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2012 Liquid Farm Golden Slope - Oak has integrated and I was pleasntly suprised by this.  Last time i had it, it was a big buttery oaky mess and now its really come around.

2013 Rolet Chardonnay Arbois

2013 Marie Courtin Effloresence - love this bottling. Was perfect foil to a well executed but eclectic tasting menu.

2005 Carlisle Two Acres - Lots of smokey meaty mourvedre goodness.  Could still age it at least another 5+ years.

2011 Vietti Perbacco

2015 Occhipinti SP68 Rosso - a rare sound bottle.

2012 Dom. des Aphillanthes CdR VV

 

 

2013 Domaine Nowack, Champagne, La Tuilerie, Extra Brut Chardonnay

2005 Vietti, Barolo, Rocche

2005 Chateau Lillian-Ladouys, St. Estephe

The Nowack was outstanding. Not a house I'm familiar with but I intend to be. The Vietti is drinking well. Not sure it will improve much, but I'll hold my other bottle for a few years to see.

With cometspider, Gentleman farmer, Bieds and Festiva last night:

  • 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou 
  • 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou
  • 1998 Montrose
  • 1995 Léoville Poyferre
  • 2000 Lynch Bages

Every wine showed well, and it was fun to follow them all over 3 hours or so.

Enjoyed at St. Anselm in the up and coming Union Market section of NE Washington, DC.  Our second offline here, and I'm quite sure it will not be our last.   Tremendous steaks and sides.  Feels more like a hunting lodge than a steakhouse.  Thoughtful wine service with excellent stems and wines decanted into Erlenmeyer flasks with handwritten tags to identify each wine.  The servers brought us a complimentary round of Madeira as a thank you for giving them tastes of our wine.  A wonderful evening, with a great group of gentlemen.

PH

Was invited to an Hourglass tasting last night. All wines were from the 2017 vintage. 

Hourglass Estate Cabernet - great fruit and not overly extracted. Excellent 

Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc - very Bordeaux like

Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot - very similar to Paloma and a very good Merlot 

Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet - good but not great

Hourglass Blueline Estate Right Bank - if had been served blind I would have said this was a Cheval Blanc from a decent vintage. Excellent 

Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet 36 - glad to see CA Cabs going back to a more restrained style. Not jammy and an excellent cab. 

purplehaze posted:

With cometspider, Gentleman farmer, Bieds and Festiva last night:

  • 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou 
  • 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou
  • 1998 Montrose
  • 1995 Léoville Poyferre
  • 2000 Lynch Bages

Every wine showed well, and it was fun to follow them all over 3 hours or so.

Enjoyed at St. Anselm in the up and coming Union Market section of NE Washington, DC.  Our second offline here, and I'm quite sure it will not be our last.   Tremendous steaks and sides.  Feels more like a hunting lodge than a steakhouse.  Thoughtful wine service with excellent stems and wines decanted into Erlenmeyer flasks with handwritten tags to identify each wine.  The servers brought us a complimentary round of Madeira as a thank you for giving them tastes of our wine.  A wonderful evening, with a great group of gentlemen.

PH

Where was my invitation. Would love to see all the guys again. Hope everyone is doing well. 

Dinner last week with DoubleD, waterdr and green wine.  One of the most notable wines of the night was 2006 Cayuse God only Knows because it was exceptionally BAD.  Started out with a really lovely typical floral Grenache nose, but there was this really horrible bitter metallic aftertaste that just kept lingering long after consumption. It was like there was this solid core of Thallium on the midpalate and a hint of Radon and manganese on the finish.  I waited a week to write this note to make sure none of us died from radiation poisoning. Never been a big fan of Cayuse and this one didn't help. At least Cayuse got the name correct.  God only knows what the f... was in that bottle.

winedrmike posted:

Dinner last week with DoubleD, waterdr and green wine.  One of the most notable wines of the night was 2006 Cayuse God only Knows because it was exceptionally BAD.  Started out with a really lovely typical floral Grenache nose, but there was this really horrible bitter metallic aftertaste that just kept lingering long after consumption. It was like there was this solid core of Thallium on the midpalate and a hint of Radon and manganese on the finish.  I waited a week to write this note to make sure none of us died from radiation poisoning. Never been a big fan of Cayuse and this one didn't help. At least Cayuse got the name correct.  God only knows what the f... was in that bottle.

By the way, what was the Burg you also brought?  I was gonna post something but I didn't remember half the wines.    I remembered the 2004 Altesino Brunello, 2008 Larkmead Firebelle, ??? Ultramarine.  Didn't catch producer of the German Auslese.

doubled posted:
winedrmike posted:

Dinner last week with DoubleD, waterdr and green wine.  One of the most notable wines of the night was 2006 Cayuse God only Knows because it was exceptionally BAD.  Started out with a really lovely typical floral Grenache nose, but there was this really horrible bitter metallic aftertaste that just kept lingering long after consumption. It was like there was this solid core of Thallium on the midpalate and a hint of Radon and manganese on the finish.  I waited a week to write this note to make sure none of us died from radiation poisoning. Never been a big fan of Cayuse and this one didn't help. At least Cayuse got the name correct.  God only knows what the f... was in that bottle.

By the way, what was the Burg you also brought?  I was gonna post something but I didn't remember half the wines.    I remembered the 2004 Altesino Brunello, 2008 Larkmead Firebelle, ??? Ultramarine.  Didn't catch producer of the German Auslese.

The German was a Donhoff.  Don't remember the year. The burg was a 1988 Maison Ambroise Corton Le Rognet.  The Altesino was a Montosoli.

Visting friends over the weekend:

2015 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench

2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard

2014 Matthiasson Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard

2006 Stolpman Syrah Hilltops

2005 Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley

2005 Failla Syrah Estate Vineyard

 

Not a dud in the bunch.  Was pleasntly surprised by the restraint in the Matthiasson while still being distinctly a napa chard.  The Failla was my first Failla, and it was the best of the bunch of reds. It had a good saline/olive note while the other syrahs were all roast meat (and still very good in their own right). The D&R was all savoury notes without any of the weight.  The carlisle blew away a bunch of non-winos who told me they were signing up for the mailing list based on that bottle.  Good times in Detroit.

Congrats Shaferguy

Last week after vinoevelo's successful hunt. 

1998 Cuilleron Cote Rotie Les Essartailles
1987 Clape Cornas 

Gluttonous weekend 
2006 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 
2008 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club
2008 Bollinger Grand Anne
Krug Grand Cuvee - 158

2009 Josmeyer Riesling Hengst Grand Cru
2010 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montefico
2003 Tardieu Laurent Cote Rotie

1996 Château Lynch-Bages
1982 Château Gruaud Larose

mangiare posted:

Congrats Shaferguy

Last week after vinoevelo's successful hunt. 

1998 Cuilleron Cote Rotie Les Essartailles
1987 Clape Cornas 

Gluttonous weekend 
2006 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 
2008 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club
2008 Bollinger Grand Anne
Krug Grand Cuvee - 158

2009 Josmeyer Riesling Hengst Grand Cru
2010 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montefico
2003 Tardieu Laurent Cote Rotie

1996 Château Lynch-Bages
1982 Château Gruaud Larose

Any notes/comments on the champers?

 

futronic posted:

How was the Bolly GA?

Understated for a GA and not as much brioche as expected. In saying that, it is very well balanced and may just need time to evolve. 

All of the champers showed well with the Krug turning heads but the Gimonnet and Hebrart definitely held their own. 

The red standouts were the Produttori with tagliolini and white truffles and the GL with Veal cheeks Rossini- best bottle of the GL to date. 

spo posted:
wineismylife posted:

 

Tasting note posted on CT and blogged

This place needs content bad. You should post in tn section.

I understand.  I've been asked that before.  Sorry but I'm being selfish here.  It takes a decent amount of time as it is to taste a wine, write down my thoughts, later post it to CT and then cross post it to the blog.  I participate in 3 wine forum on a daily basis, more beyond that.  I have to draw the line somewhere on how many times I want to cross post.

Over the last two weeks or so:

2012 Ridge Lytton Springs
2012 Ridge Syrah Lytton Estate
2010 Soliste Chardonnay L'Age D'Or
2012 Bedrock Karatas
2016 Beckham A.D. Beckham Amphora Syrah-Viognier
2013 Ridge Cab Franc Rousten Monte Bello
2013 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel
2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Costalina
2012 Ridge Zin Jimsomare
2013 Wayfarer Chardonnay

With all of this stinking snow and cold here, we've been drinking more like it's the dead of winter.  I didn't realize that until just typing those bottles here. 

Popped a few high scoring/low priced Rhônes from the prized '16 vintage:

2016 Lafage Bastide Miraflors

2016 Grand Veneur CdR Les Champauvins 

I had much higher hopes for the Bastide Miraflors, it wasn't bad but just not thrilling, not the SQN level of excitement, not close...bad bottle? The Champauvins on the other hand is excellent, sturdy, layered, elegant, flavorful. 

At at tasting.  Years were not disclosed.  Assume all are the latest release

Sterling Vineyards Blanc de Blanc

Beringer Private reserve, Napa Vally

The Monterey Vineyard Chard

Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz/cab blend

Stags leap "The Investror" red blend

Etude Pinot Noir, Grace Benoist Ranch

BV Tapestry

Provevance Vineyards Deadey -    WOTN

Penfolds Club Tawny Port - weak and insipid

Matanzas Creek Sauv Blanc

Cambria Katherines Vineyard Chard

Matanxas Creek Chard

Trimbach Riesling 2016

Decoy Sonoma County Merlot

Matanzas Creek Merlot -   WORST of the lot

Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir  Not too bad

Decoy Somoma County Cab Sauv  Yuck

DAOU Cab Sauv

Ridge Three Valleys zin/Carihnane/petite Sirah   Would pass on this next time

Leviathan Cab Blend - Not too bad

2015 Chamboulé, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, NTE

New (to me) project of Francois Morissette. FWIW, I read the fruit for this bottling came from the Heitz Vineyard. It is delicious. Pineapple, lemon, honey with good acidity. Not sure what the NTE stands for but I did find the 2016 version is YTE (Your Torment is Endless). Going back for more and I might have to try the Cab Franc and/or Pinot Noir.

2005 Château Cantemerle

2009 Lynch Bages

2014 Schrader LPV

2016 Dirty and Rowdy especial

2017 Rodney Strong cab of some sort

The Cantemerle was still a bit tight but nice. The LB was a tight baby and a little tough. Glad I own some though! Mine will sleep for another decade. The Schrader after four hours of air was singing but needed another 3 years or hours to show best. The especial was fun but still serious and benefited from a good mollydooker shake. The Rodney strong is what you get when you invite a non wine guy to a wine dinner... 

Over the past few days:

2017 Burlotto Pelaverga - CORKED

1997 Fontodi Chianti Classico - Just awesome sangiovese.  Cherries, leather, marzipan.  Still fresh with that dry sweetness you can get in aged sangio.  I would love to sneak this into '97 BdM horizontal and watch it clean up.

2016 Brash Higgins ZBO - all the apricots/orange zest & white flowers one should expect out of a skin contact zibibo.  not bad, but the value isnt there for me with the occhipinti sp68 ~30% less $$.

2016 TH Wines Viognier/roussanne - lighter, guessing its mostly viognier, acidic and aromatic with a hint of roussanne body.  ok. 

2015 Benoit Roseau syrah - CORKED

1996 Travaglini Gattinara Riserva - CORKED

2006 Vallana Campi Raudii - at this point, just happy it wasnt corked.  Lots of reduction when opened, blew off in 45 min or so, went well with dinner.  

 

I havent had a run of TCA affected bottles like this ever.  I couldnt believe it when i decanted the gattinara as the 3rd bottle in 4 days.   I left it out, said nothing, wathced MRs. VeV pour a glass and walk off....  stop dead in her tracks, turn back with her nose in the glass, looked at me and said "you gotta be f______ing kinggng me.....  did you smell this yet?"  I acknowledged it.  She walks back cursing like a trucker under breath and poured the decanter down the sink in anger.  There was no critical assesment or analysis of the vallana after that.  It was binary - corked or not. No TCA?  Good.  Let's have dinner.

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azwiese posted:

Some wine with friends at dinner over the weekend:

2016 Big Table Farm Chardonnay 

2017 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne Chardonnay

2012 La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 

2015 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva

All showed really well and made me consider loading up on all of them, seeing as none of them were over 35$.  

So the 2015 Bibbiano lived up to the hype?  

eltoro posted:
azwiese posted:

Some wine with friends at dinner over the weekend:

2016 Big Table Farm Chardonnay 

2017 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne Chardonnay

2012 La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 

2015 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva

All showed really well and made me consider loading up on all of them, seeing as none of them were over 35$.  

So the 2015 Bibbiano lived up to the hype?  

I mean, I don't have a ton of experience with sangiovese, but I thought it was a delicious bottle of wine.  I'm not sure if it blew my socks off the way you would expect a 95 point wine  to do, but it is a wine I would definitely drink over and over again.  I would say that I prefer tempranillo to sangiovese, so I liked the Rioja Alta a tiny bit more... but both of those bottles were great.  

2005 Truchot Morley-Saint-Denis VV - in an excellent drinking window now

2015 Francois Mikulski Mersault Charme - Good now but needs a little more time

2004 Querce Bettina BdM - Roberto’s first vintage and still my favorite. Still fresh with the purity of the fruit coming to the forefront 

2016 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino - the best young RdM I’ve ever tasted. 

2016 Antolini Corvina Veronese - a huge surprise for me and a great QPR

An epic dinner with friends last night at Grappa. We tasted lots of wines, gained some good insights along the way, had delicious food but most of all enjoyed the company of a great group of friends. Grappa did an amazing job of accommodating the number of wines we had.

Rather than detailed notes, here are some impressions on the wines...

The Lanson Champers was full flavoured with toasty notes and lively acidity - nice. The Baron Fuente was a bit lighter but showed good breadth and complexity and was very enjoyable despite being a bit light on mousse.

All the Nebbiolo's showed well. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the 2003 showed and was told that's the quality of the producer showing there (Seems to be the theme for hot vintages). The 2004 Brovia started off a bit tight but opened up beautifully, is a stunner and has a long way to go. The 2010 La Ganghija - very nice and didn't seem to young at all.

Of the Barbera, I preferred the older with the 2012 and 1999 being my favorites. The 2012 had more going on but the 1999 was more integrated and simply beautiful. Of the younger Barbera, the Sandrone had the most immediate appeal but the Giacosa was the most balanced imo.

All the BdMs showed well, save one which appeared to be corked. There was some question about this but 1 iffy wine out of so many - I'm not complaining!

The Cappellano Chinato reminded my why I love Chinato - Christmas in a glass. Beautiful with Tiramisu. The Recioto, also wonderful and showed what a great Amarone producer can to with Recioto.

Here's the list:

2009 Baron Fuente Brut Champagne

2007 Lanson Brut Champagne

2004 Brovia Barolo
2003 Mauro Moline Barolo
2010 La Ganghija Barbaresco

1999 La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Gallina
2012 Aldo Conterno Barbera Conca Tre Pile
2015 G. B. Burlotto Barbera d'Alba Aves
2016 Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba
2017 Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba

2008 Val di Suga BdM
2013 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

2001 Cupano
2001 Fuligni
2001 Campogiovanni
2001 Banfi Poggio alle Mura

Cappellano Barolo Chinato
Recioto

2003 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères.  Like Paul Draper and Serge Hochar had some wierd love child.   All the funk.  All the fresh.  Loved it. 

been buying them for years when i can get them, first experience with one over 5+ years old and it only reinforces my need to keep buying them. Was somewhere between a mid-90s lytton springs and a mid-00's ch. musar.    Could go another 5 years easy.  probably longer.

vinoevelo posted:

2003 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères.  Like Paul Draper and Serge Hochar had some wierd love child.   All the funk.  All the fresh.  Loved it. 

been buying them for years when i can get them, first experience with one over 5+ years old and it only reinforces my need to keep buying them. Was somewhere between a mid-90s lytton springs and a mid-00's ch. musar.    Could go another 5 years easy.  probably longer.

I’ve never had one with age on it, but I’m a huge fan of his wines. Never had the basic bottling; I’ve had the Valiniere a couple of times and loved it. But the Jadis has been a go-to for me for a long time.  Glad to read that they age!

2016 Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian'

I don't know why you'd ever spend more if you want that Cult Cali Cab profile. Every bit as good as a Harlan etc... As much as I love the N.Rhones etc. and the weird wines that vinoevelo and I bond over, sometimes when you're at an old fashioned steakhouse (in this case Barberians), having a 14oz bone-in strip, garlic bread, fixed-up baked potato etc, nothing fits better than a huge Californian Cabernet.  

robsutherland posted:

2016 Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian'

I don't know why you'd ever spend more if you want that Cult Cali Cab profile. Every bit as good as a Harlan etc... As much as I love the N.Rhones etc. and the weird wines that vinoevelo and I bond over, sometimes when you're at an old fashioned steakhouse (in this case Barberians), having a 14oz bone-in strip, garlic bread, fixed-up baked potato etc, nothing fits better than a huge Californian Cabernet.  

We're in sync here, Rob. A big Cali Cab definitely scratches an itch I get now and then. Even more often, I get the itch for a Cali Cab with 20-30 years of age on it, especially to accompany some dead cow on the BBQ and grilled potatoes.

As for Myriad, I bought the 2013, 14 and 16 lineups (not sure what happened in 2015) but have now stopped because, well, I've just stopped buying wines in general that need another 15+ years before they're in my wheelhouse.

vint posted:
wineismylife posted:

1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

Served yesterday with a Bayern Munchen victory in Champions League.

Joe, how was this?  I have one left.  Thanks!

Oops - never mind.  Should have known you'd post a comprehensive note on CT. Thanks.   

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