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#12451 Post by Vikrant Rachakonda » October 31st, 2020, 4:49 pm

2017 ridge estate merlot: excellent though young
2009 Easton Zinfandel: really enjoyable wine

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#12452 Post by Demian Saenz » October 31st, 2020, 5:18 pm

2007 Chateau Suduiraut : a nice flavor profile of honey and apricot.

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#12453 Post by Steve Gautier » October 31st, 2020, 5:42 pm

Demian Saenz wrote:
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2007 Chateau Suduiraut : a nice flavor profile of honey and apricot.
I bought some of these recently; looking forward to trying one.
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#12454 Post by Yao C » October 31st, 2020, 11:26 pm

1990 Haegelen-Jayer Clos Vougeot
Bit of an odd duck, sourced from Europe by Envoyer. This is such a respectable burgher of a wine - it is correct and conservative, yet in its stolid, steady way it is not lacking in charm. Presents a beautifully resolved aroma of earth, flowers, and fruit; then absolutely a point in the mouth, balancing perfectly the crisp, mouthwatering acids and generosity of fruit. Incredibly satisfying with steak tartare and charcuterie. Good plus
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#12455 Post by Uli K. » October 31st, 2020, 11:38 pm

2005 Silver Mountain Alloy - SCM BDX blend, absolutely singing right now (and no spooky tunes).
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#12456 Post by Wes Barton » November 1st, 2020, 12:27 am

'81 La Crema Vinera Vin Gris de Pinot Noir. Vibrant, touch of glycerin, seems to have spent time in oak with the dusty tannin. Arancia rosso and antique wood. 88pts
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#12457 Post by LMD Ermitaño » November 1st, 2020, 11:39 am

Over dinner at home (where else?) last night. Saturday the 31st October 2020 (Philippines time). First time I’ve seen my brother & his wife in person since the mid-March lockdown.
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#12458 Post by jon leifer » November 2nd, 2020, 10:09 am

2016 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge Vyds Heritage #7, Pinot Noir..Drinking well now but IMHO, its' best years are yet to come, wd hold for at least 2-3 more years..
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#12459 Post by Paul @bbott » November 2nd, 2020, 12:11 pm

2015 Château la Commanderie Lalande de Pomerol, slightly rough edged plummy Bordeaux, good with cheese and lamb hot pot pie.

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#12460 Post by Jayson Cohen » November 2nd, 2020, 7:50 pm

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#12461 Post by A1ex H » November 3rd, 2020, 6:00 am

Just opened a 2018 Foillard Morgon Cote du Puy. Definitely a bigger wine than previous vintages but lovely all the same.
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#12462 Post by RyanC » November 3rd, 2020, 6:08 am

1996 A. Boxler Riesling ‘Brand’ - Excellent showing. Deep gold color in the glass but absolutely full of life. The nose is a soaring melange of stone fruit and spice and the palate is a deep and well-aged Riesling cocktail that shows its age in the rich fruit-cake notes. But this is only a touch sweet and the acids are still quite bright. Not sure this will improve but it’s not dying either.
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#12463 Post by Jayson Cohen » November 3rd, 2020, 7:26 am

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1996 A. Boxler Riesling ‘Brand’ - Excellent showing. Deep gold color in the glass but absolutely full of life. The nose is a soaring melange of stone fruit and spice and the palate is a deep and well-aged Riesling cocktail that shows its age in the rich fruit-cake notes. But this is only a touch sweet and the acids are still quite bright. Not sure this will improve but it’s not dying either.
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#12464 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 4th, 2020, 4:33 pm

2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon

Still a baby, of course, but this is a lovely wine with a cool mountain fruit profile, brambly dark fruit and a minty top note. Sweet-tart black cherry finish, snappy tang to it. I’m a buyer. 90 pts. with upside. As Jancis says, a “proper Cabernet”.

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#12465 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » November 4th, 2020, 5:02 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 4th, 2020, 4:33 pm
2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon

Still a baby, of course, but this is a lovely wine with a cool mountain fruit profile, brambly dark fruit and a minty top note. Sweet-tart black cherry finish, snappy tang to it. I’m a buyer. 90 pts. with upside. As Jancis says, a “proper Cabernet”.


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Thanks for the note. Something else I need to get my hands on.

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#12466 Post by Jake Dvoskin » November 4th, 2020, 5:05 pm

2018 Aubert uv pinot.

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#12467 Post by LMD Ermitaño » November 5th, 2020, 6:35 am

With tonight’s first course of l'Oreiller de la Belle Aurore, 2006 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc.
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#12468 Post by jon leifer » November 5th, 2020, 2:10 pm

2017 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico..Having enjoyed their 2015 CC, I was in the hunt for their 2106 CC when I came across a terrific price for the 2017 CC, so I bought a case..Served last night with Ziti and meatballs, it was a great match..a worthy successor to the delightful 2015 CC..Will serve with dinner and Thurs night football tonight..My local wine guy wasn't able to get me any of this wine, problems with the distributor not wanting to sell him "only " one case and he advised me to search for it online,..sourced it from Empire in Albany, NY..When/if I start running low, will either reload on the 2017 or see if I can score some of the 2016 CC..or do both. The 2017 certainly appears to have the stuffing to be enjoyable for at least 2-3 more years as well as for current drinking
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#12469 Post by Sean S y d n e y » November 5th, 2020, 3:55 pm

Graham Beck N/V rosé.

It's a $15 traditional method rosé sparkler so I can't be too judgmental, but this is... fine. Not much on the nose aside from a hint of breadiness and green apple skin, and on the palate it's a touch saccharine but still fresh and crisp. Can't do much better from a price perspective; can do a whole lot better from a pure drinking pleasure point of view.
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#12470 Post by Bud Carey » November 5th, 2020, 4:17 pm

2012 12C cabernet... yum.
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#12471 Post by Chris H. » November 5th, 2020, 4:23 pm

Bud Carey wrote:
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2012 12C cabernet... yum.
I never ordered 12C, it looks like they may not produce wine anymore? Do you happen to know?

I bet that 2012 will be drinking really well!
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#12472 Post by Rodrigo B » November 5th, 2020, 4:47 pm

2018 Envinante Benje Blanco
PnP, served slightly chilled. Great textural white. Delicate grapefruit zest with some candied lemon and a lovely sea breeze aroma and saline minerality that washes over your palate. Drink or hold.

2017 Ganevat Le Jaja du Ben
Decanted for ~1h and served slightly chilled. Loads of dark red fruit and that funky and natural wine feel on the nose. On the palate much the same, but with some very noticible sappy fruit. My first bottle of Ganevat, and I must say not keen on it, wish the fruit profile wasn't as sappy as it is, that's all I could focus on while drinking it.
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#12473 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » November 5th, 2020, 5:33 pm

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I’m not proficient with tasting notes, but these wines were everything I want in Pinot Noir. Very elegant. Reloaded with a case of the 2018 Anonimo.

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#12474 Post by MikeL238 » November 5th, 2020, 6:47 pm

1989 Mondavi Reserve. Still so fresh and packs a punch. Love old classic Mondavis.
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#12475 Post by Christian Obermanns » November 5th, 2020, 7:51 pm

2018 Lagier Meredith Malbec. Floral, fruity, bright. Total 180 from Cahors.

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#12476 Post by Andrew K. » November 6th, 2020, 4:15 pm

My first bottle of 2015 HN BR

Light nose with hints of tart cherry and cranberry with a touch of spice. Velvety smooth texture on the palate with great weight for an AOC. Took an hour or so to open up and reveal red fruit and spice with medium acidity. Not my favorite BR, but great at the release price point. Will hold my others for a bit longer.
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#12477 Post by Howard Cooper » November 6th, 2020, 4:22 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 4th, 2020, 4:33 pm
2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon

Still a baby, of course, but this is a lovely wine with a cool mountain fruit profile, brambly dark fruit and a minty top note. Sweet-tart black cherry finish, snappy tang to it. I’m a buyer. 90 pts. with upside. As Jancis says, a “proper Cabernet”.


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I have not had any Domaine Eden Cabs. Do they take as long to mature as the Mount Eden Cab? How do you compare the two?
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#12478 Post by Howard Cooper » November 6th, 2020, 4:24 pm

2009 Selbach Zeltinger Schlossberg Spatlese - very rich and honeyed, but with good acidity so that it was refreshing and not even the slightest bit cloying. Seems pretty mature now although I am sure it will last for a very long time. Very much a joy to drink.
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#12479 Post by Neal.Mollen » November 6th, 2020, 4:40 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 4th, 2020, 4:33 pm
2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon

Still a baby, of course, but this is a lovely wine with a cool mountain fruit profile, brambly dark fruit and a minty top note. Sweet-tart black cherry finish, snappy tang to it. I’m a buyer. 90 pts. with upside. As Jancis says, a “proper Cabernet”.


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Very timely. Envoyer has them for $39 a bottle. Might bite.

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#12480 Post by Rodrigo B » November 6th, 2020, 5:14 pm

Tonight was a PN night.

2019 Teutonic Quarry Dust
PnP. Served chilled. A still PN BdN from Barnaby. He usually makes a red from this, but with the vintage being "wacky" he decided to make this into a white that highlights the minerality of the PN. A bit muted on the nose but on the palate really explosive ripe strawberries and quince, great acidity and minerality. Ever so slightly off dry. Barnaby suggested holding this for a bit and I tend to agree. But certainly no need to be shy about popping a bottle if you have a couple.

2018 Patricia Green Estate Old Vine Ribbon Ridge
~1h decant. Served cellar temp. Really expressive on the nose, lots of dark red fruits and some baking spices. Really prominent structured velvety tannins. Needs a few years.

2018 Kelly Fox Mirabai
~1h decant. Served cellar temp. Much lighter in colour than the PG. Lighter red fruits on this, plenty of ripe strawberry with some floral notes. Soft, well integrated tannins with a refreshing acidity. Drink or hold.
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#12481 Post by AD Northup » November 6th, 2020, 7:09 pm

2015 Bouchard La Presle (third bottle and just as incredible as the others)
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#12482 Post by Paul @bbott » November 6th, 2020, 11:04 pm

2009 Senejac. Decanted just before tasting, starting to lose depth of colour and brick red at the rim. Dark fruit and leather nose. Gentle on the palate. Very pleasing, but no rush to drink up.

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#12483 Post by Phil M » November 7th, 2020, 6:06 am

Schramsberg 2011 Reserve
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#12484 Post by Ramon C » November 7th, 2020, 6:26 am

2005 Domaine fu Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Réservee

A pure, elegant, smooth-textured, red-berry laden CdP. Pegau had consistently shown that it shines in cooler, less-heralded, even difficult, vintages and this is another proof. A reminder that CdP need not be a minefield.



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#12485 Post by Rodrigo B » November 7th, 2020, 7:03 pm

2015 Bernando Estévez Villar Ribeiro Chanselus Castes Brancas
Decanted for ~1h. Served slightly chilled. Rich stone fruit, with plenty of acidity and mineralogy. Notes of white flowers, marzipan, honey, candied ginger are followed by a salinity and mineralogy that jut cleanses your palate. A very structured and rich white that seems to me much more of a winter white. Reminded me quite a bit of of Marsanne from the Rhone in that sense, but with more acidity and minerality to back it. Drink or hold.

2017 Jean-François Ganevat Le p'tiot Roukin
Decanted for ~2h. Served cellar temp. Low tannings, dark red fruits. Strawberry, cranberry, and puckering sour cherries with plenty of city and some earthy notes. Much better than the previous Ganevat I had, Jaja du Ben, none of that sappy RS-laden fruit, much more structured; and the combination of the acidity with the sour cherry just keeps bringing you back for more. In a great spot now, but with all of the acidity it has it will hold for a while.
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#12486 Post by Vince L. » November 7th, 2020, 7:35 pm

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#12487 Post by joejolesch » November 11th, 2020, 6:07 pm

2015 Ashes & Diamonds Vin de Table - decanted and drank, but really good after 60 mins. Bright red fruit with a delightfully savory / herbal character, almost ethereal in weight. First one of this bottling, very pleased!

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#12488 Post by MikeL238 » November 11th, 2020, 7:12 pm

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#12489 Post by bob parsons alberta » November 12th, 2020, 7:19 am

Just catching up on some great wines during current lockdown here in AB.
Four of us plus new baby had a terrific Peking Duck dinner. Wine star was the 2012 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreicht Riesling Spatlese which is still available downtown. Only 9% alc, and way too easy to drink as still youthful. Pear apple on the nose with enhanced mineral tones. Lemon, citrus, minerality on the palate. Very intense aftertaste, stony-lime, drinks dryish for a spatlese.
Been sitting on this Scheurebe for a while, 2014 Muller-Catoir Haardter Scheurebe, Pfalz. I wondered if past its peak on opening but turned out nicely. Powerful aroma of grapefruit, not grassy though. White flowers and stonefruit, "lemon and lime" from across the table.
This red was of interest with beef stew. Cellared 3/4 yrs..2014 Domaine Boucabeille Cotes du Roussillon Villages. Cherry and red fruits on the nose, blackberry, blackcurrant and pepper finish. Good length but low acidity I thought.

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#12490 Post by RyanC » November 12th, 2020, 7:22 am

'19 Dirty & Rowdy Chenin - Balanced and vibrant with D&R's characteristic light touch. Lovely wine. I like their whites as much as -- perhaps more than -- their reds.
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#12491 Post by Jeff_M. » November 12th, 2020, 7:35 am

Opened two different Carlisle's last night, 2015 Pagani and 2016 Bedrock. Two very different wines. The Bedrock was much lighter or floral and the Pagani was all muscle. Fun to try two different vineyards on the same night to compare.
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#12492 Post by Jim Stewart » November 12th, 2020, 5:00 pm

We had our son over for a Boeuf Bourguignon dinner tonight. He has a developing interest in wine and recently told me that he prefers dry fruit-forward wines. I opened three bottles:
2017 Thivin CdB
2017 Sandler Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
2015 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel
All three wines were good with the meal. My son and wife preferred the Zin, while I preferred the Sandler Pinot Noir. To my palate, its subtle balance and finesse won out over the more strongly noted Bojo and Zin.



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#12493 Post by JBrochu » November 12th, 2020, 8:09 pm

2015 Mayacamus Chardonnay. I thought it was really nice with an interesting smoky and saline nose and citrus and nutty tastes. Very nicely balanced and medium body with a decent finish. (I've previously tried a 2016 and it was too big for my tastes, so this was a pleasant surprise.)
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#12494 Post by Howard Cooper » November 14th, 2020, 2:38 pm

Had a 2005 Chateau Pibarnon last night that was just wonderful. Rich, but in a natural and not a forced way. Tasted of fruit, not of oak or alcohol. The wine tasted smoother and just better than it did about 5-7 years ago, the last time I had it. Bought the wine in 2009 at the winery. Don't know how long it will continue to improve or even last as this was the oldest bottle of Pibarnon I have had (I have had older bodies of Tempier, but the two wines seem very different in character - this was richer, the Tempier was more complex).
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#12495 Post by Stephen Faulkner » November 14th, 2020, 3:45 pm

Ramon C wrote:
November 7th, 2020, 6:26 am
2005 Domaine fu Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Réservee

A pure, elegant, smooth-textured, red-berry laden CdP. Pegau had consistently shown that it shines in cooler, less-heralded, even difficult, vintages and this is another proof. A reminder that CdP need not be a minefield.




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2005 was difficult? I thought it was a very good/great vintage. Paging Maestro Gerhard.

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#12496 Post by Demian Saenz » November 14th, 2020, 4:57 pm

2016 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Pinot I gave it a short 30ish minute decant. All flavors were very mellow, mainly raspberry, and herbal notes.

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#12497 Post by Andrew Demaree » November 14th, 2020, 5:23 pm

2017 Wilde Farm ‘Bedrock Vineyard’ Red Wine. Purchased from a Berserker Day offering last winter. Very tasty, medium bodied, and with good acidity. A nice food wine and a solid QPR.

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#12498 Post by melvinyeo » November 15th, 2020, 6:17 am

First time trying this producer and very impressed, laid down a couple of whites as well that I'll try in a few years.
  • 2018 Arnaud Lambert Saumur Brézé Clos Mazurique - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (15/11/2020)
    This is great value and makes for an accompaniment with food. Dark red in colour that belies the gentle extraction during elevage. The winemaking doesn't bring out the tannic structure of Cab Franc too much, focusing on freshness and purity of fruit instead. Lovely red berries on both the nose and the palate and good acidity that makes for a very gulpable wine.
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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#12499 Post by John Glas » November 15th, 2020, 6:23 am

2017 Januik Syrah Ciel du Cheval Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (11/14/2020)
Day 1: Roasted meats, cherry, spice, blueberries, mint, charcoal and dust. Concentrated effort and flavorful. Medium to long finish. Excellent effort. 93 points (93 points)

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#12500 Post by Brian Pinci » November 15th, 2020, 7:08 am

1997 Peter Michael Les Pavots - We were very disappointed with this bottle. Opened for a Zoom tasing and I expected it to be wonderful - I've always liked the Les Pavots and their chardonnays are my favorite. I decanted two hours ahead. Color was deep garnet with some bricking. Very perfumed nose. But, the wine was way too hot and alcoholic. The fruit was smothered. Just totally missed the boat on balance. I have another bottle but I don't think age will improve. The Zoom all said they've had similar experiences with other '97's (except the Phelps Insignia). Of course, my friend was cooing about the 2000 Pichon Baron - I should have stood up a Pauillac!
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