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post #12751 of 18017
Report from the ground in New Zealand:

So we tasted through the other half of production today, and in particular there was one thing thaht really stood out. Its some Sauvignon Blanc ('11, Waipara fruit) made in a somewhat oxidative style, all native ferments, fermented and stored in oak with little or no sulfur.. Native MLF too, and we tasted a couple of barrels which were at different points of MLF - some creamier with more body, some retaining some really great acid structure. Really interesting wines - your typical Sauvignon blanc flavors (minus an excess of tropical fruit) with some caramel from the oak and some creaminess from the lactic acid, but all still in balance and very tastefully executed. More could be said but its time to go cook dinner. Neat stuff.
post #12752 of 18017
Had an ME Sauv. Blanc with dinner tonight. As usual, pretty tasty.
post #12753 of 18017
every time i see ME SB i think of how robuchon approves of it and thus i should too
post #12754 of 18017
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every time i see ME SB i think of how robuchon approves of it and thus i should too

Well who do you think offered me my first taste of it?
post #12755 of 18017
Tonight a couple of Cabernet based wines from 1995: La Mission Haut Brion and Laurel Glen. After about an hour, the Laurel Glen is ahead. It's richer, with a touch of herbs that is actually enhancing rather than detracting. Heavier in weight and more expressive on the nose. The LMHB is a little disappointing both on the nose and on the palate. I've had it a few times and this bottle is just kind of meh so far. Laurel Glen is one of the few Sonoma cabs that is not only very good, but built for the long haul. Great wine.
post #12756 of 18017
Had the last bottle of the '08 Latour PN. Not the biggest fan of it though. Not sure whether I'm just not fond of Pinot Noirs, or whether I like Bordeaux better. Will try some other PN.
post #12757 of 18017
I tracked down a bottle of Texier's '09 Brezeme CdR yesterday and decided to pick it up ahead of my NY trip. Opened it around 3 and had it at 8 with homemade pizza. Wonderful wine at 23 bucks and definitely punches above its weight. Can't wait to taste some of his other wines at Chambers, especially the St. Joe.
post #12758 of 18017
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On the left is one of my favorite RB Bordeaux. 2nd wine from Vieux Chateau Certain. Runs about $50 versus >$200 for their 1st wine. On the right is a new wine I bought to try. From Languedoc (Kermit Lynch imported). About $26.

Had a bit of both tonight with some very nice braised short ribs. With food you'd have a hard time distinguishing the two. The finish on the Languedoc is a bit shorter (or is it just lighter and more refined?).

On a rating scale I might give the Pomerol a bit higher score for its fullness and flavor. On the "really interesting scale" the Languedoc is better...and at half the price. Lots of interesting flavors come through on the Languedoc without food that you don't really pick up with food. Really like it and would buy more. At $26 it's a real bargain.
post #12759 of 18017
Glad you are liking that.
post #12760 of 18017
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Originally Posted by pscolari View Post

I tracked down a bottle of Texier's '09 Brezeme CdR yesterday and decided to pick it up ahead of my NY trip. Opened it around 3 and had it at 8 with homemade pizza. Wonderful wine at 23 bucks and definitely punches above its weight. Can't wait to taste some of his other wines at Chambers, especially the St. Joe.

I really like that wine.
post #12761 of 18017
I have had the PSL^ great wine. I had Kermit's Cypress Cuvee last night. Tried and true.
post #12762 of 18017
This past weekend I had the in-laws in town, which meant a lot of wine, mainly for me to get through it.

2009 Palama Salice Salentino
2004 Chateau Redortier Gigondas
2005 Chateau de Beaucastel
2001 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol
2009 Leitz Ein Zwei Dry Riesling

Some daily drinkers mixed with some stuff that I had held for a bit. I'm going to a Loire Valley wine tasting on Thursday night and will report back.
post #12763 of 18017
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Seems kind of a broad request. What kind of reds does she like?

not sure how i missed this. scrap the red, so is now fully on chardonnay
post #12764 of 18017
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post #12765 of 18017
Went to an impromptu bbq Thursday night for the production staff of the wineries in the Waipara Valley. One, it was a lot of fun with people from all over the world and large piles of grilled meat and a large table full of wines. I probably tasted forty or so wines. It was interesting. The whites are great - had a couple of stellar Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays. The Rieslings I'm less sold on but if you can't get German/Alsatian/Austrian, (as is the case here) then its really good to have.

The two Syrahs that were there were both very good, ours being one, and the Pinot Noirs were generally good but the thing about NZ Pinot is that at the ~$20 and under range, they're great, but the prices quickly become unjustifiable very quickly. There were a lot there in the $30-45 range, and I think I only had one that I'd pay for out of pocket. The most expensive (to my knowledge) P.N. I had was relatively forgettable.
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