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by Blake Brown
February 19th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasted while at Lake Louise: Mellot, Pousse d’Or, Bouchard, Tolpuddle, Pio Cesare
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Tasted while at Lake Louise: Mellot, Pousse d’Or, Bouchard, Tolpuddle, Pio Cesare

Nice notes for wines drank at such a fabulous place and the nearby ski resort that my wife and I love dearly. The wines just have to be better at this venue.
by Blake Brown
February 17th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 129
Views: 3923

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

It was a treat to attend for the first time and feel the energy, the commitment to something worthwhile, the fellowship and camaraderie, the dedication of many who put out tons of time for the set up, silent auction wines/ items, food, serving, cleanup and effort to make this happen. Frank and the c...
by Blake Brown
February 16th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 442

Re: 1982 Cristal

If you ever run across it, 1976 Dom Perignon is another great aged Champagne (though I drank it a while back so I'm not so sure what it would be like now). I was skeptical when I got a couple of bottles at auction, but they weren't particularly expensive, so I thought it worth the gamble. Great stu...
by Blake Brown
February 16th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 442

Re: 1982 Cristal

Blake, The 1982 Cristal and the 1985 Krug-Clos du Mesnil are the finest vintage champagnes I've ever had the privilege to drink, including D/P and D/P rose from the sixties. Absolutely stunning! What are the future 1982s of later vintages? At age 37, it's a considerable time investment, considering...
by Blake Brown
February 15th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 442

Re: 1982 Cristal

Blake, Great to hear about your epiphany! I agree with your assessment about '82 Cristal being around five years away from its apogee. I think many of the best Champagnes from '82 have just entered their tertiary stage and will stay there for the next decade plus. Ray, Although I mentioned you in t...
by Blake Brown
February 15th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 442

Re: 1982 Cristal

Chris Seiber wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 8:37 am
Great notes, as always, Blake. Old Champagne is hit and miss, but good old ones are so fascinating and distinctive.
Chris, I've never had a hit until this one so the odds were way in my favor.

See you soon my friend. We're out the door for OC in minutes.
by Blake Brown
February 15th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 442

1982 Cristal

I am now a believer. I`e finally been baptised by an “older” champagne that I actually enjoyed; in fact, it may be one of the best champagnes I’ve ever had. Our blind wine tasting group recently held its almost annual Valentine/ champagne event at our usual venue, in the barrel room of the Santa Bar...
by Blake Brown
February 14th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?

Anton D wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Butt is a form of chugging, right?
We could be RUNing the gamet of a TUN of jokes over this post and have a BARREL of fun, BUTT I`ll roll with the PUNCHes and HEAD on down the PIPE.
by Blake Brown
February 13th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?

I heard the term pipe of Port used during a recent Taylor Fladgate retrospective from 1890-2016. New to me, I looked it up and there`s a lot more sizes new to me as well. Here's a link for some info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_wine_cask_units
by Blake Brown
February 13th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1414

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

Yes, but for entirely different reasons and interest since subscribing in the early 90s.
by Blake Brown
February 12th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,P+S+
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,

Love Lambrays. Always delivers for me. Thanks for the notes Blake. I`m a fan of Lambrays as well. I`ll always remember the 1990 of this verssion which I ordered off the wine list at Latour d`Argent in Paris. Two couples of us had already had 2 bottles of champagne and this was so good, we ordered a...
by Blake Brown
February 12th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,P+S+
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,

CJ Beazley wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Great notes BB, the food sounded great also. Hey, just out of curiosity what happened to the label of the SQN?
I just figured that this was a product of Krankel`s quirkiness. The photo was taken from 2 angels.
by Blake Brown
February 12th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,P+S+
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,

crickey wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Your description of the Ponsot says 1995, but the label in the picture shows 1998.
Thanks for the heads up. Typo and editing issue.
by Blake Brown
February 12th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,P+S+
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride&SwitchbackPS,SQN,Foley,P+S+

Our dinner group held it`s once a year Winner Gets Dinner event at bouchon, the restaurant where we typically do our Millennium dinner in December. Instead of being located in the separate, private and most appropriately wine related ambience Cork Room, we were set up on the outside enclosed patio t...
by Blake Brown
February 8th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Thanks for the great notes and photos, Blake. I've been deciding on which 2016 Ports to buy, so this was a fine data point. Do you have any producer preferences for any particular reasons? Good question and one that is easy to answer. My limited experience with Port has been with mostly "older" vin...
by Blake Brown
February 8th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Thanks for the great notes and photos, Blake. I've been deciding on which 2016 Ports to buy, so this was a fine data point. Do you have any producer preferences for any particular reasons? Good question and one that is easy to answer. My limited experience with Port has been with mostly "older" vin...
by Blake Brown
February 8th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Blake Brown wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Eric Ifune wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Any idea when the 1934 Colheita was bottled?
Great tasting. I keep telling myself I need to invest in a Tux.
As stated in the notes, I heard 1977, but will check again to be sure.
Yes, it was bottled in 1977 as now confirmed by Don.
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Eric Ifune wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Any idea when the 1934 Colheita was bottled?
Great tasting. I keep telling myself I need to invest in a Tux.
As stated in the notes, I heard 1977, but will check again to be sure.
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

FWIIW. I do recall Darrel Corti mentioning Graham is typically the sweetest of all houses. For me, that is a major consideration as I`m not that much into the sweet stuff, certainly not more than a taste.
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Thanks for the great notes and photos, Blake. I've been deciding on which 2016 Ports to buy, so this was a fine data point. Do you have any producer preferences for any particular reasons? Good question and one that is easy to answer. My limited experience with Port has been with mostly "older" vin...
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Hank Victor wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 9:13 am
wow....

Amazing event and notes! Thanks for sharing Blake.
Purely my pleasure Hank.
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

I saved every glass in order to return to most for later comparison tasting. Each had the vintage denoted on the base of the stem. This photo shows the rows of the lineups from the last back to the first flight:

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by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Evidently, there is a limit as to how many photos can be added to the first post and I ran out of space, so here are others: fullsizeoutput_222b.jpeg fullsizeoutput_222c.jpeg fullsizeoutput_222d.jpeg fullsizeoutput_222e.jpeg fullsizeoutput_222f.jpeg fullsizeoutput_2230.jpeg fullsizeoutput_2231.jpeg
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Recently, I attended another once in a lifetime Vintage Port tasting luncheon that has to rank in the top echelon of my all time wine experiences. My friend, Don Schliff, now retired CEO of Wine Imports for Wine Warehouse in LA has put on many Vintage Port tastings/ events since 1985 when he and Add...
by Blake Brown
February 7th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 129
Views: 3923

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

We shall continue to rain in with love, charitable support and good people along with good food and wines.
by Blake Brown
February 4th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

Why are you being a little bit silly Blake? Blake is quite serious. [snort.gif] And no reds with din-din? Pretty adventurous. Yes, I rend to take spots serious especially from folks I'm not familiar with. I most of my real life, I'm not all that serious all the time. As to the absence of reds, the ...
by Blake Brown
February 2nd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 7:16 pm
He is carrying the Champagne, Michael thought the Champagne carrier was awesome. I'm just being a little bit silly Blake.
Sorry. I was way slow on the take here- got it now.
by Blake Brown
February 2nd, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

alan weinberg wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 11:21 am
lovely evening.
Alan, it was the kind of evening most of us live for.
by Blake Brown
February 2nd, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 3:48 pm
That champagne carrier is awesome
Its truly more awesome than the photo captures and its solid and heavy.
by Blake Brown
February 2nd, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 4:05 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 3:48 pm
That champagne carrier is awesome
I think his name is David Osenbach. He does have very surprised looking eyes.
What am I missing a jeremy? I mention his name in the body of the post as well as below the photo.
by Blake Brown
February 2nd, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

We traveled to LA to spend and evening with dear friends and dine out at the fabulous Providence restaurant. Soon after arriving at their home, we sat in front of a crackling fire and enjoyed some of the fine 2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rose that I`ve been so happy with over the past 6 months. fullsize...
by Blake Brown
January 31st, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06` Whitcraft Bien Nacido Q Block Pinot Noir/ 08` Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: 06` Whitcraft Bien Nacido Q Block Pinot Noir/ 08` Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello

Went back to the remnants of the Brunello last night after being vacuum pumped and a 3 day stay in the frig. I found another blatant example of a wine improving over time and in this case, immensely so. It was richer, fruitier and more balanced giving righteous amounts of blackberry and plum with so...
by Blake Brown
January 29th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06` Whitcraft Bien Nacido Q Block Pinot Noir/ 08` Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello
Replies: 1
Views: 298

06` Whitcraft Bien Nacido Q Block Pinot Noir/ 08` Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello

Dinner with a good friend included 2 good wines to pair with the fine pizzas we ordered: 2006 WHITCRAFT WINERY BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD Q BLOCK SANTA MARIA VALLEY PINOT NOIR- knowing that this has been one of my all time favs, it was brought to share the love and love it got; two of the characteristics ...
by Blake Brown
January 28th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia

Mike Grammer wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Very nice cross-section there, Blake. We *can* get the Lanson Noble up here and I have a bottle at home now.

Sante,

Mike
I think you'll like the Rose Mike. I find to to be in balance and a pleasure to drink alone or in pairing with the right food.
by Blake Brown
January 26th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia

Fine notes and sounds like a great evening. Thanks for posting. I have a few of the Dal Forno's sleeping and may be time to check in on one. It is amazing that he can get that kind of concentration and extraction while still maintaining a good sense of balance. Totally agree Greg. Very consistently...
by Blake Brown
January 25th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia

Having leftovers of the champagne and WS RRV, we just went back and re-tasted 3 days later and found both to be much better than the original showing which was good in both cases. The Lanson rose champagne was richer and more fruity, deliciously good and the Pinot was substantially better having a s...
by Blake Brown
January 24th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia
Replies: 5
Views: 517

A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia

Our dinner group enjoyed another fine evening with 7 of us dining at Olio Pizzeria, a connected extension of one of the finest Italian restaurants in the area, Oilo y Limone. With a wide open wine theme, we drank the following: NV LANSON NOBLE CUVEE BRUT ROSE- as with previous samplings, this had ni...
by Blake Brown
January 23rd, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION
Replies: 42
Views: 1466

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION

The Netherlands is celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt`s death this year in Leiden. Here's a link for more: https://www.afar.com/magazine/why-the-netherlands-needs-to-be-on-every-art-lovers-list-this-year?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=012319_Netherlands%202019&utm_term...
by Blake Brown
January 21st, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker Dinner with Jim Clendenen
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Winemaker Dinner with Jim Clendenen

Blake thanks for sharing. I’ve enjoyed all the ABC and Clendenen family wines I’ve had, in particular a 2008 Clendenen Nobiolo. I like his wines because I feel like everything I’ve tried has been “good for all time Zones”. Meaning something that geeks like us can enjoy, as well as folks who may be ...
by Blake Brown
January 21st, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker Dinner with Jim Clendenen
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Nice....

Blake, Nice lineup of wines there. I just had the PG/PB blend a week ago and really liked it. Had I been there, I would've chided Jim for not bringing the ThumbsUp Riesling that he & Bob made afore they grafted that X-Block R over to Syrah. A shame they don't still have R at BienNacido. Tom Hi Tom....
by Blake Brown
January 21st, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker Dinner with Jim Clendenen
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Winemaker Dinner with Jim Clendenen

Winemaker Dinner with Jim Clendenen We were graced to be invited to join good friends for one of the winemaker series of dinners put on by La Cumbre Country Club, this time featuring our dear friend, Jim Clendenen. Upon entering the dining room, we were greeted by servers pouring 2 ABC starter wines...
by Blake Brown
January 19th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONIA GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: 1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONIA GRAN RESERVA RIOJA

Same things happen to me when I try to pour a Barolo - muted, hot, tight, lame, off. If I stand it up for a week, decant for several hours, nearly always shows well. It gets harder and harder to drink well when all my impulse bottle openings fail like Blake’s... Noah, I seem to be having this exper...
by Blake Brown
January 19th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONIA GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: 1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONIA GRAN RESERVA RIOJA

John Glas wrote:
January 18th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Sounds like you enjoyed it.
Eventually, but not to the extent of past visits.
by Blake Brown
January 19th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 32
Views: 1389

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

Very interesting and impressive list of wines, my friend. And no surprise about your favorite Wines in each flight. It is a little challenging having wines with such different bottle ages on them together, no? And bummed that I wasn't able to sneak any of my wines in there :-) Cheers One of the rea...
by Blake Brown
January 19th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 32
Views: 1389

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

BTW the best local Syrah I've come across IMHO other than just about every one Jaffurs has made, especially with Thompson fruit, comes from ABC. Jim blended varying amounts of Viognier into them and they are absolutely fabulous and long living. Huh, I hold Jim Clendenen’s wines in high regard, but ...
by Blake Brown
January 19th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 32
Views: 1389

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

That's a great lineup. You may like the Beckmen Purisima Vineyard Mountain Grenache (or PMV Grenache). It's consistent every vintage I've had it in over a decade. The blend is usually over 90% grenache and completed with syrah which seems to richen it up. One of my favorites from Beckmen every year...
by Blake Brown
January 18th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONIA GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 5
Views: 359

1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONIA GRAN RESERVA RIOJA

Another recent in the mood opening of a Spanish Tempranillo proved to be the wrong choice {the 05` Vina Bosconia was the other} as i found this wine to be in a valley stage rather than an expression of it peak potential which I experienced during the last visit. 1994 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA TONDONI...
by Blake Brown
January 18th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 32
Views: 1389

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

Very interesting and impressive list of wines, my friend. And no surprise about your favorite Wines in each flight. It is a little challenging having wines with such different bottle ages on them together, no? And bummed that I wasn't able to sneak any of my wines in there :-) Cheers One of the rea...

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