'Sorry if this has already been addressed; I haven't seen any threads like this, but it's difficult to search for such a thing.

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?

Back in April I had the good fortune to drink a 2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah 17th Nail in My Cranium and a 1998 Guigal La Landonne within a couple weeks of each other, and things just haven't been the same since. Especially in the realm of dry reds, those two wines were so compelling and memorable that I fear that I'm enjoying other reds less because of them. I've had some arguably world-class reds since then, but I just can't stop thinking about those two.

Have you had this experience? What was/were the wine(s) that raised the bar for you?

... and how did you cope? Frown Wink
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Ch. Cos d'Estournel 2005

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Originally posted by stickman:
... 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?

Have you had this experience? What was/were the wine(s) that raised the bar for you?
I expect my list of benchmark wines to change as I drink and taste more wines since some of these wines weren't drunk at their peak.

Bordeaux - 1988 La Mission Haut Brion
Barolo - 2000 Pio Cesare Ornato
Brunello - 1999 Casanova de Neri Cerretalto/ 2001 Siro Pacenti
CA Cabernet - 1983 Diamond Creek (not sure of the vineyard), 1997 Heitz Martha's Vineyard, 1995 Beringer Private Reserve
CA Pinot - 2002 Martinelli Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard
CA Sauvignon Blanc - 2008 Merry Edwards
Tuscany - 2000 Antinori Solaia
WA Cabernet - 1999 Quilceda Creek
White Burgundy - 1996 Domaine Rollin Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne
Spring 2008
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Originally posted by THA:
Was opened at a tasting of the 2000, 2003, and 2005 vintages of Cos, Ducru, and GPL.

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Originally posted by wine+art:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by THA:
Ch. Cos d'Estournel 2005



You have already opened a 2005 Cos? Red Face


When?
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No, I just don't relate to that kind of thinking.


You've never had a bottle that so thrilled you that it stuck in your memory as different from your other wine experiences?


I have had ones I remember as being different really good or even the best, but none that have forced me to think less of a good bottle of wine. You won't catch me using the e word. I know this is not about points but I could probably convert 80-94 to the Decanter 5 star scale and that is how I feel about wine. I guess it only moves me so far.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by THA:
Ch. Cos d'Estournel 2005



You have already opened a 2005 Cos? Red Face


If that was his mind-blowing wine and pinnacle experience no sense in him being embarrassed.



Where in the world did you pick up embarrassed? Confused

He said he had it at a Bordeaux tasting on release.

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