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2007 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione - must be one of the best QPR's. Had my price in at $40 and damn did i enjoy this. 

2014 Valenti Etna Rosso Norma - needed time to pick up weight but there's better value out there.  It's too bad that most of the Etna wines have had such large increases in our market over the past 5 years. 

2017 Ramon de Casar Nobre Treixadura - thanks to OTW and Fut for the tip on this one - great wine.

2018 Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco - thanks to Sunny for the tip on this one - a steal at the LCBO price. Very good etna bianco - would like to see how it gets with a bit of age.

2017 Valle dell'acate Il Frappato - off vintage for this wine.  A little too cloying for a frappato.

@billhike posted:

2010 Betz Syrah La Côte Rousse. Slightly tired - good that I didn’t save it for an offline. 

That's a bummer.  I don't have a ton of experience with Betz but thought they used to age fairly well.  I have a close fried that is on the list and he has gifted me a few bottles over the years.  I just checked and have a few 2009 Clos de Betz.  I'll have to tee one of those up soon.

Hope you are well billhike!

Lots of whites and rose for the summer:

2018 Tyler Chardonnay Zotovich Family Vineyard

2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvée Anne

2017 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard

2017 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling GG

2019 Ceritas Pinot Noir Rosé of Pinot Noir

2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Santenay 1er Cru Passetemps Blanc

2018 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels

2019 Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris

@glennk posted:

That's a bummer.  I don't have a ton of experience with Betz but thought they used to age fairly well.  I have a close fried that is on the list and he has gifted me a few bottles over the years.  I just checked and have a few 2009 Clos de Betz.  I'll have to tee one of those up soon.

Hope you are well billhike!

Same to you and your family, Glenn!

over the past two night - 2017 Eric Texier Brezeme.  Now this is a wine I own a few cases of in different vintages and typically enjoy.  Some friends of mine split a case of the '17 on my reccomendation and after some time sent me this bottle to try.  It's not right. Not flawed - no brett or TCA or VA etc...  As Mrs. VeV said "it smells like hot leather and drinks like olive tapenade" and refused to drink anymore of it.  I like olive/saline notes in syrah, but this was like drinking a tapenade smoothie.  No fruit whatsoever and enamel peeling acidity. I had hoped it would get better overnight but it didnt budge. A shame. 

A friend invited me over to taste with them at his house. Great lineup that included:

1988 Bruno Giacosa Villero di Falletto - I brought this one from my cellar. In a great spot. Decanted first sediment. Wonderful to drink as it evolved over the evening. 

2014 Sine Qua Non Grenache Testa dei Cherubini - beautiful wine that was inky black but probably the first SQN wine I’ve tasted that was close to being ready to drink

2014 Sine Qua Non Syrah Piranha Waterdance - still a baby but showing bacon fat and dark fruits. Needs another 5 years minimum 

1996 Louis Brochet-Hervieux HBH 1er Cru Champagne.  Not having much luck these days with older Champagne.  A bit controversial on release, today my other half didn't like it at all.  I ended up finishing -- as opposed to enjoying -- the bottle. Not sure what we will do with the other one.  Anyone have a boat that needs to be christened?

2008 Le Vieux Pin Syrah.  First Syrah release from this Okanagan winery, from young vines.  Showed very well on release; the question was how well it would age.  And the answer is very well.  Lovely wine, that doesn't feel its age. Wish I had more of the 2008.

 

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1970 La Brenta D'Oro, Barbaresco, Reserva Speciale....very much alive, showing bitter cherry, graphite tobacco.  Fun to drink a birth year wine.  Thanks for the present Javachip!  Looking forward to the Barolo for MZ's bday.

Also, over the last couple of weeks:

2018 Jermann Pinot Grigio

2019 Miraval rose'

2019 Dom. les Aphillanthes, Nymphea rose....one of the better '19 rose's I've had.

 

 

Went to visit some family in Napa, swung by the downtown tasting room for Mayacamas on Friday.  Great little tasting:

2018 Chard was really nice.  Refreshing and tons of mineral character.

2016 Merlot was pretty good, though not sure it was worth the price of admission

2003/2005/2014 Cabernet.  Really fun to taste these three side-by-side.  The 14 was great, but so young.  The 03 ended up being my favorite, and surprisingly had a little bit more fruit character than the 05, which had a bit more of the tobacco/leather thing going on.  

I have been pleasantly surprised by some 2003's lately.  Had a 03 Beringer Private Reserve last night, and I thought it was delicious.  For what I thought was supposed to be a down vintage, these two bottles were out of the park.  

DifferentDave popped a 1970 Dows and a 1970  Warres.

Both decanted for 4-5 hours before tasting.

The Dows was slightly greenish, with hints of that condensed milk.  This was surprising to me since my bottles of Dow have been much lighter.

The warres are mature and excellent,  I acutally had called this btl the dow 1970.  Lovely delicate mouthfeel that lingers with just that touch of berry sweetness.  The main taste offers red berries cooked with all spice and cinnamon but in a lovely medium light bodied liqour.  The finish is a lovely minute long sweet root beer note.  Pretty close to a perfect port.

@vinoevelo posted:

2018 Weingut Knoll Riesling Kabinett Ried Pfaffenberg Steiner.  Electric.  

I had the pleasure of having an unplanned visit with Emmerich Knoll after getting into a chat with him at one of his vineyards.  It is a surprisingly informal home-centered operation - we sat in his kitchen for an entire afternoon while he led me through a vineyard exploration of his wines.  What particularly impressed me was the range of spiciness he gets from all the parcels of land.  Unfortunately, some of the quantities are tiny but I managed to walk out with an armful of wines I found especially interesting.

@otw posted:

I had the pleasure of having an unplanned visit with Emmerich Knoll after getting into a chat with him at one of his vineyards.  It is a surprisingly informal home-centered operation - we sat in his kitchen for an entire afternoon while he led me through a vineyard exploration of his wines.  What particularly impressed me was the range of spiciness he gets from all the parcels of land.  Unfortunately, some of the quantities are tiny but I managed to walk out with an armful of wines I found especially interesting.

Very cool.  

Last night:

2015 Ferme de la Sansonniere La Lune Amphores - dissapointing.  Too much 'natural' lambic funk and zero chenin.  

1999 produttori reserva pora - first glass was tannic, with a nice mint lift on the backend with typical barbaresco notes.  Unfortunately my only glass as Mrs. VeV decided she 'detected oxidation' and poured it down the drain.  A heated exchange followed with accusations of 'its just a bottle of wine' and 'youre the one that turned me into a wine snob'.  As dinner was hitting the table i went and grabbed...

1997 Fontodi chianti classico.  Lovely.  Great reminder of why i cellar chiantis.  Not poured down the drain.

 

over the weekend...

2019 Eduardo Torres Acosta Versante Nord Uve Bianche

2017 Eduardo Torres Acosta Versante Nord Nerello Mascalese

2018 Rene & Agnes Mosse 'Les Bonnes Blanches'

2018 Rene & Agnes Mosse 'Chico'

Equipo Navazos La Bota Manzanilla 82 'florpower mmxv'

All good.  The Versante Nord blanc needed a ton of air.  the first glass seemed like another failed experiment in natural winemaking so i put it back in the fridge.  The next day it had completely transformed into a lovely etna bianco.  Mrs. VeV and I were really pleased with the rosso as well.  Not sure if the QPR is there relative to other good etna wines these days.  Both Mosse showed well and am going to revisit them this evening.  Equipo Navazos is always very good imo and this was perfect for afternoon snacks of nuts, chips and smoked grouse.

2018 Treasure Hunter Kitfox Vineyards Summer Fling Russian River Vermentino

This is a delightful white that is made from a grape you do not normally see out of Italy. All vermentino lovers should seek this out. Beautiful balance of fruit and acidity. The business model of Treasure Hunter is one that I like. They work with several wineries and vineyards and make high quality affordable wines throughout California. Try and find this. Anyone try this wine recently?

IW

2013 Zenato Amarone Sergio Renato Riserva.

Very young -- took 2 hours in the decanter to really start showing off, and even then it never exploded with flavor the way a few Amarone (especially Quintarelli) I've had have.  Shockingly well balanced.  Excellent wine.  Worth the tariff, but not the hype this particular vintage of this wine has received.

This one blew me away! I had a decades long friendship with Willi Frank, son of Dr. Konstantin. The last time I saw Willi, we spent a couple of hours at his Champagne/sparkling wine facility. When we left, we walked over to the winery tasting room and he handed me a bottle of wine and told me to hold it for more than ten years. It was a bottle of their 2001 Pinot Noir Reserve which I removed from storage and stood up early this evening, picking an entirely different bottle when this bottle was shot. My wife and I were shocked at the depth of fruit in this bottle. it was nowhere near tiring and showed beautifully. I wish I had a few more to hold. This was far better than the one I tasted at the winery that year. Seriously 91+ with years of life left ahead of it. RIP my friend Willi- you knew what you had here but I'm betting damn few bottles of this wine survived long enough to strut their stuff.

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