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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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.


+1. I hope to hear the details about the trip at an offline this fall..
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Two more appointments today!

At E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis):

2013 Dolcetto d'Alba
2012 Barbera d'Alba Superiore
2012 Langhe Nebbiolo
2009 Barolo Via Nuova
2009 Barolo Mosconi
2005 Barolo Cannubi

And at Giacomo Conterno:

2012 Barbera d'Alba Francia
2010 Barolo Francia

In the words of the erudite VinC "YUM!"
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Two more appointments today!

At E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis):

2013 Dolcetto d'Alba
2012 Barbera d'Alba Superiore
2012 Langhe Nebbiolo
2009 Barolo Via Nuova
2009 Barolo Mosconi
2005 Barolo Cannubi

And at Giacomo Conterno:

2012 Barbera d'Alba Francia
2010 Barolo Francia

In the words of the erudite VinC "YUM!"

Indeed! Sounds like a wonderful time
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Originally posted by Shaferguy91:
2010 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard


Hey SG, I've been flying under the radar for a while now (since, what, 2007 or so?), but thought of you and the ol' gang over the past few nights.

Enjoyed a 2003 Radio Coteau Timbervine last night, and tonight it was 2001 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (with lobster bisque). It reminded me of how difficult a time we had getting the R-C delivered after they got inundated with demand post-publication of their scores, and ... well, the Prum I got from that wine shop behind the Pancake Pantry in Nashville, thanks to your guidance.

These wines delivered as promised lo, those many years ago. I wish I could have gotten more R-C, but I'm thrilled to have another 25 or so cases of 2001-2 Rieslings. I guess it's time to start regularly enjoying these, as they seem to be hitting their prime.
9:30 AM appointment this morning at Aldo Conterno. A great visit and conversation with winemaker Giacomo - a welcoming, down to earth man.

2011 Aldo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile
2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello
2007 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2006 Aldo Conterno Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva

All fantastic, but of course the hands down WOTM (wine of the morning) was the Gran Bussia.
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2011 myriad beckstoffer dr crane cab


Would like to hear about this one.


awesome

and probably one of the most affordable beckstoffers on the market.

What g-man said.

Finishing up the last 1/3 of the bottle tonight. Really beautiful, clean fruit that doesn't get overpowered by the alcohol. Maybe the best 2011 napa I have tried.
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Originally posted by stemor:
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Originally posted by Shaferguy91:
2010 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard


Hey SG, I've been flying under the radar for a while now (since, what, 2007 or so?), but thought of you and the ol' gang over the past few nights.

Enjoyed a 2003 Radio Coteau Timbervine last night, and tonight it was 2001 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (with lobster bisque). It reminded me of how difficult a time we had getting the R-C delivered after they got inundated with demand post-publication of their scores, and ... well, the Prum I got from that wine shop behind the Pancake Pantry in Nashville, thanks to your guidance.

These wines delivered as promised lo, those many years ago. I wish I could have gotten more R-C, but I'm thrilled to have another 25 or so cases of 2001-2 Rieslings. I guess it's time to start regularly enjoying these, as they seem to be hitting their prime.
25 cases or so of 2001-02 Rieslings Smile You have been flying under the radar for quite some time. Hope all is well with you and the family. The gang doesn't get together as often as we once did but still do on occasion. The participants have changed a bit, usually it consists of a few of us guys meeting out every so often. Not near as formal as it once was. We are getting together on 11/7/14 if you're interested. There will be 6 of us at the most. Love to see you again and share some great wine.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
9:30 AM appointment this morning at Aldo Conterno. A great visit and conversation with winemaker Giacomo - a welcoming, down to earth man.

2011 Aldo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile
2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello
2007 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2006 Aldo Conterno Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva

All fantastic, but of course the hands down WOTM (wine of the morning) was the Gran Bussia.


One of the best visits I have had in Piemonte was with Giacomo. A really beautiful estate with a commanding presence overlooking the Bussia vineyard. I'm sure you got the history lesson centered around the cru vineyards of Monforte as well.
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Originally posted by EB Wine:
Decanting an '11 Schrader RBS ('11s supposed to drink young, right??). My birthday so I'll do what I want!

Getting ready to enjoy the Blackhawk's game!

Happy Birthday EB. Let us know how that RBS turned out.


Thank you, Sparty. The RBS was nice, but needs time (as expected). If their poor vintage stuff is this solid, I can't wait for my '12s (and '13s for that matter).
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Originally posted by Longboarder:
2012 Charmes Godard Blanc
2012 Gravette de Certan
2011 Vieux Chateau Certan
2009 Chateau Puygueraud
2006 Vieux Chateau Certan
2005 Vieux Chateau Certan
2001 Vieux Chateau Certan
1998 Vieux Chateau Certan


Nice! Any notes? Highlights?


The '98 is a beautiful wine. The '05 is still a beast and needs lots of air but will be a great VCC when it matures. I really enjoyed the '06 and I think it is an underappreciated vintage. The '11 is a better wine than Parker thinks. The '01 was my least favorite.
For those asking:

2004 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (10/15/2014)
WIML91
Tasted non blind.

Dark garnet color in glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of light smoke notes, black berries, plums and black raspberries. Flavors of black raspberries, black berries and boysenberries. Tangy acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

Not to shabby for such a young wine. I think I'd lean more towards holding though.
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
For those asking:

2004 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (10/15/2014)
WIML91
Tasted non blind.

Dark garnet color in glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of light smoke notes, black berries, plums and black raspberries. Flavors of black raspberries, black berries and boysenberries. Tangy acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

Not to shabby for such a young wine. I think I'd lean more towards holding though.


wiml... I wish you'd post notes more often. I respect your palate, and am not a frequent lurker in the blogoshpere. Razz tia....

PH
Tonight, 2008 Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro, which is still very dark but has softened quite a bit over the last couple of years, lots of plum and berry flavours, some mineral, long finish with very fine tannins. A delicious blend of mainly (85%) Touriga Nacional, Franca, and Roriz, though has little resemblance to any Port. Very nice wine.
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
Last night for dinner at the new CC:

1991 Beringer reserve (wotn)
1994 montelena estate
1996 silver oak
2000 poyferre



Beringer Private Reserve Cabs from '91, 92, 94, 95, 97 were (are?) all terrific wines that eventually turned out to be bargains relative to other Napa Cabs of that level, and were very easy to find for a long time. Wish I still had a few in my cellar. Glad to hear the '91 still shows well today. Smile
An exceptional Thursday night (at least by my standards) . . .

2007 Domaine Bzikot Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatieres'
1990 Chateau Pichon Baron (WOTN)
1989 Chateau La Lagone
1989 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
1989 Chateau Montrose -- corked Mad
1989 Chateau Le Gay (Co runner-up WOTN)
1994 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
2001 Chateau Rieussec (Co runner-up WOTN)

Except for the corked Montrose, not a clunker in the bunch. The generosity of fellow wine lovers is amazing.
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
An exceptional Thursday night (at least by my standards) . . .

2007 Domaine Bzikot Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatieres'
1990 Chateau Pichon Baron (WOTN)
1989 Chateau La Lagone
1989 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
1989 Chateau Montrose -- corked Mad
1989 Chateau Le Gay (Co runner-up WOTN)
1994 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
2001 Chateau Rieussec (Co runner-up WOTN)

Except for the corked Montrose, not a clunker in the bunch. The generosity of fellow wine lovers is amazing.


hey would love a note on the 89 le gay if you can

this is one house in pomerol that I absolutely love for the money.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
An exceptional Thursday night (at least by my standards) . . .

2007 Domaine Bzikot Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatieres'
1990 Chateau Pichon Baron (WOTN)
1989 Chateau La Lagone
1989 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
1989 Chateau Montrose -- corked Mad
1989 Chateau Le Gay (Co runner-up WOTN)
1994 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
2001 Chateau Rieussec (Co runner-up WOTN)

Except for the corked Montrose, not a clunker in the bunch. The generosity of fellow wine lovers is amazing.


hey would love a note on the 89 le gay if you can

this is one house in pomerol that I absolutely love for the money.


i had an '89 le gay 6 years ago and still remember it to be stunning. I second your sentiment about the house.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
An exceptional Thursday night (at least by my standards) . . .

2007 Domaine Bzikot Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatieres'
1990 Chateau Pichon Baron (WOTN)
1989 Chateau La Lagone
1989 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
1989 Chateau Montrose -- corked Mad
1989 Chateau Le Gay (Co runner-up WOTN)
1994 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
2001 Chateau Rieussec (Co runner-up WOTN)

Except for the corked Montrose, not a clunker in the bunch. The generosity of fellow wine lovers is amazing.


hey would love a note on the 89 le gay if you can

this is one house in pomerol that I absolutely love for the money.


i had an '89 le gay 6 years ago and still remember it to be stunning. I second your sentiment about the house.


thanks!
i'm down to my last 96' of the le gay and having it last year, it was still young and lush red fruits.
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
An exceptional Thursday night (at least by my standards) . . .

2007 Domaine Bzikot Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatieres'
1990 Chateau Pichon Baron (WOTN)
1989 Chateau La Lagone
1989 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
1989 Chateau Montrose -- corked Mad
1989 Chateau Le Gay (Co runner-up WOTN)
1994 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
2001 Chateau Rieussec (Co runner-up WOTN)

Except for the corked Montrose, not a clunker in the bunch. The generosity of fellow wine lovers is amazing.


Very nice lineup, Sharkey. We had the 1990 Pichon Baron earlier this year, and were most impressed with it. It is a very special wine.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
wiml... I wish you'd post notes more often. I respect your palate, and am not a frequent lurker in the blogoshpere. Razz tia....

PH


Thanks. I understand the blogosphere thing too. I just gave up posting every note to every forum. I was and still am for that matter spending way too much time preparing and posting notes. Having said that though I am more than happy to cross post any and all tasting notes desired.
At the Penfolds Recorking Clinic in Los Angeles

2014 Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling
2012 Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay
2012 Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)
2012 Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz (South Australia)
2011 Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz / Grenache / Mataro (Barossa)
2012 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz (Coonawara)
2012 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
2012 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz (Baby Grange)
2012 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz
2011 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz
2012 Penfolds RWT Shiraz (Barossa)
2012 Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz
2009 Penfolds Grange
2010 Penfolds Grange

From my inspected wines, we tried:
1993 Penfolds Grange
1999 Penfolds Grange

Lovely event, great food, great drink, and very nice, wine-loving people - including Wolfgang Puck.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
An exceptional Thursday night (at least by my standards) . . .

2007 Domaine Bzikot Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatieres'
1990 Chateau Pichon Baron (WOTN)
1989 Chateau La Lagone
1989 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
1989 Chateau Montrose -- corked Mad
1989 Chateau Le Gay (Co runner-up WOTN)
1994 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
2001 Chateau Rieussec (Co runner-up WOTN)

Except for the corked Montrose, not a clunker in the bunch. The generosity of fellow wine lovers is amazing.


hey would love a note on the 89 le gay if you can

this is one house in pomerol that I absolutely love for the money.


g-man -- The 1989 Le Gay was fantastic. Youthful and fresh (Note: This bottle was purchased by my friend on release and stored in his cellar -- as were all of the red Bordeaux.), with currant, lead pencil and a touch of tobacco on the nose. Complex and balanced on the attack. The fruit is expressive and is bolstered by the secondary flavor development and integrated tannins that transition into a long finish. This went 'toe-to-toe' with the 1990 Pichon Baron. It was a tough call for WOTN. My preference was the PB, by a whisker. But, I certainly wouldn't quible with anyone who's preference leaned to the Le Gay.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Very nice lineup, Sharkey. We had the 1990 Pichon Baron earlier this year, and were most impressed with it. It is a very special wine.


This was the fourth time that I have had the good fortune of tasting the 1990 Pichon Baron. The respective bottles have shown exceptionally well on each occasion; however, last night was the best of my limited experiences. This wine is just crazy good.
It has been an all Champagne and white Burgundy week in Santa Fe even thought the weather calls for red Burgundy and Rhone.

The Aspen trees from 8000-9500' elevation are simply ablaze with golden yellow and orange. From 9500-10,500' the forest is just raining Aspen leaves as the sun is perfectly bright in the clean thin air. I do love fall.

Thus far this week,

1996 Dom
1996 Pol Roger Winston Churchill
NV H. Billiot Reserve
NV Michel Turgy BDB Reserve
2008 Raveneau Butteaux
2008'Dauvissat La Forest
2008 Domaine J-N Gagnard Montrachet La Boudriotte
Tonight, 2000 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape, lots of cherry, basil, white pepper flavours, with a big rich nose that I could smell for hours. I still have lots of these, as well as 1998, 2001, and 2003's of this wine that I bought on release, and am always very pleased with what a great bargain this producer turned out to be, one of the best in my wine-buying experiences.
Best wines of the WSWE Grand Tasting:

2004 Unico
2010 Dominus (one of the best CA wines I have tasted in a long time)
2000 Montrose
2006 Masseto
2007 Fuligni Riserva
1999 Flaccianello
2005 Emidio Pepe Montipulciano d'Abruzzo
2009 d'Yquem
2010 Lynch Bages
2011 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo

Biggest diappointments:

2004 Dom Perignon
2010 Sassicaia
1994 Ridge (think I tasted an off bottle)
2008 Cerretalto
2008 Montosoli
2010 Harlan Estates
2011 Spottswoode
2011 Bruno Giacosa Falleto

Got to see a few people I have not seen in years. Always a good event. Would be better if numbers were more limited.
Last night we had 2001 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape, still fairly dark, with a nose of sweet ripe fruit, lots of plum, berry, truffle, spice cake notes, very silky, medium-long finish with rich fruit and very little tannin remaining, fully mature and delicious; might last a few more years but probably better to drink now.
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Biggest diappointments:

1994 Ridge (think I tasted an off bottle)


I'm assuming this is the Monte Bello? Our group had is as part of a blind horizontal and had the same conclusion. I mentioned while there in August and our host smiled and politely said the 94 isn't the best example but to try the 92 instead. Interested to hear other experiences.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
2002 Quebrada de Macul Domus Aurea


What's this wine like at 12 years old? I've had it a few times, but always significantly younger.

I thought the Domus Aurea tasted surprisingly fresh and youthful, no sign of age. It was probably the best bottle I have had. And worth mentioning that I store my wines in a passive cellar. It is quite stable (temp usually in the mid-to-upper 60's) and no humidity control.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
2001 Pavie - opened this morning and decanted for 3 hours. I'm liking everything about this wine so far.

Longboarder, I'd be interested in anything you could add to the 2010 Sassicaia. Everything I've read has been positive. Thanks.


Probably suffered from tasting right after the Masseto (they were back to back). Just did not WOW me. Was really closed down which is probably what disappointed me. I should have expected from a 2010 Sass.
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!


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.
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!
Impromptu dinner with m/m tlv at E&S...

N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Rosé Reserve
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - excellent...loads of citrus tonight
2004 G. Fluteau Champagne Cuvée Prestige Blanc de Blancs - much better than I remember it
2008 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block - WOTN...wow, this has come a long way in 18 months...absolutely gorgeous.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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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!


Amisfield - I don't think it will improve much, if at all, but the acidity will keep it alive for years.

Castelgiocondo - I bought a case of both the 1999 and 2001, and they have been our go-to Brunello for the last few years, a relative bargain for this quality of wine. You might want to see THIS, or THIS, or THIS. I'm not sure I could pick one vintage over the other. You will not be disappointed with your purchase, assuming good storage.
1988 Sassicaia

A friend showed up at our Friday spot with 1/3 of the bottle left after dinner. How they didn't finish it was beyond me but I'm grateful they didn't. It was surprisingly youthful. The fruit was alive and well. Had a nice touch of mint to it as well. This wine has a long life ahead of it. Not surprised it's considered among the best if not the best they ever produced.
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
1988 Sassicaia

A friend showed up at our Friday spot with 1/3 of the bottle left after dinner. How they didn't finish it was beyond me but I'm grateful they didn't. It was surprisingly youthful. The fruit was alive and well. Had a nice touch of mint to it as well. This wine has a long life ahead of it. Not surprised it's considered among the best if not the best they ever produced.


Are you referring to the '85 or '88?
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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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!


Amisfield - I don't think it will improve much, if at all, but the acidity will keep it alive for years.

Castelgiocondo - I bought a case of both the 1999 and 2001, and they have been our go-to Brunello for the last few years, a relative bargain for this quality of wine. You might want to see THIS, or THIS, or THIS. I'm not sure I could pick one vintage over the other. You will not be disappointed with your purchase, assuming good storage.


Thanks, Seaquam!
Went to the Aberfoyle Mill Mystery Dinner Theater last night to celebrate our daughter's 22nd birthday. Surprised to see that they have some pretty good wines on their list (e.g. multiple vintages of Insignia, Dominus, Sassicaia, etc). Better yet, they have $10 corkage for VQA wines and $15 for imports. And even better, their food was damn good, much better than I was expecting from a dinner-theater.

On to the wines:

2002 Charles Ellner Champagne Brut Seduction
2006 Tawse Robyn's Block Chardonnay
2006 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Lindsay Estate Vineyard (since our daughter's name is Lindsay, so I couldn't resist)
2008 Giovanni Chiappini Liena Cabernet Franc
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
1988 Sassicaia

A friend showed up at our Friday spot with 1/3 of the bottle left after dinner. How they didn't finish it was beyond me but I'm grateful they didn't. It was surprisingly youthful. The fruit was alive and well. Had a nice touch of mint to it as well. This wine has a long life ahead of it. Not surprised it's considered among the best if not the best they ever produced.


Are you referring to the '85 or '88?


While the 85 is generally regarded as the best, my friend who spends a couple weeks in Tuscany, Piedmonte etc every year for the 15 years or so has found that many people there prefer the 88. That's why he hunted some down