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#11201 Post by Bud Carey » January 28th, 2020, 10:33 am

On deck... 2009 Switchback Ridge petite sirah.
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#11202 Post by Brian Pinci » January 28th, 2020, 4:44 pm

1998 Ralph Fowler Shiraz. Quite jammy but I wouldn’t call it a fruit bomb. Nice red fruit. Partner loved it but I was a little disappointed. It had really short finish which I wasn’t expecting after the big nose and flavor.
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#11203 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 28th, 2020, 5:00 pm

Pop and poured.....

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#11204 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 28th, 2020, 5:01 pm

Ouch. I like Fleur de Bouard, or at least I did from 1999-2001. Have not had a more recent vintage.
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#11205 Post by Yao C » January 28th, 2020, 5:32 pm

Ramon C wrote:
January 20th, 2020, 6:45 am
2017 Domaine Rousset Crozes-Hermitage Les Picaudières

Drank over 2 dinners, about 2 weeks after the aforementioned Saint-Joseph, this had slightly more heft and density. A decent wine at a good price point, mineral notes, ripe and sweet berries, soft tannin. I would have preferred more acidity. A little subdued on the finish.
I have a similar impression of the 2016; not bad overall but not a ton of interest. Have decided to let my other bottle sleep for 10 more years (!) in the hope that the Rule of 15 kicks in

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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf Du Pape - fruit forward from a warm vintage
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#11206 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 28th, 2020, 5:42 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Ouch. I like Fleur de Bouard, or at least I did from 1999-2001. Have not had a more recent vintage.
I drank quite a bit of these and the 2000s on release and near-term. These were really nice back then. Either the style or my palate, or both, changed, as later years were not good at all. I took a flyer - for the sake of memories - when I saw some 1999s and 2000s came up for sale. The 2000 was not that great but not necessarily dumpable. This 1999 was just plain bad.

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#11207 Post by Peter Shurman » January 28th, 2020, 6:09 pm

2017 Terre Nere Etna Bianco Cuvée delle Vigne Niche Calderara Sottana

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#11208 Post by jakewi » January 28th, 2020, 8:05 pm

Was thinking of my trip to Portugal a couple years ago so tonight I opened up a Taylor’s 10 year Tawny tonight.

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#11209 Post by joeduncan » January 28th, 2020, 8:36 pm

Coravin'd some 2017 Halcon Alturas Syrah. A bit of infanticide but it's drinking nicely right now regardless. Why beautifully with a lamb and (mild) curry lentil braise.

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#11210 Post by LMD Ermitaño » January 30th, 2020, 10:09 am

With dinner tonight with the wife and 3 sons.
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#11211 Post by dsimmons » January 30th, 2020, 10:51 am

2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/30/2020)
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#11212 Post by Ramon C » January 31st, 2020, 6:02 am

2016 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige

Tasted like cool-vintage fruit, with the usual fine dosage of Guion rusticity. Medium-bodied. Drinking nicely for Loire cab franc purists.


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#11213 Post by RossM » January 31st, 2020, 12:12 pm

last night at Le Select

2002 Pol Roger Vintage Brut, stunning

2010 Il Carbonaione, big, ripe, dark, intense, grippy tannins but smooth. Drinking well with plenty of air but this has a long, long way to go.

2007 Tawse Quarry Rd Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Icewine. Amazing. This showed the typical tropical fruit mix and has developed some tertiary note but without going too far towards caramel or into rancio. A great balance of youthful fruit and complexity that comes with age. Yum.
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#11214 Post by joeduncan » January 31st, 2020, 1:12 pm

joeduncan wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Coravin'd some 2017 Halcon Alturas Syrah. A bit of infanticide but it's drinking nicely right now regardless. Why beautifully with a lamb and (mild) curry lentil braise.
Finished the bottle. Still awesome, can't wait to try some of these with some age.

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#11215 Post by jordan jacobs » January 31st, 2020, 4:57 pm

First bottle of the night.
1995 Clerc Milon.
I just had the 2000 (from Magnum) the other week and it was much better than this bottle of 95. The wine is still a bit austere with nothing compelling about the palate. The nose is mildly compelling with dried red fruits, moss, wet stones, a touch of mushroom and soy. The oak is still slightly distracting for the age. IMHO this will not get any better as it just does not have the weight and fruit to mature any further. maybe 89 points for the presence of tertiary notes.

I will need to open something. Thinking 2001 pape clement. sit on the edge of your seats..Il keep you posted.

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#11216 Post by Ramon C » February 1st, 2020, 6:02 am

2002 Dom. Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey Chambertin ‘La Bossière’ 1er Cru

Friday evening unwind wine.

Enjoyed the throwback Burgundy character with the cool fruit ripeness of the vintage.


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#11217 Post by LMD Ermitaño » February 1st, 2020, 6:37 am

Something different for me - a young Oregon pinot noir bought by my wife - with assorted tapas & pintxos at my favourite neighbourhood restaurant. Reminded me somehow of a (then) young 2007 Suremain Rully 1er Cru Préaux I had during a simple dinner with the wife and boys at Vézelay in spring of 2013.
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#11218 Post by Frederico L e e » February 1st, 2020, 3:51 pm

An 2016 Louis M. Martini Napa Cab. Paid under USD 20 and it's a great QPR.
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#11219 Post by Andrew Ing » February 1st, 2020, 5:40 pm

Cvne Imperial Gran Reserve 2011. Great wine. I had one but found two more today, so opened one up tonight.
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#11220 Post by Andrew M » February 1st, 2020, 5:40 pm

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#11221 Post by Dale Bowers » February 1st, 2020, 5:54 pm

2012 Rhys Family Farm Pinot Noir.

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#11222 Post by JDavisRoby » February 1st, 2020, 7:05 pm

2010 Biggio Hamina Deux Vert Pinot Noir. Bought at our visit with Todd this last fall. I don’t remember if I was supposed to hold it longer or drink now. Either way, it’s delicious and I still have another one for later.

More notes to it than these but primary notes for me are black cherry, some iron/mineral with a subtle grip on the finish.
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#11223 Post by bob parsons alberta » February 1st, 2020, 9:24 pm

Ramon C wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 6:02 am
2016 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige

Tasted like cool-vintage fruit, with the usual fine dosage of Guion rusticity. Medium-bodied. Drinking nicely for Loire cab franc purists.



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#11224 Post by Andrew Demaree » February 2nd, 2020, 6:26 am

2015 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva - young but tasty.

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#11225 Post by Jay Opperman » February 2nd, 2020, 6:52 am

1958 Giuseppe Mascarello 2001 Bachelet Charmes Chambertin 2005 Bonneau Celestins 1989 La Mission and 1995 Lafite
Pretty decent wine night. (Started with a 2008 Cristal).

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#11226 Post by Francois Olivier » February 2nd, 2020, 11:06 am

Nice wine
Nose of graphit and blueberries
gorgeous, long, Little bit sweet
But not very complex

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#11227 Post by Ian H » February 2nd, 2020, 11:51 am

We opened 2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova. So much going on with this thing, a big powerful beast.

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#11228 Post by Yao C » February 2nd, 2020, 4:30 pm

1970 Yquem

Opened to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday; apart from a half glass of champagne to start, we drank nothing but this over 3+ hours at Benu in SF

Opening with a big hit of apricot (and, curiously, white pepper on the back), this unfolds kaleidoscopically over time, revealing many unexpected and fascinating accords with the food (mostly seafood at Benu); among the other smells I could identify were pineapple, honey, orange, caramel, plastic, and baking spice; though surpassingly unctuous and thick, this remains light on its feet, neither heavy nor cloying; though this might lack that last degree of finesse and complexity that the very top tier Yquems have, it's a triumph, and we are fortunate to have had a beautifully preserved bottle; very good

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#11229 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » February 2nd, 2020, 4:36 pm

2013 Lytton Springs. Already starting to develop
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#11230 Post by Neal.Mollen » February 2nd, 2020, 4:37 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
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With dinner tonight with the wife and 3 sons.
I love that rosé
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#11231 Post by Jim Stewart » February 2nd, 2020, 5:04 pm

Having a half bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV while watching the Super Bowl. This bottle has the 2014 vintage for the majority base and was disgorged in 2017. Very tasty, solid, big house entry level champagne. I am really enjoying sipping on this, even as the bubbles subside (maybe more-so). I may be following the path of guru Warren Taranow (!?)

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#11232 Post by howard marc spector » February 2nd, 2020, 6:53 pm

2003 Peter Jacob Kuhn Östricher Lenchen Eiserberg Riesling Beerenauslese. Remarkable acidity for an ‘03. Solid A.

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#11233 Post by LMD Ermitaño » February 2nd, 2020, 10:42 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
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With dinner tonight with the wife and 3 sons.
I love that rosé
I favour Bollinger’s vintage rosé myself. That said, if given the choice, as regards this ‘04, I’d go for bottles disgorged more recently. This one was disgorged September 2011.
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#11234 Post by howard marc spector » February 3rd, 2020, 6:18 pm

1997 Marc Tempe Mambourg Riesling Vendange Tardive -- gorgeous, lively, balanced.
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#11235 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 4th, 2020, 7:55 pm

2005 Gruaud Larose - if you have these, I'd open them sooner than later. Still some spirit to the wine, still moderately bright and lively, but the fruit is barely starting to dry out a bit, tannic structure still strong, integrated and dusty. Textbook graphite/cigar box qualities - very enjoyable, can't imagine it getting much better but perhaps in a couple more decades it will still have some life, though in its tertiary phase

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#11236 Post by Patrick T a y l o r » February 4th, 2020, 9:49 pm

  • 2018 Frédéric Berne Beaujolais-Villages Lantignié Granit Rosé - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages (2/4/2020)
    What a difference a glass makes! Initially tasted in a universal-style glass. The wine was...OK, but was inconsistent on the palate. One sip would be nice; another would be metallic. Switched to a tulip-style glass (Grassl Cru) and vive la difference! The wine showed much better. It had that gamay mouthfeel without being overpoweringly grapey. However, it was missing some of that earthiness you get in Morgon or Moulin-a-Vent. The mid-palate and finish was almost reminiscent of the Languedoc-Roussilon - soft and smooth - but the front end is all Beaujolais. I don't think this is built for aging, but will look forward to trying my remaining 5 bottles over the next 2 years, maybe a bit longer. A decent QPR at $16 from Last Bottle. (87 pts.)
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#11237 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » February 6th, 2020, 7:17 pm

2016 Opus
2005 Opus
NV Opus Overture

Healthy pours and re-pours at a private Opus dinner at the club. Food was killer. Honestly, I could not get past the predominance of new French oak on any of these wines. Was interesting to hear the director say the wines are made to be enjoyed young and mature, and declaring the 2005 fully mature. The 2016 was quite primary and the 2005 is a Cab-heavy monster, would say 5 more years minimum to start showing more. I am not a buyer of this wine, the QPR is terrible.

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#11238 Post by LMD Ermitaño » February 6th, 2020, 7:36 pm

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2016 Opus
2005 Opus
NV Opus Overture

Healthy pours and re-pours at a private Opus dinner at the club. Food was killer. Honestly, I could not get past the predominance of new French oak on any of these wines. Was interesting to hear the director say the wines are made to be enjoyed young and mature, and declaring the 2005 fully mature. The 2016 was quite primary and the 2005 is a Cab-heavy monster, would say 5 more years minimum to start showing more. I am not a buyer of this wine, the QPR is terrible.
I first tried Opus One (the ‘97 vintage) in December 2000, over dinner with my wife at La Mer (the restaurant of the Halekulani Hotel) in Honolulu (we flew in to attend the wedding of a friend, and arrived a week earlier to make it a short vacation as well). I knew absolutely nothing about it (and was concerned about it being too young to drink); but the sommelier was so “enthusiastic” in recommending it that I figured what the hell. Honestly, we enjoyed it; so, when we got back to Manila, ordered a few more bottles, and, later on, vintage 2001.

Since then, I’ve had a few more vintages shared by friends. That said, after the 2001 vintage, I stopped buying. I agree that the QPR leaves very much to be desired. Thinking back, even the other ‘97s I opened never came close to the bottle I first had in Honolulu. Must have been the moment, and not really the wine.
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#11239 Post by Jeremy C » February 6th, 2020, 8:36 pm

Second half of a 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Petite Sirah Old Vine Rosewood Vineyards. Wow, this remains a tannic beast. Takes a couple of hours to settle down. Will let the other bottle sit for quite some time.
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#11240 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 7th, 2020, 6:09 pm

2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Incredible sipping juice, period. I might have to stock up next time I can find it
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#11241 Post by Lee Barnard » February 7th, 2020, 6:21 pm

2008 Haut Bailly - still a star of the 2008 vintage, but think a bit in a transitory period right now. Not going to open another for 5 years.

2017 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard - has lost the baby fat and settled into a real nice place. Absurdly good value and the only CA chard or Pinot producer I really buy these days.

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#11242 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » February 8th, 2020, 5:17 am

2017 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard

No bueno, panned by my entire family. Drank nothing like WA’s note or what I saw on CT. Came across more as a buttery, low acid Chard. We dumped it. An expensive dump. The Rieslings paired much better with the oysters anyway . . . .

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#11243 Post by John Glas » February 8th, 2020, 7:52 am

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#11244 Post by Paul Miller » February 8th, 2020, 8:01 am

2017 Turley White Coat
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#11245 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » February 8th, 2020, 8:10 am

Opening a 2015 Terrien Chardonnay tonight, getting excited!
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#11246 Post by HoosJustinG » February 8th, 2020, 8:58 am

Sampled one of our 2016 Frank Family Winston Hill cabs last night ... Bit early, I know, but I wanted to get a sense where it is, and frankly it was fantastic. Tannins were round and supple and wine is nicely restrained ... feels weightless and finish is long and sweet. Ate a lamb shank at the restaurant and took the rest of the bottle home where it also paired nicely with the second half of the debate on TV :)
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#11247 Post by Bud Carey » February 8th, 2020, 9:06 am

On deck... 2016 William and Mary proprietary blend.
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#11248 Post by Yao C » February 8th, 2020, 9:21 am

2016 Ducru Beaucaillou

Lovely texture; dark-ish fruit but not over the top in terms of alcohol/extraction; even a bit of layered complexity peeking out; started closing up after about 90m open; good with upside
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#11249 Post by Brian Pinci » February 8th, 2020, 9:36 am

2013 Bootleg Proprietary Red - Explosive nose, lots of floral notes. Much bigger wine than I expected. Yes, I'd say fruit bomb. Not sure it will age too much but fun to drink. I noticed I had several bottles so I'll try again in a couple of years.
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#11250 Post by Neal.Mollen » February 8th, 2020, 9:42 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 7:55 pm
2005 Gruaud Larose - if you have these, I'd open them sooner than later. Still some spirit to the wine, still moderately bright and lively, but the fruit is barely starting to dry out a bit, tannic structure still strong, integrated and dusty. Textbook graphite/cigar box qualities - very enjoyable, can't imagine it getting much better but perhaps in a couple more decades it will still have some life, though in its tertiary phase

This is sort of shocking, and pretty depressing, to read. I don't own any (I don't think?) but if "the new GL" starts to dry out after 15 years in a vin de garde vintage . . . well shit. Are you sure it isn't just shut down a bit?

Anyway . . . I had a far less distinguished, and much older, bdx last night that was absolutely singing: 1989 Cantemerle. Long and supple and rich in all the right ways. Just a glorious wine to drink now. Wish I had a cellar-full
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