Friday and Saturday:

2004 Bruno Paillard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut -- very good

2005 Domaine du Chateau de Chorey (Germain) Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Tante Berthe -- superb, in a great spot, the best bottle I've had of this so far

2002 Union Champagne de Saint Gall Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Orpale Blanc de Blancs -- good not great, a little simple and a little too rich

1990 Chateau La Dominique -- still so fresh and vibrant, a lovely bottle

Thanks to VinT for the Dominique. 

 Dinner with the irwins and a wine friend

Aperitif

 

          2002 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons

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Appetizer

 

Yukon Gold Vichyssoise          2012 Ermitage Ex Voto (E. Guigal)

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Main Course

 

Prime Rib Roast

          1970 Chateau Latour

Wild Rice with Oyster and

Shiitake Mushrooms

          1959 Chateau Latour

Asparagus

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Cheese

 

Brebirousse d’Argental

          1976 La Tache (DRC)

Sottocenere al Tartufo

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Dessert

 

Joyce’s Carrot Cake          2015 Vouvray Moelleux

          Le Haut-Lieu Premiere Trie

                    (Huet)

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Last night with Tyee and Mrs Tyee:

- MV Krug Grand Cuvée -- big yeasty nose, lots of pear, lemon pie, licorice, orange, melon, ginger, white and toast flavours all swirling on the palate, rich and complex, showing more on each sip and as it warmed up, long finish, magnificent; one of the best NV Champagnes I can recall ever drinking and the best Krug Cuvée I've had in years, from 163eme disgorgement 2014

- 2003 Albert Mann Gewürztraminer GC Furstentum Vieilles Vignes -- floral and lychee nose, similar in the mouth with some ripe peach/apricot added, apple, baking spices, lovely texture, medium-long finish; not quite at the level of the previous three vintages of this wine, but still very good; time to drink up, I think

- 2001 Phelps Insignia -- big sturdy Cab, cassis and berries, some cedar, some tobacco, pretty monolithic, smooth and powerful but lacks complexity; has presence but perhaps not as enjoyable as expected, might soften and open a little bit more in time but I wouldn't expect any significant improvement over what it is now, a good wine that paled in comparison to the other red

- 2004 Domaine du Pégau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée -- a bit of funk on the nose at first, but it blew off shortly in the decanter; nose and palate evolved over the course of the evening, very enjoyable wine to sip, dark plum, berries, white pepper, licorice, pipe tobacco, lavender, lots of garrigue that showed increasingly on the nose over time, rich on the palate, good acidity, very long finish with velvety tannins; a powerhouse that can probably still go for years

- 2005 J J Prüm Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese -- powerful apple, apricot, lime flavours, electric acidity, some mineral, some brown sugar, extremely long lip-smacking finish; really outstanding, very Prüm

 

It's been a while since we've had an evening where every wine showed showed so well. Tyee and I agreed that if we had to pick a best of show, the Krug and the Pégau would be the winners, but I think any wine lover would be happy to drink any of these beauties. Friends, I wish all of our wine nights could be so successful!

 Tyee dinner 3:05:19

 

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steve8 posted:

2015 Volpaia, Chianti Classico

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the sangiovese from the 2015 Tuscany vintage. There should be a lot of superb Brunello.

I recently opened a 2015 Riserva from Volpaia and felt the same. All of the '15 chianti's I've tried have been approachable with enough backbone to age. 

Since, several of you had great wines last night that were "hitting on all cylinders" and "It's been a while since we've had an evening where every wine showed showed so well." are any of you believers, or non-believers in the biodynamic calendar and how it affects how wines show? Parenthetically yesterday was a good day for wine, a "flower day". When I have a whole line up wines and they are all awesome, it is almost always as "wine day".

 

Curious on your thoughts.

note the little pieces of France on the inside of the bottle of La Tache.  If you put together all the sediment of all the bottles of French wine consumed in the last 100 years, you'd have enough earth for another country.

Anyway, great photo, Board-O

 

blakeybombs posted:

Since, several of you had great wines last night that were "hitting on all cylinders" and "It's been a while since we've had an evening where every wine showed showed so well." are any of you believers, or non-believers in the biodynamic calendar and how it affects how wines show? Parenthetically yesterday was a good day for wine, a "flower day". When I have a whole line up wines and they are all awesome, it is almost always as "wine day".

 

Curious on your thoughts.

I don't pay any attention to biodynamic calendars. Only five of the wines  were hitting on all cylinders. The 2012 Ermitage Ex Voto was bland and disappointing.

2017 Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre, Les Baronnes

Very good, but I'm think one could do much better in the 2017 vintage for a few extra dollars.

2015 Querce Bettina, RdM

Really good. Blind it could pass for a young Brunello. It's going to be very difficult to resist buying the BdM's when they're released.

sunnylea57 posted:
csm posted:

At Bern’s

1991 Berlinger Private Reserve  x 2 from magnum

1974 Inglenook Petite Sirah

1937 Marquis de Terme Margaux

😮 details please

The Beringer was quintessential aged Cali cab. This has a long life ahead of it though.  Still very young. 

The ingelnook was one of the more interesting wines I’ve had.  Never had one that old and it was gorgeous.  The texture was what I will recall. $65 on the list 😳😳

With our steaks, we had the Margaux which was was incredible.  Fill level was still into the neck and the aromas filled the room as it was being decanted  simply incredible. 

We wanted the ‘21 or ‘12 chateau Margaux but both were gone sadly  

 

steve8 posted:

2017 Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre, Les Baronnes

Very good, but I'm think one could do much better in the 2017 vintage for a few extra dollars.

2015 Querce Bettina, RdM

Really good. Blind it could pass for a young Brunello. It's going to be very difficult to resist buying the BdM's when they're released.

Why resist?🤔

Friday night:

2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
2014 Ridge Chardonnay Estate
2012 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard
NV Fenn Valley Vidal 42˚ Ice Wine

We didn't drink all of this by ourselves as we shared with the staff and a few other friends at the club, but there was no other wine over the weekend. 

longboarder posted:
steve8 posted:

2017 Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre, Les Baronnes

Very good, but I'm think one could do much better in the 2017 vintage for a few extra dollars.

2015 Querce Bettina, RdM

Really good. Blind it could pass for a young Brunello. It's going to be very difficult to resist buying the BdM's when they're released.

Why resist?🤔

Because I am trying not to buy too many wines which need a significant amount of cellar time. I should have enough.

2012 Duckhorn "The Discussion"

This surprised me. I expected a big, ripe, chocolate covered cherry Cali Cab of a wine. It turned out to be a relatively restrained, old school left bank Bordeaux blend. I guessed the blend to be 70% Cab Sauv + 30% Merlot... and later confirmed it's actually 64% CS, 31% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

It has the dark fruit, cassis and pencil shavings of a Cab Sauv, and the plushness of a Merlot.

mangiare posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Volpaia, Chianti Classico

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the sangiovese from the 2015 Tuscany vintage. There should be a lot of superb Brunello.

I recently opened a 2015 Riserva from Volpaia and felt the same. All of the '15 chianti's I've tried have been approachable with enough backbone to age. 

2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico - first CC of the vintage I thought was very meh.

2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito
2012 Bodegas y Viñedos Castro Ventosa Mencía Bierzo El Castro de Valtuille Joven

The Terre Nere single vineyard Bianco is deee-licious. Gotta get more of these.

The Mencia is a Raul Perez wine. It's also ridiculously good, especially considering it was a $9.75 CAD LCBO clearance item. Wish I'd bought every bottle they had. 

mangiare posted:
mangiare posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Volpaia, Chianti Classico

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the sangiovese from the 2015 Tuscany vintage. There should be a lot of superb Brunello.

I recently opened a 2015 Riserva from Volpaia and felt the same. All of the '15 chianti's I've tried have been approachable with enough backbone to age. 

2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico - first CC of the vintage I thought was very meh.

Duly noted. Thanks.

steve8 posted:
mangiare posted:
mangiare posted:
steve8 posted:

2015 Volpaia, Chianti Classico

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the sangiovese from the 2015 Tuscany vintage. There should be a lot of superb Brunello.

I recently opened a 2015 Riserva from Volpaia and felt the same. All of the '15 chianti's I've tried have been approachable with enough backbone to age. 

2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico - first CC of the vintage I thought was very meh.

Duly noted. Thanks.

I didn't know 2015 was a great vintage for Tuscany Sangio.

I loved the 2012 Poggio Scalette CC, and I just looked at my TN from last fall for the 2015 vintage: "The 2012 is a favourite of mine and this exceeds that vintage..."

over the weekend:

2017 Thymiopoulos Xinomarvo Jeunes Vignes - like a greek beaujolais.  Very quaffable with enough going on to keep it interesting

2017 Domaine Ostertag Reisling les Jardins - good value entry level reisling. Great acidic cut.

2015 Eric Texier St. Juien en St. Alban - just a baby.  Earthy, red fruits & very clean for a texier.

2017 Bianco di Ampeleia - Like i said when i returned it "i know its a weird wine.  I know its supposed to be orange, but this is corked - all wet cardboard - dont believe me? you try it".

2017 Jean-Claude Chanudet 'La Cuvee du Chat' - like the greek wine above, but legit bojo origin and les tannic influence.  Crunchy, bright red fruit with enough going on to keep it interesting.

2016 Caespes Poggio Timorasso - My first timorasso - very full mouth feel, brusied apple/pear notes with lemon acidity.  Notes of straw/hay.  Will definetly seek out more timorasso.

2015 Vietti Perbacco - a wine i have long been a fan of, but this vintage let me down.  came across muted and one-dimensional.  lacked the ususal tannic backbone and acidity i associate with this cuvee.  Could be the heat, could be that some of the better grapes went to other cuvees, or something else entirely.  Glad i tried it before buying a case.

 

 

Over the past couple of days

2014 Stefania, Day Rogue

2010 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage Blanc, Chante-Alouette

2016 Duorum, Douro (off a wine list)

2012 Stefania, Syrah, Coastview

The Chante-Alouette was outstanding. The Day Rogue gets better with each bottle I open. The Coastview is a beast. Huge, inky, high octane. A little too high imho.

Random bottle I bought at this north county German market/breakfast place a month or so ago...

2004 W. Gisselbrecht, Gewurztraminer, Frankstein...mentions grand cru on the label.  For 20 bucks I nabbed this with no expectations, but this was surprisingly spry, golden, and an excellent match for yellow veggie curry.

 

csm posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
csm posted:

At Bern’s

1991 Berlinger Private Reserve  x 2 from magnum

1974 Inglenook Petite Sirah

1937 Marquis de Terme Margaux

😮 details please

The Beringer was quintessential aged Cali cab. This has a long life ahead of it though.  Still very young. 

The ingelnook was one of the more interesting wines I’ve had.  Never had one that old and it was gorgeous.  The texture was what I will recall. $65 on the list 😳😳

With our steaks, we had the Margaux which was was incredible.  Fill level was still into the neck and the aromas filled the room as it was being decanted  simply incredible. 

We wanted the ‘21 or ‘12 chateau Margaux but both were gone sadly  

 

had the same margaux @  berns absolutely delightful.

billhike posted:
csm posted:

1998 Beaucastel.  It’s ready and absolutely singing.  95 points easy.  

Good to hear. A friend has a magnum he is opening this summer for his daughter’s 21st birthday. I know I’m getting an invite. 

I opened a bottle for my 50th birthday a few years ago.  The consensus that night was that it still needed time.  Perhaps the three years since were enough?  Perhaps time to open another.

School House tasting at local wine shop. Usually a big crowd but only one other person showed up. Guess no one knows the label. Poured chardonnay, pinot, Syrah and Zin.

2016 School House Chardonnay could be best chardonnay value I've found in many years. Grabbed some at $28/btl. Felt like stealing

Over the last two weekends.  The second group was the monthly blind tasting.  It was a good week of drinking some amazing bottles.  Thirty bottles and only one flawed bottle in the group - talk about beating the odds.

NV Champagne Godmé Sabine Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé
NV Jacques Lassaigne Champagne Les Vignes de Montgueux Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2005 Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Pedestal
2008 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate
2005 Château Corbin St. Émilion Grand Cru
2010 Ridge Syrah/Grenache Lytton Estate
2016 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron
2011 Ridge Lytton Springs
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Legacy Edition Label

NV Ruinart Champagne Brut Rosé
2001 Frédéric Magnien Corton-Charlemagne
2013 Peter Michael Chardonnay Cuvée Indigene
2015 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane
2000 Ridge Monte Bello
2001 Paloma Syrah
2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots
2010 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gate Block
2013 Peter Michael Les Pavots
2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley (cooked/flawed)
2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2015 Sine Qua Non Grenache Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie
2002 Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Oakville
2013 Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Celestial
2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah Trouver l'Arene
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (Regular Label)
1991 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain
2000 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum)
1998 Château Climens

thelostverse posted:

Over the last two weekends.  The second group was the monthly blind tasting.  It was a good week of drinking some amazing bottles.  Thirty bottles and only one flawed bottle in the group - talk about beating the odds.

NV Champagne Godmé Sabine Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé
NV Jacques Lassaigne Champagne Les Vignes de Montgueux Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2005 Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Pedestal
2008 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate
2005 Château Corbin St. Émilion Grand Cru
2010 Ridge Syrah/Grenache Lytton Estate
2016 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron
2011 Ridge Lytton Springs
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Legacy Edition Label

NV Ruinart Champagne Brut Rosé
2001 Frédéric Magnien Corton-Charlemagne
2013 Peter Michael Chardonnay Cuvée Indigene
2015 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane
2000 Ridge Monte Bello
2001 Paloma Syrah
2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots
2010 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gate Block
2013 Peter Michael Les Pavots
2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley (cooked/flawed)
2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2015 Sine Qua Non Grenache Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie
2002 Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Oakville
2013 Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Celestial
2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah Trouver l'Arene
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (Regular Label)
1991 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain
2000 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum)
1998 Château Climens

Well, piss on the little pink wine I was going to post about drinking...

billhike posted:
thelostverse posted:

Over the last two weekends.  The second group was the monthly blind tasting.  It was a good week of drinking some amazing bottles.  Thirty bottles and only one flawed bottle in the group - talk about beating the odds.

NV Champagne Godmé Sabine Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé
NV Jacques Lassaigne Champagne Les Vignes de Montgueux Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2005 Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Pedestal
2008 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate
2005 Château Corbin St. Émilion Grand Cru
2010 Ridge Syrah/Grenache Lytton Estate
2016 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron
2011 Ridge Lytton Springs
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Legacy Edition Label

NV Ruinart Champagne Brut Rosé
2001 Frédéric Magnien Corton-Charlemagne
2013 Peter Michael Chardonnay Cuvée Indigene
2015 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane
2000 Ridge Monte Bello
2001 Paloma Syrah
2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots
2010 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gate Block
2013 Peter Michael Les Pavots
2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley (cooked/flawed)
2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
2015 Sine Qua Non Grenache Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie
2002 Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Oakville
2013 Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Celestial
2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah Trouver l'Arene
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (Regular Label)
1991 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain
2000 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum)
1998 Château Climens

Well, piss on the little pink wine I was going to post about drinking...

LOL   It was a good week, what can I say?

It was wonderful, complex but mellow Dominus. I don't think that it will improve, but no doubt will hold  for a few years, depending upon storage conditions. I bought it on release and have had a few bottles. I believe it is the most mature Dominus vintage of the great years in the'90s .

 

 

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