What bottle of wine did you open today?

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#12351 Post by John Glas » October 2nd, 2020, 1:22 pm

Davernport Cellars wines since a bunch more cases are coming

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#12352 Post by EmilDyrvig » October 2nd, 2020, 4:38 pm

1996 Oddero Barola Vigna Rionda. Took a while for it to open but is now drinking beautifully.

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#12353 Post by Steve Gautier » October 2nd, 2020, 5:19 pm

2012 Louis M. Martini Mountain Red Monte Rosso - man do I like everything from that vineyard
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#12354 Post by NED VALOIS » October 2nd, 2020, 6:39 pm

2009 Peter Michael Les Pavots !!
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#12355 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » October 2nd, 2020, 6:40 pm

2001 Joh. Jos. Prūm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

One word: awesome.
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#12356 Post by Andrew Demaree » October 2nd, 2020, 6:46 pm

Our last bottle of 2012 EMH Black Cat. It was terrific. We shared it with my brother-in-law, who came to visit for the weekend.

I had a bottle of the 2012 EMH Special Selection in the cellar, but just gave it to my son’s girlfriend for her birthday, as she was a big fan of the 2012 Black Cat I gave them after their baby was born this summer.

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#12357 Post by J Dove » October 2nd, 2020, 8:13 pm

2006 Vajra Kye Freisa. Absolutely deelish. Drinking great.
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#12358 Post by melvinyeo » October 3rd, 2020, 9:16 am

A birthday celebration.. and a diatribe about the false dichotomy between grower and champagnes from grandes marques.

Some people seem to have a disdain for grandes marques. Case in point is Richard Walters in his book Bursting Bubbles that I read recently, the whole book was basically about taking a shit on big houses. Definitely a false choice - even though I think some tête de cuvées of big houses can be magical especially at the quantities that they produce, I enjoy growers who continue to challenge boundaries at the same time. In any case, we are also seeing a trend where growers are becoming more like négociants and vice-versa
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#12359 Post by jon leifer » October 3rd, 2020, 10:05 am

jon leifer wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:10 pm
1982 Ch Margaux, to celebrate my 82nd birthday..I let it breathe for about an hour and it did take a while to open up..A magnificent wine, in no danger of going over the hill..Cd clearly be a 40 or more year wine, given that it is already age 38..Crusty bottle that had been in my cellar for > 30 years. The new leader in the clubhouse for my wine of the year.
Happy birthday! Great note. I have a couple of 83s I need to get to


Thanks, Neal..I remember sharing my lone bottle of the 83 Ch Margaux with Mont and Judi Stern a number of years ago when they visited us..
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#12360 Post by J Dove » October 3rd, 2020, 3:36 pm

2016 G Fenocchio Bussia
Tight and aromatic. Solid core of fruit that is wrapped in a lot of tannin. I expect good things here!
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#12361 Post by joejolesch » October 3rd, 2020, 4:45 pm

2016 Regusci Brave Night...seems fitting as my thoughts are with Napa.

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#12362 Post by Julian Marshall » October 4th, 2020, 5:54 am

Pontet Canet - Pauillac 2004

Quite a rich, smoky nose so I decanted it for four hours, after which it showed the cigar box and cassis notes I was expecting. A tight, rich and concentrated attack of cassis and blueberry, with notes of cranberry. And that was it. Quite thick, not much of a finish. Definitely like a Pauillac, but if I had tasted it blind I would have guessed a wine from somewhere else, trying to taste like a Pauillac.

Each to their own - I know many people like this - to me it tasted overblown and trying too hard, over-concentrated, like an Alliet Côteau de Noiré without the latter's crisp, fresh finish, which gives it the class and breeding that the PC lacked. Where's the nobility?

For me, there are lots of cheaper Pauillacs 04 tasting a lot better for a lot less.

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#12363 Post by FPonto » October 4th, 2020, 7:25 pm

2009 Cayuse GOK
Light in color (compare to others Cayuse Syrah), nose was a bit closed, and balance and light on the palate. Compliment very well with Asian style oven roast pork ribs and baked potatoes.
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#12364 Post by Brian Pinci » October 4th, 2020, 7:38 pm

2013 Kistler Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay
2015 Melsheimer Reiler Mullay-Hofberg Shaf Riesling Spatlese
2018 Frederic Berne Beaujolais Village Lantignie Granit Rose

The Kistler was quite different from others I’ve had from this producer. Lots of straw notes but still notable oak showing. I enjoyed the wine.
The Riesling was ok. A little cloying and could have had more acidity for my taste
The Beaujolais was a fun, fruit filled, nice wine with my meal. Nothing complex here but simple and pleasurable
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#12365 Post by Ramon C » October 5th, 2020, 4:31 pm

2000 Ch. Chasse-Spleen

Up-and-down experiences with this over the years.

This accompaniment to our Sunday NY strip steak dinner was in a very nice drinking zone and totally on point. A-/B+


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#12366 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » October 5th, 2020, 5:09 pm

Technically opened yesterday, but thoroughly enjoying the 2018 Goodfellow Chardonnay Dundee Hills.
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2015 Laherte Frères Champagne Blanc des Blancs Extra Brut Les Grands Crayeres
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#12367 Post by Dennis Atick » October 5th, 2020, 5:30 pm

Finishing a 2014 Birichino Cinsault Bechtold Old Vines that was opened yesterday. An excellent wine that I wish I discovered sooner.
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#12368 Post by Paul @bbott » October 6th, 2020, 7:12 am

Domain Ferraton, St Joseph, Lieu Dit Paradis, 2016. Nowhere near ready, closed down tightly, even on day two it had to be splash decanted. It has promise, but is no fun at the moment. I would give it at least 2 years before trying again.

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#12369 Post by Todd F r e n c h » October 6th, 2020, 8:57 am

For last night's MNF game, 2017 Domaine Pinson Frères Petit Chablis

Wow! Best sub-$25 white I can remember having, ever.
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#12370 Post by Mike Ott » October 6th, 2020, 9:02 am

Opened a 2018 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast....just as fantastic as the last bottle earlier in the year.

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#12371 Post by LMD Ermitaño » October 6th, 2020, 12:13 pm

Tried out a 2015 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy (decanted for aeration in my cav for an hour before serving) with dinner tonight of steamed crabs & slipper lobsters. Quite good at its price. I quickly ordered more while I was eating.
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#12372 Post by Phil T r o t t e r » October 6th, 2020, 12:54 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Tried out a 2015 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy (decanted for aeration in my cav for an hour before serving) with dinner tonight of steamed crabs & slipper lobsters. Quite good at its price. I quickly ordered more while I was eating.
The meal looks even more exciting than the wine! Very envious, cheers. [cheers.gif]

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#12373 Post by Bud Carey » October 6th, 2020, 1:00 pm

On deck.. 2012 Rivers-Marie Napa cab.
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#12374 Post by jason stein » October 6th, 2020, 1:51 pm

2012 Puffeney Savagnin... That kind of Tuesday I guess
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#12375 Post by J Dove » October 6th, 2020, 3:52 pm

2016 Paolo Scavino Monvigliero
All cherries and flowers. It’s soft as a cashmere blanket. Long finish. Highly recommended.
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#12376 Post by P Turk » October 9th, 2020, 6:13 pm

William & Mary ‘16 cab paired with a Flannery ribeye ... meal of the grilling season.
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#12377 Post by David K o l i n » October 9th, 2020, 6:27 pm

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#12378 Post by Andrew K. » October 9th, 2020, 6:30 pm

'61 Ducru. Had to pair something worthy with my A5 Japanese Wagyu strip steak from Costco.

Stunning considering the cork was soaked through and mold under the cap. So fresh, lots of fruit left.
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#12379 Post by Alex N » October 9th, 2020, 9:30 pm

2016 Christopher Tynan Judge Family Syrah. As stellar and silky as the last bottle. Entirely approachable now and I'm sure 20+ years from now.
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#12380 Post by Paul @bbott » October 9th, 2020, 10:44 pm

Ch Fourcas Dupre 2010. Dark, hard, lean, no fun at all and I am not confident that there is enough fruit underneath the tannin to survive the wait. I wish I didn’t have 5 more of these. ** only.

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#12381 Post by melvinyeo » October 10th, 2020, 9:46 am

  • 2015 Sepp und Maria Muster Sauvignon Blanc Gräfin - Austria, Styria, Südsteiermark (10/10/2020)
    An orange that I really liked, for starters it didn’t have any pungent smell. Fermented on skins for up to a month, made by one of Styria’s best producers. Natural wines can have very good aromatics, here it was bright grapefruits and orange peel. Bold and vivid on on the palate. Made an excellent pairing with food, but serve it on the warmer side.
  • 2016 Domaine de Galouchey Le Vin de Jardin - France, Bordeaux (10/10/2020)
    Fun bordeaux made from a field blend of all permitted grape varietals, both red and white. Lots of Bordeaux typicity of plums and cassis but none of that brooding structure, with an emphasis on freshness. Meant to be drunk young and very good with food as well. If you’re looking for unpretentious Bordeaux that’s not modern and spoofy, this is it.
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#12382 Post by jon leifer » October 10th, 2020, 6:55 pm

2016 Goodfellow Durant Vyd Pinot Noir
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#12383 Post by NED VALOIS » October 10th, 2020, 7:53 pm

2016 Switchback Merlot, 2016 Becklyn Reserve, 2010 Betz Bésoleil, 2009 Peter Michael Les Pavots

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#12384 Post by Mike Ott » October 10th, 2020, 8:00 pm

2017 Frog’s Leap Cab. Visiting my Dad in PA and the state liquor store had it as a chairman’s selection for $37. Stocked up!

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#12385 Post by JFPelletier » October 10th, 2020, 8:23 pm

2014 outpost Cabernet. Perfect will grilled steaks after a long day.

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#12386 Post by Andrew K. » October 10th, 2020, 8:24 pm

2018 Prum WS Kabb. Just got my case delivered this week so naturally I had to pop one open. So young and tight. I'm sure the rest will drink much better in a few days.
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#12387 Post by NED VALOIS » October 10th, 2020, 9:32 pm

JFPelletier wrote:
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2014 outpost Cabernet. Perfect will grilled steaks after a long day.
Very Nice ! [cheers.gif]

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#12388 Post by Paul @bbott » October 11th, 2020, 12:21 pm

Domain Heretzyn Gevrey Chambertin VV 2010, a very nicely balanced Pinot Noir, good for a village level and with a few years left in it yet. ***

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#12389 Post by Phil M » October 11th, 2020, 1:35 pm

SQN 2015 Grenache “E” - my first SQN and it was delicious!
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#12390 Post by eweininger » October 11th, 2020, 6:38 pm

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October 10th, 2020, 9:46 am
[*]2016 Domaine de Galouchey Le Vin de Jardin - France, Bordeaux (10/10/2020)
Fun bordeaux made from a field blend of all permitted grape varietals, both red and white. Lots of Bordeaux typicity of plums and cassis but none of that brooding structure, with an emphasis on freshness. Meant to be drunk young and very good with food as well. If you’re looking for unpretentious Bordeaux that’s not modern and spoofy, this is it.
Tried the 2015 of this about a year ago and enjoyed it a lot. Just such an unusual type of wine for Bordeaux.
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#12391 Post by Jeff_M. » October 12th, 2020, 7:21 am

1990 Spottswoode. Wish I was better at pulling out all the tasting characteristics. This wine was very light tasting when first poured. After around 45 minutes in the Grassl it opened up and paired beautifully with NY Flannery steaks. The cork looked brand new. Great bottle from Spottswoode.
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#12392 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 12th, 2020, 8:05 am

2006 Dom Perignon - Delicious but still a bit tight

2017 Patricia Green Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir - Also delicious, light and bright

2010 Baudry La Croix Boissee - A top-notch vineyard for Baudry, showing really well and will be even better in time

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#12393 Post by melvinyeo » October 12th, 2020, 8:51 am

eweininger wrote:
October 11th, 2020, 6:38 pm
melvinyeo wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 9:46 am
[*]2016 Domaine de Galouchey Le Vin de Jardin - France, Bordeaux (10/10/2020)
Fun bordeaux made from a field blend of all permitted grape varietals, both red and white. Lots of Bordeaux typicity of plums and cassis but none of that brooding structure, with an emphasis on freshness. Meant to be drunk young and very good with food as well. If you’re looking for unpretentious Bordeaux that’s not modern and spoofy, this is it.
Tried the 2015 of this about a year ago and enjoyed it a lot. Just such an unusual type of wine for Bordeaux.
Yes really enjoyed it! Similar in style to Clos du Jaugueyron which has been mentioned here before.

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#12394 Post by melvinyeo » October 12th, 2020, 8:59 am

  • 2014 Domaine des Malandes Chablis Cuvée Tour du Roy Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Chablis (12/10/2020)
    Not very Chablis-like but still very quaffable. Rounder texture from malo, it feels that age has softened this wine up. Ripe yellow fruits. One of the few cuvées from them that sees some oak. Good value.
  • 1995 Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret Volnay 1er Cru Champans - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru (12/10/2020)
    Burg made in a traditional old-school, structured style. The powdery red colour and forest floor nose led me to 20 years at least. Didn’t quite excite at first, some shrill acidity that dominated the fruit but by the end of the dinner it made for a lovely drink. Plenty of fruit and life left. Made by Andre Porcheret FWIW.
  • 2014 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot La Cardeuse Rouge - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (12/10/2020)
    Big step up from previous Chassagne village reds that I have tried. Good structure and tannins, some stems. Slightly hollow mid-palate but saved by good finish. I do like 14 reds very much. As William Kelley pointed out, since most red vines have been grubbed up to plant the more profitable whites, the sites that remain are the better plots for passion projects.
  • 2015 Bouchard Père et Fils Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru (12/10/2020)
    Huge whiff of oak on the nose, on the palate there was a bit of earthiness and sour cherries. Thought it didn’t show much but I am unsure if there’s sufficient fruit to outlast the structure which is surprising for a such a giving vintage. Shut down?
  • 2015 Louis Latour Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru (12/10/2020)
    First time having a Latour wine and it wasn’t a complete train wreck. Well made, bit anonymous except for the slight spice on the nose that led me to Vosne. Shows off the warm vintage with ripe red fruits and is drinking well now.
  • 2016 Domaine Gille Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru (12/10/2020)
    No pleasant surprise from an unknown producer here unfortunately. Nondescript wine, lacking the finesse of Chambolle and concentration of 16s. Good acidity and structure underneath though so probably needs more time. Shut down?
  • 2018 Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin 1er Cru Les Arvelets - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Fixin 1er Cru (12/10/2020)
    Wanted to check in on 18s so popped this. Hot and an absolute mess. No sense of the gentle extraction and elegance that is her signature. Tried again on the third day, came into much better balance and makes me optimistic that this needs time and not that they dropped the ball in this vintage.
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#12395 Post by Julian Marshall » October 12th, 2020, 9:03 am

melvinyeo wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 8:51 am
eweininger wrote:
October 11th, 2020, 6:38 pm
melvinyeo wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 9:46 am
[*]2016 Domaine de Galouchey Le Vin de Jardin - France, Bordeaux (10/10/2020)
Fun bordeaux made from a field blend of all permitted grape varietals, both red and white. Lots of Bordeaux typicity of plums and cassis but none of that brooding structure, with an emphasis on freshness. Meant to be drunk young and very good with food as well. If you’re looking for unpretentious Bordeaux that’s not modern and spoofy, this is it.
Tried the 2015 of this about a year ago and enjoyed it a lot. Just such an unusual type of wine for Bordeaux.
Yes really enjoyed it! Similar in style to Clos du Jaugueyron which has been mentioned here before.
I'm glad to see this getting some attention - it's a fun Bordeaux, not two words which necessarily go together normally!

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#12396 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 12th, 2020, 6:40 pm

2011 Levet Cote Rotie Les Journaries

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#12397 Post by Brian Pinci » October 12th, 2020, 7:05 pm

2014 Aubert Pinot Noir UV Vineyard.
Deep burgundy color with a floral nose. A very dense wine with super concentrated red fruits. The wine kept delivering wonderful fruit the next day but a bit more tamed. I very much enjoyed it.
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#12398 Post by Roger Ouellette » October 12th, 2020, 7:10 pm

2016 Domaine Filliatreau Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes

Brought this back from our Loire trip last Sept. 2019. The nose comes across as freshly sliced mushroom (but not earthy) with a bit of raspberry. Loads of fresh red fruit on the tongue - cranberry, raspberry, slightly under ripe plum, vibrant acidity, medium to small grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Excellent QPR.

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#12399 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » October 12th, 2020, 7:47 pm

I'm in the middle of truing up my cellar and consolidating things. I like to think of it as manually defragmenting a hard drive with good music and sipping a glass of something neglected.

Tonight is a 2004 Domaine Rousset Crozes-Hermitage and it is drinking quite beautifully. The nose started rough with a thick layer of barnyard funk and some burnt rubber but mellowed out after some air time. Its a boat load of stewed strawberries mashed with earthiness/(good) funk/forest floor, plus a nice tart streak in there; acid holding well in the middle; and a finish that holds pretty well with the same though I can see this getting astringent if I leave it over night.

The surprise is that I looked back at the last bottle I had and it was a mess per my notes. This one held on, and its giving. A pleasant surprise.
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#12400 Post by Vince T » October 12th, 2020, 8:28 pm

2011 LdH Cubillo. The best Cubillo I’ve had - more extroverted but as good as Tondonia!
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