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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 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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