The Official Wine Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by audiophilia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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  2. happy hooligan

    happy hooligan Senior member

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    I could use some wine guys who know wine to help me out on here.

    I've never paid more than probably 15 bucks on a bottle and have found a few that I did like but have long since forgotten the names to buy again.

    I'm a beer guy and applaud your knowledge...
     


  3. audiophilia

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    Happy Hooligan. You came to the right place. We'll be happy to help.
     


  4. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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    Guys, this was a seriously epic wine. It has great significance for us as we tasted this and other Viaders at the Viader winery, 3000 feet up Howell Mtn in Napa this summer for our 25th. Such a fabulous experience.

    The lovelies hang on the side of the mountain for dear life, juicing up beautifully. This Viader, the flagship, is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc. The Cab Franc, unlike many, is done perfectly, adding to the fabulous flavors. So much complexity, such gorgeous fruit on the nose. It was bloody epic. Buy with confidence. Caymus, watch your back!

    US$100.00 purchased at Viader (they waived the $35 tasting fee[​IMG]!

    94/100

    Audiophilia approved.

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    Viader Cabernet Franc vines. 30 degree pitch.
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    Viader Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
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    Had a nice Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin (village) from 2003 this weekend, next to a 2003 Aloxe-Corton from Rapet.

    To my surprise, I liked the Gevrey-Chambertin better, but on the other hand, I am more of a Côte de Nuits guy anyway. In addition, you could really taste the 2003 heat in the Aloxe-Corton, which which something I did not especially like...

    Anyone else familiar with Burgundy wines?
     


  6. audiophilia

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    Not too familiar, just know I love a good one.

    Had a 2005 Volnay last week. Man, it was so good. A funk-free Burgundy, just the way I like them...
     


  7. gomestar

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    the Haut Brisson was quite nice, great balance, firm tannins up front (it's so young), but a well integrated and smooth finish. I was impressed.

    The 2007 Le Volte had some big fruit on the nose, strawberries and cream, dark cherry, etc. It was solid on the palate and my guests enjoyed it. Unfortunately I thought it lacked that sense of Italian terroire that past vintages have had. A shame.
     


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    Had higher hopes for this Campo de Borja Garnacha but alas it was a sugary fruit bomb with little to no character to speak of.
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    Saturday:
    Went to the wine shop to get a couple of bottles of vino for our bbq. Planned on getting another bottle of the 2002 Wooded Island cab but alas they had sold out. But to my surprise and advantage the vendor was there conducting the weekly tasting and he pointed me in the direction of this little bottle produced by the same makers. This one hails from the Yakima Valley sub-appellation of Rattlesnake Hills. Hyatt Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon! Big and bold. Deep purple in colour with just hints of amber. Dark fruits and warm spice on the nose with blackberry and plum with nuances of mocha and oak on the palate leading into a long satisfying finish with notes of black pepper and ripe cherries leading the crescendo.
    A beautiful pour for $12

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    Later that night:
    A drinkable but not memorable malbec.

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  9. Johnny_5

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    the Haut Brisson was quite nice, great balance, firm tannins up front (it's so young), but a well integrated and smooth finish. I was impressed.

    The 2007 Le Volte had some big fruit on the nose, strawberries and cream, dark cherry, etc. It was solid on the palate and my guests enjoyed it. Unfortunately I thought it lacked that sense of Italian terroire that past vintages have had. A shame.


    I'm still on the '06 Le Volte but I'm going to open a bottle of 07 to investigate.
     


  10. gomestar

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    I'm still on the '06 Le Volte but I'm going to open a bottle of 07 to investigate.

    yes, please let me know your findings. Obviously I wish I had an 06 right there to compare, but this one seemed a bit more new world than I've had in the past. If it came down to the 07 Le Volte and a good Chianti Classico, I'd pull for the latter (note: I decanted both wines for about 4 hours each)

    For $25, the Bordeaux was a great value. I'd certainly recommend it to others, but it could use some time.
     


  11. audiophilia

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    A lovely, spicy, warm Shiraz with some hefty acidity on the back end. I prefer the 2005, but this was splendid. Of course, we drank it the night after the stunning Viader. Not much would have had a chance in comparison. CAD$55.00 91/100 [​IMG]
     


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    the Haut Brisson was quite nice, great balance, firm tannins up front (it's so young), but a well integrated and smooth finish. I was impressed. The 2007 Le Volte had some big fruit on the nose, strawberries and cream, dark cherry, etc. It was solid on the palate and my guests enjoyed it. Unfortunately I thought it lacked that sense of Italian terroire that past vintages have had. A shame.
    What a shame on the Le Volte vintage! 2007 Four Vines "the biker" - typically a constant performer and a great vintage is already showing. Blackberry (huge rich fruit), Spice, vanilla.
     


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    I have a 1993 Fontalloro Magnum just laying around......
     


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    Was reading the local newspaper online today and came across this story:

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    Time for me to buy a few bottles of the Laughing Magpie to give as presents when I next visit Japan.
     


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    I have a 1993 Fontalloro Magnum just laying around......

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