OK, here's the deal. I'm drinking a 2001 Taft Street Central Coast 2001 tonight that I picked up for $7.50. We're haveing a CA Cab Sav blind tasting party next week and I decided to throw it in as the "cheapy". Only a couple of fellow snobs are coming so I'm interested to see how most guests rank it. BUT . . . two nights ago was heaven. Get this; in one night I had: 83 Mouton; 83 Magaux; 86 Hess Reserve; 97 Poggio alle Mure; Duckhorn 99 Merlot; Hartwell 99 Merlot; Girardin 2000 Chambolle-Musigny and Acacia 1999 Las Migas Pinot. IN Freaking Credible!!! I just did tastes of most, but had three full size servings of the Margaux. The most incredible wine experience of my life!!!
I was in a decent local Italian restaurant last night and spotted a 1995 Banfi Brunello on the list at a reasonable price. When I ordered it, however, I was told that they were all out and they brought me the 1998 instead. I put up a friendly argument about the maturity level of the '98 vs. the '95, but in the end I agreed to the '98.
Did I understand correctly that you consumed an Old Fashined concocted with Glenmorangie Port Wood? Wouldn't this be comparable to making a sangria with a classified growth? Say it ain't so! I don't want to have to report you to the Scotch Police!!!
Only decanted for about 30 minutes. We had Prime Rib we couldn't decide on the wine. Lighter in balance than some heavier concentrated Brunello. That is what made it very drinkable for me. Aroma of Flowers with tastes of raisin, black cherry, perfect tannins that melded right into the nice finish. We were loving it by the end of the second glass. It did get THAT much better with time in the glass. What Brunello doesn't?
A 24 OZ. killer steak in my dining room with it sure didn't hurt.
I did like it better than the Banfi 98 (now). I have 6 more of each. Will be fun to compare later. Banfi is just tighter. The Col is a solid QPR in the right store. Paid $36
My quick opinion - 92 points. drink now through 2007 or 2008. Probably won't improve beyond that window.
last night had a '89 Givrey that I got from an estate sale. since i have been dissapointed many times with French Burgundy, I had low expectations. that added to the exitment when we discovered that we had a really great wine!
let breath in a decanter for an hour and it opened up nicely. gorgeous nose, rich dark cherry flavors, smooth tanins and a reasonably long finish. seductive. other than that we have been enjoying the 2001 fransican merlot and cab, which is our wines of the month for QPR.
This week had a Sicilian Cabernet from Murgo: very light for a cab, but tasty and very smooth for $10.
Tonight: 1997 Campogiovanni Brunello - Haven't had one of these in about 6 months, but it never fails to satisfy. Every bottle I've had of these (about 10 now) has been consistently excellent. I always taste the wine right after opening, this one was good from the first taste. I didn't decant it at all, just drank it with dinner. I'm not going to get technical with the tasting notes because I'm not that technical. Regardless, this is a very good Brunello that has showed well from release until now, and is still drinking quite well. I'll match the 94 points that JS gave it on release.
I'm really interested in trying the 97 Il Quercione, Campo's Riserva. This wine ages extremely well from past history. Anybody out there who's tried it yet?
Purplehaze: I'm sure LaTour was refering to the "Old Fashioned" glass and not the cocktail. I cannot see him making such a single malt faux pas. Over the weekend: Trimbach Gewerztraminer 2002, Castle Rock RRV Pinot Noir 2002 Paringa Single Vinyard Shiraz 2002, Liberty School Chardonnay 2001.
"...soon they'll be bleary eyed under a keg of wine, Down where the drunkards roll." Richard Thompson.
2001 Arrowood Sonoma Chardonnay - boring, which is very disappointing. Their other efforts that I have tried have been nice bouquets on the nose followed by a nice complex structure. This was fruity on the nose but almost nothing else. Hopefully it was just that bottle or I have to suffer through two more.
"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes
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