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post #19576 of 20661
So.. New Year's Resolution is that I want to focus more on the beverages I drink, i.e. try to describe wines etc better, even when they're "cheaper" stuff. wink.gif Even if I suck at it at the moment, I guess it's the easiest, albeit not most comfortable, way to improve.




Two very nice but quite different Arneis. The Cesare is very reserved and delicate. The Serafino is more fruity and has a crazy prominent passionfruit note which I've never noticed in an Arneis before. Both are good/very good daily drinkers and good wines overall.



2011 Dominus Estate Napanook. Drank this while watching Sideways today, for the fourth time iirc. As I've posted, I originally bought the 2010 for 30 €. First bottle got destroyed during shipping, second and last bottle in stock at the shop got lost during transit. Fuck DPD. So I got the 2011 and a bottle of Grand Vin de Glenelly 2009 cause the 2011 costs less than the 2010, probably due to the fact that the 2010, from what I've gathered, is much better than the 2011, which was a difficult vintage altogether in Napa. Anyway, the Glenelly was delicious (as I've posted) and so was this 2011 Napanook. Very dark, quite concentrated (but not very concentrated), already relatively smooth tannins, loads of sweet/sour cherries, moccha, baking spices, tobacco, plum. Good acidic backbone and finish. Could probably rest a few more years but not too many more.



From memory, it reminds me a lot of the Gonzales Byass Apostoles sherry, which is a "blend" of Palo Cortado and Pedro Ximenez. Alcohol is well integrated, the sweetness is balanced by strong but pleasant aciditiy. Long finish of concentrated raisins + acidity. Very good. Only ever had the Antinori Vin Santo before but I can't really say whether I prefer one over the other cause I don't recall the Antinori one well enough. I think they're a bit different overall though and this one focusses more on the raisiny oxidized part.
post #19577 of 20661
You should add "stop watching Sideways" to your admirable list of New Year's resolutions.
post #19578 of 20661
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You should add "stop watching Sideways" to your admirable list of New Year's resolutions.
One step at a time.
post #19579 of 20661
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No pictures, as I forgot my phone, but had quite a few last night with two stand outs.

2005 Dom. Really very good and what stood out was the long finish. Minerality, creamy, raspberry and pineapple, in just a super long finish. They were pouring Veuve Yellow BTG and it was tough to go back to that after we had our Dom. Also had a bottle I liked but I didn't quite get the name. A. Margery, or something similar, but definitely not A. Margaine as I've had plenty of that.

Maybe De Margerie?

We had a Le Mesnil brut NV (produced by the Union des Proprietaires Recoltants co-op in Le Mesnil sur Oger) and an '04 Pierre Gimonnet Special Club. The Le Mesnil was not earth-shaking, but it was everything a good BdB Champagne should be. It was also very, very cheap (for Champagne). I really like Gimonnet in general, but this bottle didn't do much for me. If I can find another bottle, I'll try again to see if I was just off.

Also had an '07 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons a couple of days before. That was some seriously good stuff.
post #19580 of 20661
Ah, I think that's it! Thank you.

FWIW, it was a bottle of Pierre Peters several years ago that was my "ah hah" bottle of Champs. Still my favorite producer.
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Maybe De Margerie?

We had a Le Mesnil brut NV (produced by the Union des Proprietaires Recoltants co-op in Le Mesnil sur Oger) and an '04 Pierre Gimonnet Special Club. The Le Mesnil was not earth-shaking, but it was everything a good BdB Champagne should be. It was also very, very cheap (for Champagne). I really like Gimonnet in general, but this bottle didn't do much for me. If I can find another bottle, I'll try again to see if I was just off.

Also had an '07 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons a couple of days before. That was some seriously good stuff.
post #19581 of 20661
2012 Ardor Cellars Red Blend
RED RHONE BLEND

USA> Washington> Columbia Valley


Got this off Full Pull Wines. Huge QPR at $19. 70% Syrah, 30 Grenache. The opposite of a Central Coast blend. Mineral, acid, raspberry and sour cherry, restrained nose vs. warmer clime huge nose. Sip with or without food. It might even get mistaken for a modern day (post global warming) northern Rhone.
post #19582 of 20661

This is pretty good. Open about an hour and a half, putting on weight as it opens. Very aromatic, a good bottle, clearly the Wine of the Year.
Edited by coolpapa - 1/2/16 at 4:31pm
post #19583 of 20661
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post #19584 of 20661
Better than the 1990?
post #19585 of 20661
I think it is, but it's hard to say. I'll spend several hours with this bottle, I didn't have that much time with the 90. This is how I prefer to drink a wine like this.
post #19586 of 20661
me too. Spent several hours with that 89 Rauzan Segla, but alas by the end it was fading. For the first two hours (after about an hour breathing) it was killer. It had a kind of layer of earth-smoke that had totally dissipated by the end.
post #19587 of 20661


Bottle I got for Xmas from somebody.
I don't really know much about BDX yet, but enjoyed a glass of this with some beef stew I made. Flavors seemed quite concentrated - both dark fruit + a certain soil like component that reminds me of Cuban cigars. Not overly tannic.
post #19588 of 20661
What's the wine podcast folks listen to here?
post #19589 of 20661
i'll drink to that by levi dalton

i think he's a decent interviewer, but sometimes he kinda comes off as show offy saying really obscure facts to try and impress the interviewee (a lot of whom i would also want to impress). also realized how much better the subject matter is when i'm consuming it versus listening to other people just talk about it.

he's interviewed a lot of famous wine people like aubert de villaine or michel lafarge. but my favorites has been when he interviews sommeliers or business people. those are pretty fun
post #19590 of 20661
Thanks In-D. I want to start listening to some pod casts while I drive.
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