2013 K Vintners Syrah The Hidden. I poured a small amount into a glass and the balance into a decanter. The sample smells and tastes freaking incredible. 

2016 Leeuwin Chardonnay Art Series.  This wine has never let me down.  If I'm choosing 3 chards to drink for the rest of my life, it'd be this, Mt. Eden, and Shibumi Knoll (which I've only had thanks to SD Wineaux)

azwiese posted:

2016 Leeuwin Chardonnay Art Series.  This wine has never let me down.  If I'm choosing 3 chards to drink for the rest of my life, it'd be this, Mt. Eden, and Shibumi Knoll (which I've only had thanks to SD Wineaux)

29/03/20

Interesting. I would choose the Leeuwin and Mount Eden also, but my third would either be Christian Moreau Les Clos or Varner. That said, I hadn't even heard of Shibumi Knoll until this morning. Some pretty high powered help they have.

2015 Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyards

Tasted at an offline.  Tasting note posted on CellarTracker and blogged.

2016 Domaine Maestracci E Prove - Delicious, another savory red with berry fruit but also an edge to it that is almost vegetal but not really, and sort of reminds me of sun dried tomato and sunflower seeds. 

2004 Marcel Lapierre Morgon.  Was worried since i took posession of a couple of these bottles - the colour in them is so pale it looked like a rose and I wasnt sure what to expect.  Stood it up, carefully decanted off very fine sediment and WOW.  The floral lift off the nose was stunning.  It rolled into blood orange, a bit of cinnamon and licorice and again this floral lift on the end and hints of mint.  In spite of being a shade past rose there was good body and acidity to it.  Mrs. VeV remarked that all the hallmarks of young bojo - the strawberries, sappy fruits, bubblegum notes were nowhere to be found and she loved it too.  Great foil for BGE roast chicken and a green salad.  

2004 d’Arenberg The Galvo Garage.  Bordeaux blend.  Big, lovely wine.   Drinking nicely now, but no hurry.  Under screwcap. 

2013 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas

Served last night with Sauteed Dijon Chicken.  Tasting note posted on CellarTracker and blogged.

Over the past week:

2015 Leaning Post Wines Riesling The Geek
1997 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve
2008 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Arroyo del Tórtolas
2006 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Ranch Vineyard
NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut

Both the Spottswoode and Beaulieu were terrific. Everything you'd want in an older Cali Cab. Fruit still vibrant, cedar and tobacco tertiary notes in play.

The '08 Bernabeleva was also very good: more weight and less lifted than current vintages of the Vina Bonita, with some mushroom notes. 

Opened the Sterling last night. I bought 12 of these back around 2013 and have opened a couple each year since. The first bottles were as hard as nails, but now it's awesome. But I'm a sucker for Napa mountain wine, especially Diamond and (of course) Howell.

sunnylea57 posted:

Over the past week:

2015 Leaning Post Wines Riesling The Geek
1997 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve
2008 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Arroyo del Tórtolas
2006 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Ranch Vineyard
NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut

Both the Spottswoode and Beaulieu were terrific. Everything you'd want in an older Cali Cab. Fruit still vibrant, cedar and tobacco tertiary notes in play.

The '08 Bernabeleva was also very good: more weight and less lifted than current vintages of the Vina Bonita, with some mushroom notes. 

Opened the Sterling last night. I bought 12 of these back around 2013 and have opened a couple each year since. The first bottles were as hard as nails, but now it's awesome. But I'm a sucker for Napa mountain wine, especially Diamond and (of course) Howell.

Since you didn’t add any comment about the Leaning Post wine, I’m guessing it wasn’t memorable to you. It may have been my favorite winery visit in the region a few years ago, and I greatly enjoyed all three various bottles I brought back. That said, I don’t recall tasting a Riesling.

2014 Dirty & Rowdy Skinner Stoney Creek

Opened up Crunchy and thin but after an hour of air blossomed and put on some weight with wonderful taste of fraises des bois along with a tiny green crunch. It was really good. 

Finally broke down and pulled the cork on a 2016 Roilette Fleurie Tardive.  Should have waited. Wasn’t great tonight. 

Last couple of nights

2005 Paitin, Barbaresco, Sori Paitin

Excellent and got better with each glass. I'll hold my last bottle for its 20th.

2016 Mathieu Delaporte, Sancerre, Les Monts Damnés

Damn good sauvignon blanc and excellent with a leek, mushroom and goat cheese pizza.

2006 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

Served last night with a big grilled bone in NY Strip.  Tasting note posted on CellarTracker and blogged.

billhike posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

Over the past week:

2015 Leaning Post Wines Riesling The Geek
1997 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve
2008 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Arroyo del Tórtolas
2006 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Ranch Vineyard
NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut

 

Since you didn’t add any comment about the Leaning Post wine, I’m guessing it wasn’t memorable to you. It may have been my favorite winery visit in the region a few years ago, and I greatly enjoyed all three various bottles I brought back. That said, I don’t recall tasting a Riesling.

It was a decent and "varietally correct" Riesling. Very slightly off-dry, lots of petrol, but ultimately nothing special.

It's a bit of a gimmicky wine. They add the lees from their Chardonnay and earlier vintages for the Riesling, and then the wine spends an additional 2 years on all the extra lees. They refer to it as a "Solara-lees system". I can't say that the extra time on all that lees made any difference to the flavour.

csm posted:

Finally broke down and pulled the cork on a 2016 Roilette Fleurie Tardive.  Should have waited. Wasn’t great tonight. 

I made the same mistake back in October.  Disappointing.  Primary & jammy, meh.  Any idea on the optimal time in bottle for this? 

 

With the craziest month most of us have probably ever experienced finally coming to an end, the past week has been one for as much bubbly as possible as a daily celebration of life:
 
NV Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvée Brut Rose
NV Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut
NV Lombard & Cie Verzenay Grand Cru Brut Nature 
NV Perrier-Jouet Brut 
NV Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut 
2005 Lanson Gold Label
 
 
 
 
 

2017 Ojai Sauvignon Blanc McGinley Vineyard 

With Cypress Grove Purple Haze goat cheese which always pairs amazingly with SB. One of my go to's. Enjoyed with virtual company again which has been a godsend

2015 Ste. Michelle Riesling Eroica. A lot of nice off-dry characteristics and complexity that strangely die almost immediately. An intense burst up front, then in 8-10 seconds nothing. Very odd.

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1998 Henry's drive shiraz.  fully mature and drinking well now.

dried herbs, birchwood match sticks, earth loamy soil with a slight touch of blue berries peeking through.

Fun bottle to open.

2012 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges Les Chenes Carteaux. Had this last week with my wife in celebrating our 11th anniversary. Went great with sea bass.

IW

congratz IW!

2013 Tercero Viognier

Lovely bright notes of young pineapples and lemon curds, with a juicy finish that lingers.

2015 Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Chateauneuf du Pape Tres Vielles Vignes Cuvée Prestige. 

Nice inexpensive CdP. The name is too long, though. 

2018 Burlotto Freisa - really enjoyed this.  

2015 COS Frappato - these are better younger.  

2018 Tornatore Etna Bianco - solid as always.

2017 Valdesil Valdeorra Mencia.  These aren't going to last long.

Thanks to futronic for the tip. 

Bernard Baudry Les Grezeaux chinon.

All barnyard funk and shit when first opened but probably 60% of it blew off after 30 minutes then more dark red fruit and dry garrique. Pretty good plus my wife and mother in law hated it so I got most of the bottle. 

csm posted:

2017 Valdesil Valdeorra Mencia.  These aren't going to last long.

Thanks to futronic for the tip. 

You're welcome. It's very crushable, isn't it?

I'm going to have to re-up soon.

billhike posted:

2016 Donnafugata Anthilia. An interesting and pleasant white.

True fact: Donnafugata Anthilia is latin for "Don't forget the anthill".  

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