@klezman Had my last bottle last weekend. Liked it much more than the bottles we had months ago when we first got them. I had previously intended to not get it again if it came back, but now not so sure.
@DanNC I do, but there are a few others that offer that same “vanilla bomb” quality for a lot less $. For example Red Schooner, Austin Hope, Grand Durif, Anniversario 62 Primitivo etc. And, I’ve still got a couple of the 40th anniversary Caymus 750’s and liters, which are so expensive now that I don’t want to drink them.
@klezman While this still has a drinking window of x-years, I would say you can start drinking it. The tannins are smooth and the fruit still fresh. Very enjoyable. Not particularly complex. I think there was something in Anthony’s notes, as well, where he says to drink this within about 5 years.
Excellent evening in Akron with @chipgreen (but sadly not his lovely bride). He brought a 2007 Expressions 44 Roserock Pinot Noir and a 2010 Charbonieres CdP (specific vineyard not in the memory banks).
Great food and even better company!
It was great to spend time with you. So glad that Akron was added to the itinerary!
The CdP was 2010 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Les Hautes Brusquières. Not a WTSO or LB purchase as I suspected but a retail buy from HDHwine.com auction house in Chicago. They had some good deals back in the day…
Not familiar with them, but you may have noticed that I live Pinot! I don’t recall seeing them here… Maybe we should sic @winedavid49 on them. It’s cooling off and I might be prone to more ordering these days.
@rjquillin Cheap and tasty. Certainly nothing we’d brag about. But something we’d just randomly decide to get on a weekend evening. (More realistically, when pregnant wife says “I’d like sushi for dinner” it tends to happen.)
2007 Kluge Estate Albemarle Simply Red
2008 Trump Winery Simply Red
-consecutive vintages of the same wine, reflecting the change in ownership from the bankrupt Patricia Kluge to Donald Trump who handed control of the winery over to his son Eric.
@hscottk@PatrickKarcher@rjquillin He made a typo, but couldn’t have fixed it once the 5-minute editing window passed. But, our local volmod could do that! But I believe he forgot to add the requisite emoji. Like so:
Finishing off the 2007 Kluge Estate Albemarle Simply Red from 6 days ago. Approximately a half bottle, under Vacu-vin, and it is as good or better than it was last week. It may not be the Argonaut of wine preservers but for $10 or so, the Vacu-vin has definitely been one of the best wine accessories I have purchased to date.
To finish off September…
I’ve been in a “life is too short to drink bad wine” mood.
Today I thought "OK, let’s try some Cameron Hughes.
2012 Lot 555 Napa (Rugherford) Cabernet.
It’s darn good! Very dark, great nose, great fruit, the right amount of vanilla and just a touch of bitterness at the end.
Don’t be afraid to buy CH wines!
2007 Moran Manor Anagram
I had the last bottle and it was disjointed and past its prime, this bottle was perfect. All together, dark red and black fruits, elegant perfume, very slight tannin presence, just seems all together. A great bottle. If you still have some, enjoy them.