My wife came home with some good news today so I opened a bottle of NV Louis de Sacy Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru, which has a lovely deep salmon colour, fine mousse, cherry, dough, some strawberry, mineral and a bit of ginger, medium-long finish, very nice. I like this Rosé quite a bit more than this producer's regular Brut.
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Took off last Friday with a couple of fellow seafood/shellfish lovers on a 4-day gorge-and-drink weekend up north. Great way to celebrate my birthday this year. In the back of the SUV, we were loaded up with a truly impressive supply of Nova Scotia lobsters, king crab, and several boxes of oysters (Kusshi, Raspberry Point and Fanny Bay). For variety and palate relief, there was also a bunch of steaks. Wines served were:

2002 Collett Millesime Brut
2002 Lacourte Godbilion Brut
2004 Drappier Grande Sendree
NV Drappier Zero Dosage
NV Gaston Chquet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne d'Aÿ
NV Pierre Peters Brut Blancs d Blancs Cuvee de Reserve
2011 Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills
2011 Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road
2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling Smaragd
2007 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Loibner Berg
2007 Prager Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Klaus
2007 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve
2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre
1997 Frescobaldi Lamaione
2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo

Given some of the negative comments about 2003 barolos, I was curious how the Scavino wine would perform ... and I was happy to find it drinking quite nicely for their low-end blended Barolo.

For me, the two best wines were the 2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling and the 1997 Lamaione.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Took off last Friday with a couple of fellow seafood/shellfish lovers on a 4-day gorge-and-drink weekend up north. Great way to celebrate my birthday this year. In the back of the SUV, we were loaded up with a truly impressive supply of Nova Scotia lobsters, king crab, and several boxes of oysters (Kusshi, Raspberry Point and Fanny Bay). For variety and palate relief, there was also a bunch of steaks. Wines served were:

2002 Collett Millesime Brut
2002 Lacourte Godbilion Brut
2004 Drappier Grande Sendree
NV Drappier Zero Dosage
NV Gaston Chquet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne d'Aÿ
NV Pierre Peters Brut Blancs d Blancs Cuvee de Reserve
2011 Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills
2011 Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road
2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling Smaragd
2007 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Loibner Berg
2007 Prager Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Klaus
2007 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve
2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre
1997 Frescobaldi Lamaione
2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo

Given some of the negative comments about 2003 barolos, I was curious how the Scavino wine would perform ... and I was happy to find it drinking quite nicely for their low-end blended Barolo.

For me, the two best wines were the 2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling and the 1997 Lamaione.


Sounds like a heavenly weekend!
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Took off last Friday with a couple of fellow seafood/shellfish lovers on a 4-day gorge-and-drink weekend up north. Great way to celebrate my birthday this year. In the back of the SUV, we were loaded up with a truly impressive supply of Nova Scotia lobsters, king crab, and several boxes of oysters (Kusshi, Raspberry Point and Fanny Bay). For variety and palate relief, there was also a bunch of steaks. Wines served were:

2002 Collett Millesime Brut
2002 Lacourte Godbilion Brut
2004 Drappier Grande Sendree
NV Drappier Zero Dosage
NV Gaston Chquet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne d'Aÿ
NV Pierre Peters Brut Blancs d Blancs Cuvee de Reserve
2011 Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills
2011 Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road
2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling Smaragd
2007 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Loibner Berg
2007 Prager Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Klaus
2007 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve
2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre
1997 Frescobaldi Lamaione
2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo

Given some of the negative comments about 2003 barolos, I was curious how the Scavino wine would perform ... and I was happy to find it drinking quite nicely for their low-end blended Barolo.

For me, the two best wines were the 2011 Emmerich Knoll Ried Schütt Dürnsteiner Riesling and the 1997 Lamaione.


Wow that's a great 4-day outing!

As is my style, I'm keying in on the Napa cabs. Love the Frank Family cabs. But would be interested in learning more about that Riesling. This is a grape I still have very little experience with. My off the shelf buying at local liquor stores has never turned out quite well
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by dzitt:
Had a beautiful lunch today with these (and some friends Smile )

1979 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Napa

A nice afternoon, dzitt. How did the Diamond Creek show for you? Was this your first? I can't recall.


Not the first old Diamond Creek I had (opened a 1981 Volcanic Hill last year), but with this 1979 yes. The best wine at yesterday's lunch, by far and for all attendees.

Will write a TN on this since I was so impatient to open it and it didn't fail to satisfy Smile
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
first glass of wine in over two weeks thanks to a wonderful fever follwed by a sinus infection... '06 Pirrimimma Petit verdot. I could smell and taste it, so in that regard it was wonderful.


Glad you're doing better. Sounds like a tough 2 weeks.

I've liked the Pirrimimma PV in the past, but never held one that long. Usually buy and drink a couple.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
first glass of wine in over two weeks thanks to a wonderful fever follwed by a sinus infection... '06 Pirrimimma Petit verdot. I could smell and taste it, so in that regard it was wonderful.


Glad you're doing better. Sounds like a tough 2 weeks.

I've liked the Pirrimimma PV in the past, but never held one that long. Usually buy and drink a couple.


on the positive side, i'm now like, totally, two fevers away from my target weight!!!
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
first glass of wine in over two weeks thanks to a wonderful fever follwed by a sinus infection... '06 Pirrimimma Petit verdot. I could smell and taste it, so in that regard it was wonderful.


Glad you're doing better. Sounds like a tough 2 weeks.

I've liked the Pirrimimma PV in the past, but never held one that long. Usually buy and drink a couple.


on the positive side, i'm now like, totally, two fevers away from my target weight!!!


Try eating some chicken tartare, that will get you halfway there.
Last night with GlennK and Gigabit:

2005 Guigal Ex Voto Blanc - Stunning wine that continued to change throughout the evening.
1982 Chateau Magdelaine - Slightly corked and a shame
1987 Dominus - Dark color and still very young IMO. Nice menthol and tobacco notes. Tasty.
2008 Chateau Mouton Rothschild - A beast. Opened up some in the decanter and was giving more than expected. Not sure I would have pegged it as Bdx blind by the nose.
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
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Originally posted by mangiare:
1998 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva


Report please!

+1


Off a restaurant wine list. Started light on it's feet with an interesting sweetness and very light colour. Over time it gained weight, amazing red fruit, fantastic bouquet, silky with good acidity.
Initially very understated but the type that in time, you can't stay away from.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
Getting giddy for tonight. I'm supplying the wine for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary.

1998 Krug
2006 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 375ml
1989 Leoville Las Cases
1992 Dominus
1998 Ornellaia (back-up)



You know it is going to be a good night when the backup wine is '98 Ornellaia. Enjoy, and congrats to your in-laws. Smile
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
2001 Antonio Sanguineti Brunello di Montalcino


How was it? A lot of restaurants in town carry Sanguineti wines -


It was OK. It seems to be in an awkward phase right now. In transition between primary fruits and herbaceousness. Early on I would've given it a mid 90s score. Now it wouldn't hit 90. Give it time to slow-O? Who knows.
Lineup for dinner with friends tomorrow night I believe will be:

NV Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier
2011 Fess Parker Santa Rita Hills Ashley's Vyd. Chard.
2012 Francois Chidaine Vouvray Sec Les Argiles
2000 Les Tourelles de Longueville (Mag)
2003 Mas de Boislauzon CdP Cuvee du Quet
2004 Clarendon Hills Syrah Liandra
2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
2010 domaine Philippe Chavy Bourgogne Chardonnay
2009 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Cazetiers"
2005 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett


Nice selection! How was the 2009 Faiveley Cazetiers?
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Originally posted by Duojet:
1993 Ceretto Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche.

A disjointed mess. It didn't help that the server didn't properly decant; he just poured bottoms up in a decanter. Every glass poured had sediment.

Other than the poor decant, were you expecting much more from it?
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
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Originally posted by Duojet:
1993 Ceretto Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche.

A disjointed mess. It didn't help that the server didn't properly decant; he just poured bottoms up in a decanter. Every glass poured had sediment.

Other than the poor decant, were you expecting much more from it?


I met someone from the Ceretto family earlier this year. We talked about wine and he thought that the 93 was likely past its prime. That conversation made me hopeful but prepared me for a less than stellar experience.
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Originally posted by Duojet:
1993 Ceretto Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche.

A disjointed mess. It didn't help that the server didn't properly decant; he just poured bottoms up in a decanter. Every glass poured had sediment.


Bang That bites!

2007 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuit-Saint-Georgers Les Roncieres 1er
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Originally posted by mangiare:
Getting giddy for tonight. I'm supplying the wine for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary.

1998 Krug
2006 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 375ml
1989 Leoville Las Cases
1992 Dominus
1998 Ornellaia (back-up)


Nice line-up. Hopefully, they appreciated the effort and quality. My mother in-law would have tasted the Krug and said that it was no asti spumante.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by mangiare:
Getting giddy for tonight. I'm supplying the wine for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary.

1998 Krug - gorgeous and young. I'd love to make this my house wine. What a treat.
2006 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 375ml
1989 Leoville Las Cases - absolutely phenomenal. I was worried as I've had some duds but it showed with more freshness and fruit than any previous bottle. Fantastic pairing with duck.
1992 Dominus - good but not the best showing based on too much brett. Unfortunately it was overpowering.

A memorable evening with great people.
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Too many great ones to count during the last two weeks here in Italy, however did come across a regional bottle in Varenna at dinner last night we really enjoyed and had never had before. 2007 La Castellina Fondazione Fojanini Valtellina Superiore - Sassella Le Barbarine - Riserva
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Lineup for dinner with friends tomorrow night I believe will be:

NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs
NV Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier
2011 Fess Parker Santa Rita Hills Ashley's Vyd. Chard.
2012 Francois Chidaine Vouvray Sec Les Argiles
2000 Les Tourelles de Longueville (Mag)
2003 Mas de Boislauzon CdP Cuvee du Quet
2004 Clarendon Hills Syrah Liandra
2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica


The sparklers were solid. I actually preferred the Gruet. The two whites were very good, with the Vouvray possibly being WOTN. If it wasn't then the Antica Terra probably was. The Les Tourelles was good+ and improved throughout the evening. The CdP was good but like many 2003s didn't have any subtlety to it. The Clarendon Hills was big and disjointed.
Last night

- 2006 Cameron Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge -- ripe cherry and some funk on the nose; ripe cherry, cranberry, anise with mushroomy/earthy notes in the background, silky, long rich finish; too ripe to be Burgundy but hits all the right notes; excellent

I also started with a glass of Ricard Pastis and water, which is intense but a bit sweet for an aperitif, to my taste.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by VinT:
2009 Patrice Chevrier Fleurie Domaine de Sermezy


How was this? My last bottle, of many, was gone a long while ago.

Just enjoying it now. It has nice depth to it, and also a touch of that burnt rubber thing, but in a good way. I still have two more after this - waiting for your next "young n' old Beaujolais" dinner. Smile
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
2009 Keplinger Red Slope


I had a Keplinger Basilisk on Saturday. I love what she does with grenache. Packs a nice punch, but it is really well balanced. Hopefully I can keep my hands of a few of them for another 7-10 years, and see how they develop.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
2009 Keplinger Red Slope


I had a Keplinger Basilisk on Saturday. I love what she does with grenache. Packs a nice punch, but it is really well balanced. Hopefully I can keep my hands of a few of them for another 7-10 years, and see how they develop.


Az,

What vintage was the Basilisk? Also, any thoughts on what vintages of any of the Keplinger wines are drinking the best right about now. I believe I have most of her wines since the 2009 vintage. I'm heading to Boston/RI in a couple of weeks to visit friends and see the Bears-Pats game, and thought I'd bring a Keplinger among the wines I take out. TIA
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Az,

What vintage was the Basilisk? Also, any thoughts on what vintages of any of the Keplinger wines are drinking the best right about now. I believe I have most of her wines since the 2009 vintage. I'm heading to Boston/RI in a couple of weeks to visit friends and see the Bears-Pats game, and thought I'd bring a Keplinger among the wines I take out. TIA


It was the 2011. I had seen less than favorable notes on CT regarding the 2011's, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. I enjoyed it. Definitely has room to grow. I also had a 2010 Caldera in May, which was good, but not great. I had an 09 Lithic (which is my favorite of her portfolio) a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed it. I guess if I was choosing, I'd start with the 09's.

Although, if you happened to buy the 2012 El Dorado (the white rhone blend), Whine-oh and I had it about a month ago and really enjoyed it.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Az,

What vintage was the Basilisk? Also, any thoughts on what vintages of any of the Keplinger wines are drinking the best right about now. I believe I have most of her wines since the 2009 vintage. I'm heading to Boston/RI in a couple of weeks to visit friends and see the Bears-Pats game, and thought I'd bring a Keplinger among the wines I take out. TIA


It was the 2011. I had seen less than favorable notes on CT regarding the 2011's, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. I enjoyed it. Definitely has room to grow. I also had a 2010 Caldera in May, which was good, but not great. I had an 09 Lithic (which is my favorite of her portfolio) a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed it. I guess if I was choosing, I'd start with the 09's.

Although, if you happened to buy the 2012 El Dorado (the white rhone blend), Whine-oh and I had it about a month ago and really enjoyed it.


Thanks AZ. Great minds must think alike, as I was thinking of bringing a 2011 Caldera to try and get a read on the 2011s. I might go with a 2009 Red Slope though, since by WIML's note it is should be drinking pretty well.

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