Tonight, 2009 Felton Road Pinot Noir Calvert, which has a nice nose but seems a bit tight in the mouth, with obvious herbal/sage notes as well as ripe cherry, and a medium length finish with fine tannins. I'm hoping this will open up more over the next hour, but right now it's just a little bit disappointing.
Tonight, a pretty decent blind Tuscan red lineup, although nothing blew me out of the water except for a couple of the non-blind side wines. In order of preference:

2009 Argiano Toscana Non Confundituro
2000 Tenimenti Angelini Brunello di Montalcino Val di Suga
2010 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
1997 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo
2004 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
2010 Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
2007 Elisabetta Geppetti Morellino di Scansano Riserva
2004 Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino

On the side, a couple of interesting Greek whites:
2013 Domaine Porto Carras Athiri Sithonia
2013 Domaine Porto Carras Malagouzia Sithonia
and a very worthwhile California take on Pinot Grigio:
2012 Point Conception Pinot Grigio Marca Solis Sta Barbara County

and finally, the two best wines of the night, both non-blind:
2010 Montepeloso Eneo Toscana
2010 Chateau Smith Haut-Lafite
(I was not responsible for either of the aforementioned infanticides, beyond merely aiding and abetting them)

As this is my 2500th post, I decided it was time for a new moniker. For the last couple of years I've been cutting back somewhat on drinking, buying, and posting here, but my designs for 2015 involve ramping back up on all of the above (and hopefully offlining as well). Thanks to everyone on this forum for keeping things interesting!
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Originally posted by Parcival:
In keeping with my baby-killing ways . . .

2010 Shafer Hillside Select
--delicious despite its extremely young age and 15.5% alcohol content!
--will not be opening another one for many many years to come (which for me, means about 2 years!)

Wow, you really didn't wait long at all on that one!
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
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Originally posted by Parcival:
In keeping with my baby-killing ways . . .

2010 Shafer Hillside Select
--delicious despite its extremely young age and 15.5% alcohol content!
--will not be opening another one for many many years to come (which for me, means about 2 years!)

Wow, you really didn't wait long at all on that one!


I wouldn't want to extrapolate too much from so few data points, but we've had 2010 Caymus SS three times, 2010 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain, 2010 Altamura Napa, and 2010 Lewis Hillstone, and all of these are really enjoyable. I've no doubt they'll improve, but they're fun to drink young if you don't mind purple tongue and teeth.

The Caymus SS, especially, reminded me right away of a big delicious Australian shiraz, and I mean that in the good way. I bought a bunch of these.
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Awesome dinner at the craft

1970 petrus
1986 mouton rothschild
1995 angelus

How was the '86 Mouton? Have they started to mature yet or are they still tight as a drum? I've been sitting on mine since release and waiting to pop a couple.
Last night at Crush with a handful of the TO gang:

2002 Bisol Pas Dosé Extra Brut Millesimato Talento Classico
2010 J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Blanche
2010 Massa Vecchia Maremma Toscana Fabrizio Niccolaini Rosato
1989 Guasti Clemente Barolo Riserva
1998 Domenico Clerico Barolo Carobric
1996 Heitz Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cab Sauv
1998 Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Riesling Spätlese
2009 Massa Vecchia Maremma Toscana Passito (Aleatico)

All bottles tasted blind. All showed well. Some real surprises, especially the Carobric which no one pegged as Nebbiolo. When we learned what it was, we were sure that someone had poured the wrong bottle.

Some of the crew continued at FWR afterwards:

2012 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo
[QUOTE]Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Last night at Crush with a handful of the TO gang:

2002 Bisol Pas Dosé Extra Brut Millesimato Talento Classico
2010 J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Blanche
2010 Massa Vecchia Maremma Toscana Fabrizio Niccolaini Rosato
1989 Guasti Clemente Barolo Riserva
1998 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric
1996 Heitz Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cab Sauv
1998 Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Riesling Spätlese
2009 Massa Vecchia Maremma Toscana Passito (Aleatico)

All bottles tasted blind. All showed well. Some real surprises, especially the Carobric which no one pegged as Nebbiolo. When we learned what it was, we were sure that someone had poured the wrong bottle.

THANK YOU for organizing Sunnylea!

Great night, as always! The eclectic mix of wines made it very interesting. Despite it not showing typical Barolo character, I enjoyed the 98 Scavino Carobric. The 1989 Guasti Clemente Barolo Reserva was great also. Would have to say those were my to favorite reds.

I was surprised at how young the 1998 Spatlese showed. This bottles showed younger than the previous one opened in 2012. It was a good pairing with a pear tart.
Last night with a set mushroom dinner (chanterelle, lobster mushroom, shitake, porcini, etc incorporated into each course) I had a couple glasses of 2007 Pietro Rinaldi Barbaresco San Cristoforo, which was pleasant in the mouth but forgettable, very little bouquet, light to medium ruby colour, and some plum and berry flavours, quite short finish.
Tonight

- 2009 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otaago -- nice nose of berries and an herbal or leafy note that I can't quite identify; berry, plum, raw beef flavours, very good acidity, medium-long finish; fairly light but concentrated, very nice

- 2001 Castelgiocondo (Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino -- I'm almost at the end of my stash of these, and will be sorry when I have the last bottle; plum, leather, berries, tobacco, all swirling around the palate, silky, good acidity, long finish, rich and satisfying; excellent
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
- 2009 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otaago --


I've been sitting on a couple of these. Think it will develop further, or is it as good as it will get?

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Originally posted by Seaquam:
- 2001 Castelgiocondo (Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino --


I'm picking up some of the 1999 tomorrow. Hope it's as good as your 2001!

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