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F292B1B7-FCE6-42EE-A3A8-31B41986CAE9At a friend’s birthday bash with about 14 vintages of d’Yquem - Flight 1 (93, 95, 96, 98), Flight 2 (59, 68, 70, 79, 80, 83), and Flight 3 (88, 90, 99, 04).  Oh yeah, some 1979 birth year wines - Margaux, Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion, Latour - and a few others.  The d’Yquem were the stars.  The 68 and 70 were awesome with the 95 and 83 right behind.  The 96, 98, 99, 04 were still young.  The latter felt a bit disjointed.  

There were 22 of us with 2 bottles of each wine I think with the exception of the ‘59 which someone said was corked.  The ‘80 stood out in a bad way unfortunately.  If tasted blind, I would have thought it was the Ygrec.  It was a pale yellow due to the lack of botrytis that didn’t  develope.

 

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F292B1B7-FCE6-42EE-A3A8-31B41986CAE9At a friend’s birthday bash with about 14 vintages of d’Yquem - Flight 1 (93, 95, 96, 98), Flight 2 (59, 68, 70, 79, 80, 83), and Flight 3 (88, 90, 99, 04).  Oh yeah, some 1979 birth year wines - Margaux, Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion, Latour - and a few others.  The d’Yquem were the stars.  The 68 and 70 were awesome with the 95 and 83 right behind.  The 96, 98, 99, 04 were still young.  The latter felt a bit disjointed.  

There were 22 of us with 2 bottles of each wine I think with the exception of the ‘59 which someone said was corked.  The ‘80 stood out in a bad way unfortunately.  If tasted blind, I would have thought it was the Ygrec.  It was a pale yellow due to the lack of botrytis that didn’t  develope.

 

So how many major corporations does your friend own?

fantastic wine week with a couple different groups of friends

2009 Francois Boulard Grand Cru Grande Montagne
Jacquesson 736 Extra brut
2016 Bernabeleva Garnacha de Vina Bonita 
2005 Fuligni BDM
2008 Giacosa Falletto Barolo 
1969 Biondi Santi Il Greppo Riserva

Jacques Lassaigne La Colline Inspirée Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut
1990 Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne
1997 Saffredi 
1989 Leoville Las Cases
2001 Valdicava BDM

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Some R & R at the cottage: 

1996 L Pira Barolo Marenca - over the hill, pooched, murky, dumped

NV Paul Dethune Brut Rose, Grand Cru - another great bottle

2007 Brewer Clifton Chard - Wonderful

2001 Brewer Clifton Chard - Also great, not quite as developed

2005 Louis Brochet HBH Brut - Great.  Toasty notes, rich, full.  This Champagne seems to be very consistent.  The 2005 is drinking nicely but has a long way to go imo

2015 Guigal Condrieu - Good pairing for pan seared scallops and homemade asparagus soup w Parm.  Big, unctuous, rich.  It needed time to open up and warm up a bit after being in the fridge, then was glorious.

1997 Bertani Amarone Classico - well integrated but remarkably fresh.  Tertiary notes just starting to show.  An example of why Bertani Amarone is great with some age on it.  Long life ahead still. Yum. 

2012 Pinson Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru - instant oyster, seashell, great minerality, white stone fruit.  Drinking beautifully but has a long way to go.  Great pairing with mixed beans with fennel & fresh oregano.

2018 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis - yum.

2017 Franco Conterno Barbera d'Alba - delicious and a good backup for the flawed 96 Marenca . 

 

 

A few nights ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday:

1975 Clos de la Coulée de Serrant
1990 Chave Hermitage
1990 Verset Cornas
1999 Jamet Cote-Rotie
2000 Allemand Cornas
2005 Trollat Saint-Joseph
2010 Gonon Vielles Vignes
2010 Gonon Saint-Joseph
2011 Allemand Cornas
2012 Comte Liger Belair La Colombière
2013 Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Rose de Saignee
2014 Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blancs

 All bottles drank really well, except the Comte Liger Belair deteriorated very quickly after initially having a beautiful nose and enjoyable palate.  The clear WOTN by a significant margin was the Gonon VV.  Stupendously good N Rhône........
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Wines over Rosh Hashanah:

2014 Pali Wine Co. Grenache Blanc Tower 15

2013 Frank Family Chardonnay

2013 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Schindler

2015 Arnot-Roberts Syrah

2014 Stefania Syrah Besson Santa Clara Valley

2014 Terragena Pinot Noir Seppa Vineyard

 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch

2014 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard

2014 Ken Wright Cellars Bonnie Jean Pinot Noir

2015 Penner Ash Pinot

 

jcocktosten posted:

Wines over Rosh Hashanah:

2014 Pali Wine Co. Grenache Blanc Tower 15

2013 Frank Family Chardonnay

2013 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Schindler

2015 Arnot-Roberts Syrah

2014 Stefania Syrah Besson Santa Clara Valley

2014 Terragena Pinot Noir Seppa Vineyard

 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch

2014 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard

2014 Ken Wright Cellars Bonnie Jean Pinot Noir

2015 Penner Ash Pinot

 

How was the Bedrock Papera?  Worth the extra $$$ compared to the other Bedrock zins and syrahs?

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jcocktosten posted:

Wines over Rosh Hashanah:

2014 Pali Wine Co. Grenache Blanc Tower 15

2013 Frank Family Chardonnay

2013 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Schindler

2015 Arnot-Roberts Syrah

2014 Stefania Syrah Besson Santa Clara Valley

2014 Terragena Pinot Noir Seppa Vineyard

 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch

2014 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard

2014 Ken Wright Cellars Bonnie Jean Pinot Noir

2015 Penner Ash Pinot

 

How was the Bedrock Papera?  Worth the extra $$$ compared to the other Bedrock zins and syrahs?

I think both it and the Pagani are a step above - as the others are so good, whether its worth it or not depends I guess.  To me it is (but I enjoy the others as well)

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