66.6% of 2009 is behind us. What is you BEST & WORST so far?

*Best: 2004 Buccella

Worst: 2004 Silver Oak Napa

  • Just to keep this in perspective, why not make this one you expected more from, or at least expected to be drinkable…

Best: 1999 Ogier Cote Rotie La Belle Helene

Worst: 2003 Kaesler Grenache “The Fave”

Best - So many options here…

Lafleur dinner (86,89)
85 Jayer Echezeaux
2004 Robert Weil Riesling Kiedrich Grafenberg TBA

Worst - Multiple vintages of Pride Reserve…yeah, it sucked, but time.

Best: 2007 Maybach Materium from Magnum

Worst: 2004 Pico Madama

Best: 2001 Colgin Cariad
2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow
1999 Guigal Hermitage (just way better than I expected)

Worst: 2001 Williams Selyem Pinot Precious Mtn
2004 Stanton Cabernet

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    Close 2nd Quivid 07 Spring Mountain.

1990, 82, 86 Leoville Las Cases
1990 Latour
1990 Yquem
2004 Screaming Eagle
2005 Montelena Cabernet Estate
1996 Krug

Worst: Corked wines

Very interesting, though difficult, question - one that I had to go through my notes to answer.

For the 2/3rds of 2009 gone by:



Cab/Cab Blend - '94 Dominus
Syrah/Syrah Blend - '97 Sean Thackrey Orion Old Vines


Rosé - 2007 Tempier Bandol Rosé
Champagne - '88 Roederer Cristal


Pauillac - '83 Lafite Rothschild
St-Julien - '82 Gruaud Larose/'78 Ducru Beaucaillou
Pomerol - '94 Lafleur, just edging out '98 L’Evangile (still very young)
St-Estèphe - '86 Cos d’Estournel
St-Emilion - '94 Angelus (I obviously don’t drink much St-Emilion)
Pessac-Léognan - '96 Domaine de Chevalier


Chablis - '00 Domaine Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Volnay - '90 d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans
Corton - '99 Jadot Corton-Pougets Grand Cru
Grands Échézeaux - '97 DRC
Morey St-Denis - '99 Louis Jadot Clos St-Denis Grand Cru
Gevrey Chambertin - '03 Denis Mortet G-C 1er Cru Les Champeaux


Hermitage - '96 Chave Hermitage
Côte Rôtie - '98 Jamet Côte-Rôtie
Southern Rhône - '98 Beaucastel CdP


Sancerre - '01 Edmond Vatan Sancerre Clos La Néore
Pouilly-Fumé - 2003 Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang


Barbaresco - '97 Gaja Barbaresco
Tuscan IGT - '88 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco
Barolo - '90 Gaja Barolo Sperss


Ribera del Duero - '87 Unico
Rioja - '82 Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva/'95 Murrieta Dalmau
Bierzo - '03 Descendientes de José Palacios Moncerbal
País Vasco - '08 Txomin Etxaniz Getaria
Rías Baixas - '07 Laxas Albariño

Germany: '07 Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Expected to be drinkable but wasn’t:

'92 Margaux, '86 Ducru Beaucaillou, '05 Kapcsándy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard

Nice list LMD.

Best: 93 Drouhin Musigny

Worst: Devastatingly DOA 82 Salon

Best: 1983 Dominus, 1998 Coutier Ambonnay (Champs)

Worst: Heart-crushing two consecutive corked Barolos from my cellar - 2000 Prunotto Bussia and 2003 Pio Cesare

Top wines thus far have been a 90 Verset Cornas,86 lalande,87 Monty.

Most disaapointing was a 1985 E. Guigal Hermitage

I can’t even put into words just how vile the couple of bottles of Pride Reserve were . . . and I generally don’t have any problem spinning a yarn. I also had to suffer through some KB damage that was brutal and then there was that truly horrific collection of Clarendon Hills I keep meaning to post about. Right up there though is the '05 Green Lion Cabernet . . . Napa Cab from Chris Ringland!

Best: Mag 1970 Mayacamas and 1963 Taylor

Worst: the 17 bottles Saxon and I had for lunch one day that all sucked


That 17 bottle lunch was an all time low.

Best: 1990 La Grande Dame
Worst: 1994 Dominus that was among The Most Corked Wines Ever - Did you ever succeed in getting that replacement, Tryba?

Don’t really see how a corked wine can be on somebody’s worst list…It’s not a fair (good or bad) representation of the wine…

Best: 2003 Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah and 2007 Copain Monument Tree Pinot Noir

Worst: 2006 Saxon Brown ‘Parmelee Hill - Stonewall Block’ Zinfandel

Best: 2004 Cayuse Cailloux, 2005 Roar Garys’ Pinot Noir

Worst: 2001 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino, 1987 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve


Hard to pick just one. If I really had to, the 02 Monfortino. But really, these are the wines that stand out in my memory:

02 Marc Colin Chassagne Champs-Gain, Caillerets
01 Bea Sagrantino
04 F Rinaldi Barolo Cannubio
02 Monfortino
99 Clos des Ducs
98 Fourrier Chambolle Gruenchers
01 Arnoux Beaux Monts
01 Conti Costanti Brunello

05 Argiolas Korem
05 Nit de Nin
01 Le Chiuse Brunello