BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

Tasting notes, varietals, grapes - anything related to wine
Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
Matt Mauldin
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 1149
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Location: Goleta, CA

BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#1 Post by Matt Mauldin » June 8th, 2019, 1:01 pm

I'm celebrating a special occasion tonight and am bringing a bottle from my locker to the restaurant. My collection is all mostly within 15 years, and mostly single bottles of a wine, so opening too soon is always a concern. I've looked at Cellartracker and narrowed down some options, however the recent notes on these are either absent or conflicting.

The restaurant is a steakhouse. If anyone has any experience with the below, I'd love the feedback:

2007 Bernard Dugat-Py Pommard La Levrière Vieilles Vignes - no recent CT notes. Seems like it could still be very young, but could be a good PN options in this setting.

2005 Seavey Napa Cab ** had a great earlier bottle five years ago, a recent CT note gave me concern that the fruit was drying out, but the note could be an aberration.

2005 Aldo Conterno Cicala Barolo - great CT reviews from late 2018, recent reviews saying the fruit was muted

2007 Clape Cornas - concerned I'd be killing this way too young

2011 Voge VV Cornas - We've loved earlier bottles, and have 2 more bottles left.

There are lots of great opinions here and greater experience than mine. Thanks in advance.
ITB

User avatar
Brian G r a f s t r o m
Posts: 18040
Joined: February 3rd, 2009, 12:54 am
Location: westside

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#2 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 8th, 2019, 1:03 pm

I'd go with the Seavey or the Voge.
Los Angeles Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury

“All these characters spend their time explaining themselves, and happily recognizing that they hold the same opinions … how important they consider it to think the same things all together.” --- A.R.

CT handle: grafstrb

User avatar
Yao C
Posts: 588
Joined: February 1st, 2017, 10:53 pm
Location: Portland / San Francisco

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#3 Post by Yao C » June 8th, 2019, 1:08 pm

Would second the Seavey; I think it's a good age for a Napa cab
C h 0 o n 6

User avatar
Anton D
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 29303
Joined: October 17th, 2013, 11:25 am
Location: Chico, CA

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#4 Post by Anton D » June 8th, 2019, 1:11 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 1:03 pm
I'd go with the Seavey or the Voge.
Yup!
Anton Dotson

What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the fine red wine of Shiraz into urine?

User avatar
Matt Mauldin
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 1149
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Location: Goleta, CA

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#5 Post by Matt Mauldin » June 8th, 2019, 2:18 pm

Thanks guys. I agree on the age for the Seavey, and the Voge has been so consistent each bottle. Will keep an eye on this and also report back.
ITB

User avatar
GregT
Posts: 7675
Joined: April 15th, 2009, 3:12 pm

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#6 Post by GregT » June 8th, 2019, 4:18 pm

Seriously, you're over thinking it. Some of those wines are going to be younger than you may like to drink them, but the last place I'd look to get an idea would be a random CT note. Don't be so concerned about drinking something too young
that you don't let yourself enjoy wine any more. I know some folks who always have the same conversation. It's either a shame because the wine is still just too young to really sing or it's a shame because the wine was probably better a couple years ago. They have deep cellars and drink a lot of wine and I honestly don't think they've ever enjoyed a single bottle.

BTW, I'd go with the Seavey. Interested in how it turns out. [cheers.gif]
G . T a t a r

[i]"the incorrect overuse of apostrophes is staggering these days. I wonder if half the adults these days have any idea what they are for." Chris Seiber, 5/14/19[/i]

User avatar
Matt Mauldin
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 1149
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Location: Goleta, CA

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#7 Post by Matt Mauldin » June 8th, 2019, 5:12 pm

Thanks, Greg- sage advice. Sometimes I do throw caution to the wind, and I don't mind catching a wine a little too soon...

Seavey does seem like the obvious choice. I'm giving it a good decant and will return it to the bottle before heading out.
ITB

User avatar
Matt Mauldin
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 1149
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Location: Goleta, CA

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#8 Post by Matt Mauldin » June 8th, 2019, 11:37 pm

My CT note on the Seavey:

5+ hour decant and return to bottle. Full black-garnet color. Alluring aromatics of black cherry, anise, leather, worn cedar, black tea, allspice berries and pipe tobacco. Showing spice-driven fruit on the attack, with depth of bitter cocoa, graphite and dried florals. Nice medium weight filling in through the middle. The concentration and phenolics are in the lead at the moment with a lot of time and air needed to bring the fruit back up in the mix. A little heat showing but not obstructive. Fine fleshy tannins. Lots of length on the finish. Comparing to my last bottle several years ago this is in a dumb phase. The structure and phenolics have barely moved while the fruit is showing some maturity. Air, movement and time helped bring this into harmony. I'm guessing that when this sheds some structural weight it will get back into a better place. Considering the last note, I don't think it's over the hill. Drink with long decant or hold.
ITB

User avatar
Ian H
Posts: 147
Joined: February 7th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#9 Post by Ian H » June 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm

I'm too late to this but the Voge jumped out at me. I had the 2011 last year and it blew my socks off. Sounds like you've had before and enjoyed it too.

On that subject, I made a random stop at a wine store near me this afternoon and first time ever they've had any Voge there. They had 4 bottles of the 2014 VV and I snatched all 4. 59.99 and I was GLAD to pay it.
@@S

User avatar
Matt Mauldin
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 1149
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Location: Goleta, CA

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#10 Post by Matt Mauldin » June 9th, 2019, 5:29 pm

Ian, definitely agree on the 2011 Voge VV.
ITB

User avatar
Kirk.Grant
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 3126
Joined: May 27th, 2012, 1:29 pm
Location: Bangor, Maine

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

#11 Post by Kirk.Grant » June 9th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Ian H wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
I'm too late to this but the Voge jumped out at me. I had the 2011 last year and it blew my socks off. Sounds like you've had before and enjoyed it too.

On that subject, I made a random stop at a wine store near me this afternoon and first time ever they've had any Voge there. They had 4 bottles of the 2014 VV and I snatched all 4. 59.99 and I was GLAD to pay it.
Yea, Voge used to fly under the radar...nothing in the N Rhone is flying under the radar these days. Glad you snapped up a few while you could. The last vintage I saw at $54 was the 13's and I snagged 6 to hang onto. The 11's I had were amazing and I've already drank all I had. I'm still holding onto one bottle of the 2005 Vieilles Fontaines for a few more years.
Cellartracker:Kirk Grant

Post Reply

Return to “Wine Talk”