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 sunnylea57:
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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.
Visits to two producers in Veneto today, and there couldn't have been a bigger contrast in the experiences.

At Giuseppi Quintarelli we tasted:

2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore
2002 Rosso del Bepi
2004 Amarone Classico
2003 Amarone Riserva
2005 Alzero
2001 Recioto Della Valpolicella

And at Michele Castellani we tasted:

2011 Valpolicella Classico Superiore i Castei
2010 Sergio Rosso Veronese
2005 Amarone i Castei Campo Caselin

At Quintarelli, we were first greeted by Fiorenze, Giuseppe's daughter and current proprietor. She had her son, Francesco, give us the tour and tasting, since he speaks English better than she does. Francesco was gracious, warm and incredibly informative. What a treat to tour the entire facility, even while it's under extensive renovation.

Meanwhile, Mara Castellani, Michele's daughter, was cool and fairly dismissive - and she chewed gum through the entire tasting (which lasted perhaps 15 minutes). Then she left us to do our own self-guided "tour" of the cellars. Weird.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Very weird and disappointing about your Castellani visit. They didn't even pour any of the good stuff like the Amarone Cinque Stelle, et al.


Agreed. But as disappointing as Castellani was, Quintarelli exceeded expectations. I hadn't expected to be able to get in to visit them at all. I called 6 weeks ago and was told they were too busy with the harvest and the renovation. But our host at the agriturismo called this morning and was able to secure an appointment for us.
- 1997 Rocca Albino Barbaresco Brich Ronchi -- I last had a bottle of this in 2010, and it seems that it was better than tonight's bottle which has significant bricking, still a lovely floral and cherry nose, but now the flavours seem just slightly faded, and while the wine is silky in the mouth it is certainly lighter than in the past, with troubling, drying tannins that outlast the fruit on the finish. It's not bad at all, but a somewhat diminished version of what it once was.

I first opened a bottle of this in 2004, when it seemed powerful and timeless, and bought a few more earlier this year in the hope that I was right, but it seems that the wine may be on its slow decline. I'll be drinking my other 4 bottles in the next few months, and I look forward to discovering whether this was a one-off or a typical bottle.
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Originally posted by Impulse:
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Originally posted by Bytown Rick:
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Originally posted by Impulse:
2012 Laughing Stock Portfolio


And how was it? Mine just arrived today.

Rick

It's a clearly a good vintage for the Portfolio. Lots of depth, with the usual character.


Thanks.

Rick
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Originally posted by Bytown Rick:
2011 Domaine Tournon Mathilda Shiraz-Viognier, with baby back ribs. The first bottle (decanted for two hours) was pepper, pepper. pepper. With dark fruit in the background. The second was a pop and pour. Less pepper, more fruit.

Both were great with the spicy ribs Big Grin .

Rick
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:
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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.


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.
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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


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).
Three by the glass with dinner at La Salita in Monforte:

2013 Cascina Amalia Barbera
2012 Aldo Clerico Langhe Nebbiolo
2009 Cascina Bongiovanni Barolo

All were very young and straightforward, all were very different, and all were pleasant enough in their own way. None were particularly memorable. If I had to choose one, I'd go with the A. Clerico.

Tomorrow our Piemonte visit starts in earnest.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Three by the glass with dinner at La Salita in Monforte:

2013 Cascina Amalia Barbera
2012 Aldo Clerico Langhe Nebbiolo
2009 Cascina Bongiovanni Barolo

All were very young and straightforward, all were very different, and all were pleasant enough in their own way. None were particularly memorable. If I had to choose one, I'd go with the A. Clerico.

Tomorrow our Piemonte visit starts in earnest.


Looking forward to the updates!
Busy but fun wine drinking weekend.

After the wonderful truffle dinner with the San Diego crew two nights ago, last night, I enjoyed the following with some colleagues at a great steakhouse in San Diego, Cowboy Star:

1995 Verget Chablis Grad Cru "Valmur"
1996 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild
1999 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1C Syrah
2001 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes

Tonight:

2007 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon
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Originally posted by EB Wine:
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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).


In that case I would strongly suggest that you contact the winery and mention how this bottle showed, diplomatically suggest the suspect heat damage and politely inquire if they wouldn't mind replacing it.
Back to back tastings today:

At Fratelli Brovia

2011 Barbera d'Alba Ciabot Del Fi
2010 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggione

They've almost sold out of their 2010 cru Baroli, and can't offer them at tastings, and have a limited sales to 3 bottles of each cru. I bought one each of the Villero, Brea Ca'Mia and Rocche.

At Paolo Scavino

2013 Sorriso Langhe (white blend)
2012 Barbera d'Alba Affinato in Carati
2012 Langhe Nebbiolo
2010 Barolo
2005 Barolo Cannubi
2005 Barolo Bric del Fiasc

They are sold out of the 2010 cru Baroli, and can only offer the blend at tastings. I already have the '05 Bric del Fiasc, so I bought a few bottles of the 2005 Cannubi. I also liked the 2012 Barbera d'Alba Affinato in Carati and the 2010 "base" Barolo, but I'm limited in how much I can haul back to Canada.

Both visits were positive, enlightening experiences. Alex Sanchez at Brovia was busy with work, but Alessandra was charming and knowledgeable.

At Scavino, Riccardo was passionate and informative. He received his sommelier designation while he was still a teenager - and it's clear he knows and loves wine. We also talked for awhile with Enrico and his sister. They don't speak English, and we don't speak Italian, but we were able to make ourselves understood.

At both visits, we had lengthy tours of the facilities and I took quite a few photos which I'll post later.
Last night with a French twist on Thanksgiving turkey (breast roulade, leg confit), we had

- 2005 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Cuvée Laurence -- I love when a white wine has just started to darken to a rich burnished gold, and even our server commented on the beautiful colour of this wine; lovely floral and icing sugar nose; just slightly thick on the palate, with lots of pear, litchi, peach, honey, almost creamy, excellent acidity, and a long rich finish. Terrific Gewürztraminer, and can still go a few more years easily.
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Originally posted by gloriouswine22:
I drank Argentine Malbec yesterday, it was great.

Bravo! I drank red wine yesterday- it was awesome.


Wow! I drank White wine yesterday - one was awesome too!

The other was from my mother-in-law and was the type of Cava that gave Cava a bad name...

gloriouswine22, should I try some of this Malbec stuff from Argentina? People are talking about it...
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Originally posted by Mimik:

Good lord. Nice stuff.


At outlier few days to be sure, but a welcomed treat.


I'm surprised you're still upright, A.

A remarkable 3 days.


Friday was a difficult nausea-filled day, until the evening!
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Tonight at Trattoria Della Posta to accompany tagliatelle with a mass of white truffle shavings:

2012 Rinaldi Langhe Nebbiolo

I'm kinda hoping I fit in your carry-on next time. Your descriptions and photos of wine, food and travel are making us all envious.
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Best of the bunch enjoyed on recent trips to Turkey, Greece, London, HK, and AU:

NV Krug
1996 Dom Perignon
NV Cedric Bouchard Val Vilane
1996 Penfolds Bin 707
1997 Dominus
1997 Insignia
2001 Dominus
1996 Lynch Bages
2001 Fattoria
2004 Bindi Pinot Noir

It's good to be Gkapoor!
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Best of the bunch enjoyed on recent trips to Turkey, Greece, London, HK, and AU:

NV Krug
1996 Dom Perignon
NV Cedric Bouchard Val Vilane
1996 Penfolds Bin 707
1997 Dominus
1997 Insignia
2001 Dominus
1996 Lynch Bages
2001 Fattoria
2004 Bindi Pinot Noir

It's good to be Gkapoor!

It's good to be either of you, but things aren't too shabby here in the great white north.

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