What bottle of wine did you open today?

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#10001 Post by jon leifer » January 7th, 2019, 7:15 pm

2013 Tignanello, terrific wine, lotta upside here, no rush if ya got em,
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#10002 Post by Subu Ramachandran » January 8th, 2019, 11:27 am

2013, Domaine de la cote, St. Rita Hills - awesome nose, reminds you of a lovely village volnay. Great job, Sashi and Rajat!

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#10003 Post by Ramon C » January 9th, 2019, 5:43 am

2004 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape en 1500ML.

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#10004 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 9th, 2019, 6:06 am

Diane Kessler wrote:
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Lots of good wines opened last night, but there were 3 standouts

1991 Ridge Monte Bello
1992 Chateau Montelena
2004 Ornellaia
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#10005 Post by Steven Orloff » January 9th, 2019, 10:05 am

1994 Arrowood CS - It was delightful!

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#10006 Post by J Fontamillas » January 9th, 2019, 10:37 am

Over the past 2-3 weeks:
78 La Lagune
78 Brane Cantenac
83 Chasse Spleen
85 Graham's vintage port
96 Montelena Cab Sauv Estate

The Port was gorgeous... The Montelena is probably in decline.
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#10007 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 9th, 2019, 10:56 am

jfont wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 10:37 am
Over the past 2-3 weeks:
78 La Lagune
78 Brane Cantenac
83 Chasse Spleen
85 Graham's vintage port
96 Montelena Cab Sauv Estate

The Port was gorgeous... The Montelena is probably in decline.
How was La Lagune?

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#10008 Post by Mark Thompson » January 9th, 2019, 12:16 pm

Craig G wrote:
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I’m drinking a leftover blend of Chateau Meyney 2014, 2001, 1990, 1986 and 1962 :-)
Did the ‘78 get left out of your final “blend” because it was so good you finished it or so bad you dumped it? I know the GL and Talbot’s are still holding up pretty well, but haven’t yet tried the Meyney.

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#10009 Post by Craig G » January 9th, 2019, 1:50 pm

Mark Thompson wrote:
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I’m drinking a leftover blend of Chateau Meyney 2014, 2001, 1990, 1986 and 1962 :-)
Did the ‘78 get left out of your final “blend” because it was so good you finished it or so bad you dumped it? I know the GL and Talbot’s are still holding up pretty well, but haven’t yet tried the Meyney.
I still need to post some notes on these. The 78 was somewhat oxidized and by the second day it was pretty shot. The 62 had a little oxidation but was quite drinkable. All the others were excellent. Preference was split between 86, 90 and 14. In the end my favorite was the 86 though the 90 was very close.
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#10010 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 9th, 2019, 2:53 pm

Really interesting to see the Meyney 2014 note. This Chateau slid in the wrong direction for me by 2005 latest. You seem to be big on this vintage for Meyney.

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#10011 Post by T Welch » January 9th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Just opened a 2000 Williams Selyem Mendocino Pinot Noir. The cork was just fine. I have never been a fan of the 2000 WS pinots (and we bought quite a few) as they have a rubbery aroma and taste. This one will go down the drain. Opened a 2006 Copain Wentzel pinot (the cork crumbled) that is showing well.
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#10012 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 9th, 2019, 7:02 pm

2016 Roilette Cuvee Tardive. Always a winner, year after year.

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#10013 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » January 9th, 2019, 8:38 pm

A couple of recent bottles:

Agraparte “Terroirs”-steely and saline, absolutely delicious in a linear style.

2014 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir (from magnum at a holiday gathering)-delicious. Very well knit together, good layering, and nice precision. Stuffed my prejudice against 2014 right back in my face. Very good wine.

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#10014 Post by T. Altmayer » January 9th, 2019, 8:59 pm

Arnot Roberts Gamay. Much prefer their Trousseau. Also prefer the Walter Scott Gamay as this was a bit more forward and acidic than I had hoped.
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#10015 Post by Tom Dawber » January 10th, 2019, 4:16 pm

2007 Vieux Lazaret Cuvee Exceptionale

Exceptionale is the perfect word for it. Enjoyed with a nice London broil, sweet potatoes roasted in cumin and chili powder, and broccoli with garlic and parmesan.
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#10016 Post by jon leifer » January 10th, 2019, 7:25 pm

2015 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Setilles".. better than a previous bottle a year ago, benefited from the extra year's aging, in a very nice place now, drinking quite nicely
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#10017 Post by Randy Bowman » January 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm

2015 Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir. Tight with obvious black fruit on the nose and first few sips. Opened up after 30 plus minutes gaining weight, depth and length of finish. This one can strut its stuff after a 30 minute decant that on first sip you might think Syrah and probably cellar well for 10 or more years.
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#10018 Post by Brian Glas » January 10th, 2019, 8:28 pm

2016 Scott Paul La Paulie. Pretty simple but a good pinot for $14 a bottle. Nice fruits with a decent finish.

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#10019 Post by Scott Brunson » January 13th, 2019, 3:50 am

Another winning lineup from the Charleston blind Saturday tasting group
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#10020 Post by dvansteenderen » January 13th, 2019, 4:10 am

Yesterday evening:
2014 Dönnhoff Felsenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs
2014 Dujac Fils et Père Gevrey-Chambertin
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#10021 Post by Andrew Demaree » January 13th, 2019, 9:18 am

Had a 2007 Tuscany tasting last night with my dad’s tasting group. It was a belated 70th birthday event for him that I organized. All wines came from my cellar and were purchased on release.
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Not pictured is a 2007 Il Poggione Brunello I also opened. All wines showed well, with the Flaccianello, Carbonaione, and Poggione as the standouts.
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#10022 Post by Diane Kessler » January 13th, 2019, 9:24 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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2016 Roilette Cuvee Tardive. Always a winner, year after year.
I had the non Tardive the other night, and was happy with it. Up next will be the Tardive.

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#10023 Post by Bud Carey » January 13th, 2019, 9:32 am

On deck.... 2012 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast pinot noir
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#10024 Post by CJ Beazley » January 13th, 2019, 9:35 am

2011 Forman Chardonnay
Whatever the opposite of flabby is (lithe maybe?) is what describes this. Clean, zippy, fresh, this showed very well with appetizers last night.
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#10025 Post by John Glas » January 13th, 2019, 10:35 am

2014 Sea Slopes Fort Ross Winery Pinot Noir - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (1/12/2019)
Day 1: Very nice with forest floor, mushrooms, cranberry, twigs and a semi sweet floral note. Good acidity and medium plus finish. Just really tasty and a very well made wine. 90 points
Day 2: More vivid on day 2 with bright fruits, spice, cranberry, mushrooms and floral notes. Medium plus finish. The best under $20 Pinot Noir I have ever tasted. 91 points (91 points)


2015 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (1/12/2019)
Day 1: This is rocking out of the gate. Very much the style of Pinot I like from California and it features cranberry, dust, spices, dried leaves and black olives. Very balance and nice acidity. Medium plus finish and should drink well through 2023. Excellent wine for $30. 92 points
Day 2: Drinking really well with cranberry, celery, subtle wood notes, dried leaves and black olives. A very alive wine with good acidity. This is drinking extremely well on day 2. This is a pop and pour now or a candidate to cellar for up to 5 years. 92 points (92 points)


2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (1/10/2019)
Day 1: Wow, great wine. Lemon, shells, stone fruit, orange peel and grassy note. Very complex wine and medium plus finish. Acidic but balanced. This is an outstanding value for $25 on sale at a local wine shop. Wow! 92 points
Day 2: Lemon, shells, tangerine, stone and flint. This is White Burgundy like and doesn't have the heavy oak some of the Cali Chards feature. While not a long finish it still offers complexity. Going up to the shop that has this on sale and grabbing some more on Saturday. 92 points (92 points)


2013 Substance Merlot Super Substance Northridge Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope (1/10/2019)
Day 1: Bing cherries, smoke, spices, vanilla and oak. This is a big wine and medium to long finish. A bit of heat. Good overall wine and should benefit over the next couple days. 88 points
Day 2: Not improving much and actually declining. I am concerned for this wine. A lot of spice, subtle fruit, some heat and overall quite boring. Not a good day 2 score. 83 points
Day 3: Not any better than day 2.
Recommendation: Pass on this wine. It was a buttery wine on the pop and pour with some heat. So many better wines from Charles Smith out there like their Syrah lineup. (88 points)


2009 Domaine de la Côte de l'Ange Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/4/2019)
Day 1: Garrique, red currants, tar and minerality. This is a complex wine and possesses a multilayered finish. Outstanding value at $25 a bottle. Not too many better!! 91 plus
Day 2: More intense than day 1. Garrique, damp earth, stone, dark currants and dark chocolate. Medium plus finish and really drinking well right now. 92 points
Day 3: Still holding up really well and picks up some additional notes of crushed rock, roasted nuts and violets adding on to the tar, red currants Garrique and minerality. This is an amazing deal at $24.95 and has another decade based on what I am seeing right now. A Rockstar wine! 93 plus. (93 points)


2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/4/2019)
Day 1: Not the over the top CDP that has been more frequent lately. Lighter in style with underbrush, wild game, spice, water chestnuts and stone. Short to medium finish and good acidity. I think day 2 and 3 could improve greatly. 90 points
Day 2: Hello! Nose is fantastic with floral, blue fruits, spice and stone. Palate is more intense than day 1 but still has really good acidity. Wild game, floral, blue fruits and stone. Medium plus finish and day 2 has improve my outlook on an already good day 1 showing. This should age for another decade at least. 92 points
Day 3: Not as good as day 2 as it has lost some of the intensity. Certainly not bad and should have a long aging potential. Will revisit on day 4. 90 points
Day 4: Going with the rare day 4 review. Very similar to day 1 of all things with the lighter style. Spice, Garrique, wild game and mushrooms. Short to medium finish. 91 points
Recommendation: Buy this wine. Found it locally for $29.95. I would do a 4 hour decant if you want to drink now but I would cellar for 2 to 3 years at this point. (92 points)

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#10026 Post by Greg K » January 13th, 2019, 11:27 am

2011 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin aux Echezeaux

Absolutely lovely stuff, on the lighter side very red fruited with some nice tannin for structure. No hints of green.
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#10027 Post by RyanC » January 13th, 2019, 11:29 am

2016 PYCM NSG 1er 'Boudots' - Bright, subtle, and very pretty. More Vosne than Nuits, it shows suave red fruits, subtle minerals, and vibrant acid in a light-middleweight package. Relatively simple at this stage, and not particularly grand, but well balanced and very drinkable. Age hopefully will unlock more depth and complexity.
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#10028 Post by Diane Kessler » January 14th, 2019, 5:35 am

1999 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow - if ever there was a California Cab that drank like a mature Pauillac. This was excellent pairing with our Flannery steaks.

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#10029 Post by J Fontamillas » January 14th, 2019, 3:45 pm

Jayson Cohen wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 10:56 am
jfont wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 10:37 am
Over the past 2-3 weeks:
78 La Lagune
78 Brane Cantenac
83 Chasse Spleen
85 Graham's vintage port
96 Montelena Cab Sauv Estate

The Port was gorgeous... The Montelena is probably in decline.
How was La Lagune?
It was terrific. Opened up more after about an hour in the bottle.
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#10030 Post by YLee » January 14th, 2019, 4:09 pm

'16 La Dame de Montrose
Due to curiosity.
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#10031 Post by T. Williams » January 14th, 2019, 5:33 pm

YLee wrote:
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'16 La Dame de Montrose
Due to curiosity.
And what were your thoughts on it? I’ve been thinking of picking up a few but haven’t pulled the cord yet.

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#10032 Post by YLee » January 14th, 2019, 5:51 pm

Had to decant at least 5 or 6 hours to have it open up a bit. Smell of wonderful fruits. Very balanced wine and went down smooth. Very long length. Ate it with a rib eye steak that I reverse seared. I bought half case before and now I think I might want to buy few more or hold onto the 5 left and see what '18 has to offer. It's only $35-40/bttle. If you're not sure just buy a bottle or two.
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#10033 Post by Tom Dawber » January 14th, 2019, 6:11 pm

2005 Chateau de Fieuzal

I was really happy with this. After about an hour some lovely black and blue fruit notes came in to smooth out some still present tannin. Smoky earthy notes and a fleeting herbal quality that called to mind oregano. Some eucalyptus notes that dissipated after about two hours, when the fruit began to take on a bit of a tart cherry quality.

Lovely pairing with a sirloin I broiled for my wife and I, and cheesy garlic mashed cauliflower.
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#10034 Post by Josh Grossman » January 14th, 2019, 7:36 pm

2000 Jacob Franklin Petite Sirah Howell Mountain
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    Cork disintegrated with an ah-so and lots of sediment so it needed a decant. Just the slightest bricking. Pretty nice nose of blueberries, orange zest, and anise. Graphite dominates the mouth with resolved tannins and fruit on the downslope to almost gone Really thin mouthfeel with a short finish. (88 pts.)
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#10035 Post by T Welch » January 15th, 2019, 5:53 pm

1997 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon. A 1999 consumed last week was fantastic. The short ribs (Costco choice, but i swear they're prime) are finishing up in the oven. It's pouring here in the SF Bay Area, so I'm listening to Riders on the Storm by The Doors while I anticipate Warriors at Nuggets and Penguins at Sharks.
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#10036 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » January 15th, 2019, 7:41 pm

1999 Château Musar with dry aged ribeye for my birthday dinner. I’m really beginning to think that Musar is my favorite wine. This bottle was phenomenal.

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#10037 Post by David K o l i n » January 15th, 2019, 8:21 pm

2003 Lagier Meredith Syrah. Starting up the aging curve. Rich, solid aromas of blood and blackberries. Pronounced olive on the palate. GreT match for the middle eastern food at Aba

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#10038 Post by Diane Kessler » January 17th, 2019, 4:59 am

2007 Scherrer Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard - I find Platt needs more time than other Scherrer Pinots for the tannins to soften. This one is a beauty. Cherry pit, truffles, sous bois, with orange peel at the end. I don't see this getting any better.

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#10039 Post by jon leifer » January 17th, 2019, 6:27 pm

2015 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet..drinking well now, will probably continue to provide pleasure for another few years
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#10040 Post by jon leifer » January 19th, 2019, 8:00 pm

2015 Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato from Ferraris..hand sold to me by my local wine guru who does a terrific job on under the radar Italian wines, said he got it from a small importer he knows in NYC....Not sure what to make of this wine..Day one, kind of underwhelming..Will re-visit and see what, if anything developes..Have known, tasted with and purchased wines from Dana for > 30 yrs..This may be one of the very few wines we will agree to disagree on..
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#10041 Post by C. Keller » January 21st, 2019, 5:01 pm

2015 Ridge Cabernet
2016 Beaucastel CDP

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#10042 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 21st, 2019, 6:26 pm

2017 Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Kabinett Alte Reben (AP 8)

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#10043 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 21st, 2019, 6:37 pm

Jayson Cohen wrote:
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You suck! You find and buy all the good shit. Impossible to find in Borlando!

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#10044 Post by J.Vizuete » January 21st, 2019, 8:34 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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Had a 2015 Jaboulet dom. de Thalabert last night. Very classic presentation - it was dark, with concentrated, sappy black fruit, but so much natural acidity that it felt very light to medium bodied on the palate. Subtle notes of meat and olive that were suggestive but did not overwhelm. Not a hint of confection. It's packages like that which I expect to go a long distance.. maybe best in 10-15 years?
Thanks for the check-in. I was almost reluctant to buy this wine out of the obvious concern: ripe vintage, big points by the critics. My 6-pack comes in this week, sounds like we should sit on them some.
Would be delighted to know if you agree should/when you pop the first of those six :)
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#10045 Post by EricP » January 21st, 2019, 9:48 pm

Tensley Colson Canyon syrah 2011.

This wine is in a really nice place now. Complex nose - red and dark fruits. Blackberries, raspberries, dark plum etc.
The richness of this wine gives an impression of sweetness, but my guess is it's completely dry. Awesome fruit and body.
Tannin is mostly resolved but I think this will easily go another 5-10 years.

I'll come back to this tomorrow night and see how it is with a bit more air.
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#10046 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 22nd, 2019, 4:37 am

J.Vizuete wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 8:34 pm
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J.Vizuete wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 6:47 am
Had a 2015 Jaboulet dom. de Thalabert last night. Very classic presentation - it was dark, with concentrated, sappy black fruit, but so much natural acidity that it felt very light to medium bodied on the palate. Subtle notes of meat and olive that were suggestive but did not overwhelm. Not a hint of confection. It's packages like that which I expect to go a long distance.. maybe best in 10-15 years?
Thanks for the check-in. I was almost reluctant to buy this wine out of the obvious concern: ripe vintage, big points by the critics. My 6-pack comes in this week, sounds like we should sit on them some.
Would be delighted to know if you agree should/when you pop the first of those six :)
John, I had the wine last weekend at a dinner party over some robust food. With the company - a non-wine group - and the rich food, my assessment of the wine is general. The first good point was that I enjoyed it, not anywhere to the degree that JD did, but liked it nonetheless. It was relatively full bodied to me. Nothing gave me the indication that this wine absolutely needed 10-15+ years to be enjoyed, but clearly had the stuffing to go there. It was not closed. It's been a while since I have had a Thalabert, but they and the domaine have moved in a more modernist-style direction compared to the wines of the early '90s and before that. I've had some Thalabert with 30 years on them that were fantastic. This 2015 was a solid purchase, I think I paid $32-35 or so.

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Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

#10047 Post by Craig G » January 22nd, 2019, 4:49 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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2017 Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Kabinett Alte Reben (AP 8)
You suck! You find and buy all the good shit. Impossible to find in Borlando!
Understandably, the trade figured that most people in Florida don’t have enough time left for that many syllables.
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#10048 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 22nd, 2019, 5:13 am

I bill by the minutes, Craig. Bring it on!

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#10049 Post by Paul Jaouen » January 22nd, 2019, 5:19 am

1989 Pichon Baron for an '89 left bank dinner tonight.
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#10050 Post by Jay Miller » January 22nd, 2019, 6:59 am

2014 Clos Roche Blanche Gamay

What a treat. Still some tannins but complex, minerally and honest.
Ripe fruit isn't necessarily a flaw.

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