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RicRios Jul 16, 2007 07:00 PM


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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    sunflwrsdh Apr 26, 2011 04:54 PM

    Sipping a carefully measured 4 oz of Schmitt Sohne Reisling, which is chilled, crisp and delicious, and enjoying the first almost 70 degree weather we've had this so-called spring:)

    1. Midlife Jan 20, 2011 03:36 PM

      Just tasted some 2007 Trivium. WOW! Really amazing cab from the Lewelling Vineyard in St. Helena. Just a couple of hundred cases a year and worth every bit of its $65 price tag.

      The hotel wine director back East who argues here that California wines are too big (in one aspect or another) to pair with better food has apparently not tasted this wine.

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        dinwiddie Jan 18, 2011 04:06 PM

        As I sit here I have a glass of the 2006 Shane Syrah The Unknown keeping me company.

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          IPA USER Jan 2, 2011 08:25 PM

          Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

          Earlier with supper had a glass of Chateau de Caraguilhes Corbieres, a nice mellow red.

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            Iowaboy3 Dec 31, 2010 01:14 PM

            Egg Nog & Sailor Jerry Rum. Oops! About to drink a 2002 A. Margaine Special Club Brut with appetizers then a 2004 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz with my wife's prime rib.

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            1. re: Iowaboy3
              ibstatguy Jan 3, 2011 11:08 AM

              don't think I've ahd that Margaine; any comments on it?

            2. scrappydog Feb 16, 2010 02:19 PM

              With Grilled NY strips and sides:

              2002 Longboard Vineyards Redgrav Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep purple color. Moderate tannins. Plenty of fruit: dark cherry / cassis and a little spice. Nice wine with the chow.

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              1. re: scrappydog
                theperfectcookie Apr 26, 2010 02:28 AM

                2000 Taylor Port. Loves.

              2. ibstatguy Feb 10, 2010 08:27 PM

                2006 Adegas Valmiñor Albariño Rías Baixas O Rosal with some cold fried chicken - worked pretty well

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                1. re: ibstatguy
                  Heyteacher Feb 13, 2010 07:28 PM

                  Stump Jump Shiraz Grenache Blend - yum!

                  1. re: ibstatguy
                    Willem Apr 13, 2010 01:53 PM

                    love the Valminor, 2006 was pretty good. amazed that it is still OK now though. Nice

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                    Heyteacher Feb 6, 2010 06:36 PM

                    Cupcake Winery, Sav Blanc - super tasty!

                    1. ibstatguy Jan 31, 2010 04:41 PM

                      2002 Chapelle d'Ausone

                      1. Willem Jan 29, 2010 03:17 AM

                        Louis Roederer brut premier
                        Pierre Yves Colin Puligny Montrachet les Folatieres 2007
                        Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert 2005
                        San Fabiano Calcinaia chianti classico riserva Cellole 2001
                        Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2001
                        Cal Pla (Mas d'en Compte) Priorat Planots 2005
                        Kaesler Old Bastard 2003

                        1. ibstatguy Jan 22, 2010 02:57 PM

                          2005 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge

                          1. ibstatguy Jan 22, 2010 02:55 PM

                            2006 Gutzler Pinot Noir: VDP estate with soil and climate similar to Burgundy! This Pinot is dark garnet, viscous and full bodied. A nice bit of ripe cherry with smoky tannins on the finish and round in the mouth. Great with game, foul, cheese, or all alone... 100% estate fruit and bottled from a great German red wine producer!

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                              jpc8015 Jan 18, 2010 08:19 PM

                              Irish Breakfast tea.

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                                mengathon Jan 3, 2010 11:26 PM

                                Lis Neris Confini, Friuli 03 - Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Riesling blend. Fun stuff, especially with prosciutto

                                Castello di Ama l'Apparita 96 - Merlot. Showing very young. Needs a lot more time. The 90, by comparison, had much more secondary aromatics. Nevertheless, delicious. At a quarter of the price of Masseto? I'll take this in a hearbeat.

                                Gaja, Langhe Nebbiolo Conteisa 96 - 8% Barbera, remainder nebbiolo from the commune of Cerequio. Probably too young, but a very intense nose after sitting in a decanter for a bit. Also showing incredibly young. Would have loved to see its development tomorrow, but alas, it did not last. Fun stuff.

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                                  woojink Jan 2, 2010 10:48 PM

                                  2005 Scarecrow - really good. So far, for me, all the Scarecrows have lived up to the hype. Have had (and still own) every vintage, and all have been excellent. '07 should be interesting.

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                                    Panini Guy Jan 1, 2010 05:36 PM

                                    At the moment, plonk. But last night we went out to BYOB and I brought along a bottle of 1996 The Signature from Yalumba, which is supposedly built for the long haul - 15+ years. I'm gonna guess we were a minimum of a year too late on this one, maybe more. Not vinegar and still drinkable, but verging on the "hot" side with nothing left for legs.

                                    We stopped buying for cellaring a few years ago and that was one of our last half dozen bottles we had tucked away. Sad that it we didn't enjoy it at its peak. It was also the penultimate bottle of three cases we brought back with us from Australia a few years ago. Hoping the last bottle from that trip - Penfolds St. Henri from same vintage - had held up a bit better. Guess we'll be opening that one soon.

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                                    1. re: Panini Guy
                                      mengathon Jan 3, 2010 11:17 PM

                                      I have always found the St. Henri to be the most compelling of the Penfolds line, followed closely by Bin 707, and other than the Grange, the longest lived. I would guess the '96 would still have plenty of life left.

                                    2. wineguy7 Jan 1, 2010 12:40 PM

                                      2008 Walter Hansel Sauvignon Blanc
                                      2002 Rainoldi Sfursat Fruttaio Ca'Rizzieri
                                      2003 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino
                                      G.H. Mumm Carte Classique

                                      1. ibstatguy Dec 27, 2009 08:08 PM

                                        '98 Le Grande Dame; Clicquot NV Brut; '02 Pichon Baron; '05 Crocker & Starr Cab Franc

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                                        1. re: ibstatguy
                                          McBoingBoing Dec 28, 2009 04:14 PM

                                          Bogle Vineyards 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel...Pretty good actually for 10.99.

                                        2. scrappydog Dec 26, 2009 08:18 PM

                                          We have been slacking off lately on posting notes, due to a busy schedule. We resolve to try harder in the coming year. Yesterday with turkey and a apple - cranberry stuffing: 2007 Radio-Coteau La Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Deep garnet color, velvety smooth and unlike almost any California Pinot that I have had. ABV 14.4%. Very old world in style. Outstanding on its own and excellent with the meal. Also serve a Point Concepcion Chardonnay for the white wine fans.

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                                          1. re: scrappydog
                                            ibstatguy Dec 27, 2009 08:08 PM

                                            glad to have you back

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                                            mengathon Dec 25, 2009 09:34 PM

                                            Querciabella Camartina 96
                                            Two Hands Bella's Garden 05

                                            1. wineguy7 Dec 25, 2009 03:11 PM

                                              1996 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Paje' with the Osso Buco I made.

                                              1. ibstatguy Dec 21, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                last week had '05 Justin Isocles and Justification as well as an '05 Dehlinger Estate PN

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                                                1. re: ibstatguy
                                                  dinwiddie Dec 21, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                  Just getting ready to enjoy a 1999 Mas Martinet Viticultors Priorat Clos Martinet with a roast leg of lamb. Looking forward to it.

                                                  1. re: dinwiddie
                                                    ibstatguy Dec 21, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                    damn that's going to be good!

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                                                  mengathon Dec 14, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                  More rough duty...

                                                  Henriot Blanc de Souverain
                                                  Henriot Souverain
                                                  Henriot Rose
                                                  Henriot 98
                                                  Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 96

                                                  The blanc de blancs and the Enchanteleurs were my favorites. The 98 was almost too yeasty.

                                                  Salon Le Mesnil 85
                                                  Clerico Barolo Percristina 00
                                                  Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella 02
                                                  Quintarelli Amarone 93

                                                  Salon is, well, Salon. I thought about decanting and waiting a day, but it was gone in 45 minutes. I think my personal preference is for something just slightly younger. The Percristina came alive after about an hour, then went back to sleep. We thought it had died, but after the dormant stage, all the savory characteristics came out. Amazing development. Dal Forno was like mint chocolate milk, in a good way, and the Quintarelli still had a long time to go.

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                                                  1. re: mengathon
                                                    ibstatguy Dec 14, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                    Iv'e had the Henriot rose and '98 and thought both were very nice but not, shall we subtle? Something in the Bollinger style perhaps...

                                                    1. re: ibstatguy
                                                      mengathon Dec 14, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                      Excellent description. My companion who liked the 98 also happens to like Bollinger as well, whereas I'm not the biggest fan. The 96 Enchanteleurs is also quite big compared to the 95, but, as you suggest, had a bit more subtlety.

                                                  2. Willem Dec 13, 2009 02:03 PM

                                                    - 2005 Pierre Yves Colin Meursault PC Les Perrieres - a white Burgundy Benchmark. Needs some air, well develop nicely, and is great already. Can develop much more than the average PYC I think. I like it most at 13 celsius. Minutes of aftertaste...

                                                    - 2005 Pintas. Wow. Needs air because of tannins but has appealing smoothness coming. Actually a bit too young, but great. very deep and complex, loads of fruit, excellent structure, rich, even a bit dusty in a good way. You can smell this one for minutes and will keep discovering.

                                                    1. wineguy7 Dec 12, 2009 12:08 PM

                                                      2003 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon.

                                                      1. ibstatguy Dec 5, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                        2005 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello; year in and year out the Sang des Cailloux is one of my very favorite wines

                                                        1. ibstatguy Nov 19, 2009 05:59 AM

                                                          2007 Corte Gardoni Bardolino Superiore

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                                                            silva1000 Nov 18, 2009 12:27 AM

                                                            2008 Henschke "Julius" Riesling, Eden Valley. Very nice

                                                            1. ibstatguy Nov 15, 2009 07:51 PM

                                                              2001 François Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières - with some fresh made carrot soup...fabulous

                                                              1. Willem Nov 13, 2009 09:33 AM

                                                                happy camper...
                                                                2008 Albino Armani Sauvignin Campo Napoleone - if you can say "Italian Sauvignon Blanc" this is it - blind I would have guessed that it would be from Alto Adige, but it is Veneto
                                                                2007 Pierre Yves Colin Rully Les Cailloux - tells you all about Burgundy Chardonnay... PY Colin is such a Master!
                                                                2005 Frattasi Falanghina Donna Laura - extremely rich but typical - wow, a treat
                                                                2001 Dominique Laurent Mazis Chambertin - HELLO - the aromas don't stop, a very complete pinot noir and excellent wine, puts good year DRC echezeaux in memory... the amazing fruit, the earth, only the good "animal" aromas, the herbs, liquorice, the complexity, the great balance in all density- tannins- acidity- alcohol- ..., the extreme harmony...
                                                                2007 Sughera "adeo", great stuff, bit young but very drinkeable, and finally a 'super tuscan' you can long for, based on grapes and not wood, and, with value for money - Bordeaux eat yr heart out
                                                                2004 Caberlot... quite the archetypical red wine at its best - but completely different... as well completely different from, but in perfection resembling, Franchetti's wines.

                                                                1. ibstatguy Nov 9, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                                  2005 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina - wonderful stuff

                                                                  1. wineguy7 Nov 7, 2009 11:26 AM

                                                                    2008 Michel Torino Malbec
                                                                    2004 Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                                    1. ibstatguy Nov 3, 2009 10:19 PM

                                                                      2005 Lewis Cellars Chardonnay Sonoma County - about as subtle as...

                                                                      1. ibstatguy Oct 29, 2009 08:55 PM

                                                                        2004 Behrens & Hitchcock Everything But...The Kitchen Sink - I just can't make up my mind about this wine

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                                                                          mengathon Oct 27, 2009 10:46 PM

                                                                          More rough duty...

                                                                          Fontodi Flacianello delle Pieve 01 - 750 and magnum.

                                                                          As someone who openly doesn't care for sangiovese, the Flancianello is a masterpiece. The 750 is drinking perfectly, and the magnum was like 15 years back. Even though I hesitate to decant any moderately older sangiovese, a serious decant helps with the magnum. I cant decide if I prefer this or the Isole e Olena Cepparello.

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                                                                            mengathon Oct 25, 2009 04:23 PM

                                                                            Le Vieux Donjon 07

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                                                                              ibstatguy Oct 25, 2009 08:16 PM

                                                                              cradle robber!

                                                                              1. re: ibstatguy
                                                                                mengathon Oct 26, 2009 02:50 AM

                                                                                Its twin will be locked away in the crib for a while. But man, it's really good now.

                                                                            2. wineguy7 Oct 25, 2009 01:22 PM

                                                                              Last night we had the neighbors over for A-16's meatballs, creamy polenta and swiss chard:
                                                                              2001 Domaine Valette Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Reyssie
                                                                              2006 Cascina Morassino Langhe Nebbiolo
                                                                              1996 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Cannubio

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                                                                                mengathon Oct 22, 2009 11:55 PM

                                                                                A good night for wine tasting!

                                                                                Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame '98
                                                                                Not a fan of Veuve, but Grand Dame almost never disappoints. Very BdB-y.

                                                                                Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage '88
                                                                                Biscuit, pancake, sherry nose. Lots of life for an older champagne, but unlikely to improve.

                                                                                Araujo Syrah Eisele '05
                                                                                The most compelling American syrah I've had. Super intense nose, and looooong.

                                                                                Ornellaia Masseto '05
                                                                                Much more drinkable at this stage than the 04. Lots going on here. Surprisingly did not shut down during evolution in the glass.

                                                                                Mouton Rothschild '04
                                                                                Never been the biggest Mouton fan, but showing very well for its youth.

                                                                                Petrus '04
                                                                                Great nose, but disjointed midpalate and beyond. Masseto was superior in about every way.

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                                                                                1. re: mengathon
                                                                                  ibstatguy Oct 23, 2009 05:59 AM

                                                                                  rough duty for you once again I see...

                                                                                  1. re: mengathon
                                                                                    woojink Oct 29, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                                                    I've always thought that Masseto competed very well vs. Petrus - at a fraction of the price. One of the best merlots on the planet.

                                                                                    Araujo is one of the best producers in Cali IMO.

                                                                                    1. re: woojink
                                                                                      mengathon Oct 30, 2009 09:30 PM

                                                                                      I've never been the biggest fan of Ornellaia's wines, but the Masseto is really good. Out of the entire line, it might be the best value.

                                                                                      It was my first time having Araujo other than the Altagracia, and I understand now the hefty price tags.

                                                                                  2. ibstatguy Oct 22, 2009 09:43 PM

                                                                                    2005 La Grange de Quatre Sous Vin de Pays d'Oc Les Serrottes; knew nothing about this wine which was a gift froma friend but it knocked my socks off

                                                                                    1. Willem Oct 20, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                      Sunday: Nine Popes 2003 (Charles Melton). Tried it quite some time ago and had some doubt, but now it is on the spot, delicious tribute to Chateau9!!
                                                                                      Now: Dominio de Tares 'Baltos' (Bierzo, Mencia). Nice and smooth, balanced, some earth & herbs, still nice black fruit.

                                                                                      1. ibstatguy Oct 14, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                                                        N.V. Barth Spätburgunder Brut Rosé - purchased from Truly Fine Wines who, I beleive, is also the importer

                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Oct 7, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                          2007 Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina; on 10/5 in Bahia de Los Angeles with our fresh caught yellowtail. Excellent!

                                                                                          1. Willem Sep 30, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                            Firriato Harmonium 2005. Great stuff. Very rich, but balanced. With grilled lambchops.

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                                                                                            1. re: Willem
                                                                                              ibstatguy Sep 30, 2009 10:16 PM

                                                                                              now I'm jealous, love the Harmonium but alas drank my last bottle awhile back. having some Fontalloro tonight.

                                                                                              1. re: ibstatguy
                                                                                                Willem Oct 20, 2009 10:31 AM

                                                                                                if ever in Holland - still got some 04/05/06 in the basement...

                                                                                            2. ibstatguy Sep 28, 2009 01:20 PM

                                                                                              '05 Sang des Cailloux Vacqueryas "Doucinello"; '06 Palazzo Cab franc

                                                                                              1. Willem Sep 26, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                                Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu 2007. Great quite modernly styled Condrieu. Full of the white peach, stone fruits, flowers, freshness, perfum as you would expect, and a slight, nice, not overdone touch of wood, typically for this group of producers. Pretty full, great acidity, quite some non-disturbing alcohol. It has more of the Condrieu viognier characteristics then the 2006, but (just!) doesn't get the harmonious richness of the excellent unforgettable 2005. Very great glass, and very enjoyable on the table with some ingenuity.

                                                                                                1. Bill Hunt Sep 24, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                                                                  Now, it is a BV (Beaulieu Vineyards) '03 Tapestry. Nice anise notes, good body and a medium finish. There is still some dark fruit, but it's pretty much melded by now.



                                                                                                  1. Willem Sep 24, 2009 12:32 PM

                                                                                                    Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay 2005 - excellent & delicious

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                                                                                                      mengathon Sep 29, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                                                                      Yummy. The Art Series is one of the best chardonnays in the world.

                                                                                                      1. re: mengathon
                                                                                                        Willem Sep 30, 2009 03:58 PM

                                                                                                        yes indeed...made a little dance tasting it again...

                                                                                                        1. re: Willem
                                                                                                          Delucacheesemonger Oct 8, 2009 10:40 AM

                                                                                                          If you ever get the chance to go to Margaret River south of Perth to the vineyard, it is as impressive as the wine.

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                                                                                                      mengathon Sep 17, 2009 11:41 PM

                                                                                                      DRC Grands-Echezeaux 2001 and 2002.

                                                                                                      In Burgundy, the vintage really does matter....

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                                                                                                      1. re: mengathon
                                                                                                        ibstatguy Sep 18, 2009 06:58 AM

                                                                                                        i have a feeling that, everything else being the same, i'd still take the DRC of any vintage...

                                                                                                      2. Scargod Sep 16, 2009 04:37 AM

                                                                                                        2007 Ruberte tresor, an old vines garnacha from Spain. Incredibly good red for $7.

                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Sep 15, 2009 12:22 PM

                                                                                                          '06 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vyd; I'll be staying on this mailing list...

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                                                                                                            mengathon Sep 5, 2009 10:30 PM

                                                                                                            Tasted last week....
                                                                                                            1995 Ornellaia - luscious and slutty
                                                                                                            1990 Ornellaia Masseto - an unexpected animal quality, great balance
                                                                                                            1998 Giacosa Barolo Falletto - looked twice its age, yet youthful and singing after a short decant, still years to go.

                                                                                                            Drank tonight with steak and burgers:
                                                                                                            2007 Lapierre Morgon
                                                                                                            2006 Maysara Pinot Noir Jamsheed

                                                                                                            1. wineguy7 Sep 5, 2009 05:31 PM

                                                                                                              2001 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
                                                                                                              2003 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy Sep 5, 2009 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                yesterday, with bison burgers: Jean Milan brut, '03 Pintia, '05 Paraduxx. good wine and food with good friends...

                                                                                                                1. Willem Sep 5, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                  Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly 2005.
                                                                                                                  Typical Dagueneau in style: fresh, lightness, terroir (one of the only wines I would use this abused word for - 'minerality'), extremely balanced and elegant. Fortunately some of the more typical grape characteristics are slightly present in this one, which adds to the enjoyability (it is good in that aspect, I am looking forward to the two other bottles in due time).
                                                                                                                  It is much more likable than the Dageneau 2005 Pur Sang, which got 97 from Wine Spectator. That wine is perhaps one of the most interesting ever in my glass, and one of the only wines that can sport so many green notes while being perfect, but it misses pleasure, it is too intellectual - we tasted it (blind) from magnum in a - if I may say - 'high level' wine group, together with 9 other great wines, and it was the most talked about wine, but not the most enjoyed... The best tasting note (not mine) was: "it smells like it isn't even in the glass". By the way: there were like two glasses left in the bottle, which went into the fridge only to come out six days later. It was still in excellent condition...

                                                                                                                  1. Willem Sep 1, 2009 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                    aalto 2005. great, great stuff, though I like the fruit in the 2004 even better

                                                                                                                    1. wineguy7 Aug 30, 2009 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                      2006 Furthermore Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

                                                                                                                      1. Willem Aug 22, 2009 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                        2006 Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon - wow - the best!
                                                                                                                        2005 Les Vins de Vienne Cairanne - great
                                                                                                                        2004 Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz - good but somewhat heavy on the alcohol

                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Aug 21, 2009 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                          N.V. H. Billiot Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru

                                                                                                                          1. Scargod Aug 20, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                            2000 Mettler Cab, Lodi. Great, smooth cab for the money.
                                                                                                                            Monti Ilgli Angeli Pinot Noir. a great value.
                                                                                                                            Strong Arms Shiraz 2007. Not as good as last year. Needs a lot of air.

                                                                                                                            1. wineguy7 Aug 14, 2009 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                              Robbing the cradle: 2004 Cascina Morassino Barbaresco Ovello.

                                                                                                                              1. scrappydog Aug 14, 2009 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                With grilled filet, sauted spinach and mushrooms:

                                                                                                                                Downing Family 2000 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of 83% Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and just 3% Cabernet Franc. ABV 14.5%. Deep purple color, smooth, well integrated tannins. Plum and cherry with a hint of coffee. Nice wine. About $38 locally.

                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy Aug 13, 2009 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                  N.V. René Geoffroy Champagne Rosé de Saignée

                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Aug 3, 2009 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                    2004 Robert Nenow Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch

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                                                                                                                                      mengathon Aug 1, 2009 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                                      2003 Phelan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
                                                                                                                                      1997 Marcarini 'Brunate'
                                                                                                                                      1993 Clerico 'Ciabot Mentin Ginestra'
                                                                                                                                      1991 Querciabella 'Camartina'

                                                                                                                                      Lots of surprises, including how well the Clerico has held up, with still quite a good tannic bite and great acidity. Unfortunately, a 5 hour decant still didn't do the wine justice, though an aroma of dry porcinis became more and more prominent. The Marcarini looked its age, but was incredibly fresh on the palate. Both of these Barolo still have years to go.

                                                                                                                                      1. wineguy7 Aug 1, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                        2006 Stevenson Barrie Pinot Noir Freedom Hill
                                                                                                                                        2000 Leroy Bourgogne Rouge

                                                                                                                                        1. scrappydog Jul 28, 2009 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                          With grilled beef kabobs:

                                                                                                                                          2005 Core Ground Around. A blend of 40% Grenache 30% Tempranillo and 30% Syrah. Cherries, blackberries and some pepper / spice. Nice acidity. Around $45 locally.

                                                                                                                                          1. ibstatguy Jul 26, 2009 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                            N.V. L. Aubry Fils Champagne Rosé Brut; 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills. Both are stand out wines. Nailing a big exacta in the first race at Del Mar probably didn't hurt the enjoyment of both in the least. Had the Thomas with grilled lamb chops; paired up perfectly.

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                                                                                                                                              Heyteacher Jul 24, 2009 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                              Randall Harris Sav Blanc - yummmmmmmmy on a hot Denver night.

                                                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy Jul 19, 2009 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                1996 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes; N.V. H. Billiot Champagne Brut Reserve Grand Cru; and a treasure trove of Blankiet: Proprietary Red (their Reserve; I think it was '06); '04 Merlot and Rive Droite (I think it was '07). A wonderful evening and very nice dinner.

                                                                                                                                                1. scrappydog Jul 18, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                  With grilled NY Strip steak, sauteed mushrooms and steamed broccoflower:

                                                                                                                                                  Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 1999. Decanted about 45 minutes. Purple color, nice mouth feel. ABV 14%. A nice match for the meal.

                                                                                                                                                  1. wineguy7 Jul 16, 2009 09:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                    1999 Philippe Livera Fixin "En Olivier"

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                                                                                                                                                      Heyteacher Jul 14, 2009 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm having a Garfield Estates Cab Franc - homegrown CO wine and it's EXCELLENT. I belong to their wine club after going up to visit a few years ago and have enjoyed my shipments ever since! Super tasty!!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Willem Jul 9, 2009 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Hiedler Gruner Veltliner Maximum 2007. wowwowwow the essence of gruner veltliner. there is so much in the nose of this wine, and the structure is great. topla

                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Jul 3, 2009 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                          1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

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                                                                                                                                                            mengathon Jul 1, 2009 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                            A good Monday night...

                                                                                                                                                            '99 Smith Hauf-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Blanc
                                                                                                                                                            '01 Betts & Scholl Hermitage
                                                                                                                                                            '94 Dom. Aux Moines Savenièrres
                                                                                                                                                            '07 FX Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Frauenwiengarten

                                                                                                                                                            1. Bill Hunt Jun 29, 2009 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Biale Black Chicken '06, two nights in a row. Before, it was the '07 Turley Old Vines, and the night before, the Turley '06 Hayne Zinfandel.

                                                                                                                                                              Along the way, there was a litany of Fr Chardonays, of a lighter style.


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                                                                                                                                                                ibstatguy Jun 29, 2009 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Bill - If I recall correctly, the Biale is a favorite of yours, no? How did the different zins compare?

                                                                                                                                                              2. froggio Jun 27, 2009 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Esprit de Font Caude 1999 from Alain Chabanon (Dom, de Font Caude)
                                                                                                                                                                One of the best wine makers in Languedoc, he learned his trade with Alain Brumont.

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                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon Jun 27, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  '06 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino
                                                                                                                                                                  '98 Montecalvi
                                                                                                                                                                  '98 Montecalvi magnum

                                                                                                                                                                  the 2 Montecalvi's could not have been more different. The magnum tasted fresher than the '01 I've had recently and was much more vibrant than the 750. When in doubt, get the magnums!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Jun 25, 2009 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    2004 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente - I love this wine

                                                                                                                                                                    1. wineguy7 Jun 20, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Last night at the neighbor's with the Vin Santo braised veal shoulder:
                                                                                                                                                                      NV Vettori Prosecco Conegliano Extra Dry
                                                                                                                                                                      2003 Pride Chardonnay
                                                                                                                                                                      2007 Enkidu Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
                                                                                                                                                                      2004 Kiona Ice Wine

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Willem Jun 18, 2009 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Vetrere 'cre' 2007, a 100% moscato (dry) from Puglia. Very nice, well structured, great acidity, and a full range moscato aroma. And again a Framingham Sauvignon Blanc (NZ), which is truly excellent. Alls the grape's characteristics in aroma and structure, with just that bit of 'filling'. Recommended. Last but not least a Kaesler Stonehorse GSM 2004, great example of Australia's Southern Rhone interpretation... 15,5%... no problem though. Great in the pepper spice and lush fruits, and perfect with the lambroast + grilled pumpkin!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Candy Jun 16, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Still scotch but I am rapidly moving into true French Rose season

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Willem Jun 16, 2009 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            A&P de Villaine Challonais 2005, rare, and excellent, archetypical Burgundy as it should be. Complete pinot noir. Great.
                                                                                                                                                                            Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudi di Mezzo 2005. Excellent. Sicilian Burgundy indeed. This is what wine is all about! Deep nose, ripe but delicate fruit, great structure, you just keep on enjoying the complex aroma!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Jun 11, 2009 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils Bourgogne; this is a terrific and fairly priced bottle of wine. check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Willem May 30, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                valminor rias baixas albarino 2007, excellent! The nose! The concentration paired with freshness! & red: Firriato Quater rosso 2005. Superb blend, great wine!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  eatmedrinkme May 28, 2009 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                  On the nose barnyard, pencil lead, spice, cassis and blackcurrent. The cassis and blackcurrent becoming more pronounced as time goes on. On the palate a wall of ripe black fruit. Little hints of earth and leather followed by firm tannins which carry through a semi-long finish. Somewhat of a disconnect between the fruit and tannin at first but with some time they begin to marry. Not the most sophisticated wine but not completely strait forward either. The bottom line, enjoyable drinking, with a some thinking involced. I don't think this wine will benefit from any more time in the bottle but will be drinkable for years. Lots of sediment so you must decanter. For the price point Iit is a success and I went back to the store and bought several more. Cheers, Matt

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. nanette May 28, 2009 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    We've been drinking a lot of The Ned 2007 Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc. It is a touch above the 2008, though at 14% it is a bit "rich". Very zesty, lovely on its own or enjoyed in the garden with a bbq.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Waitrose has it on sale at 25% off, so only £7.11 a bottle for something a notch above Oyster Bay but below Cloudy Bay. I would say it is a bit more old world styled than a lot of new world SB, has that lovely French minerality.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy May 27, 2009 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      2004 Julius Wasem & Sohne Ingelheimer Sonnenhang Spätburgunder trocken, purchased from Truly Fine Wine. Quite an interesting wine and I think it would have paired very well with the grilled pork loin we made over the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Willem May 25, 2009 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner Samaragd Terrasses 2007. Nice. Still needs some air, developes fine. 2006 was better, but it remains as ever a glass worth drinking, very much so. full with great freshness and excellent acidity, great typicity. Ending with Kaesler Stonehorse GSM 2004, which is reaching the end of its peak, a great moment for the wine with the richer grenache competing with the shiraz spicyness, and, after a day (started the bottle yesterday), some enriching development (also signaling: drink now). Nice, a bit strong though. Where is the lamb roast...?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy May 23, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          2003 Michel Gay Aloxe-Corton; 2003 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cahill Lane - had both grilled Salmon. For me the Michel Gay was the much better wine. That said, I have enjoyed Hansel PNs.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. ibstatguy May 21, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            N.V. Gaston Chiquet Champagne Brut Rosé; 2003 Blankiet. Both were outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy May 18, 2009 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              1999 Girolamo Dorigo Colli Orientali del Friuli Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Montsclapade

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Shooley May 11, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                a 1999 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva. True Rioja. Excellent! Then proceeded to drink a '95 Domaine de Pegau Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf du Pape, then a '94 Chat. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Grand Cru Classe Pauillac, on to the 1994 Caymus Special Selection Cab Sauv, finished with a '03 Chat. Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes. Needless to say, it was a good night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy May 11, 2009 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  thoughts on the Comtesse vis a vis the Caymus?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shooley May 15, 2009 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Both were exquisite, with the Comtesse perhaps edging out the Caymus, at least as far as my palate is concerned. A lot of times, even the highest rated, touted, Calif. cabs are a little too concentrated, high alcohol, fruit forward and oaky for me, ( like some old vintages of Flora Springs, Pahlmeyer, etc.) but I have to say the Caymus was drinking just right. Perfect balance of fruit, tannins, oak etc.but much heavier, thicker than the Comtesse, which was very aromatic, with lovely spice notes, and a terrific finish. Both and very lengthy finishes, actually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. ibstatguy May 10, 2009 09:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  N.V. Jean Milan Champagne Blanc de Blancs Spécial Grand Cru and 2007 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir demuth. Mothers Day dinner with cheese souffle (probably should not have tried this for the first time on Mothers Day), plank grilled salmon, etc. LOVE the Jean Milan and was very favorably impressed with the Anthill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    mengathon May 10, 2009 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    '99 Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks Kyle!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      GenevaSteve May 9, 2009 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a bottle of 2007 Domaine des Curiades Chasselas with filet of perch last night. It's a local Swiss white from the Geneva area. Like many Swiss whites it was light and not complex. Decent fruit and a hint of acid. Not a bad match with the local fish specialty, but not a revelation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ibstatguy May 9, 2009 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett with panang curry and duck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy May 8, 2009 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          '96 Krug with sushi, courtesy of a very good friend; that'll kick start the weekend

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon May 8, 2009 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            nice dude!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            '06 Leeuwin Estate Riesling, Art Series, Margaret River

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. misnatalie May 6, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2005

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              mengathon May 5, 2009 01:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Vie di Romans 'Flor di Vis'

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy May 4, 2009 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                nice QPR: 2003 Bodegas Caro Amancaya Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon (Gran Reserva)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy May 3, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett; with dinner tonight - molasses/dijon mustard grilled pork chops. Beautiful day and evening for grilling here in San Diego.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy May 3, 2009 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2003 Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Franc; went as well as I had hoped to go along with burgers at C Star. Bartender loved it as well and, as he treats us well, left a fair bit for him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Utahinboston Apr 29, 2009 12:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2008 The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. wineguy7 Apr 27, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006 Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure Puig Ambielle. A little lighter-bodied, with higher acidity and more fruit-driven than the La Pinede.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mengathon Apr 25, 2009 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          '83 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          '05 Baumard Coteaux du Layon 'Ste Catherine'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think I had a good weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ibstatguy Apr 26, 2009 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you had a good weekend on Friday...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon Apr 24, 2009 11:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            '04 Vieux Telegraphe CDP Blanc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            '05 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mengathon Apr 24, 2009 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NV Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs (magnum)


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oolah Apr 24, 2009 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love that champagne! I've never had a magnum of champagne. Does the size of the bottle affect the bubbles?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon Apr 24, 2009 11:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure others have more experience and a much better explanation than I do, but wines out of magnums tend to taste a little better. As for the bubbles, I didnt really detect a difference. Although I did notice that the champagne was just more vibrant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. ibstatguy Apr 24, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2004 Wedell Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills; with a good friend at Cowboy Star and a couple of damn good burgers. Not for a "burgundy" fan (whatever, exactly, that means). Lots of fruit, opulent perhaps? Had the Wedell the first time at Bouchon in Vegas and it blew away the Sea Smoke that we started with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy Apr 12, 2009 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1997 Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siècle Cuvée Alexandra; 2003 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate; 2002 Ridge Geyserville. These were all wonderful wines enjoyed with Easter appertizers and.or dinner. I don't buy much LP champagne but this was a terrific wine rose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. wineguy7 Apr 10, 2009 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2006 Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure La Pinede

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Apr 8, 2009 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1997 G. Dorigo 'Montsclapade' magnum, Friuli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ibstatguy Apr 6, 2009 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente ; just noted that the first post in this thread was about a bottle of Lascaux, imported by Kermit Lynch. I just got a bottle from a friend last Friday so i will be looking for a time to open mine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Apr 1, 2009 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2001 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Classico Riserva; opened it tonight after playing some tennis and had it with a hot dog, yes, a hot dog. what the heck, I was starving and I wanted a glass of red wine. Isn't barolo and hot dog a classic food/wine combo? Any way, this is a very lovely wine with plenty of time still ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. wineguy7 Mar 31, 2009 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2007 Sirch Ribolla Gialla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1996 Vincent Girardin Santenay 1er Cru La Maladiere

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Mar 27, 2009 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge - a complete reaffirmation of why I stay on their allocation list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                drewb123 Mar 27, 2009 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                about to open devour pinot noir 2005

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy Mar 27, 2009 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I understand ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. wineguy7 Mar 26, 2009 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jean-Marc Brocard 2006 Chablis 1er Cru Quintessence de la Rive Gauche du Serein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Domaine Courbis 2007 St. Joseph Blanc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Domaine Courbis 2005 St. Joseph Rouge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Domaine Courbis 2002 Cornas 'La Sabarotte'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy Mar 23, 2009 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2003 Ca' Marcanda (Gaja) Promis Toscana IGT; by the way, the Andrew Rich was an excellent value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Willem Mar 23, 2009 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2007 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc. A bargain, typicity in aroma and taste, just a little extra fruit. Nice glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy Mar 18, 2009 10:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '06 Andrew Rich PN Cuvee B Willamette Valley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. wineguy7 Mar 10, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006 Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006 Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Mar 10, 2009 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2002 Reignac - some classic Bordeaux notes, plenty of tannin, went very well with a steak. the tannins are probably still tight enough that drinking this without food would be less than satisfying to many people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Iowaboy3 Mar 7, 2009 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ognissole 06 Primitivo: Best Primitivo I've ever had. Cracked black pepper and perfume nose. Cracked pepper, dried cherries & herbs on the palate. Better after 1/2 hr. decanted. Will be interesting to see how this matures over 2-3 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Mar 2, 2009 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Denner "The Ditch Digger"; not French but still rather good Grenache dominated wine. I may have purchased the bottle at a visit to this Paso Robles winery.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iwantmytwodollars Mar 4, 2009 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I really like Denner. For some reason they seem to fly under the radar...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. wineguy7 Feb 28, 2009 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yesterday's break in the rain allowed for some steak grilling...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2001 Adanti Montefalco Sagrantino. Still a baby, but wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy Feb 21, 2009 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  N.V. Pehu Simonet Champagne Brut Selection Grand Cru

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mengathon Feb 16, 2009 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2005 Domaine de Nalys CdP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. wineguy7 Feb 16, 2009 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2004 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1997 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ibstatguy Feb 16, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a WS from Rochioli vines, now that sounds darn good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. ibstatguy Feb 16, 2009 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2002 François Jobard Puligny-Montrachet Le Trezin ; 2001 Havens Wine Cellars Bourriquot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Feb 9, 2009 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2000 Havens Wine Cellars Syrah T Block Hudson Vineyard; had this last night with shepard's pie (lamb) - an excellent combination and reaffirmed Haven's position in my mind as a great QPR winery. remains to be seen what will happen now with ownership and winemaker changes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Munchkin Feb 8, 2009 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plungerhead Old Vine Zin

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scargod May 10, 2009 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Had that recently. I thought it quite (even extremely), good value for the $15. You didn't say...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. TonyO Feb 8, 2009 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2006 Schramsberg Blanc de Noir (fantastic !) and a 2005 Four Graces Pinot Noir (very good)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mengathon Feb 7, 2009 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2007 Elena Walch Pinot Grigio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. TonyO Feb 7, 2009 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Finca El Portillo Syrah. Part of a gift package. Not sure of the price (my guess is around $10 - $12). Easy drinking pre-dinner wine from Argentina.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. wineguy7 Feb 7, 2009 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2005 Courtil-Tribaut Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf du Pape. Drinking well now, it was great with the stuffed pork chops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy Feb 6, 2009 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      N.V. Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut Merveille; 2002 François Jobard Meursault En La Barre; 2005 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BigWoodenSpoon Feb 7, 2009 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night: 2006 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piersporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (soo good with brie & goat cheese), 2006 Chalone Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay (glorious with pork chops, apples & onions) and 2005 Navarro Muscat Blanc (and chocolate chip cookies: heaven!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ibstatguy Feb 7, 2009 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a feeling the riesling would have gone pretty well with the pork chops

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. vickib Feb 5, 2009 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2007 Herve Azo Petit Chablis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Midlife Feb 4, 2009 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2007 Paul Hobbs' Felino Vina Cobos Cabernet from Argentina Tremendous value @ $15.98. Need to try the Malbec and Chardonnay too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Munchkin Feb 3, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ribera del Duero, Crianza, Silencio de Valdiruela, Bodegas Castillo de Gumiel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Feb 1, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2006 Château Grande Cassagne Costières-de-Nîmes Rosé; N.V. Riondo Prosecco Veneto IGT; 2004 Tyrus Evan Claret

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Willem Feb 7, 2009 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How was the Riondo?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy Feb 7, 2009 12:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  quite enjoyable and the last of 6 btls; will have to pick up more soon. fairly steady mousse for a prosecco, not heavy in the least, perfect with a bit of prosciutto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. ibstatguy Jan 25, 2009 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2001 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas - went great with some grilled lamb chops

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon Jan 23, 2009 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Jan 21, 2009 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2000 Rust en Vrede Estate Red Wine ; 58% cab, 33% shiraz, 9% merlot. a very nice wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy Jan 14, 2009 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '05 Frog's Leap Cab Rutherford; this is a very nice CA cab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BigWoodenSpoon Jan 15, 2009 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carpene Malvolti Viognier Brut. Yup, sparkling Italian Viognier. It's Delicious!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They apparently make a Kerner Brut as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. vickib Jan 8, 2009 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Year's Eve: '02 Marcel Moineaux Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs - floral, along with yeast, apple, dough, nuts, and then, those flowers again....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A couple of days later: 2006 Buisson Renard Pouilly Fumé, Didier Dagueneau - wow. I was accused of infanticide, and yes, it could have laid down a couple of more years, but it was very fine indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ibstatguy Jan 14, 2009 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          if I'm not very much mistaken, I believe that Didier died recently in an accident of some sort

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vickib Feb 5, 2009 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, Didier is gone, and there doesn't seem to be anyone to carry on his house...that I've heard of.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mengathon Jan 8, 2009 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2004 Nicolas Joly Savennières 'Les Clos Sacrés'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1994 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon 'Clos de Ste Catherine'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Joly was great, as always. Paired with oysters, squid, and skate in beurre noir. The Baumard had an unbelievable color of orange Fanta. Paired with cheese plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          God, I love chenin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon Jan 8, 2009 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1999 Antonin Guyon Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Dec 30, 2008 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              after drinking an '05 Numanthia (with bison and regular burgers at C Star), I am really looking forward to opening a magnum of '98.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              best wishes to all in '09

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mengathon Dec 27, 2008 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '06 Bastianich Friulano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NV Champalou Vouvray Brut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '05 Movia Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '93 Zilliken Riesling Spatlese Saarsburger Rausch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '97 Trinchero Barbera d'Asti 'Noce'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Movia was awesome. The Zilliken was tired and nearly dead, but still fun as an experiment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy Dec 29, 2008 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  not familiar with the Movia - any details?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mengathon Dec 29, 2008 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A winery that straddles both Friuli and Slovenia, Movia produces some of the most unique white wines, i.e. barrel fermenting ribolla gialla, usually a non-descript grape and resulting wine, into something that rivals Joly in complexity, oddity, and pure enjoyment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    More information here amongst these links:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cockscomb Jan 23, 2009 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      meng... have you also tried damijan or gravner as well? if you like movia, you may like these guys as well, if you haven't already!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i happen to be swilling down some 96 voge cornas with a bison burger... pretty sexy for a young but off vint cornas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Jan 24, 2009 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not yet, but they are next on my list. Damijan and Gravner are both a little more difficult to find in retail and higher priced as well. Those two and Radikon are my next targets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. ibstatguy Dec 26, 2008 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The North Slope ; N.V. H. Billiot Champagne Brut Reserve Grand Cru; 1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage; N.V. Louis Barthélémy Champagne Brut Rosé; 1995 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the last couple of days have been great: family, friends, great food and wine

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    woojink Dec 22, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2005 Sloan Asterisk - Fruit bomb (no surprise) needed a prolonged decant - 3+ hours... even used a Vinturi that someone recently gave me as a gift. Great wine for the NY strip I had for dinner. As it evolved in the glass, there was a sweet chocolate component that came out. Quite nice. Full mouthfeel. Very ripe and jammy fruit. Tannins were definitely present. Did not have the same salinity content of it's bigger brother.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy Dec 22, 2008 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '98 Henriot rose and Bollinger special cuvee brut; tis the season...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. BillB656 Dec 12, 2008 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last couple of nights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1996 Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Cinque Querce (Campania) Last tasted two years ago, this was shut down hard with no aromatics at all. Now it opens with tons of dried roses, fennel, and black cherry. The mid palate is showing lots of acidity and structure followed by some serious tongue coating, fine grained chalky tannins. This is really enjoyable now and should evolve over the next 5-10yrs. Lots of sediment. Decant next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006 Château de Raousset Morgon Douby (Beaujolais) A new producer for me and my first from Douby. This wine is everything I love about Beaujolais. Ahh-inspiring floral aromatics, high-toned strawberry and tart tart cherry flavors, just enough tannic structure showing both power and finesse, and really bright acidity. There is a solid sense of iron and granite at the core. I’m very happy drinking this wine. Drink and hold. Imp: Jeanne-Marie de Champs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2005 Domaine d'Orfeuilles Vouvray Silex (Loire) A few sheeps worth of wool draped over chalky limestone and lemon. It’s wonderfully dry and crisp with crunchy pink grapefruit acids on the finish. Good enough to pick up a few more to lay down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rememberme Dec 12, 2008 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          50/50 mixture of extra dry and sweet Martini and Rossi vermouth, with one rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Willem Dec 12, 2008 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saint Peray 'les archeveques' 2006 from Les Vins de Vienne, a 100% marsanne with 15 months in oak. Very well made, though a bit to much (new) oak for me. But, marsanne is a grape I like, so I'll pour another round...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Dec 5, 2008 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2000 Château des Tours Côtes du Rhône Reserve - blanc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. vickib Dec 3, 2008 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2007 Françios Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon Blanc. $11.99. Tastes like 29.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vinosnob Dec 1, 2008 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Over the weekend...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '05 and '06 Porter Creek Zinfandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '06 Radio-Coteau Zinfandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '07 Keller QbA Riesling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '05 Scacciadiavoli Rosso di Montefalco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christiania Vodka

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    woojink Dec 1, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A few this weekend...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2005 Sea Smoke Southing from magnum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2002 Marco di Guilio Cabernet - Progeny (2 bottles)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1995 Joselph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1997 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (surprisingly good)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1996 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Champagne from magnum

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sunsetstrip38 Nov 29, 2008 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Rosé

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Nov 29, 2008 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1979 Lungarotti Torgiano 'Rubesco'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Despite the cork disintegrating, the wine drank very well. Lots of toffee, coffee, raisin, dried cherries, and loads of mushrooms. However, after decanting for sediment, the wine broke down in about an hour. The aromas dissipated and the finish turned vinegary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2005 Edmunds St. John Syrah, El Dorado Co., 'Wylie Fenaughty'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A most unique Californian syrah, with loads of herbs on the nose: eucalpytus, mint, sage; and dark cherries. Medium bodied, with tannins that just melt. I was shocked to see this wine at 14.6% abv. Indeed, "la terre parle."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BillB656 Dec 12, 2008 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's good to hear that the Wylie is showing so well at such a young age. I've got my ESJ Wylie (and Bassetti and ParmaLee) syrahs buried as deeply into my cellar as I can get them. The '01 Los Robles Viejos is pretty yummy right now though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon Dec 22, 2008 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm definitely going to buy a couple more of the Wylie. Very curious to see how it turns out in 5-10 years. But my mantra of why wait probably means i'll have to pick up at least a case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. ibstatguy Nov 21, 2008 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills; 2001 François Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières; N.V. Louis Barthélémy Champagne Brut Rosé; there was also an '05 Spatburgunder that rocked but I don't know what the heck it was, sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. ibstatguy Nov 20, 2008 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2003 Château des Tours Vacqueyras Reserve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. vickib Nov 19, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Clos Rougard 2004 Saumur Champigny, with roasted chicken. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy Nov 19, 2008 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Keever Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. wineguy7 Nov 18, 2008 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2007 Stroblhof "Strahler" Weissburgunder from Alto Adige. High acid, very fresh and clean style.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grantham Nov 17, 2008 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With our late night cheeseburgers, Jordan 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. wineguy7 Nov 17, 2008 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1997 Rodano Chianti Classico Riserva Viacosta. Lots of tannin, not a lot of fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        grantham Nov 16, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2003 Margerum Alondra de los Prados Syrah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mengathon Nov 15, 2008 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2000 Brovia Barolo 'Garblet Sue'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. ibstatguy Nov 15, 2008 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1997 Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia Maremma Toscana IGT . Had the Lupicaia with very good friends and there's no better way to enjoy a great wine. In my mind, this wine (or "similar") validate the Super Tuscan concept. Wish I had more, it was my last one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mengathon Nov 15, 2008 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nice. Do you know the typical blend for Lupicaia?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ibstatguy Nov 16, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cab, merlot, petite verdot (I think). don't know the typical ratios.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Willem Nov 13, 2008 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There has been more talk about the Firriato Chiaramonte nero d'avola on these boards. I'm drinking the 2006 now. I loved 04 and especially 05. 06 is great as well, perhaps a tiny little bit less packed than 05 but still full of flavour in great elegant balance with the tannins and fresh acidity. Excellent fruit, with the recognizable spicy aroma's which I love in this wine. A tasty one for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ibstatguy Nov 13, 2008 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                love the Firriato!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. nielsenj Nov 10, 2008 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheap (6 Euros), light and fresh 2007 Grand Cardiel Blanco from Rueda, Spain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  anewton Nov 10, 2008 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night...Rocca delle Macie chianti classico riserva 2004. Twas rich, full-bodied, and delicious. Paired well with the Sicilian chicken dish my wife made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. wineguy7 Nov 10, 2008 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night I opened the first of eight bottles I had purchased of 1996 Joseph Roty Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee de "Champs-Chenys". I thought it might be ready to drink by now, but alas, it is not. Still tight, not showing much in the nose. On the palate, it took over two hours of being open to express itself. I will probably wait another 6-12 months or so before I open another.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Nov 6, 2008 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    birthday lunch at Blue Boheme on Wednesday: N.V. Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut Merveille; 2004 Philippe Faury Condrieu; 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Nov 6, 2008 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tell me more about the champagne? It's a producer I've not encountered. And how's the Beaucastel drinking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ibstatguy Nov 7, 2008 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was not familiar with it until given a few bottles. Wonderful stuff, yeasty but not overpoweringly so, loads of very tiny bubbles and hence a very smooth mouthfeel. I give it a huge thumbs up. The Beaucastel was decanted for about an hour and was terrific; I was a bit worried that it would be WAY to young but that was not the case at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Nov 2, 2008 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Warning: Baby killing involved...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2002 Baumard Quarts de Chaume.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mmmmmmm. i think this one might outlive me. Already an intense golden color, it's incredible now, but needs food. Something like a cheesecake, fresh fruit, or foie gras. Loads of tropical fruits, apricots, nectarines. Not as full-bodied and lighter botrytis flavors than I expected, but still rich, and all with great, great acidity. Very curious to see what it's like tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Nov 8, 2008 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just tried it this past Tuesday and tonight. Really perky and at top form on Tuesday, and mellow tonight. Definitely looking forward to trying it in about 50 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. ibstatguy Oct 31, 2008 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        '02 Branaire duCru; very nice and "affordable" bordeaux

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ibstatguy Nov 2, 2008 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          forgot to include a Diebolt Vallois blanc de blanc; I really enjoy the whole Diebolt Vallois line up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. ibstatguy Oct 31, 2008 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2005 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello; with lunch at Blue Boheme with a very good friend. I thought it would be way early for this wine but it just opened beautifully. I am sure that it has a fair bit of life left but gosh its wonderful now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jpc8015 Oct 29, 2008 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bottled water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Oct 28, 2008 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alright, I am going to tee up post no. 400 for someone else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tonight it was an '02 Flor de Pingus. Really wish that I was in Spain...sigh....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy Oct 26, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                J. Lassalle NV brut rose; '03 Firriato Nero d'Avola Chiaramonte. Shoulda bought more of both but at the "then" price, I should have picked up 2 - 3 cases of the Chiaramonte...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. wineguy7 Oct 26, 2008 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2003 Helios Syrah from Corison. Definitely some heat there. Spicy, fruity and lots of depth and length.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Oct 25, 2008 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with friends at Cowboy Star eating burgers and bison burgers (both excellent): NV Nicolas Feuillatte brut rose and '05 Erna Schein Jersey Boy. Feuillatte was very yeasty and Jersey Boy was popular but a bit of a disappointment for me particularly since I compared it to an '05 Anderson Conn Valley Right Bank that got opened later at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy Oct 21, 2008 11:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '02 Lewis Alec's Blend; with piece of cold fried chicken tonight after some tennis. It was either a classic (who'd a thought) combo or I was was starving and dying of thirst...The Alec's blend is to my mind one of those over the top wines but I sure do like it for some reason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ibstatguy Oct 12, 2008 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        '06 Champlou Vouvray; a kermit lynch import; very nice wine on a beautiful and sunny san diego late afternoon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ibstatguy Oct 12, 2008 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also having an '04 Dom. des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse; a Martine's import and rather inexpensive at the time of purchase as I recall

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon Oct 12, 2008 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried their sparkling? Wondering how it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ibstatguy Oct 13, 2008 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have not had the opportunity but now that you remind me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ibstatguy Oct 9, 2008 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Diebolt Vallois brut Tradition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Oct 7, 2008 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              '07 Rombauer Chard Carneros; haven't had something like in a long time. had it with roast chicken. nice

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delucacheesemonger Oct 8, 2008 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Currently in Bretagne with a dozen creuses #2 and a bottle of very cheap Muscadet sur lies, my oh my oh my

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grantham Oct 9, 2008 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a great place to be! How envious am I. Nothing goes better with shellfish than Muscadet, no matter what the price!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mengathon Oct 7, 2008 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2004 Joly Savennières, 'Les Clos Sacrés'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Out of the ice bucket and into a decanter. Yum. Went with everything from oysters to a skate meunier. My friend suggested an apple pie with this, and it probably would have gone great. I'm a convert now...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Mas Igneus Priorat

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy Oct 7, 2008 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How was the Mas Igneus? I seem to recall enjoying some in the past; perhaps I should be grabbing some up?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mengathon Oct 8, 2008 11:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quite nice. I didn't jot down the specific blend, but I'm pretty sure it was 50% grenache, 35% carignane and the remainder CS and syrah. The nose was ripe plummy fruit, some red spices, a good amount of earthiness, and very pleasant and subtle oak. Medium body, relatively light tannins, but great, great acidity and carried the +14% abv quite well. I'd enjoy this one young. It should be around $20-25 or so retail, given our price at the restaurant? I'd be inclined to buy some more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. ibstatguy Oct 5, 2008 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '05 Hamilton Russell PN, Walker Bay South Africa; track it down, very nice stuff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Oct 1, 2008 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    robbing the cradle; opened an '03 Vieux Donjon, loads of future here and betting it will be great tomorrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Delucacheesemonger Oct 1, 2008 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As l am typing in Paris. a Dr Parce banyuls 1990 with a perfect maroilles and a four year old comte, it is heaven

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Sep 30, 2008 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006 Roblin Sancerre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. wineguy7 Sep 28, 2008 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1998 Clape Cornas. Finally starting to show me something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ibstatguy Sep 28, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            was this the Renaissance? were the tannins loosening up a bit?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wineguy7 Sep 29, 2008 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know what that is. Is Renaissance the name of a particular cuvee?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This bottling is 1998 Cornas from Auguste Clape. I bought six bottles from Kermit Lynch when it was released. I've opened three of the bottles now. The last time I tasted this wine was two years ago. That time and the prior bottle (maybe two years earlier) showed no fruit, but lots of tannin and earth. Now the tannins seem to be softening. There was copious glycerin, black fruit, smoky, minerally and meaty notes as well as great length. I will probably revisit this wine in another year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ibstatguy Sep 29, 2008 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yeah, Renaissance is a Clape Cornas cuvee. your notes seem consistent with my and others experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wineguy7 Dec 27, 2009 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I opened my fourth bottle of the '98 Clape Cornas last night: the first since my post of 9/28/08. It has evolved significantly in the last year. The tannins are now softer, less angular, but still present. The smoke, mineral, meat and glycerin are consistent with my last tasting, as well as the length. It seems to have come together more. Less disjointed and more seamless, but with power. Two bottles are remaining. I may wait another year to open one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ibstatguy Sep 28, 2008 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            '03 Viader "Dare" cab franc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Willem Sep 23, 2008 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              right now: a Fleury from clos de la Roillette, 2006, which is quite delicious, has the Beaujolais Cru fruits + something extra what 'we Europeans' ;=) (and many others as well), like to call terroir + an especially impressive great structure, which often is lacking is these (gamay) wines. Remarkably.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...And I 'have' to mention this weekend's Francois Villard Condrieu 2006, an etheral multifaceted extremely elegant and highly recommended wine! Divine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy Sep 21, 2008 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '05 Erna Schein family reserve red

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Beach Chick Sep 19, 2008 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '03 Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Sep 19, 2008 06:13 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. vickib Sep 18, 2008 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Sep 18, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004 Jean-Luc Columbo Cornas, Terres Brulées

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Sep 16, 2008 05:55 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Willem Sep 15, 2008 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. scrappydog Sep 14, 2008 07:53 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. whs Sep 14, 2008 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  taboo Sep 13, 2008 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Iowaboy3 Sep 13, 2008 08:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Sep 12, 2008 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ibstatguy Sep 15, 2008 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mengathon Sep 15, 2008 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. ibstatguy Sep 10, 2008 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        '01 Guigal St Joseph blanc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Sep 7, 2008 03:31 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grantham Sep 4, 2008 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. ibstatguy Sep 4, 2008 04:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mengathon Sep 1, 2008 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. ibstatguy Aug 31, 2008 09:00 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Jul 20, 2008 10:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Jul 20, 2008 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. wineguy7 Jul 15, 2008 06:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Epicurious Esquire Jul 11, 2008 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ibstatguy, how is the Cune Rose?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ibstatguy Jul 11, 2008 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. ibstatguy Jul 10, 2008 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. Agent_Red Jul 8, 2008 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                maria lorraine Jul 8, 2008 10:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maria lorraine Jul 9, 2008 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    zin1953 Jul 9, 2008 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. ibstatguy Jul 7, 2008 01:45 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ibstatguy Jul 3, 2008 11:05 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ibstatguy Jul 3, 2008 12:13 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. OCAnn Jul 2, 2008 11:19 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scrappydog Jul 2, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OCAnn Jul 2, 2008 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. ibstatguy Jul 1, 2008 11:09 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. vvvindaloo Jun 29, 2008 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. vickib Jun 28, 2008 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  duck833 Jun 28, 2008 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. ibstatguy Jun 28, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    about to have a glass of CUNE rosado

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NV Aldo Rainoldi Rose Brut. Nebbiolo from the Valtellina.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Jun 27, 2008 12:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stephtx Jun 27, 2008 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Woodenhead Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Bill Hunt Jun 23, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. ibstatguy Jun 23, 2008 01:17 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. wineguy7 Jun 23, 2008 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2005 Boasso Barbera d'Alba.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mengathon Jun 18, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 Benton Lane Pinot Noir

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PeterB Jun 19, 2008 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2006 Memo Sangiovese

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon Jun 17, 2008 09:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Krug Grande Cuvée.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy Jun 13, 2008 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. ibstatguy Jun 11, 2008 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '02 Jobard "en la Barre"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chriscatva Jun 7, 2008 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. ibstatguy Jun 7, 2008 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          '03 Blankiet Cab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vinosnob Jun 6, 2008 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Recent highlights:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Jun 4, 2008 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              '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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chriscatva Jun 5, 2008 09:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy Jun 5, 2008 03:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chriscatva Jun 5, 2008 06:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vinosnob Jun 6, 2008 10:37 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chriscatva Jun 6, 2008 10:58 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Bill Hunt Jun 3, 2008 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. ibstatguy Jun 2, 2008 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '04 Viader Dare Cab Franc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    professor_X Jun 2, 2008 06:21 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Jun 1, 2008 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blanc de blancs will never quite be the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ibstatguy Jun 2, 2008 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rough duty I see...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chriscatva May 29, 2008 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          misnatalie Jun 1, 2008 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          what did you think of the Trockenbeerenauslese

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chriscatva Jun 2, 2008 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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 :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              misnatalie Jun 2, 2008 11:17 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chriscatva Jun 5, 2008 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. vickib May 28, 2008 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Summerfield May 27, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nothing. I'm at work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mengathon May 27, 2008 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2004 Betts & Scholl Hermitage

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chriscatva May 27, 2008 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. ibstatguy May 26, 2008 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    whiner May 25, 2008 10:50 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      emerilcantcook May 24, 2008 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chriscatva May 24, 2008 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TBird May 24, 2008 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ibstatguy May 25, 2008 12:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            happyrobot May 22, 2008 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chriscatva May 22, 2008 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                njfoodies May 22, 2008 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 Taz Fiddlestix pinot noir. YUM! Notes at: http://jerseyfoodies.blogspot.com/200...

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy May 21, 2008 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '02 Ridge Lytton Springs Syrah

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beach Chick May 21, 2008 10:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ibstatguy May 22, 2008 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      we're obviously both quite fortunate ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beach Chick May 24, 2008 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yes dg, we are!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mengathon May 20, 2008 11:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bill Hunt May 27, 2008 09:55 PM


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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Jun 1, 2008 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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 =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. ibstatguy May 20, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      '03 Ch Vieux Donjon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oolah May 27, 2008 09:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2005 Marchesato degli Aleramici Rosso di Montalcino -- outstanding!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chriscatva May 20, 2008 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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).

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Robert Hobbs May 20, 2008 09:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scargod May 20, 2008 12:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Epicurious Esquire May 20, 2008 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chriscatva May 14, 2008 05:11 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Scargod May 14, 2008 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. wineguy7 May 13, 2008 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. ibstatguy May 13, 2008 08:55 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. linguafood May 13, 2008 02:52 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. vickib May 13, 2008 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon May 12, 2008 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1964 Ch. Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Munchkin May 12, 2008 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bohemian Highway Cabernet 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ibstatguy May 12, 2008 09:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon May 12, 2008 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ibstatguy May 13, 2008 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    very well. I love this wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maximilien May 11, 2008 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. dockhl May 11, 2008 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      duck833 May 10, 2008 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. wineguy7 May 10, 2008 04:14 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy May 8, 2008 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          last night an '03 Blankiet merlot - wonderful

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Epicurious Esquire May 9, 2008 10:43 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maximilien May 6, 2008 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. Bill Hunt May 5, 2008 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mengathon May 5, 2008 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '02 Dominus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '05 Ch.Monpertuis CDP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy May 5, 2008 11:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mengathon May 6, 2008 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chriscatva May 5, 2008 05:18 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ibstatguy May 5, 2008 04:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TonyO May 4, 2008 05:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Heyteacher May 3, 2008 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. ibstatguy May 2, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          '06 Leth Gruner Veltliner

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mengathon Apr 29, 2008 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heyteacher Apr 28, 2008 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. wineguy7 Apr 28, 2008 07:59 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ibstatguy Apr 27, 2008 09:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    duck833 Apr 25, 2008 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      orl_foodie Apr 25, 2008 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        '02 Jarvis Cab Franc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TBird Apr 22, 2008 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Epicurious Esquire Apr 22, 2008 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ali B Jun 2, 2008 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ibstatguy Jun 2, 2008 10:42 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ibstatguy Apr 11, 2008 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sounds like a potentially very nice wine; any notes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wineguy7 Apr 11, 2008 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TBird Apr 12, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      interesting focus adopted by Terroir

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  '03 Ken Wright Pinot Blanc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stephtx Mar 15, 2008 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jjrzut Mar 8, 2008 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pasoguy Mar 6, 2008 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. TiaRaye Mar 6, 2008 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. ibstatguy Feb 28, 2008 10:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JDRoth Feb 28, 2008 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon Feb 22, 2008 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Huet Vouvray Sec, Le Mont

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tasty stuff, especially with food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TBird Feb 23, 2008 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. Icantread Feb 22, 2008 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bwan Feb 21, 2008 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ibstatguy Feb 21, 2008 04:21 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. ibstatguy Feb 18, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. wineguy7 Feb 15, 2008 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vettori Prosecco Conegliano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1999 Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico Casasilia

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mengathon Feb 9, 2008 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oolah Feb 15, 2008 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mengathon Feb 15, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nathan P Feb 16, 2008 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. ibstatguy Feb 2, 2008 07:41 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. scrappydog Jan 30, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. ibstatguy Jan 30, 2008 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mengathon Jan 24, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iwantmytwodollars Jan 19, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vinosnob Jan 25, 2008 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iwantmytwodollars Jan 31, 2008 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. ibstatguy Jan 16, 2008 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            '98 remirez de ganuza

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chriscatva Jan 7, 2008 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vinosnob Jan 7, 2008 04:38 PM

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vinosnob Jan 1, 2008 11:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mengathon Dec 28, 2007 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ibstatguy Dec 28, 2007 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        woojink Dec 28, 2007 12:20 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ibstatguy Dec 22, 2007 08:18 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. wineguy7 Dec 22, 2007 01:10 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ibstatguy Dec 22, 2007 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              '05 Bonaccorsi PN Sta Rita Hills

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chriscatva Dec 21, 2007 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  woojink Dec 21, 2007 03:57 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    la tache burger Dec 20, 2007 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      last night, Lassalle NV and '02 Paradigm cab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BernieMSY Dec 18, 2007 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1992 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chriscatva Dec 16, 2007 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. ibstatguy Dec 4, 2007 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            '03 Ch des Tours Vacqueyras

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eddie H. Dec 4, 2007 06:47 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                woojink Dec 3, 2007 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chazzerking Dec 3, 2007 07:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Chowfather AKA sobe Dec 3, 2007 07:10 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vinosnob Dec 3, 2007 08:23 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        '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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iwantmytwodollars Dec 3, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.