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#101 Post by Jeff Lewis » January 2nd, 2019, 9:59 am

2015 Colgin Syrah. Sometimes the hype is justified.

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#102 Post by Greg K » January 2nd, 2019, 10:01 am

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I cannot imagine being unhappy going deep on any 2014 white Burgundy from a top producer. At least at this stage (we will see about premox), the best vintage of white Burgundy I have ever had.
2014 is the most white burgundy I’ve ever bought (by far), so I’m in full agreement; just haven’t had any of Carillon’s 1er crus yet.
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#103 Post by Jim Hanlon » January 2nd, 2019, 10:54 am

1958 Martin Ray Pinot Noir

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#104 Post by Eric Ifune » January 2nd, 2019, 10:59 am

Quinta do Mourao San Leonardo 90 year old white Port. A forced to sit down and contemplate the aromas kind of wine.

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#105 Post by Subu Ramachandran » January 2nd, 2019, 12:03 pm

1976 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia

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#106 Post by Dan Hammer » January 2nd, 2019, 12:29 pm

I drank this with Ken V and the Albany tasting group in March.
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#107 Post by Diane Kessler » January 2nd, 2019, 1:45 pm

I can't usually pick one, but this time I can.

1996 Salon opened at The Modern on my birthday.

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#108 Post by David Allen » January 2nd, 2019, 1:58 pm

1996 Ridge Monte Bello. It made me reassess my view of cali cabs.
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#109 Post by Brian Pinci » January 2nd, 2019, 2:02 pm

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#110 Post by K John Joseph » January 2nd, 2019, 2:27 pm

2002 Piper Heidsieck Champagne Rare

Look, I've had better bottles this year, but this performed like pocket aces three out of three times, and I never had a single person with whom I drank it say anything other than "wow." Thinking back on all of the great wines, including many at the DFW Offline, this is a standout. It's just so damn good. Maybe not up to last year's 1989 Haut Brion, but it's stout.
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#111 Post by ERPark » January 2nd, 2019, 4:00 pm

B. Buzzini wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 10:32 am
Easy...
  • 2010 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (5/24/2018)
    Manresa (Los Gatos, Ca.): Awe inspiring wine! Had with the 04...started out pretty coiled and subtle, no reduction like the 04 had...but BOY did this wine snowball into and avalanche with some air and time! Amazing subtle power and elegance...the purest of pure fruits, seamless and perfectly ripe and creamy, yet energized with the very florals citrus acidity. Tons of chiseled minerals, kaleidoscope of spices, truffle, white flowers...just gigantic in every which way by the end of the night. As good as white Burgundy gets, and should only get better! Can't help but give this a perfect score now, yet will deserve even higher. (100 pts.)
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Yup, that bottle was stunning. I'll paraphrase James Suckling when I attended a dinner he was at before the 2007 Wine Spectator Grand Tour event in Las Vegas:

"The only reason I rated this 100 points.....is because I couldn't give it a higher score."
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#112 Post by Ed Gonzales » January 2nd, 2019, 4:05 pm

ERPark wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 4:00 pm
B. Buzzini wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 10:32 am
Easy...
  • 2010 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (5/24/2018)
    Manresa (Los Gatos, Ca.): Awe inspiring wine! Had with the 04...started out pretty coiled and subtle, no reduction like the 04 had...but BOY did this wine snowball into and avalanche with some air and time! Amazing subtle power and elegance...the purest of pure fruits, seamless and perfectly ripe and creamy, yet energized with the very florals citrus acidity. Tons of chiseled minerals, kaleidoscope of spices, truffle, white flowers...just gigantic in every which way by the end of the night. As good as white Burgundy gets, and should only get better! Can't help but give this a perfect score now, yet will deserve even higher. (100 pts.)
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Yup, that bottle was stunning. I'll paraphrase James Suckling when I attended a dinner he was at before the 2007 Wine Spectator Grand Tour event in Las Vegas:

"The only reason I rated this 100 points.....is because I couldn't give it a higher score."

this was a great wine no doubt, maybe even legendary someday... but the wine of the night imho was the 14 raveneau clos.

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#113 Post by ERPark » January 2nd, 2019, 4:16 pm

I always knew there was something off about you, EG......

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#114 Post by Merrill Lindquist » January 2nd, 2019, 4:22 pm

No question here: 2015 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Le Montrachet. Jaw-droppingly great.
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#115 Post by Ed Gonzales » January 2nd, 2019, 4:24 pm

ERPark wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 4:16 pm
I always knew there was something off about you, EG......

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i think you and buzz were clouded by the label flirtysmile

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#116 Post by Eric Lundblad » January 2nd, 2019, 4:45 pm

Jim Hanlon wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 10:54 am
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+1...I was there for that bottle. Interesting/complex wine and shockingly youthful.
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#117 Post by c fu » January 2nd, 2019, 4:50 pm

Ed Gonzales wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 4:05 pm
ERPark wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 4:00 pm
B. Buzzini wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 10:32 am
Easy...
  • 2010 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (5/24/2018)
    Manresa (Los Gatos, Ca.): Awe inspiring wine! Had with the 04...started out pretty coiled and subtle, no reduction like the 04 had...but BOY did this wine snowball into and avalanche with some air and time! Amazing subtle power and elegance...the purest of pure fruits, seamless and perfectly ripe and creamy, yet energized with the very florals citrus acidity. Tons of chiseled minerals, kaleidoscope of spices, truffle, white flowers...just gigantic in every which way by the end of the night. As good as white Burgundy gets, and should only get better! Can't help but give this a perfect score now, yet will deserve even higher. (100 pts.)
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Yup, that bottle was stunning. I'll paraphrase James Suckling when I attended a dinner he was at before the 2007 Wine Spectator Grand Tour event in Las Vegas:

"The only reason I rated this 100 points.....is because I couldn't give it a higher score."

this was a great wine no doubt, maybe even legendary someday... but the wine of the night imho was the 14 raveneau clos.

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#118 Post by Mattstolz » January 2nd, 2019, 5:17 pm

I had all three of my top wines in 2018 on the same day, so I have a DOTY instead of a WOTY: 1970 Produttori normale, 1983 Licht Bergweiler Graacher Domprobst Auslese, 2016 Walter Scott Bunker Hill Chard

Twisting my arm, the 83 Graacher might have the edge because it just totally surprised me with its awesomeness.

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#119 Post by D. HEIN » January 2nd, 2019, 5:36 pm

1994 Verget, Le Montrachet, stunning!
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#120 Post by Steve Bird » January 2nd, 2019, 6:16 pm

2008 Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon over Thanksgiving on Cape Cod.

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#121 Post by B. Buzzini » January 2nd, 2019, 6:20 pm

D. HEIN wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 5:36 pm
1994 Verget, Le Montrachet, stunning!
Verget killed it in 94! I’ve had a few recently...Charmes, village Meursault, 1er Chablis....all have been outstanding!!
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#122 Post by RyanC » January 2nd, 2019, 6:40 pm

B. Buzzini wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 6:20 pm
D. HEIN wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 5:36 pm
1994 Verget, Le Montrachet, stunning!
Verget killed it in 94! I’ve had a few recently...Charmes, village Meursault, 1er Chablis....all have been outstanding!!
Some of those old Vergets have aged really well. I had an absolutely spellbinding '96 Verget Chablis Bougros a few weeks ago.
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#123 Post by John W Osgood » January 2nd, 2019, 8:04 pm

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#124 Post by LMD Ermitaño » January 3rd, 2019, 12:28 am

Subu Ramachandran wrote:
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1976 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia
Excellent wine (I assume this was the gran reserva). Their ‘81 is also superb.
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#125 Post by Jim Stewart » January 3rd, 2019, 4:43 am

I'm crashing this trophy-fest party: NV Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rosé Champagne
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#126 Post by Subu Ramachandran » January 3rd, 2019, 5:30 am

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 12:28 am
Subu Ramachandran wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 12:03 pm
1976 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia
Excellent wine (I assume this was the gran reserva). Their ‘81 is also superb.
Yup the gran reserva. I read they didn't mention the vintage on their regular reservas till the 80s, since they were all blends of different vintages.

Haven't had the 81's will pick them up if they come by. Their 94' tondonia gran reserva blanco was mesmerizing.

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#127 Post by Billy Norris » January 3rd, 2019, 6:21 am

2016 MACDONALD (yes, I did say 2016), drank from 375 with Alex MacDonald over a carne asada burrito after a round of golf. Rad day, great company, bonkers wine.

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#128 Post by Laurent Gibet » January 3rd, 2019, 6:31 am

Subu Ramachandran wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 5:30 am
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 12:28 am
Subu Ramachandran wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 12:03 pm
1976 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia
Excellent wine (I assume this was the gran reserva). Their ‘81 is also superb.
Yup the gran reserva. I read they didn't mention the vintage on their regular reservas till the 80s, since they were all blends of different vintages.

Haven't had the 81's will pick them up if they come by. Their 94' tondonia gran reserva blanco was mesmerizing.
I however could taste two great wines at the domain :
Tondonia blanco Gran Reserva 1973
Tondonia Gran Reserva 1968 (red)
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#129 Post by Subu Ramachandran » January 3rd, 2019, 6:33 am

Laurent Gibet wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 6:31 am
Subu Ramachandran wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 5:30 am
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 12:28 am

Excellent wine (I assume this was the gran reserva). Their ‘81 is also superb.
Yup the gran reserva. I read they didn't mention the vintage on their regular reservas till the 80s, since they were all blends of different vintages.

Haven't had the 81's will pick them up if they come by. Their 94' tondonia gran reserva blanco was mesmerizing.
I however could taste two great wines at the domain :
Tondonia blanco Gran Reserva 1973
Tondonia Gran Reserva 1968 (red)
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#130 Post by Laurent Gibet » January 3rd, 2019, 6:34 am

Subu,

Meaning that 1968 exists in red vintage ...
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#131 Post by Brian Thorne » January 3rd, 2019, 7:13 am

1998 Cheval Blanc, celebrating our 20th anniversary at EMP.

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#132 Post by LMD Ermitaño » January 3rd, 2019, 7:23 am

Subu Ramachandran wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 5:30 am
Yup the gran reserva. I read they didn't mention the vintage on their regular reservas till the 80s, since they were all blends of different vintages.

Haven't had the 81's will pick them up if they come by. Their 94' tondonia gran reserva blanco was mesmerizing.
I and a partner used to distribute R. López de Heredia’s wines (well, mainly Viña Tondonia GRs) in my country until around 6 years ago, more or less, when we both got too busy with our real jobs. It was a small business, more of a hobby, really. We started importing with the ‘91 & ‘94 vintages, mainly tintos; but we did bring in some of the blancos as well. Said blanco GRs were older vintages than ‘94 as I recall. I can’t recall offhand if I’ve actually had any of the ‘94 blanco GR (what I do recall we brought in were ‘87, ‘91); but I’m sure the ‘94 is as good as you say.

If you come across any of their ‘64 Tondonia GR; those are fantastic. We brought some in; but not to sell. Those were for us; besides, we figured we couldn’t sell much of them here anyway because very few here would be willing to pay that much for old tintos Riojanos. The ‘64 that we did sell a lot of was the ‘64 Faustino I GR because those were much less expensive.
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#133 Post by LMD Ermitaño » January 3rd, 2019, 7:37 am

Laurent Gibet wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 6:34 am
Subu,

Meaning that 1968 exists in red vintage ...
He was referring to Viña Bosconia Reserva, not Tondonia Gran Reserva.

As mentioned above, I used to distribute for R. López de Heredia. If you come across their 1964 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva (red), I can assure they are well worth buying.
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#134 Post by BenW » January 3rd, 2019, 7:53 am

While not necessarily the "best", the most enjoyable wine I had was the 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge.

Surprising and surprisingly good, evolving in the glass, complex, different. Just a wonderful experience and I was all alone with it, without distractions or anyone else's opinions to influence me.
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#135 Post by Brandon R » January 3rd, 2019, 8:48 am

Some unbelievale wines above. Great start to the thread, too, Charlie.

Thanks to CT, the highest score I gave (94 points) was for a 2007 Corliss Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley:

Tasted blind alongside a 2007 Betz Pere de Famille. Darker ruby/purple compared on the other wine. Purer fruit aromas and less/no "funk" or gaminess that I detected in the other nose. On the palate, very elegant and poised black and red berry fruit, and a touch of mineral. This is classy stuff and, next to the other, this seems weightless and refined.
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#136 Post by Ryan M » January 3rd, 2019, 8:55 am

Toro Albala, Don PX Gran Reserva 1982
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#137 Post by Paul R. » January 3rd, 2019, 9:01 am

'64 Campo Viejo Reserva at Arzak. Made an expensive and unfortunately overrated meal very memorable.
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#138 Post by scott c » January 3rd, 2019, 10:12 am

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#139 Post by Subu Ramachandran » January 3rd, 2019, 10:19 am

Laurent Gibet wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 6:34 am
Subu,

Meaning that 1968 exists in red vintage ...
I was talking about the regular reservas...the gran reservas were always vintage wines.

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#140 Post by Subu Ramachandran » January 3rd, 2019, 10:27 am

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 7:23 am

I and a partner used to distribute R. López de Heredia’s wines (well, mainly Viña Tondonia GRs) in my country until around 6 years ago, more or less, when we both got too busy with our real jobs. It was a small business, more of a hobby, really. We started importing with the ‘91 & ‘94 vintages, mainly tintos; but we did bring in some of the blancos as well. Said blanco GRs were older vintages than ‘94 as I recall. I can’t recall offhand if I’ve actually had any of the ‘94 blanco GR (what I do recall we brought in were ‘87, ‘91); but I’m sure the ‘94 is as good as you say.

If you come across any of their ‘64 Tondonia GR; those are fantastic. We brought some in; but not to sell. Those were for us; besides, we figured we couldn’t sell much of them here anyway because very few here would be willing to pay that much for old tintos Riojanos. The ‘64 that we did sell a lot of was the ‘64 Faustino I GR because those were much less expensive.
In a world where plethora of over-prized burgundy (Im a burghead btw), I thought ppl will be jumping all over this. Old LdH GRs is very similar to an old burgundy. And whites too tend towards a mature old-white burg, but not oxidized and way more complex. Wish I could get more of their old wines.

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#141 Post by Dan Hammer » January 3rd, 2019, 10:36 am

Dan Hammer wrote:
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I drank this with Ken V and the Albany tasting group in March.
2007 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg This was my most highly rated wine on CT.

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#142 Post by J a y H a c k » January 3rd, 2019, 10:59 am

  • 2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian' - USA, California, Napa Valley (6/9/2018)
    This was an exceptional, outstanding wine. I had five friends over for lunch of smoked rubbed ribs and home ground lamb burgers with North African spices. We started with a Tercero Rose for the apps and then a 2004 Mitolo GAM. People wanted more so I went down to the cellar with one of my friends, who picked this bottle because it was in the display row and she liked the label drawing of the guy with the beard. Popped, decanted and poured.

    The was a wonderful wine. Extremely smooth and immediately approachable with dark red strong non-tanic fruit. There was spice without bite, enough acidity to avoid flabbiness, plenty of flavor to balance the alcohol, and a seamless whole with no rough edges. A bit of chocolate and some spice that was a cross between pepper and allspice at the back of the palate. Will this be better in 2032? Perhaps, but I will be 81 years old and I choose not to wait that long for the enjoyment this delivered yesterday. (97 pts.)
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#143 Post by Greg K » January 3rd, 2019, 10:59 am

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 12:28 am
Subu Ramachandran wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 12:03 pm
1976 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia
Excellent wine (I assume this was the gran reserva). Their ‘81 is also superb.
Opened one a year ago for my birthday....and it was corked :(
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#144 Post by Mark Y » January 3rd, 2019, 11:08 am

Drank during a meal at Benu.. Given the amazing food, company, and wine, i'd have to say a 2000 Rousseau Chambertin.

Can also vote for 90 Latour, 82 Pichon Lalande, a 79 Haut Brion, 89 Vogue Musigny, etc.. but if just one then that's the one.
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Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

#145 Post by Robert Grenley » January 3rd, 2019, 11:31 am

Howard Cooper wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 7:26 am
Greg K wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 6:45 am
David Glasser wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 5:31 am
Red: 1982 Mouton
White: 2014 Jacques Carillon Puligny Montrachet Les Champs Canet
Sweet: 1988 Yquem
Sparkling: 1988 Krug
Fortified: 1977 Taylor Port

Forced to pick one: 1988 Yquem
That makes me a bit happy this morning - I went deep on 2014 Carillon (though haven’t opened any Champs Canet yet) and my bottle of 88 Krug will be opened for my 40th this year. [cheers.gif]
I cannot imagine being unhappy going deep on any 2014 white Burgundy from a top producer. At least at this stage (we will see about premox), the best vintage of white Burgundy I have ever had.
A 2010 Carillon PM Referts opened last month was completely dead...poster child for Premox. I realize that was Francois and not Jacques, but who knows if the bros do things differently. I hope for the best for your 14 Carillons, and seeing as they are only 4-5 years old they are hopefully ok, but if you went deep I would just keep this in mind. Of course, it is a dilemma whether to drink up the wines prematurely before they premox vs. age them normally and accept that a certain percentage may die. I am trying to decide on which approach to take with my remaining 14’s.
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Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

#146 Post by c fu » January 3rd, 2019, 11:39 am

Robert Grenley wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 11:31 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 7:26 am
Greg K wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 6:45 am


That makes me a bit happy this morning - I went deep on 2014 Carillon (though haven’t opened any Champs Canet yet) and my bottle of 88 Krug will be opened for my 40th this year. [cheers.gif]
I cannot imagine being unhappy going deep on any 2014 white Burgundy from a top producer. At least at this stage (we will see about premox), the best vintage of white Burgundy I have ever had.
A 2010 Carillon PM Referts opened last month was completely dead...poster child for Premox. I realize that was Francois and not Jacques, but who knows if the bros do things differently. I hope for the best for your 14 Carillons, and seeing as they are only 4-5 years old they are hopefully ok, but if you went deep I would just keep this in mind. Of course, it is a dilemma whether to drink up the wines prematurely before they premox vs. age them normally and accept that a certain percentage may die. I am trying to decide on which approach to take with my remaining 14’s.
The pre split carillon were marred with premox issues. Nothing worse than dumping BBM
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#147 Post by T. Melloni » January 3rd, 2019, 11:45 am

This is a fun thread to read through. It appears to me many people post based upon the wine. For some, it was a combination of the event (birth year wine, anniversary, gathering) and the wine opened for the event.
For me, it was the latter interpretation, with greater emphasis on the event than the wine.

My wine of the year was the 2013 Moccagatta Barbaresco, Bric Balin, served at La Taverna dell' Oca in Torino, Italia, for me and my daughter. It was the last day of our 6-day trip, and we had spent the day walking through Torino after driving down earlier in the day from Valle d' Aosta, where we spent the previous day hiking the Alps near Monte Bianco. After dinner, we went 'clubbing' at Hiroshima Mon Amour, with DJ Panda Dub. Back to our hotel at 3:30 am to pick up our suitcase and head to the airport at 4 am for the return trip home. Such a great day.

The wine was young, energetic, rich and powerful, and paired well with the plate of goose meat in all kinds of different preparations.
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#148 Post by Mike Evans » January 3rd, 2019, 12:33 pm

Tough to narrow it down to one wine, but while it wasn’t quite the highest rating I gave last year, it was close and is the wine that I will remember the most fondly:

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée - France, Champagne (12/8/2018)
Not a bad Saturday afternoon: Purchased on release around 2003 and from the cork code of M251, it appears to have been disgorged September/October 2002. A little nutty and lemony, but with piercing and intense minerality, still fairly young. I've had the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Krugs in the last month or so and this was comparable in quality to the 1996 and drinking better than the 2000 and 2004. A spectacular Champagne and proof of the ageworthiness of the Grande Cuvée, I've had it at least 15 years and have no doubt it will continue to excel for at least another 15.

An added bonus is that it has the beautiful old gold label, which I much prefer to the current iteration, so it looks as good as it tastes. (96 pts.)
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Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

#149 Post by Jim Stewart » January 3rd, 2019, 12:49 pm

T. Melloni wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 11:45 am
This is a fun thread to read through. It appears to me many people post based upon the wine. For some, it was a combination of the event (birth year wine, anniversary, gathering) and the wine opened for the event.
For me, it was the latter interpretation, with greater emphasis on the event than the wine.

My wine of the year was the 2013 Moccagatta Barbaresco, Bric Balin, served at La Taverna dell' Oca in Torino, Italia, for me and my daughter. It was the last day of our 6-day trip, and we had spent the day walking through Torino after driving down earlier in the day from Valle d' Aosta, where we spent the previous day hiking the Alps near Monte Bianco. After dinner, we went 'clubbing' at Hiroshima Mon Amour, with DJ Panda Dub. Back to our hotel at 3:30 am to pick up our suitcase and head to the airport at 4 am for the return trip home. Such a great day.

The wine was young, energetic, rich and powerful, and paired well with the plate of goose meat in all kinds of different preparations.
What a great note! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

#150 Post by John Draper » January 3rd, 2019, 2:27 pm

2004 Chappellet Pritchard Hill CS from magnum
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