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#10501 Post by Hao Lu » June 12th, 2019, 7:16 am

2008 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic, drinking very well. so sad to see the winery closing.

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#10502 Post by NickRut » June 12th, 2019, 9:16 am

Last night had an 04 Harlan, 07 Abreu and a 16 Maybach. Not bad
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#10503 Post by Bud Carey » June 12th, 2019, 9:44 am

Not bad???
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#10504 Post by NickRut » June 12th, 2019, 10:26 am

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Not bad???

An above average Tuesday for sure.
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#10505 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » June 12th, 2019, 6:23 pm

2009 V Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon. Really nice wine and went well with Beef Tenderloin. Picked 2 bottles up at LBW for $60 and wish I had purchased more.

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#10506 Post by Neal.Mollen » June 14th, 2019, 2:52 pm

1975 La Lagune. Smells good. We shall see.
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#10507 Post by L.Cole » June 16th, 2019, 8:33 pm

2014 Ridge Zin Paso Robles
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#10508 Post by Gordon Fitz » June 17th, 2019, 6:34 am

For Father’s Day I opened my last 2002 Beaux Freres, BF Estate. 2002 was an exceptional year in the Willamette and my second most favorite behind 2008. This wine was drinking beautifully with notes of sour cherry and currents. Still has plenty of life left, but no reason not to enjoy it now, it’s in a beautiful window.

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#10509 Post by Dave McCloskey » June 17th, 2019, 7:58 am

Thomas Rivers Brown was 0-2 this weekend for me.

2016 Rivers Marie Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: This Chard was like drinking a Granny Smith apple bomb... green, tart, sour and not what I'd expect from Rivers Marie. Structurally, I've probably jumped the gun by 8-10 years, because I think this Chard was built to be aged. I have more than half the bottle left, so I'll see if additional air time adds any new dimensions, beyond green apple.

2012 Harris Estate Lakeview Cab: The Harris Estate Cab was nondescript on all fronts. It was closed down on the nose, even after a 2+ hr. decant and gave almost no Napa cab signatures. I was disappointed, because I've had some very good Lakeview's in the past and 2012 was a solid vintage, so I cannot account for this misstep other than bottle variation.

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#10510 Post by jon leifer » June 17th, 2019, 6:42 pm

2017 Hall Sauv Blanc (Napa) delightful wine that shows up on an irregular basis on our local shelves..When I see it, I buy it..Emphasizes fruit, not for fans of cat pee or lawn clippings..Would buy more often if I cd find it more often
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#10511 Post by T Welch » June 17th, 2019, 6:48 pm

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#10513 Post by Bud Carey » June 18th, 2019, 8:01 am

2006 Neal Family Napa cabernet.
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#10514 Post by Demian Saenz » June 19th, 2019, 5:23 pm

2016 Ghost Pines Pinot Winemakers blend. I liked it the next day, more so than last night when I opened it.

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#10515 Post by Len Stevens » June 19th, 2019, 5:37 pm

3015 Sandler "Boers Vineyard" Grenache-I rarely drink new world grenache, but I enjoyed this. If Ed K takes his rightful place in the world as a deity, them I'm immediately joining his church!

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#10516 Post by Josh Grossman » June 19th, 2019, 6:36 pm

Leaving for a few days in Toronto to fly to Italy (week in Tuscany and a week in Amalfi) in the morning. Thought I'd drink some Italian to pack. 2007 Grifalco Aglianico del Vulture Bosco Del Falco:

Nose of chocolate and raspberry cordial; almost port like. There are some conifers and raisins in there too. Oak and tannins are noticeably more integrated than a bottle I opened almost two years ago; still there but not cloying. Nice long finish. Still some upside on the tannins integrating but the fruit is a bit stewed and I think it may become more port like with further aging.

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#10517 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 19th, 2019, 6:51 pm

T Welch wrote:
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Nice!!
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#10518 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 20th, 2019, 8:26 am

(Last night) 2013 Patricia Green Berserkers Cuveé, and had the willpower to save half for tonight!! It's really coming into a great space now, and I'm down to maybe 2 bottle remaining...
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#10519 Post by Alan Eden » June 20th, 2019, 8:25 pm

1999 Guigal Hermitage, lovely, so fresh and with nice acidity, nothing like a Cali Syrah. Nice red fruits, hint of savoury, nice lightness and almost delicate
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#10520 Post by LMD Ermitaño » June 20th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Just a simple pinot grigio from the restaurant’s wine list. Not bad.
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#10521 Post by jon leifer » June 22nd, 2019, 2:13 pm

2015 Pali Huntington PN..a blend sourced from multiple AVA's within Santa Barbara County..OK, not great, wd not buy again, especially after having tasted a number of delightful Oregon PN's recently
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#10522 Post by bob parsons alberta » June 22nd, 2019, 3:33 pm

2011 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Kaseler Riesling Trocken.

I can usually find this low priced Mosel when stocking up for nice easy drinking whites for my camping trips. $22 Cdn, 12% alc, SC, AP# 65 12.

Nice pretty color, light gold green. Apples and spice on the nose, some nectarines and just a brief hint of petrol.
Has some sweetness, fair acidity and nice white stoned fruit too. "Some citrus, lotsa apple" from fellow campers. I found some peach as I drained the bottle..good enough for the evening by the fireside in the Rockies.

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#10523 Post by davidsturek » June 24th, 2019, 9:18 pm

A very nice 2014 Piuze Chablis Terroir de Chablis. Really nice for under $25

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#10524 Post by Craig G » June 25th, 2019, 11:10 pm

Some friends of ours are hosting the son of the chef at L’Assiette Champenoise while he does a Stage at Manresa. We had dinner with him tonight. He has an amazing knowledge of Champagne for someone 20 years old.
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2014 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay is great, with grand cru power, weight and complexity. It just lacks a bit of acid.

2008 Monte Bello was showing beautifully, drinking better than I expected.

We were feeling a bit Burgundy-starved so opened a 2002 Gerard Mugneret Vosne Romanee with the cheese. It was in fantastic shape with a savory nose and great depth. A real over-achiever.

2002 Raymond Lafon is very tasty though not a great Sauternes.
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#10525 Post by Demian Saenz » June 26th, 2019, 3:39 pm

1998 Joseph Drouhin Vosne Romanee, still has good fruit, a little spice, nice color. The wife better hurry home if she wants any.

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#10526 Post by michael ottesen » June 29th, 2019, 8:17 am

Bereche &Fils brut reserve champagne
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#10527 Post by Bud Carey » June 29th, 2019, 8:38 am

On deck... 2011 Kosta Browne 4-Barrel pinot noir.
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#10528 Post by T@ntina A » June 29th, 2019, 3:31 pm

2016 Etienne Boileau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

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#10529 Post by NED VALOIS » June 29th, 2019, 3:59 pm

Last night; 2013 Aubert Lauren; WONDERFUL !

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#10530 Post by MikeHill » June 29th, 2019, 5:28 pm

2012 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. PNP. Muted nose, hints of flowers and spice. Black cherry, oak and a little smoke. Tightly wound, but well made and balanced. Not your typical fruity Cali cab, but I do think this is a bit shut down.

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#10531 Post by Ramon C » July 3rd, 2019, 3:27 pm

Some Northern Rhones (+ a few other bottles that I couldn't find iPhone photos) and Rieslings with 7 local geeks @ BOHK. Two weeks ago.



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#10532 Post by NickRut » July 3rd, 2019, 4:21 pm

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#10533 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 3rd, 2019, 5:15 pm

NickRut wrote:
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#10534 Post by NED VALOIS » July 3rd, 2019, 6:05 pm

2018 Riverrain Sav Blanc

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#10535 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 3rd, 2019, 7:07 pm

Ramon C wrote:
July 3rd, 2019, 3:27 pm
Some Northern Rhones (+ a few other bottles that I couldn't find iPhone photos) and Rieslings with 7 local geeks @ BOHK. Two weeks ago.




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You mean 6 days ago?
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#10536 Post by MikeHill » July 11th, 2019, 11:02 pm

1995 La Conseillante. Lovely nose of earth and plums, along with some floral notes. Lush and even a bit savory, but enough structure with soft, fine tannins. Medium body.
Long, clean finish. At 12.9%, so easy to drink and enjoy. Drink or hold, this still had a lot of fruit to give.

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#10537 Post by T@ntina A » July 12th, 2019, 6:13 am

2014 Jean - Marc Morey Chassagne - Montrachet 1er cru Les Chenevottes

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#10538 Post by jon leifer » July 12th, 2019, 12:38 pm

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#10539 Post by Mark Thompson » July 12th, 2019, 9:48 pm

I’ve opened several over the last week after a (nearly) dry June.

86 Haut Brion - wrote previously on it. Austere but seems to have the goods; perhaps too early. 93-94 with possible upside.

04 Dom Rose - holy wow! The nose is incredibly complex (strawberries?). 95

86 Pichon Lalande - Mature but plenty of good years left. As much as I love ‘82’s in general and this one in particular, there is something about the best ‘86’s that really resonates with my palate. Stylistically rounder fruit profile than the vintage’s reputation but less so than an 82 or 85. 95 with slight possible upside.

‘86 Palmer - just as good as both an exceptional ‘82 Palmer was from a few weeks ago (which beat out ‘82 Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Trotanoy that night) and the PLL. 95 with slight possible upside."

‘97 Castelgiocondo Frescobaldi Brunello Riserva. I have some of both the regular bottling which is very good and this, which was excellent. This was consumed late in the night but I remember thinking it was just a point or two behind the ‘86 Bordeaux’s. 93/94

‘82 Canon - I just really love this wine. Very similar to the ‘82 Figeac and Trotanoy IMO, though the Trotanoy more likely to have a fecal expression of Brett in certain bottles. Some might consider this slightly past peak, but for my palate it is both perfectly at peak and likely to stay there for a while. There have been debates on this forum recently about when exactly many of the ‘82’s reached there apex, and I believe the answer is totally subjective. 95

‘05 Dom Rose - Didn’t hold a candle to the ‘04. My only hope is it needs time to show the same aromatics, but difficult to assign credit for what is clearly not there right now. To me came off as no different than any other solid $70-100 sparkling Rose. 90 with possible upside?

‘75 Magdelaine - Bought after reading threads here. Funny—I sat next to Christian Moueix at a dinner back in November and somehow didn’t appreciate what preceded Belair-Monange until reading about it here. Unfortunately, a failed cork and shot wine. I have more that hopefully weren’t stored together.

‘82 Magdelaine - Really superb. Cork in great shape in direct contrast to the ‘75. So elegant and regal—I enjoyed it over nearly 3 hours and it barely budged. It seemed to be pure Merlot - I made a mental note to check the cepage. It sounds like Magdelaine was planted 90% Merlot so as expected, though I wouldn’t have necessarily pegged it (incorrectly) as Pomerol even with the Merlot dominance. Very singular and fascinating, with at least 10-20 years to go, given the combination of how little it changed in the glass and how incredibly balanced it was. Adrian and Salil both captured it very well in their notes on CT from last year that I read the following day. 94/95

‘78 Montrose - The single bottle tonight I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of hours. The cork was barely strong enough to not fall into the bottle as I screwed in the first half of the Durand. Somehow the seal must have been okay as the wine was intact. Initially it show as quintessential Montrose—very masculine and St. Estephe, like an old, formerly athletic man in his 90’s that commands a certain respect despite his frailty. The wine both improved as I moved through the bottle but would start to fall apart after 20-30m in the glass. While the very early stages of a wet hay? character it’s starting to show - an aromatic component I see in really old Bordeaux that is nearing the end, there is a core of fruit that is just hanging on. I’m shocked after 3/4 of the bottle that I pick up notes of truffle that are typically seen in good mature Pomerol. There is an elegance and balance that I love, though recently consumed ‘78 Ducru and Trotanoy examples had a lot more life in them. At best, 93/94 but quickly fell a few points with Some air and given how fleeting “best” was 92 would probably be a more fair score.

‘82 Pavie and ‘87 Maume Mazis are on deck for tomorrow - they are the other two bottles I brought for the weekend.

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#10540 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 12th, 2019, 10:11 pm

Mark Thompson wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 9:48 pm
I’ve opened several over the last week after a (nearly) dry June.

86 Haut Brion - wrote previously on it. Austere but seems to have the goods; perhaps too early. 93-94 with possible upside.

04 Dom Rose - holy wow! The nose is incredibly complex (strawberries?). 95

86 Pichon Lalande - Mature but plenty of good years left. As much as I love ‘82’s in general and this one in particular, there is something about the best ‘86’s that really resonates with my palate. Stylistically rounder fruit profile than the vintage’s reputation but less so than an 82 or 85. 95 with slight possible upside.

‘86 Palmer - just as good as both an exceptional ‘82 Palmer was from a few weeks ago (which beat out ‘82 Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Trotanoy that night) and the PLL. 95 with slight possible upside."

‘97 Castelgiocondo Frescobaldi Brunello Riserva. I have some of both the regular bottling which is very good and this, which was excellent. This was consumed late in the night but I remember thinking it was just a point or two behind the ‘86 Bordeaux’s. 93/94

‘82 Canon - I just really love this wine. Very similar to the ‘82 Figeac and Trotanoy IMO, though the Trotanoy more likely to have a fecal expression of Brett in certain bottles. Some might consider this slightly past peak, but for my palate it is both perfectly at peak and likely to stay there for a while. There have been debates on this forum recently about when exactly many of the ‘82’s reached there apex, and I believe the answer is totally subjective. 95

‘05 Dom Rose - Didn’t hold a candle to the ‘04. My only hope is it needs time to show the same aromatics, but difficult to assign credit for what is clearly not there right now. To me came off as no different than any other solid $70-100 sparkling Rose. 90 with possible upside?

‘75 Magdelaine - Bought after reading threads here. Funny—I sat next to Christian Moueix at a dinner back in November and somehow didn’t appreciate what preceded Belair-Monange until reading about it here. Unfortunately, a failed cork and shot wine. I have more that hopefully weren’t stored together.

‘82 Magdelaine - Really superb. Cork in great shape in direct contrast to the ‘75. So elegant and regal—I enjoyed it over nearly 3 hours and it barely budged. It seemed to be pure Merlot - I made a mental note to check the cepage. It sounds like Magdelaine was planted 90% Merlot so as expected, though I wouldn’t have necessarily pegged it (incorrectly) as Pomerol even with the Merlot dominance. Very singular and fascinating, with at least 10-20 years to go, given the combination of how little it changed in the glass and how incredibly balanced it was. Adrian and Salil both captured it very well in their notes on CT from last year that I read the following day. 94/95

‘78 Montrose - The single bottle tonight I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of hours. The cork was barely strong enough to not fall into the bottle as I screwed in the first half of the Durand. Somehow the seal must have been okay as the wine was intact. Initially it show as quintessential Montrose—very masculine and St. Estephe, like an old, formerly athletic man in his 90’s that commands a certain respect despite his frailty. The wine both improved as I moved through the bottle but would start to fall apart after 20-30m in the glass. While the very early stages of a wet hay? character it’s starting to show - an aromatic component I see in really old Bordeaux that is nearing the end, there is a core of fruit that is just hanging on. I’m shocked after 3/4 of the bottle that I pick up notes of truffle that are typically seen in good mature Pomerol. There is an elegance and balance that I love, though recently consumed ‘78 Ducru and Trotanoy examples had a lot more life in them. At best, 93/94 but quickly fell a few points with Some air and given how fleeting “best” was 92 would probably be a more fair score.

‘82 Pavie and ‘87 Maume Mazis are on deck for tomorrow - they are the other two bottles I brought for the weekend.
Nice. IME a good bottle of 75 Magdelaine is as good or better than 82. It needs a little time open to air, and the wine generally seems more backward in its overall evolution / drinks younger than the 82.

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#10541 Post by Ramon C » July 13th, 2019, 4:32 am

Mark Thompson wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 9:48 pm
I’ve opened several over the last week after a (nearly) dry June.

86 Haut Brion - wrote previously on it. Austere but seems to have the goods; perhaps too early. 93-94 with possible upside.

04 Dom Rose - holy wow! The nose is incredibly complex (strawberries?). 95

86 Pichon Lalande - Mature but plenty of good years left. As much as I love ‘82’s in general and this one in particular, there is something about the best ‘86’s that really resonates with my palate. Stylistically rounder fruit profile than the vintage’s reputation but less so than an 82 or 85. 95 with slight possible upside.

‘86 Palmer - just as good as both an exceptional ‘82 Palmer was from a few weeks ago (which beat out ‘82 Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Trotanoy that night) and the PLL. 95 with slight possible upside."

‘97 Castelgiocondo Frescobaldi Brunello Riserva. I have some of both the regular bottling which is very good and this, which was excellent. This was consumed late in the night but I remember thinking it was just a point or two behind the ‘86 Bordeaux’s. 93/94

‘82 Canon - I just really love this wine. Very similar to the ‘82 Figeac and Trotanoy IMO, though the Trotanoy more likely to have a fecal expression of Brett in certain bottles. Some might consider this slightly past peak, but for my palate it is both perfectly at peak and likely to stay there for a while. There have been debates on this forum recently about when exactly many of the ‘82’s reached there apex, and I believe the answer is totally subjective. 95

‘05 Dom Rose - Didn’t hold a candle to the ‘04. My only hope is it needs time to show the same aromatics, but difficult to assign credit for what is clearly not there right now. To me came off as no different than any other solid $70-100 sparkling Rose. 90 with possible upside?

‘75 Magdelaine - Bought after reading threads here. Funny—I sat next to Christian Moueix at a dinner back in November and somehow didn’t appreciate what preceded Belair-Monange until reading about it here. Unfortunately, a failed cork and shot wine. I have more that hopefully weren’t stored together.

‘82 Magdelaine - Really superb. Cork in great shape in direct contrast to the ‘75. So elegant and regal—I enjoyed it over nearly 3 hours and it barely budged. It seemed to be pure Merlot - I made a mental note to check the cepage. It sounds like Magdelaine was planted 90% Merlot so as expected, though I wouldn’t have necessarily pegged it (incorrectly) as Pomerol even with the Merlot dominance. Very singular and fascinating, with at least 10-20 years to go, given the combination of how little it changed in the glass and how incredibly balanced it was. Adrian and Salil both captured it very well in their notes on CT from last year that I read the following day. 94/95

‘78 Montrose - The single bottle tonight I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of hours. The cork was barely strong enough to not fall into the bottle as I screwed in the first half of the Durand. Somehow the seal must have been okay as the wine was intact. Initially it show as quintessential Montrose—very masculine and St. Estephe, like an old, formerly athletic man in his 90’s that commands a certain respect despite his frailty. The wine both improved as I moved through the bottle but would start to fall apart after 20-30m in the glass. While the very early stages of a wet hay? character it’s starting to show - an aromatic component I see in really old Bordeaux that is nearing the end, there is a core of fruit that is just hanging on. I’m shocked after 3/4 of the bottle that I pick up notes of truffle that are typically seen in good mature Pomerol. There is an elegance and balance that I love, though recently consumed ‘78 Ducru and Trotanoy examples had a lot more life in them. At best, 93/94 but quickly fell a few points with Some air and given how fleeting “best” was 92 would probably be a more fair score.

‘82 Pavie and ‘87 Maume Mazis are on deck for tomorrow - they are the other two bottles I brought for the weekend.
Good read, my kind of wines. Thanks for sharing notes.
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#10542 Post by Merrill Lindquist » July 13th, 2019, 8:13 am

Thursday and Friday: 2006 Dom, 2009 Dom, Amour de Deutz Brut 2008 from 375, 2008 Aubry de Humbert. Not a bad start to the weekend! All wines delicious.
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#10543 Post by Bud Carey » July 13th, 2019, 8:18 am

2012 Myriad Las Madres whole cluster syrah.
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#10544 Post by Albert R » July 13th, 2019, 10:16 am

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#10545 Post by jon leifer » July 14th, 2019, 4:08 pm

2015 Hugel "Classic" Pinot Gris
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#10546 Post by Paul Miller » July 14th, 2019, 4:10 pm

2017 Sojourn Pinot, Sangiacomo

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#10547 Post by Marcus Dean » July 14th, 2019, 4:14 pm

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#10548 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 14th, 2019, 7:31 pm

Marcus Dean wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:14 pm
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That looks nice. Wish I could read vintages.

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#10549 Post by Randy Bowman » July 14th, 2019, 7:43 pm

We opened a 2017 Educated Guess Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, made by Macario Montoya. Carrie took the first sip and the hair stood up on her arms. I took a sip and shook from the tartness. Sour cherry hit us hard, followed by the acidity. Major pucker power happening. After 15 minutes in the glass, black cherries with hints of kitchen spice and the acidity on the long finish. I'd bet this wine will age very well. Open an hour before you drink it. Kudo's Macario.
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#10550 Post by Marcus Dean » July 14th, 2019, 7:55 pm

Jayson Cohen wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Marcus Dean wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:14 pm
A57F7947-D20D-400D-9710-620A54971EA5.jpegSaturday night dinner party
That looks nice. Wish I could read vintages.
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