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Author lmc4393
Registered User
#871  Posted: Jan 6, 2015 20:08  

Nice QPR


Code: 8526
Description: Mazzei Badiola
Size: 750 ML
Price: $13.99 Sale Price: $11.99
Author Mark
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#872  Posted: Jan 10, 2015 21:49 | Edited by: Mark  

A couple years ago a guy using the handle 82Gruaud popped in on a Pittsburgh tasting. When asked why used used that handle he said it was because that was the greatest wine he had ever tasted. I was very fortunate to have some this weekend, and while I'm not ready to say it was my personal best ever it was definitely up there. Was drinking beautifully, browning, tannins melted, some acidity, still decent fruit. Interestingly -- and I'm told, not surprisingly -- it faded very quickly, and about 30 minutes later was pretty much dead.


Author J2K
Contributor
#873  Posted: Jan 10, 2015 21:56  

2005 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero
Lots of leather, strong wood, red fruit, plum, good acidity, tannins still strong, wine still has time so no hurry. Overall, very good wine if you can handle the strong leather and wood.

2009 Samsara Syrah Verna's Vineyard
Kinda funky at first, really took a few hours to open up, but then revealed a nice clean syrah. I'd put it in the 90-91 range

2010 Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Entry level CdP. Just enough fruit, spice, and herb to make it a "good" Cdp but leaves you wanting to get to the next level
Author jlburd
Contributor
#874  Posted: Jan 11, 2015 08:28  

@mark-my experience w/Gruaud was very similar. The vintage I had was younger but still mature - mid-1990's - but it was kind of disappointing. Not bad, just not what I expected as far as body or fruit.
Author tonypoli
Registered User
#875  Posted: Jan 12, 2015 15:33  

I was in the room for the '82 Gruaud with Mark last weekend. A Bordeaux tasting, it certainly was the highlight, but there were other good ones, as well.

On Saturday, Rosalie and I joined two friends at 131 East, a relatively new restaurant in Carnegie (located at 131 East Main Street, wouldn't ya know...). They have a pretty good wine list, but they also have a corkage. We opened a 2012 Giacosa Roero Arneis, Rosalie's favorite white. One of our friends said she normally did not like Italian whites, but this was something special. It certainly was, as usual.

We followed with a 2004 Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon. Rafanelli is in Sonoma, in the Dry Creek Valley, known for their zins. We rarely let one get this old, but I am going to have to restrain us in the future. We decanted about an hour before leaving for the restaurant, then poured it back into the bottle (double decant?). This wine would have stood tall the day before with the Bordeaux. It was wonderful. And it was their regular cab, not the pricier Terrace Select.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#876  Posted: Jan 18, 2015 13:36  

@tonypoli - thanks for the Rafanelli info. I have '08 & '10 in the cellar. Sounds like it should stay there a while.

Had a nice surprise at dinner with friends who brought a '08 Chateau Tire Pe La Cote. It's a spicy Right Bank treat. Didn't expect much from it & was pleasantly surprised. Also had the last of my '06 Ramey Larkmead Cabs from one of the sales. Just drinking beautifully at this point. Not quite as complex as a good Left Bank BDX but really good. Dark fruit, cedar, licorice. I have a nostalgic attachment to the Jericho Canyon Cab but this was every bit as good at half the price.
Author bigred
Contributor
#877  Posted: Jan 18, 2015 16:46  

In-law brought this over the weekend, purchased in Ohio. Word is a third-party (Vintage Wine Distributor) took this off of Far Niente's hands due to labeling error, and re-sold under this label.
Have to say, it is a very high quality cab. Not sure if anyone else is aware of this one.

2010 Vintage Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Rockwell

1/18/2015 - 92 Points
This is an excellent Napa cab; deep & lush, with anise, leather, wood ash, & black fruit. Great structure, complex, and a very smooth wine with a lengthy finish.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#878  Posted: Jan 18, 2015 21:05  

@bigred - How much $$$?
Author J2K
Contributor
#879  Posted: Jan 18, 2015 22:48  

Ya, I'll be in Ohio the next 2 days. Is that the name. Vintage Wine?
Author dontime
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#880  Posted: Jan 19, 2015 07:25  

Author bigred
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#881  Posted: Jan 19, 2015 13:40  

My brother in law said he paid $40/bottle.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#882  Posted: Jan 19, 2015 20:30  

Thanks Red. J2K - I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a couple bottles if you think of it in your travels.
Author Tantore
Registered User
#883  Posted: Jan 19, 2015 23:08  

2003 Château Pavie Macquin - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/18/2015)
This is very pleasant if unexciting at this point. Dark fruits on the nose with just a touch of vanilla. Some notions of underbrush. The palate is smooth and slick. Not a hair out of place on this one. Nice berries. Just a hint of pencil lead. Smooth from beginning to pleasant end.


2010 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (1/18/2015)
Warming orange peel nose. Like a very light grand merrier. A little smoke and even some tobacco. The palate is bright with crunchy berries and some more orange peel. Great acidity that lingers through the long finish.


2010 Sine Qua Non Grenache Five Shooter - USA, California, Central Coast (1/11/2015)
Nice nose of raspberries and some cocoa. I stretched this out over three days and while it was best on the third day, it never filled out the way these usually do. My remaining two will rest. Good but not wow.


2008 The Mascot - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/31/2014)
Oaky nose, hint of mint, raw beef. Smells tight. The palate shows some young fruit but its tight and very tannic. Very very tannic. Wow. Not sure what to make of the Dunn like tannins.


2011 Maison Dampt Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru (12/31/2014)
The nose.shows some apricot pit, white flowers, and lime. The palate has a touch of chalkiness, very mild salinity, lime pulp with a clean sweeping finish. Like this second bottle a lot better


NV Ruinart Champagne Brut Rosé - France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims, Champagne (12/31/2014)
Nose of yeasty bread and bright strawberries. The palate is bright with juicy lime and raspberries. Long and mouth watering. Very good if not particularly deep.


2009 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/28/2014)
Six months have not helped this wine much. The nose has evolved and after three days open it is nothing short of glorious, maybe my favorite cab nose all year. The palate, however, remains shut down hard. It feels like there is a lot going on but nothing specific comes out to play. The nose tricks you into thinking here comes a blast of fruit, and none arrives. I will wait another six months at least to try another.


2009 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/24/2014)
Silky smooth and delicious with a reserved nose and notable but balanced oak in the palate. It feels right in the mouth despite my recent infatuation with white Burgundy which makes oak in any white wine even more offensive. I don't know what it is about these that always makes me reach for more. Great wine.


2007 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (12/19/2014)
Wow. Very perfumed, flowery nose. The palate is intensely lemony with some chalk, lime pit and orange blossom. A wow white wine.


2007 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/19/2014)
CORKED TO HELL NR (flawed)


2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Gold Mine Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (12/19/2014)
Bright raspberries and a little cinnamon. The palate is bright and almost light. Delicious, long and satisfying.


2008 Clarendon Hills Astralis - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon (12/19/2014)
Smokey, beefy nose with some green pepper. Black pepper. The palate is beefy, with some more savory notes and just a hint of red fruit. Very savory. Northern rhonish. Delicious with steak.


2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Four - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (12/19/2014)
Aromatic nose with a kiss of oak, stones and a bit of hide? The palate is stunning with bright lime pit, passion fruit pulp and a clean, drying finish. Lingering acidic aftertaste. Gave the Bouchard Corton Charlie a run for its money.


2008 Fortunate Son Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/13/2014)
Dusty fruit. A little chocolate. The palate is full and mouth coating with beef, baking spices and solid tannins. Delicious but young. (93 pts.)


2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (12/13/2014)
Some candied lemon on the nose. A bit of lavander as well. The palate has lemon pulp and pits. Long and delicious. I like it.


2010 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru (12/13/2014)
Hint of sulphur, yellow fruit and stones. Lemon lime on the palate with a little mint and nice delineation. Really good. Screaming for crabs.


2012 Martinelli Pinot Noir Grace Nicole Zio Tony Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/13/2014)
Significant oak on the nose. Bit of horse hide. Dark flowers. The palate needs a lot of swirling but shows Big fruit, some motor oil, orchard pits and herbs. This needs time.


2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Four - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (12/12/2014)
Flint and lime notes on the nose. The palate has pineapple up front with some yellow fruits and a bit of a bitter finish that I actually enjoy. Different from the first bottle but delicious all the same.


2012 Schrader Boars' View Pinot Noir - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/24/2014)
On the first night the nose on this admittedly Pobegaed wine was reticent but the palate showed some intense fruit. Tonight, 24 hours after being open, the nose is full of pretty primary berries, hints of chocolate, and even a touch of mint. I readied myself for a huge palate and was surprised by somewhat restrained red and black fruit with some green notes and somewhat dusty tannins. Very young but not unbalanced. I get no heat in this whatsoever. Nice acidity too. Glad to have several bottles. Will wait at least a year to try number two. The name suits it.


2001 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection - USA, California, Napa Valley (11/22/2014)
Oak and
Author bigred
Contributor
#884  Posted: Jan 21, 2015 21:53  

Remember these, guys?

1995 Louis M. Martini Los Ninos
RED BORDEAUX BLEND

1/21/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: 93 Points
It's incredible how well this wine has aged for 20yrs, and held impeccably. I want to say it is peaking now, but heck it may have another 5+ in its window. Beautiful crimson color, slight bricking, with aromas of spice box, anise, toasted oak, cedar, and dusty earth. Reminds me of a nice cinq cepages. Great structure; everything ageing and melding together perfectly as an example of how time can really benefit well crafted wines.
Author tmarman
Registered User
#885  Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:36  

@Tantore: Love seeing Burgundy in that list :) and agree that the Liquid Farm stuff is killer. We had a bottle of the Golden Slope last month that was banging. I still have a bottle of the Four left too.
Author Tantore
Registered User
#886  Posted: Jan 24, 2015 15:06  

WHITE burgundy ;)
Author jlburd
Contributor
#887  Posted: Jan 24, 2015 17:51  

bigred:
Remember these, guys?

Sure do. I no longer recall the specifics of the Miner Oracle price drop those many years ago but even including that, the Los Ninos from the Winter Warmup sale @$16 is the best wine buy of my drinking career (other than the $3 a convenience store clerk mistakenly charged for a $33 Moet White Star when we lived in Dallas in 1986). My style of wine & a price that only government could create. C'mon PLCB, find some more "stale" wine at the warehouse to mark down!
Author J2K
Contributor
#888  Posted: Feb 1, 2015 07:56 | Edited by: J2K  

2000 Château Haut-Brisson
Decanted and drank over 5 hours. Strong cherry flavor with some leather and tobacco. good acidity, slightly astringent, with decent tannins still present. Solid wine but not extraordinary. Still has plenty of life. Recommend.

2010 La Fenêtre La Paire Item #45182 $29.99
Decanted 3 hours. Interesting wine. Syrah and Grenache -CA central Coast trying to emulate a Rhone wine. Lighter color and lighter body then expected. Lots of black tea flavor, baking spice, black pepper with red fruit. Its very pure and clean with good balance. At the beginning I found myself trying to figure it out but by the end I was just enjoying it. Although I was thinking more of Chinon then Rhone. Recommend

2009 Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel Botticelli Vineyard Item #39520 $24.99
If you like the Valdez Petite Sirah, I would recommend trying this too. Decanted 2 hours.- Full and lush mouthfeel, lots of skittles fruit flavors but not jammy, with some mocha/chocolate, maybe some tobacco/leather. Good balance. Not much spice as expected but still Highly recommend
Author tmarman
Registered User
#889  Posted: Feb 4, 2015 13:24  

Tantore:
WHITE burgundy ;)

Baby steps :)
Author Worm
Registered User
#890  Posted: Feb 14, 2015 19:35  

2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Big soft, plush, well made Napa Cab. Very Nice.
Author Wsweeney
Registered User
#891  Posted: Feb 18, 2015 16:22  

Hi all, I am new to this forum. I live in Bedford, recently retired. Anyone else live near bedford, give a holler. Love to get together.

Had a 2009 Marcassin Marcassin vineyard chard last night. A huge wine with a very long finish. The alcohol was showing a little. Excellent wine, but you couldn't call it a good value given what ceritas, liquid farm, and rivers-marie, among others, are making these days.

Cheers,

Bill
Author dontime
Contributor
#892  Posted: Feb 19, 2015 07:42  

Welcome Bill! Always good to see someone new to the forum pitch in.
Author bigred
Contributor
#893  Posted: Feb 20, 2015 21:53  

2005 Turley Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard

2/20/2015 - 90 Points
Briary on the nose, with some mushroom; a bit muted & took a little time to wake up – perhaps the fruit is fading some. A mixture of Asian spice, forest floor, strawberry & dark berry on the palate. Good structure, holding well, but was expecting a little more for a Hayne.
Author Mark
Contributor
#894  Posted: Feb 22, 2015 08:58  

2010 Lange Estate Winery Pinot Noir Three Hills Cuvee

We stumbled upon Lange last summer in Oregon, and it was a very pleasant surprise. Unfortunately they aren't available in PA and don't ship here either. But during a separate trip to CA in January I found some in a Total Wine store near Sacramento. First bottle was a treat while out in CA, as was my second and last bottle with friends last night. Dry, earthy, plenty of tart cherries, acidity, light tannins, relatively low alcohol. Definitely has a yum factor.
Author J2K
Contributor
#895  Posted: Feb 24, 2015 09:58  

2005 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah

On first sip after 2 hour decant;
J2K: Boo-yaaa!!
M2K: Wow, OMG!
J2K: Switchback Ridge has mad skills
Author bigred
Contributor
#896  Posted: Feb 24, 2015 12:26  

J2K, thanks for clarifying that you were indeed talking about the wine :o)
Author acorelli
Registered User
#897  Posted: Mar 1, 2015 08:05  

2008 Domaine des Malandes Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaumes - clean, crisp, flinty, but underwhelming. Just not enough flavor for 1er cru.

2003 Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate - glorious nose, so satisfying that it takes a while to remember that you're supposed to drink the wine. Leather, rose hips, morello cherry, a bit of tar. A near-poetic experience. (if scoring, 94ish)

1980 Gould Campbell Port - delicious and vigorous. Other than a soft and somewhat deformed cork, showed no sign that another 35 years would be a problem. Drinking very nicely, makes me wonder if I will live long enough to drink the 2007s and 2008s in the cellar.
Author Wsweeney
Registered User
#898  Posted: Mar 2, 2015 09:43  

Had a fabulous bottle of 1995 Damoy Chambertin last night. Popped and poured, it had a fragrance that made you want to smell it all night. Some bricking evident, but perhaps for burgundy that isn't significant. However the smells and flavors were of a mature wine. Medium in depth of flavor and length for a grand cru, the thing here was the nose. Only had the one bottle, bought at auction many years ago. Wish I had more of these.
Author tmarman
Registered User
#899  Posted: Mar 5, 2015 01:34 | Edited by: tmarman  

Wsweeney:
Had a fabulous bottle of 1995 Damoy Chambertin last night. Popped and poured, it had a fragrance that made you want to smell it all night. Some bricking evident, but perhaps for burgundy that isn't significant. However the smells and flavors were of a mature wine. Medium in depth of flavor and length for a grand cru, the thing here was the nose. Only had the one bottle, bought at auction many years ago. Wish I had more of these.

Welcome to PAWT. Always nice to have someone else on Team Burgundy. Sounds like a fabulous bottle indeed.

acorelli:
2008 Domaine des Malandes Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaumes - clean, crisp, flinty, but underwhelming. Just not enough flavor for 1er cru.

Interesting - most of the criticism I've heard on Melanades is that they have too much (oak, fruit, flavor) to be typical of Chablis. We've had a couple of 1er cru and AOC wines from them in tasting group, though I couldn't find if we had any 2008 Fourchaume. I wonder if it was just in a weird state or something.

acorelli:
2003 Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate - glorious nose, so satisfying that it takes a while to remember that you're supposed to drink the wine. Leather, rose hips, morello cherry, a bit of tar. A near-poetic experience. (if scoring, 94ish)

Yum....
Author tmarman
Registered User
#900  Posted: Mar 5, 2015 01:40  

J2K:
2000 Château Haut-Brisson
Decanted and drank over 5 hours. Strong cherry flavor with some leather and tobacco. good acidity, slightly astringent, with decent tannins still present. Solid wine but not extraordinary. Still has plenty of life. Recommend.

Was this a Wine Library purchase? I have a coupe of bottles from 2005-2008 that WL was pimping pretty hard back in the day.
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