SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

#101 Post by ChrisStags » April 3rd, 2019, 11:22 am

Glad he and others enjoyed it! I didn’t enjoy the non fruit and trace tca, and will bring another one to offline for comparison.

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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

#102 Post by Alan Rath » April 3rd, 2019, 12:59 pm

Fun evening, nice mix of wines from everyone! I enjoyed pretty much everything (couple I missed tasting, Calera for sure). My faves were the Foillard, Arnoux, Drouhin SV (I also enjoyed the old Pommard), Copain, Taittinger, and Fonseca. Taylor was excellent, needs a few more years. The Rivers Marie was more restrained than I expected based on prior experiences, particularly in the heat spike vintage, very nice. I enjoyed the Ultramarine, thought this one was better than the one we had a year ago with Charlie; it's a lean, mineral wine, but I don't mind that at all. The Lafon Volnay is aging glacially, needs 10-15 more years. 2003 Sauternes are always tasty, but not so classic. The Thomas Pinot was a little bretty for me. That Xavier CR showed the best I've had it, going to be very nice in 8-10 years, definitely higher toned with its viognier.
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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

#103 Post by George Chadwick » April 5th, 2019, 1:24 pm

Craig G wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 8:05 pm
Here’s what I drank:

2015 Xavier Gerard Cote Rotie
2015 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
2002 Drouhin St. Veran
2011 Knoll Loibner Gruner Smaragd
2009 Roulot Meix Chavaux
1990 Taittinger Collection
2014 Ultramarine BdN
2001 Arnoux Chambolle (mag)
1990 Lafon Volnay Santenots
2017 Rivers Marie Summa PN
1987 Calero Selleck PN (mag)
2015 Foradori Fontanasanta Nosiola
2000 Giacosa Barbaresco Faletto
1990 Drouhin Pommard
1997 Argiano Brunello
2011 Foillard Morgon Côte De Py (mag)
2004 Thomas Pinot Noir
2001 Giusto du Notri Toscana
2005 Scherrer Cab
2009 Duckhorn Cab
2000 Taylor Port
1985 Fonseca Port
2003 Rieussec
Thanks Craig. I liked most the Knoll (my WOTN, Gruners and Rieslings have to have a perfect combination of structure and fruit and earth and acid and depth and age for me to love them) , Taittinger because I was relieved it was good, Lafon (second place, quite a surprise, way too young but showing a lot), Giacosa, Argiano because I usually don't like Brunello, Giusto.
I think I liked the Scherrer, I loved its risky style.
A few others were possibly great but too quiet with youth to assess or enjoy.
The Selleck was simple but very fun and gulpable, again relieved.
I drink a lot of Thomas and I'm with Alan. Brett dulled the wine. I think it's bottle to bottle.
Ultramarine is definitely not my style or flavor. Two tries, identical wine, it's just very gassy club soda for my palate.
The Rivers Marie was also definitely not my style.
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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

#104 Post by Wes Barton » April 5th, 2019, 2:17 pm

Sounds great! Is it too late to attend this?
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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

#105 Post by AndyK » April 5th, 2019, 5:53 pm

My favorites were the Roulot (first time I had this producer), Giacosa Rabaja (excited to have a bottle of this sleeping in the cellar), Lafon (surprisingly young, but delicious), Gerard (seemed too ripe at first, but the briney/gamey flavors came through with air), and the Knoll (biased, I like his style of GV over Hirtzberger and others)...

The Foillard was good, but the magnum I opened over the Holidays was a bit better, can't put my finger on what it was. Also the Thomas was great!

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