Top 10 Wines Board Members Shared With You in 2011

Time for my yearly thread to thank those forum members who shared bottles with me this year. This is probably my favorite post that I put up every year. It is a time to remember all the great wines and times I had with other forum members. Here are the past winners since I have been keeping stats:

2010- Allred
2009- Allred
2008- Tyee
2007- Blue Oval
2006- Grossie
2005- Pinot Envy
2004- Pinot Envy
2003- Pinot Envy
2002- Dr. T

The top wine for 2011 was opened by Blue Oval who makes his 2nd appearance as #1 on my list. Allred almost made it 3 years in a row but fell just short with the #2 wine last year. With all the wines Otis has opened for me I'm surprised he has never garnered the top spot (he needs to step up his game- although he did have the most wines in the top 10). I think this is the first year that there are no nonCWM board members on the list (probably because I did not travel much last year due to my surgery). Here is my complete top 10 list for 2011:

1. Blue Oval- 2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe203~2d Vin de Paille (VM97)
2. Allred- 2001 Sine Qua Non Chardonnay Mr. K The Noble Man (VM96)
3. Otis- 2001 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon (VM95)
4. Allred- 2001 Alois Kracher Chardonnay TBA #7 Nouvelle Vague (VM94-95)
5. Blue Oval- 2005 Sine Qua Non Roussanne Atlantis Fe2O3~3e (VM94-95)
6. Otis- 1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (VM94)
7. LostVerse- 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (VM94)
8. Grossie- 2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (VM94)
9. Scott McDonald- 1999 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (VM93-94)
10. Otis- 2006 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage Blanc (VM93-94)

Thanks to everyone who shared bottles with my wife and I in 2011 (whether you made the list or not).

VM
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I can't say that I've kept a top ten, but many of my favorite bottles in 2011 were tasted owing to the generosity of the fine folks that I've had the pleasure to meet at offlines. Two that stood out were:
2001 Ornellaia - thanks to theweb
2001 Peter Miachel Les Pavots - thanks to VinToronto
I don't write this stuff down anywhere and my memory isn't what it used to be, but for sure

2006 Guigal, Cote Rotie, La Turque (Vinaigre)
1998 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia (KSC02)
2006 JL Chave, Hermitage, Blanc (KSC02 or Impulse??)

I know there were many others, but those came to mind very quickly.
The only person that I know that I shared with last years was WIML. It was only one weekend but here are the top 10 we got to try from each other's contribution.

2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe2O3~2a, b & c
2001 Harlan Estate The Maiden
1997 Ravenswood Pickberry
2008 Jean-Pierre et Jean-Francois Quenard Vin de Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Vieilles Vignes
2009 Jean-Pierre et Jean-Francois Quenard Vin de Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Vieilles Vignes
1999 Gosset Brut Grand Mellesime
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Clos St. Landry
1970 Taylor VP
1927 Domaine Bory Rivesaltes
2004 Damien Laureau Savennières Le Bel Ouvrage
I cannot tell you the specific wines, but I can tell you the most generous forumites from last year (in no particular order): Asterixis, KSCO2,Mimik,wine + art, longboarder, on the wine, darcy kelly, basecadet, tannic bastard, jburman82 et al. I apologize if I've omitted anyone.

The fact that I remember the people and not the specific wines really speaks to what's really important in all of this.
Great posting, Dok.
I wanted to post some of last year's greatest wines shared by fellow forumites. But I had to admit that, for several, I couldn't remember exactly who brought the bottle. When several of the same forumites get together around a table, the conversation is as memorable as the wines, and 'who' brought what is merely a sidebar.

That said, I love the idea of crediting those who brought those wines. The amount of generosity displayed is unmatched.

BTW, DoktaP is tops on that list as well (which is no new news to anyone who has participated in consuming wines with this man).
Tons of great stuff at offlines for sure.

As it would be too lengthy to list everyone and each bottle, I'll just pick the most memorable in my mind, which was theweb bringing a 1982 Mouton Rothschild to my birthday celebrations. Extremely generous.
I don't have a Top 10 list but these are some of the most memorable bottles shared with WS Forumites in 2012:

1955 Biondi Santi Riserva BdM - Gkapoor
1990 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque - DoktaP
1984 Diamond Creek Lake - KSCO2
1985 Champagne Charlie - Both Festiva and W+A on different occassions
1989 Lynch Bages - Irwin
1989 Manzoni Vigna d'la Roul Riserva Barolo - PurpleHaze I think but may have been Lentini
1970 Latour - Birdungy

I am sure I have left someone off this list and I sincerely apologize in advance to those generous souls.
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
That said, that list also suggests that you need to get outside of Chicago more often.


I'm going to correct that this year.

VM

So, VM, how'd you do on this New Year's resolution?

Did okay. Was able to get to Hawaii for a couple weeks and a few wines from the offlines/dinners there are going to make my list.

VM
All in one night, thanks to Lentini, PurpleHaze, Sibster, Newsguy, Jersey Foodie, as below. In a word, Epic. Let's do it again in 2013!

Notes from Newsguy below


Champagne

1996 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Millesime: Pale yellowish color. Big beaded, lively mousse. A beautiful nose loaded with brioche, hazlenut, and joined on the palate by cream at the start and finish, plus apples. Elegant, and drinking at the top of its game, fairly round and mature. 94 points.

1998 Krug Brut: I literally laughed out loud when I first smelled this. What a nose! Loaded with brioche, plus meaty and nutty at the same time. Serious stuff, and I loved the aromas so much I went a while just smelling and not even wanting to taste it. Flavors echoed the nose, plus some lemon. This was tight in the mouth, though, with plenty of acid. Definitely a food wine. Got creamier with air and as it warmed up. I would give this at least 3-5 more years. Tough for me to score this and the next Krug since they’re drinking so young. But classics in the making. 94-96 points.

1995 Krug Brut: Similar to the '98 in every respect, except it was tighter, with more acidity, and lots of lemon on the palate in addition to notes above. Serious stuff, and wouldn’t pop a cork on one of these for *at least* 5 more years. But patience will be greatly rewarded. 95-98 points.


Sine Qua Non

2010 That Type … of Rosay: Salmon colored. Mostly grenache and syrah, plus some roussanne and viognier. Classic red fruit and spice aromas and flavors a la Provence, but with an intensity that I’ve never experienced in a French rose. A light silky mouthfeel, but the wine simply balloons on the palate, and the finish goes on and on. 15.4 percent alcohol and completely masked by the fruit, yet far from a fruit bomb. A remarkable wine and easily my favorite rose of all I’ve ever had (and I’ve had SQN rose before, along with the usual French suspects). I expect it will improve, but knowing how this wine is drinking now, there’s no way I could wait on popping the cork on one if I had one. 95 points.

2007 Body and Soul: Mostly Roussanne, plus viognier. Melons, honey and tropical fruits, with a slight hint of petrol. Unctuous, and seemingly mature. Nose kept getting bigger and bigger. This white is drinking beautifully now. 93 points.

2009 On the Lamb: Roussanne, chardonnay and viognier. I was cooking when we drank this and could not take notes. I’m hoping others will jump in with their recollections. I remember that it was a serious, unusual tasting white, and seemed pretty tight. No score.

2005 The 17th Nail in My Cranium Syrah: A nose that was beautiful, and initially hit me with the buttered popcorn note that I sometimes get from great merlot. Followed on the nose and palate by luscious dark fruits and black pepper, plus red fruits, brown sugar and spices. Not quite a velvet hammer, because it didn’t really hammer you. Just seamlessly expanded from its elegant, silky mouthfeel on entry to a mouthfull of flavor (the best midpalate I’ve ever experienced), then moved to layers and layers on the finish that seemed to go on for nearly a minute. The balance in this wine was a thing of beauty. Everything about it screamed of elegance and class. And yes, we really did pass around the last empty glass of this so we all could keep sniffing it (aromas changed from incense to ash). Needless to say, my WOTN, and the best wine I’ve ever experienced. 99 points. And if I had quiet time to spend with a glass to give it the respect it deserved, my score might be 100. (Thank you again, patespo1, for sharing this with us.)

2007 Dangerous Birds Syrah: Similar to the above in most ways (minus the buttered popcorn note on the nose and the passing around of the last empty glass). A beautiful wine with layers of fruit, seamless and impeccably balanced. Still has room for improvement. A killer bottle that would be a WOTN under nearly any other circumstances. 96-97 points.

2007 Dangerous Birds Grenache: After the two syrahs, the floral component really popped on this one. Lots of beautiful dark and red fruits, plus spice. Great, lengthy finish. A totally classy, balanced wine that would be a star on most other nights. 95 points.


Port

1980 Kopke Colheita: A pretty yellow-meets-umber color that screams of mature port — as did everything else about this wine. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Great finish. I really liked this. 93 points.

1997 Taylor's Vintage (from a .375): I have very limited exposure to young vintage ports, so it was tough for me to assess (especially considering all the wines that preceded it). Plums, raisins and a floral component. Plenty of stuffing, but needs many years to reach its peak. 91-93 points.


Every one of these wines deserved the type of time and attention that we were unable to give them in this setting. They were worthy of real inspection and assessment. Instead, we sipped these suckers one after another.

But we had them with great food and among great company. That’s what it’s all about, folks.
2012 was an incredibly generous year for the TWC group. My personal top ten has wonderful wines where Latours, Lafites, Margauxs, Cheval Blancs etc didn't make the top ten. Amazing and amazingly generous.

My personal top 10 (in order) is:
1990 Charles Heidsieck – Mangiare
1996 Cheval Blanc – aav28
1989 La Chapelle – Mangiare
1982 Pichon Lalande – DoktaP (and not TPE as I misremembered)
1996 Beaucastel VT – CSM x 2 over the year
1999 Salon – aav28
1995 Margaux – DoktaP
1982 Leoville Poyferre – aav28
1998 Ornellaia - Mangiare
2006 Beaucastel VV - DoktaP
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Originally posted by mangiare:
Rob,
It was a great year (not over yet Wink). No disrespect to TPE but I think the '82 Lalande was donated by DoktaP.


My mistake, I did remember that they each brought an '82...

And the year isn't over but i don't think I'll be sharing any more wine with any forumites. This is a great list but if I added wine that I brought/owned or non-forum shared there would be some dropping off it. Wait for the WOTY posts!
i'm with patespo. my thanks to him and the rest of the crew. this night was remarkable.


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Originally posted by patespo1:
All in one night, thanks to Lentini, PurpleHaze, Sibster, Newsguy, Jersey Foodie, as below. In a word, Epic. Let's do it again in 2013!

Notes from Newsguy below


Champagne

1996 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Millesime: Pale yellowish color. Big beaded, lively mousse. A beautiful nose loaded with brioche, hazlenut, and joined on the palate by cream at the start and finish, plus apples. Elegant, and drinking at the top of its game, fairly round and mature. 94 points.

1998 Krug Brut: I literally laughed out loud when I first smelled this. What a nose! Loaded with brioche, plus meaty and nutty at the same time. Serious stuff, and I loved the aromas so much I went a while just smelling and not even wanting to taste it. Flavors echoed the nose, plus some lemon. This was tight in the mouth, though, with plenty of acid. Definitely a food wine. Got creamier with air and as it warmed up. I would give this at least 3-5 more years. Tough for me to score this and the next Krug since they’re drinking so young. But classics in the making. 94-96 points.

1995 Krug Brut: Similar to the '98 in every respect, except it was tighter, with more acidity, and lots of lemon on the palate in addition to notes above. Serious stuff, and wouldn’t pop a cork on one of these for *at least* 5 more years. But patience will be greatly rewarded. 95-98 points.


Sine Qua Non

2010 That Type … of Rosay: Salmon colored. Mostly grenache and syrah, plus some roussanne and viognier. Classic red fruit and spice aromas and flavors a la Provence, but with an intensity that I’ve never experienced in a French rose. A light silky mouthfeel, but the wine simply balloons on the palate, and the finish goes on and on. 15.4 percent alcohol and completely masked by the fruit, yet far from a fruit bomb. A remarkable wine and easily my favorite rose of all I’ve ever had (and I’ve had SQN rose before, along with the usual French suspects). I expect it will improve, but knowing how this wine is drinking now, there’s no way I could wait on popping the cork on one if I had one. 95 points.

2007 Body and Soul: Mostly Roussanne, plus viognier. Melons, honey and tropical fruits, with a slight hint of petrol. Unctuous, and seemingly mature. Nose kept getting bigger and bigger. This white is drinking beautifully now. 93 points.

2009 On the Lamb: Roussanne, chardonnay and viognier. I was cooking when we drank this and could not take notes. I’m hoping others will jump in with their recollections. I remember that it was a serious, unusual tasting white, and seemed pretty tight. No score.

2005 The 17th Nail in My Cranium Syrah: A nose that was beautiful, and initially hit me with the buttered popcorn note that I sometimes get from great merlot. Followed on the nose and palate by luscious dark fruits and black pepper, plus red fruits, brown sugar and spices. Not quite a velvet hammer, because it didn’t really hammer you. Just seamlessly expanded from its elegant, silky mouthfeel on entry to a mouthfull of flavor (the best midpalate I’ve ever experienced), then moved to layers and layers on the finish that seemed to go on for nearly a minute. The balance in this wine was a thing of beauty. Everything about it screamed of elegance and class. And yes, we really did pass around the last empty glass of this so we all could keep sniffing it (aromas changed from incense to ash). Needless to say, my WOTN, and the best wine I’ve ever experienced. 99 points. And if I had quiet time to spend with a glass to give it the respect it deserved, my score might be 100. (Thank you again, patespo1, for sharing this with us.)

2007 Dangerous Birds Syrah: Similar to the above in most ways (minus the buttered popcorn note on the nose and the passing around of the last empty glass). A beautiful wine with layers of fruit, seamless and impeccably balanced. Still has room for improvement. A killer bottle that would be a WOTN under nearly any other circumstances. 96-97 points.

2007 Dangerous Birds Grenache: After the two syrahs, the floral component really popped on this one. Lots of beautiful dark and red fruits, plus spice. Great, lengthy finish. A totally classy, balanced wine that would be a star on most other nights. 95 points.


Port

1980 Kopke Colheita: A pretty yellow-meets-umber color that screams of mature port — as did everything else about this wine. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Great finish. I really liked this. 93 points.

1997 Taylor's Vintage (from a .375): I have very limited exposure to young vintage ports, so it was tough for me to assess (especially considering all the wines that preceded it). Plums, raisins and a floral component. Plenty of stuffing, but needs many years to reach its peak. 91-93 points.


Every one of these wines deserved the type of time and attention that we were unable to give them in this setting. They were worthy of real inspection and assessment. Instead, we sipped these suckers one after another.

But we had them with great food and among great company. That’s what it’s all about, folks.

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