L 161 Walla Walla 2018 Petite Sirah: A dark, still young, medium bodied Petite Sirah with an initial compelling opening bouquet. In a blind tasting, I could not have guessed what this varietal would have been. Full mouthed, fruit forward, yet with a slight green reserved palate. Two years since bottling (3-23-2021) and within the year, I would suspect this dNé offering will exhibit a QPR delight. Pretty powerful for a $99 case special w/shipping. Thank you CH. B+
Just tapped into Lot 345 Clare Valley Riesling.
If you like it dry, this is gonna make you happy. Corpse dry and so insanely energetic that I think I saw the glass move on its own. Lovely citrus fruit and floral notes. Normally my experience with Riesling leans toward notes of apple and pear, and I think of it as a Fall varietal. But this had me thinking of thirst quenching porch pounders in mid July here in NC. Honestly this competes with Rosé and SB as my house varietal for the upcoming summer. Refreshing and so delicious.
OG Lot 176 2019 Russian River Pinot Noir
A Very good & Solidly structured RRV PN, that is drinking ok, now.
Note to self, don’t open the last two cases for another year+. Another case of premature consumption?
I expect great things here over time, the nose just needs more cellaring. IMHO.
w/ Chicken Mole Tacos
OG N.25 2018 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
A Loooong decant and it opens up nicely. This is a fine wine, a favorite of mine.
Per Cam:" Drink now with a good decant and over the next 20 years."
Not sure how long I can wait on these, but, I am going to try to hide the last case from myself??
with extra delicious Aged Beef Rib Roast
Haven’t been drinking much DN lately. Just way too much other great wine to dig into
But N.181 keeps on proving to be a nice versatile Cab for any situation. Just full of plummy mountain fruit goodness. Nice finish. Pairs well with 60+ MPH wind gusts, PG&E Power Outages, and random Comcast glitches.
Did not care for the one I opened shortly after arrival, which came off as sort of disjointed and unremarkable, so am letting them chill out a bit before going back for more.
OG dN Lot 166 2018 Walla Walla Valley Meritage
This opens up nicely after a few hours in the decanter. Drinking well currently, can age very well, too.
This is now a good choice for a casual Tuesday night dinner.
Cellar defender!! One Yum.
with Turkey POT Pie…
Curious to hear if you like it better after a little rest. I drank mine a couple of days after delivery. Also should add, I love acidity and this delivers.
I accidentally committed infanticide the other night when I was looking for a cab franc & pulled a 215. It’s been over a year since I had one but this beauty has years of life ahead of it and considerable upside potential. Forest notes on the palate and dark berries. Some spice. Nicely integrated oak & acidity already, but plenty of structure to go the distance. Nose is still shy. Elegant, indeed.
Because it was a last minute decision, it only received a few hours decant. A 24 hour slow-ox would likely have allowed more fruit to emerge. I will hold off another year or two before sampling another.
Opened a OG N.08
one of my favs, thoughts?
Just getting into it. The oak is more intergated
2 years ago this (08) was an oak monster.
Yes. It was $13? Wow! Worth every penny of $25.
I am not sure if this post is going to appear. My original was two years ago and, forgive me, but as a 76 year old this board is no longer user friendly. I write this as someone who goes back to Chowhound in the late ‘90’s and is a retired Beard panelist.
I am sipping 200 as I type this, open on the second day. It is excellent. Since my “earlier” post from ‘21 I have now had several Pritchard Hills (243) which were $50 on release and today are worth every penny of three times that. I honestly believe this was the single best bottle of wine of the first 250 or offered.
I miss this board but it is no longer user friendly. It is still an absolute pleasure to talk to a human being on the phone. Especially a friend from multiple decades.
Yah this new interface kind of sucks. Stick around Joe we need old people in the cult to eat when you die.
stick around Joe, it’s plenty user-friendly once you get used to it.
Joe. Welcome back. Glad u are posting again.
Great comments Joe. It would be great to get more insight from you on how these wines are evolving. Appreciate your comments on 200. I was unable to get 243.
Joe! Glad to see you posting again. Thanks for the notes on 243. I have been looking for notes and had previously only seen 1 CT note.