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post #14146 of 18230
A couple of California syrahs from 1998. These two couldn't have been more different stylistically on release. The Failla Jordan comes from the Que Syrah vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Due to the cold climate, that vineyard produced grapes ripe enough to make wine about every third year. This wine is very Northern Rhone in character with lots of black pepper and firm acid. It was enjoyable then and still is. Lighter now, but it was never a big wine, very aromatic. Not everybody's cup of tea and atypical for CA syrah, but I enjoyed it. 98 was the inaugural release for Eheren Jordan's own label, the name being a combo of his last name and his wife's maiden name. He was sued by Jordan cellars and had to drop the Jordan and now bottles his wines under the Failla label.

On release the Alban Lorraine was a huge wine, reductive to the point of being undrinkable. It's mellowed somewhat, lost the sulphur stink, and is still pretty hefty. When I first became interested in wine in the late 90's, Alban was one of my favorite producers. After a few years, I felt like virtually all their wines were overwhelmed by winemaking rather than representing any varietal typicity or terroir. This wine confirms that opinion, even at 14 years old. I don't really know how to describe it, but virtually all Alban red wines taste like Alban red wine more than they taste like syrah, grenache, etc., and this wine doesn't taste much different than what I remember on release.

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post #14148 of 18230
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Originally Posted by coolpapa View Post

After a few years, I felt like virtually all their wines were overwhelmed by winemaking rather than representing any varietal typicity or terroir. This wine confirms that opinion, even at 14 years old. I don't really know how to describe it, but virtually all Alban red wines taste like Alban red wine more than they taste like syrah, grenache, etc., and this wine doesn't taste much different than what I remember on release.

of the 1 wine ive had from Alban (it was a syrah), this was my overwhelming opinion
post #14149 of 18230
2 nite. Delicious.

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How was it?
post #14151 of 18230
nice. Not as good as the Leflaive AOC, but still tasty for $16.



This cellar is pretty cool, if yore ever in Beaune
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post #14152 of 18230
So, I'm sure I must be making a mistake but my favorite little wine store has the Leflaive B-B for $15, then I was at Zachy's today and the same wine was $55. ???? Not the same wine? It looked the same ... Macon Verze was only $33.
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Oliver Leflaive vs. Domaine Leflaive

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post #14154 of 18230
OK, that would do it.

Still funny that the macon verze is cheaper than the B-B, both D-L. I've had the M-V many times and it is gooooooood. Hard to see how a B-B could be $20 better.
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Oliver Leflaive vs. Domaine Leflaive

Big difference between the two. If you know where to get Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc for $15 from a shop that hasn't had it sitting out on the shelf all Summer in heat send me a PM!
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Big difference between the two. If you know where to get Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc for $15 from a shop that hasn't had it sitting out on the shelf all Summer in heat send me a PM!

+1

But the Oliver is still great, and even at $19 is still my go-to B-B
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post #14158 of 18230
Had this yesterday with dinner.



The nose was awesome -- crispy, fruity, rich. The taste was thin in comparison. Still, it tasted good, but the nose promised more. One had to catch the right temperature where the flavors began to bloom and the alcohol isn't very present yet. Long-ish aftertaste.
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you know what I'm going to say
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