I can see the cork issues…however, my 2016 Harvest Moon Pinot Noir was still delicious. It’s quite cloudy, delivered today though. I’m devouring some barely buzzed cheese with it and getting a bright cherry profile upfront(not quite candied but getting there) followed by that PN taste(I hate saying that but it’s my only way to explain it at my level with PN) with a hint of earthy funk lingering. It has a wonderful tartness with just enough acidity.
Upon PnP I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, after a few hours in the fridge it all came together. And here I am. I’m not a Pinot Noir kinda guy at all. This is strangely growing on me. Knowing Harvests Moon reputation and a kick ass deal along with it, I just went for it. Glad I did. Cheers.
With a Flannery California Reserve Dry Aged Club Roast, finishing off
2001 P. Licht-Bergweiler Brauneberger Mandelgraben Riesling Spätlese
2000 Seavey Vineyard Merlot
2016 Roblar Syrah; even at $5, a huge pass from the GO sale, run (away), don’t walk.
and finishing with
2008 Fonseca Porto Vintage Quinta do Panascal
that cleared out the awful Roblar.
@bolligra Too funny.
Actually some is stored in the freezer at work as well as I’m out of room at home.
That was the first, but won’t be the last, club roast I’ve purchased.
We won’t talk about the cases I also have stored there, and elsewhere.
Tonight sashimi with
Hakutsuru Junmai Dai Ginjo “Sho-Une” from a masu.
I have some 2014 Sleight of Hand The Conjurer in my UC cloud cellar. Someone brought a bottle of The Illusionist to the 10 year Wine.Woot gathering anniversary party in NoVA a year ago. I don’t recall specifics but I do remember liking it.
It was fantastic! Great purity of fruit and the perfect amount of the rocks funk to add complexity really balanced wines. I had heard about them and earlier this year and was told they were opening up a club offering 2 bottles each of there 3 rocks vineyard wines so I jumped on it. A bit expensive but i’m glad I did. I got Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard 2016 Spiders from Mars and 2016 The Funkadelic.
Re: Full Pull, you guys sucked me in as well. I just got the last 2 bottles allocated that I was waiting on, giving me exactly 24 bottles. Do I just sit back and wait for them to ship?
Ha! I think I emailed them last time when it cooled off down here? But I think they watch the weather and ship automatically, I would email them just to make sure. Thanks for reminding me
@karenhynes My choice is Ty Caton Desert Wine, 2009…no doubt purchased from that now-defunct on-line wine place…what was it called? With some 86% Dark Chocolate. A good choice for celebrating or drowning my sorrows.
Kicking off this evening’s extra-long-weekend festivities with a 2009 Denier-Handal Zinfandel, Alexander Valley. Ah, Peter Wellington, what wonderful wines you have wrought! The wine is in beautiful condition. Was.
Question for you guys about Full Pull. I have accumulated 24 bottles “Ready for pickup/shipping” and it is within their shipping window, so do I just sit back and wait for them to ship or is there a way to initiate the process? I do not have any bottles waiting for allocation, as I purposely got up to exactly 24 with nothing else pending.
Excellent! I love those Spanna’s pretty good I bet. How was the 71? I heard one of the attendees was bringing that from his own stash? Can’t say I’m not really jealous were they all drinking well?
@ScottW58 The Spanna was a real treat, a nose that wouldn’t quit.
The 52 was right on the edge. Pale, but expected, Sherried but lemon tart, and bordering on nail polish.
The 71 Giuseppe was also Sherried in the nose but otherwise tasty. The 71 Francesco lacked that but started out with a bit of prune that went away after an hour or so. The '47 and '61 were both singing. The '61 was shy for nearly an hour, and then really came to life. The '89 and '91 could use some additional time, and the '06 and '14 ~absolutely require~ patience and years.
I was really surprised how much these opened up over the 2.5 hours we had with them. Tasting began at noon, bottles decanted earlier in the morning and poured at 11.
You can’t even imagine the aroma in a smallish room with 117 glasses of Barolo polluting the air.
I wish my cellar smelled like that!
@rjquillin nice! Man I’m jealous… little secret Vallana wines are very reasonable and as you found out they age forever! You can even find the older ones for a song when they come up. They usually don’t release them until they are 10 anyways.
Just a Verano Parrano cheese risotto that wasn’t on the schedule but was a treat for all.
The chef came and chatted about it all; surprised even the Somm.
Superb match for the Barolo; didn’t overpower any of them.
I can remember the details on the meat tray, but all were Italian. One was boar, I do recall.
Interestingly, at ~10 this morning tix were still available, but there were 12+ attending.
Had to pay $15 to park tho…
Tomorrow and Saturday also look to be interesting, but not like this was!
Visiting the Grand Decant, and while not like Thursday, there were some nice bottles. Freemark Abby was pouring some Bosché. In the interest of science, and since I have some '73, '83 and '99, thought I’d sample their '93, '98, '08 and '14. Hope my '99 is as good as the '98.
@winedavid49 and the launch party T got raves from well over a dozen wineries and attendees.
@rpm At least five of the Lodi producers were all lined up, few needed more than a casual mention of the tour to recall our visit.
@CorTot Last night we had '10 Harvest Moon PN. I have to say I didn’t like it as much as the '14 we had recently. Nicely made, but a little too tart for me. I do have a bottle of his Zin tucked away in some box somewhere.
@rjquillin I’m on the same boat. PnP had a note I did not like that I find in some Pinot Noirs. The second day that off note mellowed out, but nothing jumping out at all. Day 2-3 it’s done for. I’m wondering if it’s just in a funky stage or is it going downhill?? Are you pairing yours with food or just trying it out?
We have pork belly prepping for tomorrow. I’ll rid 2 bottles for dinner and gift some. I’ll hold onto enough to see where it goes, Im not impressed so far. I like the 2014 Bakers Lane cuvée a lot more.
Tonight, I usually provide about 1/2 of the bottles for thanksgiving.
TJs brut rose for my bride
2014 Bernardus Winery Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
2012 Harvest Moon Estate & Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley
@CorTot yeah. My buddy got a NV Gewertz at the tasting room that ended up being a leaker. But we didn’t notice until the bottle flew all the way home. Crazy how many cork problems, yet we keep buying cuz it’s good! (Usually)
@CorTot@ScottW58 I keep seeing these reports and wonder how I’ve managed to be so lucky! I think I had one bottle with secondary fermentation from them, and one truly corked wine. The other rate of cork failure hasn’t been notably high for us. And even those didn’t have problems with the contents of the bottle.
Last night was a 2010 Buttonwood Cabernet Franc. I’m glad I saw on these for 4 years since getting them at the winery. They’ve evolved very nicely.
The 2006 was one of my first wine.woot purchases and one of my favourites. @WineDavid49 please get them back! $15/bottle was way nicer than nearly $30!
@ScottW58 The Sojourn, when paired with turkey, was excellent. Day 1 of Bedrock=needs more time to open up. Last night, with a wedge salad (the usu. blue cheese, bacon, etc.), the edges had smoothed out and was an excellent pairing.
Late Thanksgiving with friends…
2017 Woodbridge Winemaker’s Selection Vermentino
2009 Kendrick Pinot Noir Marin County
2013 Roche Late Harvest Chardonnay (meh)
2014 Jules Taylor Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) YUM. Drank like an icewine.
While watching the Ohio State Buckeyes humiliate the Michigan Wolverines yesterday;
Our own Ohio State vs. Michigan contest featured a 2013 South River Vineyards Exodus (50/50 Syrah/Merlot blend) from NE Ohio vs. a 2013 12 Corners Vineyards Marquette from SW Michigan. Exodus won by a much closer margin than the Buckeyes, as both wines were very good, or so it seemed until we broke open a 2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch. That was in a whole different league, as was the 2007 Laura Zahtila Cabernet Sauvignon Barlow Vineyards we opened next.
Then, it was on to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Paired a 2009 WineSmith Chardonnay Penny Farthing with some spicy Asian noodles. Since the Sandler Pinot was such a big hit earlier, I opened a couple more for dinner; a 2012 Sandler Pinot Noir SLH Peterson Vineyard and a 2012 Sandler Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard. Seven of us at dinner and we all ordered different entrees but the Sandler Pinots were wonderful with everything on the menu!
Personally, I went with the lobster ravioli but others had various meat and seafood entrees such as pork roulade, panko crusted grouper, roasted boneless chicken breast, honey-glazed salmon, etc. Gotta love the versatility of Pinot w/food.
2007 Marion Cabernet IGT Veneto
with our 2nd Thanksgiving Dinner.
Wow! Amazing. One of the best Cabernet
Sauvignon’s I’ve ever had. Deep, rich,
vanilla, chocolate, tobacco. Beautiful
wine. Think Shafer one point five, but
better. Wish I had more!
Sister in law is in town so went to a nice Italian restaurant last night and had these both were great. The Fontallaro was a Garagiste buy and god know where I got the Sammarco? The Sammarco won by a nose, a literal nose
@jmdavidson1 It was delicious, very smooth. Believe it is probably around peak but no rush to drink. My friend and I drank it on its own over a couple of hours after a 30 / 45 minute decant - would have gone well with a nice New York. Lot of sediment so filter. At TSO price a good buy, I wouldn’t be in at winery price.