2015 Chateau Fuissé, Pouilly-Fuissé, Tête de Cru

2014 Recaredo, Cava, Intens Rosat

2012 Le Jardin D'Edouard, Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Chateau-Thébaud

2011 Grosset, Riesling, Polish Hill

2004 Antinori, IGT, Tignanello

2003 Cuvée du Vatican, CdP, Reserve Sixtine

2006 Neal Family, Cabernet Sauvignon, NV

2015 Mas Igneus, Priorat, FA 206

2017 Kracher, Riesling, Beerenauslese Cuvée

The Tignanello was outstanding and my favourite of the lot. The Vatican CdP wasn't far behind though.

 

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A few starter wines courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Seaqum (not including the gobs of champagne consumed in various lounges and airplanes):

Le Mesnil grand cru blancs de blancs brut,  only 30€ here. C'est magnifique!

2016 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis 1er cru Mont de Milieu. Rich, long, and delicious.

redfreak posted:

Getting through a storm with -

2012 Greer - stunning

Four Square Rum - 2005 

I’d love a TN on the Greer. It is obviously very well regarded and I understand it isn’t all the way on the Diamond Creek side of the style spectrum, but I’m curious if it is the more extracted style (Schrader, Abreu, Bryant, Shafer HSS, etc) or more a bit more elegant or more classic (DV, DV Maya, Screagle, Spottswoode, Seavey, etc). Thanks!

2008 Boutari Grande Réserve Naoussa

I see these in my cellar and usually pass over them for something else. Not sure why, because they're really good. Serious, with a profile that brings to mind a good quality Côte de Nuit villages wine. Good concentration of dark red fruit, good weight, dusty tannins, balanced acidity, and some sous bois. Super value at $18.95 CAD.  This was my last 2008.

At last night's offline at Dragon Boat, Richmond Hill

2014 Aldo Conterno Bussiador (Served blind) thought is was Cote de Beaune white Burg.  Great but does need some time

1996 Louis Brochet HBH Champagne - Finished my bottles of this some time ago and it has advanced since then, gaining weight & complexity.  Aroma of apple pie/apple crisp.  Very nice.

2017 JP & Benoit Droin Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru - young but wonderful.  Great white fruit, balanced.  Probably my favorite white, despite its youth.  

2006 Vincent Giradin Corton Charlemagne Quintessence Grand Cru- excellent.  A bit more of the oxidative tones than my palate prefers, but still great.

2011 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru - there was much talk of whether this bottle was ok to start, with some weird aromas....  We let it sit, and whatever it was blew off and then it was quite tasty despite its youth.

2012 Antonin Guyon Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru - very tasty but youthful

1992 Moulin Touchais - sat open in an ice bucket most of the dinner.  When we tried it towards the end - wonderful.  This exceeded expectations.  Did not seem sweet, was very balanced with great fruit, complexity.   Beautiful and good with the food.

2013 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot - young but excellent.  This was my pick of the young reds. 

1995 Cos d'Estournel - firing on all cylinders - in a great spot. 

2016 Anne Gros Echezeaux Grand Cru - a great wine (some people's favorite red) but a little young for my palate.  Definitely greatness ahead for this one. 

The steady stream of food was amazing - thanks to VinChanted for his expertise in ordering and getting the restaurant to adjust the dishes to pair better with the wines. 

Thanks to ABryce for breaking the Toronto offline drought.  Well done!  Great people, food, wine, conversation.  I'd go back to Dragon Boat in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

 

vincentric posted:

At last night's offline at Dragon Boat, Richmond Hill

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Thanks to ABryce for breaking the Toronto offline drought.  Well done!  Great people, food, wine, conversation.  I'd go back to Dragon Boat in a heartbeat.

Nicely done. Sounds like you had a good group. Sorry to have missed it.

sunnylea57 posted:

2008 Boutari Grande Réserve Naoussa

I see these in my cellar and usually pass over them for something else. Not sure why, because they're really good. Serious, with a profile that brings to mind a good quality Côte de Nuit villages wine. Good concentration of dark red fruit, good weight, dusty tannins, balanced acidity, and some sous bois. Super value at $18.95 CAD.  This was my last 2008.

I love these, and still have a couple left. They punch far above their weight.

sunnylea57 posted:

2008 Boutari Grande Réserve Naoussa

I see these in my cellar and usually pass over them for something else. Not sure why, because they're really good. Serious, with a profile that brings to mind a good quality Côte de Nuit villages wine. Good concentration of dark red fruit, good weight, dusty tannins, balanced acidity, and some sous bois. Super value at $18.95 CAD.  This was my last 2008.

Awesome.  Ive had one standing for about 4 months and keep passing it over as well.  Will have to get to it soon.

2009 Larkmead Cab

Dumb phase right now.  Extended chewing has opened up some lush fruit but right now, dominant oak and tobacco on the palate.  the nose hints at some great juice underneath with a lovely bright red fruit that doesnt appear when drinking

Acker auction in NYC

Too many wines too list or remember.  Among them:

1962 Vega Sicilia Unico

1961 Giacomo Borgogno barolo

1967 Beaucastel CdP

1992 Abreu Madrona ranch cab

1998 Guigal chateau d'ampuis

1975 BV George  de Latour 

1982 Jaboulet la chapelle hermitage

2005 Dom perignon rose

2005 Guigal ex voto 

1999 vieux chateau certan 

1964 CVNE Imperial Gran reserva

and a boodle of burgundies that were among those being auctioned off

 

 

winedrmike posted:

Acker auction in NYC

Too many wines too list or remember.  Among them:

1962 Vega Sicilia Unico

1961 Giacomo Borgogno barolo

1967 Beaucastel CdP

1992 Abreu Madrona ranch cab

1998 Guigal chateau d'ampuis

1975 BV George  de Latour 

1982 Jaboulet la chapelle hermitage

2005 Dom perignon rose

2005 Guigal ex voto 

1999 vieux chateau certan 

1964 CVNE Imperial Gran reserva

and a boodle of burgundies that were among those being auctioned off

 

 

Great lineup!

 I love the ‘82 La Chappelle but I haven’t had one in nearly a decade. How is it holding up?

Also, kinda curious if the BV is still kicking it.  I had one in 2004 and thought it was in its peak.

And while we’re at it, how were the Spaniards and the ‘92 Abreu.

 

winetarelli posted:
winedrmike posted:

Acker auction in NYC

Too many wines too list or remember.  Among them:

1962 Vega Sicilia Unico

1961 Giacomo Borgogno barolo

1967 Beaucastel CdP

1992 Abreu Madrona ranch cab

1998 Guigal chateau d'ampuis

1975 BV George  de Latour 

1982 Jaboulet la chapelle hermitage

2005 Dom perignon rose

2005 Guigal ex voto 

1999 vieux chateau certan 

1964 CVNE Imperial Gran reserva

and a boodle of burgundies that were among those being auctioned off

 

 

Great lineup!

 I love the ‘82 La Chappelle but I haven’t had one in nearly a decade. How is it holding up?

Also, kinda curious if the BV is still kicking it.  I had one in 2004 and thought it was in its peak.

And while we’re at it, how were the Spaniards and the ‘92 Abreu.

 

The '82 Chapelle was fantastic- one of the wines of the day, along with the '62 Unico, and '98 Chateau Ampuis, which was better than the '05 Ex Voto and just kept getting better as the day went on.  The '92 Abreu and the '64 CVNE were rather tasty and showed very well.

the '75 BVGdL was over the hill, and I think we left half the bottle. The '61 Borgogno was a little tired as well.

None of the burgundies rocked me.  There was a 2012 Hudelot Noellat premier cru that was good, but wasn't memorable (obviously-because I can't remember which one it was).

g-man posted:
bomba503 posted:

Celebrating the Miracle in Alabama with a 59 La Tache 

it's funny what you did

but sad you dont know the drc vintages =)

It was a hat tip to both potus and the poll from a few years ago of drinking yellowtail with me or 59 (iirc) la tache w/ n marc

g-man posted:

Take it with a grain of salt since it's the acker/rudy bottles they're still trying to pawn off =P  but personally I've refused to buy anything from ackers going forward unless they state the name of the offering.

Probably the reason why I wasn't even considering bidding on one of the vast lots of Burgundy up for sale-  not to mention the stupid prices.

Last night at the refreshed and modernized La Tour d'Argent in Paris, with Racer117 and Julie D, Lady S and I had 3 interesting and delicious bottles.

- NV Maillard Champagne Grand Cru Rosé -- in a word, excellent!

- 1990 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches -- in spectacular condition, this elegant beauty was loaded with black tea, orange peel, bay leaf floating over a bed of macerated berries with a bit of black truffle and mineral, very good acidity, and continued to evolve slowly over 4 hours; I regretted having to take the final sip.

- 2001 Domaine Georges Roumier Morey Saint-Denis Premier Cru Clos de La Bussiere -- despite a slightly moldy label, the cork was in very good shape and the contents even better; while having similarities to the previous wine, this showed sweeter and richer cherry fruit rather than berry, with hints of basil, some bacon, faint woodsmoke, and a luxurious slowly-fading finish; a wonderful contrast to the Mouches, exhibiting a familial resemblance but with a different personality.  What a treat! 

The wines accompanied an outstanding duck-oriented tasting menu, and I don't think we could have chosen better, thanks to our charming and very capable sommelier Rémy.

Later, a good pour of Adrien Camut Calvados Pays d'Auge 12-Year Old ended one of the best food and wine nights of my life. Yeehaw!!    

 

And for you, double d, les photos:

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sunnylea57 posted:

2008 Boutari Grande Réserve Naoussa

I see these in my cellar and usually pass over them for something else. Not sure why, because they're really good. Serious, with a profile that brings to mind a good quality Côte de Nuit villages wine. Good concentration of dark red fruit, good weight, dusty tannins, balanced acidity, and some sous bois. Super value at $18.95 CAD.  This was my last 2008.

I love these, and still have a couple left. They punch far above their weight.

Agree re: Super value.  Sadly, mine are long gone!

 

vincentric posted:
Beta P posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2008 Boutari Grande Réserve Naoussa

I see these in my cellar and usually pass over them for something else. Not sure why, because they're really good. Serious, with a profile that brings to mind a good quality Côte de Nuit villages wine. Good concentration of dark red fruit, good weight, dusty tannins, balanced acidity, and some sous bois. Super value at $18.95 CAD.  This was my last 2008.

I love these, and still have a couple left. They punch far above their weight.

Agree re: Super value.  Sadly, mine are long gone!

 

Always solid and age worthy. Keeping my 2010s for some time.

Notables over the past few weeks

1996 Château Lynch-Bages

1977 Dalva Vintage Port

2008 Di Meo Taurasi Riserva - total plonk

1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

2017 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) La Souteronne

2003 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie

2004 Convento San Francisco S.L. Ribera del Duero

2007 Ornellaia

2011 Castello di Ama Haiku

2013 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana

2001 Frescobaldi Lamaiole

I'll be drinking a bottle of BV reserve Tapestry blend.  I'm pretty sure it's cooked!!  I mean, Well done cooked.  I assume it's obvious?  BV didn't even put an ice pack in there.   I'd usually let this sit in the cooler for almost a year, but i'm too curious, and I don't want to store bottles I'm gonna end up putting into my anti mosquito candles to drive them away.  

mangiare posted:

Notables over the past few weeks

1996 Château Lynch-Bages
1977 Dalva Vintage Port
2008 Di Meo Taurasi Riserva - total plonk
1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
2017 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) La Souteronne
2003 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie
2004 Convento San Francisco S.L. Ribera del Duero
2007 Ornellaia
2011 Castello di Ama Haiku
2013 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana
2001 Frescobaldi Lamaiole

Some mighty fine drinking, mangiare. Every time I see you post about the 99 Rancia I tell myself I need to open one. Then I promptly forget.

How were the 03 Côte-Rôtie, 13 Terre Nere and 01 Lamaione?  

For that matter, what about the 07 Ornellaia and 11 Haiku, both of which I would think are still infants.

sunnylea57 posted:
mangiare posted:

Notables over the past few weeks

1996 Château Lynch-Bages
1977 Dalva Vintage Port
2008 Di Meo Taurasi Riserva - total plonk
1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
2017 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) La Souteronne
2003 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie
2004 Convento San Francisco S.L. Ribera del Duero
2007 Ornellaia
2011 Castello di Ama Haiku
2013 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana
2001 Frescobaldi Lamaiole

Some mighty fine drinking, mangiare. Every time I see you post about the 99 Rancia I tell myself I need to open one. Then I promptly forget.

How were the 03 Côte-Rôtie, 13 Terre Nere and 01 Lamaione?  

For that matter, what about the 07 Ornellaia and 11 Haiku, both of which I would think are still infants.

Hadn't posted in a while and these were the ones I recalled but I'm sure there were many more. 

If you have a few of the Rancia, open one, really good juice if not on the young side. 
The TL Cote Rotie is drinking very well not showing any heat from the vintage. Raw meat, bacon and animal fur all day long. 

The Terre Nere was actually opened accidentally by Mrs Mangiare thinking it was a normale. Got home and gave it a swirl and txted vinoevelo because it was so damn gooood. If they were still in the $35-$50 cad price range, I'd be a buyer. Latest vintage is $80.  

Had the Lamaione in Italy and found it heavy but it was 40+ Celsius so take that for what it's worth. 

The 07 Ornellaia needs a lot of time but still enjoyable.  The Haiku is currently one dimensional so hold for me. 

Just remembered we had the most enjoyable bottle of Selosse Initial in a restaurant in Lecce. Nice to enjoy such a great bottle over dinner, especially when it was on the list for 140euros. A splurge but so worth it.  

Fut, it was actually 170Eur on the menu so I asked the owner if he actually had it as it's not something you regularly see in the deep south of Italy ? When he brought it over, he offered to sell it for 140 if I was interested. Osteria deli Spiriti in Lecce 

Special night, special wines, with Racer117, JulieD, Mrs. S.

- 1989 Krug Champagne — deep gold, honey, roasted pear, ginger, extremely rich and smooth, long finish, must be in its prime; one of the 2 or 3 finest Champagnes I’ve been fortunate enough to drink; really hard to finish the last glass

- 1989 Chateau Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux) — delicious cassis, basil leaf, black pepper, hints of mineral, silky, medium-long finish; not a powerhouse but harmonious and balanced; might still have a couple good years ahead of it

- 1989 Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans Vouvray Molleux Château-Chevrier — a Loire beauty, papaya, mango, pineapple, casaba melon, all swirling in a moderately sweet, lightweight mouthful of silky intensity, very long finish, very good acidity; killer with a raspberry financier cake

Just another wonderful evening enjoying a couple glasses of wine and some foodA3C1B4CB-C90B-495B-BE03-2D711FDAE0F8

    with good friends...  😀

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mangiare posted:

Fut, it was actually 170Eur on the menu so I asked the owner if he actually had it as it's not something you regularly see in the deep south of Italy ? When he brought it over, he offered to sell it for 140 if I was interested. Osteria deli Spiriti in Lecce 

Even better! Would he have sold it for 110 if you wanted to take it home? 

seaquam posted:

Special night, special wines, with Racer117, JulieD, Mrs. S.

- 1989 Krug Champagne — deep gold, honey, roasted pear, ginger, extremely rich and smooth, long finish, must be in its prime; one of the 2 or 3 finest Champagnes I’ve been fortunate enough to drink; really hard to finish the last glass

- 1989 Chateau Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux) — delicious cassis, basil leaf, black pepper, hints of mineral, silky, medium-long finish; not a powerhouse but harmonious and balanced; might still have a couple good years ahead of it

- 1989 Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans Vouvray Molleux Château-Chevrier — a Loire beauty, papaya, mango, pineapple, casaba melon, all swirling in a moderately sweet, lightweight mouthful of silky intensity, very long finish, very good acidity; killer with a raspberry financier cake

Just another wonderful evening enjoying a couple glasses of wine and some foodA3C1B4CB-C90B-495B-BE03-2D711FDAE0F8

    with good friends...  😀

Thanks for the notes, Seaq.  I've always been a huge fan of the 1989 Krug.  Had several spirited conversations with w+a on the merits of the 1988  vs. 1989 Krugs.  He says 1988.  I say 1989.  Only one of us is correct.  Guess who?  

PH

purplehaze posted:
seaquam posted:

Special night, special wines, with Racer117, JulieD, Mrs. S.

- 1989 Krug Champagne — deep gold, honey, roasted pear, ginger, extremely rich and smooth, long finish, must be in its prime; one of the 2 or 3 finest Champagnes I’ve been fortunate enough to drink; really hard to finish the last glass

- 1989 Chateau Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux) — delicious cassis, basil leaf, black pepper, hints of mineral, silky, medium-long finish; not a powerhouse but harmonious and balanced; might still have a couple good years ahead of it

- 1989 Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans Vouvray Molleux Château-Chevrier — a Loire beauty, papaya, mango, pineapple, casaba melon, all swirling in a moderately sweet, lightweight mouthful of silky intensity, very long finish, very good acidity; killer with a raspberry financier cake

Just another wonderful evening enjoying a couple glasses of wine and some foodA3C1B4CB-C90B-495B-BE03-2D711FDAE0F8

    with good friends...  😀

Thanks for the notes, Seaq.  I've always been a huge fan of the 1989 Krug.  Had several spirited conversations with w+a on the merits of the 1988  vs. 1989 Krugs.  He says 1988.  I say 1989.  Only one of us is correct.  Guess who?  

PH

PH, I’ve had ‘89 Krug twice and it is awesome. However I’ve never had ‘88 Krug. I’ll have have to let you lads toss a coin to see which of you is right.

I’ve had ‘96 Krug 4 times now, and suspect that it may overshadow both of them in the next few years. 😀

Paul Dethune NV Brut Rose Grand Cru Champagne.  From an older bottling.  Mature and very tasty.  

1964 Dr. Perrin Barolo.  Very clear (LOTS of sediment left in the bottle).  Amber with a bit of red core.  Mainly tertiary notes with a hint of red fruit.  Good, not great. 

2012 Piantonaia - more advanced than I expected but delicious.  Opened up nicely.  

 

 

vincentric posted:

Paul Dethune NV Brut Rose Grand Cru Champagne.  From an older bottling.  Mature and very tasty.  

1964 Dr. Perrin Barolo.  Very clear (LOTS of sediment left in the bottle).  Amber with a bit of red core.  Mainly tertiary notes with a hint of red fruit.  Good, not great. 

2012 Piantonaia - more advanced than I expected but delicious.  Opened up nicely.  

 

 

I’ve always been a fan of the Dethune Rose. Glad to read it did well for you. 

2006 Copain Harrison Clarke Syrah from mag.  Opened to slow ox for about two hours and the first glass was underwhelming - lots of dark syrupy fruit and not much else.  Oh well.  Took the bottle outside while BGE'ing  dinner and moved on to something else.  An hour after the first glass we revisited it, and I dont know if it was the cooler temps outside (14-15C) or more air or both but it had transformed.  No more syrup, lots of savoury garrigue and roast meats with a nice saline note.  Would never pass for Rhone, but was a great example of what good cali syrah can do.  

2002 Vineland Estates Meritage Rosomel Vineyard Reserve

Recently rediscovered in a box tucked away in the back of my wine cellar.  Not earth-shattering, nor mind-blowing but a surprisingly palatable red wine from Niagara.  Don't see any bricking around the rim.  Tannins are fully resolved but the wine has structure and the fruit is still alive and well.  One of the best wines I have tasted from Niagara.  A nice surprise.

otw posted:

2002 Vineland Estates Meritage Rosomel Vineyard Reserve

Recently rediscovered in a box tucked away in the back of my wine cellar.  Not earth-shattering, nor mind-blowing but a surprisingly palatable red wine from Niagara.  Don't see any bricking around the rim.  Tannins are fully resolved but the wine has structure and the fruit is still alive and well.  One of the best wines I have tasted from Niagara.  A nice surprise.

I don’t have any specifics to share, but I recall enjoying the wines at Vineland when we visited a few years ago. A day or two after doing a tasting, we returned for a great 3 course lunch with pairings on their patio that juts into a vineyard.

Recently

2006 Querce Bettina, BdM

Outstanding. Glad I have a couple more. Drink or hold.

2014 Aalto, Ribera Del Duero

Excellent, but young, which I knew would be the case based on past experiences with Aalto. US$52 off a wine list was too tempting.

2015 Cecchi, Chianti Classico, Riserva di Famiglia

Just another delicious CC from the 2015 vintage and at CDN$24 an excellent QPR.

2017 Kumeu River, Chardonnay, Village

Very good, low wood chard.

 

sunnylea57 posted:
csm posted:

2004 vina tondonia Rioja blanco

Where'd you find the 2004, csm? I've only seen the '05 recently (which is what I bought).

EDIT: Question answered. I just read the "Greetings from..." thread. 

On the list at Kokotxa.  44 euro. 

csm posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
csm posted:

2004 vina tondonia Rioja blanco

Where'd you find the 2004, csm? I've only seen the '05 recently (which is what I bought).

EDIT: Question answered. I just read the "Greetings from..." thread. 

On the list at Kokotxa.  44 euro. 

The wine list there is incredibly reasonable (shhhhh ...).

Earlier this week, dinner with Italo Stupino, owner of Castello di Neive, my good friend Bill Hawrysh and Rubin Elmer, Italo's Ontario Agent. It is always a pleasure to spend time with the remarkable Italo Stupino. 2018 Roero Arneis: Lovely, fresh, bright white fruit, balanced, a medium weighted Arneis.

2016 Barbaresco - this showed bright red fruit and was delightful but does need time. My guess is that 2-3 years patience will be rewarded.

2016 Barbaresco Gallina - This was a bit darker, muted and had a bitter note on the finish. My guess is that it is a bit closed now and needs time.

2013 Barbaresco Santo Stefano - I preferred this to the Gallina. It seemed to be brighter and more accessible.

2013 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva - The brightness of the fruit was noticeable vs the Santo Stefano. It seemed bigger, deeper, and more alive. YUM. WOTN.

The food at Carisma was great and paired well, the service was outstanding. Conversation was great and it was a wonderful evening on all counts. Boxes of the Arneis and the Riserva are heading my way!

 

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This week

05 Quilceda creek

1970 chateau Lafite 

1970 Chateau Latour

1982 Mouton

1982 Latour 

1986 Lafite

1986 Mouton

1989 Lafite

1989 Mouton

1996 Latour 

1996 lafite 

2007 D’Yquem

 

Nicely done.  Any standouts?

 

82 Latour and 89 mouton were special with plenty fruit left and should be holding for at least a decade

the The 82 Mouton was a little off not corked but funky

the 70 Lafite and Latour showed wonderful tertiary aromas but clearly downhill 

With the San Diego wine tasting group at Sbicca in Del Mar on Saturday:

2010 Philippe Fourrier Brut, Champagne

2017 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay, Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2013 Peter Michael "Mon Plaisir" Chardonnay --  FIRST PLACE by group vote (white wines)

2000 Mount Mary Vineyard "Quintet" Yarra Valley, Australia.  Tasted blind in the venerable Shebang jug; guesses were all over the northern hemisphere, with no guesses in the correct hemisphere.

1992 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon -- THIRD PLACE (reds)

2004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, The Montelena Estate -- FIRST PLACE (reds)

1999 Clarendon Hills Astralis

2009 Morlet Passionnément Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley -- SECOND PLACE (reds)

2014 Melville Block M Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hilla

2011 Paul Lato "The Prospect" Pinot Noir, Sierra Madre Vineyard

1985 Churchill's Vintage Port

Wines and people all showing well.

2010 Tournon (Chapoutier), Shiraz, Lady's Lane Vnyd.

Corked. Too bad because it is not a typical Oz shiraz. Much more restrained. With some patience and persistence I managed to get the SAQ to give me a credit for the wine even if it didn't scan in their system.

2013 Roses de Jeanne, Champagne, Les Ursules

OK, now I get the hype about Bouchard's champagnes. Stunning. I want more.

Bytown Rick posted:

Cal cabs and some friends.  First lunch with Machine (from Toronto), bman and mrs. bman, bytown rick and mrs, br at Beckta in Ottawa.

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And every bottle was stellar, aside from the Ramey which was only OK.  It's fun to taste really old bottles when they show so well!

2011 Querce Bettina BdM  - drinking well 

2015 Querce Bettina RdM - can’t wait for the Brunello 

2009 Château Larrivet Haut Brion - was truly surprised at how good this wine is right now

2015 Château Larrivet Haut Brion - good potential 

2015 Clos Floridene Bordeaux Blanc - Good QPR

2009 Guiraud Sauternes - perfectly paired with Cashel Blue Cheese

 

redknife posted:

This week

05 Quilceda creek

1970 chateau Lafite 

1970 Chateau Latour

1982 Mouton

1982 Latour 

1986 Lafite

1986 Mouton

1989 Lafite

1989 Mouton

1996 Latour 

1996 lafite 

2007 D’Yquem

 

How's the '96 Lafite doing?  I last had it about 10-12 years ago, and after and hour of air time, I thought it was one of the greatest wines I've ever tried.   Friends tell me that it has since closed down, and is going to need another 5 years to mature. Was that your experience?

2004 La Leccaia BDM - lots of bottle variation with this wine. All 4 were bought on release at the LCBO and stored properly but the first 3 were on the downside and not great. This bottle was pretty damn good. 

2010 LDH Cubillo  - enjoyable but the oak is bordering too much at this time. Should be a great QPR in 3-5+ years as there's definitely enough fruit

Over the past few days

2017 Feudi di San Gregorio, Greco di Tufo

2003 Quinta do Vesuvio, Vintage Port

2015 Tardieu-Laurent, Rasteau, Vieilles Vignes

2015 Domaine Fouassier, Sancerre, Les Grands Groux

2011 Element, Riesling

2016 La Tunella, Friuli Colli Orientale, Biancosesto

2018 Pra, Soave Classico, Otto

With KSC02, Vinaigre  and a visiting friend of mine over lunch on Wednesday

2017 Billaud-Simon, Chablis, Mont de Milieu

2009 Delas Freres, Hermitage, Blanc

2010 Chateau Simone, Palette, Blanc

2017 Thorne & Daughters, Semillon, Paper Kite

 

steve8 posted:
Bytown Rick posted:

Second lunch with Machine and bman in Ottawa at Play.  A few 2000 Bordeaux and some friends.  Followed by a nice walk through the Byward Market.

Rick, is that Gruaud-Larose a 2000? If so, how was it? TIA

The GL was indeed a 2000, courtesy of bman.  This was first 2000 GL that I have tried, but for my taste it is just entering what should be a long drinking window.  Worth a try now if you have several, but I will wait a few years before opening one, to see how the tertiary characteristics develop.  Maybe bman and machine can comment further.

Interestingly, I found there were more similarities than differences between the three 2000s.  And you will note that I snuck a bottle of 2012 Le Vieux Pin Ava into the mix.  I always enjoy seeing how others respond to this white Rhone-style blend from the Okanagan, served blind.  

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Bytown Rick posted:

Second lunch with Machine and bman in Ottawa at Play.  A few 2000 Bordeaux and some friends.  Followed by a nice walk through the Byward Market.

Rick, is that Gruaud-Larose a 2000? If so, how was it? TIA

The GL was indeed a 2000, courtesy of bman.  This was first 2000 GL that I have tried, but for my taste it is just entering what should be a long drinking window.  Worth a try now if you have several, but I will wait a few years before opening one, to see how the tertiary characteristics develop.  Maybe bman and machine can comment further.

Interestingly, I found there were more similarities than differences between the three 2000s.  And you will note that I snuck a bottle of 2012 Le Vieux Pin Ava into the mix.  I always enjoy seeing how others respond to this white Rhone-style blend from the Okanagan, served blind.  

I thought it was much too young but as you know, I am hardly a Bordeaux expert.  DoktaP suggested a year or two ago that it was too young then and I think it still is.  I liked it the least of all, and the Monbousquet most of all.

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