Just made and demolished a mixed drink:
4 year old rum
splash of raspberry vodka
splash of cinnamon cordial
verjus from Navarro Vineyards
birch syrup (like maple syrup, but from birch)
Italian strawberries in syrup
Next we’re going to open the latest Costco find for $26+tax: NV Albert Lebrun Champagne Grand Cru
2011 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer from the 2012 RPM Newbie Tour. Thanks to @neilfindswine for buying a bottle of this for everyone to sample after the winery declined to let us taste it upon request. Because of Neil’s generosity a number of us bought bottles of GunBun Gewurz.
I am sure you would have done the same but you didn’t have the chance as that was the overlap day and you and @woopdedoo were with the veterans. We met up with you later that afternoon at the Robert Craig tasting salon, which ironically turned out to be a better stop for the newbs than the vets.
We had a fun outdoor Chardonnay tasting on top of some wine barrels before heading inside to taste some of the big boy Cabs. That is where I fell in love with Howell Mountain Cab. Unlike what I heard (later) from the vets, we did not get any of the high pressure sales pitches - in fact the reps who took care of us were very laid back and willing to answer all of our questions.
@hscottk@rjquillin CT doesn’t say you have this. You have the Klamath Cuvee.
It looks like I had one of the latter a few months ago and it was great.
The former has a few motes of being corked recently, and I had a 2009 Cabot Syrah that was corked semi-recently, too.
@klezman@rjquillin@rc70@scottw58 This was the generic HC Syrah. Was my 4th of 6 bottles from BD; first 3 were great. And this was definitely not corked. Could have been heat, but none of the other bottles had an issue.
I really can’t complain, overall. I’ve had very few compromised bottles over the years.
@chipgreen Got this from Garagiste after having had a “Riserva” bottling from the same producer a couple years prior. I liked the Riserva more than this one, and I liked this one younger more than at 5 years of age. It lost some of its floral distinctiveness. Could be vintage or could be the bottling, not sure.
2005 Havens Bourriquot, a Cab Franc, Merlot blend from Napa Valley. Bought it a long time ago, when ('TSO, 'OOT???) were selling a bunch of Havens.
Very Good! Not over the hill at all, Cellar Tracker folks are giving it a 92-93 point rating. SWMBO says “Bandaids”, which is usually a sign of Bordeauxs.
@chipgreen IDK, I didn’t taste any Brett whatsoever, but then I didn’t taste bandaids either. Oh no!..The 'Rona! I know that Brett isn’t the same as Cork Taint, but I can taste Cork Taint from 6 feet away.
Yes it is…
Well, things could have gone better, or much worse, depending on how one cares to view it.
I did pick the bottle that absolutely, imo, was in the worst condition.
The Coravin was a fail, couldn’t get the needle in without moving the cork down; stop!
Clearly this wasn’t going to be just a sample pour…
Try the Durand.
So, a few, in progress pictures.
Totally soaked cork, as you can see. Some careful cleaning kept nearly all debris out of the bottle.
It’s not Whoa!, drinking well, blew your mind??
None of the above, best description…
hanging on by it’s finger nails (barely)
But it’s not totally over the hill either, pretty decent nose; no wet dog or Brett and if you can deal with a touch of VA, it’s pretty interesting. Still really stirred up from travel and pretty cloudy, but it’s got the color of a well aged cab with no browning at the rim.
This was a great bottle, and I’ll not cook with this one, but clearly the issues are entirely with the cork, not storage, well, ok storage affects the cork, but it’s not cooked from poor storage.
The VA does seem to diminish after some time in glass. Does that make any sense?
It was $15. I’ll roll the dice any day for a chance.
One down, three (well, actually one promised) so two to go.
@hscottk With the caveat that it was a heat damaged bottle from a shipping mishap, this was nonetheless in great shape. No rush at all if the rest of the bottles are undamaged. But you won’t go wrong trying a bottle now - think of it as a new world Brunello.
Have you ever taken Chipotle over to your mom’s house, forgetting to take a bottle of wine? Then remember that there’s a case or so in her basement that you couldn’t let SWMBO see you drag into the house. Then go down and see that it’s a mixed case of Ty Caton, pull a bottle out that says “Red Wine” on it, and think “good enough for Chipotle”. Damn! Ty Caton makes some fine “Red Wine”.
I would not suggest this pairing but I had 3/4th of a bottle leftover from lunch it’s kind of a kitchen sink blend of Ugni blanc, Claudette, Marsanne, and Sauvignon blanc. Imagine your standing in a bed of flowers at the ocean and an ocean breeze comes in, that’s what it smells like. It’s hard for me to get my nose out of the glass, medium acidity and f’ing delicious everytime.
Funny you mention that, in all the years I have been buying this wine almost all the bottles had soaked corks, never had a bad bottle tho. When I pulled this cork it seemed shiner than most? Maybe they are trying to improve that?