What bottle of wine did you open today? (Part 2)

Well played! I’m still trying to get my youngest into Loire reds with only limited success so far.

Had a great one last night:

Domaine de la Chevalerie - Grand Mont - Bourgueil 2012

Dark raspberry, violet and roses on the nose, then a beguiling blend of dark cherry, sour cherry, raspberry and blackberry, complex and deep with a lingering finish. Very yummy.

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Something cool on a hot day


I would love to hear more about your stay @Dennis_Atick ! I just bought my first bottle of Emidio Pepe (‘07) and very much wanting to learn more about Abruzzo wine.

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Not yet, but I have a Chenin in the fridge ready to go. 2019 is the latest released vintage I believe.

Drinks pretty well now. A good mix of primary fruit and developed notes for my taste. A recent 2006 felt younger.


Something new for me:

Crozes-Hermitage - David Risoul et Emmanuel Gagnepain - Les Belles Ames 2020

Very floral bouquet of cherry blossom and peonies, with a fresh, crisp mouthful of garrigue strawberries and violets, then a rich wave of blackcurrants and spices before a long, elegant finish. Only 13% ABV which does it no harm whatsoever. Delicious now but will probably improve further.

I’m not really a Rhone valley drinker, but this had more in common with the Loire so right up my street. It was a Xmas present a few years ago but I think it sells for around 25€, which is a fair price for the quality.


A Cabernet Franc from Württemberg, Germany, usually associated with „lesser“ varietals such as Trollinger, Lemberger, Müller Thurgau …
Smooth and balanced, maybe just a bit too harmless and polished.
Blackberries, cherries, earthy notes, dry foliage. A fine effort.

DINNER WITH OG GANG - (9/7/2024)

  • NV Leclerc Briant Champagne Brut Cuvée Divine - France, Champagne
    Solera blend of base 2009, 3.5g/l dosage. 50% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. An oxidative, rich champagne with tropical fruit and honey notes. Unlike the Chardonnay that I tasted in France which was too austere, this lacked verve and cut. (86 points)
  • 1996 Elio Altare Langhe Barbera Larigi - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
    Clearly a modern abomination. Eucalyptus notes at first that made me think new-world, but developed a modern Bordeaux profile of ripe, extracted dark red fruit. But this was too polished to be a Bordeaux so guessed supertuscan eventually. Oak was unintegrated and the dark red fruit was too glossy, nowhere near as good as the 1990 tasted previously. (88 points)
  • 2017 Hubert Lignier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
    So primary that it tasted like a barrel sample at first with overly candied red fruit and vanilla notes. Took a couple of hours to gain structure and coherence, clearly a wine of immense potential with the concentration of fruit. What struck me the most was that this didn’t have the rusticity and dark fruit profile of older Ligniers that I’ve had, definitely a wine made in a post-modern red-fruited style. (92 points)
  • 2001 Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Auslese - Germany, Rheinhessen
    My contribution. Consistent with my previous experiences with Keller sweets; piercing acidity and minerality with attractive citrus and lychee fruit. Some honey notes and viscosity developed with air, no rush to drink this but in a good spot now. WOTN for most including myself. (94 points)

2021 Luis Seabra Xisto Illimitato Branco
Oily mouthfeel , dry fruit and herbs wrapped around a saber steel core. Fairly complex. Do not drink this one too cold or you will miss the party.
Very recommended


Celebratory bottle for accepting my first harvest internship position.

Notes of Golden Delicious apple on the nose and palate. I’d be curious to compare this to the Abbey ridge Blanc de Noir that Sivilli makes.


Final 2010 Caronne Ste Gemme, delicious cedar, tobacco, dark fruit traditional style Bordeaux. ***1/2.


With a significant improvement in the exchange rate favoring USD in Argentina over the past six weeks, this now comes in around $15 out the door so for that price I can’t complain. Clean and correct although not too exciting. My guess is equal quality would be less $ in Spain and probably over $20 in the US.


I love Zuccardi’s reds. Never had the whites. I definitely recommend tasting there if you ever get the opportunity.

I like the Pasaje Altamira Cab Franc. It’s from the highest elevation of the three cab francs under the Poligonos label and has the best acidity. The Fosil Chardonnay is a good wine and packs some zippy energy but I wish he used all used wood rather than the 70% egg, 30% 500L (used) wood as it comes across just a little too pretentiously lean for my taste. And I don’t like the value at roughly $75.
The new winery is quite the piece of brutalist architecture!

Oh wow! I went 10+ years ago and it was just a simple
Operation. That new building is a very different kettle of fish!

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Some nice wines at two different dinners with friends and family
at Julii restaurant in Bethesda
1998 Beausejour Becot - Beautiful floral nose and smooth berry palate. But fell apart within an hour
1999 Giscours - a bit fat with lots of black fruit but a bit rough on the acid. Also fell apart within an hour! WTF!
2002 Billecart Nicolas - beautiful chamagne. Lively and white fruit with a touch of oxidation. Obviously more advanced thatn last time I had this wine but still showing beautifully.
2014 Chevaliers Chassagne Montrachet Maltrois(sp) - surprisingly wine of the night. So alive and full bodied. Was by far the best food wine.
at Offshore in Columbia with famiy
no pictures but had to mention these two beauties
2015 Pape Clement Blanc - what a powerhouse. Such a beautiful wine with very full rounded flavors that stay on your palate for long time. I’m a fan!
2012 Peter Michael Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel - Excellent wine. Very Californian showing cedar and black raspberry notes. I loved it. Lasted a long time over dinner!



So dang tasty. Gone too soon.


A pair of '17s.

2017 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo
Lovely wine, Floral, mid-weight and composed. Baby Barolo.

2017 Maxime Graillot Domaine Des Lises Crozes Hermitage
Still very young, All satsuma plum and briar laced blackberry fruit, Quite dense and brooding. Needs time.

For Bastille Day, the Tour, and a toasty summer day. A personal favorite.


I don’t actually care for carbonic influence wines, but this is compelling.

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