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#13301 Post by Jim Stewart »

2014 Anko Estancia Los Cardones Tigerstone Malbec. Very good, even on this warm August day. High altitude Malbec. A restrained and balanced powerhouse (oxymoron?)with fruit and stone and a long warming aftertaste, though ‘just’ 14% abv. Received a 93 from Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, with a sticker on the bottle to boast about it.
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#13302 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

2012 Gonon St Joseph

Popped on a whim to pair with my wife’s attempt at Cuban food. This vintage of Gonon has always seemed so open to me. I’m down to five left out of a case. Will try to sit on the rest, but it’s so delicious. Not on par with some other vintages like 2010, 13, 16, etc., but damn fine in its own right.
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#13303 Post by Alan Rath »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: August 19th, 2021, 5:20 pm 2012 Gonon St Joseph

Popped on a whim to pair with my wife’s attempt at Cuban food. This vintage of Gonon has always seemed so open to me. I’m down to five left out of a case. Will try to sit on the rest, but it’s so delicious. Not on par with some other vintages like 2010, 13, 16, etc., but damn fine in its own right.
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#13304 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Alan Rath wrote: August 19th, 2021, 6:16 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: August 19th, 2021, 5:20 pm 2012 Gonon St Joseph

Popped on a whim to pair with my wife’s attempt at Cuban food. This vintage of Gonon has always seemed so open to me. I’m down to five left out of a case. Will try to sit on the rest, but it’s so delicious. Not on par with some other vintages like 2010, 13, 16, etc., but damn fine in its own right.
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#13305 Post by Alan Rath »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: August 19th, 2021, 6:18 pm
Alan Rath wrote: August 19th, 2021, 6:16 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: August 19th, 2021, 5:20 pm 2012 Gonon St Joseph

Popped on a whim to pair with my wife’s attempt at Cuban food. This vintage of Gonon has always seemed so open to me. I’m down to five left out of a case. Will try to sit on the rest, but it’s so delicious. Not on par with some other vintages like 2010, 13, 16, etc., but damn fine in its own right.
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#13307 Post by Phil T r o t t e r »

2018 Quinta do Portal Douro Colheita Tinto
From what I was able to get from a single too cold glass: nice balance, clean fruit with nice acidity, nothing cloying or extracted, a good presence of bramble (greenness). Fresh and accurate. I would buy another one and let it evolve over 4-5 hours and come up to temp to see how it changes.

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#13308 Post by bob parsons alberta »

2017 J. J. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Mosel.

Served with a delicious roasted corn soup (no dairy) with quacamole and pistachios. Pale straw, rich clean nose, mineral, rocky tones, passionfruit. Vibrant palate, so much going on here. Peach, green apple. I would have liked to try an auslese with this soup.

2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese, Mosel.

I am a huge WS fan and this wine really hit the spot with a peach and shrimp orange dressing salad. Not as sweet as the Prum.
Pale yellow nose, exotic fruits on the nose with floral, herbal tones. Loved the lemon zest others noted. Medium sweet, ripe acidity 7.5%. Peach lime on the palate, long finish. Yes, it is young but drinks lovely.

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#13309 Post by bob parsons alberta »

Phil T r o t t e r wrote: August 20th, 2021, 11:31 am 2018 Quinta do Portal Douro Colheita Tinto
From what I was able to get from a single too cold glass: nice balance, clean fruit with nice acidity, nothing cloying or extracted, a good presence of bramble (greenness). Fresh and accurate. I would buy another one and let it evolve over 4-5 hours and come up to temp to see how it changes.
Always great to see a Portal note so thanks Phil.
Last Saturday at a winestores staff BBQ, we enjoyed the 2009 Portal Auru. A rare gem indeed ($160 Cda). Dry, dusty with resolved tannins. Real gem.

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#13310 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

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Visiting my parents in NJ for the first time since COVID and we had to do the obligatory trip to LBI. To my happy surprise a local retailer had 2020 Keller Von Der Fels, which we brought with us.
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#13311 Post by CJ Beazley »

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: August 21st, 2021, 3:37 pm 76C58B65-E880-4A78-A14A-908DF7EF9AB4.jpeg

Visiting my parents in NJ for the first time since COVID and we had to do the obligatory trip to LBI. To my happy surprise a local retailer had 2020 Keller Von Der Fels, which we brought with us.
Did you ask if the stemware is available for purchase?
*Pat’s pasta sounds good
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#13312 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

CJ Beazley wrote: August 21st, 2021, 3:53 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: August 21st, 2021, 3:37 pm 76C58B65-E880-4A78-A14A-908DF7EF9AB4.jpeg

Visiting my parents in NJ for the first time since COVID and we had to do the obligatory trip to LBI. To my happy surprise a local retailer had 2020 Keller Von Der Fels, which we brought with us.
Did you ask if the stemware is available for purchase?
*Pat’s pasta sounds good
Beggars can’t be choosers. And Keller would show well no matter what stemware they had champagne.gif
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#13313 Post by Jim Stewart »

2017 Chapoutier Banyuls Rimage. Our first Banyuls, a Grenache based fortified wine at ~16% abv. We originally bought this as a pairing for a flourless chocolate cake, but those dessert plans were FUBAR’d. We opened it tonight and it showed both fruit and savory as an aperitif by itself, and a kaleidoscope of sweet fruit with subtly sweet graham crackers for dessert. Versatile and enjoyable.

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had a nice 2015 sterling reserve napa cab franc, very smooth medium body

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#13316 Post by Phil T r o t t e r »

Thibaud Boudignon Rosé de Loire 2020
Good. Lovely nose: fruity and floral. The palate is fresh and lively but there is nice texture (mâche) on the mid-palate. Nice overall balance with a medium finish. Well done.

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#13317 Post by Phil T r o t t e r »

bob parsons alberta wrote: August 20th, 2021, 1:22 pm Always great to see a Portal note so thanks Phil.
Last Saturday at a winestores staff BBQ, we enjoyed the 2009 Portal Auru. A rare gem indeed ($160 Cda). Dry, dusty with resolved tannins. Real gem.
I had never heard of the Auru. I'll read on it for sure. Many thanks!

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#13318 Post by Jim Stewart »

2019 William Fevre ‘Champs Royaux” Chablis. The first step on the ladder of Fevre Chablis, but this non-estate offering is solid, IMO. The estate bottling might be preferred by some at this end of the Fevre range, but the Champs Royaux gives it a run for the (even less) money. ~$25. Recommended.
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Jim Stewart wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 3:30 pm 2019 William Fevre ‘Champs Royaux” Chablis. The first step on the ladder of Fevre Chablis, but this non-estate offering is solid, IMO. The estate bottling might be preferred by some at this end of the Fevre range, but the Champs Royaux gives it a run for the (even less) money. ~$25. Recommended.
I also drank this wine/vintage this weekend. Agree that it has long been a good buy at the price point, but I felt that the 19 version was especially compelling, with a strong sense of place, but well ripened stone fruit and the suggestion to me of high quality winemaking. My take was if the Champs Royaux is this good, I can't wait to try the other 2019s!
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#13320 Post by J D o v e »

2000 du Tertre Margaux — QPR gem of a wine. If you have it, it’s drinking very nicely.
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#13321 Post by Jim Stewart »

2016 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines
After just one bite of tonight’s hamburger smothered with caramelized onion, I got up from the table, went down cellar, grabbed this bottle, came back to the table, opened the bottle, and poured myself a glass. A little shy right out of the bottle, but by burger’s end, and especially after, this wine started singing. Looking forward to drinking the rest of this wine over the next few days and listening up and tuning in to more to its already evident pleasures.
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#13322 Post by Jake Dvoskin »

2014 Robert Craig cab. sav. Sping Mountain district - very good and ready.
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#13323 Post by Michael Baryla »

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#13324 Post by dave kammerer »

2013 Carlisle Grenache Monte Rossi Ranch is drinking perfectly right now. Wish I had more in the cellar.

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#13325 Post by Hal Blumberg »

2004 Galardi- large scaled and drinking well, but with pretty fierce tannins on the finish.

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#13328 Post by Jonathan Jaggers »

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#13329 Post by Neal.Mollen »

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#13330 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Neal.Mollen wrote: August 27th, 2021, 6:12 pm 1998 Nenin. Have I said how much I love Pomerol?
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#13331 Post by LMD Ermitaño »

With dinner last night, a magnum of Bollinger, a bottle of 2013 Domaine Baillard Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, and a couple of bottles of 2010 Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vignaferrovia.
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#13332 Post by Brian Pinci »

2018 Goodfellow Durant Chardonnay a very fresh and well balanced wine that was an excellent accompaniment to a dinner of my MD crab cakes, Eastern Shore sweet corn and Cherokee Purple tomatoes and Mozzarella. Citrus notes and apples show. Went so well with the food I served for friends who loved it. Glad I bought more!

2019 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Spatlese. Much sweeter than I anticipated. Very nice tropical fruit but very flabby which I didn’t expect from the 2019s. I have several bottles so I will sit on them for a while. Not showing that well right now
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2017 Kevin White Winery Syrah En Hommage - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley (8/27/2021)
Day 1: Roasted meats, minerals, dark fruits, dust, tar and pepper. This is complex and an excellent example of what Washington State Syrah is all about. Kevin White one of the top up and coming wineries in the state. 93 points (93 points)

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#13335 Post by Jayson Cohen »

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#13336 Post by Michael Baryla »

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#13337 Post by Erik Muir »

2019 Hiruzta Txakolina Tinto
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#13338 Post by Dan A »

09' Chappellet Clone 7, woof, this was dam good, well integrated, silky delicious with great balance.
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#13339 Post by Alex N »

2016 Ultramarine BdN. Screaming bubbles in the glass and a huge mousse on a gentle pour.
I think my palate was off and not the bottle.
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#13340 Post by LMD Ermitaño »

A couple of 2009 Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vignaferrovia with some bone-in ribeyes. I find it shows better acid balance than their 2010.
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#13341 Post by Jeff_M. »

Had a 13' Spottswoode Lyndenhurst with prime ribeyes Saturday night. Decanted this for 3+ hours prior to drinking. What a phenomenal expression of cab. This is still young mind you, needs a couple more years to mellow out the big tannins. I had half a case and wanted to check in. The 13s are going to be super special over the next decade as they inch toward secondary tasting notes.
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#13342 Post by Sharad S. »

2017 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon
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#13343 Post by Yao C »

2008 Dominus
Whiff of spice takes center stage, supported by rich, ripe tannins that give a deliciously velvety texture; big dark fruit lurks in the background, restrained and broody in the best way possible; shows no sign of pruney overripeness; though this lacks the filigree fineness of the very top vintages, it is right up there among the better ones; very good minus
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#13344 Post by Sharad S. »

2016 Morgado Cellars Sugarloaf Mtn Blend
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#13345 Post by markjchambers »

2005 Turley Hayne Petit Sirrah. Rich and smooth, blackberry liquer. Worth the wait.

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2019 Bedrock Carignan , very good !

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2018 Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Pinot - Gravelly, ripe cherries with high toned cola, leaning very slightly savory. Perfectly silky mouthfeel and restrained acid.

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#13349 Post by John Glas »

2017 Kevin White Winery La Fraternité - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley (8/31/2021)
Day 1: Wow! Closest thing to CDP from the US I have tasted. Bacon, Garrigue , spices, bright red currants, stone and earth. Complex offering and medium plus finish. While this would be considered modern CDP it certainly would be hard to distinguish in a blind tasting. 92 points
Day 2: Even better on day 2. Less intense. Bacon, Garrique, mild spices, red berries, stone, minerals and earth. Medium plus finish and stunning wine. 93 points
Recommendation: Get some if it is still available. (93 points)

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#13350 Post by Jonathan Jetter »

2019 Pellé Morogues Vignes de Ratier.

I do not generally care for Sauvignon Blanc, and never had anything from Menetou-Salon before, but this is a serious wine. Shopkeep said I could drink it now or age for later. Upon tasting, seems crazy to drink it now. Gonna get a few more and hold them for 20 years.

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