Took the family plus boy/girlfriends out to Scaramouche to celebrate our daughter's birthday:

1992 Dom Perignon
1992 Optima Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
2007 Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Both '92 wines were in good form. I was a bit worried about the Optima but it showed just a small amount of bricking around the rim and tasted very good.

Scaramouche is expensive but I have to say it really delivers great value. Food, service and atmosphere were all superb!
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
2012 Dominio di Bibei Lalama


How's the Lalama coming along? Haven't opened one in a while.
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Originally posted by futronic:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
2012 Dominio di Bibei Lalama


How's the Lalama coming along? Haven't opened one in a while.


Hasn't budged much yet. Still not as good as the '11.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
With VinT

2012 Domaine Dujac Bourgogne Blanc
2006 Louis Jadot Morgon Côte du Py


Lovely.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
With VinT

2012 Domaine Dujac Bourgogne Blanc
2006 Louis Jadot Morgon Côte du Py


Lovely.

I was thinking that you should have been there.
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Originally posted by spo:
2015 Owen Roe Ex Umbris


I’ve always dug this wine. Super solid for the price.

And stop drinking wine without us. We need a Spo sighting to make sure all is right in this world.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
With VinT

2012 Domaine Dujac Bourgogne Blanc
2006 Louis Jadot Morgon Côte du Py


Lovely.

I was thinking that you should have been there.

Yes. We needed another person with whom we could split the bread soaked in pig blood.
2012 Carte Blanche (Nicholas Allen wines) cabernet

I've seen these around a few LWS lately under $100 ($125 release) and wanted to try one at the wine bar with my Friday guys -we started a night early as no one had to work today. I've had prior vintages with another friend whose been on the list for years but have never seen it at retail prior. It looks like they might be clearing some back inventory.

Keep your eyes open for it particularly if you see well under $100 at some point. It's a beautifully crafted wine by Luc Morlet with great complexity and firm tannins suitable for aging. Still in its youth it should be stunning after another 5 to 10 years of cellaring.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:

I'm not a huge Silver Oak fan, but I thought this was very nice. This was brought to dinner by a friend and it was nice to try a bottle with 15 years on it. I was 90 on it, but everyone else at the table liked it a bit more than I did.


Thanks. I was concerned that it may be heading downhill
Always try before you buy.

2014 Domaine du Pegau 2014- very Pegau and quite nice. A little light on the palate but very good given the vintage.
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2008 Pertois-Moriset Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs- young and delicious, 95

1995 Chateau Haut Brion- cedar, pencil shavings, forest floor, and dark fruit with a bit of tang and the backbone to age for years, 95-97+
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Originally posted by bomba503:
2012 Carte Blanche (Nicholas Allen wines) cabernet

I've seen these around a few LWS lately under $100 ($125 release) and wanted to try one at the wine bar with my Friday guys -we started a night early as no one had to work today. I've had prior vintages with another friend whose been on the list for years but have never seen it at retail prior. It looks like they might be clearing some back inventory.

Keep your eyes open for it particularly if you see well under $100 at some point. It's a beautifully crafted wine by Luc Morlet with great complexity and firm tannins suitable for aging. Still in its youth it should be stunning after another 5 to 10 years of cellaring.


Carte Blanche again. Just as good. Bringing a few home to bury in the back of the cellar.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by spo:
2015 Owen Roe Ex Umbris


I’ve always dug this wine. Super solid for the price.

And stop drinking wine without us. We need a Spo sighting to make sure all is right in this world.


Hey Azweise, if you have something going on let me know. Also I should start getting some things going and stop being such a recluse. Either way I'll talk to you soon.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
2010 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne.


How was it? I'm a big fan of BdM's CC
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Originally posted by VinT:
Yes. We needed another person with whom we could split the bread soaked in pig blood.


Intrigued. Please elaborate....
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by VinT:
Yes. We needed another person with whom we could split the bread soaked in pig blood.


Intrigued. Please elaborate....


Boudin?
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by VinT:
Yes. We needed another person with whom we could split the bread soaked in pig blood.


Intrigued. Please elaborate....


Boudin?

La Palette's house made black pudding... so yes, basically boudin Noir. But La Palette's dish is quite grainy, since they use their own grainy bread as the base.
NV Ruppert-Leroy, Champagne, Fosse Grely

I had never had this wine before. Grower Champagne from 50% pinot noir and 50% chardonnay. Delicious but it lost its effervescence a little too quickly in the glass. I'm going to attribute that too a poor cork, which flew off about 10 seconds after I removed the wire (and my hand), putting a frickn' dent in our kitchen ceiling.

2015 Famille Perrin, CdR, Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Really liked this bottle. Killer QPR. I should have tried this sooner as there are none left around here now.

2015 Domaine Rijckaert, Cotes du Jura, Les Sarres, Savagnin

Fuzzy (as Gman would say) and delicious. Big Grin

2009 CVNE, Rioja, Vina Real, Gran Reserva

Another excellent wine at a reasonable price. Went really well with duck confit, braised red cabbage and duck fat/rosemary roasted potatoes.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by VinT:
Yes. We needed another person with whom we could split the bread soaked in pig blood.


Intrigued. Please elaborate....


Boudin?

La Palette's house made black pudding... so yes, basically boudin Noir. But La Palette's dish is quite grainy, since they use their own grainy bread as the base.


Sounds lovely. Had I known I would have popped in as I walked by last night on my way to the horseshoe.
1998 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers. Last of three. Deep orange throughout, with dried cherries and some prunes on the nose. Faint earthy cherry notes on the palate but they're being overwhelmed by orange pekoe tea. Still enjoyable but definitely drink 'em if you've got 'em.
Cleaning out eavestroughs in -9C weather is no fun, but drinking good wine is:

2009 Terredora Fiano di Avellino Campore
2007 Saint Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades
2007 Les Pallières Les Racines Gigondas
2005 Parent Pommard Les Chanlins
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Cleaning out eavestroughs in -9C weather is no fun, but drinking good wine is:

2009 Terredora Fiano di Avellino Campore
2007 Saint Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades
2007 Les Pallières Les Racines Gigondas
2005 Parent Pommard Les Chanlins


How was the Chanlins? I'm down to my last bottle on that one.
NY Tarlant Brut
1998 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage - iron, blood, olive & big salinity on the finish. Everything I look for in hermitage without being too heavy.
Last night at a non-WS friend's home

NV Pierre Paillard Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé - a terrific value with crisp, tart strawberry and leesy richness

1988 Cos D'Estournal - hardly any bricking, great legs, vibrant acidity, lively fruit, with prominent green tobacco leaf
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Last night at a non-WS friend's home

NV Pierre Paillard Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé - a terrific value with crisp, tart strawberry and leesy richness

1988 Cos D'Estournal - hardly any bricking, great legs, vibrant acidity, lively fruit, with prominent green tobacco leaf


Nice! Glad to hear about the PP Brut Rose; I haven't opened any yet.
2010 Occultum Lapidem (Domaine Bila Haut)- good concentration and depth, but not at all smooth, needs time, 89+
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:


1988 Cos D'Estournal - hardly any bricking, great legs, vibrant acidity, lively fruit, with prominent green tobacco leaf


Thanks for the note. I have thought about opening one of these so many times this year but for some reason have not.
I just about opened one last night as well but opted for a Burg instead. Should've gone with the Cos!
2005 Delas Freres, Cote-Rotie, Seigneur de Maugiron

Best bottle of this yet. It was really singing after about an hour in the decanter.
2005 Canon La Gaffeliere...big and primary but balanced and enjoyable to sip over several hours...last time I tried about 4 years ago it was shut down hard. Tasty stuff, and modern but still a hint of Bordeaux.
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Originally posted by steve8:
2005 Delas Freres, Cote-Rotie, Seigneur de Maugiron

Best bottle of this yet. It was really singing after about an hour in the decanter.



I opened up a Delas as well. -)
1999 Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard - getting better since the last time I had it. Smoothing out. Try another in a year or two.

J3
2012 Ch des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin. Beautiful. Started off brighter and fresher than the 2012 Rochegres; red fruit, tobacco, forest floor. Bit of tartness on the palate with grippy tannin and bright acidity. Then it opens up and puts on weight with darker berries showing with great depth & balance. Drinking beyond expectation when first tasted on release.
Last night at Market in Del Mar:

- 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

Stunning, as expected. This is one of my all-time favorites.
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Last night at Market in Del Mar:

- 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

Stunning, as expected. This is one of my all-time favorites.


Cool
With KL, Mike K, Chris S, and Dave S:
1978 ? Gran Riserva Cosecha
1992 Colgin Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon
1994 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz
1999 Delas La Landonne Cote Rotie
2004 SQN Ode to E Syrah
2007 The Treat Cabernet Sauvignon
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Last night at Market in Del Mar:

- 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

Stunning, as expected. This is one of my all-time favorites.


My phone must not be working. I did not receive your call/text. Razz
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Last night at Market in Del Mar:

- 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

Stunning, as expected. This is one of my all-time favorites.


How is it showing? Haven't had since about 2007 and it was big but Bordeaux-like back then (only opened because cork was raised when delivered, but it ended up being entirely sound). I think I have 4 left, is it worth opening one to test it out?
2010 Keplinger Caldera
2011 Keplinger Caldera
2010 Keplinger Basilisk
2011 Keplinger Basilisk
2010 Keplinger Sumo
2011 Keplinger Sumo

With my work wine group. Wanted to show them how wines can vary in vintages. All wines showed well, but my two favorites were the 2011 Caldera and 2010 Basilisk.
Yesterday:

NV Laherte Frères Champagne Grand Brut Ultradition - 2016 disgorgement that was very enjoyable
2012 Shafer Merlot - this was drinking remarkably well last night.
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Originally posted by Machine:
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Last night at Market in Del Mar:

- 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

Stunning, as expected. This is one of my all-time favorites.


How is it showing? Haven't had since about 2007 and it was big but Bordeaux-like back then (only opened because cork was raised when delivered, but it ended up being entirely sound). I think I have 4 left, is it worth opening one to test it out?


This is a near perfect wine for my palate. It's a big one, but seamlessly integrated. If you're sitting on four, I would go ahead and pop one. Give it at least 90 min. of air.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
With KL, Mike K, Chris S, and Dave S:
1978 ? Gran Riserva Cosecha
1992 Colgin Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon
1994 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz
1999 Delas La Landonne Cote Rotie
2004 SQN Ode to E Syrah
2007 The Treat Cabernet Sauvignon


Well done, gents! Any standouts?
2013 Terrazze dell'Etna Etna Carusu

A serviceable little Etna Rosso. Good value @ $25 CAD but not remotely close to the 95 that Decanter gave it.
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2013 Terrazze dell'Etna Etna Carusu


I tried this as well and was not impressed for the $. Definitely in the style i enjoy but was lacking anything extra
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
With KL, Mike K, Chris S, and Dave S:
1978 Castillo Ygay Gran Riserva Cosecha
1992 Colgin Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon
1994 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz
1999 Delas La Landonne Cote Rotie
2004 SQN Ode to E Syrah
2007 The Treat Cabernet Sauvignon


Well done, gents! Any standouts?

I hate to sound cliche, but all were standouts in their own way. I would love to have tried the Rioja again at the end of the evening, but my palate was shot by then. It was very much alive though - bright red fruit with dried herbs.

Of the 3 wines with the highest price tags, I will purchase the Hill of Grace again if the opportunity presented itself. It was the most complex for me and evolved in a very good way over the course of the evening. There was a lot of acid with the initial glass, but it eventually gave way to raspberries, potpourri, mint and a nice sweet finish. The last glass was the best.

The SQN was unmistakably SQN - espresso, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose and palate. Just a slutty wine and great for a one-night stand. The Colgin had a very interesting nose (KL described it as a newly opened, cheap plastic toy). The palate was fairly straight forward for me. I went back to it a few times to see if it would evolve into something better that would justify the price.

The Delas La Landonne was probably the best deal of them all (picked up at K&L auctions at $130 all in). I really like this wine, and it was in a great place. Red meat, iron, ad forest floor and dried blueberries on the nose. Tannins were fully integrated. Plums and blackberries on the palate. It would be interesting to drink this along side Guigal and Rostaing versions.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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2013 Terrazze dell'Etna Etna Carusu


I tried this as well and was not impressed for the $. Definitely in the style i enjoy but was lacking anything extra

I saved a third of a bottle and it had put on some weight the second night. I agree about the lack of "extras", but my expectations were pretty low. All in all, I still think "serviceable" is about the right word for it. It did the job.
2014 andremily
2007 ridge Montebello
2000 troplong mondot

All three wines have a lovely beautiful nose across all three different profiles of wines. The andremily is lovely spiced Kirsch with plums, the ridge is like a wet tobacco cigar but showing nice red fruit and the troplong is forest floors with hints of pinesand crushed berries.

I'd highly recommend folks to do this tasting just to smell the three types of beautifully made wines.

Start w the troplong and end w the andremily
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Compagni Portis - very floral blend of Gewurtzraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling and other unidentified varietals. One of my favorite Bedrock bottlings each year.
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
2004 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard
1986 Chateau Cos d'Estournel


How was the KB Kanzler? Ive had them around 10 years old but never past. Wonder if it held up?
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Originally posted by FL Wino:

1986 Chateau Cos d'Estournel


A vintage of Bordeaux that has taken decades to reach peak in general. How was your bottle drinking?
2004 chat montelena estates
2006 cakebread benchland select

The 2004 montelena is hitting all cylinders right now. Silky smooth resolved tannins backed some a lovely cherry compote smelling of crushed red berries.

The 06 cakebread was plums and tobacco with a lush mouthfeel that really coats the palate
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by FL Wino:

1986 Chateau Cos d'Estournel


A vintage of Bordeaux that has taken decades to reach peak in general. How was your bottle drinking?
Curious as well.
1982 Dunn Howell Mountain. Cannot believe how fresh and vibrant this was. Could go another 10-15 years easily. Simply stunning tonight.
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Originally posted by CSM:
1982 Dunn Howell Mountain. Cannot believe how fresh and vibrant this was. Could go another 10-15 years easily. Simply stunning tonight.


Good to hear. I've got an 83 Dunn Napa that I have low expectations on. Maybe there is hope?
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Originally posted by CSM:
1982 Dunn Howell Mountain. Cannot believe how fresh and vibrant this was. Could go another 10-15 years easily. Simply stunning tonight.

Cool
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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Originally posted by CSM:
1982 Dunn Howell Mountain. Cannot believe how fresh and vibrant this was. Could go another 10-15 years easily. Simply stunning tonight.


Good to hear. I've got an 83 Dunn Napa that I have low expectations on. Maybe there is hope?


I dont know about the Napa, but i've had two stunning bottles of the '83 HM, and one that was godawful. If it was well stored, no seepage etc i'd be inclined to raise your expectations a touch.
2015 Antinori (Guado Al Tasso), Bolgheri, Il Bruciato

Very well made wine in a strong vintage make this an excellent QPR at CDN$23.
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Originally posted by steve8:
2015 Antinori (Guado Al Tasso), Bolgheri, Il Bruciato

Very well made wine in a strong vintage make this an excellent QPR at CDN$23.

Good to read this. I will seek this out
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by CSM:
1982 Dunn Howell Mountain. Cannot believe how fresh and vibrant this was. Could go another 10-15 years easily. Simply stunning tonight.

Cool


I want more of these. Lots more of these. Like now.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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Originally posted by CSM:
1982 Dunn Howell Mountain. Cannot believe how fresh and vibrant this was. Could go another 10-15 years easily. Simply stunning tonight.


Good to hear. I've got an 83 Dunn Napa that I have low expectations on. Maybe there is hope?


I dont know about the Napa, but i've had two stunning bottles of the '83 HM, and one that was godawful. If it was well stored, no seepage etc i'd be inclined to raise your expectations a touch.


Thx! Bottle looks cosmetically great with no seepage and fill well above the shoulders. May stand it up for next Sunday night Eagles V. Cowgirls
2015 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon

It was gifted to me about a year ago. Tried to return it to the KGBO but it turned out it was bought in the US so not only was the barcode different, the image on the label was different.

It's been in my cellar since then and I was haunted by it every time I'd go to grab something. Finally decided to put it out of its misery last night.

Verdict: it's a pretty sh!tty wine.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
2015 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon

It was gifted to me about a year ago. Tried to return it to the KGBO but it turned out it was bought in the US so not only was the barcode different, the image on the label was different.

It's been in my cellar since then and I was haunted by it every time I'd go to grab something. Finally decided to put it out of its misery last night.

Verdict: it's a pretty sh!tty wine.

I don’t drink the same wines as you as often as I’d like. Unfortunately I tried one of these this year for the same reason. And same verdict.
2009 Rhys Horseshoe
2014 Ceritas Hellenthal vineyard
2013 Relic Kashaya
2012 Kistler Kistler
2010 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast
2006 Marcassin 3 sisters
Last few weeks

82 Chateau Margaux
08 DRC Echezeaux
02 Bernard Morey Chassagne Montrachet
07 Bertani Amarone
99 Cameron Pinot Noir
00 BV Georges de Latour Cab
01 Renato Corino Barolo Vecchie Vigne
05 Kamen Cab
05 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos de la Maltroie
Earlier this week 2012 Petrolo Boggina IGT

Opening tonight:

2011 Querciabella Batàr (Chard/Pinot Blanc)
2005 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Last night at a customer appreciation event:

2015 Far Niente chard
2014 El Molino Rutherford PN
2014 Pahlmeyer merlot
2014 Hourglass cab
2014 Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr Crane cab
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Originally posted by redknife:
Last few weeks

82 Chateau Margaux
08 DRC Echezeaux
02 Bernard Morey Chassagne Montrachet
07 Bertani Amarone
99 Cameron Pinot Noir
00 BV Georges de Latour Cab
01 Renato Corino Barolo Vecchie Vigne
05 Kamen Cab
05 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos de la Maltroie


how was the 82' margaux?
Washing 48 wine glasses and drinking 2012 Carpineta Fontalpino Do Ut Des Toscana IGT.

BTW does anyone know the percentage breakdown of the varietals in this?

I could tell fairly quickly that it was Sangiovese / Cab Sauv / Merlot but I can't find more info than that. The Sangio was obvious on the nose, and the Cab/Merlot came through on the palate.
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Carpineta Fontalpino Do Ut Des Toscana

Sunny, can't help you much with the composition but I was looking at those bottles in my cellar and wondered when they would be best to open. How did it show?
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Washing 48 wine glasses and drinking 2012 Carpineta Fontalpino Do Ut Des Toscana IGT.

BTW does anyone know the percentage breakdown of the varietals in this?

I could tell fairly quickly that it was Sangiovese / Cab Sauv / Merlot but I can't find more info than that. The Sangio was obvious on the nose, and the Cab/Merlot came through on the palate.


34% Merlot, 33% Sangiovese & 33 Cabernet Sauvignon

http://www.grapebrandswest.com...uper_tuscan_2012.pdf

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