What bottle of wine did you open today?

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#12201 Post by Mark Golodetz » August 19th, 2020, 6:37 am

Philip Togni 1994. Superb wine, and although it shows some California opulence, it is relatively dialed down, leaving a Bordeaux style wine with a bit of California richness thrown in. At my edge of acceptability, but that is what made it so alluring.
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#12202 Post by melvinyeo » August 19th, 2020, 9:13 pm

  • 2017 Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne-Aligoté La Corvee de Bully - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté (19/8/2020)
    From vines over 100 years old in Pernand Vergelesses. This really needs air, had all the worst of Aligote to begin with. Tart, acidic and uninspiring - I was wondering what the fuss was all about. But it fleshed out over a couple of hours, exhibiting great freshness and an impeccably precise finish.
  • 2018 J.A. Ferret Mâcon-Solutre - France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Solutre (19/8/2020)
    A traditional domaine in the Mâcon that’s under Jadot ownership now. Pleasant, showing the warmer vintage with a little sweetness and creaminess without being flabby. Great value, better than a lot of Bourgone Blancs at the same price point.
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#12203 Post by jon leifer » August 20th, 2020, 12:56 pm

2010 Donelan Walker Vine Hill (Russian River) Syrah...If you are willing to wait 8-10 years, Donelan makes some of the best American Syrahs..Caveat,When I first tasted with Trip Donelan in Santa Rosa and bought a bunch of their wines and posted subsequently on the Garr and Parker/Squires boards, I was advised by a number of people that the wines wd need at least 5 years..8 years have passed since then and it is my impression(your mileage may vary) that 5 yrs is not enough, 8-10 seems more like it, at least to my palate..I think they have changed winemakers at least one or more times since then and I haven't purchased any of their wines in several years so I am not up to date with their current winemaking style..no clue if their wines are more accessible at an earlier date these days..If it will help calibrate your impressions of my notes above, I think that Bedrock and Carlisle reds need 5 yrs to show their best..
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#12204 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » August 21st, 2020, 2:18 pm

Had a 2014 l’Eglise Clinet last night, wow was it excellent. Had it with a 2013 Eisele Napa Cab, one of those 100-point cult wines, though this vintage is when the Latour team swooped in. Was way uber-ripe to me, plus low acid and spicey from new oak that needed better integration. Compared to the l’Eglise Clinet, it was like night and day. Also had several vintages of Far Niente that a friend cracked open, including a 2013, that I preferred over the Eisele. This was after a tasting where we tried the entire 2017 line-up of Far Niente and it’s siblings. Not something I go out and buy, but seems like a decent dinner party wine. Cool labels.

Incidentally, my post-Covid nose is still out of sorts, so it is interesting to assess these wines more on mouthfeel than on nose and palate. Really highlights the differences in structure. That’s where the Bordeaux really shined against these Napa Cabs, even though it’s a baby for a Bordeaux. That’s also where the Eisele lost out.

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#12205 Post by Neal.Mollen » August 21st, 2020, 2:30 pm

dipping a toe in the 2005 waters with Haut-Bergey.
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#12206 Post by Paul @bbott » August 22nd, 2020, 1:56 am

2014 Caronne St Gemme, first from a freshly delivered case of 12. Medium depth red, excellent nose with some complexity, slightly hollow middle palate, but came into its own with steak and mushrooms. No hurry to drink, but at this point I prefer the Senejac.

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#12207 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » August 22nd, 2020, 3:37 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
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dipping a toe in the 2005 waters with Haut-Bergey.
You never circled back. Did you stub your toe on the oak?

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#12208 Post by Ramon C » August 22nd, 2020, 3:59 am

2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc

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#12209 Post by Neal.Mollen » August 22nd, 2020, 7:30 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 2:30 pm
dipping a toe in the 2005 waters with Haut-Bergey.
You never circled back. Did you stub your toe on the oak?

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50% new oak. I liked it just fine, and it was more open than most 05s I have tried.
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#12210 Post by melvinyeo » August 22nd, 2020, 7:56 am

  • 2017 Jean-Claude Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet (22/8/2020)
    Was looking forward to this given the acclaim for Ramonet’s 17s, and wanted to check in on where the 17s whites are at the moment. Unfortunately this just didn’t want to come out to play. Lots of unintegrated oak, smelt of coffee and roasted nuts with a little of the signature spearmint at the end. Even more muted on the palate with a bitter finish. Definitely lay these down for a lot longer.

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#12211 Post by Jeff_M. » August 24th, 2020, 8:26 am

Opened a 90' Mondavi Reserve last night, took the foil off and the cork was wet on top and slightly depressed. Open with the durand and took a quick sip. It was definitely off but not corked. I poured two glasses and tried to follow it over 2 hours. In the meantime I pulled an 03' Neal Fifteen Forty and this cork looked brand new. Eventually had the Neal with two Flannery NY steaks. The Neal still has good primary fruit and could have went a lot longer. Unfortunately for the Mondavi, it got dumped down the drain.
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#12212 Post by Jim Stewart » August 24th, 2020, 3:43 pm

2015 Seghesio Sonoma "Family Vineyard" Zinfandel. I like the bottling and I usually drink these soon after buying but this one slipped by. Either this vintage was more balanced to begin with or has become so with a little age. Very nice, still high alcohol but no heat or harshness. A lot of smooth Zinfandel berry-ness. I think that I could be drinking these too soon.
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#12213 Post by Scott Brunson » August 24th, 2020, 4:32 pm

‘12 Chave St Joe
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#12214 Post by Craig G » August 24th, 2020, 8:57 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 4:32 pm
‘12 Chave St Joe
Nice place
Where we Joe one, we Joe all. Baby killer.
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#12215 Post by Craig G » August 24th, 2020, 9:09 pm

2014 Billaud Simon Chablis MDT
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#12216 Post by Scott Brunson » August 25th, 2020, 3:31 am

Craig G wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Scott Brunson wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 4:32 pm
‘12 Chave St Joe
Nice place
Where we Joe one, we Joe all. Baby killer.
I have other children. [cheers.gif]
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#12217 Post by F.Daner » August 25th, 2020, 5:27 am

2018 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills- very young of course but opened up wonderfully with 1 hour of air. Josh Reynold's note in his Oregon report really nailed it. This is a terrific wine and silly value at $28.
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#12218 Post by Joseph Grassa » August 25th, 2020, 9:03 am

2004 Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico IGT (just about right)
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#12219 Post by Sean S y d n e y » August 25th, 2020, 4:51 pm

2017 Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. I think this is my third bottle of this in the last six months? Just love the balance of acidity and vivacity with inviting roundness and oily mouthfeel. Just a darned successful and delicious wine.
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#12220 Post by AD Northup » August 27th, 2020, 7:27 am

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#12221 Post by jon leifer » August 27th, 2020, 8:14 pm

2014 Biggio Hamina Pinot Noir, Youngberg Hill Vyd, lovely example of an Oregon PN with a few years of aging.
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#12222 Post by Andrew K. » August 27th, 2020, 8:30 pm

2013 Nathaniel Rose Pinot Noir, realized after it was gone, my last bottle. Sad day.
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#12223 Post by KenL. » August 27th, 2020, 10:10 pm

2012 Kapcsandy Estate,Cuvée
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#12224 Post by LMD Ermitaño » August 28th, 2020, 4:20 am

With dinner at home last night with the wife, 3 sons & my wife’s sister: a couple of bottles of ‘08 Delamotte BdB (for apéritif), a ‘05 Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne (for the starter), and, a ‘98 Domaine François Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots & a ‘64 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Gran Reserva Excelso (for the main).
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#12225 Post by A1ex H » August 28th, 2020, 5:24 am

2017 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Day 1: Relatively faint nose of perfumed red berries. Cool red fruit with a hint of herbs and spice. Fruit concentration builds in the glass as this wine opens up. Elegant and delightful - what young Chambolle should be.

Day 2: More expansive and pronounced on the nose. The palate has put on some weight and gained complexity. Cool, crunchy red fruit with some crushed herbs and a hint of flowers all framed with nice acidity.

Really nice - worth getting more. Some 2017 Burgundies have started to shut down but this one still seems open for business. Saw that others on the board really like this producer - this is my first bottle but I can understand why.
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#12226 Post by Jeff_M. » August 28th, 2020, 3:00 pm

Last night, Turley Judge Bell zinfandel 16.

Tonight, Turley Dragon Vineyard zinfandel 16.

Checking in on some of the Turley 16s this weekend to see which ones I want to continue adding when the release drops Monday.
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#12227 Post by Neal.Mollen » August 28th, 2020, 3:56 pm

2002 Leoville Barton. I love this producer so
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#12228 Post by Ramon C » August 28th, 2020, 4:39 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
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2002 Leoville Barton. I love this producer so
+ here.
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#12229 Post by C. Heinsen » August 28th, 2020, 5:11 pm

2016 Turtle Rock G2. Really amazing. We tried this in Tin City and loved it then. Nervous the wine wouldn't live up to the memories, but it didn't disappoint. Decanted for 30 min or so and it really opened up. 93 pts on my scale and will look to get more of this for sure.

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#12230 Post by Andrew K. » August 28th, 2020, 6:01 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 4:20 am
With dinner at home last night with the wife, 3 sons & my wife’s sister: a couple of bottles of ‘08 Delamotte BdB (for apéritif), a ‘05 Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne (for the starter), and, a ‘98 Domaine François Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots & a ‘64 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Gran Reserva Excelso (for the main).
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#12231 Post by Paul @bbott » August 28th, 2020, 11:48 pm

2010 Reserve de Léoville-Barton, still firm, but drinkable, and excellent with a pork chop.

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#12232 Post by jon leifer » August 29th, 2020, 9:37 am

2017 Zacharias Assyrtiko..Salt Sea breezes,minerality and lemon zest, crisp acidity..lovely wine, wd buy again
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#12233 Post by Gabe Berk » August 29th, 2020, 9:47 am

2013 Hidden Ridge Slope- Cabernet

DIAM cork. Wine already showing signs of age which is odd considering this was a beast last year. Ever so slight bricking on the edge, but still very dark core. Primary fruit and dark chocolate is still abundant but the finish indicates first stage of age and secondary flavors. Should keep for another 10+ years quite well. Big wine that begs salty fatty foods.

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#12234 Post by melvinyeo » August 29th, 2020, 10:19 am

  • 2018 Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne-Aligoté - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté (29/8/2020)
    The king of aligoté. Even with the entry level, it had very good freshness and acidity. The ripe vintage probably helped to even out the usual tartness to give it a rounder texture. A step up from the other Marsannay blancs that I’ve tried.
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#12235 Post by H. N o w b a r » August 29th, 2020, 11:08 am

1999 Pride Mountain Cabernet Reserve. Drank beautifully last night.
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#12236 Post by jnbrown » August 29th, 2020, 12:49 pm

Vall Llach Embruix 2017, it was terrible. High alcohol prune raisin juice.
Hope it is better on day 2.
About 5 years ago I had a Priorat for the first time and it was one of the best wines I have ever had.
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#12237 Post by Bud Carey » August 29th, 2020, 1:53 pm

2012 WesMar Hellenthal vineyard pinot noir.
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#12238 Post by T Welch » August 29th, 2020, 3:42 pm

H. N o w b a r wrote:
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1999 Price Mountain Cabernet Reserve. Drank beautifully last night.
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#12239 Post by williamwhelan » August 29th, 2020, 3:57 pm

'13 Meo-Camuzet Fixin - Showed the vintage, especially day one, but a really delicious wine for $45.
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#12240 Post by Diane Kessler » August 29th, 2020, 4:08 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
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2002 Leoville Barton. I love this producer so
So do I, and this is such a terrific wine for an off vintage.

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#12241 Post by Scott Brunson » August 29th, 2020, 4:55 pm

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#12242 Post by MarlonL » August 29th, 2020, 5:10 pm

2016 Groth Cabernet. Was fantastic with a steak dinner.

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#12243 Post by RyanC » August 29th, 2020, 5:18 pm

'09 Rhys Horseshoe Chard. Tasty for sure, but big and tropical. This has always been fairly big and tropical, but it's also quite intense and decently complex. At peak, perhaps slightly on the downslope.

'10 Vajra Bricco delle Viole. This is a super wine. Layered, pure, and on the juicy end of the Barolo spectrum. That said, this is still very young and intensely (but finely) structured--and the best days are decades in the future. Still, it gives a lot of pleasure now. Vajra is so good up and down the range.

'11 Maison Ilan Charmes Chambertin. Gotta drink 'em, right? And honestly, this is pretty good. Lovely and intense nose of red berries and spice. The palate is a touch hollow, but the overall package is surprisingly enjoyable. Better than expected and better than many '11s.
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#12244 Post by R. Cunningham » August 29th, 2020, 7:15 pm

2018 Casa Madero "3V" Red Blend Valle de Paras Mexico

A nice, light Cab, Merlot, and Tempranillo blend that was a recent K&L wine club selection. Liked it enough to order a couple more, at $15 a piece.
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#12245 Post by joejolesch » August 29th, 2020, 8:02 pm

2015 Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - 3 hour decant and it was excellent. Black cherry, blackberry, black currant, a little graphite and savory notes on the finish. Silky. I’m too new at this to guess a drinking window, but very integrated tannin and acid make me think it’s best consumed young.

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#12246 Post by H. N o w b a r » August 30th, 2020, 5:20 pm

T Welch wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 3:42 pm
H. N o w b a r wrote:
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1999 Price Mountain Cabernet Reserve. Drank beautifully last night.
Pride Mountain?
yup. fat fingered it.
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#12247 Post by H. N o w b a r » August 30th, 2020, 5:21 pm

2002 Jones Family Vineyard Cabernet. Breathing right now!
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#12248 Post by jon leifer » August 31st, 2020, 7:18 pm

2011 Carlisle Russian River Syrah, Papa's Block..with pizza..
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#12249 Post by Jim Stewart » September 1st, 2020, 3:35 pm

2016 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Pinot Noir.
By itself very tasty, enjoyable, even interesting. Also went great with pizza. A "semi-serious" wine!
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#12250 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 1st, 2020, 5:58 pm

Just popped another 2000 Chateau Sociando Mallet. Most excellent. While this vintage of SM has some variability - some bottles have been too green even for my Yak Chinon palate - this bottle sings. Amazingly red fruited and sandy for a solar vintage. Tastes like it was made in a made in a barn, soil-to-glass transfer. Delish.

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