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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 
 

 

Thanks for the comments on the barolos and the Fuligni Mangiare. 

2015 De Morgenzon, Maestro White

2014 Telmo Rodríguez Mencía Valdeorras Gaba do Xil.  Tasty as always and sad to say this is my last bottle. As with many of the Spanish contingent in my cellar, thanks to futronic for the rec.  

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.

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A bunch of great wine over the past week with dear friends.  Standouts:

2001 Ch. Latour.  Holy moley.  Stunning.

2002 Krug.  Good gracious.  Just wonderful.

Thinking the company made them even better!

PH

2013 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

This will likely shut down at some point, but for now, it was an outstanding wine from this producer.

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.

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

longboarder posted:

2015 Monsanto CC Riserva - a Costco wine and at $19 back the truck up. 

I find this wine to always be enjoyable so am not surprised it's excellent in 2015. Should be available around here soon so I will load up. Thanks.

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. 

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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.

2005 Atauta Llanos Del Almendro 

I was really impressed with this producer when I visited the Ribera del Duero a couple of years ago and I continue to be impressed every time I drink one of their wines.  Superb.

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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