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I first opened a 2004 Patric Lesec Chateauneuf du Pape "Chasse Temps" I bought at Costco. I remembered another decently low priced CdP from Lesec, the "Rubis", and got this one assuming in would be in the same league. Totally disappointing, no idea what RP was thinking about when we rated it 89-91. No bouquet, no grenache, no nothing. Daughter says not even good for soaking the dried mushrooms.

Since I was in the Rhone-ish mood, I set the Lesec aside and opened a tried and true, the 2000 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph. Here, reverend Robert got it right: "This supple, medium to full-bodied, elegant St.-Joseph possesses superb depth, purity, and balance. " Rated 90-92. An entirely different league. Forget ratings, dear reader, they are meaningless.

Summary for the day: one out of two. Not at all bad, I guess...

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  1. Opened a bottle of 2005 Chateau de Lascaux 2005 tonight - a great wine from Languedoc. Another outstanding Kermit Lynch selection (and only around $17.00)

    1. Rainer Wess's 2005 Gruner Veltliner "Pfaffenberg". The remaining half of a bottle opened on Saturday, when it made a wonderful accompaniment to miso-glazed sockeye with the last-of-season local asparagus. Textbook GV, if less than full throttle than some (a good thing IMO). White pepper, light citrus and chalk on the nose, white and green fruit on the palate. Acid bright, bone dry. Long minerally finish. A bit austere so probably best drunk with food, but a fine wine indeed.

      1. 2005 William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux. Lots of green apples, then more green apples, with a faint hint of grapefruit peel. Nice minerals, great acidity, though a bit more chalky than I'd preferred. Should go well with a gruyere mac 'n cheese. A good bargain right at $20 considering his other offerings. My wine guy also invited me to try his Argentine malbec. I think I will next week.

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        1. re: mengathon

          Love the Argentine malbec, one of the best bargins out there!

        2. had some j lassalle champagne and then some rusack pinot

          1. Latah Creek Chard, not too bad at all. We went to the 25th anniversary winery party Friday, and sampled their Cabernet-Syrah, their 25th anniversary offering: quite nice, and I was pleasantly surprised not to be overwhelmed with sweetness: I'm definitely a dry wine type. We picked up a mixed case of: Riesling, again, less sweet than the usual, and I like it, and the other half was May Wine, a nice middling easy wine; a case of: Chardonnay, good and reliable; and two cases of their Sangiovese, which is to die for. These crazy people wanted to combine it in some ghastly lemonade summer drink, and I say for shame! It's a great moderate red, and absolutely great with blackened steak.

            1. saint roche rose; will have some champagne gonet medeville rose later

              1. Last night had the 2003 Dominus Cab w/steak. Excellent. Decanted for about an hour. Opened up very nicely in the glass as well. Strong sense of fresh berries initially. Good chocolate notes and the tannins were quite sweet and balanced. Stood up very well to the spice rubbed bone in ribeye. Later on the evening finished with some 25 year old Macallan.

                Thinking about what to open tonight. Might do the 2001 Vieux Telegraphe CdP "La Crau". If so, must decant now.

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                1. re: woojink

                  Veramonte SB Rsv. on sale for $8.00 in grocery. I thought it was very good. We had roasted chicken with it. Yummy!

                  1. re: woojink

                    Mmm very nice. Dominus and steak is always a nice start to any weekend. Just curious, how do you think the '03 is drinking? I have a couple of bottles that I'm debating between drinking or holding.

                    I don't think the '03 is quite as good as the '02 or the '01, but I thought Laube was nuts when he panned it.

                    1. re: mengathon

                      Lately I find myself disagreeing with Laube more often than not. I think there is some weird stuff going on at WS right now. If you look at their scores on a 10-15 basis, there is really no rhyme or reason. Personally I think he was overly generous 10 years ago and now is trying to "regain some credibility" by going the other way? Who knows.

                      The '03 Dominus is drinking quite well. Definitely benefited from some time in the glass and/or decanter, but was not as tight as you'd think upon first opening. IMO, most '03s are drinking well young... a little tight when they first come out of the bottle, but a little air helps. I don't think this will be a huge vintage for ageability... of course as with all things Napa, there will be several to many exceptions. I generally think most Napa cabs aren't nearly as ageworthy as their old world counterparts.... I have very little if any Napa cabs left that are over 15-20 years old... my sweet spot for age in Napa is 8-12 years, and for some, even that is too long. The signature fruit seems to fade and while they may taste and drink fine, they don't get a lot better... quite different, again IMO, from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

                      All that being said, I would drink and am drinking my '03 Dominus bottles now... I MAY save one or two to see what happens, but that's just a maybe.

                      1. re: woojink

                        Thanks for the tip. Í think you just convinced me to do a Dominus vertical party with some bone-in ribeyes. I'll post a note on the '04 Dominus when I do.

                        1. re: mengathon

                          Great idea. I would really recommend some prolonged decant on the younger vintages. You should try some chocolate at the end as a pairing. To my palate it works really well with most good Napa cabs... go figure. Other cool pairings for cal-cab verticals I've done in the past have been cheese try some parm-reggiano, and other assortments of hard and soft cheeses... you and your guests can have some very intereting flavor profile changes with that experiment.

                          Sounds like a fun. Look forward to the tasting notes.

                          1. re: woojink

                            That rec is spot on. The consistent chocolate and espresso notes in Dominus are probably why it's my favorite California cab. I'll keep this in mind next time I try to make my bitter chocolate crusted steak. Now I won't have to figure out another wine for desserts.

                  2. 2003 Red Car Wine Company "All Night Radio" Syrah
                    very good.

                    1. A very pleasant Italian Rose, recommended by the folks at Moore Brothers. It's Corte Gardoni Bardolino Chiaretto from the area of Lake Garda, and for $12 it's become a summer favorite.

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                      1. re: CindyJ

                        Lucky you! I can't find any chiaretto around here.

                      2. A really delicious Ruffino Chianti called Colognole. And very reasonable at about $16.

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                        1. re: cherie

                          Chateau Tour de Mirambeau 2005 -- a white Bordeaux that I picked up on a whim at the wine store where I work. Surprisingly lovely; I guess I wasn't expecting much since I knew so little about it. I paired it weirdly, with a hummus/tapenade creation on baguette, and it was still really nice, herbal with a tangy finish. Yummy.

                        2. not representative of what I drink everyday but '96 Clicquot le grande dame

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                          1. re: ibstatguy

                            Adding insult upon injury...

                            I broke the neck today of a 1999 Dom Perignon I bought at Costco for $109.99, and let me tell you somehing: it was as good as it gets.

                            1. re: RicRios

                              Robert Sinskey Rose of pino noir, I love this stuff and now the winery is sold out. Does anyone know where to get more?

                              1. re: chowpiggy

                                If you're looking for the rosé of pinot noir, I think the RS still has them. If you're looking for the vin gris of pinot, not sure where you live, but this is where I got mine.


                                1. re: chowpiggy

                                  I think they have it at K&L though for your money I think the ken brown is better

                                2. re: RicRios

                                  Did you really break the neck or did you pull the cork as most of us have to do?

                                  1. re: FrankJBN

                                    Somehow the verb "dégorger" gets in the way whenever I think "champagne".

                                  2. re: ibstatguy

                                    Great wine. '96 was a really good vintage for Champagne IMO. My fave right now from '96 is the Taittinger Comtes Champagne Blanc de Blanc. Absolutely wonderful. I'm down to my last half case.

                                    1. re: woojink

                                      try to track down some '96 jacquesson, particularly the "Avize"; you won't regret it

                                      1. re: ibstatguy

                                        i love the '96 bernard bremont. hard to find, though. love the '96 Comtes. it blows so many other champagnes away for my taste.

                                        1. re: revets2

                                          only have 1 '96 comte de champagne left...no self control. have some '96 le grande dame, '96 jacquesson...kicking myself for not having bought more '96

                                  3. Blue Mountain Vineyard Striped Label 2003 Pinot Gris.
                                    Price unremembered - I claim under $20 British Columbian. (1$BC == 1$ Canadian)
                                    Just a nice easy sommertime drinker. Actually went really well with a Black recado Belizean veggie soup I whipped up.

                                    1. Just tried a very interesting cab from Ramey. The Pedregal Vineyard '04, Oakville. I'm a big fan of David Ramey - GREAT accomplishments in the past from Chalk Hill to Dominus to Rudd, and now his own label - for a treat, try his Hyde and/or Ritchie Chards. I think his efforts using the fruit from Jericho Canyon have been be absolutely stellar. SUPER nice guy to boot.

                                      The '04 Pedregal was really, really good, although I fear, I opened this bottle a bit too early. Glad that I have several more. Took about an hour to open up to a level beyond super tight. Great soft fruit however. Strong notes of chocolate and coffee... can't wait to see how this wine matures. Excellent cabernet. Had it with a very nice lamb and spinach risotto.

                                      1. 2005 Vinos Sin-Ley (Diego Fernandez) Monastrell 3, a pure Monastrell aged in stainless steel, from La Mancha ($11). It's going extremely well with a nice thin-crust margherita pizza from Mangia Neapolitan Pizzeria in Boston's South End, and the Red Sox game. Aah, the Sox just won. ¡Salud!

                                        1. Finishing off a bottle of 2004 Black Mountain Fat Cat Cab we'd opened for an informal dinner party (curryfest) last weekend. Hadn't had this before and was caught by surprise how fruity and well constructed it was (it's a TJ wine for like $6 or something absurd). A little overly hot in the tannins, but a really great value - a solid wine. Too bad there was only 2/3 glass left to drink.

                                          1. Tonight we tried the '03 Sherwin Family Cabernet. Very Good. Didn't start out that way. Very Young, Very, Very Young. I figured it might be a little tight, so decided to decant. Glad I did. Decanted about 3.5 hours before dinner. When I first opened it, BOY was it tight. Astringent nose, completely shut down. Thought I'd blown a bottle. Have a bunch, but still.

                                            Let it sit while contemplating a backup bottle. Didn't need it. Turned out to be fantastic. Lots of fruit... strong chocolate notes and pretty good balance. Due to it's youth, very strong tannins, but needed them to hold up to the spiced rib eye. Really strong representation of Spring Mountain.

                                            Based on the profile, thought it might be a good foil for chocolate. It was. Really good actually. Great wine.

                                            Sherwin Family... so far, they've always been great. Hopefully Parker will continue not to review them. They are hard enough to get already. Really good. Happy happy.

                                            1. This past weekend had:

                                              '05 Rusack Sangiovese - I'm a fan of Rusack's pinots and they make a solid bordeaux blend. My sis brough this sangiovese to dinner and we drank it with a variety of apps i.e. heirloom caprese, lobster bisque, roasted beet salad).

                                              First off, I was happy to see that the alcohol came in under 15% (14.3); always a good start. As you'd expect, there was a lot of fruit upfront (sweet cherry/raspberry) along with oak/vanilla; soft, lingering finish and very easy to drink and matched well with the food. As far as Cal-Italian wines go, this was a good effort, but not of the calibre of Palmina.

                                              '02 Gypsy Dancer Gary and Christine's Pinot - I've always been curious about Gary Andrus' pinots and found this bottle hidden within a wine shop's overflowing shelf.
                                              After the sangiovese, we had this with our entrees (rack of lamb, parmesan-crusted halibut, portobella mushroom ravioli, veal chop with morels) and it was superb!
                                              Dark crimson color, rich with black cherry, earth, a touch of sweet oak and a slightly spicy finish. Nice acidity that paired perfectly with our dishes. Would love to find more of it...

                                              1. 2006 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, Domaine de la Pépière with sushi. Yum.

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                                                1. 2005 Sirch Malvasia "Fornalis" from Venezia-Giulia.
                                                  2003 Vina Ijalba Rioja produced from Graciano varietal.

                                                  1. Te Bheag Nan Eilean Unfiltered Gaelic Whisky
                                                    The lable claims it is pronounced "chey vek". I like "tea bag" better.

                                                    1. I just got back from Lake Chelan (Washington) and picked up a couple bottles of my favorite chardonnay - Benson Vineyards... I am not a chardonnay fan in general - too heavy with butter and oak, but Benson's is unoaked, and at the winery you can purchase it for only $13. Any other suggestions for a delicious unoaked chardonnay?

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                                                      1. re: wino22

                                                        Four Vines "Naked" chard, if you can find it.

                                                      2. Cameron Hughes Lot 37 for this week (I have one bottle per week, a glass per night for 4 or 5 nights, use Vacu Vin or Private Preserve to keep the oxygen out). This one is a no brainer - it's GOOD. $8 at Costco, $10 direct. Plenty of fruit, refreshing, excellent balance.

                                                        1. tonight with friends:
                                                          - Movia Chardonnay, 2003, Slovenia
                                                          - Marcassin, 1997, Marcassin Vineyard, Sonoma
                                                          - Gaja Sperrs, 1996, Piemonte
                                                          - Sassicaia, 1995, Toscana
                                                          - Il Palazzone Riserva, 1999, Toscana

                                                          - 2 small glasses of Moscato d'Asti as digestif, producer unknown

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                                                          1. re: revets2

                                                            Great wines! How did the Gaja drink? Did it need time or did it drink well immediately?

                                                            1. re: woojink

                                                              Not enough, apparently ... actually enjoyed a good 2004 Siduri "Clos Pepe" pinot over the weekend. Hard to find sometimes, but good.

                                                              1. re: woojink

                                                                very nicely. violets, dried apricot, a little bit of tar. decanted < 30 min. think it was drinking perfectly. don't agree with others that it has another 5 in its future. great structure. and feeling very lucky to have had it! WYWT

                                                              2. re: revets2

                                                                Most impressive list, but how was the 1996 Sassicaia? If it was anything like some of the earlier vintages, it should be drinking beautifully. In fact, we have had two 1977s in the past couple of years. They still were wonderful.

                                                              3. Everyone is posting great wines. I'm going with a dud.

                                                                2004 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon.

                                                                Had this at a restaurant and it was like grape juice, sickly sweet. Gave them another try last night and it was just as bad. Coq au vin it is.

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                                                                1. re: mengathon

                                                                  Wines of late:

                                                                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2005 (delicious, off-dry, lots of zingy acidity to cut through the fats of salmon and shellfish).

                                                                  Cono Sur "Limited Release" Viognier 2006. Has all the fruit-forward apricot punch one expects from a Viognier.

                                                                  Sumac Ridge "Private Reserve" Gewurztraminer 2006 (a BC wine). Prominent grapefruit and lime flavours, this wine boasts loads of mineral flavour.

                                                                  For Reds:

                                                                  My sweetie and I cracked a 2001 Sot Lafriec from Penedes. It had been in our "passive cellar" (i.e. our basement) for the past 2 1/2 years and we decided we did not want to risk spoilage due to temp fluctuations. This sumptious red from a region known for Cava was one of the best wines I have enjoyed all year. It required a few hours in the decanter to open up, but once it had, it boasted intense berry flavours, chocolate (I'd say more milk chocolate than dark), and a slightly pruny/raisiny character reminiscent of zinfandel. It had a lasting finish and there were some faint herbacious, minty notes. The word "sumptious" comes to mind.

                                                                  I have been enjoying some new world merlots, too, particularly a 2002 Tinhorn Creek "Oldfield" Merlot from the Okanagan. This was the perfect foil for our meal of BBQ ribeye that had been marinated in quality olive oil, dried italian herbs, fresh-ground black pepper and French sea salt ground with mortar and pestle. We also enjoyed a linguine tossed with black truffles, gaeta olives, a little olive oil, and topped with some grated pecorino-romano cheese.

                                                                  My aunt and uncle from Idaho gifted us a pack of Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" wines. I know that this will probably turn the noses of some of the elitist foodies, but I actually consistently find the C Crest Grand Estates Merlot to be a heavy hitter for its price (around $11 in the US; around $20 in CAN). The 2004 had flavours of prune plum, strawberry, and some leathery/tarry nontes that kept the wine from being overly sweet and simplistic.

                                                                  1. re: anewton

                                                                    the 2002's from the Okanagan have been drinking nicely. mine (meritage mostly) probably need another decade.

                                                                    1. re: anewton

                                                                      I'm a big fan of the Col Crest Grand Esates wines. I've had the Cab Sauv, Shiraz an Merlot and enjoyed all of them. Here in WA you can often find them for $8 each and they are so much better than the other $6 bottle "everyday" wines.

                                                                  2. Just splurged on a few bottles of "Lail Vinyards", J Daniel Cuvee. Unbelievable. This is the real thing. Price: Don't ask!

                                                                    1. '02 Ruston Cab Franc, Stagecoach Vyd, I think

                                                                      1. Artesa Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Reserve

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                                                                        1. re: Munchkin

                                                                          05 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec from TJ.

                                                                          1. re: drewames03

                                                                            Tonight, a Tobin James '04 Reserve Cab Franc to accompany a delicious homemade pizza. However, Sunday was a great wine day. We had some friends over to swim & bbq & cracked open a Dunning Merlot (I think '04), an '04 Turley Old Vines Zin, an '04 Linne Calodo Outsider, plus of course some rose earlier in the heat of the day. Our friends brought a very delicious & refreshing Mandolina Malvasia Bianca (loved it, even though I usually don't like whites).

                                                                            1. re: LANative

                                                                              Woops; forgot we also opened a Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel on Sunday; REALLY great wine day...

                                                                              1. re: LANative

                                                                                What year? I find the 2003 to be yummy and approachable. The '04 needed more time at last tasting!

                                                                            2. re: drewames03

                                                                              Thanks for this tip...I bought some Trapiche Oak Cask 2005 Malbec tonight for $7.99 and I LOVE it...have seen some other references to it on this board...I also recently tried Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec and I liked that very much also--might be considered a "hot wine" tho' with 14%...still, I liked it and would buy again...I found the Paula for $9.99 here in SW FL.

                                                                          2. '05 Lang & Reed Cab Franc

                                                                            1. The other night - 2000 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurtzraminer Hengst and 1998 Whitehall Lane Reserve. The ZH blew me away. Amazing. Has quite a bit of time left in it. Very small amount of heat in the middle... but has calmed down considerably... not surprising with a 16%+ alcohol content. The Whitehall as another, IMO, great representation of what a good producer/winery can accomplish in a bad vintage. Considerably less weight (big surprise) than the ginormous '97, but a really good to great wine nonetheless.

                                                                              Tonight will be opening an older Bordeaux. Likely the '67 Latour, yes a poor vintage, and likely well past its prime, but it's sentimental. Although I am encouraged by a '67 Lafite I had a few years ago and how (surprisingly!) good it was. Will definitely have some good back up bottles standing by.

                                                                              1. 2005 Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles, Barossa
                                                                                60% grenache, 30% mataro, 10% shiraz, 14.6% ABV

                                                                                I got it on sale for $15/bottle. Opened the first one tonight. It was a little alcoholic, nothing out of the ordinary really for Ausie GSM, but mostly because I've been drinking the summer whites and sparkling. The bouquet was astounding: cassis, cigar box, anise, faint amounts of eucalyptus and mint. Very perfume-y, almost good enough to wear. I should have stopped there. In the mouth? Not so good. The sweetness was a little heavy. But it'd go great with BBQ, or takeout Chinese. Or better yet, red coconut curry with duck.

                                                                                1. '95 BR COHN OLIVE HILL ESTATE RESERVE
                                                                                  well behaved, drinking perfectly, slight tobacco start like a nice maduro wrapper, nicely balanced, bright fruit, surprisingly awake in the bottle for over a decade.

                                                                                  1. 2004 Domaine Valette Macon-Villages.
                                                                                    2002 David Fulton Petite Sirah.

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                                                                                    1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                      Have had several bottles of the Fulton and enjoyed them all

                                                                                    2. NV Pedro Romero Manzanilla San Lucar de Barrameda "Aurora"

                                                                                      1. '05 Hamilton Russell pinot, South Africa

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                                                                                        1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                          Stuck in a hotel in Mount Vernon IL (from Southern California) driving the son to Louisville for college and in this heat I am so glad that I brought my own wine so tonight I am drinking the 2006 Chateau Martinette Cotes de Provence Rose and I am about to bring it with me to the whirlpool tub....makes the 8 hours in the car very worth it.

                                                                                          1. re: bubbles4me

                                                                                            ah, being able to travel with your own wine, a thing of the past now since its much more difficult to fly with it.

                                                                                            1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                              I've been checking it as luggage in styro shippers. Works very well. On short flights temps not an issue, on longer flights, I throw in a freezable gel pack or two and you're good to go. I stick to younger wines though... older wines might be more susceptible to travel shock.

                                                                                          2. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                            How was it? Have you had their chardonnay?

                                                                                            1. re: vinosnob

                                                                                              excellent and I give it a strong thumbs up; have not had the chardonnay but will start looking for it. will give a rec though to Wedel chardonnay, Central Coast CA

                                                                                          3. 2002 Nero D'Avola Gulfi

                                                                                            simply incredible. smelled of a traditional burgundy with loads of dirt and terroir on opening. 20-30 min. into it opened into a remarkably balanced rich, berry, lush, refined glass of heaven. highly recommend.

                                                                                            1. tonight, '03 Dom Drouhin...I love this stuff

                                                                                              1. NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé, Premier Crû.

                                                                                                Absolutely fantastic wine at great value for daily or weekly bubbly drinking. It's very food versatile, and offers a good change-up from the regular white champagnes. Had it pre-dinner tonight with an oven roasted corn on the cob, as well as a baby spinach salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. We finished the bottle at the end of the night on its own. I think I may have a man crush on Nic.

                                                                                                2003 Beaulieu Vineyards, Tapestry, Reserve, Napa Valley
                                                                                                Proprietary meritage blend.

                                                                                                From Wine Spectator, James Laube:
                                                                                                -Dry, austere and minty, with more camphor-laced tannins than fruit, leaving it with a hollow midpalate and chalky aftertaste. 79.

                                                                                                I cant agree with any of it. It's softer and less domineering than other Napa predominant cabernet sauvignon blends, but still has a lot to offer. The fruit and the oak were both very restrained, and the tannins were soft. It was a little surprising to not have to decant it. But it was neither hollow nor chalky. Most importantly, it was balanced. It wasn't the perfect pair for a choice shell steak on the grill, as I would have prefered something heavier, but accomplished its purpose as a calm and unintrusive accompaniment for a quiet Sunday evening dinner with friends.

                                                                                                1. 2004 Dupasquier Altesse Rousette de Savoie
                                                                                                  2006 Grosjean Petite Arvin
                                                                                                  Barbolini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
                                                                                                  2000 Joseph Swan Mourvedre
                                                                                                  2004 Adanti Montefalco Rosso

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                                                                                                  1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                    Wineguy7, we may not agree on Turley, but I concur that the Grosjean Freres Petite Arvine rocks!

                                                                                                    1. re: Vinny Barbaresco

                                                                                                      Vinny, about Turley, that incident really soured me. Most of my wine tastes lean toward the traditional. Turley, in general, *was* the exception.

                                                                                                  2. 2002 Priorat Mas Igneus incredible 30 min. out of the bottle. lush, complex, viscous, a very elegant wine.

                                                                                                    1. 2005 Two Hands Brave Faces, Barossa Valley
                                                                                                      65% Shiraz 35% Grenache
                                                                                                      Strong scents of cherries. Unexpected but pleasant acidity. Long, elegant finish. Perfectly balanced even at ABV 15%. Beautiful wine, great bargain. Awesome with coq au vin.

                                                                                                      1. Since Tuesday...

                                                                                                        2002 Turnbull Estate Cab
                                                                                                        2001 Chateauneuf du Pape - Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau"
                                                                                                        2001 Turley Zinfandel - Lodi, Dogtown Vineyard
                                                                                                        2005 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley
                                                                                                        2004 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir - Weir Vineyard
                                                                                                        2002 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon - Jericho Canyon Vineyard
                                                                                                        2004 Blankiet Cabernet Sauvignon - Paradise Hills Vineyard
                                                                                                        2000 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                                                                        Did not keep tasting notes on each one, some thoughts, though...

                                                                                                        The Karl Lawrence was pretty tight and astringent right out of the bottle, and deteriorated rapidly in loss of fruit. Hopefully it was a bad bottle, I will try again soon.

                                                                                                        Ramey rocked. Love this wine. Giant fruit with great balance.

                                                                                                        Turley was very good. I think this is about the age limit for these wines however.

                                                                                                        Selyems were also great (both of them) but the Weir was amazing. Big difference between the two, a bit sad for opening them young, will hold my single vineyards longer to see what happens. Appelation wines will be drunk younger... just my opinion.

                                                                                                        Telegraphe - continues to be one of my fave CdP's and this bottle just reinforced. 20 minutes after opening this one really started to shine.

                                                                                                        Blankiet - great wine. I think it should get more love. Opened it early and young.

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                                                                                                        1. re: woojink

                                                                                                          heckuva line and agree with you re Blankiet, a great wine that is seemingly under the radar

                                                                                                        2. Hi I just started here and see that your from San Diego is that right? I sure miss it I just moved out to Missouri, what a difference. I miss Hodads do you know it?

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                                                                                                          1. re: Angeldove

                                                                                                            haven't been in a long time but guess you must be hankerin for one of their burgers. was at 3rd Corner for lunch a few weeks back. bet your dollar goes a lot further back there!

                                                                                                          2. Over at a friend's house for a bbq, several wines were in action, but these are the ones I recall the most:

                                                                                                            '06 Crios Torrontes - decent acidity, but a little too sweet for my palate and closed with a "rubbery" finish. I'd like to give this grape another shot; preferably on a really hot day eating spicy spare ribs.

                                                                                                            '05 Porter Creek Viognier - rich, lush mouthfeel with apricot, well balanced; probably would benefit even more from more time in the bottle

                                                                                                            '05 T. Solomon Wellborn Pinot Noir - bright cherry/strawberry flavors and notes of sweet oak and suprisingly not over-the-top like pinots can be from this region (SB). Exceptionally smooth finish. Easy drinking and perfect for a casual bbq; not for pondering life's greatest ambiguities

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                                                                                                            1. re: vinosnob

                                                                                                              Love me some Torrontes...super floral and the best have tanginess a la NZSB. Try Pircas Negras or Colome (the latter is more unctuous like a Gewurztraminer).

                                                                                                            2. For my birthday... I went on a 20 mile bike ride thru the desert with my man (eek... actually it was a 7 mile thru sand dunes) but we took a picnic... really good soft brie and fresh baguette and we got a Box (Yes I said box!) of 'rabbit' pinot noir. I was shocked at how good it was... inexpensive and a really a surprisingly half decent wine. The box thing is great for the beach... the boat, picnics... anyway just surprised to find myself drinking wine out of a box!!!

                                                                                                              1. '03 Famiglia Bianchi Cab (Argentina)

                                                                                                                1. 2001 Gonzaga San Lorenzo, decanted 30 min. beautifully balanced. still needs time.

                                                                                                                    1. re: robgm

                                                                                                                      Bodega Real Roda II Tempranillo from Spain. 2001.

                                                                                                                    2. Last night with grilled Tri Tip and steamed fresh veggies: 2005 Erna Schein Jersey Boy. A blend of 41% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah and 6% Petit Verdot. A fruity powerhouse of a wine that needed red meat show well. Deep purple, with lots of cherry / blackberry flavor and no discernible heat.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: scrappydog

                                                                                                                        that's from the folks who brought you Behrens & Hitchcock;

                                                                                                                        last night for me, Cune rose and '04 Joel Gott Zin

                                                                                                                      2. Paired a sub $10 bottle of Colosi Rosso 2004 with some Humboldt Fog. Delicious. The wine still shows young, big bodied turpeny/blackcurrant against the ash and tang of the Fog - who says you have to have vintage wine to enjoy cheese?

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                                                                          I am a big fan of the Colosi Sicilia IGT reds. The 2003 and 2004 were especially good. We just recently started buying up the 2005 bottles, and pair it with all types of everyday pastas, cheeses and even pasta e fagioli :)

                                                                                                                        2. 2006 Kir-Yianni Xinomavro Rose
                                                                                                                          2005 Mas Gabinelle Carignane

                                                                                                                          1. Belated birthday dinner at the home of good friends. All wines and the stew were served double-blind.

                                                                                                                            Aperitif and with sushi:
                                                                                                                            - Champagne NV, "Extra Brut", Jacques Selosse
                                                                                                                            The yellowest champagne I've seen. Lots of foam but only a few streams of the tiniest bubbles. Brioche and yellow fruit nose, monolithic at first but gaining depth and complexity. Oxidized flavours reminiscent of a aged wine. Winey, rich and long. Fabulous match with sushi, especially the smoked eel. I guessed an aged vintage champagne with a high proportion of Pinot Noir (it's 100% Chardonnay).

                                                                                                                            Black bear daube, root vegetables, broiled plums:
                                                                                                                            - Cap Corse 1998, "Cuvée Oriu", Domaine de Torraccia
                                                                                                                            Constantly changing. Hosts said it was searingly acidic on uncorking. On my first taste, about 40 minutes later, the prune, raspberry and beet aromas/flavours and supple texture had me wondering whether it wasn't a cooked big Burgundy. Further aeration brought notes of herbs, dried cherries and terra cotta and slightly drying tannins like those in old-fashioned Sangioveses. I guessed Corsica.
                                                                                                                            - Mas de Daumas Gassac 1998, Coteaux du Languedoc
                                                                                                                            Mostly Cabernet blend. Medium bodied with red fruit (cherry? cassis?), ink, earth and dried herbs and fine but tight tannins. Medium finish. My first impression was a Côtes de Provence with a good dose of Cabernet Sauvignon but the structure was wrong, was more like a Nebbiolo's. I guessed a Nebbiolo blend, saying I was sure I was out in left field. Boy, was I.

                                                                                                                            Blueberry tart
                                                                                                                            - Gewurztraminer 1988, Sélection de grains nobles, Hugel (375 ml)
                                                                                                                            Fluid, not particularly sweet or deep but long and delicious. Hosts said a bottle opened two years ago was more opulent. Citrus on the nose, the hint of metal on the finish and relative dryness put me in mind of certain late-harvest Muscats; the lychee flavours suggested a Gewurz. Went with Muscat then recanted and guessed a 1996 Hugel Gewurztraminer vendange tardive.

                                                                                                                            Fun evening.

                                                                                                                            1. Dao, Meia Encosta 2005, left-over from yesterday, I left it openned (no cork) in the fridge, and it is as good (well, maybe not as good, but close enoug) as it was yesterday.

                                                                                                                              dirt cheap, $10, and doing it's job as a good wine.

                                                                                                                              1. Tonight: Bogle 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel. Nice bite, dark fruit/berry notes, elegant finish. $12.99 at Whole Foods (Austin).

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                                                                                                                                1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                                                                                                  Tonight, a box wine Chanti. Can't ship wines to my state, have to drive to the next town to get anything that was decently stored. We were shocked at the difference between the boxes of the same brand locally and in the next town. I have decided they turn their air conditioning off at night, and in Oklahoma that is not a good idea for a wine shop!

                                                                                                                                2. '02 hess collection mt veeder mountain cuvee

                                                                                                                                  1. Right this moment at 11:08 PM and waiting for my girls to come in after their last nightly rounds of the perimeter I am having my usual tipple of scotch an d a bit oh H2O

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                      Quintarelli Alzero 1985 -
                                                                                                                                      This wine would convert Bill Maher into belief in God.

                                                                                                                                    2. Last night a science experiment: back at home after dinner out, watching the sunset and the stars rise - 1988 Edmunds St John Sonoma Valley Syrah. Picked up at my local wine shop earlier in the day. Still rocking after 19 years. Although I never had the wine when it was released, I doubt it is greatly improved by so many years of aging, but apparently it was not harmed by it either. Comparable to more recent releases by ESJ. Only 12.5 % ABV according to the label.

                                                                                                                                      1. I'm having a "La Crema" Sonoma Coast 2005 Pinot noir.

                                                                                                                                        It's really warm in town right now, so I left it in the fridge for a few hours, and the fruity aspect of it came out really strong.

                                                                                                                                        I like it.

                                                                                                                                        1. Faury Condrieu, an excellent bottle of wine

                                                                                                                                          1. Coffee, actually. Following a night of too many house Sangiovese at Bertucci's and some Heiniken Lights. I know, I know. It's too early for comic relief.

                                                                                                                                            1. In the last week:

                                                                                                                                              2001 La Serena Brunello - umm.... wow? Decanted for about an hour. Smooth but powerful. Blew me away.

                                                                                                                                              2004 Andlau Riesling - Marc Kreydenweiss. Deep straw colour, great balance in the acidity. Nice long finish. Love it.

                                                                                                                                              2002 Nuits St. George, "Les Fleuriers" - J.J. Confuron: Drinking very nicely right now. Smooth, velvety. Barnyardy nose. Exactly what I want a burg to be like.

                                                                                                                                              2001 Amarone Tommasi (half bottles). Another, "wow". Didn't have a decanted, but let it open in our glasses for awhile. Really evolved a lot. Port like thinkness, think but smooth. Stunning.

                                                                                                                                              1. 2001 Brunello di Montalcino, Trambusti. This was the subject of a CH wine board post several weeks ago, $19.99 at Trader Joe's. While almost everything I've bought from TJ's the last few years has been on the disappointing side, this one was pretty good. It's ready to drink right now.

                                                                                                                                                1. last night '05 Morgan pinot "12 clones"; nice wine, understandably a bit young, not expensive

                                                                                                                                                  1. 2005 Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges.
                                                                                                                                                    2000 White Hawk Vineyards Syrah, Santa Maria Valley.

                                                                                                                                                    1. '02 Jobard Les Trezin Puligny-Montrachet

                                                                                                                                                      1. Cappuccino . . . it's 8:00 am

                                                                                                                                                        1. Dugat py Bourgogne blanc "03. Just a vin ordinaire, but it's from my friend Bernard, so it was delicious, if a bit tight still. next year we'll drink the rest of the case.

                                                                                                                                                          1. 2004 Reserve Chateau desTours Cotes du Rhone from Reynaud, imported by Martine. Superb!

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                              you start your drinking a bit earlier than do I...that said, the Ch des Tours is one of my favorite "go to" wine values

                                                                                                                                                            2. Last night was 2003 Peregrine Pinot Noir

                                                                                                                                                              1. An epic weekend in Vegas dining at B&B (great food, not mind-blowing) and Picasso (incredible all-around experience).

                                                                                                                                                                My wife is pregnant so it was by the glass pairings all weekend for me.

                                                                                                                                                                At B&B, started with a rosato from Sicily; sorry don't recall the producer, but it was excellent. Next, keeping with the Sicilian theme, went with an '05 nero d'avola by Firriato (Chiaramonte). Delicious! Deep, inky color, intense dark fruit with a long, smooth finish with a touch acid to keep it fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                At Picasso:
                                                                                                                                                                '06 Albarino - wish I could recall the producer; it was exceptional and reminiscent of a fine, dry riesling
                                                                                                                                                                2003 Domaines Schlumberger, Les Princes Abbés, Pinot Gris, Alsace, France
                                                                                                                                                                2003 Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos
                                                                                                                                                                2002 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin (don't recall if it was one of the single vineyards)1971 Toro Albala Pedro Ximenez

                                                                                                                                                                1. Last night...
                                                                                                                                                                  1979 Baumann Auslese Reisling... yes, 1979! 28 year old reisling. Amazing.
                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Shafer Hillside Select - WOW. Truly a great HSS. Young but drinking really well, decanted, and let it evolve.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. NV Gruet Brut, New Mexico
                                                                                                                                                                    A touch sweet for brut, but much more depth and a better bargain than Mumm blanc de noirs.
                                                                                                                                                                    Should be good with sashimi.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. 2003 Ornellaia tonight. Very young, but clearly will be a big winner. Have several bottles, opened one tonight to see what it was doing. Highly enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Last night,at a group dinner:

                                                                                                                                                                        2004 Godolphin Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley - someone else brought another Aussie shiraz that was too extracted, fruity and "hot" (15.6), but the Godolphin was a real pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                        2005 Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo - popped this one first and it got much better as it opened up; soff tannins, silky smooth and very floral kind of like a cab franc.

                                                                                                                                                                        1999 Dom Perignon - very toasty/creamy with crisp apple notes and touch of honey; needs several more years in the bottle to really shine.

                                                                                                                                                                        2005 Ici/La-Bas Mendocine Pinot - cloyingly sweet cherry/strawberry, with slight mushroom notes. It was the last bottle of the night so taste buds were well shot.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2002 Dominus. ABV 14.1%

                                                                                                                                                                          30-60 minutes of decanting is good. The first sips out of the bottle were a little harsh, and tasted of sour cherries, but the potential was obvious. After sitting in a decanter through appetizers, the tannins softened, yet the wine remained firm and had great texture. Nose of red fruit. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Long finish as well. It should be better in another 3-5 years. I still prefer the '01 though.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. NV Champagne Philipponnat Brut Rosé

                                                                                                                                                                            Disappointing overall. The bouquet was dull and the finish was light and slightly bitter. More of an aperitif than a wine for food.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. 2005 3 Rings Shiraz Barossa Valley
                                                                                                                                                                              ABV 15.5%

                                                                                                                                                                              This was like a fire breathing dragon. The alcohol made it almost undrinkable. The pleasant blackberry nose was completely overwhelmed by the alcohol and oak. Tasted like raisins and prunes in the mouth. Somewhat similar to the Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles, but that wine was much better balanced. A lot closer to port than to table wine. Those who enjoy the massive cabernets and zins of California will like this.

                                                                                                                                                                              2 out of 3 wines this weekend were duds. C'est la vie.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                I actually have to disgree on this review of the 3 Rings 2005 Barossa Valley Shiraz. This was actually one of the more pleasant wines that I had tasted in quite some time. It was brought to us by a guest of a recent cocktail party, where there were cheap and expensive wines alike; it definitely stood out among the crowd. I'm actually searching for places to buy it in Boston right now!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. 2004 Five Vintners Zinfandel. 75% Sonoma (mostly Rockpile AVA), 25% Napa fruit. This wine is made by Kristi Raymond who is a fifth generation descendant of Jacob Beringer and the daughter of the owners of Raymond Vineyards in Napa. Deep, dark fruit nose with noticeable oak. More dark fruit on the palate with some elements of tar I think and leather too. Marked black pepper on the finish. This wine is 14.7% alcohol and does taste a bit hot, but I really like it and much of the heat mellows when paired with some great grilled beef. Around $17 in SoCal.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. 2004 Roar Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Gary's Vineyard. Delicious, but I have to say, quite dark and heavy for pinot noir. I can see why Parker liked it since that's his bag, but I think I favor Oregon or Burgundy.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Castillo de Daroca Grenache/Syrah, Ribera Del Duero. Tastes at least like a $30 bottle, but it's something like $9 retail. Deep, good acid, but balanced. Loved it with lamb.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot. A good reason to return to merlot. For the price, unbeatable.

                                                                                                                                                                                  For the hot days, I would say the Robert Sinskey Vin Gris but alas I cannot find it. It always sells out. Help!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. '98 aldo conterno barolo colonnello

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 2002 Turley Zinfandel, Tofanelli Vineyard. Drank 3 bottles in one night - not alone, there were 4 of us. Never disappoints. IMO reference level Zin.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Last night for dinner...

                                                                                                                                                                                        '06 Ampelos viognier - love it; a really crisp and pure expression of the grape with no ML or oak

                                                                                                                                                                                        '04 Turley Duarte Zin - dark berries and cracked pepper finishing smooth and rounded; the 15% alcohol is very well integrated, a feat indeed. However, I think the price point (even with a list member discount) is excessive and I wouldn't buy this again.

                                                                                                                                                                                        '03 Chave St Joseph Offerus - dang, corked!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vinosnob

                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember when you could buy a Turley for around $30... now THAT was a bargain. The good old days.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Things are very quickly getting out hand in the world of wine pricing. Harlan this year was $450!!! It's not just the Bordelais that have lost their minds. I'm buying less (have to) of the "big guys", but in some ways I 'have' to in order keep the verticals going... it's crazy the stuff we complain about...

                                                                                                                                                                                          My wife accuses me of not being addicted to drinking wine, but being addicted to buying wine... wait I have to go... another mailer just showed up...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: woojink

                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe my wife knows your wife because she tells me the same thing. But then I remember that we BOTH win in the end when we share great bottles together.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. This weekends lineup included:

                                                                                                                                                                                          1999 Sasicaia - CORKED.
                                                                                                                                                                                          1999 Clos Pegase Hommage Cabernet
                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Katheryn Hall Sacrashe Cabernet
                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Sbragia Cabernet (don't remember which one though)
                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Moon Mountain Cabernet
                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 E Guigal CDP
                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Zenato Ripassa
                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Miner Merlot
                                                                                                                                                                                          and two other bottles that will go unnamed because I frankly can't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 00 Los Cerros de San Juan Uruguay Tannat Cuna de Piedra
                                                                                                                                                                                            Silky smooth, delicious black olives up front, dark wine with a light body and refreshingly low in alcohol (for these days...12.5%). A joy to drink with grilled meats. Did I mention that this wine is inexpensive?

                                                                                                                                                                                            05 Cillar de Silos El Quintanal Vendimmia Seleccionada Ribeiro del Duero
                                                                                                                                                                                            Delicious modern tempranillo, blackberries and tar, grippy tannins, wonderful. Did I mention that this wine is inexpensive?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 1992 Hess Collection Merlot

                                                                                                                                                                                              beautiful. exactly what a merlot was always meant to be. balanced with forward fruit. have another bottle and won't let it go that much longer.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. vitamin water (revive) and coffee; tonight perhaps some gran fuedo rosado

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 2006 Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner 'Sandgrube,' Kemstral
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Chateau Ste Michelle Dr. Loosen Riesling, Eroica, Columbia Valley

                                                                                                                                                                                                  with Thai green curry and chicken, string beans, eggplant, peppers, and mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm having a tough time deciding which is a better fit. The Eroica is undoubtedly the more interesting, complex, and yummy wine, but the grüner, though it's nothing spectacular, just seems to go with the veggies in the curry better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. last night, Dehlinger pinot noir rose

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 2005 Chateau de Mattes-Sabran Corbieres

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. several hours late...last night it was an '03 Robt Nenow Cab, Kenefick Ranch

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2005 Qupé Marsanne, Santa Ynez
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes-du-Rhône, 'Parallele 45'
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1996 Champagne Laurent Perrier

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                            the 45 must still be one of the best QPRs around

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, for about $11 in NYC, one gets a bright, versatile wine that's great with food. The other plus is that it's available pretty much everywhere. Even the local liquor store is somewhat likely to carry it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mengathon, so glad I could not sleep last night and read your post...tried the Paul Jaboulet 'Parallele 45' tonight...VERY VERY nice! Found it at ABC for $9.00 on sale...yay! Thank you for mentioning it...I also looked it up on Cellartracker--well recieved and well reviewed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad you liked it. Their CDR blanc is quite good as well, and the '04 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de la Thalabert is one of my favorite wines for its herbal notes. If you're a fan as well, this article might be interesting. Hope things don't change too much.


                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Last night, went to dinner with a group of friends and we all brought bottles...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              '05 Opolo Tempranillo
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chukker Cab Franc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hogue Cab
                                                                                                                                                                                                              '03 Melville Estate Syrah
                                                                                                                                                                                                              '03 Perrin & Fils Chateauneuf Pape Sinards
                                                                                                                                                                                                              '04 Seghesio Passalacqua Ranch zin

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seghesio was the standout (no surprise there) and the rest were average to disappointing

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. At this moment:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2004 Andre Bonhomme Vire Clesse leftover from lastnight's Wine Blogging Wednesday #39


                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Hopefully the 2003 Lesec is better! I'm been waiting a bit to open mine and drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. '01 Guigal St. Joseph blanc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 1997 Quinta do Crasto Vinho Tinto Reserva (Douro, Portugal)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. some cune rosado after tennis on a beautiful Saturday afternoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 2005 Crasto Vinho Tinto (Douro, Portugal)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 2005 Rosso di Montalcino, Valdicava
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Beaujolais-Villages, Louis Jadot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Paumanok Riesling, Off-Dry, North Fork, LI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Paumanok at 10% ABV was refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness and acidity for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Sebeka Shiraz/Pinotage, 2006. Best $8 red I've had in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 2006 Indaba Chenin Blanc, South Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bought it after reading the NYTimes article calling it a best value for $6. It's not bad and drinkable. Enjoyable? Not terribly. Buying again? Unlikely. The Vouvrays and Savennières for 2.5x the price still offer the better value.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '02 Chambolle Amoureuses - JF Mugnier - For this wine we give Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. '04 Ridge Zinfandel, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      blended with carignan and petite sirah. ABV 14.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Imagine that! A zinfandel with acidity. Yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Yesterday - many wines with a wine group at lunch, but two from my cellar were...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004 Scarecrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2002 Quilceda Creek


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2001 Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Chateauneuf du Pape

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Past few weeks ->

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bokisch Garnacha Lodi 05(?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chateau Tour Simard St. Emilion 99
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Preston (Dry Creek) Barbera Cavallo Block 05
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Giacomo Vico Barbera d'Alba 04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Penner Ash Willamette Valley Pinot 05
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seghesio Marian's Reserve Blend (zin petite sirah carignane) 04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bruno Biacosa Barbera d'Alba 04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gary Farrell Starr Ridge RRV Pinot 04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Preston (Dry Creek) Old Vine Zin 05
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dominus Napanook 03

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have notes on some of these if anyone's interested.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May I ask where you purchased the Giacomo Vico Barbera d'Alba 04? I visit Piedmont every year and always enjoy their Barbera, spent a long afternoon at the vineyard in 2003, have finished up all but a 1999 I brought back, but have never found it for sale here in the Boston area.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that '04 JJ Prum is, in my experience, a great wine...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good stuff. I'm not big on many white wines but that one did it for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you have notes on the Napanook? I'm wondering if it's worth picking up a few bottles - I found the 03 at Costco this afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TN on the Napanook '03 - Smooth bodied, with red currant, cherry and hints of spicebox, however, this wine failed to really make much of an impression. Popped and poured and perhaps would have shown better if given some time to breath, though it had not opened up much with an hour or so in the glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info. I think I will skip buying this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. A few from over the weekend...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '05 Porter Creek Old Vine Zinfandel - cracked one over Thanksgiving that was an off-bottle. This time a much better experience, but it took over an hour for this to open up. Definitely my least favorite varietal from this producer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '05 Domaine de la Solitude CDR - closed at first, but then opened up and was quite tasty. Nice acidity, mild tannins and very enjoyable right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '05 Mas de Boislauzon CDR - I love the CDPs from this producer and was eager to try their CDR. Unfortunately, this bottle needs more time. IMO, it's still overly tannic and even though a few hours of aeration helps soften the wine, I think this one will show brilliantly in a few years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vinosnob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We drank our Porter Creek Carignane with Thanksgiving dinner. Also took an hour or two to open, and to my palate was still tight as a screw in the end. But folks seemed to enjoy it with rich food. We are aging the rest of our shipment for at least three years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Before that, we took a little trip to Anderson Valley. The bounty:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2005? Esterlina cabernet sauvignon, Russian River. Nice and rich in berries, but not terribly complex.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2006 Navarro gewurztraminer. Killer as usual.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2006 Navarro "cluster select" late harvest gewurz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2005 Londer pinot noir, Anderson Valley. From memory: big and spicy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2003 Toulouse pinot noir, Anderson Valley. Not to be missed! Aging nicely. An almost aristocratic blend that may please those looking for Burgundy-style wines in California. The reserve is good, too, but honestly, the non-reserve is just as delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Germain-Robin brandy. Light, delicate, intoxicating. And almost gone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Random wines we've downed of late:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2006 Seaview Brut sparkling wine, Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2004 Sinskey Merlot. Yummy, but not merlot. Almost a third? cabernet in formulation, and frankly 100% cab in the mouth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2006 Sinskey rose. Undrinkably bad. Like rotten strawberries. (Vin gris is always good though.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2006 Man Chardonnay. Cheap, clean, good acid. Butter-free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iwantmytwodollars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MacPhail does a very nice pinot from Toulouse vineyard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was curious if there was any connection between the McPhail Toulouse and Toulouse's own. I know Vern sold grapes to people for a long time before starting to make his own wine. Will have to check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: iwantmytwodollars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $2, I need to try that Toulouse. Thanks for the tip. Any other Burgundian recs?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know, I usually suggest Navarro pinots (or a certain few from Oregon). They are not heavy, not terribly expensive, and they are reliably good (but not nearly as good as Toulouse).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I should add that Toulouse pinot really varies year to year, which is something you pick up on in the vertical tasting and is due mostly to the fact that they've only got so many grapes and cannot blend their way to a consistent type of wine each year. I love that though, because then the vintage really means something. For instance, the 2003, so fragile and beautiful, is totally different than the 2005, which is much bolder and bigger. From talking to the winemaker, I suspect that he may try and continue in this latter vein. I hope he doesn't (too big!), but that may be his taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other pinot noirs I've recently enjoyed (Oregon): Chehalem 3 vineyards pinot noir. Always Beaux Freres. Can't say I love Rex Hill. I've tried, and I done quit it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did have a very interesting New York state wine (raided Vintage Wines in Soho of all their half bottles) and came away with some appreciation for the Wolffer La Ferme Martin merlot. It is a refreshing 12.8 percent alcohol, which is so hard to find except in French wines, I find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyhow, good luck! And if you want Toulouse, you can buy it cheaper at K&L wines than you can at the vineyard!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iwantmytwodollars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FYI wine spectator gave the 05 91 points. I ordered some of the 03 and the 05. Looking forward to both

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 2004 Bachey-Legros Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau Vieilles Vignes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Don't usually drink whites but found one I enjoyed that paired well with my stone crabs. 2005 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Chardonnay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. a nice bottle of Marquis and Phillips No. 9 05' shiraz. just wonderful !!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Vice Versa - Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Really good. I think this is the first one I've opened of their inaugural release. Quite good. Drinking really well now. Surprised. Thought I'd have to wait. Glad it was so approachable. Glad I bought several bottles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 2005 Rosenblum Heritage Clones Petite Syrah. Pepper and blackberry on the palate. Paired very nicely with the braised lamb shanks.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. '03 Ch des Tours Vacqueyras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 1992 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As I sit here web surfing, with a bowl of minestrone: Frogtown Propaganda, a Bordeaux-style red blend from Lumpkin County, Georgia -- lots better than it probably sounds :-). (I had an opportunity to purchase leftover bottles from the Eastern Seaboard Vinifera Winegrowers' Association competition at a very reasonable price.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Saturday night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Opus One 2000, excellent chewy and firm. I consistently underrate this wine because it tends to be one the non-wine drinkers buy to impress, but I must admit it was execllent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pahlmeyer Merlot 2002, excellent fruit, good balance, delicious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ch. Le Bon Pastuer 1989, wonderful nose, great merlot flavor aging nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. last night, Lassalle NV and '02 Paradigm cab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Bouchard 2005 Beaune Marconnet -- unbelievably delicious for 35 bucks. Have drunk 4 bottles, each time I'm surprised that it's as good or better than the last bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Last night - 2 bottles of 2004 SeaSmoke Ten. Really good. Black cherries and cranberry were highly present.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Cadus Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 from the Mendoza Valley -- a really big wine. I decanted it, which I think made quite a difference (as I'd recently had it straight from the bottle). This wine can easily still age for several years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. '05 Bonaccorsi PN Sta Rita Hills

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 2003 Volk Mourvedre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1999 Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico Casasilia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. right now a '99 San Vicente; earlier today with friends, '75 Margaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Last night in London...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1995 Chateau Montrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. NV Gruet Brut Blanc de Noirs. Prefer this to the regular brut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2004 Cline Mourvedre, Ancient Vines, Contra Costa. Eh. Not bad, but not interesting either.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2006 Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir. Yummy and complex. Beautiful after 10 minutes in the glass. Cantaloupes, strawberries, chestnuts, all there from the nose to the finish. My favorite non-champage rosé.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2006 Quady Muscat, Electra. okay, not a real wine with the added acids. but tasty nonetheless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think that I may have had Cline late harvest Mourvedre a couple of years ago; whomever made made, it was quite interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      had a "by the glass" of Trinitas Mataro earlier today and am now finishing off some '04 Sea Smoke Southing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Last night, Gosset Grande Rosé. Fantastic champagne that really requires and works well with a variety of food to show its best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. New Year's Eve: '98 Clicquot Le Grande Dame and '94 Rayas Cotes du Rhone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Tonight: Kunde estate syrah, 2003. Had it with leftover refried black eyed peas from NYD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Dona Beatriz Rueda Verejo 2005 -- with salmon with a sort of hunter-style sauce. Very pleasant wine -- nice and crisp, with a good balance of acid & fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love ruedas; if you ever come across a Naia, buy it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The holidays brought a lot of merriment to my household. A sampling of what we have drunk over the past month:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2004 Calera Ryan's Vineyard pinot noir - Lovely. Not super complex but very drinkable. With dinner at NOPA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2003 Eponymous red bordeaux blend - Delicious! I think the brand new vintages sell for like $20? This was $65. Definitely a buy now, drink later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I picked up some Edmund St. John Bone-Jolly for around $19. My boyfriend, a big fan of Beaujolais, hates it. I hate beaujolais, but thought this wine was okay. I think though it would be better in five years, not to soften any tannins but to develop complexity. It does however have a very peculiar odor to my nose. Lots of violets, in an excessively perfumey kind of way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2003 Chateau Faure-Beausejour: our go-to, wallet-friendly Bordeaux. Rich, deep, delicious, and about $13.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2004 Mt. Veeder Winery cabernet sauvignon. We almost ruined this by pouring it into a decanter still coated with a veneer of dishwashing liquid (of the lavender aromatherapy variety). Luckily, we only decanted half and were able to enjoy the deep luscious fruit of this wine in clean, non-soapy glasses. Cost $33.99 at a Long’s drugstore. (Only in the Bay Area.) For the price though, you can get better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2004 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois, cuvee vignals. Somewhat musty and earthy on the nose with a very palatable raisiny fruit in the mouth. Lightweight without being austere, owing to respectable tannins. We love this stuff. $18.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My favorite wine of the last two months, however, has to be the Domaine Serene Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley. $35. It is a bigger pinot, but utter heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iwantmytwodollars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you can, try the ESJ Rocks and Gravel and if you can spend more, one of the single vineyard syrahs. I purchased these a while ago and tasted recently and they're superb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: vinosnob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the rec, vinosnob. I will see if I can get my hands on some Rocks and gravel (is it truly minerally as the name suggests?) As a side note, I am waiting with unabashed excitement to open my 2001 Foppiano petite syrah reserve. I'm going lamb that night, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 2001 Paumanok Assemblage, North Fork, Long Island, 13% ABV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  44% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 21% cabernet franc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bottle was a little over the hill. Not bad, but nothing special. I'm sticking to their whites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NV Champagne Aubry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  60% pinot meunier, 20% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, probably the best NV brut, non-rosé champagne I've had at the entry level, less than $40. At $30, this blows away any of the large houses at the same price range. Gorgeous color of gold, with hues of pink. The nose was full of biscuit and toasted bread, with subdued fruit. The bubbles were fine, smooth, and just melts in your mouth perfectly. Awesome value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A belated New Year's Resolution: Drink as many grower-producers as I can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. From last Saturday, tasting notes kept by my friend Marty as the evening progressed:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '90 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill: Bright, rich and expressive on the nose and palate. Seemingly the most mature and ready of the three. Lovely champagne.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '90 Bollinger RD: Reticent and dense on the nose and palate. Like a big coiled spring that will take years to unfurl. Should be great, but when?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '90 Krug: Intense and mouth filling. It finishes with a whiplash of minerally, mealy fruits. Oh my! Notwithstanding the line up reds to follow, this was hard to leave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reds: '78 Camille Giroud NSG Les Cazetiers -- pretty, fully mature Burgundy; '96 Chevillon NSG Les Pruliers -- still deep, dark and needing time, but really good; '03 Potel Chambertin -- others liked it, but not for me, although way to young to know where this may go; '82 Cerbaiona Brunello -- in its prime and delicious; '90 Salvioni Brunello -- not ready and not as good as the latter, at least right now; '89 Giacosa Falletto Riserva -- absolutely gorgeous, and just about reason enough for leaving the Krug; '70 Taylor Port

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Last Saturday night, a cold rainy SOCAL evening at home, with a mediterranian chicken stew, Coya Malbec 2004, Oakville, Napa Valley. Actually a great match, but it would pair well with grilled steak also. We did not decant; poured it straight from the bottle. The wine appeared near perfect, as best I can tell. Deep garnet color, smooth and supple with a moderate fruit (blueberry / plum) presence. 14.5% abv. Recommended by a trusted wine shop owner. We generally do not drink a lot of Malbec, and usually look to Argentina when shopping for Malbec, but this wine was excellent. I would buy it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. last night it was some 2000 Ch des Tours blanc, very nice wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2005 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage, ABV 13%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Was supposed to have this over Thanksgiving, but drank a JL Chave Silène instead, which was fine, at the time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The color was dark purple, with an almost inky density. And wow, what a nose! So complex. Dark raspberry, chocolate, bacon fat, coffee, grilled herbs (rosemary?), with the crushed black pepper just blasting away. In the mouth, the wine medium-full, with flavors of black olives emerging. The finish is long, vibrant, and begs you to take another sip. The flavors of black pepper and the minerals, especially, just sing on the nose, in the palate, and throughout the finish. This wine would be great with a steak au poivre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Overall, this Graillot is a fabulous bargain at ~$30, and if it's at all indicative of how the '05 Rhônes are drinking now, there's little chance I'll be able to keep myself from drinking them as soon as I buy them. I'm glad I have a second bottle but it's unlikely it'll last very long. This is exactly what I want in a Northern Rhône.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And oolah, if you're reading this... I'd just open one now, especially if you have a couple stored away. And you could certainly cellar it for awhile, but personally, I enjoyed the tannins and the structure as they are now. Or maybe they just went well with my ribeye. I would also recommend that you not decant this wine, as after just a few minutes in the glass, the wine was at its peak, at least to me. The first glass v. 2 hour decant v. the next day? The first glass was still the best to me. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, thank you for these notes. I only have one bottle, unfortunately, but from your description, I'll be drinking it soon. It sounds wonderful. I had a 99 Graillot a few years ago and it's still one of my favorite wines -- this one may top it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Le Du has a magnum of the Graillot La Guiraude at the *not* bargain price of $125, but if you've got the storage space for it, it might be worthwhile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: oolah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The '03 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Thalabert was my previous favorite, but this was at least just as good. Quite different styles; it'd be fun to compare the two side by side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the tip about Le Du. I like their selections, but their prices are, as you point, um, terrifying. The Bollinger Special Cuvée they have for $60 can usually be found for around $40.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the note. I'm happy to have 5 of these but am trying to keep my hands off them for a little longer. Have you tried the Crozes-Hermitage from Alain's son Maxime? Also excellent but harder to find. Domaine de Lises http://www.skurnikwines.com/prospects...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Vettori Prosecco Conegliano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1999 Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico Casasilia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. shared the following champagnes over lunch today at Currant in San Diego: '98 Pol Roger rose, Larmandier-Bernier rose and Louis Barthelemy rose. All were very good and all were quite distinct from the others. a great way to spend the afternoon with 3 good friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Iron Horse Rose Brut 2003. The nose and flavors are very deep. I got meat, red berries, and mango, both on the nose and in the mouth, with a long finish. I served it with sirloin just seasoned with salt and pepper, and berries for dessert. It did completely different things with the meat and berries, but worked well with each. This is a very big sparkler. The color is a deep coral salmon. It's very different than any other sparkler/Champagne I've ever had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: vickib

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the color of the L-B rose really has to be seen (and the wine to be drunk)...terrific stuff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 2002 argyle willamette valley brut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    22 bucks at safeway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    probably the most interesting american sparkler i've had, in that it really doesn't seem to be attempting to be something it's not, i.e. champagne. it's got great bubbles, kind of green appley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. have a bottle of 2003 Domaine Alfred Morrito PN I'm nervous about opening this weekend. Meanwhile I've been on the zin binge, with Marrieta, Hendry Block 28(?) 2002, Titus 2003, The Prisoner (2005 and 2006). Notable exceptions Mauro 2004, Scholium Project Naucratis 2006 and Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2002(just me or very sweet for sauvignon blanc? paired nicely with dinners though)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 2004 Huet Vouvray Sec, Le Mont

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tasty stuff, especially with food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          monday night at a malbec, $10-20 evening:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Clos La Coutale Cahors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 Tomero Malbec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 Gouguenheim Malbec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Le Combal Cahors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Bodega Sur de los Malbec Gran Reserva
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final (x’s 2 – duplicate)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Reserva (x’s 2 – duplicate)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tuesday nights cold climate aussie night:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Berry's Bridge Shiraz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Berry's Bridge Shiraz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Tintara Shiraz Reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Lieu dit Malakoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1999 Greenock Creek Shiraz Apricot Block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Springflat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Heathcote II Shiraz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          N.V. Yalumba Antique Tawny Museum Reserve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wednesday night lounging:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 The Bitch Grenache
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thursday night italian gala at the marriot marquee:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          about 250 different italians, too many for notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          last night lounging:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 Razor's Edge Shiraz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tonight long island otbn:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i am considering bringing 3 of these, please feel free to help me pick:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2001 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon EII Napa Valley Red Wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2000 Château La Fleur de Jaugue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Mason's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 M2 Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Cohn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 McPrice Myers Grenache L'Ange Rouge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          others are bringing:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          98 almaviva
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          93 don mechlor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 insignia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 Araujo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my liver hurts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Finally I bought some wine off a recommendation from the Board. WOW...I'm speechless. I'm a BIG fan of cult Bordeaux wines. It was a 2003 Chateau Le Puy Cuvee Barthelemy (100% Biodynamic & Organic). This wine is an incredible example of terroir! Soft tannins with a super long finish and a complex nose of currants ripe fruit and hints of coco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The guy who recommended it said it was hard to find in Los Angeles. I had no problem finding this wine. Actually, I stumbled across a really cool website that specializes in French wines and they delivered it to me next day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Check out: http://www.aocwines.com. $100 a bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Clicquot NV brut, '00 Les Pallieres Gigondas, '04 Cloudy Bay S.B., '05 Sea Smoke Southing...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Tonight I grabbed a bottle of Domaine Chandon Chardonnay. ($18.00 at B.J.'s) I'm pretty much a newbie, so I pretty much just grab whatever catches my eye and taste away!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyway, something is bothering me about this wine, and I can't put it into words. I think maybe the alcohol is out of balance. The more I swirl it around and try to pinpoint the flavors, it seems I can only tast the heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Out with a group at a local Thai place, with everyone thinking beer, I brought a bottle of 2006 Tablas Creek Rose. It was very good with the spring rolls and then everyone switched to beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My latest gem from Trader Joe's. The 2005 Epicuro Aglianico ($5). I've grabbed a couple cases. Get some for yourself if you can!



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. last night an '05 Ken Wright McCrone Vyd; tonight some bdb or a Highfield SB with some shrimp cocktail before dinner, haven't gotten any further on the wine with dinner plans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Last night we drank Zinie de Potelle 2004 (Chateau Potelle in Napa Valley). It's their late harvest Zinfandel, very sweet. My husband and I enjoyed this very much with a few pieces of chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. '03 Ken Wright Pinot Blanc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2004 La Madura Saint-Chinian Classic. 30% Grenache, 39 % Carignan, 15 % Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sounds like a potentially very nice wine; any notes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's their website: http://www.lamadura.com/en/index.php
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This wine has lovely floral aromas. Tannins are there, but silky, and has excellent spice and minerality as well as great depth and purity of fruit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I paid around $18/bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I purchased this wine from an interesting shop in San Francisco called Terroir.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's their location:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1116 Folsom street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              San Francisco, CA 94103
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Telephone (415) 558-9946

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                last night:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Château Labat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2003 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Vineyard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2003 Outpost Zinfandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2003 Carlisle Syrah Filtered Bennett Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2000 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Eight Songs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  interesting focus adopted by Terroir

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Non-vintage Kitma Tselepos Amalia Brut Methode Traditionelle. Made from the Moschofilero grape, this has to be one of the driest sparkling wines I've ever had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Rosé
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Vital Vineyards Pinot Noir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Botella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Kenneth Volk Pinot Noir Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Claiborne and Churchill Pinot Noir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Adelsheim Pinot Noir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir Cork Dancer 6.1 Santa Barbara County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Hayman & Hill Pinot Noir Reserve Selection No. 41 Santa Lucia Highlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Babcock Pinot Noir

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                standouts were the KB, the seasmoke & the claiborne & churchill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TBird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Domaine Schlumberger 2003 Pinot Gris. Nice mineral on the nose and tongue. Some nice stone fruit. As one would expect, the acid was medium plus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I live in Texas. It gets hot here. It was pretty hot today. As I was grilling, simple monkfish medallions, my wine warmed considerably. Interestingly, the wine continued to show well as its temperature continued to rise. An excellent, moderately priced summer wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TBird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How was the 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Rosé? I found some and I am wondering if it's worth buying. I can't seem to find any tasting notes on the internet. How would you describe it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ali B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on the rose thread there's both good and bad psoted on this wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Just picked up a botttle of 2005 Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay. Going to enjoy it tonight :) Iron Horse is a love of mine, but have yet to try the unoaked, so tonight is the night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Swine and Vine tonight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or otherwise known as Pinot and pork. Two bottles of 2006 Oregon Shea Estate Pinot Noir, one bottle of 2006 Oregon Tori Morr Pinot Noir, will start decanting and using my Wine Swirl in an hour or two. Maybe sooner, the ribs are on now and I should be tasting as I cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. tonight was a '95 Jasmin Cote Rotie and some Gonet-Medeville NV rose; both were quite nice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2005 Mattes-Sabran Corbières “Clos Redon”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think it is all tank-fermented Syrah. Very floral, medium bodied, lots of fruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 2004 Louis Martini Reserve Cab Sav - WOW. This was from a wine tasting last year and it was wonderful. I had about half the bottle and if it weren't for working tomorrow, I would have enjoyed all of it! Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Fortunate enough to attend a Diageo tasting. The highlights...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1986 Beaulieu Georges de LaTour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1995 Beaulieu Georges de LaTour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1995 Sterling SVR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1997 Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Ch. Haut-Brion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Ch. Margaux
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Ch. Lafite Rothschild
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Domaine de Bonserine Côte-Rôtie, La Sarrasine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Rosenblum Syrah, Reserve, Kick Ranch, Sonoma County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was my first experience with the first growths. Quite nice with wonderful complex aromas, but dare I say overrated? And also not nearly ready to drink for at least a few years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The 86 Georges de LaTour was incredibly fresh for a wine that age. I wonder how many CA cabernets will be able to claim that in 20 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But my favorite was the Rosenblum Kick Ranch Syrah. Let's hope his wines don't change after the acquisition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. '06 Leth Gruner Veltliner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I just finished a bottle of Field Stone Sav Blanc from a local Napa/Sonoma wine tasting. It was great on a warm day - nice, cold and crisp. YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Roederer Estates Anderson Valley Sparkling. Just felt like having sparkling wine tonight. And it was actually delicious with cabbage braised in vermouth and seared scallops...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2005 Neyers High Valley Zinfandel. A very well made wine with a price around $25.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. last night it was an Vacqueyras: '05 Sang des Cailloux Doucinello

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Trevor Jones Virgin Chardonnay 2006 -- with coq au vin. A really nice unoaked chardonnay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. '02 Dominus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          '05 Ch.Monpertuis CDP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            how was your cdp and, if you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for same?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not at all. This was the basic cuvée (Tradition). Monpertuis has another more expensive cuvée (Classique). Or maybe I have the names reversed. I managed to get it on sale at 25% off at $30. I've seen it regularly priced at around $35.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The wine itself was a good mix of rustic and a more modern style. Lots of earthy flavors, minerals, some black pepper. Dark raspberry flavors in the background. Medium-full bodied, good length. Compared to the '04, much fresher and better to drink now, but should have enough structure to cellar for awhile. It wasn't the best example of what the '05 Rhones have to offer, but a good QPR nevertheless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I cannot help but to continue to comment, base on "now."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Biale Hill Climber Rolly Aker's Napa Syrah '05. Great fruit-driven Syrah. New World in style. Seventy-five cases produced.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I received a case of half-bottles of Brouilly 2005 from Georges Descombes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Openned one for dinner and it's quite pleasing; quite earthy, but fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Will be a summer favorite when I'm not in the mood for openning a full bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. last night an '03 Blankiet merlot - wonderful

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My liver is currently drinking the remnants of last nite's binge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Last night, a surprisingly youthful 1998 Roagna Barbaresco Paje. Massive and woodier than I recall from previous bottles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 2006 Torii Mor Oregon Pinot Noir. I actually opened it last night and had a small glass. Put the cork back in and am now drinking glass #2 (nice big one in a PN glass), day two is wonderful. Soft flavors, great PN. What is even better is I found it at the Scottsdale Costco for $24. Great Oregon PN for the money. I am liking these 2006's a bunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Last night's dinner:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Linne Calado, Leona's 2006, 74% Zinfandel, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Alicante, 6% Syrah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      great with short ribs !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cass Rockin' One, 2005 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      good with gougeres

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. For mother's day brunch :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Champagne (moet-chandon)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape (served with BBQ ribs (not too sweet), roasted potatoes and roasted peppers).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006 Domaine Du Moulin Cheverny (red) (served with cheeses, (laguiole, gouda and Pizy) and nuts, dates and salad)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Both wines (excluding champagne) were very good, the Charvin was typical, but not too overpowering, while the Cheverny was fresh and light and hold up well after the Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Sunday: '99 Les Pallieres Gigondas with grilled lamb. Nora Albarino and Leth Gruner Veltliner with a variety of cheeses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How well does the Pallieres Gigondas age? I'm thinking of getting a couple of bottles of the '04 either to drink or put away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Bohemian Highway Cabernet 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 1964 Ch. Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never had a wine that was older than me! Quite pleasant, but unfortunately a bit over the hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Mother's Day: 2005 Cigale GSM Barossa. Nice Rhone earthiness. Mild barnyard funk, and fruit. This is a hit at my house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight I'm thinking of a 2006 Macon Solutre White Burg., or possibly an '06 Hugl Weine Gruner Veltliner. Or, like Chef June above, that Roederer Estate. It looks like I'm going to stop at the grocery store on the way home from work today for some fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A silky 2006 Lemberger Spätlese from Württemberg.... niiiiiiiice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. a merlot rose from a VERY well regarded Napa winery. OMG. wish I could tell you more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 2006 Graziano Fontana Sauvignon from Trentino. Very fresh nose. Grassy and racy on the palate and BONE dry. Purchased from Biondivino in San Francisco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1415 Green Street, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Karl Ronne of The Wine Thief, in New Haven, CT, is an unusual guy. He waited on me personally yesterday and their selections are amazing. He buys from a distributor who seems to specialize in boutique wineries and smaller lots. You don't find much of his wines in bigger stores.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On his suggestion I bought a case of "Inaki", a 2005 red from Chile. This $15 bottle of "no name" red (meaning grapes are not listed) is phenominal for the price. If you can find it, give it twenty minutes to breathe, preferably in a carafe, and you will be rewarded with lush fruit and chocolate worthy of a wine at twice the price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Con Class Rueda 2006, with crayfish bisque. Crisp with citrus notes, with enough body to stand up to the rich soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Catena Alta 2004 Malbec Mendoza. When I bought it, I did not know that Wine Spectator gave it the 23rd slot for its Top 100 Wines of 2007.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beautiful wine - well balanced, lush with notes of dark berry, cedar and spice and a finish that never finishes. It just lingers on . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To me, it's a wine that almost any red wine drinker will like. Great fruit, but not jammy. Woody and spicy, but not overly so. Tannic, but not overly so. It is "medium" and balanced all the way through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Unfortunately I'm stuck in the office and had to resort to Coke at the moment. =) -mJ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has anyone ever tried Earthquake Cabernet? I recently had a few glasses the other night and I really enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Robert Hobbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had their Zin. A very good Zin for the money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Bodega Colomé Torrontes 2007, with cheesy poached eggs (lunch). More fruit on the nose than on the palate, but a nice citrus taste. Crisp, but full-flavored and rather hot. A wine to sip slowly (at least for me).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 2005 Marchesato degli Aleramici Rosso di Montalcino -- outstanding!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ooh I have a bottle of that I've been saving. Any tasting notes? I only have one bottle -- drink now, or save?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. At a very special tasting, I got to experience probably the best wines of my life. Sorry sir, that spit bucket is unnecessary, and if I may, a tad insulting. The lineup:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Champagne Salon, Le Mesnil 1996
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Remoissenet Père et Fils, "Diamond Jubilee" 1997
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Leon Beyer Gewürztraminer, Cuvée de Comtes d'Eguisheim 1988
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru, Robert Groffier et Fils, "Amoureuses" 1988
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Dom. du Vieux Télégraphe, 1985
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Pauillac, Ch. Mouton-Rothschild 1998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Maury, Vin Doux Naturel, 1925(!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Everything was fantastic. The Salon was my favorite, no surprise given my personal love of champagne, and I'll be singing its praises 'til kingdom come. That said, it is incredibly young and cellaring can only help. The Mouton was young as well, a little closed, and probably needs another 5-10 years before it's really ready. The Télégraphe was in great shape and is at its peak now, according to our host who recently shared a meal with Mssr. Brunier. The Corton and the Chambolle were, IMO, both drinking at peak, and glorious reminders to myself: patience! The Beyer gewurz was the only relative disappointment, only because I loved the other wines. Nevertheless, it was intense and long, and vibrant for its age.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If only every night could be like this....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mengathon


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think that I have been going to the wrong tastings. The lineup sounds great. You make me jealous.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I have to admit my dumb luck. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I had never been to a tasting where so many great, well-aged wines were featured. And we were very fortunate to have an extremely knowledgeable and generous host who provided the right spectrum of wines, each drinking at the proper time window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OTOH, Bill, if you're ever in NYC, lemme know. If you happen to be here when the next tasting takes place, I think I might be able to sneak you in =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Too weird..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm drinking an '03 Ridge Lytton West Syrah..it's really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we're obviously both quite fortunate ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Had a few glasses of J Lohr's Seven Oaks Cabernet last night. Love the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos Bierzo 2006, with steak salad. This is a really nice wine, made with 100% Mencia grapes. It reminds me a bit of cab franc, with with darker fruit and more mineral (and probably less spiciness than many cab francs). I opened this bottle a few days ago and it's even better than at first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Later I expect to have a glass of La Grange Snort 2006 (a port-style wine from Virginia's Winery at La Grange, made from Touriga Nacional & Tannat) -- with chocolate cake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. We just had a bottle of Cloudy Bay's Chardonnay. I believe it was a 2006. It's a fascinating chardonnay although could probably stand a little less oak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Itsas Mendi Txakoli 2006, a Spanish white from the Basque region, made with the Hondarrabi Zuri grape -- with fried oysters. Lots of citrus, medium body, fairly complex. An interesting wine, and one I'd drink again. (I'm doing this thing where you try to taste a lot of different grapes, so going for unusual ones to add to my list.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thursday night:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits<---huge with tasty dose of vanilla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2006 Domaine Yves Cuilleron St. Joseph Lyzeras Blanc<----minerally and sulpheric which blew off after awhile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1998 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie<---earthy but not really my style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2001 Porter Creek Syrah Timbervine Ranch<----ringer and easily indentified as such. what a NICE wine. seriously.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2001 Les Vignobles Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche<--what i brought and lovely doses of pepper and meat. kind of oily, in a good way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2006 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30<---brilliant notes of cherry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tuesday night:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Meßmer Burrweiller Schawer Riesling Kabinett trocken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2006 Kutch Pinot Noir Russian River Valleymystery wine(easily nailed by yours truly)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Joseph Drouhin Maranges 1er Cru<--sucked ass and i brought it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Domaine Joblot Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cellier Aux Moines<---thin and useless
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Henri Perrot-Minot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Riotte Vieilles Vignes<---closed tight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Frédéric Magnien Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos Baulet Cuvée Unique,----corked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Domain Arlaud Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Ruchots<---finally! delicious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1999 Domaine Arlaud Gevrey-Chambertin Les Combottes Cuvée Unique<---ended on a great note. wotn. delicious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sunday night:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2006 Viñedos de Nieva Sauvignon Blanc Rueda Blanco Nieva<---appetizer!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Pezzi King Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 T-Vine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Bookster Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1985 Gustave Niebaum Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1995 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1985 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 M2 Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  last friday night:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1967 Marcarini Barolo Brunate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1987 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Chalone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Kanonkop Estate Paul Sauer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Biasca Merlot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1977 Warre Porto Vintage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2000 Château Yon-Figeac plus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my liver needs a break.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    just discovered that there are rose Txakoli wines so be on the look out for those

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I am drinking (literally) right now, a bottle of 2003 Jose de Sousa Alentejano. I am a wine newbie, at least at the level of intellectualizing the whole experience, and I am extremely impressed with the velvety ambery richness of the wine, especially for the price (I think I paid 18 bucks including tax, and this is in monopolistic Quebec, you can get much better deals anywhere else). I can't seem to stop drinking it, despite getting drunker and drunker every moment. I am trying to crack the code of why I like this wine. Too bad, I am left with the whole bottle since partner is not a big drinker, or should I say thank god?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Last night: 2006 Niedrist Trelaner Sauvignon (91). Tonight: Ommegang Hennepin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. last night Gaston-Chiquet, some Lafon Sauterne with foie gras, a Timmoroso (don't recall winery) with pork loin and a Core late harvest grenache for dessert

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Yesterday afternoon, at a winery opening: Barrel Oak Winery Bowhaus White -- a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Seyval Blanc -- with a charcuterie plate. A nice light patio wine for a hot day here in Virginia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night: With a hamburger, Quinto de Cabriz Dão 2005, a blend of Alfrocheiro, Tinta-Roriz (Tempranillo), and Touriga-Nacional. For dessert, Weingut Klaus Knobloch Ortega Trockenbeerenauslese 2000.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 2004 Betts & Scholl Hermitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 2003 Blind Trail Central Otago Pinot Noir $14.99. This was wonderful with food, and delightful after the meal was finished. Back to the store for more very soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Last night:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anselmo Mendes Andreza Loureiro 2006 -- a few hours before dinner, w/ cheeses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quinto de Cabriz Dão 2005 -- w/ lamb curry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Weingut Klaus Knobloch Ortega Trockenbeerenauslese 2000 -- later in the evening

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    what did you think of the Trockenbeerenauslese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: misnatalie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very yummy -- and I think could easily have held up several years more. Beautiful golden color, with a lot of apricot and almond. Didn't have quite the complexity of a Riesling TBA -- lacked some of the grassy and mineral components -- but not nearly the price either :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. Did you purchase the bottle at a retailer? If so where. I've been looking for a nice dessert wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: misnatalie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I bought it several years ago at a northern Virginia shop called Arrowine. In general you can find good buys in TBAs made from German grapes other than Riesling (ortega, scheurebe, huxelrebe). Wine specialty stores -- or maybe the wine department at a store like Whole Foods -- may have some wines of this sort. And online shopping is a good option too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blanc de blancs will never quite be the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. A poweraid, I just got home from the gym :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. '04 Viader Dare Cab Franc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Hey, as long as the thread's alive, I'll keep coming back. Tonight, it a lovely little Picchetti Bellichetti Vineyards Santa Clara Mountains '05 Zin. Lovely spices and a bit lighter style. It went well with baked ziti and broccoli with IT cheeses atop. For the alcohol folk, it was ABV 14.2%, and lovely with the red sauce on the ziti, along with ground beef. If one wants a "spicy," lower alcohol Zin, this might be the one. I'm about to have it with a few dark, bitter-sweet chocolate morsels, with which I think it will go nicely.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PS - it did, just as I thought. If one really loves Zins, Picchetti (Santa Cruz Mtns. winery), is one to check out. Only problem is keeping up with each of their offerings, as I think I've had over 20, this year alone. Still, that is not a bad comment, unless one keeps score, or tries to buy exactly what they had three months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. '03 Argiolas Costera Isola del Nuraghi; very nice wine, reminded me of a So. Rhone; wish I'd bought a LOT more...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Valmiñor Albariño Rias Baixas 2006, for lunch with cold potato & leek soup. A really nice Albariño, crisp and citrusy, with a bit of oak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nora is our house Albarino although we've had a fair bit of Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like Albariños in general -- have had several I enjoy. I'm not sure what my favorite is yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chriscatva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My current favorite, which I've posted about before, is Morgadio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vinosnob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks -- I'll have to check for it. (Meanwhile I'm presently finishing up the Valmiñor with a Reuben sandwich :-). )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Recent highlights:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Huia Pinot Noir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Nalle Zinfandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Sea Smoke Botella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Domaine des Croix Cent Vignes 1er Cru

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Well, right at the moment, Diet Pepsi :-). But last night with dinner I had Faunus Cesanese del Piglio 2005 . First time I'd had a Cesanese (blended with a bit of Barbera & Montepulciano). I really enjoyed this wine -- very fruity but nicely balanced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. '02 Jobard "en la Barre"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. had a great birthday lunch with friends yesterday at Ave 5 here in San Diego and the restaurant was very accomodating on the corkage. had, amongst other things, Sine Qua Non Petition, '94 Shafer HSS, Barthelemy rose champagne, '98 Vieux Donjon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Krug Grande Cuvée.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A bottle that was supposed to be opened after the Super Bowl. 6 months later, it's for the Celtics!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 2005 Boasso Barbera d'Alba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. it was blazing hot on Sunday so we had Dehlinger pinot rose with grilled lamb chops; worked just fine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. This is a thread, with a life of its own. OK, I'm still playing. Biale Grande Zin, and it is sublime. It paired well with ribs last night, and is doing well on its own. Nice firm mouthfeel, a bit of alcohol (do not have the bottle handy, but would guess 14.5% ABV), plenty of black berries.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 1999 Coteaux du Layon, Pierre-Bise "Chaume" - a little past peak.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Paumanok Cabernet Franc - yummy stuff, great nose, texture, with nice green and tobacco streaks, though i do miss the barnyard/mineral qualities of those from the Loire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Côtes-du-Rhône, M. Chapoutier, "Belleruche" - more intensity than a typical CDR, the syrah seems prominent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Woodenhead Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. NV Aldo Rainoldi Rose Brut. Nebbiolo from the Valtellina.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. about to have a glass of CUNE rosado

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Just came back from birthday party for my 90 year old mother. We put down six bottles of 2007 Oregon Achery Summit Rose' and six bottles of 2007 Elk Cove Rose'. 4 o'clock party, unusually warm and humid in Eugene today (to bad for Olympic Trials participants), both were nice crisp Rose's, appreciated by all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Last week, in the mountains of SoCal, with my SO:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Domaine Robert-Denogent St. Veran Le Pommards Vielles Vignes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 Friedrich Becker Spatburgunder "B"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The coming week, in Vegas, with my rowdy friends:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roederer Estate N.V. Brut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2006 Domaine Jean Pierre Seve Macon-Solutre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Blind Trail Central Otago Pinot Noir

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just opened my first bottle of Layer Cake Primitivo from Puglia. I am shocked at how fantastic this is- smooth, incredibly full and velvety for a 13.5% "zinfandel" (which this wine is co-labeled as) and so easy to drink. I am glad I took the chance on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Hamilton Russell Pinot; Vincent Girardin Villes Vignes; Palacio Fefinanes Albarino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 2007 R Winery's BITCH from Austrailia. 100% grenache.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I really like this wine. It pairs up nicely with a wide range of food and is a great bargain at WHWC at $8.99. I like the screwcap also. What did you think of the wine?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: scrappydog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I purchased it completely out of novelty, and was pleasantly surprised. Mr OCAnn doesn't like it, but I find it to be a good table red. I'm still getting used to screw-caps. I intend to buy a case to give out as gifts....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. last night: Clicquot brut, '99 Les Pallieres Gigondas, '97 Ch Montrose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Barthelemy rose champagne; '04 Schloss Lieser MSR Riesling Kabinett; '05 Dr Weins-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling-Kabinett

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. on the 4th: Cune rose, '04 Nenow Kenefick Ranch Cab; '04 Drinkward Peschon Cab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Hans Fahden 2006 Merlot Napa Valley. We LOVED the last two vintages of their Cabernet Sauvignon and this youthful Merlot is wonderful as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here is my review of the wine:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tasting Profile:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Look – Deep ruby red in color with a heart of dark plum. Swirl the glass and thick legs appear slowly before they march slowly down the glass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smell – A wonderful blast of concentrated aromas of earthen cherry, ripe blackberry, soft pine tar and mild fresh mixed salad herbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Feel – Initially velvet soft and then the wine shows lush medium tannins as it coats and then drys the tongue and the roof of the mouth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Taste – Big and rich flavors of dark stonefruit, dark cherry, dark smoky blueberry, blackberry and plum, with a slight herbaceous or vegital quality that gives the wine a hearty flavor that follows its initial fruity brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finish – Super long-lasting, with smokey fruit then more vegital all over mouth flavors that taper off slowly as the wine coats and the drys your mouth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Conclusion – Once again, Hans Fahden winery has us scratching our heads at the high-quality/low-price of their wines. We declared their Cabernet Sauvignon to be an under-priced masterpiece and we say the same of this fantastic, youthful Merlot. The only ‘bad’ thing we could say about this wine is that once it is gone, it’s gone. Okay, to be fair, all wines are like this, but when we asked the winery if there would be a future vintage, they (sniff) said ‘nope’!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Agent_Red

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry, but I think their stuff is just awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A friend works there, and the winery itself is less than 4 miles away, so I've had plenty of occasion to taste their grape-y, foxy, disappointing wines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Agent_Red

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sorry to "out" you...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but it is truly self-serving and disingenuous to review a wine you're also trying to SELL prominently on your website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Besides, "smokey fruit then more vegital all over mouth flavors"? WTF?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Agent_Red

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First of all it's v-e-g-E-t-a-l, not vegital. Secondly, Maria is right -- "vegetal" in a Cabernet or Merlot is usually a sign of unripe (or underripe) grapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your description of this wine makes me want to run away from it, not buy it, but it also sounds typical of every Hans Fahden I've ever had. To be polite, let me just say: not my favorite winery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (FWIW, I am one of those who turned down an opportunity to buy a quantity of these wines at a serious discount, but even then -- I didn't think these wines were worth offering to my customers.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. so how do we know, as Bill Hunt suggests on the "new" thread, if this is one of the longest ever on the board?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  its very nice, my guess is that it is 100% tempranillo, a heavier bodied rose. 3 btls left from a case buy. would certainly pull the trigger on more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 2006 Ioppa Uva Rara. I am told that this is a local name for Bonarda in this part of Piedmont.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Are we moving this to the new thread?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '96 Duval-Leroy. Gorgeous champagne, probably at its peak right now, and decidedly better and more harmonious than compared to just 12 months ago. Nutty, yeasty, and toasty, and relatively full-bodied, with excellent length and finish. Yet thoroughly confusing when I found out it was 70% chardonnay, while their NV is usually 75% pinot noir, according to their website. Given a choice between blanc de blancs or blanc de noirs, I definitely would have guessed the latter. What gives? Quite unique in that their vintage brut is drastically different in its composition than their NV. I can't really think of another house that does this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. '98 Henriot rose; Pehu Simonet NV Brut rose; 2 '02 Paradigm Cab Sauv (triggered by an outstanding '99 Cab Franc with eatemup on Friday)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 2007 Langlois-Château Cabernet de Saumur La Bretonnière Sec ; '04 Rob't Nenow Kenefick Ranch Cab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2002 Olga Raffault Chinon 'Les Picasses'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice Chinon. I prefer this with a slight chill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Foreau Vouvray Demi-Sec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How do you like this wine? I think it needs food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Drinker 1: I really want some soft cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Drinker 2, 20 minutes later: I have a craving for cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Note to self: next time when drinking this wine, call ahead and make sure the host has cheese....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. '02 Remirez de Ganuza; preferred the '01` and '98

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Such a long thread! These days -- September 2009 -- while it may be a fad akin to the early '80's white zinfandel -- yuck -- we are leaning more toward New Zealand sauvignon blancs. Gotta love the grapefruit on the nose! We also enjoy all things Molly Dooker. My wife has categorically given up Zinfandels, much to my dismay. We enjoy trying new California Pinot Noirs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. '06 Dehlinger pinot rose (still wonderful); '02 Havens Black and Blue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. '01 Guigal St Joseph blanc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Jacquesson Cuvée 732

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Citrus, minerals, good amount of earthiness. Quite a long finish for an NV, if one can call it that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mengathon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon - how would you compare the 732 to past bottlings as I have not had the 732 but have had a fair number of the past ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ibstatguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sorry buddy, cant help you there. i had the 730 awhile ago and liked it, but kept no notes and was absolutely unqualified to give you any sort of useful comparison. we also had it from a magnum, making things even more difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 2005 Turley Tofanelli Charbono - Went great with a wilted spinach salad & grilled flank steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Last night with a fabulous steak dinner I had a J Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005. This was fabulous with a great price point. Now trying to decide what I could have with lunch today... :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. For dinner last night: Donum 2005 Russian River Pinot Noir with grilled beef tenderloin, served rare with roasted garlic sauce and leek-tomato quinoa. Brilliant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Edmunds St John "Wylie-Fenaughty" Syrah 2000, El Dorado County with grilled burgers. ABV 14.1%. Outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Reichsgraff von Kesselstadt Wehlenr Sonnenuhr Grosses Gewacghs Trocken Riesling 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fabulous. The aroma is so full of nuances, powerfull but elegant, fruit and flowers with integrated mineraliy, lots of taste, stellar though refined acidity. Riesling rules!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. '04 Melis; it may not say Spain but it is very good nonetheless

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 2004 Jean-Luc Columbo Cornas, Terres Brulées

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. l'Hortus Rose de Saignee 2007. It was wonderful with dinner last night, and even better tonight, the end of the bottle, all by itself after a long day at work. Warmed up slightly and swirled, it has an aroma that I associate with much more "ambititous" wines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Bollinger R.D. 1990; '05 Thomas pinot noir (OR)