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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by Wineplease:
2005 realm the absurd
1994 diamond creek volcanic hill
2000 Montrose
2004 levy & Mcclellan

Thank you for Davec & Mrs for hosting this offline. Hope to see both of you and Rick in near future.


Very cool lineup! Any standouts?


Shane, all wines showed well that night.
However my favorite were 04 Levy and 00 Montrose.
The Montrose was still such a baby and it's built for the long haul.
The Levy was smooth and had long finish (40sec +). Very nice fruit.

The Diamond creek was a little cloudy, but it didn't taste tired at all. Other than the color, this wine was in the good place.
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Originally posted by fcs:
St Innocent just makes better PNs than the others around them, good team in place there.

That's a bit of a stretch. With Bethel Heights, Cristom, Witness Tree, Evesham Wood and now Walter Scott, all within a stones throw, there is a lot of very nice Pinot being produced in a rather small geographical area.
Last night with Mangiare et al.

1996 Bollinger Grand Annee:

1985 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut L'Oenothèque Champagne Charlie
1993 Dom

'90 Beaucastel white CdP
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
’03 Gravner Breg Anfora

1999 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino mag

87 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow
1991 Mondavi Reserve
1992 Dominus

1982 Gruaud Larose
1986 La Conseillante

1998 Giacomo Conterno Cascia Francia
1996 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala

1997 Chave Hermitage
1998 Jaboulet Hermitage

1994 Dominus mag
2006 SQN Raven Syrah

1983 Chateau Gilette
1977 Fonseca

The wheels fell off early on my note taking last night. Too amazing an evening to take notes rather than simply enjoying. The food was as stunning, if not better than the wines imo - thank you Mangiare!

The 1996 Bollinger was the Champers of the night for me. Baked apple and very smooth.

The 1982 Gruaud Larose was the red of the night, but there were many spectacular wines. I've enjoyed Chateau Gilette every time I've had it and the 1983 didn't dissappoint.

WOTN: 1982 Gruaud Larose.
I had what he had. Notes imbedded.

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Originally posted by VinCentric:
Last night with Mangiare et al.

1996 Bollinger Grand Annee - Bollinger was like a lead weight, amazingly heavy but wonderful. Still youthful with good fruit, but very much a food wine.

1985 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut L'Oenothèque Champagne Charlie - the Charlie wasn't as fresh as a few years ago but still youthful and evolved amazingly. The half hour of fresh ground espresso it went through about an hour in was amazing.

1993 Dom - Quite dark and at the end of maturity before it starts to sink into old age.

1990 Beaucastel white CdP - Wonderful once it warmed up. Nuts and marzipan.

2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos - Remind me to buy this. Went with everything and just got better over the hour it was in my glass.

2003 Gravner Breg Anfora - Heavy spruce on the nose, this right at the beginning reminded me more of heavily cascade hopped IPA. It settled down a little though. Very interesting and good but obviously very different.

1982 Gruaud Larose - Close to my WOTN (Though also benefited from a non fatigued palate). You would say it was late 90's at the oldest.

1986 La Conseillante - Superb nose.

1999 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino mag - Kept getting better through the night.

87 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow - Spun sugar and caramel
1991 Mondavi Reserve - starting to lose focus. Good
1992 Dominus - see above

1998 Giacomo Conterno Cascia Francia - Everyone needs some type of wine that they don't like. This is mine. Very much more mature than the date would suggest it was all violet, rose and tar. Gives me a headache like old lady perfume.
1996 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala - Better than above but still not my personal cup of tea.


1997 Chave Hermitage - My palate was tired but boy this was good.
1998 Jaboulet Hermitage - See above but better.

1994 Dominus mag - Tired palate. This was young/mature Cali. Good. Can't remember much else.
2006 SQN Raven Syrah - Blueberry syrup and vanilla never tasted so good. Like ratatouille in a Michelin 3 star, something that is almost garbage from many people is brought to a higher existence. It was too big and over the top and extracted like so much plonk out there but done so well it was magnificent.

1983 Chateau Gilette - Always less mature than the vintage would suggest as it isn't released for years this was great. Candied orange peel and spun sugar.
1977 Fonseca - Christmas in a glass sitting next to your alcoholic uncle. Cloves and other Christmas spices, dark sugar, fruit and very very boozy (from the second it was opened until it was consumed 28 hours later). A little thin and I was disappointed with it (I could be, it was my bottle!).
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
Last night with Mangiare et al.

1996 Bollinger Grand Annee:

1985 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut L'Oenothèque Champagne Charlie
1993 Dom

'90 Beaucastel white CdP
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
’03 Gravner Breg Anfora

1999 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino mag

87 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow
1991 Mondavi Reserve
1992 Dominus

1982 Gruaud Larose
1986 La Conseillante

1998 Giacomo Conterno Cascia Francia
1996 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala

1997 Chave Hermitage
1998 Jaboulet Hermitage

1994 Dominus mag
2006 SQN Raven Syrah

1983 Chateau Gilette
1977 Fonseca

The wheels fell off early on my note taking last night. Too amazing an evening to take notes rather than simply enjoying. The food was as stunning, if not better than the wines imo - thank you Mangiare!

The 1996 Bollinger was the Champers of the night for me. Baked apple and very smooth.

The 1982 Gruaud Larose was the red of the night, but there were many spectacular wines. I've enjoyed Chateau Gilette every time I've had it and the 1983 didn't dissappoint.

WOTN: 1982 Gruaud Larose.


You boys did it up right! Eek Bow
quote:
Originally posted by VinCentric:
Last night with Mangiare et al.

1996 Bollinger Grand Annee:

1985 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut L'Oenothèque Champagne Charlie
1993 Dom

'90 Beaucastel white CdP
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
’03 Gravner Breg Anfora

1999 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino mag

87 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow
1991 Mondavi Reserve
1992 Dominus

1982 Gruaud Larose
1986 La Conseillante

1998 Giacomo Conterno Cascia Francia
1996 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala

1997 Chave Hermitage
1998 Jaboulet Hermitage

1994 Dominus mag
2006 SQN Raven Syrah

1983 Chateau Gilette
1977 Fonseca

The wheels fell off early on my note taking last night. Too amazing an evening to take notes rather than simply enjoying. The food was as stunning, if not better than the wines imo - thank you Mangiare!

The 1996 Bollinger was the Champers of the night for me. Baked apple and very smooth.

The 1982 Gruaud Larose was the red of the night, but there were many spectacular wines. I've enjoyed Chateau Gilette every time I've had it and the 1983 didn't dissappoint.

WOTN: 1982 Gruaud Larose.


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Last night for CT TX VI

1998 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Creation
2000 Vranken Demoiselle Millesime Champagne
1974 Hugel et Fils Gewurztraminer Cuvee Tradition
2010 Zepaltas Chardonnay Hanzell
2012 Zepaltas Sauvignon Blanc Trainwreck
2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
2001 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese
2007 Penfolds Yattarna
2011 Bruliam Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard
2010 Vaughn Duffy Pinot Noir
1997 Merryvale Profile
1994 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch
1996 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows
1997 Bott-Geyl Tokay Pinot Gris Sonnenglanz
1952 Kopke Porto Vintage
2011 Monchoff Robert Eymael Riesling Estate - very light color, nearly clear. Stone fruit nose, off-dry, lively. Nice.

2009 Reininger Syrah, Walla Walla - dark purple, crushed berry, smoke, earth on the nose. Ripe, full-bodied but not overdone. Excellent with grilled steak.

2010 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley - medium color, a bit light for a Cab. Awesome nose of roasted wood/meat and black fruits - both very pronounced. The palate was the complete opposite - soft, fruity, sweet spice and fairly oaky with vanilla. Not bad for an entry level WA cab but I enjoyed the smell a lot more than the taste.
The DFW Burgundy & Duck off-line ( and Champagne) was last night. Cool

The best of the best showings were as follows.

1996 Krug
NV Jacques Selosse Cuvee Contraste BdN Brut
1996 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet
2000 J-F Dury Corton Charlemagne
2000 Doamine d'Auvenay Chevalier Montrachet

1990 Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache
1999 Domaine Leroy Chambertin
2002 Domaine Leroy Chambertin ( I was surprised how approachable the wine was)

The only disappointments were the '59 Krug and '88 Domaine Gouges Les Vaucrains were corked. Frown
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Originally posted by wine+art:
The DFW Burgundy & Duck off-line ( and Champagne) was last night. Cool

The best of the best showings were as follows.

1996 Krug
NV Jacques Selosse Cuvee Contraste BdN Brut
1996 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet
2000 J-F Dury Corton Charlemagne
2000 Doamine d'Auvenay Chevalier Montrachet

1990 Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache
1999 Domaine Leroy Chambertin
2002 Domaine Leroy Chambertin ( I was surprised how approachable the wine was)

The only disappointments were the '59 Krug and '88 Domaine Gouges Les Vaucrains were corked. Frown


What a great line-up! Cue the envy graemlin! I had the 1978 Leroy Chambertin about a year ago and it was one of the greatest Burgundies I've ever had.

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