What bottle of wine did you open today?

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#12251 Post by Lee Barnard » September 1st, 2020, 6:12 pm

2008 Mondavi Reserve. Received previously as a gift. Actually disgusting. A spiked blueberry milkshake would have more structure due to the crushed ice. And would be more refreshing without what must be 200% new oak. Not to mention it would be 15x cheaper.

Wife refused to take a second sip and then she opened a 96 Sociando Mallet. My mouth is much happier.

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#12252 Post by Andrew K. » September 1st, 2020, 7:13 pm

2011 Meo Camuzet Clos de Vougeot. Coravin taste on the bottle last year. Wasn't impressed last year. Today it shows bright but rather green, stem influence. Some deep spice and complex notes. Palate has expected GC body but is reticent. Solid acidity. An unexpected amount of sediment.

2012 Meo Camuzet Clos de Vougeot. Also Coravin taste last year. Nose is much warmer and more enticing. More roundness and completeness to this vintage, but still reticent and reserved right now on the palate. This one shows promise.
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#12253 Post by EmilDyrvig » September 2nd, 2020, 1:14 pm

2018 Kumeu Estate Chardonnay
2018 Kumeu Coddington Chardonnay

Not particularly impressed by either and actually preferred the Estate to the single vineyard. NZ chard's rarely does it for me.

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#12254 Post by Jake Dvoskin » September 2nd, 2020, 6:23 pm

2016 Vietti barolo castigione

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#12255 Post by EmilDyrvig » September 3rd, 2020, 2:04 pm

2007 Domaine Serene Grace Vineyard. Aged beautifully and opened up over the hour I had it open. Look forward to revisiting tomorrow.

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#12256 Post by Yao C » September 3rd, 2020, 2:26 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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.
It's good to hear! I wrote off S-M based on an unsatisfying experience with their 2000 several years ago, reasoning that if a ripe vintage like 2000 could be that green, other vintages might be pretty horrid. Will give it another shot...
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#12257 Post by Jeff_M. » September 3rd, 2020, 2:30 pm

Have a 16 Robert Craig Black Sears Zin on the counter for tonight.
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#12258 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 3rd, 2020, 2:35 pm

Yao C wrote:
September 3rd, 2020, 2:26 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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.
It's good to hear! I wrote off S-M based on an unsatisfying experience with their 2000 several years ago, reasoning that if a ripe vintage like 2000 could be that green, other vintages might be pretty horrid. Will give it another shot...
I and a few others here have noted that the 2000 is really not representative of Sociando and the vintage. Plus it has some variability. The 2001 drinks more like a 2000! Insiders know that, as notice you rarely see 2001s for sale! Track some down, really excellent.
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#12259 Post by Yao C » September 3rd, 2020, 4:48 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 3rd, 2020, 2:35 pm
I had a few others here have noted that the 2000 is really not representative of Sociando and the vintage. Plus it has some variability. The 2001 drinks more like a 2000! Insiders know that, as notice you rarely see 2001s for sale! Track some down, really excellent.
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#12260 Post by A1ex H » September 4th, 2020, 6:02 am

Montrose 2008
Day 1: A nose of blackberry with a hint of slightly lighter red fruit and stones. The palate is middle weight with good acidity and great freshness. Again there are notes of darker fruit and the faintest hint of cigar box. Still young but enjoyable. Makes me feel that 2008 clarets are underrated.

Day 2: The palate has put on weight with more air. Darker fruit and more cigar box. Still a classic Bordeaux that balances fine concentration with good acidity. Will be long lived.
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#12261 Post by Neil Pith » September 4th, 2020, 6:30 am

2017 Tatum Roussanne out of La Pradera in the Texas High Plains. Was surprised and quite pleased by this juice. Definitely caught me off guard. Would purchase more if were more readily available here in Dallas.

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#12262 Post by Neal.Mollen » September 4th, 2020, 2:58 pm

A1ex H wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 6:02 am
Montrose 2008
Day 1: A nose of blackberry with a hint of slightly lighter red fruit and stones. The palate is middle weight with good acidity and great freshness. Again there are notes of darker fruit and the faintest hint of cigar box. Still young but enjoyable. Makes me feel that 2008 clarets are underrated.

Day 2: The palate has put on weight with more air. Darker fruit and more cigar box. Still a classic Bordeaux that balances fine concentration with good acidity. Will be long lived.
In a fit of temporary psychosis I bought a magnum of this. I hope the archeologists who find it enjoy it
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#12263 Post by Neal.Mollen » September 4th, 2020, 2:59 pm

Tonight is "where the hell did this come from night." Something called Beni di Batasiolo Barolo, 1998. Smells like wine. We'll see.
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#12264 Post by Matt Allen » September 4th, 2020, 10:37 pm

Bedrock 2016 Carlisle - Blue fruited, beautiful
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#12265 Post by dave kammerer » September 5th, 2020, 5:36 am

2011 Drinkward Peschon Entre Deus Meres a brilliant bottle drinking perfectly now. Based on this just ordered the 2017 to add to my supply.

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#12266 Post by EmilDyrvig » September 5th, 2020, 7:45 am

For dinner yesterday:

2016 Kongsgaard Chardonnay
2013 HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
2010 Bartolo Mascarello
2001 Aldo Conterno Cicala

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#12267 Post by Ron Erickson » September 5th, 2020, 10:16 am

2000 Abbona Terlo Ravera
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#12268 Post by melvinyeo » September 7th, 2020, 4:49 am

  • 2015 Jean-Claude Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet (7/9/2020)
    Very attractive nose of fresh cherries and violets. Fruit forward on the palate but it still has that blockiness of Chassagne reds that I don’t quite like. Still pretty good though.
  • 2015 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Côtes du Rhône Lieu-Dit Clavin - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (7/9/2020)
    A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah. This is a big wine with very ripe, dark purple fruits that verges into a confiture-like quality. Sunny southern rhone vintages might not be my thing.
  • 2017 J.L. Chave Sélection Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (7/9/2020)
    Wow I think this is the best QPR wine I’ve seen. Plush fruits and tannins that made it very pleasant, simple and easy going wine that is very gluggable. 33 SGD!
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#12269 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » September 7th, 2020, 4:41 pm

2018 Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte. I have never experienced a better Pinot at this price point.
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#12270 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » September 7th, 2020, 5:09 pm

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#12271 Post by KenL. » September 7th, 2020, 7:07 pm

2014 Louis Michel Chablis Montmains
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#12272 Post by Cindy W a n » September 7th, 2020, 8:13 pm

2014 de Moor Aligote - delicious

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#12273 Post by Paul McCourt » September 7th, 2020, 8:42 pm

Drank some Sullivan cab ‘15. OK, and well made but kinda boring, soft, and one dimensional. No idea what it costs but not something I’d seek out.
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#12274 Post by Matt Allen » September 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm

Carlisle Zinfandel Piner-Olivet 2016

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#12275 Post by Uli K. » September 7th, 2020, 10:35 pm

2018 Williams Selyem Grüner Veltliner. Fantastic with black cod and lemon shallot vinaigrette, as well as lime mousse cake for dessert.
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#12276 Post by A1ex H » September 8th, 2020, 7:05 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 2:58 pm
A1ex H wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 6:02 am
Montrose 2008
Day 1: A nose of blackberry with a hint of slightly lighter red fruit and stones. The palate is middle weight with good acidity and great freshness. Again there are notes of darker fruit and the faintest hint of cigar box. Still young but enjoyable. Makes me feel that 2008 clarets are underrated.

Day 2: The palate has put on weight with more air. Darker fruit and more cigar box. Still a classic Bordeaux that balances fine concentration with good acidity. Will be long lived.
In a fit of temporary psychosis I bought a magnum of this. I hope the archeologists who find it enjoy it
Haha - I'm sure they'll love it.
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#12277 Post by Jeff_M. » September 8th, 2020, 9:04 am

Wife's birthday weekend.

14' Regusci Napa Valley Merlot
89' Spottswoode
04' Neal Wykoff Vineyard
09' Joseph Phelps Napa Valley
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#12278 Post by A1ex H » September 9th, 2020, 6:46 am

2008 Clinet: Nose of ripe dark berries and a hint of flowers. The palate is rich and polished with loads of dark berries, raspberries, herbs and flowers. The tannins are so smooth. It definitely feels a little bigger than the 13% on the bottle but overall a nice right bank effort. It is modern but in the right way.
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#12279 Post by Jake Dvoskin » September 9th, 2020, 7:01 pm

2014 groth cab

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#12280 Post by Vikrant Rachakonda » September 9th, 2020, 7:39 pm

2008 lafleur gazin: nice, floral notes on this nose, this irvery thin bodied and likely past its prime. Drink up now.

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#12281 Post by jon leifer » September 10th, 2020, 1:30 pm

2018 Michel Barraud Macon Villages, very reliable and tasty offering from Skurnik, have ordered more
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#12282 Post by Phil T r o t t e r » September 11th, 2020, 5:53 pm

2012 Ca'Marcanda Magari
Modern big boy. The nose reminded me of Michel Rolland inspired Pomerols. Not my cup of tea... and prices have shot up. That's the only vintage I own. I'll let the other ones sleep a while but I won't purchase again.

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#12283 Post by RyanC » September 11th, 2020, 5:54 pm

‘99 Clos des Goisses. Really tasty and still quite young. Impressive especially for the vintage.
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#12284 Post by Dale Bowers » September 11th, 2020, 5:57 pm

2012 Rhys Family Farm. Plenty of ripe fruit, consistent with the vintage, but good structure and acid to balance. Excellent.
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#12285 Post by MikeHill » September 11th, 2020, 6:48 pm

2008 Dalla Valle. Decanted 30 minutes. Nose of flowers and red currant and black cherry. Same on the palate, along with leather, licorice and hints of dark chocolate. Medium bodied, pure fruit balanced by slightly chewy tannins and enough acidity for lift. Classic Napa cab.

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#12286 Post by R. Serafin » September 11th, 2020, 7:46 pm

Enjoying a bottle of 2016 Plumpjack Syrah - perfect end to a long week. 5 days of work crammed into 4.
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#12287 Post by KenL. » September 11th, 2020, 11:27 pm

2017 Hudelot Bourgogne.
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#12288 Post by Paul @bbott » September 12th, 2020, 2:45 am

2010 Capbern Gasqueton, maturing and pleasing to drink, but clearly a way to go yet. Very modern and rich in style, not one for a traditionalist palette.

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#12289 Post by Neal.Mollen » September 12th, 2020, 7:26 am

Had -- and enjoyed! -- a new wave-ish bdx last night, the kind of wine Robert could only love if he was drinking it alone and there was no risk that his chi-chi-Chinon bruhs would find out. 2005 Clos Manou. 45% each cab and merlot with the rest franc and petit verdot. Aged in 100% french oak, which will not come as a surprise when you take the first sip. Not a great wine by any means and probably not one I'd seek out, but a solid bargain at the price and easily a competitor with cali cabs with a heftier price tag.
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#12290 Post by Paul @bbott » September 12th, 2020, 12:53 pm

2010 Chateau de Puligny Montrachet, Nuits St George 1er Cru. A lovely well mannered mature Pinot Noir, with earth and red fruit flavours and well balanced acidity.

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#12291 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 12th, 2020, 12:57 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 12th, 2020, 7:26 am
Had -- and enjoyed! -- a new wave-ish bdx last night, the kind of wine Robert could only love if he was drinking it alone and there was no risk that his chi-chi-Chinon bruhs would find out. 2005 Clos Manou. 45% each cab and merlot with the rest franc and petit verdot. Aged in 100% french oak, which will not come as a surprise when you take the first sip. Not a great wine by any means and probably not one I'd seek out, but a solid bargain at the price and easily a competitor with cali cabs with a heftier price tag.
Didn’t the 09 or 10 recently receive some pretty high accolades in a Bordeaux retrospective, I think by Decanter?

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#12292 Post by Neal.Mollen » September 12th, 2020, 1:00 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 12th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 12th, 2020, 7:26 am
Had -- and enjoyed! -- a new wave-ish bdx last night, the kind of wine Robert could only love if he was drinking it alone and there was no risk that his chi-chi-Chinon bruhs would find out. 2005 Clos Manou. 45% each cab and merlot with the rest franc and petit verdot. Aged in 100% french oak, which will not come as a surprise when you take the first sip. Not a great wine by any means and probably not one I'd seek out, but a solid bargain at the price and easily a competitor with cali cabs with a heftier price tag.
Didn’t the 09 or 10 recently receive some pretty high accolades in a Bordeaux retrospective, I think by Decanter?
Could be. It is very much "of a type" but a well made wine.
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#12293 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » September 12th, 2020, 2:57 pm

2011 Beta Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard

This bottle was great when I last had it with Ketan on the mountain a couple summers ago, but is even better integrated now. I can see why many people on the boards have been complimenting how the 2011 CA cabs are showing. Spicy black cherry, red currant, graphite, black tea, and a touch of pyrazine on the back end. Silky tannins combined with lively acidity and medium body make it hard to put the glass down. And this is just with an hour in the decanter so far.
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#12294 Post by H. N o w b a r » September 12th, 2020, 3:28 pm

2002 Leonetti Reserve. Dark flavors of cherry and berries. Well integrated. Great finish. Some aged Leonetti's are dominated by oak vs fruit. This was not the case. Very pleasant bottle and drinking well right now.
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#12295 Post by Jake Dvoskin » September 12th, 2020, 6:05 pm

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#12296 Post by Andrew Demaree » September 12th, 2020, 6:12 pm

2013 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon and 2002 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon. Both were terrific.

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#12297 Post by LMD Ermitaño » September 13th, 2020, 10:40 am

6 bottles for 6 people for Sunday lunch in anticipation of my 2nd son’s birthday on Monday (a work day, he asked it be held today so his girlfriend could attend and get home before the Metro Manila quarantine related curfew).
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3 bottles of 2008 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs for the pica-pica & after-lunch mahjong.
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1990 Château d’Yquem - half of it for the seared foie gras starter.
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1994 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Bordón Gran Reserva (2nd son’s birthyear) & 2001 Château Branaire Ducru.
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#12298 Post by CJ Beazley » September 13th, 2020, 11:20 am

Well done Noel.
I’m reading a very interesting article about the ‘Pepsi crown’ scandal, what a massive debacle-I can’t believe I’ve never heard about it before.
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#12299 Post by LMD Ermitaño » September 13th, 2020, 12:52 pm

CJ Beazley wrote:
September 13th, 2020, 11:20 am
Well done Noel.
I’m reading a very interesting article about the ‘Pepsi crown’ scandal, what a massive debacle-I can’t believe I’ve never heard about it before.
I remember the general story; but only really because of 2 things:

1. When the Pepsi bottling/distribution rights for the Philippines were put to a bid in the late ‘80s, my then girlfriend’s (now my wife) father was in charge of a company’s (food/drink conglomerate) bidding for it. He lost the bid to the father of one of my friends (the Lorenzo family that then owned, among others, Del Monte Phils.). My then future father-in-law took the loss in said bidding pretty hard; but went on to purchase a rival (but much smaller) local soft drink company. When the Pepsi 349 scandal broke out a few years later (1992), my father-in-law said the loss was a blessing in disguise.

2. After the 349 scandal gave rise to many law suits, I was a young lawyer. One of my close college/law school gangmates was defending Pepsi Phils in a few of them, and vented to me that he was receiving a lot of death threats from the groups suing Pepsi. Not long after, he quit the firm he was working in, and went to the US to take further studies at Georgetown.
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#12300 Post by G. Bienstock » September 13th, 2020, 7:49 pm

2016 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Red Hills, WA Cab Franc. A blend of 2 clones of Cab Franc. Nice blueberry and raspberry profile. Lush New World Cab Franc, good with North African Merguez lamb sausage with fire roasted tomatoes. Terra Blanca deserves more attention.
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