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#10751 Post by Ramon C » September 22nd, 2019, 6:34 am

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A fun dinner-tasting with a bunch of La Mission Haut Brion.



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#10752 Post by Ramon C » September 22nd, 2019, 6:39 am

Taste-tested with local Northern Rhone geeks the not so controversial '15 Benetiere Syrah along with other fun ones.
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#10753 Post by JonathanG » September 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am

2000 Chateau La Dominique. Picked up at auction for $60 each. 2nd bottle opened last night, 4 hr decant. Stunning wine.
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#10754 Post by Andrew Demaree » September 22nd, 2019, 10:35 am

2010 Ramey ‘Pedregal Vineyard’ Cab

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#10755 Post by Lonnie F. » September 22nd, 2019, 2:26 pm

2014 Lanessan. Just a nice wine. Bell pepper, plum, chalk, decent backbone.
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#10756 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 22nd, 2019, 2:55 pm

Ramon C wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 6:39 am
Taste-tested with local Northern Rhone geeks the not so controversial '15 Benetiere Syrah along with other fun ones.
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#10757 Post by Andrew Ing » September 22nd, 2019, 6:39 pm

2008 Nickel and Nickel Tench. Love that wine. I try to hoard all of it I can. The Tench juice has become quite pricey.
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#10758 Post by JonathanG » September 22nd, 2019, 7:15 pm

Haven't had any Nickel and Nickel yet, but tried a Far Niente once, it was awesome.

Tonight is a 2009 Malescot St Exupery. Really nice but still needs 3-5 years.
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#10759 Post by RyanC » September 22nd, 2019, 8:32 pm

2017 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard - Phenomenal wine. Best bottle of the 3 I've opened. On the softer side of Kutch Chard, but this is still quite intense and focused, with lemon cream and faint exotic fruit. No one is making better new-world Chard than Jamie. Killer QPR.

2009 Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Chateau des Jacques 'Clos de Rochegres' - I bought 6 of these on release and I think this is the 4th I've opened. The first three were pretty good but eons away from great. This one was different: the wood has finally begun to integrate, the mid-palate has filled out, and the fruit has mellowed. This is aging more like a nice Cote Charlonnaise Burg than Bojo, but it has a lovely tart cranberry note that reminds you that it's Gamay you're drinking.
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#10760 Post by Rudi Finkler » September 22nd, 2019, 11:21 pm

1996 Sociando-Mallet, 12,5% alcohol, and 2004 Pape Clément, 13% alcohol, last night.
While the Pape Clément was horribly corked, the Sociando was a real joy. With excellent purity and precision, this classic Haut-Médoc has fine cherry, redcurrant and cassis fruit with a delicious undertow of mint, leather, tobacco, cedarwood, and minerality. This medium bodied wine is still not at its peak and shows some relatively firm tannin and distinct acidity, but excellent balance and length. However, for me, it lacks a little concentration and complexity to be a great wine.
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#10761 Post by jon leifer » September 23rd, 2019, 10:28 am

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#10762 Post by joeduncan » September 23rd, 2019, 11:07 am

2007 Turley Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge. Too early, but improved in the glass and was still very enjoyable. A little concerned that with more age to resolve the tannin the fruit might tend toward plummy, but we'll see.

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#10763 Post by Bud Carey » September 23rd, 2019, 11:16 am

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#10764 Post by dsimmons » September 23rd, 2019, 11:33 am

2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (9/23/2019)
I drank my second of six bottles last evening with braised pork shoulder. This was a significant step up from a bottle I drank in 2015. Delicious concentrated fruit, earthiness, and nice acid balance. Very precise. delicious today but IMHO this wine is still improving and will get better. Drink or hold. (96 pts.)

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#10765 Post by jon leifer » September 24th, 2019, 7:09 pm

2016 Domaine Michel Barraud Macon Villages "Les Pierres Dorees"
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#10766 Post by Jeremy C » September 24th, 2019, 8:50 pm

2014 Sandlands Chenin Blanc

Just a good, yummy wine. There's a waxy, lemony feel to the taste that has a nice complexity to it.
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#10767 Post by G. Bienstock » September 25th, 2019, 5:16 pm

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#10768 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 26th, 2019, 6:30 pm

Second day on a 2016 Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse, Pauilllac, a somewhat unheralded Classified Growth that really delivered in this vintage. Classic Pauillac nose, palate and structure. Love that pencil thing. A bit blocky, though, and built for the long haul. An excellent QPR at $46 or so. I’m grabbing more.

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#10769 Post by Craig G » September 27th, 2019, 3:57 am

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (9/23/2019)
I drank my second of six bottles last evening with braised pork shoulder. This was a significant step up from a bottle I drank in 2015. Delicious concentrated fruit, earthiness, and nice acid balance. Very precise. delicious today but IMHO this wine is still improving and will get better. Drink or hold. (96 pts.)

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#10770 Post by Jeff_M. » September 27th, 2019, 6:29 am

15' Zudeima Grenache. Let this one sit in the glass for 2 hours and was drinking really well
15' Outpost Zinfandel, this is always a damn good wine
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#10771 Post by Adam Frisch » September 27th, 2019, 10:14 am

2015 Piedrasassi Syrah Bien Nacido. Very nice and on the lighter side with no rough edges. Smooth, but felt old school and not over-oaked. 13% ABV.
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#10772 Post by Mike Ott » September 30th, 2019, 11:10 am

2007 Castro Ventosa Valtuille la Cova de la Raposa....has aged gracefully, nice dark purple fruit integrated w/some mineral/slate earthiness.

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#10773 Post by Dennis Atick » September 30th, 2019, 11:15 am

Nice surprise last night: 2012 Pierre Morey (Morey Blanc) Saint-Romain. Fresh, good cut and slate-y. Not sure when I grabbed a couple bottles, but glad I did.
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#10774 Post by jeffruggels » September 30th, 2019, 11:22 am

Opening tonight 2012 Hamell True Believer and 2014 Kobayashi Cab Franc - will report on progress later

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#10775 Post by Bud Carey » September 30th, 2019, 11:38 am

On deck... 2012 WesMar Sonoma Coast pinot noir.
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#10776 Post by Vikrant Rachakonda » October 1st, 2019, 5:03 pm

2000 Gruaud Larose
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#10777 Post by jon leifer » October 2nd, 2019, 7:30 pm

Monday night, 2016 La Pepie Muscadet, tonight, 2016 Sigalas Santorini (Assyrtiko)..Our oldest daughter did a term abroad in Greece while in college and introduced me to the wines of Santorini when she returned home..Have been a fan ever since.
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#10778 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 3rd, 2019, 4:49 am

Vikrant Rachakonda wrote:
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How was the Gruaud?
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#10779 Post by jon leifer » October 4th, 2019, 8:04 pm

2006 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon..Lovely wine, the last of my AO's..Am in process of drinking down my cellar so unlikely to reload..I don't see this improving with further cellaring tho it does not appear to be in danger of going OTH,,Wd drink now rather than hold.
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#10780 Post by Joe Chanley » October 5th, 2019, 5:32 am

2017 burlotto barbera aves last night.

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#10781 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 5th, 2019, 5:47 am

Hure Freres Champagne Rose. Crisp, direct, without any sweetish notes that sometimes come with rose. Nice, and also affordable.
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#10782 Post by Vikrant Rachakonda » October 5th, 2019, 10:28 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
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2000 Gruaud Larose
2014 Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel
How was the Gruaud?
The 2000 GL was great. I was expecting a backward, closed wine, but this bottle was very open and approachable.

Decanted for 3 hours or so.

Was very fruit forward (dark cherry) on the nose and palate and I did not get the gamey/funk/savory notes people describe with GL.

I actually think the 2001 has more of that rusticity than the 2000.

This tannins were not overwhelming and were well integrated.

I really think this wine is in its drinking window.

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#10783 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 5th, 2019, 10:33 am

Vikrant Rachakonda wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 10:28 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 4:49 am
Vikrant Rachakonda wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 5:03 pm
2000 Gruaud Larose
2014 Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel
How was the Gruaud?
The 2000 GL was great. I was expecting a backward, closed wine, but this bottle was very open and approachable.

Decanted for 3 hours or so.

Was very fruit forward (dark cherry) on the nose and palate and I did not get the gamey/funk/savory notes people describe with GL.

I actually think the 2001 has more of that rusticity than the 2000.

This tannins were not overwhelming and were well integrated.

I really think this wine is in its drinking window.
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#10784 Post by jon leifer » October 5th, 2019, 6:55 pm

2016 Novellum Chardonnay, Vin de France, from Eric Solomon
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#10785 Post by joeduncan » October 6th, 2019, 8:35 am

Over the past week:
2004 Clos Saron Heart of Stone Syrah
2006 Carlisle Two Acres
2005 Franz Künstler Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Erstes Gewächs
2001 Torre Muga
2000 Luna Beberide Vino de la Tierra
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Highlights were the Heart of Stone, Torre Muga, and the Bedrock Dolinsek, all were fantastic (particularly Heart of Stone). A little disappointed in the Carlisle Two Acres, a little past peak and on the simpler sweeter side (it followed heart of stone, and that was a jarring transition). I was nervous about the Heart of Stone since the cork had a crack that had seepage all the way down one side, but it seemed unaffected so I'll just be thankful for that!

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#10786 Post by Alex Frank » October 6th, 2019, 3:29 pm

This seems like a good thread for my first WB post: enjoyed a 2014 Reserve de la Comtesse on Friday night. Loved it – obviously young, flash decanted and it just got better after each glass. Dug it so much for the price ($39), I went back a couple days later to buy more but they were out. Ah well. Excited to be here with you all and hopefully have many more great wines to post about!

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#10787 Post by Patrick Stella » October 6th, 2019, 7:13 pm

Over two nights this weekend

96 DP oeno solid as always
96 DP rose excellent. 2 btls very similar both very good.
90 turque not quite as fresh as other bottles I've had. Still v good but there is one more level for this wine
90 latour (375) this can be quite good out of halves. This was better than most I've opened. Beautiful.
82 conseillante (375) really good especially in the open but lost a step after being open a while.
00 Rousseau Chambertin. Great bottle. Love 00s.
02 Salon good bottle but salon bores me. Own too many of these and need to sell some. Salon not worth the price.
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#10788 Post by Alex N » October 6th, 2019, 9:31 pm

2014 Mending Wall Petite Sirah. I love this wine and vintage. Each bottle should also come with a pack of crest teeth whitening strips. It'll make your entire mouth, tongue and teeth completely black.
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#10789 Post by Demian Saenz » October 8th, 2019, 3:19 pm

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#10790 Post by Andrew Demaree » October 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm

Alex Frank wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 3:29 pm
This seems like a good thread for my first WB post: enjoyed a 2014 Reserve de la Comtesse on Friday night. Loved it – obviously young, flash decanted and it just got better after each glass. Dug it so much for the price ($39), I went back a couple days later to buy more but they were out. Ah well. Excited to be here with you all and hopefully have many more great wines to post about!
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#10791 Post by Edward H. Earles » October 8th, 2019, 3:53 pm

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Berserker-Day purchase, showing well. Generous black cherry, with hints of cocoa, leather, and cigar ash. Acids and tannins are in perfect balance....well made. Drink now.

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#10792 Post by Edward H. Earles » October 8th, 2019, 3:55 pm

Alex N wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 9:31 pm
2014 Mending Wall Petite Sirah. I love this wine and vintage. Each bottle should also come with a pack of crest teeth whitening strips. It'll make your entire mouth, tongue and teeth completely black.
I tasted that vintage at the Mending Wall winery, and regret not loading up on it at the time (I was quite ill, and hardly able to drink any....but I remember thinking that it was the best PS I'd ever tasted....)

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#10793 Post by Alex N » October 8th, 2019, 4:35 pm

Edward H. Earles wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Alex N wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 9:31 pm
2014 Mending Wall Petite Sirah. I love this wine and vintage. Each bottle should also come with a pack of crest teeth whitening strips. It'll make your entire mouth, tongue and teeth completely black.
I tasted that vintage at the Mending Wall winery, and regret not loading up on it at the time (I was quite ill, and hardly able to drink any....but I remember thinking that it was the best PS I'd ever tasted....)
I nearly converted a beer geek friend to wine with that '14 PS [cheers.gif] I don't see the '14 available on their website, but it might be worth a call to the winery if you're looking to grab some. I tasted '14, '15, '16, and possibly the 2017 (those extra "ok, I'll give it a try" pours) at the winery this weekend. I thought the 16 was just as good and loaded up on that and some '14. Funny, I signed up at that winery for the cab and now I'm all in on their PS.
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#10794 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 8th, 2019, 4:37 pm

Alex Frank wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 3:29 pm
This seems like a good thread for my first WB post: enjoyed a 2014 Reserve de la Comtesse on Friday night. Loved it – obviously young, flash decanted and it just got better after each glass. Dug it so much for the price ($39), I went back a couple days later to buy more but they were out. Ah well. Excited to be here with you all and hopefully have many more great wines to post about!
Great note! Thanks for posting and welcome aboard!
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#10795 Post by Alex Frank » October 8th, 2019, 4:38 pm

Andrew Demaree wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm
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October 6th, 2019, 3:29 pm
This seems like a good thread for my first WB post: enjoyed a 2014 Reserve de la Comtesse on Friday night. Loved it – obviously young, flash decanted and it just got better after each glass. Dug it so much for the price ($39), I went back a couple days later to buy more but they were out. Ah well. Excited to be here with you all and hopefully have many more great wines to post about!
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#10796 Post by Alex Frank » October 8th, 2019, 4:39 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Alex Frank wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 3:29 pm
This seems like a good thread for my first WB post: enjoyed a 2014 Reserve de la Comtesse on Friday night. Loved it – obviously young, flash decanted and it just got better after each glass. Dug it so much for the price ($39), I went back a couple days later to buy more but they were out. Ah well. Excited to be here with you all and hopefully have many more great wines to post about!
Great note! Thanks for posting and welcome aboard!
Thank you! Appreciate the warm welcome.

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#10797 Post by joeduncan » October 9th, 2019, 11:42 am

Coravin'd a 2017 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge Chardonnay.

Couldn't resist. Was a little tight initially but opened up in the glass over an hour or so. Pretty lemon and mineral / saline notes, matched with good acidity.

As an aside, does anyone know which DIAM cork is used here? I was surprised how difficult it was to push the coravin needle through, hardest I've had.

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#10798 Post by Sean_S » October 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm

joeduncan wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 11:42 am
Coravin'd a 2017 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge Chardonnay.

Couldn't resist. Was a little tight initially but opened up in the glass over an hour or so. Pretty lemon and mineral / saline notes, matched with good acidity.

As an aside, does anyone know which DIAM cork is used here? I was surprised how difficult it was to push the coravin needle through, hardest I've had.
I believe its a DIAM 10. In my experience, you will break and damage Coravin needles on any DIAM closure. Tyey are very dense in general. The other issue is I have found that the DIAM corks will leak afterward. So IMO don't use Coravin on DIAM which excludes all Goodfellow wines...

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#10799 Post by joeduncan » October 9th, 2019, 1:34 pm

Sean_S wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm
joeduncan wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 11:42 am
Coravin'd a 2017 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge Chardonnay.

Couldn't resist. Was a little tight initially but opened up in the glass over an hour or so. Pretty lemon and mineral / saline notes, matched with good acidity.

As an aside, does anyone know which DIAM cork is used here? I was surprised how difficult it was to push the coravin needle through, hardest I've had.
I believe its a DIAM 10. In my experience, you will break and damage Coravin needles on any DIAM closure. Tyey are very dense in general. The other issue is I have found that the DIAM corks will leak afterward. So IMO don't use Coravin on DIAM which excludes all Goodfellow wines...

Sean
Thanks for the advice! I'll see if this one leaks... I gave it a good while standing up first so fingers crossed but I'll check it out tonight. Bit of a bummer and downside of DIAM.

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#10800 Post by Brian Pinci » October 9th, 2019, 6:56 pm

1999 Dom. de la Mordoree CdP Reine Bois. A bit past prime but a nice mouthful. I have another bottle in cellar and I’ll make a note to consume soon. Had it with flank steak and went quite well with it. Keeps reinforcing that I need to drink CdP sooner.
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