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by Doug Lee
September 9th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto

Steve and Nick,

First bottles of Giacosa I purchased (pretty sure anyway) so they are kind of special to me too. I hadn't sampled a Barolo in a long while and thought I'd speed the arrival of autumn a bit.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
September 7th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto

Jonathan,

Agree, great producer and a fine vintage - what a wonderful combination. Exercising patience will be difficult.


Kelly,

Great sorrow indeed. May you have the occasion and a safe pathway to drinking great bottles with great friends very soon!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
September 7th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto

Todd,

Good thoughts. I have two more bottles, which will sleep awhile (another 9 year interval might actually work out well).

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
September 6th, 2020, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto

Jayson,

If you have more than one, it’s worth a shot IMHO. Hope it shows well for you.


Jeremy,

I haven’t cracked that many 1996’s but this wine was firing on all cylinders!


Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
September 6th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto
Replies: 12
Views: 784

TN: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto

1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (9/5/2020) Last taste over 9 years ago. Decanted for 3 hours. Scarlet rusty garnet color. Depth-defying nose of balsam, violets, rose petal, asphalt, and camphor. Sinuous layers of strawberry, Bing cherry, d...
by Doug Lee
September 5th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Morey et Fils Santenay 1er Cru Gravières
Replies: 0
Views: 136

TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Morey et Fils Santenay 1er Cru Gravières

2005 Domaine Bernard Morey et Fils Santenay 1er Cru Gravières - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay 1er Cru (9/4/2020) Decanted for 45 minutes and followed for several hours. Darker ruby, almost opaque. Fresh nose of deep berry, pine forest, lifted violets, plum pits, and surprisingly fine-g...
by Doug Lee
August 31st, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4783

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Three-way tie:

1995 L'Evangile
1994 Monte Bello
2007 Lamarche La Grande Rue

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 31st, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

William,

Enjoying the arc of the wine over 12 bottles would indeed be a beautiful thing.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 30th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue

Chiu, I had a taste of the 2006 about 7 years ago and enjoyed it very much. It should be entering its drinking window relatively soon, so congrats on having a case! Yes these wines were within the reach of mere mortals at that time. Kirk, I have a tiny amount of the 2005, and like you I plan on wait...
by Doug Lee
August 30th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue
Replies: 3
Views: 221

TN: 2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue

2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Grande Rue Grand Cru (8/29/2020) Translucent darker ruby hue. Dense but finely-wrought nose of red berry, delicately-chiseled alpine floral notes, cinnamon, faint earth, brier, and soy. Wonderfully silky, integrated ...
by Doug Lee
August 30th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

Joshua,

Coincidentally, I have a 750 ml and a 375 ml remaining, which will sleep for a while. I’m learning that if sampled now, a healthy decant will likely help.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 29th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

Neal,

Really enjoyable showing for us. Better to be lucky than good! Makes me think that trying the 96 LLC might not be completely crazy.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 29th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

Carlos,

It's certainly up there. May be time to consider some horizontals in the name of science.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 29th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

Ramon and Mark,

This is indeed a great bottle. It continued to improve as the evening progressed, so I think it would have shown even better with a longer decant. Several recent TNs on CT mentioned 2-5 hours.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 29th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 11
Views: 606

TN: 1996 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

1996 Château Montrose - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (8/28/2020) Decanted for 45 minutes and followed for 3 hours. Opaque garnet with scarlet edges. Nose of savory green elements mixed with fecund soil, lifted floral notes, cassis, pencil lead, and currant. Seemingly settled layers of black...
by Doug Lee
August 24th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Lawrence,

Should be delicious, especially with that pairing! I hope the string of positive recent tasting notes continues.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 24th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Wes,

Great information and new to me regarding a particular wine. Twenty-six years from the vintage would seem to be long enough to tame such moodiness, and to your point, that seems to be the case per recent tasting notes.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 23rd, 2020, 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Wes,

Interesting information. I do not know the vintage characteristics for this region that well, so appreciate the context.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 23rd, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Gavin,

It really is an American classic. Glad to have had two bottles of this, tasted 15 years apart!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 23rd, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Ed, Excellent. Hope the bottles show well on upcoming celebrations. Scott, This wine has had a mixed reception from critics and CT reviewers (though not lately) so I did not know what to expect. I was glad our experience was a good one - we really enjoyed it with grilled Spencer steaks. Hope your ne...
by Doug Lee
August 23rd, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last Update! : Anniversary Wines; Next up, 1996 Dom Perignon
Replies: 23
Views: 1155

Re: Preview of Anniversary Wines/Champagne

Happy Anniversary, Warren! I like the ratio of champagne to still wines.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 23rd, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

TN: 1994 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

1994 Ridge Monte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/22/2020) Decanted for 45 minutes. Dark opaque garnet. Steadily building nose of cassis, cedar, acacia, red currant, fennel, saline. Layers of deeply drenching black and red currant, vibrant ripe plum, blackberry, a...
by Doug Lee
August 22nd, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast with 2001 Beaucastel & W-S LH Gewurz
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: A toast with 2001 Beaucastel & W-S LH Gewurz

Vince,

You honored him, and your own journey with him, in two short, amazing paragraphs. Peace to you.

Doug
by Doug Lee
August 18th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 677

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Wonderful wine. Thanks for the note Brian.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 17th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Mel and Michael,

I sampled the 2006 a few months ago and enjoyed it very much. If you have a bunch, it might be worth the plunge. Good to know the 2010 is showing well.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 16th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

David,

I confess that I haven't sampled the 09. Would also be interested in others' experiences.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 16th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

William,

I appreciate your very informed comments, on this and in general. I had not expected the wine to be so open, and am glad to have selected one of the few 05's showing well at the moment. Will look for the 2015!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 15th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: TN: 2001 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny

Sounds lovely, Jeremy.
by Doug Lee
August 15th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Matthew,

Nice descriptors. He is indeed a master. Met M. Mugnier once at the domaine and he was very gracious. I have collected the Marechale and his Chambolle Fuees.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 15th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Jerry,

I agree. This wine is just getting started.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 15th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru (8/14/2020) Decanted for 45 minutes. Opaque darker ruby. Nose of fulsome violets, spicy fine earth, saline, sharp cherry, iron particles. Layers of jeweled dark ...
by Doug Lee
August 14th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2324

Re: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!

We have the opposite situation. My wife likes everything but Riesling and Champagne. Well, I guess they'll age for a while.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 11th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nothing screams "Summer!" like gazpacho, ceviche and Sancerre!
Replies: 18
Views: 821

Re: Nothing screams "Summer!" like gazpacho, ceviche and Sancerre!

Warren,

Just spent time on Lopez Island and then camping in Deception Pass. Pacific NW in the summer is epitomized by your post! Way to go.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 11th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Agnès Paquet Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrières
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: TN: 2014 Agnès Paquet Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrières

Melvin and Mark,

Glad you have sourced some of her wines also. Always nice to discover a good producer with reasonable QPR. I was able to look up Ms Paquet's wines on the Jasper Morris and Jancis Robinson sites so I suspect there is more exposure on the other side of the pond.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
August 10th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Agnès Paquet Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrières
Replies: 3
Views: 229

TN: 2014 Agnès Paquet Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrières

2014 Agnès Paquet Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrières - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru (8/9/2020) Pale white gold color. Gorgeous nose of high-pitched white flowers, schist, apple core, and scintillating sharp lemon-lime. Layers of tart granny apple, grapefruit, steely spine, a...
by Doug Lee
August 5th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sancerre
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Sancerre

Agree on Vacheron Chambrates!
by Doug Lee
August 2nd, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Bloom's Field
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Bloom's Field

Dale,

I have a solitary 2014 which I am giving some additional cellar time, as yet undefined. I am late to the party on this producer. Glad it showed so well!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 31st, 2020, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5948

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Robert, glad you are "back". Keep recovering!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 31st, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5948

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Buzz,

So glad you are on the mend. The time arc of your recovery provides a lot of hope for a very good prognosis. Keep us posted, as you are now a human data point (and a great TN writer)!

Very best wishes,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 30th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: NV Gerbais Grains de Celles & 89 Olga Raffault Les Picasses
Replies: 0
Views: 122

TNs: NV Gerbais Grains de Celles & 89 Olga Raffault Les Picasses

NV Pierre Gerbais Champagne Grains de Celles Extra Brut - France, Champagne (7/30/2020) Pale gold color. Nose of fresh citrus, pear, white flowers, stone. Clean, crisp layers of white peach, pear, celery, flint, and hints of caramel on the palate. Stony spine. Moderately long finish of pure white f...
by Doug Lee
July 27th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso

Jay,

I like this producer very much also. I was kind of kicking myself for waiting so long to drink an example from a warmer year but it turned out to be a real gem. Have a bit of 1999 also.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 27th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso

Brian,

Cool to have had such an interesting vertical. The 97 is (sadly) the only vintage I have. The fruit has become integrated quite nicely if this sole showing is any indicator. I sampled this wine 13 years ago and found it very good but not great. Time has definitely helped.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 27th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso

Kris and Merrill,

I would agree, the descriptors balanced and graceful (with underlying power) capture the essence of this wine perfectly. One more bottle of this in the cellar. It will be interesting to see how much further the flight path goes.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 27th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso
Replies: 7
Views: 346

TNs: 97 Etude CS & 97 Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso

1997 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (7/26/2020) Garnet with pale rim. Nose of cassis, currant, hyacinth, plum blossom, iodine. Cool, smooth red and black currant fruit exhibiting bell-like clarity cut with dark plum and rich earth on the palate. Refreshing acidity and burni...
by Doug Lee
July 22nd, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wines under $50?
Replies: 54
Views: 5224

Re: Best Value Wines under $50?

Andrew, I have been impressed by the Chianti Classico bottlings I have purchased in the past and forgotten about. Many are showing beautifully with some age. I am now purchasing a bunch of 2016 CC, a good year. Others that randomly come to mind: Vacheron Sancerre blanc and rouge Lafouge Auxey-Duress...
by Doug Lee
July 21st, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 08 Rhys Alpine Chard, 05 Marechal Pommard Chaniere, 07 T. Liger-Belair Les St. Georges
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: TNs: 08 Rhys Alpine Chard, 05 Marechal Pommard Chaniere, 07 T. Liger-Belair Les St. Georges

Hi Jeremy,

My only bottle (thus far). I looked up the domaine and learned that Claude was befriended by Henri Jayer in the early 1980s and took many of Jayer's practices to heart. I've never sampled a Jayer wine, but there was lots of life and magical dirt in this bottle.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
July 20th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Corton Wines
Replies: 50
Views: 3525

Re: Red Corton Wines

Hi Dan, Congrats on your first post. Although you referred in the post to Corton, another relative value in the Grand Cru category might be Clos des Lambrays. This wine does not reach the absolute heights of many others but its price point is modestly lower. I've enjoyed the 2001 and 2002. In NYC th...
by Doug Lee
July 20th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1999 Musar. (Cringe - worthy?)
Replies: 16
Views: 951

Re: TN 1999 Musar. (Cringe)

Love the French at the end.

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