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Author Mark
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#961  Posted: Sep 25, 2015 12:45  

OK bigred, cough up a Kosta Browne and they're yours, 2-for-1!
Author dontime
Contributor
#962  Posted: Sep 25, 2015 16:29  

I have one left in Florida.

Once I get settled down there, I plan to join Mac's list.

BYW - the Barrel 27 stuff the state monopoly store now has in the Chairman's program is a joint venture between Mac (McPrice) and Russell From of Herman Story fame...
Author bigred
Contributor
#963  Posted: Sep 26, 2015 07:55  

@Mark - I may propose an alternate swap :)
@dt - I've recently had the Barrel 27 - it was pretty good. Rating on CT
Author dontime
Contributor
#964  Posted: Sep 26, 2015 11:36  

@br - where did you get the Head Honcho?
Author bigred
Contributor
#965  Posted: Sep 26, 2015 12:32  

I picked up the Head Honcho @ Sewickley. Looks like the 2011 is available in most premium stores, if you search on FWAGS. Not sure why it does not show up on the "wine availability map" on this site.
Author dontime
Contributor
#966  Posted: Sep 26, 2015 14:38  

Yep - found it at South Hills. Thanks.
Author admin
Administrator
#967  Posted: Sep 27, 2015 16:35  

bigred:
Not sure why it does not show up on the "wine availability map" on this site.

There have been a few wines slipping through the cracks that we aren't picking up, currently investigating why. Note however that when we do show a wine (which is >95% of the time) the inventory numbers are correct.
Author Worm
Registered User
#968  Posted: Oct 1, 2015 20:34  

2007 Elizabeth Spencer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Special Cuvee.
Very good with Vanilla, and loads of berries, and a nice acidity to keep it fresh. Maybe the best 2007 Napa Cab I've had to date.
Author bigred
Contributor
#969  Posted: Oct 17, 2015 22:14  

2006 Spice Route Malabar
SHIRAZ BLEND (SYRAH)

This is $21 off from $59 to $38 under the luxury red sale. Very nice

92 Points
This wine is ageing beautifully. Syrah & Mourvedre primarily. Aromas and flavors of spice, mulberry, powdered cocoa, & forest floor. Full & generous on the palate, with a long finish. Drink now or in the next few years.
Author jlburd
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#970  Posted: Oct 25, 2015 12:26  

With a nod to bigred: 2009 Calluna Merlot Aux Raynaud & 2009 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas. The Calluna didn't quite make me think I was drinking Cheval Blanc but was quite tasty. The Cayron was good as usual but I still don't get the 'rustic' part.
Author jlburd
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#971  Posted: Nov 20, 2015 13:05  

2006 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch. Picked this at a charity blind pick for $25. With apologies to Mark, it was pretty good stuff, at least equal to the 90 ratings it got at release. Dark red, spicy nose, soft & sweet with surprising structure left. There was enough oak backbone that I almost wish i had waited 3-4 more years to see how it would resolve. This is a 4-star recommendation for Admin.
Author Mark
Contributor
#972  Posted: Nov 21, 2015 22:19  

@jlburd the Bancroft Ranch, when drinking blind, has tricked me into thinking it was a Cab on more than one occasion, such is the fruit and oak. Great deal at $25.

Domaine du Cayron has one of the most consistently stinky noses that I know of.


On to tonight...

2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard Willamette Valley
Code # 39269
On Sale: $40.99

I know I've been pimping this a lot lately but what can I say, it really is good. My wife and I (OK, mostly me) polished off a bottle tonight, and we'll be having another with our Thanksgiving turkey. Has several years of life ahead but drinking well now and I probably don't have the patience to sit on it.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#973  Posted: Nov 29, 2015 12:45  

2003 Ch Branaire Ducru. First of the 2003 Bdx vintage I've had & was really surprised. Nose was great but would have guessed Cali Cab - cherries, flowers, slight vanilla, no cedar or earthiness. After couple hours decant it stretched out with the same cab profile but with anise and cocoa smoothness. Phenomenal accompaniment to NY Strip at Biba. Fully integrated. If this is any indication of the 2003 Bdx I'd say drink 'em now and enjoy. Definitely not a New World wine but you won't think Old World either.
Author bigred
Contributor
#974  Posted: Dec 16, 2015 21:43  

2013 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve Dundee Hills
#42884

One of the few Chards I've had from Oregon. Very nice.

12/16/2015 - 92 points
Leaning toward an old world profile with its stony/mineral characteristics, but also very refined & elegant. White fruits coming through on the palate along with the mineral. Supple, full, and the long finish draws you back in.
Author Mark
Contributor
#975  Posted: Dec 26, 2015 10:59  

NV Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut
2005 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale
2004 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages

It was interesting to drink the Arrowood and Cinq Cepages next to each other. Both from Sonoma, were drinking well and had good balance, 10 and 11 years old. Arrowood was a little smoother than the Cinq Cepages and will probably continue to hold for a while, although I'm not sure how much upside there is. Cinq Cepages had a bit more tannin despite being a year older, I'd wait for another couple years if I had any more:-( Veuve Clicquot never disappoints.
Author J2K
Contributor
#976  Posted: Jan 18, 2016 13:50  

2007 Glaetzer Anaperenna
Bought this 3 years ago from one of the PLCB Super sales. Wow, beautiful Syrah/cab blend and big time bargain for $30 (reg $70). Wish I had more. Short decant and just kept getting better
Author bigred
Contributor
#977  Posted: Jan 18, 2016 15:59  

The Glaetzer sounds great J2K; wish I had some.

Impromptu gathering over the neighbors this weekend:

2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
2010 Roger Peguet Hermitage
1996 Franciscan Estate Magnificat
2000 Ch√Ęteau La Grave a Pomerol Trigant de Boisset

The 96 Magnificat was past maturity, but not bad. The others were all drinking very well and made for a nice comparison across styles & vintages
Author Worm
Registered User
#978  Posted: Jan 19, 2016 21:37  

2006 Dr. Hermann Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese Mosel... Pradikatswein. Delicious.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#979  Posted: Jan 24, 2016 17:13  

Pinot! Heaven help me! Having the leftovers from the bottles I brought to the tasting last night and I don't hate them. The Vosne Romanee definitely benefited from air and time. Opened up a ton. Much better fruit and the acidity is more in balance. But the shocker is the J. Christopher 2012 Lumiere from Eola-Amity Hills. I don't see this on the list at PAWT but it is a CS I think. Tried it at the McIntyre wine store Friday and bought on a whim. I may actually buy more.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#980  Posted: Jan 30, 2016 17:12  

2013 Screenplay Red by Moffett Vineyards. Blend of Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, Syrah and Voignier. This was one of the many WTSO offers that I typically delete upon receipt but for some reason I clicked 'buy.' It's straight up Cal Cab nose & profile but with some real softening and balance after air time. Opened about 6 hours ahead of drinking. The profile is close to the Husic. Chocolate cherry, vanilla, milky finish that lingers. The tannin tells you that its young but the wine is surprisingly integrated for its age. The winery asks $50; WTSO asked $20. If you can find it priced in between you'll be satisfied. If WTSO offers again, snap it up.
Author J2K
Contributor
#981  Posted: Jan 30, 2016 22:51  

2010 Darioush Cabernet- awww yeah! So good, rich flavors, a little sip is all you need. But you won't stop until it's all gone.
Author Worm
Registered User
#982  Posted: Feb 6, 2016 21:37  

1977 Quarles Harris Vintage Porto. Picked up from WTSO last year. It was perfect. Caramel/Toffee with some fruit.

2006 Montes Alpha M Delicious
Author jlburd
Contributor
#983  Posted: Feb 14, 2016 18:31  

2005 Arrowood Sonoma Valley Cab Reserve Speciale. Picked this up at the Luxury Sale before the holidays. Opened 5 hours before drinking but still had tar, green pepper and short bitter finish. Nothing really to justify the $$. Day 2 was completely different wine. Much better fruit, softer, long vanilla finish. Wish I had known on day 1 what I learned on day 2.
Author bigred
Contributor
#984  Posted: Feb 24, 2016 21:21  

Louis Latour Gevrey Chambertin 2012
Chairman's SelectionTM
PLCB Code: 33923

At the reduced price of $39, everyone should be buying a bunch of these to lay down for 8-10 years. Really nice stuff.
Author dontime
Contributor
#985  Posted: Feb 26, 2016 14:22  

2010 Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny

Some indication here that the French might know what they are doing...
Author jlburd
Contributor
#986  Posted: Feb 28, 2016 14:07  

2000 Ch Haut-Bergery. Further proof of dontime's theory about the French. This one was judged as a surprise of the vintage by his eminence Parker & he actually wasn't wrong. Really nice expression of Cabernet.

2005 Nota Bene La Miscela. Some may remember this from a CS many moons ago. Washington Bdx blend that was really good. Still lots of fruit but layers of flavor. Bought at a Total Wine in Tucson & got stymied on getting the other 2 bottles in stock back to PA. Turns out Total Wines won't ship store-to-store either. If you can find any of this buy it. At $20 it's the best QPR wine I've had - maybe ever.
Author dontime
Contributor
#987  Posted: Feb 28, 2016 15:01  

jlburd - I have some Nota Bene Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Bordeaux in the cellar - good stuff. Don't remember the La Miscela in PA. I would have bought it if I did.
Author J2K
Contributor
#988  Posted: Mar 4, 2016 17:31 | Edited by: J2K  

2009 Mark Ryan Dead Horse

Oh man, this is one of those situations where you bought a bottle out of state that was discounted down, and while you're drinking it and loving it, you're also crying that you didn't buy more. Life is simple it's just not easy.

Excellent Bordeaux blend from Wash State
Author jlburd
Contributor
#989  Posted: Mar 5, 2016 16:24  

dontime - maybe I have my Nota Bene's mixed up. Darn those artsy labels.
j2k - that was my feeling about the la Miscela. Visiting Richmond next weekend & leaving room in the trunk for whatever similar delights I find at Total Wines there.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#990  Posted: Mar 19, 2016 13:15  

2009 Ch Clerc Milon. Have some in the cellar from the '09 futures buy & decided to pick one up at Total Wine in Richmond VA to check on drink-ability. It does not yet have the cedar nose & taste that it will in a while but it's drinking great now. Much bigger than Bdx usually is but much more complex and balanced than Cal Cab (although blind you'd probably guess Cal Cab). This vintage has been very consistent and approachable younger. This was the first classified Bdx I've had from 2009 (other than the 1st Growth we snagged at the 2012 Wine Festival) and I'm pumped to drink more.
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