What bottle of wine did you open today?

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#11151 Post by jordan jacobs » January 18th, 2020, 6:29 pm

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#11152 Post by Brandon_R_Moyse » January 18th, 2020, 7:27 pm

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#11153 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 19th, 2020, 4:59 am

Despite having sushi and beers out, coming home to polish off the remainder of a 1998 La Conseillante, I ended up popping the 1998 Sociando Mallett for a final round. A truly beguiling nose of classic Bordeaux perfume with some musk, dark cassis. The palate is much tighter, showing a leaner profile that was actually lip-smackingly good and refreshing but not necessarily deep. I chalked that up to potentially suffering from a pop and pour, but did close the remainder up fast with Repour to enjoy tonight. Looking forward to it, this is an excellent wine. Dead center in my wheelhouse.

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#11154 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 19th, 2020, 3:34 pm

The 2008 Paul Bara Brut Millésimé at dinner tonight (Zaytinya) was very nice, but it will be much better in a few years. Lots of citrus and flinty minerality but I do think I'll leave the 2 remaining bottles buried for 5 or so
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#11155 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » January 19th, 2020, 5:36 pm

2017 Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge. Ironically this was purchased 2 weeks prior to his passing, as I had been wanting to explore red Burgundy more and he was on the list of producers whose basic bourgogne I wanted to try. Nice elegant nose of red fruits, slightly crunchy on the palate, and floral notes lifted by good acidity in the wine.
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#11156 Post by G. Bienstock » January 19th, 2020, 5:39 pm

86 Gruaud Larose was opened several hour in advance, and the Cordier funk was apparent. One of the very top 86's and drinking really well now with density and smooth texture.

The charcoal grilled and fruit wood chip smoked lamb chops with North African spice rub were a perfect pairing.

Funkalicous goodness and my last bottle of Cordier magic.
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#11157 Post by Ramon C » January 19th, 2020, 5:56 pm

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86 Gruaud Larose was opened several hour in advance, and the Cordier funk was apparent. One of the very top 86's and drinking really well now with density and smooth texture.

The charcoal grilled and fruit wood chip smoked lamb chops with North African spice rub were a perfect pairing.

Funkalicous goodness and my last bottle of Cordier magic.
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#11158 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 19th, 2020, 5:58 pm

Brilliant. My fave 86 behind Mouton. The GL has more funkalicious personality, like bring back Tone Loc.

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#11159 Post by Geoff F. » January 19th, 2020, 10:44 pm

Opened a three year vertical (1989, 1995, 2003) of Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières. It's such a good wine and hasn't let me down yet. The 89 was the best of the three, and easily had another 10+ years in it.
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#11160 Post by Scott Brunson » January 20th, 2020, 4:46 am

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#11161 Post by Andrew Demaree » January 20th, 2020, 5:41 am

2012 Quivet Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This doesn’t look or drink like a 7+ year old wine. It pours deep purple and gives a bouquet of primary dark fruit and baking bread (which reminds me of visits to barrel rooms). The plush mouthfeel and up-front fruit mask any tannins that might be lurking. Very tasty, if a bit straightforward at this point.

I saved half for day 2 and will follow-up if there’s been any evolution.

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Day 2 shows more spice and pepper notes and more complexity emerging. There’s no drop off in the fruit, and the finish is long and reveals some of the tannins that were hiding on day one. To my palate, this is still a young wine and should have many good years of drinking ahead of it. Well done. 92 pts.

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#11162 Post by Brian Tuite » January 20th, 2020, 5:45 am

2014 Halcón Tierra while watching football yesterday. Nearly polished off the entire bottle by myself. This was so good. Big and bold like you expect a PS to be but packed with lip smacking acidity.
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#11163 Post by Ramon C » January 20th, 2020, 6:45 am

2017 Domaine Rousset Saint-Joseph

Been drinking quite a bit of cold-weather wines and a few of this were purchased together with earlier-posted TN on the good Domaine Amphores S-J.

This was sweeter/riper, almost international in style in comparison. Perhaps it’s the vintage, but the ripeness did not produce the added complexity that I look for from syrah in this region. Not a repeat buy for me.


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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.

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#11164 Post by Jeff_M. » January 20th, 2020, 6:55 am

Had an 09' Muga Seleccion Especial last night. The wine was a straight beast. The second glass was a little softer than the first, but this is a wine that needs more time laying sideways.
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#11165 Post by Sjmotta » January 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm

2015 Andremily Mourvedre - very big and savory, excellent with my wife's Tourtiere.
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#11166 Post by howard marc spector » January 20th, 2020, 8:25 pm

2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf Du Pape - fruit forward from a warm vintage

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#11167 Post by bob parsons alberta » January 21st, 2020, 6:58 am

2016 Vintae Proyecto Garnacha Espana, Ribera del Quieles Sp.

Good natural cork, 14% alc, high altitude vines, 5 months french oak. Ruby red color, very nice perfumed nose with cherry, violets and some minerality. Initial entry thought is nice length, crunchy red fruits, soft tannins. Lovely berry finish, medium-bodied, fair complexity, some pepper. Raspberry, brambleberry, finish is off-dry. Hope store brings in more, will be great for my camping trips this summer.

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#11168 Post by michael ottesen » January 21st, 2020, 3:47 pm

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#11169 Post by David K o l i n » January 21st, 2020, 4:54 pm

1970 Chateau Hart Sarpe St Emilion. Wonderful surprise.

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#11170 Post by jordan jacobs » January 22nd, 2020, 6:47 pm

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#11171 Post by Jdbramm » January 22nd, 2020, 7:51 pm

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#11172 Post by dsimmons » January 24th, 2020, 12:31 pm

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#11173 Post by Bud Carey » January 24th, 2020, 12:49 pm

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#11174 Post by Francois Olivier » January 24th, 2020, 1:25 pm

tonight, i’ve opened a chablis 2018 of benoit droin
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#11175 Post by Brian Tuite » January 24th, 2020, 5:36 pm

2028 Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - As advertised, give this a few hours of air then plow through it. Dark garnet, pine needles this year are from Fir trees as this has the nose of a Christmas tree pushing through the fruit. Really tasty from start to finish.
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#11176 Post by William Segui » January 24th, 2020, 5:58 pm

Brian Tuite wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 5:36 pm
2028 Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - As advertised, give this a few hours of air then plow through it. Dark garnet, pine needles this year are from Fir trees as this has the nose of a Christmas tree pushing through the fruit. Really tasty from start to finish.
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#11177 Post by Ed Murray » January 24th, 2020, 6:04 pm

Brian Tuite wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 5:36 pm
2028 Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - As advertised, give this a few hours of air then plow through it. Dark garnet, pine needles this year are from Fir trees as this has the nose of a Christmas tree pushing through the fruit. Really tasty from start to finish.
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#11178 Post by Brian Tuite » January 24th, 2020, 6:43 pm

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2028 Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - As advertised, give this a few hours of air then plow through it. Dark garnet, pine needles this year are from Fir trees as this has the nose of a Christmas tree pushing through the fruit. Really tasty from start to finish.
Wow! Back to the future! [snort.gif]
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January 24th, 2020, 5:58 pm
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January 24th, 2020, 5:36 pm
2028 Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - As advertised, give this a few hours of air then plow through it. Dark garnet, pine needles this year are from Fir trees as this has the nose of a Christmas tree pushing through the fruit. Really tasty from start to finish.
Did I work on that one?
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#11179 Post by Jake Dvoskin » January 24th, 2020, 7:31 pm

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#11180 Post by MikeHill » January 24th, 2020, 8:58 pm

2009 Spottswood. My first from this winery and was not disappointed. Powerful and elegant from the fragrant nose through the long finish. Ripe black and red fruit. Light oak, cocoa and leather add complexity. Velvety tannins provide structure, enough acidity to keep things fresh. Balanced Napa cab in a classic style. Bravo!

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#11181 Post by Jason Chow » January 25th, 2020, 5:42 am

2016 Moon Duck One Time Spaceman -Paso Robles GSM blend.
Wife and I picked this up at tasting room in Sonoma. Lots of bright dark fruits, a bit of a heavy chewy wine and had notes of roasted meats. This is a banger for 30 bucks. Loved it. Would buy again. I’ve read that the wine maker also works at Saxum as a assistant winemaker.

My favorite part of this wine was that we enjoyed it with dinner and for a few hours after. We went slow with this one. And it had such structure that it changed through the course of the night. Could be the Experience of drinking with food and without. Either way I’m still a newb in appreciating the wine beyond just drinking it. Thanks for reading.

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#11182 Post by jordan jacobs » January 25th, 2020, 7:52 pm

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#11183 Post by Brian Pinci » January 25th, 2020, 8:13 pm

1994 Anderson’s Conn Creek Cab. I kept reading reviews about how it was over the hill. I didn’t think so! Powerful nose, just explodes and gets better after sitting for a while. Has a very big mouth feel. I loved it and was surprised.
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#11184 Post by Jeff_M. » January 25th, 2020, 8:20 pm

92 Mondavi Reserve. Had this open for around 6 hours, fruit still tastes young. Amazing winemaking.
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#11185 Post by HoosJustinG » January 25th, 2020, 8:36 pm

2017 Dakota Shy TEN Cab ... got the one bottle as part of a mixed case and opened to audition to potentially order more. Super silky mouthfeel w/ plush tannins and classic Napa valley floor flavors, but also kinda one dimensional and boring -- my wife called it "mild." Pass on the re-order at 100 bucks a pop, but it was a pleasant, easy drinking cab that would definitely be a crowd pleaser. If I had another bottle, I might give it a few hours of air just to see?
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#11186 Post by ericskitei » January 25th, 2020, 8:51 pm

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#11187 Post by Jeff_M. » January 25th, 2020, 9:52 pm

Popped a 2016 Pegau tonight. Drinking good young with a lot of air time, 4+ hours in glass. Going to get a few to stash in the cellar for 10+ years.
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#11188 Post by LMD Ermitaño » January 25th, 2020, 10:47 pm

With dinner last night just to try out. Decanted for sediment (quite a bit considering it’s just a shade over 14 years) and aeration around 3 hours total. Still very primary, and the oak yet needs a lot of integration. That said, it’s structure and body are quite impressive. It’s not my type of Bdx; but, I can imagine many like this opulent, modern style.

Served blind, one of my friends (“Burgnut” on Vivino; a.k.a., “the Stockbroker” in my old blog) nailed it as a 2005 Angelus.
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#11189 Post by Corey Porche » January 26th, 2020, 4:38 am

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#11190 Post by Vikrant Rachakonda » January 26th, 2020, 5:35 am

1985 Clerc Milon: 11.5% ABV per label. We opened this for dinner (Coq au vin) at home. I decanted for a good hour or so before drinking. This had a nice ruby core with some mild bricking at the edges. The nose initially gave off a very musty/bretty nose, but this blew off over the next few hours to give rise to more earthy and red fruit notes.

This wine definitely has some life left! There was still some red fruit left on the palate, but also some herbal/green notes but I didn’t mind this. It did not fade over the ensuing 3-4 hours.

I have three more bottles left; will likely finish off this year.
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#11191 Post by Diane Kessler » January 27th, 2020, 6:05 am

2006 Lagier Meredith Syrah - well aged, showing bright fruit, black pepper, black olive, and well integrated acidity. New world but drinking more like old world. I wish I had the patience to age all their wines, but I don’t since they are so delicious when young. However, I still have a 2008 in the cellar. Added more of their wines to the cellar yesterday.

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#11192 Post by Daniel McIntosh » January 27th, 2020, 6:42 am

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#11193 Post by howard marc spector » January 27th, 2020, 3:07 pm

2005 Parusso Barolo 35 Ann Nebbiolo -- very nice and ready

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#11194 Post by Ian H » January 27th, 2020, 3:10 pm

2018 Pra Soave Classico Otto - a summer pool wine if there ever was one. Quite fresh and bright, lots of citrus and a bit of mineral element. Enjoyable if not memorable, and I think will pair nice with the red snapper.
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#11195 Post by Mark Thompson » January 27th, 2020, 9:54 pm

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January 25th, 2020, 10:47 pm
With dinner last night just to try out. Decanted for sediment (quite a bit considering it’s just a shade over 14 years) and aeration around 3 hours total. Still very primary, and the oak yet needs a lot of integration. That said, it’s structure and body are quite impressive. It’s not my type of Bdx; but, I can imagine many like this opulent, modern style.

Served blind, one of my friends (“Burgnut” on Vivino; a.k.a., “the Stockbroker” in my old blog) nailed it as a 2005 Angelus.
I had a single bottle of this I opened maybe 5-6 years ago. Among the worst cases of infanticide I’ve ever committed.

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#11196 Post by LMD Ermitaño » January 27th, 2020, 9:58 pm

Mark Thompson wrote:
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January 25th, 2020, 10:47 pm
With dinner last night just to try out. Decanted for sediment (quite a bit considering it’s just a shade over 14 years) and aeration around 3 hours total. Still very primary, and the oak yet needs a lot of integration. That said, it’s structure and body are quite impressive. It’s not my type of Bdx; but, I can imagine many like this opulent, modern style.

Served blind, one of my friends (“Burgnut” on Vivino; a.k.a., “the Stockbroker” in my old blog) nailed it as a 2005 Angelus.
I had a single bottle of this I opened maybe 5-6 years ago. Among the worst cases of infanticide I’ve ever committed.
Still is vinfanticide; but I opened it knowing that on a lark. I didn’t intend to buy it at all. It just happened to be thrown into a negotiated package deal for other bottles I wanted.

Needs 10-15 more years to my mind. I have no patience to wait on that bottle; given that Angelus isn’t really on my palate radar to begin with.
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#11197 Post by Mark Thompson » January 27th, 2020, 10:10 pm

1985 Sociando—exactly what one would hope: Still tons of (cassis) fruit, a moderate amount of tannins, and a subtle (for Sociando) green streak. A fine example of when the house style pairs well with the vintage. In my opinion, this wine is at its apex, though many good years remain. 92+ (it may have still been improving as I finished the bottle).

I still can’t believe I picked up a few cases of the 89, 96, and 00 for under $50/bottle at auction a few months ago. Fantastic examples of both this and Cantemerle can be ridiculously underpriced.

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#11198 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » January 28th, 2020, 3:44 am

2014 Geyserville. Drinking great now, needs another 5 years or so to reach peak in my opinion.
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2020 contenders for WOTY:
2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Durant Vineyard Chardonnay

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#11199 Post by Peter Shurman » January 28th, 2020, 7:26 am

last night
2013 Jean Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#11200 Post by michael ottesen » January 28th, 2020, 7:35 am

Colleoni Brunello DI Montalcino 2011
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