2005 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini - gorgeous with no sign of decline

2005 Massolino Barolo Serralunga d'Alba - drink up imo 

2001 Fuligni BDM - 

1997 Lisini Ugolia - shows the heat of the vintage but when it's on, it is damn good

2003 Tardieu Laurent Cote Rotie - have always enjoyed this wine from other vintages. Rustic Cote Rotie brute with a slightly clipped finish. Could use some more time but it's drinking with a healthy decant. 

2011 Signae Montefalco Sagrantino  - needs a few more years for the oak to integrate but a good QPR presently available at our local monopoly 
 

 

2006 Arnione Campo alla Sughera Bolgheri Rosso Superiore

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that the northern Maremma excels at.  The aroma had a nice floral (violets) lift.  Palate showed dark fruit with leather, graphite, and nice minerality.  An excellent complement to charcuterie.

2003 Fuligni BdM

Rightly or not, I have always felt that Fuligni shows its best in vintages where others struggle... and this wine was no exception.  A great bottle of wine.

sunnylea57 posted:

2004 Isole e Olena Cepparello

Based solely on this one bottle, it’s at peak or slightly past peak. Very tasty, but a little soft. Missing the tension I enjoy in the best Tuscan Sangio.

Decided to open one tonight based on your comments.

Needed a good 2 hours for a nose to appear but it’s really singing now. Very enjoyable with Sangiovese ‘tension’ but I would say this bottle is still in the early stages of prime drinking. 

mangiare posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2004 Isole e Olena Cepparello

Based solely on this one bottle, it’s at peak or slightly past peak. Very tasty, but a little soft. Missing the tension I enjoy in the best Tuscan Sangio.

Decided to open one tonight based on your comments.

Needed a good 2 hours for a nose to appear but it’s really singing now. Very enjoyable with Sangiovese ‘tension’ but I would say this bottle is still in the early stages of prime drinking. 

Not surprised by your experience. I WAS surprised that mine was as advanced as it was. I have 5 more and I’m hoping they show younger than the first one.

NV Deveaux Coeur des Bar blanc des noirs - nice rich full BdN, lots of baked apple.

2017 Burlotto Pelaverga - all the maraschino cherries & herbs, little tannin, good acidity.  Good, light food wine.

2015 Benoit Roseau Syrah de Rosette - Wow for an entry level syrah.  Tapenade, meat drippings and salt.  Really liked it.

sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

87 Dunn Howell Mountain 

14 Dominus 

Must have made for quite the contrast.  How'd they show?

The Dunn was brought by a friend who blinded us. At first it tasted much younger than most I've had but after some time came around to the 87 Dunn we all love.

With more wine on the table than people the Dominus didn't get opened until after hours back at my house with ShaneT and a friend of g-man's that recently relocated here. It was very good but didn't have the benefit of any decanting and was followed by bourbon mayhem

2015 Little Wings Syrah - honestly wasn't expecting much as it's California Syrah  but it was restrained with great fruit, some meat and faint hints of smoke - well done.   

2015 Henri de Villamont Grands-Échezeau Grand Cru - yes infanticide but still gave pleasure and after a couple hours was actually drinking well. 

1997 Il Poggione BDM - in a great place. '97s are still drinking from the traditional producers but I wouldn't hold them much longer. 

 2001 Sportoletto Villa Fidelia - nice wine but too one dimensional

2015 COS Cerasualo di Vittoria - really love the volcanic aspect to this wine however wish the prices would settle down. 

2010 Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux 

 

With smoked brisket last night:

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Collection Limited Release followed by

NV Sandeman Founder's Reserve - this had been given to us as a house warming present 5 years ago and I dug it out - a fairly inexpensive Ruby Port.  Nothing special but reasonably tasty and certainly enjoyable.

 

sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

I agree with this.  Almost always enjoyable and fairly priced

jcocktosten posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

I agree with this.  Almost always enjoyable and fairly priced

+1 and the current vintage is always easily accessible in our market. 

mangiare posted:
jcocktosten posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

I agree with this.  Almost always enjoyable and fairly priced

+1 and the current vintage is always easily accessible in our market. 

Also, just to clarify, when I said “perhaps it shouldn’t have exceeded my expectations” I meant that my expectations probably should have been higher, not that the wine didn’t deserve to exceed expectations. 😏 

1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia - took 2 hours to shed a raisin, ripe note that I was not fond of, but once it did the fruit and tannin are very balanced with a nice Italian grip on the back-end.
Still a food wine but I'd say at 20 years there is no sign of decline. 

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

winetarelli posted:

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

Saw for a little over 50 euro at duty free in Madrid airport last week

jcocktosten posted:
winetarelli posted:

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

Saw for a little over 50 euro at duty free in Madrid airport last week

Duty free is a terrible place to buy wine. It's 33 Euro at the winery and 44 Euro at Vila Viniteca in Barcelona.

Love that wine though.

futronic posted:
jcocktosten posted:
winetarelli posted:

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

Saw for a little over 50 euro at duty free in Madrid airport last week

Duty free is a terrible place to buy wine. It's 33 Euro at the winery and 44 Euro at Vila Viniteca in Barcelona.

Love that wine though.

Bought the 2008 at Lavinia in Madrid for 40 Euro.

jcocktosten posted:

Only commenting relative to Winetarellis price.  We were just looking for gifts for our friends who take care of our dogs

$70 is the US price. ($64 at Woodland Hills, $70 at K&L, a bit more elsewhere.)  Even then, compared to the US market for that style of wine I think it is fairly priced. I can’t believe it is $40 US all over Spain.  (And Europe!  Even the UK!  (Though not for long.))  That is amazing. Lopez Tondonia Reserva is <$25 USD there and $40 here for the current release. Lots of my favorite wines are 60% over there, actually. Maybe we should all move. 

Last night with with Mrs. Gigabit, Roentgen Ray, his significant other, and friends at Kimi's Chop & Oyster House in SLC:

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

2011 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg

2012 Stefania Nueva Casa de los Padres

2006 Larkmead Vineyards LMV Salon

2004 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

2005 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Up at the cottage for a seafood weekend.  Night 1:  Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters, Littleneck clams (both raw & steamed), salmon and scallop ceviche, King crab legs washed down with:

2013 & 2015 Raventos i Blanc  Cava Gran Reserva de la Finca

2007 & 2008 Recaredo Finca Serral Del Vell Brut de Brut

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

2007 Montelena Chardonnay

2013 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2004 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

All the wines were good.  For me, it was a toss-up between the Thomas and Evening Land.

 

otw posted:

Up at the cottage for a seafood weekend.  Night 1:  Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters, Littleneck clams (both raw & steamed), salmon and scallop ceviche, King crab legs washed down with:

2013 & 2015 Raventos i Blanc  Cava Gran Reserva de la Finca

2007 & 2008 Recaredo Finca Serral Del Vell Brut de Brut

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

2007 Montelena Chardonnay

2013 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2004 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

All the wines were good.  For me, it was a toss-up between the Thomas and Evening Land.

 

How was the 2008 Recaredo Serral del Vell, and how did it compare to the 2007? 2008 was an outstanding vintage in Sant Sadurni, but everything Recaredo rocks. I haven't opened any of my 2008s yet.

jcocktosten posted:

With smoked brisket last night:

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Collection Limited Release followed by

NV Sandeman Founder's Reserve - this had been given to us as a house warming present 5 years ago and I dug it out - a fairly inexpensive Ruby Port.  Nothing special but reasonably tasty and certainly enjoyable.

 

Was that BV a Garagiste Mystery Wine by any chance? What did you think? If it’s the one I think it is, my first bottle was pretty flat.

eltoro posted:
jcocktosten posted:

With smoked brisket last night:

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Collection Limited Release followed by

NV Sandeman Founder's Reserve - this had been given to us as a house warming present 5 years ago and I dug it out - a fairly inexpensive Ruby Port.  Nothing special but reasonably tasty and certainly enjoyable.

 

Was that BV a Garagiste Mystery Wine by any chance? What did you think? If it’s the one I think it is, my first bottle was pretty flat.

Yes, it was.  Was big and oaky and a good companion for the smoked brisket we had it with.  Was nothing special, but nothing wrong with it eithe

1990 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Spätlese  with Indian food the other night

 

futronic posted:
otw posted:

Up at the cottage for a seafood weekend.  Night 1:  Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters, Littleneck clams (both raw & steamed), salmon and scallop ceviche, King crab legs washed down with:

2013 & 2015 Raventos i Blanc  Cava Gran Reserva de la Finca

2007 & 2008 Recaredo Finca Serral Del Vell Brut de Brut

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

2007 Montelena Chardonnay

2013 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2004 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

All the wines were good.  For me, it was a toss-up between the Thomas and Evening Land.

 

How was the 2008 Recaredo Serral del Vell, and how did it compare to the 2007? 2008 was an outstanding vintage in Sant Sadurni, but everything Recaredo rocks. I haven't opened any of my 2008s yet.

They were both really good.  The 2007 Recaredo might have been a little more minerally while the 2008 seemed a little more bready/yeasty.  Both excellent with more evolved flavours compared to the two Raventos..

Night 2 of our seafood weekend:  more Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters; white anchovies with olive oil, vinegar, garlic and parsley; ceviche with salmon, sea bass and wild-caught shrimp; pan-seared tuna; beef bourguignon (needed some meat!)... all washed down with:

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Brut

NV  Larmandier-Bernier Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Longitude

2008 Gimonnet Oenophile Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

2015 CVNE  Monopole Clásico

2001 Domaine Beaurenard CdP Boisrenard

2005 Domaine Grand Veneur CdP Les Origines

2005 Domaine Charbonnière CdP  Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix

2014 Antidoto La Hormiga

 

steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

Totally agree. It’s often overlooked by snobs.

2015 Castellare in Castelina, CCR, considering the vintage and producer, I expected a bit more out of this, but it obviously needs time so perhaps an unfair assessment.   A few other CCRs from the vintage, though, have shown quite a bit better than this bottle.

2017 JM Brocard, petit-chablis

2017 Pra, Soave Classico, ‘Otto’

2014 Maculan, Palazzotto, CS

 

Over the weekend:

2015 CVNE Monopole Bianco Seco

2017 Envinate Albahra

2017 Jimenez-Landi Bajondillo

2015 Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux (killer chenin)

NV Larmandier-Bernier Latitude

2015 Benoit Roseau Syrah de Rosette

2016 Joan D'Anguera Planella

2014 Enfield Waterhorse Ridge Cab Sauv (gorgeous old-school cali cab)

Much thanks to RobS ensuring I didnt have to do this alone.

A fantastic Burg night about a week ago with a few of the local crew:

1989 Bruno Paillard Champagne
2002 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne
1993 Domaine Potinet-Ampeau Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
1998 Domaine Reine Pédauque Corton Renardes
2000 Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos Vougeot 
2001 Nicolas Potel Romanée Saint-Vivant
2007 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée Saint-Vivant
2008 Domaine Francois Lamarche Echezeaux
1972 Louis Latour Musigny

The '89 Paillard, '93 Potinet-Ampeau, '01 Potel and '72 Latour were the standouts for me. But they all showed really well.

longboarder posted:
mangiare posted:

1985 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 

2004 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico

2003 Château Prieuré-Lichine

 

How was the ‘85?

Crazy enough but I would still consider this a food wine given the tightness the wine ends with.  Beautiful sweet fruit and orange peel balanced with a good amount of acidity on the lengthy finish.  

No rush at all. 

Highlights this month:

1997 Solaia

1998 Masseto

1990 Diamond Creek Lake

2007 Poggione (Paganelli) Brunello Riserva

2007 Querce Bettina Brunello Riserva

1996 Montrose

2009 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur Blanc Breze

There was another bottle from Mersault that I liked as well but do not remember the producer’s name.

sunnylea57 posted:

Nice one, vinoevelo and RobS. What did you think of the CVNE, and how was the Latitude? That's one in the L-B lineup that I've never tried.

The CVNE was nice, glad the muddler/futronic/yourself convinced me to grab a few.  I thoaught the latitude was good to very good, but i cant give you much more than that.  It was overshadowed by the conversation while keeping an eye on the BGE and the rain fall.  No formal notes taken.  Maybe Rob can elaborate.

I wasn't sure about the CVNE Monopole at first, but thought it was much better 24 hours later.

For me, two nights and two excellent wine/food pairings.

Last night: grilled salmon and a 2011 Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune.

Tonight: I discovered a container of homemade boar ragu in the freezer. Did it up with some fresh pasta and a 2007 Isole e Olena Cepparello. Absolutely brilliant.

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