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#12851 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

2018 Violin Pinot Noir First Man Vineyard. Tasty mix of red/black fruits (ripe raspberry, sour cherry, blackberry puree) with some organic earth tones. Silky smooth tannins and bright acid structure. Just opened, will see how it changes in the glass.
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#12852 Post by John Glas »

2017 Januik Merlot Klipsun Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (3/23/2021)
Day 1: Pop and pour. Smoke, oak, dark berries, spice and menthol. A big style Merlot but really tasty. Should age for a decade. Just fun to drink. 91 points (91 points)

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#12853 Post by MikeL238 »

1996 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon 15th Anniversary Release

Opened yesterday. Initially bit muted upon opening , but with about 30 minutes of air, got the red berries, cherry, tobacco and cassis. Concentrated, but not heavy at all. Very Bordeaux like with just enough fruit to tell you that this is Napa without the modern day heaviness. At 25 years, this is still going strong. Classic.

Had the last glass saved from last night just now. More mellowed down and more tertiary, but still so good. Maintains that concentration level from last night. What a wine.
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#12854 Post by Jim Stewart »

2019 Louis Jadot Chablis
Light and bright and satisfying to my taste. A strong clean minerally lemon lime is the first impression and the lasting one. Not ponderable, I'll say subtle versus simple. I liked it alone and with some freshly caught and cooked Mangrove Snapper. ~$20+ Recommended.
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#12855 Post by John Glas »

2017 Januik Merlot Klipsun Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (3/23/2021)
Day 1: Pop and pour. Smoke, oak, dark berries, spice and menthol. A big style Merlot but really tasty. Should age for a decade. Just fun to drink. 91 points (91 points)
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#12856 Post by Ron Erickson »

2010 St Innocent Zenith PN. Dark cherry, with a bit of cranberry. Drinking very well right now.
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#12857 Post by David Baum »

Enjoyed a bottle of 2004 Dom last night to celebrate my new next door neighbors. I don't know who they are yet, but I know who they aren't! My current miserable neighbors of the last 17 years.

The bottle tasted like a stunning mix of relief, joy and satisfaction. Truly memorable and matched the occasion!

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#12858 Post by Phil T r o t t e r »

David Baum wrote: March 25th, 2021, 9:32 am Enjoyed a bottle of 2004 Dom last night to celebrate my new next door neighbors. I don't know who they are yet, but I know who they aren't! My current miserable neighbors of the last 17 years.

The bottle tasted like a stunning mix of relief, joy and satisfaction. Truly memorable and matched the occasion!
I had a good chuckle at this one. Thank you sir. And congrats on turning over a new leaf on the proximity principle!

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#12859 Post by Jeff_M. »

Dom 2008 to celebrate the kiddo turning 1. Really nice evolution on this as it got some air and warmed up from the fridge. Probably one of the better champagnes I've had.
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#12860 Post by Neal.Mollen »

I want to see the manager. This 41 year old bdx from a lousy vintage is not singing. It is musty and lacking verve. How do I get my money back?

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#12861 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

2018 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Huhnerberg Riesling Kabinett trocken. I actually opened yesterday, but drinking most of it tonight. Nice balance of citrus and tart orchard fruit notes with a streak of acidity down the palate.
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#12862 Post by Ethan Abraham »

2012 Gonon
Goodness this is delicious. Drank outdoors, very windy, in mediocre glasses (I can't blame the restaurant for not being the zaltos out in 30mph winds!), so couldn't quite get the full olfactory experience, but can still get the greatness of this on the palate. Even without the full nose this just feels floral with a meaty and savory palate balancing it out. Shockingly open for business on pop and pour. First meal at a restaurant since the morning they called the election (same restaurant in fact) and sometimes everything just clicks.

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#12863 Post by Josh Grossman »

2014 Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Estate Reserve

I remember this was a substitution for something I ordered that they were out of but don't remember where I got this bottle from. In a blind, I'd certainly be able to pick it out as Oregon. It's good with a big nose of cherry liquor, some moss and wet rocks--but nothing yet to have it stand out from the crowd. First experience with this producer and probably my last. At $35 bones, there are better values.

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#12864 Post by Pat K »

Patricia Green Cellars Berserkers' Cuvee 2014. A reliable PN; part of a half-case purchase. And a shout-out to Jim Anderson of PG who graciously sent wine for tasting notes posted (virtual tasting for charity) a few months ago.

Cheers!

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#12865 Post by Stephen Faulkner »

Pat K wrote: March 27th, 2021, 12:39 am Patricia Green Cellars Berserkers' Cuvee 2014. A reliable PN; part of a half-case purchase. And a shout-out to Jim Anderson of PG who graciously sent wine for tasting notes posted (virtual tasting for charity) a few months ago.

Cheers!
I still have a few bottles of this and I agree, it has been a great qpr pinot thanks to Jim. How is it drinking?

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#12866 Post by Alex N »

2017 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch PN. Sometimes a wine at a tasting room is A+ and then a dud when you open one or just not what you remembered. Sometimes it's the other way around. This wasn't a complete dud but it was nothing like the wine I remember at the winery.
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#12867 Post by PrestonS »

It hit 60 degrees here in Portland today with clear skies so I gravitated towards a rose. Just opened up a 2017 Domaine Tempier. Yum!
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#12869 Post by Zachary Mancini »

2016 Vaso from Dana Estates!

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#12870 Post by Zachary Mancini »

David Baum wrote: March 25th, 2021, 9:32 am Enjoyed a bottle of 2004 Dom last night to celebrate my new next door neighbors. I don't know who they are yet, but I know who they aren't! My current miserable neighbors of the last 17 years.

The bottle tasted like a stunning mix of relief, joy and satisfaction. Truly memorable and matched the occasion!
Lolol. Celebrating new neighbors aahahah

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#12871 Post by Andrew Demaree »

Zachary Mancini wrote: March 27th, 2021, 7:58 pm 2016 Vaso from Dana Estates!
How was it?

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#12872 Post by Bdklein »

Andrew Demaree wrote: March 27th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Zachary Mancini wrote: March 27th, 2021, 7:58 pm 2016 Vaso from Dana Estates!
How was it?
I assume good , and good QPR (relatively speaking ).
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#12873 Post by MikeL238 »

2017 Alex Foillard Côte de Brouilly. Orange zest and cranberry on the nose that carries over to the palate. Nice bitter sweetness at the end like a good old negroni, but not overly sweet. Says 14.5% alcohol, but didn't really feel any heat. Really nice over all and highly recommended.
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#12874 Post by Zachary Mancini »

Bdklein wrote: March 27th, 2021, 8:23 pm
Andrew Demaree wrote: March 27th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Zachary Mancini wrote: March 27th, 2021, 7:58 pm 2016 Vaso from Dana Estates!
How was it?
I assume good , and good QPR (relatively speaking ).
Decent wine. I think Napanook is still better at a bit cheaper price point but I would drink again, I have 3 more ha.

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#12875 Post by Joseph Grassa »

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#12876 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

2016 Laherte Frères Champagne Extra Brut Les Vignes d’Autrefois. Fresh and lovely.
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#12877 Post by Ramon C »

Ethan Abraham wrote: March 26th, 2021, 5:40 pm 2012 Gonon
Goodness this is delicious. Drank outdoors, very windy, in mediocre glasses (I can't blame the restaurant for not being the zaltos out in 30mph winds!), so couldn't quite get the full olfactory experience, but can still get the greatness of this on the palate. Even without the full nose this just feels floral with a meaty and savory palate balancing it out. Shockingly open for business on pop and pour. First meal at a restaurant since the morning they called the election (same restaurant in fact) and sometimes everything just clicks.
I love this wine, the 2012 Gonon SJ. Imho, Gonon's best in the first half of that decade and more in tune with the old-school Northern Rhone style.
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Stephen Faulkner wrote: March 27th, 2021, 6:44 am
Pat K wrote: March 27th, 2021, 12:39 am Patricia Green Cellars Berserkers' Cuvee 2014. A reliable PN; part of a half-case purchase. And a shout-out to Jim Anderson of PG who graciously sent wine for tasting notes posted (virtual tasting for charity) a few months ago.

Cheers!
I still have a few bottles of this and I agree, it has been a great qpr pinot thanks to Jim. How is it drinking?
Both of us thought that the wine is at a decent but slightly past prime stage. Of two remaining bottles, one planned for 2021 & 1 for 2022. This PN does not seem built for longer-term cellaring. I noted, however, that using a smaller, classic glass enhanced the wine last night. These were from Villeroy & Boch given to us as a gift years ago. Tasted over 3 nights, more to enjoy tonight. As far as QPR, we all have our own criteria. At $25-$30 with tax & shipping, frugal soul here would say average to maybe a bit above average. Do not regret the purchase. [cheers.gif]

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#12879 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

2001 Chateau Leoville Barton - classic goodness, in the zone

2009 Levet Cotie Rotie La Chavaroche - ripe, feral.

2014 Sky Zinfandel - ripe, bramble, crisp, and tobacco

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2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc - killer QPR, classic drink

A decent couple of midweek nights.
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#12880 Post by Joseph Grassa »

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#12881 Post by Brian Fraser »

2017 Fontanafredda Barbera D'Alba

Medium bodied, under-ripe cherries. Easy and fun (and cheap) every day drinker.

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#12882 Post by Phil T r o t t e r »

2004 200 Monges Rioja Gran Reserva
85% tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Garnacha

Double-decanted but there was very little sediment: 1h of air on first decant and about 1h of air in bottle upon re-opening.
This is really starting to come together. There is no overt american oak notes but otherwise this has the nose of a typical mature rioja. The palate is starting to show good balance. The tannins are not fully resolved and there is a nice streak of acidity coming through giving good support to the ample amount of fruit, leather, tobacco and hint of vanilla. There is a kick of salinity at the end that is quite nice. Very good length as can be expected. This was thoroughly enjoyable and should be even better with more time. How much more time? No idea. This could age at a glacial pace...

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#12883 Post by MikeL238 »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: March 30th, 2021, 6:19 pm 2001 Chateau Leoville Barton - classic goodness, in the zone

2009 Levet Cotie Rotie La Chavaroche - ripe, feral.

2014 Sky Zinfandel - ripe, bramble, crisp, and tobacco

2015 Chateau Taillefer, Pomerol - rustic and plummy, yum

2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc - killer QPR, classic drink

A decent couple of midweek nights.
Robert, how much air did you give La Chav? Ready now or should wait longer?
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#12884 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

MikeL238 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 12:09 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: March 30th, 2021, 6:19 pm 2001 Chateau Leoville Barton - classic goodness, in the zone

2009 Levet Cotie Rotie La Chavaroche - ripe, feral.

2014 Sky Zinfandel - ripe, bramble, crisp, and tobacco

2015 Chateau Taillefer, Pomerol - rustic and plummy, yum

2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc - killer QPR, classic drink

A decent couple of midweek nights.
Robert, how much air did you give La Chav? Ready now or should wait longer?
Still chewy and not fully evolved. Was tasty but I’d give it a few more unless you have a handful and wanna check in.
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#12885 Post by James Lyon »

Pat K wrote: March 28th, 2021, 2:15 pm
Stephen Faulkner wrote: March 27th, 2021, 6:44 am
Pat K wrote: March 27th, 2021, 12:39 am Patricia Green Cellars Berserkers' Cuvee 2014. A reliable PN; part of a half-case purchase. And a shout-out to Jim Anderson of PG who graciously sent wine for tasting notes posted (virtual tasting for charity) a few months ago.

Cheers!
I still have a few bottles of this and I agree, it has been a great qpr pinot thanks to Jim. How is it drinking?
Both of us thought that the wine is at a decent but slightly past prime stage. Of two remaining bottles, one planned for 2021 & 1 for 2022. This PN does not seem built for longer-term cellaring. I noted, however, that using a smaller, classic glass enhanced the wine last night. These were from Villeroy & Boch given to us as a gift years ago. Tasted over 3 nights, more to enjoy tonight. As far as QPR, we all have our own criteria. At $25-$30 with tax & shipping, frugal soul here would say average to maybe a bit above average. Do not regret the purchase. [cheers.gif]
I need to pull a bottle of 2014 PGC BC for comparison sake in the near future. Probably not this weekend as we are headed to Chucktown, but maybe Easter Sunday or next week. Anyway, I probably opened a bottle within the last few months and don't recall any signs of advancement or any rush to drink the remaining 2+ cases.

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#12886 Post by Ramon C »

2014 Domaine de l’Enchantoir Le pied à l’étrier Saumur Puy Notre Dame

A classic Cab Franc in the Loire Valley sense of the word. Represented the heralded vintage well.


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#12887 Post by Tom R W »

River Marie 2011 Summa Pinot Noir.
Slight bricking, color fading, but in that nice Pinot way.
Cranberry on the nose.
Nice light strawberry, orange, cherry, raspberry and even blackberry on the palate. A bit of green twiggy-ness. Medium to light body.
Was nice and light with almost an effervescent zing at the end.
3 hours in developed a sour note on the finish (or maybe just that we didn’t have anymore food with it).
One of the better 2011 Pinots. My last one & just as well.
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#12888 Post by Phil T r o t t e r »

Bérêche Brut Réserve: I always like this. I think I've only ever had one sub-par bottle.

Badenhorst Family Wines Red Blend 2015: first bottle I had of this was presumed slightly tainted. This confirms that. Much better showing and very good with a leg of lamb. The fruit is not dominant here. There is a good presence of spices, forest-floor and earth with enough acidity to keep this fresh. The tanins are rather polished. I enjoyed this.

Domaine Monier St-Joseph Blanc 2015: A year ago, this was drinking very nicely with the quince, bruised apples and hay notes being offset by enough acidity. Today, this was flat. Flat, boring and frankly not very good. This was either a bad bottle or it's on a quick trajectory downwards. I'll try my last one in the very near future.

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#12889 Post by Jake Dvoskin »

2018 Sandler pinot, santa lucia highlands
2017 Lagier Meredith syrah
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#12890 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

In the last week I’ve had the 17, 19 and right now the 18 Beau Rivage. These are silly excellent wines and values. The 18 is adding a little flesh to its very taut physique. Enjoying it right now with pan seared crab cakes made fresh today. Been fishing all afternoon but didn’t catch anything edible, wife had to rescue the evening from the fish store.
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#12891 Post by tpetty »

Cameron Hughes 596. Good. REALLY good.

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#12892 Post by Ramon C »

Pandemic or no pandemic, this old friend comforts.

2015 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva


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2018 Harvey and Harriet. MFN

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#12894 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

2000 Chateau Sociando Mallet.

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#12895 Post by MSemler »

2015 Domaine du Bel Air (Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier) Bourgueil Clos Nouveau

This some serious stuff!
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#12897 Post by MikeL238 »

MSemler wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:29 pm 2015 Domaine du Bel Air (Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier) Bourgueil Clos Nouveau

This some serious stuff!
Oooooh not too young? How much air did you give?
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#12898 Post by MSemler »

MikeL238 wrote: April 6th, 2021, 7:19 pm
MSemler wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:29 pm 2015 Domaine du Bel Air (Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier) Bourgueil Clos Nouveau

This some serious stuff!
Oooooh not too young? How much air did you give?
Definitely young, but am fortunate to have several bottles so figured it was worth a shot! Will probably wait at least another 2-3 years before thinking to try again. Gave it ~2 hours and drank half of the bottle slowly over the course of the evening - will return to the second half tonight and will let you know if/how it improved.

Beautiful wine - no doubt - but tannins are a bit harsh (almost like a young neb with its dry, dusty tannins).
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#12899 Post by MikeL238 »

MSemler wrote: April 7th, 2021, 9:22 am
MikeL238 wrote: April 6th, 2021, 7:19 pm
MSemler wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:29 pm 2015 Domaine du Bel Air (Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier) Bourgueil Clos Nouveau

This some serious stuff!
Oooooh not too young? How much air did you give?
Definitely young, but am fortunate to have several bottles so figured it was worth a shot! Will probably wait at least another 2-3 years before thinking to try again. Gave it ~2 hours and drank half of the bottle slowly over the course of the evening - will return to the second half tonight and will let you know if/how it improved.

Beautiful wine - no doubt - but tannins are a bit harsh (almost like a young neb with its dry, dusty tannins).
Awesome, young but sounds lovely for sure. Wish I had several bottles to open one up now, but will probably save mine for later. Thanks for the note [cheers.gif]
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#12900 Post by MikeL238 »

2003 Sociando Mallet. What an incredible value. Feels like this one is starting to hit its maturity. Nicely integrated tannin with some tobacco, earth, cedar and a hint of bell pepper. Excellent Bordeaux.
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