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#1 Post by JeromeHan » May 22nd, 2016, 10:06 pm

I was always interested in hearing which bottle made you think about wine differently.

I will say that a 1996 Calon Segur initially got me really into wine, but a 2009 Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Reserve completely changed me.

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#2 Post by Henry Kiichli » May 23rd, 2016, 3:35 am

1974 Ridge Monte Bello
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#3 Post by PaulMills » May 23rd, 2016, 3:50 am

1989 Pichon Baron.

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#4 Post by Bud Carey » May 23rd, 2016, 3:57 am

1996 Dalla Valle cab
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#5 Post by IlkkaL » May 23rd, 2016, 4:35 am

2005 Jamet Côte-Rôtie, in 2009. I had no idea wine could taste like that.
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#6 Post by Markus S » May 23rd, 2016, 4:35 am

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#7 Post by Dan Hammer » May 23rd, 2016, 6:16 am

Jerome, it was a 1992 (?) Cain Five Meritage blend. I wasn't in the hobby yet, but it was my first oh my roll eyes wine experience.

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#8 Post by Jay Miller » May 23rd, 2016, 6:30 am

1990 Joseph Drouhin Bonnes Mares
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#9 Post by Vince T » May 23rd, 2016, 8:17 am

Without a doubt, the 2000 Tondonia rosado gran reserva that I had for my birthday at Rialto restaurant in Cambridge MA. It opened my eyes (not to mention nose and palate) to entire worlds that I didn't know existed.
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#10 Post by Jack Linden » May 23rd, 2016, 8:51 am

1978 Chateau de Beaucastel

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#11 Post by scamhi » May 23rd, 2016, 8:55 am

1991 E Rouget Echezeaux
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#12 Post by Kurt B e i t l e r » May 23rd, 2016, 9:24 am

1983 Guigal La Mouline in 2000.
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#13 Post by Alan Eden » May 23rd, 2016, 9:32 am

1970 Phelan Segur
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#14 Post by Diane Kessler » May 23rd, 2016, 11:22 am

1982 L'Evangile

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#15 Post by Nick Ellis » May 23rd, 2016, 11:31 am

'74 Heitz Martha's

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#16 Post by dougwilder » May 23rd, 2016, 11:33 am

1974 or 1975 Wente Chenin Blanc. It was the first wine I bought that was varietal labeled and cork finished, and the first step of a long road.
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#17 Post by Dennis Kanagie » May 23rd, 2016, 11:35 am

There really wasn't only one bottle that converted me to a wine collector.

2000 Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro and 2001 Arrowood really started my shift to wine back when beer was my main drink. Before that, I might have a glass once in a while, and do remember liking earlier Arrowoods - just not as much as the 2001.

1996 JC Pichot Les Larmes de Bacchus turned my wife and I on to white wine that wasn't dry. Up til then, we thought all whites were either too acidic or cheap sweet stuff. Then came JJ Prum on a recommendation and now 1/3 of the cellar is Riesling and Vouvray.

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#18 Post by Mike DiSalvo » May 23rd, 2016, 11:49 am

Heitz Martha's Vineyard 1985 and Caymus SS 1990, consumed on the same night. Finesse and balance (Heitz) vs. power and fruit explosion (Caymus).

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#19 Post by Greg D » May 23rd, 2016, 12:10 pm

83 Heitz Martha's Vyd

Back in '87 I'd been drinking $4-$6 zins and this wine just blew me away. Wasn't the best HMV ever made, but it was a huge step up from what I had been drinking.
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#20 Post by Eric Ifune » May 23rd, 2016, 12:12 pm

1975 Beaulieu Private Reserve Cabernet. My father had three cases and would open a bottle every few months. I saw how this wine changed as it aged, from youth to maturity and beyond.

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#21 Post by Shannon Ruckauf » May 23rd, 2016, 12:21 pm

1990 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion

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#22 Post by David Glasser » May 23rd, 2016, 12:30 pm

Haut Brion, don't recall the vintage but it had some age on it, in 1978. That was when I realized wine was capable of a whole lot more than I'd ever thought possible.

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#23 Post by Matt Latuchie » May 23rd, 2016, 12:41 pm

1996 Clape Cornas
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#24 Post by Josh Epstein » May 23rd, 2016, 12:45 pm

1..............1982 Chateau Montelena
2..............2002 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
3..............2000 Lynch Bages

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#25 Post by Ross Massey » May 23rd, 2016, 12:51 pm

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#26 Post by P_WythesJr » May 23rd, 2016, 12:59 pm

1982 Montelena Estate cab. Had been drinking crap wine up to that point.
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#27 Post by J Slawney » May 23rd, 2016, 1:01 pm

First, very modestly, older vintages of Chateau d'Arcins (I was a poor student).
Then, a Tignanello 1997 and a Castello di Ama Riserva 1997 shifted everything into second gear.
Then, a 1988 Mouton Rothschild, and a 1993 Ausone accelerated everything into warp speed.
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#28 Post by R M Kriete » May 23rd, 2016, 1:03 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:Jerome, it was a 1992 (?) Cain Five Meritage blend. I wasn't in the hobby yet, but it was my first oh my roll eyes wine experience.

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Same wine as me! Sad day as I came to the realization that spending more than $10 on a bottle of wine really did make a difference.

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#29 Post by Jonathan Essner » May 23rd, 2016, 1:06 pm

PaulMills wrote:1989 Pichon Baron.
1988 for me.

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#30 Post by Jerry Hey » May 23rd, 2016, 1:11 pm

1969 Drouhin Musigny

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#31 Post by alan weinberg » May 23rd, 2016, 1:18 pm

Eric Ifune wrote:1975 Beaulieu Private Reserve Cabernet. My father had three cases and would open a bottle every few months. I saw how this wine changed as it aged, from youth to maturity and beyond.
same wine for me! Friend brought it to a restaurant in 1984. I was mortified. Thought it meant he couldn't afford a bottle and was sneaking it in. To my shock he showed the somm the bottle and was warmly greeted. The bottle was opened and the bouquet made my head spin. Lancer and Mateus had been my pinnacle until then. I was stunned. We spent the evening talking about wine and he loaned me Alexis Bespaloff's book on wine. I stayed up all night reading it, and made him take me the next day to a fine wine store--Trader Joe's--where I spent the princely sum of $84 for a mixed case of 12 wines. This led to California, Bordeaux and Rhone, then Burgundy and financial ruin.

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#32 Post by JeromeHan » May 23rd, 2016, 1:24 pm

R M Kriete wrote:
Dan Hammer wrote:Jerome, it was a 1992 (?) Cain Five Meritage blend. I wasn't in the hobby yet, but it was my first oh my roll eyes wine experience.

Welcome to Berserkers.
Same wine as me! Sad day as I came to the realization that spending more than $10 on a bottle of wine really did make a difference.
I know that feeling.... I had always paid around $10, and splurged with $20 once in a while. How things have changed....

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#33 Post by David Bush » May 23rd, 2016, 1:31 pm

2008 Hawk & Horse Cabernet Sauvignon started the ball rolling, but the wine that changed everything was 1989 Meo Camuzet Cros Parantoux.

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#34 Post by Rob Weaver » May 23rd, 2016, 1:42 pm

1994 Gaja Something (can't remember if it was Barolo or Barbaresco).

We were in Italy on business, every night the restaurant presented us with a wine list and every night we chose beer. They seemed disappointed.

Good trip and we were in the mood to celebrate, wine list came out and we thought what the heck, lets order that "ridiculously priced" bottle just to see what this wine stuff is all about.

Waiter needed clarification, are you sure? Yep, bring it on. He decanted it over a candle and insisted that we wait for a bit before pouring into our glasses. Finally pours it and it was awesome, 4 guys never had wine before and we were fighting over the last glass.

I have chased that bottle, figuratively, ever since.

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#35 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » May 23rd, 2016, 1:46 pm

White: 1990 Trimbach Federic Emile

Red: 1957 Jadot Bonnes Mares & 1995 Rousseau Chambertin Clis de Beze (when you see some patience required in a TN with my wines these two bottles are the instigators of that).
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#36 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 23rd, 2016, 1:46 pm

1992 Arrowood Merlot turned me into a wine enthusiast.
1995 Selbach-Oster Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese turned me into a German Riesling fanatic.
1990 Truchot MSD Clos Sorbes turned on the Burgundy light.
1985 Leoville Poyferre made me a fan of Bordeaux.
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#37 Post by Jim F » May 23rd, 2016, 2:29 pm

1985 Lynch Bages. That is when I lost my mind.
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#38 Post by Michel Linden » May 23rd, 2016, 3:03 pm

1982 Pichon Comtesse as a student for $50
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#39 Post by adam landa » May 23rd, 2016, 3:05 pm

1997 Mondavi Reserve

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#40 Post by Michael S. Monie » May 23rd, 2016, 3:13 pm

It's the root of all evil and you know the rest, but it's way ahead of what's second best.

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#41 Post by Paul H Galli » May 23rd, 2016, 3:28 pm

A generic 1970 Gevrey Chambertin (can't remember producer, but nobody famous).
It kindled my interest in Pinot Noir in general and Burgundy in particular.

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#42 Post by Shannon Perdue » May 23rd, 2016, 3:45 pm

1979 Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Champagne - I had no idea wine could taste like that. Amazing and it started a Champagne habit that continues today.

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#43 Post by davidsturek » May 23rd, 2016, 3:50 pm

A couple that had a big impact. Not necessarily the best wines I've ever had, but ones that really caused a shift for me.

1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie
1999 Rousseau Clos de la Roche
2006 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo
2007 Dauvissat La Forest

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#44 Post by Heath Richardson » May 23rd, 2016, 5:13 pm

David Bush wrote:2008 Hawk & Horse Cabernet Sauvignon started the ball rolling, but the wine that changed everything was 1989 Meo Camuzet Cros Parantoux.
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I don't think a wine has ever changed my life. Only I do that , but if the spirit of your query is designed to elicit wines that have stood out to me , then my answer would be related to different wines at different times of my life. For those long ago days of drinking Cali cabs I'd say the pinnacle was the 97 Dalla Valle Maya. From the Bordeaux phase that ensued it would probably be the 1982 Mouton , then the subsequent Chateauneuf Phase the 07 Janasse XXL , and now the Burgundy phase- 1959 Leroy Grands Echezeau

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#45 Post by Chris Caruso » May 23rd, 2016, 5:16 pm

1989 Lynch Bages. Ah ha! So that's what structure and complexity is.

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#46 Post by Michael O'Brien » May 23rd, 2016, 5:36 pm

1982 Chateau Trotanoy and the money quickly began to disappear from that day until today.
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#47 Post by Randy Bowman » May 23rd, 2016, 7:31 pm

1969 Inglenook Cabernet started it
1976 Silver Oak sealed the deal to become a wine junkie
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#48 Post by Anton D » May 23rd, 2016, 8:10 pm

dougwilder wrote:1974 or 1975 Wente Chenin Blanc. It was the first wine I bought that was varietal labeled and cork finished, and the first step of a long road.
Wow!

1973 Wente Grey Reisling!

Went on a science class field trip and stayed several days at the Asilomar State Beach conference center when I was a freshman in high school.

Got my hands on a bottle of this and woke up back in the dorm lying next to Susie S.

Life affirming and life changing!

It became an annual spring break ritual to go to that beach and drink that wine.
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#49 Post by Leonard Maran » May 24th, 2016, 3:05 am

1975 Joseph Phelps Eisele Cabernet taken to Le Cirque in it's heyday (and they initially insisted corkage was disallowed) for my sister's 50th birthday.

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#50 Post by Carlos Delpin » May 24th, 2016, 4:18 am

1988 DRC Grands Echezeaux opened by a friend at his house. Changed my perspective on Burgundy forever.

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