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Two Australians with a nice bit of age.

  • 2002 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
  • 2001 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot

On release, both were their winery's flagship wines, with intense varietal aromas and flavours.  Both were expected to age well.

And both are showing magnificently now.   A bit more mellow.  Better integrated.  More refined.  Yumm. 


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2017 M. Etain - the youth on this is incredible.  It opens up into black currants, kirsch liquor, grippy tannins that mellow out and brightens up the fruit.  Let sit for 30 minutes to air out and this is a treat.

2018 SQN Distente-  Young bold, cotton candyish on the nose  that opens up t oa very lush and rich black cherry note.

2021 Assiduous Pinot Noir Regan Vineyard.

@ $29.99, just a crazy-good qpr.  Crisp (not overripe), stemmy, elegant, Santa Cruz Mountains pinot fruit.  A little brighter and less terrior-driven than some of its closest competitors from the area, eg. Domaine Eden and basic Rhys SCM (fka. Alesia SCM) but also a bit cleaner tasting with more fruit complexity.

  • Flew south at the insistence of Mrs. Seaquam for a weekend getaway to enjoy some perfectly overcast skies and the companionship of Racer117, JulieD, SD-Wineaux and Lady SD-W, bomba, javachip, and a few others who have managed to avoid getting sucked into the now tiny whirlpool of the WS forums. Not one corked or flawed wine in the bunch; perhaps a bit surprisingly, every single wine showed very well. Even with some really great bottles opened, the company— as almost always happens— surpassed the pleasure of the juice. This has always been an interesting and most generous group of wine lovers, wonderful people with whom to spend a weekend.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT, Italian restaurant:
  • NV Krug Champagne 165 Edition
  • 2020 Banfi Gavi La Principessa Gavia
  • 2007 Argiano Brunello
  • 2004 Antinori Solaia

  • SATURDAY NIGHT, offline:
  • 2017 Northwest Wine Academy Muller-Thurgau Puget Sound
  • 1983 Huguet-Piñon Vouvray
  • 2012 Ken Wright Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard
  • 2014 Ken Wright Chardonnay Savoya Vineyard
  • 2013 Cerritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Vineyard
  • 2016 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carriére
  • 1993 Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline
  • 2000 Chateau Léoville Barton
  • 1999 Clarendon Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2006 Tua Rita Redigaffi
  • 2011 Aubert Pinot Noir UV-SL Vineyard
  • 1985 Fonseca Vintage Port

  • SUNDAY, at a fish joint:
  • The 2000 Michel Arnoud Champagne Carte D’Or
  • 2018 Domaine Della Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
  • 2013 Presqu’ile Pinot Noir Presqu’ile Vineyard

  • While every wine showed well, there was an impromptu vote at the Saturday offline for best red and best white. If anyone who wasn’t there wants to guess which wines won, I’ll tell you whether you were right or not.
  • (Sorry about weird formatting; I inadvertently did something that I can’t seem to fix easily.)



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Over the past few nights:

2020 Zind-Humbrecht Gewuztraminer Hengst (Grand Cru)

2019 Joseph Roty Cote de Nuits Village

The Z-H was good with a really nice coconut finish. But it was unspectacular.

I love Roty as a producer but had never tried this “lowly” wine. Holy cow!  My new favorite sub-$50 Burgundy. It matches lovely Pinot fruit — on the slightly brighter side for a wine that’s presumably mostly Gevrey — with loamy, mushroomy, earth. It was just as good (maybe even better) on night 2.

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