Our run portuguese wines has ended with our return to the US.  From 6 euro a bottle table wines of wine lists to the high end stuff, the quality to price was impressive throughout

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.

2016 Enfield Wine Co. Tempranillo Pretty Horses - sweet (but not candied) cherry and cranberry. Fresh and fruit-driven, but it also has a brambly, stemmy quality that lends some seriousness to it. Good stuff.

11 Mount Eden Chardonnay

11 William Selyem Block 10 - Mass Selection Pinot

87 Dunn Howell Mountain 

14 Carte Blanche Cabernet

15 Post Parade cabernet

14 Dominus

10 YR Old Rip Van Winkle 

12 YR Van Winkle lot B


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

shaferguy91 posted:

Last week:

2011 Peter Michael-Ma Belle-Fille Chard

2008 Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot

2015 Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chard

2002 Hourglass Cab

2016 Falcone Paso Robles Cab

The 2008 Peter Michael ❤️

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 


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2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas, Tradition

Not much on the nose but very smooth and good dark fruit flavours. I'll give it a 90-91.

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.


2007 Poggio Argentiera, Maremma, Finisterre

My first experience with this wine. A blend of syrah, alicante and cabernet franc. Really delicious and I wish I had more. Drink (decant) or hold.

NV Tarlant Zero Brut Nature - the PN & PM give this lovely richness and texture.

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

Last week:

2004 Harlan Estate Cab

2015 Beringer-Knight's Valley Cab

2013 Shibumi Knoll Chard

2017 Freeman Ryo-fu Chard

2016 DuMol Chloe Ritchie Chard

2013 Vitanza Brunello

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.

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