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post #19546 of 20671
On the other end of the spectrum, a nice fellow let me have a taste of this last night, after I remarked that it looked to be an interesting wine:

2009 Covington Cellars “Ode” Seven Hills Vineyard Brunello Style Sangiovese Grosso 750 mL Fermented with native yeast in open top, one ton bins and punched down 3 daily for 10 days. The wine was then aged 36 months in neutral French oak barrels and then bottle aged for 18 months prior to release.

Seven Hills Vineyard is in walla walla AVA, which I think if my current favorite in WA.

It was delicious. Showed electric acidity and really the kind of wine you are sad to finish. I looked up the wine maker - He's a young guy named Morgan Lee, who despite little formal training is also the winemaker for Two Vintners winery (also owned by Covington Cellars), as well as for Block Wines (which Lee owns along with Full Pull owner Paul Zitarelli). It's crazy really how small the WA wine industry is when you get down to connecting all the dots. FWIW, I bought a bottle of the Block Wines Chenin Blanc Block 10 a few months ago and thought it was great.
post #19547 of 20671
Any comments on the wine list at Vetri? Finally making the pilgrimage down there, just got named best Italian Restaurant in the country by another publication, and was able to get a reservation for next weekend. Every time I have tried in the past there has been nothing available when I would be in the city. This time I was able to get a 9 PM reservation, so I am anticipating sleeping like shit after eating and drinking through a bunch of courses and finishing close to midnight.
post #19548 of 20671
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Originally Posted by ChrisGold View Post

From a frequent diner at BYOBs, living in PA, when a waiter provides me with "full service" on my wine, I make sure that I note that on the tip. Same if I bring a bottle and pay corkage, I will include extra for the waiter as if I had bought it off of their list.

That's very generous!
post #19549 of 20671
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

That's very generous!

It comes from being in the wine business, doing a ton of staff trainings, and if I'm getting the same service anyway, and I saved on the wine... I think it's only fair that I give something to the staff. My wife laughs that not only can I name the best meals that I've had around the world, I can also recite the best waiters I've had over the past 20 years. They can make or break an evening, especially in a top restaurant. I am happy to over tip on those occasions.
post #19550 of 20671
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congrats Screagle!!!!
post #19551 of 20671


A 57, 38, 5 GSM

Not as dusty or earthy as I would have expected. Rather fruit forward crowd -pleaser. Drinks like a lightish bodied Syrah. Great nose, very aromatic.
post #19552 of 20671
Had a new offering from Denner the other night. 2012 "Stratus" which is 75% Mourvedre and 25% Counoise. Really an excellent wine. Lots of dark fruit, smoke, pepper, and tobacco. I'm trying to get another three pack but not sure I'll have any luck. frown.gif
post #19553 of 20671
I am seeking California Chardonnay recommendations from you gentlemen.

My palate tends toward a more old world style but I have plenty of White Burg in my cellar and need to add some Cali sunshine for a change of pace.

Any favorites in the $20-$40 range with a strong emphasis on aging potential?
post #19554 of 20671
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Originally Posted by reidd View Post

I am seeking California Chardonnay recommendations from you gentlemen.

My palate tends toward a more old world style but I have plenty of White Burg in my cellar and need to add some Cali sunshine for a change of pace.

Any favorites in the $20-$40 range with a strong emphasis on aging potential?

I like Ramey's chardonnays, and check out Liquid Farm if you can find it.
post #19555 of 20671
I like Ramey also. Montelena is good, Mt Eden, and Ridge's chards are also generally pretty good. On the higher end, Aubert, Marcassin are bigger, but generally well made wines.
post #19556 of 20671

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Edited by venividivicibj - 12/24/15 at 8:39am
post #19557 of 20671

Smoked goose and duck from my girlfriend's ceramic studio/farm tonight, wine included in the dinner. Will post photos!

post #19558 of 20671
Stellar Shiraz, peppery, silky tannins, black fruit on the mid-palate.
post #19559 of 20671
Christmas this year was a Margaux decennial.





2005 Chateau D'Issan
2005 Chateau Lascombes

Oven roasted beef tenderloin, brussel sprouts tossed in blackstrap molasses and balsamic glaze, slow roasted tomatoes and wild mushroom risotto.

Wine was really good. Tannins are softening. D'Issan got a 2 hour decant. Lascombes was bottle decanted.
Edited by Mark from Plano - 12/25/15 at 7:19pm
post #19560 of 20671
I had a magnum of 1983 Prieurre Lichine. It was a good bottle, not spoiled in the least, but definitely over the hill. Not showing any signs of rot, just clearly past its peak. Terrific on the nose, but about 50% of what you could smell you could not taste. Probably a great bottle 10-15 years ago.
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