1981 Chat. Montelena Estate Cab., had this about 9-10 years ago. Layers of flavor that went on forever, chocolate, raspberry and a deep color, considering it was 20 years old. Had this with my brother and at that point fully convinced him of red wine and starting a cellar.
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2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova


Not to go all Wine+Art on you, but, really? It's so young. . .

I've got one bottle of this and it's buried in the box with the '94 port.
I definitely agree that it was young, but it was my first Brunello (to date my oldest), and none I've had since came close. It was brought to an offline, so it's not like I did the dirty deed.


Excellent! Find yourself a '97 ASAP, from a quality maker. You may set a new benchmark.
There's a portfolio tasting tomorrow afternoon being put on by Pioneer Distributing, who has some top producers. It's supposed to be for the trade only, but I have a feeling that it will be pretty open. (Hell, they even list it as an "event" on their website.) 2pm -ish.
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Not sure if I'm supposed to feel embarrassed, innocent, or like a whore. If anyone in Houston is going to the Hilton on Tuesday afternoon (or the Monday evening event on Smith), let me know so I can say hi. [QUOTE]


What's going on at the Hilton?
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We've each had our wine epiphany - the wine that opened our eyes to the fact that wine is more than just a tasty beverage that aids in the digestion of a good meal, but after that epiphany, have you had wines that raised your standards as to what and how good a wine could be? - Wines that expanded your world and even made it more difficult for other wines to measure up?

Well, you're really touching on a continual process here. It's just that most of the time it's incremental improvements in the quality of a wine compared to those we've had before (or a different style of wine, for that matter). But it's those rare leaps forward that stick in our memories and shift our buying patterns.

I've had a few such wines in recent memory. But they haven't changed my enjoyment of "lesser" wines that I can discern. And I had plenty of headroom in my scoring to accomodate those special bottles, so no changes there either. Those bottles just nudged me to a higher level of insanity in my purchases to find that next high special experience.
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There's a portfolio tasting tomorrow afternoon being put on by Pioneer Distributing, who has some top producers. It's supposed to be for the trade only, but I have a feeling that it will be pretty open. (Hell, they even list it as an "event" on their website.) 2pm -ish.
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Not sure if I'm supposed to feel embarrassed, innocent, or like a whore. If anyone in Houston is going to the Hilton on Tuesday afternoon (or the Monday evening event on Smith), let me know so I can say hi. [QUOTE]


What's going on at the Hilton?
Yeah you can walk in no problem.
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Only one in recent memory. 1958 BV Georges de Latour.


I still think about that bottle often.


My birth year. I guess I missed this as I had no idea there was something so special in 1958!

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