Last night:
2010 Nino Negri Valtellina Superiore Sassella Le Tense - Nebbiolo lite: very accessible now, with fresh cherry, hints of tea, slightly dusty tannins and lively acidity.

Tonight:
2010 Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco - deeper flavours and a little more full bodied than the Lombardia Nebbiolo, with a nice balance of cherry and strawberry, rose petals, pekoe tea, and smooth tannins. Biggest detractor: it's a little low on acidity. Not sure about age-ability, but it's drinking well now.
Thursday with the boys!!

1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
2007 Newton Chard
2005 Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora
1997 Tignanello
1998 Col d'Orcia Olmaia
1999 Marchesi Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
2003 Sassicaia
2004 Ornellaia
2004 Flaccianello
2005 Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale
2007 Climens

Friday-felt-like-puking-all-day but impromptu chinese food with a bottle or two turned into 3 bottles and then 6...stuffed with food and satiated with vino:

1999 Dom Perignon
1975 Palmer
1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
1994 Masseto
2009 Masseto
2010 Antonin Guyon Corton

Today at home cleaning and baking before off to dad's for plonksgiving:

2001 Pavie
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Originally posted by Machine:
Thursday with the boys!!

1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
2007 Newton Chard
2005 Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora
1997 Tignanello
1998 Col d'Orcia Olmaia
1999 Marchesi Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
2003 Sassicaia
2004 Ornellaia
2004 Flaccianello
2005 Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale
2007 Climens

Friday-felt-like-puking-all-day but impromptu chinese food with a bottle or two turned into 3 bottles and then 6...stuffed with food and satiated with vino:

1999 Dom Perignon
1975 Palmer
1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
1994 Masseto
2009 Masseto
2010 Antonin Guyon Corton

Today at home cleaning and baking before off to dad's for plonksgiving:

2001 Pavie


Note to self: schedule a Thursday guys' night in Toronto.

How was the Billecart?
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Originally posted by AllRed:
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Originally posted by Machine:
Thursday with the boys!!

1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs


Note to self: schedule a Thursday guys' night in Toronto.

How was the Billecart?


Note to self: try to arrange or attend more such nights. I feel rather lucky to know generous people with great cellars.

I quite enjoyed the billecart but wish I'd set the glass aside to see how it developed over the evening...apart from being very enjoyable my only thought was that it might benefit from a few more years of slumber.

On the topic of bubbly this was the third 1999 Dom I've had...first two years ago was austere but subtly delicious...another a few months back had fast-forwarded nicely and was more developed, delicious, and balanced...but last night's opening was a little hard to place, ever changing nose that was enjoyable at times, but less developed palate than the last bottle, and some noticeable sweetness, at least to me, and although certainly enjoyable I felt that it would have been more enjoyable if it had been decanted and treated like a flat dry white.
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Originally posted by Machine:
I feel rather lucky to know generous people with great cellars.


Domino and I were just touching on this very idea with Futronic not even an hour ago.

As a community we drink a lot of terrific wine, but even the greatest of bottles pale in comparison to the friendships forged in these forums and through wine. Very lucky, indeed.
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Originally posted by AllRed:
quote:
Originally posted by Machine:
I feel rather lucky to know generous people with great cellars.


Domino and I were just touching on this very idea with Futronic not even an hour ago.

As a community we drink a lot of terrific wine, but even the greatest of bottles pale in comparison to the friendships forged in these forums and through wine. Very lucky, indeed.


Big +1

And did Futronic beckon you to come up north?

Ugh turkey carving beckons...
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Originally posted by Machine:
And did Futronic beckon you to come up north?


Oh yes...has been for a long while. The GTO is definitely a high priority for us. In fact, I think I already have the theme for the offline. Some of the restaurants you have up there would be perfect for what I have in mind...

I think this time next year ought to be perfect.
quote:
Originally posted by Machine:
Thursday with the boys!!

1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
2007 Newton Chard
2005 Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora
1997 Tignanello
1998 Col d'Orcia Olmaia
1999 Marchesi Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
2003 Sassicaia
2004 Ornellaia
2004 Flaccianello
2005 Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale
2007 Climens

Friday-felt-like-puking-all-day but impromptu chinese food with a bottle or two turned into 3 bottles and then 6...stuffed with food and satiated with vino:

1999 Dom Perignon
1975 Palmer
1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
1994 Masseto
2009 Masseto
2010 Antonin Guyon Corton

Today at home cleaning and baking before off to dad's for plonksgiving:

2001 Pavie


Good lord. Nice stuff.
A late lunch at Barolo Bar in Monforte d'Alba:

2012 Gianfranco Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo - fragrant perfumed nose; light body, fresh and fruit-forward.
2012 Marcarini Barbera d'Alba Ciabot Camerano - great cherry, tea and roses nose; mid-weight palate dominated by tannins and acid right now.

With beef carpaccio, a Caprese salad and roasted chestnuts.
Friday night w/roast duck breast-- second time this week, but could not resist-- and some nice appetizers at our home and at the restaurant:

- NV Henriot Champagne Blanc de Blancs -- dough dominates nose, with pear, bread, lemon and roast nut flavours, feels rich on the palate, good acidity, good mousse, fairly long lip-smacking finish, delicious

- 2012 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes -- lots of grapefruit, lemon, decent acidity, clean and crisp, nice

- 2003 Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards -- still young and dark, powerhouse Hermitage, berry, plum, fig, spice cake, mushroom, black olive, good acidity, silky, very long finish, outstanding wine

- 2004 Spinifex Shiraz-Viognier -- like fresh-crushed ripe raspberries, this is a nice wine that unfortunately suffered by following the Bessards, seemed simple in comparison though the fruit is ripe, rich, pure

Last night, with spicy salmon and prawn soup with noodles, a bottle of 2012 Wild Goose Gewürztraminer Okanagan, which is the BC white of this season for me, off-dry, litchi, pear, honey, good acidity, a bargain
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by EB Wine:
'97 Seavey Cabernet- disappointing for the price point. Showed a roasted fruit/raisin character that I didn't like.



EB, I'm thinking a heat damaged bottle. I have never had a Seavey show like this in anyway.


That could be. Great provenance is no guarantee (brought this bottle home directly from the winery).

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