Thank you to the forum members who encouraged me in the gentle unfolding and spreading of my wine wings. I was most intrigued by the suggestions of Northern Rhone wines, and so this past week I was able to secure a bottle of 1990 J.L. Chave Hermitage which I consumed with my fiancé last night.

Two very enthusiastic and vociferous "huzzahs" to the forum members who steered me in this direction. This wine, while very different from my usual fare, was nothing short of an epiphany for me. It was luxuriant, pliant, and possessing a bouquet unlike anything I have experienced. It truly engaged most, if not all, of my senses.

I leave you with this fragment of poetry from Walt Whitman:

Houses and rooms are full of perfumes — the shelves are crowded with perfumes;
I breathe the fragrance myself, and know it and like it;
The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.

The atmosphere is not a perfume — it has no taste of the distillation — it is odorless;
It is for my mouth forever — I am in love with it;
I will go to the bank by the wood, and become undisguised and naked;
I am mad for it to be in contact with me.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
While I did not make the No. Rhone suggested, I'm glad to hear of your experience. The prose is very W&FE -- any relation, truly?


... and every bottle of wine noted is like $300-2000 accompanied by something like a dry aged standing prime rib roast. I would love to secure and consume wine like that on every occasion, positively. Entertaining verbosity!
I will wallow in my 2014 Beckmen Block Six Syrah (solid 93)
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Originally posted by emporanium:
Thank you to the forum members who encouraged me in the gentle unfolding and spreading of my wine wings. I was most intrigued by the suggestions of Northern Rhone wines, and so this past week I was able to secure a bottle of 1990 J.L. Chave Hermitage which I consumed with my fiancé last night.
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Wow! What a way to start exploring Northern Rhone wines- just go right for the big gun. I'd like to know where I can secure some. You should also try some Guigal La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque- also spectacular.
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Originally posted by WinoCA:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
While I did not make the No. Rhone suggested, I'm glad to hear of your experience. The prose is very W&FE -- any relation, truly?


... and every bottle of wine noted is like $300-2000 accompanied by something like a dry aged standing prime rib roast. I would love to secure and consume wine like that on every occasion, positively. Entertaining verbosity!
I will wallow in my 2014 Beckmen Block Six Syrah (solid 93)

I apologize if my posts here gave the impression that I was exaggerating or boasting. That was certainly not my intention. The comparisons to the notorious Wine & Food Expert, however, are a little unfair. I have read the posts from the Wine & Food Expert in the past and they are, shall we say, rather fantastical in nature. I looked back at my posts to date (which are admittedly few) and I believe that I have only stated two wines that I have consumed, which I hope is far too limited a sampling for anyone to judge either my sincerity or my wine budget.

I admit that I sometimes have expensive tastes, but I also enjoy many budget-conscious wines. Granted, since I have almost exclusively enjoyed California Cabernet in the past, the cost of the average bottle is likely higher than if I were living, say, in Oregon or Washington state and drinking local fare.

I have been very fortunate financially in life, which is something I neither boast about nor attempt to hide. There is no reason to boast, because it was largely not my own doing but rather that of my family. I am simply the beneficiary of their good fortune. It has allowed me to fully enjoy my passions including wine.

Please understand, however, that I also enjoy and regularly drink wines of a lesser nature than the few I have discussed on this forum. I simply felt, perhaps wrongly, that my "average" wine experiences would not be of great interest to this gathering of oenophiles. As well, I wished to share my unbridled joy at discovering the sensory pleasures of the 1990 J.L. Chave Hermitage.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope that in the future I am better able to commingle with this fine group.

As at least a few of you, perhaps tongue in cheek, seemed to enjoy my inclusion of Walt Whitman in my last post, I leave you with this from Mssr. Whitman:


Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! Steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by JDWest:
2009 I sodi di s. Niccolo


what did you think JDW?


Loved it. Gave it a 2 hr decant and it was ready to go. We drank it on the cooler side and let it warm up in the glass. The nose was incredible. One of those wines you just want to inhale all night.

Great dark fruit, tobacco, cocao, cedar, earthiness, well integrated tannins, good acidity. Fine finish.

Glad I have a couple more 09's.
2012 Domaine Dujac Bourgogne Blanc

The third bottle I've opened. The first was terrific with a strong matchstick nose that hung in for a few hours.

The second bottle was relatively disjointed and disappointing.

This third bottle was the best yet. Viscous texture, with a palate that was nicely balanced between crisp, acidic lemon/apple and rich, honeyed stone fruit, plus a dollop of well-integrated vanilla.
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Originally posted by emporanium:
I apologize if my posts here gave the impression that I was exaggerating or boasting. That was certainly not my intention. The comparisons to the notorious Wine & Food Expert, however, are a little unfair. I have read the posts from the Wine & Food Expert in the past and they are, shall we say, rather fantastical in nature. I looked back at my posts to date (which are admittedly few) and I believe that I have only stated two wines that I have consumed, which I hope is far too limited a sampling for anyone to judge either my sincerity or my wine budget.

I admit that I sometimes have expensive tastes, but I also enjoy many budget-conscious wines. Granted, since I have almost exclusively enjoyed California Cabernet in the past, the cost of the average bottle is likely higher than if I were living, say, in Oregon or Washington state and drinking local fare.

I have been very fortunate financially in life, which is something I neither boast about nor attempt to hide. There is no reason to boast, because it was largely not my own doing but rather that of my family. I am simply the beneficiary of their good fortune. It has allowed me to fully enjoy my passions including wine.

Please understand, however, that I also enjoy and regularly drink wines of a lesser nature than the few I have discussed on this forum. I simply felt, perhaps wrongly, that my "average" wine experiences would not be of great interest to this gathering of oenophiles. As well, I wished to share my unbridled joy at discovering the sensory pleasures of the 1990 J.L. Chave Hermitage.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope that in the future I am better able to commingle with this fine group.

As at least a few of you, perhaps tongue in cheek, seemed to enjoy my inclusion of Walt Whitman in my last post, I leave you with this from Mssr. Whitman:


Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! Steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!

I don't know if you're sincere or a troll, although I'd like to believe you're for real. Your sig say "I like wine." The jury's still out on that point, but one thing's for sure: you like words. Lots of 'em. Wink
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Originally posted by max:
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
1997 Ridge Merlot- truly one of the best merlot I have ever tasted. Just an incredible bottle.
Nice! Ridge does some great things regardless of the grape varietal.


Great stuff, TPE. Was this MB fruit?

And +1...can't recall a single bad bottle from Ridge.
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by max:
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
1997 Ridge Merlot- truly one of the best merlot I have ever tasted. Just an incredible bottle.
Nice! Ridge does some great things regardless of the grape varietal.


Great stuff, TPE. Was this MB fruit?

And +1...can't recall a single bad bottle from Ridge.


Yes, it's from estate vineyard lots that didn't make the Monte Bello cut. It's what is now designated as "Estate".
1995 Sordo Barolo. The last bottle of the lot and head and shoulders above any previous showings. This barolo finally lived up to it's original hype and was classic barolo. Rose petals and tar on the nose. Beautiful tannins and still fruit. Drink now or hold another 5 years.
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Originally posted by JDWest:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by JDWest:
2009 I sodi di s. Niccolo


what did you think JDW?


Loved it. Gave it a 2 hr decant and it was ready to go. We drank it on the cooler side and let it warm up in the glass. The nose was incredible. One of those wines you just want to inhale all night.

Great dark fruit, tobacco, cocao, cedar, earthiness, well integrated tannins, good acidity. Fine finish.

Glad I have a couple more 09's.


Thanks. I'm a big fan myself.

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