What bottle of wine did you open today?

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#13001 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Julian Marshall wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 11:55 pm
AD Northup wrote: May 1st, 2021, 5:01 pm 2002 Magdelaine
What was it like? I was thinking of opening one!
I know, he drops in with a developing unicorn teaser and not a peep!
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#13002 Post by AD Northup »

Julian Marshall wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 11:55 pm
AD Northup wrote: May 1st, 2021, 5:01 pm 2002 Magdelaine
What was it like? I was thinking of opening one!
Took a really long time to get going (probably almost 6 hours), but once it did it was delicious and exactly what you would expect from Magdelaine. No rush at all to open though obviously.
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#13003 Post by Julian Marshall »

Thanks Andrew, sounds good to me!

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#13004 Post by AD Northup »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 4:57 am
Julian Marshall wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 11:55 pm
AD Northup wrote: May 1st, 2021, 5:01 pm 2002 Magdelaine
What was it like? I was thinking of opening one!
I know, he drops in with a developing unicorn teaser and not a peep!
I needed to try to secure more before giving anything away!
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#13005 Post by Yao C »

1971 Cappellano Barolo
This bottle was stood up for so long that the sediment turned into a solid cake, which was marvelous to behold and made decanting easy; youthful ruby color; lacking in soaring florals, this was all savory and earthy notes mingling with the tertiary fruit - to use Winfred and Lee's expression, like a fusion of sweet dark soy sauce and old balsamic vinegar; originally decanted around 6pm, this kept gaining in weight and sweetness throughout the evening, and the last glass (11pm?) was the best; delicious and somehow comforting; very good minus
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#13006 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

2019 Morgen Long Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills. See separate thread with the TN, my god this is good.
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2015 Terre Nere Etna Bianco Cuvée delle Vigne Niche Calderara Sottana

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2013 Tignanello, 2017 Borgo Sogreto chianti classico, Mionetto prosecco..family gathering, my wife's birthday and our anniversary.,
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2018 Halcon Alturas syrah. My first bottle of Halcon, it lived up to the hype. After a day in some 5oz bottles, it surprisingly didn't have the same brightness it originally had but still enjoyable.

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2000 Chateau Lanessan

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2018 Aubert sonoma chardonnay. great

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Mystery wine that my brother in law brought to family gathering..It had been given to him by a business associate from Chile some years ago..my experience with wines from Chile somewhat limited..Lapostolle , Los Vascos, etc
1999 Cremaschi Furlotti Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, from the Maule Valley..Kinda reminds me of a slightly muted version of a 1989 Lynch Bages that I enjoyed about 10 years ago..In any event, nice wine that drank like a mature Bordeaux
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#13013 Post by Brian Pinci »

2008 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin
2013 Jonata Fenix
Both wines quite big and chewy. Tons of fruit. Had with Ramp Burgers! Quite good pairing.
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2013 Medlock-Ames Bell Mountain Cab - This was a pleasant surprise, especially when most of my other 2013's have been so tight. Classic cab profile with outstanding balance - sneaky super fine tannins give some grip to the long finish. Cheers!
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#13015 Post by Jayson Cohen »

1997 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Le Tesson


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#13016 Post by maureen nelson »

Opened a 2001 Christoffel UW spatlese for Mark Wessels who is in towwn and came by. Boy, is this terrific. Fresh, very lightly sweet and perfectly balanced. Hans Leo nailed it in that vintage! More later maybe.

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#13017 Post by Mike Evans »

Jayson Cohen wrote: May 7th, 2021, 7:52 pm 1997 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Le Tesson

I drank my last 1997 Fichet Tessons (also a Garnet purchase) in 2015 and it was very good. I’ve had better luck aging 1997 white Burgundy than 1996, so I’m not surprised it is still drinking well. I wish I’d bought a lot more.

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#13018 Post by maureen nelson »

Oh, man, finishing up a 2009 M-G NSG and it is sooo fabulous!

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#13019 Post by Jayson Cohen »

maureen nelson wrote: May 8th, 2021, 6:32 pm Oh, man, finishing up a 2009 M-G NSG and it is sooo fabulous!
My friend Ira opened Feusellottes for me 2 years ago, a wine I stupidly didn’t buy, and I was floored.

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#13020 Post by Erik Muir »

2019 Tibaldi Roero Arneis

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#13021 Post by maureen nelson »

Jayson Cohen wrote: May 8th, 2021, 6:44 pm
maureen nelson wrote: May 8th, 2021, 6:32 pm Oh, man, finishing up a 2009 M-G NSG and it is sooo fabulous!
My friend Ira opened Feusellottes for me 2 years ago, a wine I stupidly didn’t buy, and I was floored.
This is the second of these I have drunk and they have both been terrific. M-G nailed 2009.

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#13022 Post by Erik Muir »

2017 Ken Wright Cellars Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

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#13023 Post by J.Vizuete »

On a family beach weekend, we opened:

1980 Troplong Mondot - a remarkably good surprise
2006 Bernard Moreau CM 1ere La Maltroie
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#13024 Post by M Matthews »

83 durcu. Bought a case of these, all have been in sweet spot. Still plenty of time left
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#13025 Post by Yao C »

1996 Domaine Michelot Meursault Genevrieres
Some concern as it looked a little brown when opened, but that cleared up to reveal a beautifully mature white Burgundy; remarkably gentle and refined, with a complex nose that defies deconstruction, and not a hint of oxidation (no apples!); the outward placidity belies deep reserves of extract and acidity that should keep good bottles going for a good long while; highly satisfying; good plus
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Yao C wrote: May 10th, 2021, 3:49 pm 1996 Domaine Michelot Meursault Genevrieres
Some concern as it looked a little brown when opened, but that cleared up to reveal a beautifully mature white Burgundy; remarkably gentle and refined, with a complex nose that defies deconstruction, and not a hint of oxidation (no apples!); the outward placidity belies deep reserves of extract and acidity that should keep good bottles going for a good long while; highly satisfying; good plus
So nice it worked out.

Although, I’m amazed at the chemistry/mechanics of a brown wine turning white.
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#13027 Post by MikeL238 »

J.Vizuete wrote: May 9th, 2021, 8:32 pm On a family beach weekend, we opened:

1980 Troplong Mondot - a remarkably good surprise
2006 Bernard Moreau CM 1ere La Maltroie
Egly Ouriet Vignes de Vrigny PM (7/2020 dg)
2018 Suzor “Sunflower” chard - WOW! Never had a better chardonnay <$25.
2018 Andremily Mourvèdre - black tea for days
2020 Pax rosé of trousseau gris - maybe my favorite wine Pax makes, and this vintage is better than 19 was at the same stage, imo
2020 Tercero Cinsault rosé - lip smacking delicious, thanks Larry!
Ooh how did Andremily show?
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#13028 Post by Dale Bowers »

2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm.

In its 14th year of life this is still drinking well. Certainly CA in style. Cool red and black fruit and well balance if perhaps lacking tannins to wrap it all together. Still life ahead.
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#13029 Post by J.Vizuete »

MikeL238 wrote: May 10th, 2021, 5:46 pm
J.Vizuete wrote: May 9th, 2021, 8:32 pm
2018 Andremily Mourvèdre - black tea for days
Ooh how did Andremily show?
I really enjoyed it. Perhaps more than the syrahs. I am of the opinion that these do not require a long age to show what they are. While this was high octane, clocking in at 15.6%, it also held a ton of interest and didn’t show the alcohol as much as say, a young Sine Qua Non. I got a heavy dose of black tea which is a note I really like in reds when it’s there. Lots of layers and interest, and a lack of any roasted or overripe notes made this a winner in my book.
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#13030 Post by Jayson Cohen »

Yao C wrote: May 10th, 2021, 3:49 pm 1996 Domaine Michelot Meursault Genevrieres
Some concern as it looked a little brown when opened, but that cleared up to reveal a beautifully mature white Burgundy; remarkably gentle and refined, with a complex nose that defies deconstruction, and not a hint of oxidation (no apples!); the outward placidity belies deep reserves of extract and acidity that should keep good bottles going for a good long while; highly satisfying; good plus
Wow. Where did you find this?

I visited Bernard Michelot (RIP) in April 1998, my first trip to Burgundy, when the 1996s were the latest wines on offer. The exchange rate was 6 Francs to the dollar. I bought a bottle of 1992 Premier Cru from him, the Charmes I think, but we were traveling light as grad students so I couldn’t load up. I drank it long ago.

It’s heartening to hear that those wines survived and matured well. Loved the old school labels too.

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#13031 Post by Yao C »

Jayson Cohen wrote: May 10th, 2021, 6:41 pm
Yao C wrote: May 10th, 2021, 3:49 pm 1996 Domaine Michelot Meursault Genevrieres
Wow. Where did you find this?

I visited Bernard Michelot (RIP) in April 1998, my first trip to Burgundy, when the 1996s were the latest wines on offer. The exchange rate was 6 Francs to the dollar. I bought a bottle of 1992 Premier Cru from him, the Charmes I think, but we were traveling light as grad students so I couldn’t load up. I drank it long ago.

It’s heartening to hear that those wines survived and matured well. Loved the old school labels too.
Friend of mine took a flyer on some old bottles unloaded by a restaurant near Seattle (Herbfarm), and we decided to try our luck this weekend. Thank you for that awesome story, and it's a pity that not too many bottles were brought over the pond...
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#13032 Post by Bud Carey »

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#13033 Post by Julian Marshall »

Domaine Py - Tout Naturellement - Vin de Pays d'Oc - Red 2018

This is not, intrinsically speaking, the best wine I've had this year, but it is certainly the most surprising, which compelled me to write a short note.

The is an organic, sulphur-free cuvée made with 100% grenache noir, from a producer in Corbières. I had never heard of the wine nor of the producer. The bottle was a present last year. I'm not a massive fan of Corbières, so when I received it, I smiled politely and stuffed the bottle in a corner of my cellar, meaning to give it away in due course.

I discovered it lurking there this week, so I thought I'd give it a try - and I was right.

A very cool, fresh nose, ripe but not overly so, with menthol-tinged notes of raspberry and black cherry. The attack was similar, with a very bright but crisp mouthful of black cherry, then a big wave of dark raspberry and a finish just leaning towards garrigue strawberry, but again, crisp and fresh.

Totally atypical for the region, this tasted as if it was made in the Loire. In fact, despite the hint of garrigue strawberry on the finish, there is no way that I would have correctly guessed its origin if I had tasted it blind.

Really enjoyable, the perfect summer drink.

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#13034 Post by Jonathan Jaggers »

Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel 2019 - fantastic QPR weeknight drinker zin along the lines of Bedrock Old Vine.

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#13035 Post by Yao C »

1978 Figeac
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2004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley (5/12/2021)
this wine was hitting on all cylinders last night. Drank with grilled beef tenderloin. This wine was the essence of an elegant aged Cab. Lots of subtle fruit, smoke, licorice, and earth. Good from the opening... no decant needed. Happy to have a few more to follow in the coming years. One of the best Montelena's I have had. (97 pts.)

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#13037 Post by Yao C »

1993 Domaine Anne et François Gros Clos de Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui
Producer now known as Domaine Anne Gros; wound tight despite being decanted several hours before and needed to be left overnight to relax; nose is the best feature: spice and dark fruit with a dusty character that evokes Napa of all places; palate has a nice acidic lift but somehow fails to come together with the nose (maybe acidified?) and there's some harshness to the tannin on the finish; rather disappointing; decent plus
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#13038 Post by Erik Muir »

Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017

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#13039 Post by JViolini »

2020 Monte Rio Cellars White Wine
I thought well this is what you would give an alien to explain to them what white wine is because it's got a little bit of everything - then I looked it up. Low & behold: 24% French Colombard, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 18% Clairette, 18% Riesling.
I use the word generic not in the pejorative sense but rather for <$20 it's a white wine you can fit to a lot of needs. Hot summer patio? Check. Samosa "burrito" with a little kick? Check. Standing at your fridge telling yourself you need to stop picking at cheese? Check.
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#13040 Post by John Glas »

Davenport Patch which was the best bottle to date.

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#13041 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Back-to-back nights of 2013 and 2014 Sky Zinfandel. Just stoopid good, singular wines. Not your typical Zin.
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#13042 Post by RyanC »

With dinner last night:

Krug 168
'98 Jadot Beze
'08 Rayas
'95 Ducru

All are drinking phenomenally, but the Rayas was clearly the class of the group. It's such a special wine.
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#13043 Post by S. Rash »

2014 Stags' Leap Petite Sirah

Not as big as I thought it would be and drank wonderfully after a 2 hr decant. Had a great nose with fleeting aromas of blackberries, plum, vanilla, cocoa, tar, herbs, and violets. I couldn't stop swirling and sniffing because different aromas would pop up and then the next swirl they would be gone. The fruit and lively acidity dominated and the tannins were present, but have softened. I don't see this evolving into anything greater.
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#13044 Post by Jonathan Jetter »

2000 Cantemerle.

Much more open than the last time I tried it ~3 years ago. (And also, 3 years ago, I didn't really know anything about anything).

Fruit is fresh and vibrant- kinda red on the initial pour, then headed toward blackberries, blueberries, currants. Oak is well integrated, not dominant. A bit of pyrazines in a good way, and a little bit of forest floor. Only needed 20-30 minutes to come alive. Not a life-changing wine, but thoroughly delicious and a great example of classic Bordeaux. Paired w/ a big ol' Porterhouse and sides.

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#13045 Post by Bud Carey »

On deck... 2009 DeBiase pinot noir
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#13046 Post by Neal.Mollen »

I've probably had a case or more 1983 Beychevelle over the years and they have been all over the map quality-wise. Never poor, but sometimes showing its age. Tonight's bottle was sensational. The intensity of a much younger wine, but the maturity and complexity of a 30+ year old bottle. Just a complete joy to drink.
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#13047 Post by Yao C »

2000 Yquem Ygrec Bordeaux Blanc
Interestingly there was no fruit, just sweet, waxy, honeyed white flowers, and a powerful hit of buttered popcorn as the wine warmed up, the whole experience enhanced by a sense of weight and lovely textural thickness; though wide and inviting to start, this converges nicely to an elegant, refreshing finish; a good reminder that Bordeaux whites can be pretty damn good - I wish older Ygrec was easier to source; very good minus

1997 Chave Hermitage
Classic mature Chave: sweet red fruit (shading dark) and feral notes that have been tamed, placed in a tux, and trotted out for approval; also a little spice; interesting to compare this to the 1994, which gives away a little ripeness and concentration in exchange for aromatic finesse and complexity (smoke!) - ultimately we preferred the 1994 though this is no slouch; unlike the 1994, though, this may still have room for improvement; good plus
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#13048 Post by Ramon C »

Yao C wrote: May 14th, 2021, 11:04 pm
1997 Chave Hermitage
Classic mature Chave: sweet red fruit (shading dark) and feral notes that have been tamed, placed in a tux, and trotted out for approval; also a little spice; interesting to compare this to the 1994, which gives away a little ripeness and concentration in exchange for aromatic finesse and complexity (smoke!) - ultimately we preferred the 1994 though this is no slouch; unlike the 1994, though, this may still have room for improvement; good plus
Both 94/97 are classic Chave in their own rights and while the 97 won the hearts of many tasters whom I’ve had it with, I’ve always thought that the 94 provided more of that Northern Rhone ‘soul’. I like them both, with the 94 just a bit more. Thanks for the TNs, still holding on to both here.
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