while longer.
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Originally posted by steve8:
Thanks, I wasn't sure if the group #3 was the DM or the Catena Zapata. The latter was my #3.

Agree about the Coho. Based on the 2006's and this 2007, I will pick up more anytime I see it on my travels.

I didn't use the word elegant to describe the Osoyoos Larose, but I did peg it for left bank Bordeaux. This tasting taught me O-L does need time.


I pegged the Osoyoo Larose for a HB or MHB. The shock on my face when I the wrapper came off was classic. I also thought it was a left bank bordeaux. But in my defence, it tasted better in the first half of the night than the latter part.
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Originally posted by steve8:
I didn't use the word elegant to describe the Osoyoos Larose, but I did peg it for left bank Bordeaux. This tasting taught me O-L does need time.


Thoughts on what sort of age it requires?
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by steve8:
The 98 Ornellaia was corked.


How could you tell?

I was clearly severely flawed (textbook TCA smell).
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Originally posted by Mimik:
But in my defence, it tasted better in the first half of the night than the latter part.

How is that a defense ? Eek

Are you saying that you were completely uninfluenced by the label? Razz Spit
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Originally posted by Bruce Hayes:
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Originally posted by steve8:
I didn't use the word elegant to describe the Osoyoos Larose, but I did peg it for left bank Bordeaux. This tasting taught me O-L does need time.


Thoughts on what sort of age it requires?

Bruce - This was my first (and only) bottle of O-L. This bottle was an '03 and, IMHO, was indeed ready to go. I did not splash decant prior to the tasting.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by steve8:
The 98 Ornellaia was corked.


How could you tell?

I was clearly severely flawed (textbook TCA smell).


I have been on a poor run recently when it comes to TCA. Mad

I first tasted the wine at Ornellaia prior to release, and it is such a wonderful Cabernet/Merlot/Franc blend. I hope you get to drink this wine, and soon.
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Originally posted by steve8:
I didn't use the word elegant to describe the Osoyoos Larose, but I did peg it for left bank Bordeaux.

Of course I'm not referring to you, steve8.
It was our friend at the end of the table insisting it was LMHB Wink Razz
I thought the Ornellaia was 1990 but to find out it was the great 1998 Red Face It should have been wotn. 2005 De Toren, Fusion V was a surprise. The 2006 Don Melchor and the 2003 Chateau Duhart-Milon showed well. Many surprises. Great food. Wonderful people. Too much wine. I'm going to drink alot of water now Spit When are we doing this again?
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
I thought the Ornellaia was 1990 but to find out it was the great 1998 Red Face It should have been wotn. 2005 De Toren, Fusion V was a surprise. The 2006 Don Melchor and the 2003 Chateau Duhart-Milon showed well. Many surprises. Great food. Wonderful people. To much wine. I'm going to drink alot of water now Spit When are we doing this again?


Too much wine? Confused

I'm confused. Razz
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
I thought the Ornellaia was 1990 but to find out it was the great 1998 Red Face It should have been wotn. 2005 De Toren, Fusion V was a surprise. The 2006 Don Melchor and the 2003 Chateau Duhart-Milon showed well. Many surprises. Great food. Wonderful people. To much wine. I'm going to drink alot of water now Spit When are we doing this again?


Too much wine? Confused

I'm confused. Razz

OK maybe not too much wine but surely more than I would consume on the average night. Alas this was not the average night. Wink
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by steve8:
The 98 Ornellaia was corked.


How could you tell?


Big Grin I think I am the only one to have understood this.
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
I thought the Ornellaia was 1990 but to find out it was the great 1998 Red Face It should have been wotn. 2005 De Toren, Fusion V was a surprise. The 2006 Don Melchor and the 2003 Chateau Duhart-Milon showed well. Many surprises. Great food. Wonderful people. To much wine. I'm going to drink alot of water now Spit When are we doing this again?


Too much wine? Confused

I'm confused. Razz

OK maybe not too much wine but surely more than I would consume on the average night. Alas this was not the average night. Wink


Big Grin...I have enjoyed a lot of wine with a number of the Montreal group. Great group in a great city. ( Summer)
Last night:
2010 St. Cosme CdR Blanc
2009 Sean Minor 4 Bears Pinot Noir
2005 Pax Syrah Obsidian - incredible. 2nd time I've had this wine in the last 4 months or so, and awesome both times.
2001 Chateau Lannesan
NV Mumm Napa Brut Rose
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by steve8:
The 98 Ornellaia was corked.

I hope you get to drink this wine, and soon.

w+a - There's a few bottles between us here. No fear of that.
I have one in my 'ready for the right moment' rack.
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Originally posted by Mimik:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by steve8:
The 98 Ornellaia was corked.


How could you tell?


Big Grin I think I am the only one to have understood this.


No Charlie, you're the only one who didn't see the hook at the end of that line. Razz
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Originally posted by KSC02:
2006 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor

K-

This surprises me a bit, as I don't see you consume many South American wines.

Are you typcially a fan of this wine or did it simply show very well?
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
2006 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor

K-

This surprises me a bit, as I don't see you consume many South American wines.

Are you typcially a fan of this wine or did it simply show very well?

I'm a fan of Don Melchor, generally. I haven't purchased teh past few vintages as I tend to feel their price point has reached a bit beyond what I'm willing to pay for that wine (here anyway).

Saying that, the bottle showed well. Especially since I tend to think of DMs as those I like to cellar for some time. This showed very well for its' young age.
The Don Melchor is drinking like a wine from Bolgheri. Ripe,spicy with beautiful tannins. It reminds me of the Tua Rita Guisto di Notri. But yes you got it spot on Steve Smile
Over the last few days:

2009 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard
2006 Kongsgaard Chardonnay
2005 Radio-Coteau Syrah Cherry Camp
2002 Domaine Nudant Ladoix 'Les Buis' - Lots of time left for this wine. Very good PN value.
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Originally posted by steve8:
And you thought that this bottle was Italian. Razz I can be smug because I nailed this one. Banana

I don't remember saying that Devilish

True enough. I thought it to be so. I was quite surprised, to say the least Wink
2009 Ch. Faizeau VV

Not a thinking man's wine, but a real crowd pleaser with people who don't like to geek out.
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
The Don Melchor is drinking like a wine from Bolgheri. Ripe,spicy with beautiful tannins. It reminds me of the Tua Rita Guisto di Notri. But yes you got it spot on Steve Smile


I had no idea. Are you speaking of this wine in general or specifically the 2006 vintage? TIA
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
1999 Vieux Certan Chateau- cherries, vanilla and nice tannins. Drink now or over the next 5 years.


Nice.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
The Don Melchor is drinking like a wine from Bolgheri. Ripe,spicy with beautiful tannins. It reminds me of the Tua Rita Guisto di Notri. But yes you got it spot on Steve Smile


I had not idea. Are you speaking of this wine in general or specifically the 2006 vintage? TIA

I refer to the 2006 vintage as being Bolgheri like. It is quite fruit forward,somewhat modern with a bit of classic european backbone. It is drinking well now with a 2 hour decant or slow O for 8 hours. There are still quite a few bottles left in QC.
Except for that streak of eucalyptus running through it. That was the tell-tale sign for me. It was less pronounced than in some previous vintages, but still there.

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