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Author bigred
Contributor
#931  Posted: May 16, 2015 23:22  

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Cosecha

Not a whole lot of this out there, but do yourself a favor and seek this out in our stores. #43530 $55.

5/16/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 93 Points
Outstanding Gran Riserva. Cork perfectly intact. Upon opening, the aroma is so fragrant, so enticing. Beautiful old world expression, with bramble, red fruit, vanilla, and sweet oak. Its the kind of wine that takes you to another place. Really holding well; will last for some time to come.
Author Mark
Contributor
#932  Posted: May 19, 2015 16:13  

2014 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Rose Willamette Valley
#42634
$17.99
http://www.pawinetalk.com/detail/?code=42634

Bright and luminescent, almost a dark neon pink. This is pretty big for a Rose, great fruit and up-front acidity. Calmed down as it warmed in the glass. Very good and going back for more, but I wish it was a few bucks cheaper.




Author acorelli
Registered User
#933  Posted: Jun 4, 2015 22:23  

A few more bottles of the 2001 Robert Mondavi Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc have appeared across the state, a handful of them at Pines Plaza (the only such in the West). Not quite at the ridiculously low price we saw a while back, but at $12.99 for 375ml still a bargain. Easily worth double (or more). Yum.
Author Mark
Contributor
#934  Posted: Jun 13, 2015 09:03  

2003 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages

Got during a Chairman's clearance sale for a song a while back. Supposedly not the best vintage but I'll tell you what, wine is holding up very well, still a nice dark color, classic Cinq Cepages which is to say very enjoyable. Wish I had more!
Author Worm
Registered User
#935  Posted: Jun 21, 2015 20:01  

2005 Don Melchor. Secondary notes of cedar and cigar box. Picked up some eucalyptus notes with extended decant. Still plenty of dark fruit. Far and away the best one I've had to date.
Author Mark
Contributor
#936  Posted: Jun 26, 2015 08:23  

2012 Kirkland Signature Signature Series Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Text to Isabelle from Costco in Virginia (accompanying a photo of the bottle): "It's a 2012 how bad can it be? $15"
Her reply: "You will no doubt tell me. I would say real bad."

Had an 89.7 CT community average with several favorable comments, so I took a gamble.

Light-to-medium body, hollow mid-palate, OK finish. Improved with air. Still ended up dumping most of it. Should've followed her advice.
Author bigred
Contributor
#937  Posted: Jun 26, 2015 18:45  

2009 Herman Story Grenache On The Road

6/22/2015 - 92 Points
This is hot & heavy, and needs a serious decant, but thereafter this is a really nice grenache. Lots of mulberry, tar, licorice, & mineral. Full & flavorful. Just give this time, and pair it with a nice beef dish.
Author J2K
Contributor
#938  Posted: Jun 27, 2015 09:49  

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Heirloom Wine Dolinsek Ranch

Noticed the alc was 15.9 before I poured it and it showed from first sniff and taste. Decanted for one hour. Bottle doesn't detail the blend but I w.ould have guessed mostly Zin. Dense and rich fruit, black cherry, cranberry, plum, spice, little vanilla, touch of tobacco on finish later on. Good acidity. outstanding wine and I enjoyed it but the alc is still very evident. Will hold my other bottle for a while or give lots of decant time. Maybe a full day
Author Mark
Contributor
#939  Posted: Jul 5, 2015 21:32  

At family reunion commemorating my inlaws' anniversary along with Independence Day, opened a few old Chairman's among other things:

NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
2011 Londer Vineyards Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyards
2008 Henry's Drive Shiraz Reserve

There were a couple others but I can't remember them all...
Author bigred
Contributor
#940  Posted: Jul 15, 2015 13:02  

Nice find from rarffa so I tried it out. Very good wine, in the stores for $19.99

This reminds me of a good Languedoc I brought to a tasting a ways back, but can't think of the producer. Perhaps Admin can dig deep, deep into the archives and find that wine from Hawk's first tasting at Bigelow Grille.

2011 Château Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Prestige PLCB Code# 45303

7/14/2015 - 90 Points
Very aromatic nose of lavender, backing spice, underbrush, and charcoal. Full bodied, fruit forward, veering towards a new world profile. But very nice. Full & rich; just delicious. Will hold for some time, but with air drinking quite well now. 90-91pts.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#941  Posted: Jul 15, 2015 21:30  

2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. Hitting its prime and representing the vintage very well. The Caymus profile isn't always my favorite but this was soft, chocolate milk smooth. Nice nose and long finish. Doesn't seem like it will change much over time so drink 'em if you got 'em.
Author bigred
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#942  Posted: Jul 19, 2015 11:44 | Edited by: bigred  

So my sister who resides in Cleveland has always wanted to attend one of our tastings, but too many conflicts, etc. have made that a challenge (she’ll get out here eventually). As an alternative, she and some of her colleagues get together every quarter or so for a dinner club, enjoy wine in part, and asked if I’d like to attend sometime.
For some time now, she had spoken of and individual within the group that was a wine enthusiast, and often provided the wines for the dinner (6 people or so). One thing led to another, and I offered to take care of the wines for the dinner that I would attend, which she planned at her home & hired a personal chef, who is a friend her husband.

Knowing they have typically done a lot of steak nights with Cabs, Brunellos & such, I suggested veering in a different direction for a change - French. I sent my suggested wine list to the chef, and together we worked out the pairings. Note, a couple of these available in PA as you may recognize. Everything worked out terrifically; very well-received. We ate outdoors.

The menu:

Amuse: Seasonal Fish Crudo | Smoked Grapefruit Vinaigrette, Fennel
1st Course: House Made Fresh Charcuterie | Pork Pate, Pork Liver Sausage, Chicken Gallentine, Lamb Sausage, Marinated Olives, Fruit Mustard, Pickled Vegetables

Wine Pairing: Château de Ségriès Tavel, 2013


2nd Course: Herb Steamed Halibut | Mussels en Gelee, Shaved Summer Vegetables, Shellfish Consomme

Wine Pairing: Louis Jadot Ladoix Le Clou D'Orge Domaine Gagey, 2012


3rd Course: Duck Confit Presse | Farro, Foie Gras Mi Cuit, Ohio Cherry Gastrique

Wine Pairing: Domaine Taupenot-Merme Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau, 2007


4th Course: Beet Glazed Berkshire Pork Collar | Beluga Lentils, Oyster and Chanterelle Mushrooms

Wine Pairing: Roger Peguet Hermitage, 2010


5th Course: Almond Cakes | Lemon Curd, Seasonal Ice Creams, Black Sesame Lace, Olive Oil

Wine Pairing: Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes, 2008

The 'amuse' & first course were essentially served together, hence the single paring. Several guests enjoyed the Tavel so much it was hard to get them to move forward. But we did, and all other dishes & wines were thoroughly enjoyed (the chef was outstanding).
Favorite wines were all over the map, but the Peguet seemed to gain an extra edge & paired superbly with the glazed pork.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#943  Posted: Jul 19, 2015 20:54  

2009 Sequum Kidd Ranch. Soooo good. More earthy & balanced than average (or above average} Zins. Nothing Old world about this wine but you wouldn't have guessed 14.2% ABV either.

2000 Ch Branaire Duluc Ducru. Drinking beautifully. Cherry, cedar, a little olive. Reminded me why I like Bdx so much.
Author Mark
Contributor
#944  Posted: Jul 22, 2015 21:44  

2010 The Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Fruit bomb, and not just one-dimensional. Light tannins suggest it would benefit from additional cellaring, but this was my last bottle. Very much appreciated the 13.0% ABV. This got big points from one of the rags, I think like 93 or 94, and has a CT average of 91.1. Good stuff, although my wife didn't care for it ("too fruity/grapey"). I can see Tantore shakin' his head.
Author bigred
Contributor
#945  Posted: Aug 3, 2015 20:22  

A special night on the deck with some close local friends. All were pretty amazing

1. 2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
2. 2006 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume “Silex”
3. 2007 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres-Chambertin Grand-Cru
4. 2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard
5. 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
6. 2008 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes
Author J2K
Contributor
#946  Posted: Aug 9, 2015 20:38  

2007 Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino
I remember this one from one of our tastings a few years back. It is singing beautifully right now!!
Author bigred
Contributor
#947  Posted: Aug 13, 2015 21:43  

2011 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas
8/13/2015 -90 points
Notes of cranberry, licorice, blackberry, ash, and mineral. Very soft, developed, and approachable. Would pair well with duck, pork, lamb. Very nice Rhone blend.

2012 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill
8/12/2015 - 92 points
Loads of sandalwood, blackberry, plum, and spice on this complex & evolving Zin. Give this a good decant, and the flavors & sensations will make for a very pleasurable experience.
Author The WineBoss
Contributor
#948  Posted: Aug 17, 2015 16:16  

Had two excellent, older wines recently. P and I do birthday dinners each year at Big Burrito restaurants. They send each of us a $30 gift certificate. Her day is 9 days after mine. So of all of the Big Burrito restaurants, we usually do Eleven one night and Casbah the other weekend.
For my B-day, we did Casbah. We started with a Cremant de Bourgogne Rose from Jean-Luc Joillot, a great Pommard vingeron and winemaker. Many still-wine makers contract Cremant houses to make their sparklers. Vitteaut-Alberti is one of the best Cremant makers in Burgundy. It was beautiful and fruity with a dry, toasty taste. I think I like Cremant better than Chamagne but, then again, there are a lot of styles of both so it may be comparing apples and oranges. It went very well with our Tuna Tartar.
Our second wine was a Prodetorri del Barbaresco single vineyard 1997. The vineyard name began with an "M" which means it could be Muncagota, Montestefano or Montefico.
Now, '97 was, perhaps, the greatest vintage of the modern era, up to that time. Jim, the rep from the importer, Vias, who handles these wines and many other Italians, said it wasn't even a Renaissance, or Re-birth. He said that Italy had never really had a year like 97, where the weather and more modern techniques combined to make a great vintage. They had never been so good and had never fallen for this to be called a re-birth.
I had a chance to taste each Prodetorri wine in order at a tasting in New York with Vias. From the simple Lange to the blended Barbaresco through each single vineyard, it was amazing to try them in that order and see the differences a few miles separation on a hillside could change the taste of a wine. This was in the mid 2000s.
Anyway, this wine was showing its age with a brick color and orange-ish rim. It did have the earthy, aged nose typical of an 18 year old wine - even a Nebbiola. But there was deep, aged fruit that went perfectly with my pork chop and P's lamb loin. For those who like well-aged wines, this would do...but without fanfare. We had one bottle bought back in the early 2000s and figured it's time to start drinking these orphans before they grow too old. I could have used more punch but it was a worthy wine. It was, perhaps, just a bit tired out.
For P's night at Eleven, we decided to sparkle again with the Joillot Cremant Rose. This time, we had a cantaloupe gazpacho and an heirloom tomato salad with peach, smoked burrata, French oaked balsamic, basil, and toasted pumpkin seeds. The Cremant did OK with the gazpacho but it was dynamite with the salad. There were so many flavors in the salad and the texture of the pumpkin seeds was a perfect "al dente" (nicely toasted flavor and consistency).
The second wine was a 1988 Le Bon Pasteur. We were very worried about this wine as the sommelier worked hard to remove the cork. He tried the kind of wine key that has two...knives (?) that go into the bottle on either side of the cork and USUALLY allow you to pull out a difficult cork. Unfortunately, the cork was pushing in easily and we were afraid it might not be good. I suggested we just go with the cork pushed into the bottle and then decanted. He took it in back and them came back out with the dregs of the bottle and a filled decanter. He said, "I think we're OK with this one." and put on a sly smile.
P and I took a nice sniff and were very hopeful. It was deep strawberries and age. But the wine was deep purple with almost no sign of aging around the edge. I suggested it smelled of strawberries and the ground in which it was planted. It had that wonderfully earthy smell of an aged Bordeaux.
All I can say is that it was wonderful! It was better than the Barbaresco and was perfectly ready to be drunk. I think it could go longer but I don't think it would improve with extra time. It was perfect with our tenderloins, which I don't usually order in a restaurant. Again, it was the accompaniments that made up our minds. Our steak was served with red wine essence, creamed leek & spinach, marrow hollandaise, pastrami,
boulangerie marble potatoes. I always believe that the sauces determine what wine to have. The red wine essence brought out the wine flavor as did the marrow hollandaise.
Now the kicker...this wine had a price on it. Not from the PLCB, I think. Probably picked up in DC or NYC or Chicago. It had only cost $25!.
So I hope you don't find this long-winded. If so, please let me know and I will edit better the next time. :-) I hope you enjoyed it. We enjoyed the wines and (gulp) the birthdays.
Author Worm
Registered User
#949  Posted: Aug 22, 2015 20:22  

2005 Montes Alpha M. Had it for my birthday dinner. It paired great with the NY Strips and also with the chocolate cupcakes. Tons of fruit left and some leather and vanilla showing. If I were to score it: 93 - 94 pts.
Author bigred
Contributor
#950  Posted: Aug 29, 2015 21:11  

Another late summer night on the deck with some neighborhood friends. One of them brought the Pomerol, which was a great treat and drinking beautifully as an aged Bordeaux should.
The Spatlese was terrific, and the "bigger" reds were sublime as the long evening progressed.

2009 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese
2012 Louis Jadot Ladoix Le Clou D'Orge Domaine Gagey
2012 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
1998 Château Latour à Pomerol
2008 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Two Hands Shiraz Ares
2003 Dow Porto Vintage
Author bigred
Contributor
#951  Posted: Sep 3, 2015 19:59  

2010 Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Sous le Puits

Expressive nose of soft lemon, hazelnut, & linen. This is nice, soft and round on the palate, with good acidity & a streak of mineral in the background. Just a very elegant wine. 91pts.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#952  Posted: Sep 5, 2015 11:22  

Starting the farewell festivities for dontime:

Pierre Legras Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV
Latour Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2009
Soldera Brunello 1998
Chateau Pichon Longueville Lalande 2003
Heitz Martha's Vineyard 1998
Mount Horrocks Gordon Cut Riesling 2008
Dearest Late Harvest Chardonnay 2010
Gould Campbell Port 1980
Author Mark
Contributor
#953  Posted: Sep 6, 2015 12:44 | Edited by: Mark  

How was the Corton Grancey? I have a couple vintages I've been sitting on.

We had a bottle of 2014 Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel Rose. Back label says "It started with a whisper, but now it's time to Rock!" We've been enjoying Whispering Angel for several years now so I thought we'd give it a try. At $31.99 it's significantly more expensive (and yes I know Acorelli is rolling his eyes - it's freakin' Rose) and I'd have to say probably NOT worth it. Definitely has more oomph and fruit but also tastes more alcoholic (14%), although I didn't get any heat per se, and it IS good. Still, I'll save the extra $ and stick with the Whispering Angel.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#954  Posted: Sep 6, 2015 16:27  

What a shame - you could have spent that $32 on wine.

The Corton Grancey was heavenly. It's difficult to understand how something so delicate can be so powerful.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#955  Posted: Sep 6, 2015 18:48  

Speaking of 2009...
Ch Artigues Arnaud Pauilllac. A perfectly pedestrian cru bourgeois Bdx except for the vintage. A little disjointed but for $20 there's mushroom, bright cherry, pepper & spice and a lot of flavor for the buck. Only 13.5% abv but feels more fully extracted than an Old World wine. So far my experience with 2009 Bdx is consistently positive.
Author bigred
Contributor
#956  Posted: Sep 21, 2015 13:15  

Reg: $44.99
On Sale: $27.99

Calluna Vyrd Merlot Aux Raynauds
Sonoma 2009


Scanning the FWAGS wine for current sales, came across this for what's described as a BDX style Cali merlot. Have to agree. Others on CT described as a "solid value at $40", so at $27 had to try. Bought 4 more.

my review
"Totally a right-banker. If tasted blind, I would have never guessed a Cali Merlot. What a gem this wine is. Very elegant in style, with a great Bordeaux profile of dried cherry, tobacco, cedar, earth, and a little spice box. Medium bodied yet plush on the palate. Tiny production of 100 cases." 92pts.
Author dontime
Contributor
#957  Posted: Sep 21, 2015 15:07  

2007 McPrice Myers Grenache L'Ange Rouge (my all time favorite FWAGS sale wine).
2006 d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon The Coppermine Road (yum)
2010 Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard (double yum)
Author J2K
Contributor
#958  Posted: Sep 24, 2015 13:31  

DT,
Can't believe you still have some of the McPrice Myers left!! My case is long gone! Delcious juice and PLCB Hall of Fame sale item.
Author Mark
Contributor
#959  Posted: Sep 24, 2015 20:39  

If I'd have known the McPrice Myers was so high on your guys' lists I would've brought one to Dontime's shindig. Still have two left - J2K I'd be willing to trade if you want to make an offer!
Author bigred
Contributor
#960  Posted: Sep 25, 2015 09:52  

No, I want the McPrice!!
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