A great evening yesterday with Machine, doktap, yuka and others.

Laherte Freres Brut
La Closerie Extra Brut
2008 Paul Pernot Batard Montrachet
2012 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
2013 Tua Rita Syrah
1990 Cos D' Estournel
1986 Chateau Lagrange
2004 Ornellaia
1990 Campgiovanni BdM
2003 Gunderloch Auslese
2006 Brunel Les Cailloux Cdp Blanc
Nicely done A & team!


NV Hush Heath Estate Balfour 1503
2005 Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Oakville

Took a flyer on a bottle of the UK sparkler. It wasn’t bad - but not particularly good either. A little yeast, some lemon and ripe apple, but it was all too simple and sweet. Pass.

The Detert was corked. But the wine beneath it was still so powerful and tasty it almost overrode the damp cardboard. Almost. I drank a large glass. Doubt I’ll finish the rest.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by ABryce:
La Closerie Extra Brut


I'm assuming this was Les Beguines as I don't believe he makes any other EB. How was it and did you (or any of the others) happen to notice the LC number on the bottle?


Yes youre right, and the LC number was 14.

I really enjoyed it. Potent earthy, brioche nose. Crisp apple on the palate, long finish, great acidity.

I think most people really liked it as well.
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Originally posted by ABryce:
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Originally posted by steve8:
quote:
Originally posted by ABryce:
La Closerie Extra Brut


I'm assuming this was Les Beguines as I don't believe he makes any other EB. How was it and did you (or any of the others) happen to notice the LC number on the bottle?


Yes youre right, and the LC number was 14.

I really enjoyed it. Potent earthy, brioche nose. Crisp apple on the palate, long finish, great acidity.

I think most people really liked it as well.


Thanks. That's the same bottling I have.
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Originally posted by ABryce:
A great evening yesterday with Machine, doktap, yuka and others.

Laherte Freres Brut
La Closerie Extra Brut
2008 Paul Pernot Batard Montrachet
2012 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
2013 Tua Rita Syrah
1990 Cos D' Estournel
1986 Chateau Lagrange
2004 Ornellaia
1990 Campgiovanni BdM
2003 Gunderloch Auslese
2006 Brunel Les Cailloux Cdp Blanc


very nice gents.
Just got back from 8 days in Monforte d'Alba, Piemonte (E&O E):

Franco Conterno visit
2015 Franco Conterno Barbera
2015 Franco Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Cascina Sciulun
2015 Franco Conterno Langhe Rosso Sciulun
2013 Franco Conterno Barolo Pietrin - great QPR
2012 Franco Conterno Barolo Panerole
2006 Franco Conterno Bussia Muni Riserva (4yrs in botti) - Very good
2008 Franco Conterno Barolo Riserva Sette7anni (7 yrs in botti) - Excellent
2009 Franco Conterno Barolo Chinato - yum

With local snacks back at our apartment:
1982 Produttori Barbaresco - drinkable but well past prime.

Dinner: da'Felicin, Monforte d'Alba
2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo
2013 Edoardo Sobrino Barbera d'Alba

Sottimano visit w Andrea Sottimano
2015 Sottimano Barbera
1997 Sottimano Barbera - great
2015 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo - young vines from Basarin cru vineyard
2015 Sottimano Barbera Basarin
2013 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2014 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2015 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore - wow
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Riserva - blend of Cotta, Pajore, 60 days maceration, 3 yrs on lees, yum
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Curra

Lunch - Degusto Enoteca, Neive
2016 Castello di Neive Monteberlotto Langhe Arneis - the first of many bottles of Arneis

Luigi Oddero visit w Francesco
2014 Luigi Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo
2014 Luigi Oddero Barbaresco Rombone
2013 Luigi Oddero Barolo
2011 Luigi Oddero Barolo Rocche Rivera - drinking nicely now
2011 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - bought 3 bottles...

Dinner - Centro Storico, Serralunga
2012 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris - wonderful

Night cap Grappa:
Berta Piasi & Berta Monpra. Both excellent. The Piasi had more floral notes and seemed smoother, which I preferred.

Chiara Boschis visit
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi

Lunch - Republic di Perno,
2016 Giovani Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco della Ciliegie

Giuseppe Rinaldi visit
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Freisia
2014 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Dinner - Locando dell'Arco, Cissone
2006 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris
2008 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris
Love this wine
2008 Silvano Bolmida Barolo Bussia Riserva - great

Schiavenza visit
2016 Schiavenza Dolcetto - great pizza wine
2016 Schiavenza Barbera
2015 Schiavenza Barbera Botti Grandi
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Serralunga - classic Barolo nose
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Broglio - again on the nose
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Cerretta
Schiavenza Barolo Chinato - Christmas in a glass - bought 3

Lunch - Albergo Alberto Italia, Serralunga - on terrace, short sleeves, view of the Langhe and the Alps and Mt Viso w 5 course Piemonte tasting menu - best lunch
2005 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - amazing. Drinking beautifully now.

Bartolo Mascarello visit
2014 Bartolo Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo
2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Dinner - La Coccinella, Serravalle
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Bussia
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bussia Bricco Boschis

Vigna Rionda (Massolino) visit
2015 Massolino Chardonnay
2010 Massolino Dolcetto - no wood, in cement
2016 Massolino Barbera - in cement
2015 Massolino Barbera Riserva, oak
2015 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo
2013 Massolino Barolo (6 vineyard blend)
2011 Massolino Vigna Rionda - stunning nose

Dinner - At the apt in Monforte - Tajarin and assorted Piemontese treats
2016 Marcarini Roero Arneis
2007 Poggio Scalette Piantonaia - intense and deeply extracted but not overdone and very balanced , delicious.

Castello di Neive visit with Italo Stupino (owner) and Claudio (winemaker) with a wonderful multicourse luncheon
Castello di Neive Method Classico Spumanti from 100% Pinot Noir, zero dosage, no sulphites - very nice, balanced
2016 Castello di Neive Arneis
2014 Castello di Neive Docletto d'Alba Basarin
2014 Castello di Neive Barbera Superiore (in barrique)
2015 Castello di Neive Barbera Classico (in steel)
2014 Castello di Neive Barbaresco - wonderful, elegant
2014 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stephano - same as the Barbaresco but MORE
2015 Castello di Neive Piemonte Albarossa - deep colour & fruit. Used a bit like Petit Verdot in blending.
2006 Casetllo di Neive Vino Passito Arneis - delicious. 3 bottles came home.
All the wines were consistent in showing great balance. Following my comment on the balance of the wines:
"We strive for elegance & balance: With Nebbiolo we look for the tannin; Barbaresco we look for the acitidy" - Italo Stupino


Paolo Scavino visit
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Classico
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric
2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva (special anniversary blend of all 7 cru) Fantastic

Conterno Fantino visit
2016 Conterno Fantino Dolcetto Bricco Bastia
2016 Conterno Fantino Barbera
2016 Conterno Fantino Langhe Nebbiolo
2015 Conterno Fantino Monpra (Blend of Barbera & Nebbiolo)
2013 Conterno Fantino Barolo Castelletto - nice!
2014 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra
2008 Conterno Fantino Barolo Chinato

Dinner - I Rebbi, Monfortino
2011 Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja
2011 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga
2011 Paolo Scavino Cannubi - wow

Cappellano visit
2013 Cappellano Barbera - aged same as the Barolo, in botti
2014 Cappellano Nebbiolo
2013 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris - wonderful
2013 Cappellano Barolo Franco - big step up
Cappellano Barolo Chinato - best Chinato hands down. Has an intensity and balance that exceeds the rest...

Luigi Pira visit
2016 Luigi Pira Nebbiolo
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda
2004 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda

Dinner: Trattoria della Posta, Monforte
2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto - YUM

Aldo Conterno visit with Giacomo Conterno another wondeful visit with Giacomo
2015 Aldo Conterno Bussiador (Chard) - beautiful
2015 Aldo Conterno Barbera
2014 Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco
2009 Aldo Conterno Barol Gran Bussia Riserva

Brovia visit with Alex Sanchez
2014 Brovia Barolo - tough year - didn't release the cru but blended them. Name and label tbd. Result: Great. Smart choice.
2013 Brovia Barolo Rocche del Castiglione
2013 Brovia Barolo Brea vigna Ca Mia

Giacomo Conterno visit with Roberto Conterno Great visit with Roberto. (From memory - stopped taking notes at this point - too much fun)
2015 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba vigna Francia - best Barbera of the trip
2014(?) Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta
2013 Monfortino from Barrel (4.5 yrs in barrel)
2014 Monfortino from Barrel

Last dinner: Trattoria della Posta, Monforte
2005 Aldo Conterno Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva - stunning. Perfect wine to finish the trip and perfect setting, food at della Posta.

May post some impressions (no formal notes taken) in 'tasting notes' later. For now I just wanted to get the list of wines into electronic format..

We also consumed a number of bottles of 2016 Bruno Giasoca Roero Arneis and Barolo Chinato (Franco Conterno & Schiavenza) while relaxing at our home base in Monforte. We were blessed with beautiful weather - short sleeves on the balcony at breakfast and clear skies, view the whole trip.

Cheers,
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
Awesome VinC! How is the truffle season this year? I have read that it has been dry.


Worst truffle season in years. Price was high - 6 Euros per gram at Coccinella, 60 Euro for 8 grams at della Posta. In 2014 della Posta had a large serving platter PIlED high with orange sized truffles. This year, no platter. In 2014 I gorged on Truffles for 3 days. This trip I had white truffle once, and black truffles once.

On the upside, once I got past the typical regional dishes (Tajarin, Vitello Tonnato, Carne Cruda, Uovo con Fonduta...) with truffles, the extreme diversity, creativity and quality of the cuisine emerged. Truffles has shifted from a main attraction for me to a 'nice to have' when they are there... Leave the regional dishes for amuse bouche or appetizers and an incredible world of gastronomic adventure opens up.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
quote:
Originally posted by ABryce:
A great evening yesterday with Machine, doktap, yuka and others.

Laherte Freres Brut
La Closerie Extra Brut
2008 Paul Pernot Batard Montrachet
2012 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
2013 Tua Rita Syrah
1990 Cos D' Estournel
1986 Chateau Lagrange
2004 Ornellaia
1990 Campgiovanni BdM
2003 Gunderloch Auslese
2006 Brunel Les Cailloux Cdp Blanc


very nice gents.


What E said. How was the 90 Cos?
VinCentric, you may have tasted more nebbiolo wines in 8 days than I have in my life.

Last Monday, at my first visit to Bern's in Tampa:

1973 Parducci Petite Sirah
1975 Souverain Zinfandel

Both by the glass for about $10. Not many places where you can get wines like that by the glass.

Tonight: 1983 Chateau Brane-Cantenac.
Pretty good weekend.
Friday night we shared the wines with ABryce as mentioned above.
Saturday, 2010 Vieux Telegraph, 2010 Peccencino Barolo, 1996 Pommard.
Tonight, with Basecadet and our wives, 2001 Costi Costanti BdM and a 2001 Masseto.
The latter two were wines of the weekend.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
quote:
Originally posted by vinoevelo:
quote:
Originally posted by ABryce:
A great evening yesterday with Machine, doktap, yuka and others.

Laherte Freres Brut
La Closerie Extra Brut
2008 Paul Pernot Batard Montrachet
2012 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
2013 Tua Rita Syrah
1990 Cos D' Estournel
1986 Chateau Lagrange
2004 Ornellaia
1990 Campgiovanni BdM
2003 Gunderloch Auslese
2006 Brunel Les Cailloux Cdp Blanc


very nice gents.


What E said. How was the 90 Cos?


6 of us and 11 bottles, with some gf's arriving at the end...no wonder I was a little slow on Saturday!

Cos was my fave red of the night, from what I recall, but all reds showed well. Batard wasn't premoxed but it was advanced, luckily I had the CC as a backup.
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Pretty good weekend.
Friday night we shared the wines with ABryce as mentioned above.
Saturday, 2010 Vieux Telegraph, 2010 Peccencino Barolo, 1996 Pommard.
Tonight, with Basecadet and our wives, 2001 Costi Costanti BdM and a 2001 Masseto.
The latter two were wines of the weekend.



one heckuva weekend Dok!

that '01 masseto is one of the best wines i've ever had.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
quote:
Originally posted by DoktaP:
Pretty good weekend.
Friday night we shared the wines with ABryce as mentioned above.
Saturday, 2010 Vieux Telegraph, 2010 Peccencino Barolo, 1996 Pommard.
Tonight, with Basecadet and our wives, 2001 Costi Costanti BdM and a 2001 Masseto.
The latter two were wines of the weekend.


one heckuva weekend Dok!

A big +1
2007 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Someone posted a tasting note on CT a few weeks ago which I didn't read until this morning - but it exactly reflects my take on it:

"Tastes just off-dry with good balancing acid but the fruit is very muted and you have to really lean in to get anything on the nose and palate. Perhaps this will become interesting with age and oxidation, perhaps the fruit is shut down, but at any rate this is a bit boring right now."
What E said. How was the 90 Cos?[/QUOTE]

6 of us and 11 bottles, with some gf's arriving at the end...no wonder I was a little slow on Saturday!

Cos was my fave red of the night, from what I recall, but all reds showed well. Batard wasn't premoxed but it was advanced, luckily I had the CC as a backup.[/QUOTE]

Thanks Machine!
quote:
Originally posted by Javachip:
VinCentric, you may have tasted more nebbiolo wines in 8 days than I have in my life.

Last Monday, at my first visit to Bern's in Tampa:

1973 Parducci Petite Sirah
1975 Souverain Zinfandel

Both by the glass for about $10. Not many places where you can get wines like that by the glass.

.


Where they any good??

Love Bern's!!
quote:
Originally posted by DoktaP:
Pretty good weekend.
Friday night we shared the wines with ABryce as mentioned above.
Saturday, 2010 Vieux Telegraph, 2010 Peccencino Barolo, 1996 Pommard.
Tonight, with Basecadet and our wives, 2001 Costi Costanti BdM and a 2001 Masseto.
The latter two were wines of the weekend.


Wink
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
Just got back from 8 days in Monforte d'Alba, Piemonte (E&O E):

Franco Conterno visit
2015 Franco Conterno Barbera
2015 Franco Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Cascina Sciulun
2015 Franco Conterno Langhe Rosso Sciulun
2013 Franco Conterno Barolo Pietrin - great QPR
2012 Franco Conterno Barolo Panerole
2006 Franco Conterno Bussia Muni Riserva (4yrs in botti) - Very good
2008 Franco Conterno Barolo Riserva Sette7anni (7 yrs in botti) - Excellent
2009 Franco Conterno Barolo Chinato - yum

With local snacks back at our apartment:
1982 Produttori Barbaresco - drinkable but well past prime.

Dinner: da'Felicin, Monforte d'Alba
2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo
2013 Edoardo Sobrino Barbera d'Alba

Sottimano visit w Andrea Sottimano
2015 Sottimano Barbera
1997 Sottimano Barbera - great
2015 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo - young vines from Basarin cru vineyard
2015 Sottimano Barbera Basarin
2013 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2014 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2015 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore - wow
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Riserva - blend of Cotta, Pajore, 60 days maceration, 3 yrs on lees, yum
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Curra

Lunch - Degusto Enoteca, Neive
2016 Castello di Neive Monteberlotto Langhe Arneis - the first of many bottles of Arneis

Luigi Oddero visit w Francesco
2014 Luigi Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo
2014 Luigi Oddero Barbaresco Rombone
2013 Luigi Oddero Barolo
2011 Luigi Oddero Barolo Rocche Rivera - drinking nicely now
2011 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - bought 3 bottles...

Dinner - Centro Storico, Serralunga
2012 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris - wonderful

Night cap Grappa:
Berta Piasi & Berta Monpra. Both excellent. The Piasi had more floral notes and seemed smoother, which I preferred.

Chiara Boschis visit
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi

Lunch - Republic di Perno,
2016 Giovani Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco della Ciliegie

Giuseppe Rinaldi visit
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Freisia
2014 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Dinner - Locando dell'Arco, Cissone
2006 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris
2008 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris
Love this wine
2008 Silvano Bolmida Barolo Bussia Riserva - great

Schiavenza visit
2016 Schiavenza Dolcetto - great pizza wine
2016 Schiavenza Barbera
2015 Schiavenza Barbera Botti Grandi
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Serralunga - classic Barolo nose
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Broglio - again on the nose
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Cerretta
Schiavenza Barolo Chinato - Christmas in a glass - bought 3

Lunch - Albergo Alberto Italia, Serralunga - on terrace, short sleeves, view of the Langhe and the Alps and Mt Viso w 5 course Piemonte tasting menu - best lunch
2005 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - amazing. Drinking beautifully now.

Bartolo Mascarello visit
2014 Bartolo Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo
2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Dinner - La Coccinella, Serravalle
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Bussia
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bussia Bricco Boschis

Vigna Rionda (Massolino) visit
2015 Massolino Chardonnay
2010 Massolino Dolcetto - no wood, in cement
2016 Massolino Barbera - in cement
2015 Massolino Barbera Riserva, oak
2015 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo
2013 Massolino Barolo (6 vineyard blend)
2011 Massolino Vigna Rionda - stunning nose

Dinner - At the apt in Monforte - Tajarin and assorted Piemontese treats
2016 Marcarini Roero Arneis
2007 Poggio Scalette Piantonaia - intense and deeply extracted but not overdone and very balanced , delicious.

Castello di Neive visit with Italo Stupino (owner) and Claudio (winemaker) with a wonderful multicourse luncheon
Castello di Neive Method Classico Spumanti from 100% Pinot Noir, zero dosage, no sulphites - very nice, balanced
2016 Castello di Neive Arneis
2014 Castello di Neive Docletto d'Alba Basarin
2014 Castello di Neive Barbera Superiore (in barrique)
2015 Castello di Neive Barbera Classico (in steel)
2014 Castello di Neive Barbaresco - wonderful, elegant
2014 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stephano - same as the Barbaresco but MORE
2015 Castello di Neive Piemonte Albarossa - deep colour & fruit. Used a bit like Petit Verdot in blending.
2006 Casetllo di Neive Vino Passito Arneis - delicious. 3 bottles came home.
All the wines were consistent in showing great balance. Following my comment on the balance of the wines:
"We strive for elegance & balance: With Nebbiolo we look for the tannin; Barbaresco we look for the acitidy" - Italo Stupino


Paolo Scavino visit
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Classico
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric
2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva (special anniversary blend of all 7 cru) Fantastic

Conterno Fantino visit
2016 Conterno Fantino Dolcetto Bricco Bastia
2016 Conterno Fantino Barbera
2016 Conterno Fantino Langhe Nebbiolo
2015 Conterno Fantino Monpra (Blend of Barbera & Nebbiolo)
2013 Conterno Fantino Barolo Castelletto - nice!
2014 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra
2008 Conterno Fantino Barolo Chinato

Dinner - I Rebbi, Monfortino
2011 Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja
2011 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga
2011 Paolo Scavino Cannubi - wow

Cappellano visit
2013 Cappellano Barbera - aged same as the Barolo, in botti
2014 Cappellano Nebbiolo
2013 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris - wonderful
2013 Cappellano Barolo Franco - big step up
Cappellano Barolo Chinato - best Chinato hands down. Has an intensity and balance that exceeds the rest...

Luigi Pira visit
2016 Luigi Pira Nebbiolo
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda
2004 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda

Dinner: Trattoria della Posta, Monforte
2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto - YUM

Aldo Conterno visit with Giacomo Conterno another wondeful visit with Giacomo
2015 Aldo Conterno Bussiador (Chard) - beautiful
2015 Aldo Conterno Barbera
2014 Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco
2009 Aldo Conterno Barol Gran Bussia Riserva

Brovia visit with Alex Sanchez
2014 Brovia Barolo - tough year - didn't release the cru but blended them. Name and label tbd. Result: Great. Smart choice.
2013 Brovia Barolo Rocche del Castiglione
2013 Brovia Barolo Brea vigna Ca Mia

Giacomo Conterno visit with Roberto Conterno Great visit with Roberto. (From memory - stopped taking notes at this point - too much fun)
2015 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba vigna Francia - best Barbera of the trip
2014(?) Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta
2013 Monfortino from Barrel (4.5 yrs in barrel)
2014 Monfortino from Barrel

Last dinner: Trattoria della Posta, Monforte
2005 Aldo Conterno Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva - stunning. Perfect wine to finish the trip and perfect setting, food at della Posta.

May post some impressions (no formal notes taken) in 'tasting notes' later. For now I just wanted to get the list of wines into electronic format..

We also consumed a number of bottles of 2016 Bruno Giasoca Roero Arneis and Barolo Chinato (Franco Conterno & Schiavenza) while relaxing at our home base in Monforte. We were blessed with beautiful weather - short sleeves on the balcony at breakfast and clear skies, view the whole trip.

Cheers,


Sounds like a great trip. Did you stay in Nino's (Felicin) apartments? That view of the alps from the terrace is breathtaking.
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Originally posted by redknife:
quote:
Originally posted by Javachip:
... Last Monday, at my first visit to Bern's in Tampa:

1973 Parducci Petite Sirah
1975 Souverain Zinfandel

Both by the glass for about $10. Not many places where you can get wines like that by the glass.

.


Where they any good??

Love Bern's!!


I like interesting old wines that most people would say are over the hill. So yes, I liked them, especially considering they were under $5 on release. My sister, who does not drink wine, and had Coca-Cola with her steak, took one whiff, crinkled her nose and said "yuck!"
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Originally posted by Longboarder:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by VinCentric:
Just got back from 8 days in Monforte d'Alba, Piemonte (E&O E):

[
Sounds like a great trip. Did you stay in Nino's (Felicin) apartments? That view of the alps from the terrace is breathtaking.


Yes, and this time we were blessed with clear skies and September weather the whole time! We had breakfast and a couple of lunches in the apartment with the door wide open, sometimes sitting on the balcony in short sleeves. I wore short sleeves most of the trip and didn't need a jacket at times. Views were stunning everywhere. The 2.5 hr lunch on the terrace overlooking the piazza at Albergo Alberto in Serralunga with a clear view of Mt. Viso was incredible. This was definitely not what one would expect for November. On my last trip it rained the whole time...

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