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#1 Post by J a y H a c k » December 5th, 2017, 6:10 pm

Theme: Wines with P and R in the name
Host: Jay Hack
Matching donors: Any takers? [cheers.gif]
Date: December 5th - December 12th
Format: $5 per Tasting Note

About the Charity: Puerto Rico Relief Fund

For Puerto Rican hurricane relief. Carlos gets to advise exactly who gets the money.

Wines with P and R in the name of the wine, excluding the name of the grape (NO WAIVERS. Just because it's pinot noir doesn't mean it counts). $5 for a tasting note, $10 for a tasting note with photo showing you and the bottle with the name displayed. $20 for a bottle of Petrus that you share with me. $5 extra per bottle if we get a political miracle on December 12, the last day of my challenge.
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#2 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » December 5th, 2017, 6:46 pm

Yes, Raffault Les Picasses!. It has P and R, and is one of Carlos’ personal favorite. I know Jay adores this wine even more than Saxum. I now know what to pop.

I’m in for $100 if someone will match me. Our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters need our help.

And no, Jay, you cannot have the Petrus....



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#3 Post by Joe W i n o g r a d » December 5th, 2017, 7:43 pm

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2015 Prager Riesling Smaragd Achleiten - So much promise here. High tension wiring of fruit, acid, stone, citrus peel, and heat (14%!) balanced like Karl Wallenda over Tallulah Gorge. Next show in 2022.

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#4 Post by Bob Hughes » December 6th, 2017, 6:30 am

We had our annual white truffle dinner at Blackfish last night - as always, an embarrassment of riches, and I may be missing a bottle or two, but our "qualifiers" for Jay's charity challenge were:

1990 Parusso Barolo Bussia (in mag)
1997, 1998 & 1999 Mascarello Monprivato


There is something innately deelish about the pairing of Nebbiolo and white truffles [cheers.gif]

Regarding the flight of Monprivato, all three wines showed well paired with a veal tenderloin - the '97 (a year which I generally hold in low regard due to the "overripeness" of many of the wines) really held it's own here, and was nicely balanced. I would say that all three bottles are capable of providing current enjoyment, but if you only have 1 or 2, I would probably still recommend holding the '99, which was still fairly primary.

The '90 Parusso also drank well, but it was paired with a '90 Giacosa Falletto which was a little out of it's league - that said, this is a modernist wine where the barrique has mostly assimilated at this point, and in magnum the wine is probably good for another decade or so.

Unfortunately, I was having too much fun (and alcohol) last night and forgot about taking any pictures [drinkers.gif]

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#5 Post by Carlos Delpin » December 6th, 2017, 6:43 am

Jay, I’ll match your donation. Thanks for doing this. Will get back to you today with suggestions.

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#6 Post by J a y H a c k » December 6th, 2017, 6:55 am

Bob Hughes wrote: . . . 1997, 1998 & 1999 Mascarello Monprivato . . .
Oh darn! I had some late 90s Monprivato, but it appears to be all gone. I have 2 bottles of the 2003, which was a very hot year and some of the wines are, to be polite, a bit pruny, but some are outstanding. Maybe I will get lucky.
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#7 Post by Dan Hammer » December 6th, 2017, 8:11 am

2012 Carlisle Zin Papera.
Thanksgiving wine, so no real notes. A hint of tannins. Some spice. A really nice wine.

2016 Paumanok Chenin Blanc
A starter wine on Thanksgiving. No notes, but previous bottles have been delicious.
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#8 Post by J a y H a c k » December 6th, 2017, 5:55 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:2012 Carlisle Zin Papera.
Thanksgiving wine, so no real notes. A hint of tannins. Some spice. A really nice wine.

2016 Paumanok Chenin Blanc
A starter wine on Thanksgiving. No notes, but previous bottles have been delicious.
Per the FMIII rule, prior drinking does not count, and Paumanok only has a P, no R, so you get double demerits. Must still be the jet lag
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#9 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 6th, 2017, 6:47 pm

2016 Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc Viognier - USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg (12/6/2017)
Being poured by the glass at a company party, this was refreshing and food friendly. The fruit was a touch tart, with a healthy acid backbone. Pretty nice for free bar pours.

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#10 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » December 6th, 2017, 8:38 pm

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'95 Dom Perignon - First wine of the night. Round and creamy as DP with a few years of post-disgorgement age usually shows. Good yellow fruit, hidden acidity with sufficient effervescence for those that don't prefer "aged" Champagne. Excellent

'96 Dom Perignon - Similar profile to the '95 but it had a some more fruit and hints of smoke. Excellent Plus

'95 Dom Perignon Oenotheque Disgorged in 2006. A little less round than the original disgorgement with more acidity on the finish. I usually prefer well stored original disgorgements over the same vintage of the later disgorged Oeno's, but this is one vintage that is an outlier for me. My favorite disgorgement of all the '95 DP Oeno's I've consumed. Staggering minus.

'96 Dom Perignon Oenotheque Disgorged in '08. Ok, back to the norm. Solid wine but doesn't have the character of the original release. On its own, surely a great pleasure. In tonight's line-up, Excellent minus.

The '95 DP Oeno was only one of the two '95's I preferred over the same wine from '96 out of the eight 95 vs 96 wines consumed this evening.
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'95 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill The last of the "mourning" labels. Also, not a perfect bottle with a bit of funk on the nose that eventually blew off, but the palate was solid from the get go. While the grape composition is the somewhat the same as the DP's, both Winston Churchills show a bigger pinot profile. Very Good Plus.

'96 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill A wine I haven't had in several years that I had become to believe wasn't as good as it market price, but this bottle gave me some second thoughts on that position. Big Pinot, but not heavy with excellent acidity on the finish. Excellent
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'95 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne My favorite vintage of CdC between 1976 and 2002 and the jury is still out if it will turn out to be my favorite since '76. Yellow fruit including sweet lemons, laser acidity with great length. Still youthful. Should be a 45+ year Champagne. My other favorite '95 of the eight side my sides. Staggering

'96 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Perfect bottle of this wine but it suffers being served after the '95. A mini '96. A touch less fruit, a touch less focus and a touch less acidity.

We had five other '95 vs '96 matchups but none of those had both a "P" and "R" in them. Excellent plus.

As always, Atera's food and service were both world class at this relatively under the radar restaurant.
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#11 Post by T. Melloni » December 6th, 2017, 9:08 pm

Hard to follow Ray's post on some serious wines, but here's mine, offered meekly, in the spirit of helping the people of Puerto Rico.
2008 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (12/6/2017)
Pop and pour and tasted with food and on its own.
Deep purple color. Noses of black cherries and some herbal notes. (I tried this in a burgundy wine glass and a Gabriel Glas universal - the herbal note was more pronounced in the burgundy glass).
Rich dark fruits with a striking note of acidity on the inital approach, smoothing out in the mid-palate and finish. Nice mineral/wet stone element that helps frame the ripe fruit. Tannins are present but not overpowering.
Nice wine. Could use more time in the bottle, however.

This got big scores on release. Nice wine, just a little too sweet and a bit disjointed for my palate. For fun, I tasted this in two glasses - a burgundy style and a Gabriel-Glas (from CF). The Gabriel-Glas was preferred. The burgundy glass emphasized the herbal and mint notes to the wine.
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#12 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » December 6th, 2017, 9:19 pm

T. Melloni wrote: ...in the spirit of helping the people of Puerto Rico.
I very rarely post notes these days. Yours is the exact same reason I did.

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#13 Post by Adam G » December 6th, 2017, 9:57 pm

Stupid me - drank an Arcadian Purisima Mountain Syrah the other day. Should have waited until now!
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#14 Post by J a y H a c k » December 7th, 2017, 5:39 am

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
T. Melloni wrote: ...in the spirit of helping the people of Puerto Rico.
I very rarely post notes these days. Yours is the exact same reason I did.

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you should get a $5 demerit for not inviting me.
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#15 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » December 7th, 2017, 5:58 am

FWIW, I just worked with my firm administration to make PR the central focus of our annual Christmas fundraising, which generally raises thousands. We have five employees with large families in Puerto Rico, so will work through them. Thanks, Carlos and Jay, for continuing to raise awareness here. It reminded me that our help is still relevant.

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#16 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » December 7th, 2017, 11:01 am

2009 Hospices de Beaune Corton Cuvee Charlotte Dumay - Elevage and bottling by Domaine Dujac. This wine has been drinking well for several years but shows no signs of not continuing down that same road. Barely any signs of age around the rim. Dark fruit and very elegant for a Corton. I typically don't like to drink red Burgundies at this young age, especially those from Corton, but this is an exception (especially since I have a few bottles). Not profound but a perfect accompaniment to a shiitake mushroom pizza for lunch. Excellent.
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#17 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » December 7th, 2017, 12:51 pm

Can you say “P.R.U.M.”

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Seems a little off to post this after a 13-course sushi lunch with Prum and some other goodies, but at least this nets $110 for the cause.

2015 Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett. So mighty fine in this rich vintage, a ripe array of yellow and white citrus fruits, petrol, minerals and crisp acidity. Was gorgeous with sashimi, Uni, roe, and others. Also had the 2015 Carl Loewen Herrenberg Kabinett, another winner pairing. A much richer style, rounder style of Kabinett. Would have reversed the order had I known. But both excellent Rieslings.

Oops, just noticed that the label is clipped. Just focus on the capsule. Certainly the face alone is worth the coin.

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#18 Post by Joseph MR » December 7th, 2017, 4:59 pm

2010 Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis
Darkly tinted transparent ruby, no bricking
Promising strawberry-cherry aromas upon pulling the cork.
Soft, broad palate coverage, very fresh fruit flavors.
Unfortunately the nose and mid palate start to show a slight funky wet cardboard note.
The wine was more expansive on day 2, but still ...flawed.
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#19 Post by Frank Murray III » December 7th, 2017, 5:13 pm

I think these will count...should have taken a dang photo. We din't, so I will do this post sans photo. My god, I forgot how handsome that Alf Jr. guy is. I need some cold water to my face.
  • 2013 Benoit Dehu Champagne Cuvée La Rue des Noyers Extra Brut - France, Champagne (12/6/2017)
    Ah ha, this was good. First of two bottles purchased. D/g April 2016, with a 2013 base wine. 100% Pinot Meunier. Zero dosage, yet it drinks with a terrific balance and fruit presence. Pours with a light peach color. Touch of yeast on the nose, beautiful crisp red fruited flavors. Finishes with a clean taste of lime and mineral. This was an excellent bottle of champagne and if this is how Benoit Dehu is doing his wines now going forward, count me in.
  • NV Etienne Calsac Champagne Les Rocheforts Blanc de Blancs - France, Champagne (12/6/2017)
    First of two bottles. D/g Feb 2017, with a base wine from 2014. The energy in this is subtle and there is some moderate complexity. The core of this is about green apple, lots of it, joined by some brioche. It also was interesting to me that with the 3 g/l dosage, it comes off richer to me than I expected, more accurately said, it seemed a little sweet. Was fine, not wowed by it.
  • 1999 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/5/2017)
    Picked this up on Winebid this past summer, using tonight for a small dinner I am hosting, pouring this blind. Opened about 90 mins ago, wanted to taste it and form an impression before I haul it to dinner later, to be paired as the final flight with a 2005 Pax Castelli-Knight syrah. This was the 3rd vintage for SR Cab, and I've not drank the earlier vintages of the CS so this is a cool experience. Labeled at 14.5%, so if true in ABV, it's running low in terms of the current era ABV approach it seems for the NV cab culture. That said, I don't sense any heat in the bouquet, which is something I was hoping for b/c I don't like or care for heat in my wines. As a 1999, this has a beautiful solid core of fruit, with what is a touch of brett or barnyard lurking here. I don't see a brett reference in the recent TNs below, and it's worth saying that no one has posted anything on this wine since 2014--wow. I love the purity here, the palate shows a nice mix of sweet tobacco, cherry and what I want to say is a creamy-tinged red fruit finish. For sure, there is no black fruits here, no over-ripe or big signature. Fruit yes, but pure and lovely toned for my more fragile palate. Four hours later, we finished this over dinner where it continued to display the same youthful tone, with just some beginning notes of spice box/tobacco in the aromatic that reflects some of the early stages of age. I do not see this wine fading and with the balance of all the parts here still present, my bet is that it ages well.
  • 2005 Pax Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/5/2017)
    Been a long time favorite of mine, maybe my all-time for Pax before the divorce occurred. I sourced this wine from Winebid over this past summer, to in part relive the memories of the wine from hiow I enjoyed it from its earlier days. It's been open about 90 mins, slow ox'ing in the bottle. The cork was pain to remove as it came apart. Some heat on this bottle comes through the aromatic, mixing with a bloody note (which I hope will overtake the heat piece and really come forward later). The palate on this still continues to drink fresh and youthful. Like the aromatic, it's showing the same bloody note, mixing with the darker cherry and tarry fruit. Even a bit of stem inflection is still in the palate, as I know Pax hit this with some whole cluster, and some of that still lives here, as an accent. As we worked through the bottle 4 hours later at dinner, it did expand and show a bigger frame, yet it maintains the bloody note, and also picks up some cooked meat in the aromatic. I do think the wine has finally reached maturity and with the one bottle I have remaining, I will enjoy it in 2018.
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#20 Post by David Lewin » December 8th, 2017, 8:09 am

2012 Fratelli Perata Tre Sorelle Paso Robles - Given to me by a friend, this is a Bordeaux blend. Not decanted or given any air, it showed lots of fruit with good balance and was quite enjoyable. Over the course of two nights the tannins grew stronger and eventually dominated the fruit. I visited Fratelli Perata in the 90's and associated the winery with Zinfandel. I haven't had any of their wines in years, but this is a nice effort.
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#21 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » December 8th, 2017, 9:41 am

Jay,

Does the "P" in Champagne count?

Does Krug Brut Champagne qualify?
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#22 Post by R Nanda » December 8th, 2017, 10:13 am

  • 1994 Ridge Monte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/7/2017)
    Out of 375 and slightly more mature than a 750 bottle tasted a couple months ago. Good richness remaining in the fruit that is starting to show mature cedar and dried tobacco notes. Plenty of freshness and softening tannin, so this is aging in proportion. In a very good window now and don't see this getting much better from here. (92 pts.)
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#23 Post by T. Melloni » December 8th, 2017, 10:49 am

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  • 1994 Ridge Ponte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/7/2017)
    Out of 375 and slightly more mature than a 750 bottle tasted a couple months ago. Good richness remaining in the fruit that is starting to show mature cedar and dried tobacco notes. Plenty of freshness and softening tannin, so this is aging in proportion. In a very good window now and don't see this getting much better from here. (92 pts.)
I fixed it for you. I believe the wine you had was actually the Ridge Ponte Bello - the beautiful bridge - in order to get Jay to make the additional $5 donation.
(The Ponte Bello was a small side project of Paul Draper.)
The wine must have the P and the R in the name and, of course, the Ridge Ponte Bello does fit the category.
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#24 Post by J a y H a c k » December 8th, 2017, 12:07 pm

The lack of knowledge of the alphabet among Berserkers is truly amazing.
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#25 Post by R Nanda » December 8th, 2017, 1:40 pm

P and R, not P or R — now I get it. Well how about, Ridge Monte Bello by Paul Draper?!
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#26 Post by Bob Hughes » December 8th, 2017, 2:34 pm

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Posting a link to the TN I just posted about regarding the 1990 Prunotto Cannubi, which is drinking very well tonight and will soon be joined by my better half's homemade pizza (this week with Pancetta, Kalamata olives, onion, garlic and fresh basil) [cheers.gif]

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#27 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » December 8th, 2017, 2:51 pm

'85 Billecart-Salmon Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne Jeroboam - this is the fourth jero that I've opened of this Champagne over the past six or seven years and it is just starting to gain some complexity and a level of maturity. Aromas of stone fruits with some yeast and toast. Barely a hint of oxidation. The format has had a not unsurprising impact on the evolution of this bottle as none of the 750mls or even magnum of this that I've recently consume are nearly this youthful. Excellent plus

'90 Henriot Brut Champagne Jeroboam Perfect party wine as it delivers quality in a festive bottle at a reasonable price, especially since I purchased it over 10 years ago. Yellow fruit mixed with a bit of bread and toast. The 1/8 of the remaining jero was still going strong at lunch the following day. Excellent

'95 Henriot Brut Champagne Magnum - one of the better recent magnums of this that I've had. It helped that it was consumed within 15 minutes by 16 people as some previous mags have fallen apart within a couple of hours. initially, lively effervescence, but this tapered within several minutes. No oxidative notes, but the fruit slowly fades in front of you. Very Good Plus

'95 Henriot Brut Champagne Jeroboam - youthful bump up from the previous wine. I purchased this and the above two wines all at the same time. While the effervescence in the magnum was slowly dissipating, this remained lively over several hours. Similar flavor profile as expected. Excellent minus

'95 Cristal Brut Champagne - Darker color than I had hoped giving some trepidation. A bit skunky on the nose, but the palate was significantly better with plenty of fruit and no dirtiness or oxidation. Excellent minus

'96 Cristal Brut Champagne - One of my favorite '96's and my favorite Cristal since at least 1990 and it might be as good or better than that vintage. Effervescent, very light yellow in color with bright fruit and perfect acidity. One of my favorites of the evening. Staggering

'95 Krug Champagne - Never been a fan of this wine, but I was surprised it could even hang with the other Champagnes opened this evening. A bit oxidative as expected, but enough fruit to buttress it. Didn't get any signature Krug green apple. Excellent

'96 Krug Champagne Another of my favorites from the vintage and one of my favorite Krug's. A powerhouse of a Champagne with tons of yellow fruit but with this vintage the signature tart green apple is in the forefront. Will be a sixty plus year wine. Staggering

'95 Krug Clos du Mesnil Brut Champagne - At least Krug was consistent in 1995. Imo, both this wine and the regular '95 underperformed for the vintage. It's a solid Champagne, but given the vintage, pedigree and especially the price, it no longer holds a place in my cellar. Excellent

'96 Krug Clos du Mesnil Brut Champagne If the regular '96 is a 60 year Champagne this may well be an 80 year Champagne. I always open this well before serving and tonight was no different. Layers of fruit that come in waves and linger seemingly forever. Doesn't seemed to have aged a bit over the past ten years. Staggering plus

'95 Salon Le Mesnil Brut Champagne - It's good to see that Salon seems to have cleared up its premox issues from the previous decade of vintages. Pure Chardonnay fruit with a laser of acidity. Very clean. Excellent plus

'96 Salon Le Mesnil Brut Champagne - If the previous champagne had a laser beam of acidity, the '96 had a higher intensity laser. Once in a while this Champagne can't hang with the '96 Krug or the Clos du Mesnil, but this was one of more of the norm. Not much effervescence in the glass, but lively on the palate. Another Champagne that will have a very long life. Staggering

'14 Patricia Green Berserker Cuvee Pinot Noir While I like the 2013 version of this a little bit better, this still a solid wine especially for its purchase price. One of my go to reds to serve to guests who "don't like Champagne or white wine". Good fruit but a touch of heat on the finish even when served at 55 degrees. Very good
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#29 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 8th, 2017, 4:16 pm

Hopefully this counts, despite the silent p.

2010 Domaine Faury St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (12/8/2017)
Someone posted that they thought this wine was past peak on CT. Ha! Not even close. It’s still an adolescent. It does show lots of wild and spicy tones, but there is still a firm core of red fruit that is not willing to unfold without significant air. The overall balance is lovely, with bracing acids and solid framing tannins. This has at least 10 years of positive development. Drink now with lots of air, or hold for a while.
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#30 Post by Richard T r i m p i » December 8th, 2017, 5:04 pm

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TN: Light, subtle, feminine red fruits with vanilla undertones.

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#31 Post by brigcampbell » December 9th, 2017, 12:12 pm

Family dinner with the crazy Italians. It's the way they do it...
  • 2015 Apothic Dark - USA, California (12/9/2017)
    Very dark, motor oil color. Sweet fruit liqueur aroma. Redwood shavings and Vick's nitequil. Sweet and creamy.
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#32 Post by Carlos Delpin » December 10th, 2017, 3:35 am

A few nice wines shared with good friends.

1999 Bouchard Vosne Romanee Reignots - This wine needs lots of time. The structure and tannins are hiding the fruit and it is unyielding at this time.

1983 Pichon Lalande - Very pretty sweet fruit anchors this wine. Elegant and ready to drink with a bit of upside.

2006 Pax Griffin’s Lair - This wine came out punching from the bell. Nice olive component rounded out the sweet and youthful fruit. Ways to go on this one.

2001 Artadi El Pison - A little closed and structured but fared better when combined with lamb chops. Good, not great.

2006 Pierre Usseglio Chateneauf Mon Aeuil - Liquid comfort food. Warming notes of Christmas cake combined with baking spices gave depth to the Grenache. Extremely elegant and complete wine.

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#33 Post by Bob Hughes » December 10th, 2017, 10:14 am

2010 ArPePe Rosso di Valtellina

A light translucent ruby in the glass (light enough to be mistaken for a Nerello Mascalese). Sweet/ripe cherry fruit on the nose, with a menthol note in the background.

Light-bodied, with good acidity on the palate. This wine is drinking well now, but can probably still be held and enjoyed for another decade. I would buy more ArPePe wines were the distribution mark-up here in the states not quite so hefty.

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#34 Post by Jud Reis » December 10th, 2017, 12:15 pm

1998 Veuve Clicquot Posardin Vintage Reserve Brut - baked bread, strawberry and a touch of sherry on the nose. Nice balance of sweet strawberry fruit with underlying mineral structure on the palate. Fully mature to my tastes, but certainly not over the hill.

2002 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Reserve Brut - More in my wheelhouse - still young, dynamic, with lots of yeasty bread, limestone and green apple on the nose. Nicely structured palate with very similar flavors to the nose. Still young and coiled up, but drinking very well and great with the assorted cheeses

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#35 Post by brigcampbell » December 10th, 2017, 1:30 pm

  • 2014 Primarius Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette - USA, Oregon (12/10/2017)
    Dark cranberry color. Light cherry nose but the palate comes across as Oregon. Tart raspberries, cranberry and lots of earth notes. Good clove / spicy backbone. Very nice for $20
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#36 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 10th, 2017, 1:59 pm

2016 Massican Colli Orientali del Friuli Gaspare - Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Colli Orientali del Friuli (12/10/2017)
This is Dan Petroski’s actual Italian venture (as opposed to his delicious Cal-Ital wines), and it is wonderful in two ways. First it shows pretty floral and citrus fruit with fine acidity, making it a very tasty drink. But it also serves as a point of comparison, that shows he really knows how to do this in California, as well as Italy. The wines are very much equivalent quality. I am happy to drink either rendition of these lovely blends...or all of them!
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#37 Post by R Nanda » December 10th, 2017, 2:33 pm

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  • 2007 Copain Syrah Spirit Rock Alder Springs Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (12/8/2017)
    Out of 3.0L. Good richness and concentration of savory black fruit. Dense but balanced with lightly fresh acidity. Lots of violets and white pepper notes throughout. (91 pts.)
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#38 Post by Kirk.Grant » December 10th, 2017, 3:17 pm

  • 2014 Cave de Saumur Saumur Rouge Les Pouches - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (12/10/2017)
    Ruby at the core, see-through with lifted noted of dark fruits, blueberries, dehydrated meets, gravel, and faint bell pepper. The palate leads from mildly vegetal as it transitions from bell pepper into black berry, tobacco, and cacao. Light-medium body, med acidity, med- tannin, and a short finish. An excellent entry-level Saumur for $12.
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#39 Post by Brian Tuite » December 10th, 2017, 4:32 pm

2013 Monte Volpe Peppolino Red Wine Mendocino County
Pop n pour. It’s an I feel a headache coming on after drinking one glass wine. I’ll just cook with it. Sorry, none of my other 3 nottles open have a P in the name of the producer, vineyard, ava, variety etc.
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#40 Post by Steve Doi » December 10th, 2017, 6:01 pm

Apologies for the absence of a photo, but the restaurant frowns on camera usage. All wines purchased on release in Tokyo and stored lovingly since.

93 Rouget Cros Parantoux: Just a killer. Sure, it's a bit more lean compared to something like the 90 or 02, but man is this a great wine. Projects such depth of flavor and yet seems weightless.

01 Rouget Cros Parantoux: Such a lovely nose, complex, evolving and haunting. A touch lean on the palate with very firm acidity, which, to me, is in character for the 01 vintage. At this point, this wine aspires to be as good as the 93. Clearly some family resemblance.

06 Rouget Cros Parantoux: oddly floral (roses?) note in the nose, surprisingly a little more evolved than the 01 on the palate, not exactly sure where this one is going.

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#41 Post by David Lewin » December 10th, 2017, 9:10 pm

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2004 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - I've always considered this one of the lighter renditions of this wine (and I haven't been able to find any later vintages). I think it's at its peak or in a gentle decline. Fairly muted nose, no screaming Gewurztraminer, but full in the mouth with nice balance. I have another couple of bottles and will drink in the next year or two. It went well with Indian food, but not as well as some Spatlesen brought by others.

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#42 Post by Mike Grammer » December 11th, 2017, 6:02 am

From last night at dinner.

2013 Sojourn Reuling Pinot Noir

Right at peak drinking, IMHO. Fine bing cherry base with some pomegranate swirl and plenty of baking spice. Super-smooth to taste, really lovely feel with aromatic replays and a touch of plum jam in the middle. Great stuff right now.

2012 Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Duc de Magenta Clos de la Chappelle

Now THIS is why one drinks white wine. such delicate harmony both in the bouquet and on the palate. Demure yet insistent with very light pear and apple tastes around some flinty, this is so much more about the soft-yet-firm texture. Absolutely lovely wine.

2010 Rhys Family Farm Pinot Noir

Tim decanted this for about 1.5 hours and it probably needed more. Still fairly tightly wound in the glass with tinges of iron around dark strawberry and plum nuances. It does open up with time in the glass, showing very good structure and a coolness of red fruit. Three more years won't hurt this a bit.

2009 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir

Also showing absolutely beautifully tonight. Yes, there's an elevated high-toned quality about it, but now that quality has had time to settle into the velvety presentation of red and black plum and some sidebar cherry and strawberry. Will re-taste today, but "classic" expression of this wine. Bravo.

2005 Royal Tokaji 6 Putts

very citrusy scents, this surprised me with how sharply cut it was in the mouth, very insistent acidity to go with citrus replays and star fruit add. Good wine for those who like this style--and I do.
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#43 Post by Larry P » December 11th, 2017, 9:40 am

brigcampbell wrote:Family dinner with the crazy Italians. It's the way they do it...
  • 2015 Apothic Dark - USA, California (12/9/2017)
    Very dark, motor oil color. Sweet fruit liqueur aroma. Redwood shavings and Vick's nitequil. Sweet and creamy.
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#44 Post by Larry P » December 11th, 2017, 9:51 am

A couple contributions from my weekend:
  • 2008 Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro - Italy, Sicily, Sicilia (12/11/2017)
    Pop-n-pour light ruby color with hints of garnet around the edges. Funky nose of cherries, roses, spearmint, and leather. The wine has some slight spritz, which I pull out using a Vacuvin. On the palate it's light-bodied, with sour cherry and rhubarb notes, slight barnyard. Tannins are well resolved and the finish is all about mouth-watering acidity. Nice wine reaching maturity about now.
  • 2006 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/7/2017)
    Corked NR (flawed)
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#45 Post by Subu Ramachandran » December 11th, 2017, 10:14 am

From last nights dinner with friends

Drappier Brut Nature SS NV: On the nose a brioche, pear and almonds flavor. 100% PN from Aube, shows the richness on the palate but lack of sugar, sulphur gives a mineral dimension. Complex wine that evolved and gained weight over the evening.

2001 La Poderina Brunello Poggio Banale: Dark color, looks belies its age. Ripe plums, dark berries, fig on the nose. Moderate acidity, good weight on the palate, good amount of oak. The tannins are still present. A modern style and extracted wine, I could have mistaken for a Cali cab. Good its own style, but didn't speak like a Brunello to me.

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#46 Post by Mike Evans » December 11th, 2017, 10:57 am

I had a couple of wines that qualified last night:
  • 2014 Montes Purple Angel - Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley (12/11/2017)
    Big and jammy, intense but simple like banging a bass drum without the other instruments, and with a somewhat off-putting bitterness on the finish, I was shocked to find out the price the next day. (87 pts.)
  • 2016 Spier Sauvignon Blanc - South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch (12/10/2017)
    An adequate mass market Sauvignon Blanc, showing neither too much feline urine or grassiness nor too much of anything else. (81 pts.)

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#47 Post by Mattstolz » December 11th, 2017, 11:50 am

I'll have photos for these later tonight or tomorrow.

2009 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino (white label)
Poured into decanter and sipped from decanter/glass over an hour. Tar, leather, tart cherries on the nose, brick red fading to orange at the rim. Full of tart cherries and orange on the palate. Well integrated oak and tannin in the background. Really enjoyed. Total Wine had 20% off all Old Worlds last weekend so I went back and bought a few more of these to hold onto a little longer.

2011 Tenuta Vitalonga Phiculle ("Phi")
Mostly Cab Franc here with plenty of good CF character. Fairly dark wine with big tannins, bramble, dark fruit, and some green pepper being the carrying notes through the palate. I let this sit in the glass for about an hour before really getting into it but really I think it just needs a couple years to sort itself out. Better day 2. Good news: bought this for basically for the price and for the Phi symbol to drink with some old fraternity (Phi Gamma Delta) brothers, but it ended up having a pretty good QPR in my opinion.

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#48 Post by David Lewin » December 12th, 2017, 8:26 pm

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch - I wouldn't normally drink this wine so young, but It was the only Papera I could get to on short notice. Great nose, which exploded upon opening, and while at the beginning of its drinkability, it is very nice right now albeit a bit tight. While I will wait another year or two to open another bottle, it was well worth it to open it for this cause and to celebrate a miracle.
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#49 Post by J a y H a c k » December 12th, 2017, 8:28 pm

Well, we got a political miracle today and hence it's gong to double my per bottle donation. Puerto Rico owes thanks to the people of Alabama, or at least to 51% of them. Glad to pay it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#50 Post by fred o. » December 12th, 2017, 10:23 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:Well, we got a political miracle today and hence it's gong to double my per bottle donation. Puerto Rico owes thanks to the people of Alabama, or at least to 51% of them. Glad to pay it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yayy :). From wines drank over the past week.

2015 Francois Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir.
Straw light golden color. Nose heady, floral/honey-like with some mulled mead/spices flavor. Palate initially strong “white grape juice” flavor (per J), as it warms from fridge temp it becomes much more complex and rounded, strong minerality, some phenolic bite, slightest off-dry sweetness. Overall very nice, goes well with a variety of food. 92 pts. Day 2: much more open and expressive, even at fridge temp. Flavors of golden peach, still great minerality, some waxy richness on the finish. Really balanced and good complexity, really nice. Would bump it up a point, especially for relative QPR

2001 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot
PnP. Purchased directly from winery within past couple of months, so perfect provenance and assumed good storage. Ample sediment, slight bricking. Nose initially slightest buttery note but this dissipates, dark fruited/grapey notes. Palate still surprisingly bright, black cherries, baking spice and prominent chocolate. Don’t think this is over the hill, still has some fruit and fleshy depth to it yet. Good with a rich meal. 92 pts
--purchased at the winery on a recent visit to Napa. Kudos to Jay our tour guide who gave a great tour, very informative with great humor and knowledge.

2015 Peter Lauer Ayler Kupp Kabinett Fass 8
Nose initially some petrol, then florals and honey. Palate piercing acidity, some lemon, slight sweetness, golden peach/stone fruits, nice minerality and finish with wax. Very nice and great QPR. 93 pts
--drank in Vegas at Momofuku. A great match with the pork bo ssam. Gracious service as well, we had told them it was a special occasion and they were very accommodating.

2008 Scarpa Barbaresco Tettineive
Nose of dusky red cherries, some marzipan. Palate initially somewhat reserved — decanted for an hour but continued to open up over the course of dinner. Flavors of tea, earth, some classic rose flavors, prominent red cherry notes. Strongly tannic finish. Still has a long life ahead of it, seems young. 91 pts
--purchased in the reserve room at Eataly in LA. never heard of this producer before, but then again my knowledge of Italian wine is very limited, as well. Was told that this was a very traditional producer, and CT notes as well as posts from searching this forum seemed to bear this out, and the wine itself was very structured, very "classic" in taste profile, not very velvety/open but seemed to reward decanting and -- I think -- further aging.

NV Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Triple Zero Rosé
Golden peach color. Nose waxy and stony. Palate dry, strong acidity, peach and melon flavors, very light bubbles that dissipate quickly, more of a still rosé. A good match for flavorful and spicy Asian fare but think it would be best with salty/savory charcuterie/cheese. Very enjoyable overall. 91 pts

2015 Azienda Agricola Cos Sicilia Nero di Lupo
Dark violet color. Nose grapey, iron-ey cherries. Palate light textured, bright cherries, finish with some light spritz initially. Overall a surprisingly light red, very good slightly chilled to accentuate the acidity, goes well with grilled bohemian steak and salad, would only wish for more complexity/depth. 90 pts

NV Kirkland Signature Porto 10 Years Old Tawny
Dark ruby color, significant legs in the glass. Nose nutty, light cinnamon and plums — dark stone fruits. Palate surprisingly complex, a kaleidoscope of fruits and light nutty flavors with some honey notes, very nice lightness to the textures with good acidity especially on the finish. Really enjoyable, outstanding QPR. 91 pts
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