It was an excellent match, I struggle with matches for seafood / fish as I’m not really much of a “white” drinker so I tend to use pinot noir. Sometimes it works great other times not so much. For me this will be my go to, Clark is right in that it works very well with seafood.
The “real” birthday dinner tonight. Been sipping on a 12-month aged Basque cider we got from Garagiste
With Flannery rib steaks we’re having 2010 Ridge Merlot
Then if we’re still standing it’ll be on to 2010 Scott Harvey/Jana Angel Eis
@FritzCat Finished the Cabernet and opened a 2018 Ty Caton Malbec (Sonoma). At 15.2%, the alcohol was noticeable, but the rest was amazing.
Napa/Sonoma Malbec is always too rich for my blood, but I really wanted to try it. It’s definitely worth the price of admission.
Had the strangest thing happen. Got an order from K&L last week and was moving some bottles around. I noticed that one of a set of 4 (Zinfandel) had massive wine leakage down the label and that the bottle was down to low shoulder level. After getting a replacement confirmed I figured I’d examine it for science!
Pulled off the capsule, which was pretty well stuck to the bottle. But the cork on top was absolutely pristine. Couldn’t tell that any wine had leaked out. Popped it open and it seemed kind of flat, but not corked nor oxidized. Anybody ever seen this before? My best guess is a bottling line error that got missed at QA.
Instead of that we’re drinking 2014 Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades.
We figured it out today!
There was a hairline crack below the label. The bottle must have been stored upside down when it happened since the wine that leaked went toward the cork. That’s why it had a perfectly clean cork! What’s impressive is that the crack was just barely there enough to let wine escape without the bottle just emptying out entirely.
Basel Cellars Merriment, 2008 (Excellent)
Bordeaux Blend from Walla Walla.
Pulled from the everyday rack. Ya know,
it’s nice to have breadth and depth in the cellar.
Had it with Middle-Eastern food
Falafel, Hummus, Dolmas, Baba Ganoush,
Spanakopita, Pita, Bhavagad Gita, a little
Kama Sutra and Balaklava for desert.
Any ideas as to why the '08 is holding up, but the '12 isn’t? Maybe that bottle of the '12 was an outlier? I’ve got 4 of those stashed away that I’ve yet to touch. Sounds like I might have to check and see how it’s doing.
The restaurant is dark. I don’t have my reading glasses. I’m drinking a Scott Harvey Barbera. 2016? Mountain Selection? The label is red.
…with pork chop parmigiano, linguine aglio e olio…and awesome bread! Maybe I need dessert??
I think the guy who normally supplied the calendars didn’t during COVID. The current calendar isn’t at all exciting. I could, however, start posting the monthly pics from my favorite local Chicago photographer, if you’d like.
It involves a few steps, but it can be done.
Begin the process of creating a new post and go through the image uploading proces. Copy the link that’s created for the image and discard the post without submitting it. Start your reply post as desired, paste the image link, and submit. Your reply will then have the image.
2012 Two Jakes of Diamonds Roman Reserve Cabernet Franc, didn’t think I’d be inspired to open it, but who says no to an excellent wine? Likely opening up something else, will see what inspires me and dinner brings.
@karenhynes same here, need to register but likely the same info as always. Opened up the 2014 Iron Horse Pinot Magnum at my snazzy little nitche place, and have a WineSmith desert wine for my after dinner drinking.
Change of wine plan. I don’t think the Norton will pair particularly well with the Persian food I just ordered. I think I’ll hunt down a Zin. WineSmith dessert wine can definitely be done!
I’ve struggled with the Any Gorilla…but I don’t care for port, in general. How did folks feel about it tonight? That cider sounds interesting! How did you like the one you opened last week? I also have some of that but I think I’ve only opened one bottle.
2006 Corison Kronos. Cork disintegrated, but the wine is in great shape. Hard to believe it is 15 years old. Tastes fresh. If tannins were rough, they have been resolved. More elegant than bruiser. Lovely.
I started out with a 2010 Wellington Mohrhardt Cab, which unfortunately was corked or something. Couldn’t finish the glass, but in the unlikely event it improves in the decanter I’ll let you all know tomorrow.
From there we moved on to another old WineWoot pickup, 2006 Pedemonte CS. That was more like it! In very nice shape.
Anyway, I went to have a look at the Woot comments on the Pedemonte, and what a coincidence, the discussion included the time that the legendary mill surfaced. The perennial first wooter to woot. Cheers, mill, wherever ye may be.
@klezman Just now I went to the top of the main Woot page, and clicked on Forums. From there, in the upper right corner, I just clicked the magnifying glass and entered my search term. “Mohrhardt”, for example, returned several dozen results.
The thing that isn’t there anymore is the sale page for any of the wines. And the discussions of anything else, like the Pub, fridges, and all the other rantdom stuff. Just conversations connected to a wine for sale.
Friday night with friends at a local restaurant that offers free corkage;
N.V. Sterling Vineyards Blanc de Blancs
2018 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook
2018 Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé
2010 Two Jakes of Diamonds Cabernet Franc Roman Reserve
I opened the Wellington to enjoy side-by-side with my lab rat bottle of Brutocao Primitivo. The Wellington was the winner hands down, but it’s not exactly a fair comparison when you consider the age difference and the fact that they are different (although similar) varietals. Hence why I wasn’t sure if I should have included the comparison in my lab rat review.
@FritzCat@rc70 Ugh. So angry with wine spies. Bought a case worth over a year using their locker feature. Time them to ship it recently and they tell me there’s no wine there. The case magically vanished. I am super pissed off mostly because I wanted those wind Gap Santa Cruz Pinot Noir.
Had a similar issue as well, they also lost some Wind Gap bottles. Claimed they shipped a mixed case, but it was unrequested and not yet full; wtf? Ended up only short a couple bottles after they ‘found’ them and, unrequested yet again, shipped.
Just last week I ordered four Corison. They shipped three. They also got a pic of what I received and shipped, I think, the last one. At least something was delivered at the locker, need to go and check.
I’m concerned that y’all are getting jacked around by the Spies. I’ve, so far, had no problems with them, love their Lockers concept, and have a half-full locker right now. Sorry to hear of your travails, and hope you get resolution.
Who have you dealt with at WineSpies? I only get the (obnoxiously anonymous) Agent Malbec, who is sufficiently polite but otherwise doesn’t actually listen to me. Is there another way to talk to a real person?
The only time I’ve ever had contact with them was via e-mail, I released a locker and forgot to change shipping to Fedex - sent an email requesting it get switched to Fedex from UPS, they made the change.
Sorry to hear you have had problems, for me the locker has been a game changer - I’m purchasing more from them than anyone else these days simply due to the lockers and being able to buy 1 or 2 or whatever quantity and then ship on MY schedule by MY carrier of choice.
@FritzCat@rc70@rjquillin Yeah, mistakes happen. But doing what I explicitly asked them not to do to “resolve” it is hardly good service. They also had a bottle break that was in my locker, which was annoying, but dealt with in a reasonable enough way.
I just really want those Wind Gap Santa Cruz Mountain Pinots.
@pjmartin if there’s ever a ne oh gathering we’ll get one to you. Bright red fruit, high acid, tannic, astringent mouthfeel. Great after 1 hour, best with food. Faded by day 2. I liked it, well pleased with the purchase.
Fresh off today’s FedEx truck: NV Pfaffenheim Crémant d’Alsace Blanc de Blancs Brut. We succumbed to a WTSO package of Alsatian bottles – 3 Crémants and a Riesling. Very good so far. With fried chicken, not home-made.
@ScottW58 It’s still up there, I think. Based on the first bottle, it’s a good deal. We really enjoyed the Blanc de Blancs. I will say the video tasting seemed a bit shallow and rushed, but I guess, how much time do I need to watch a guy taste wine? I suppose it’s not fair to expect a leisurely experience like the live video tasting we recently attended.
For once, the wine came from a neighboring county, so I didn’t have to wait days for it. It’s a treat to get next-day delivery, bubbles just in time for the weekend.
@ScottW58 Can’t go wrong with an Alsatian Riesling, and we were running dangerously low on bubbles, so kind of a no-brainer for us. I unsubscribed from their emails a while back, but they still pop up on my Facebook, and that sucked me in.
At the end of 2020 wine bid had hundreds of the pre 1995 bottles from them, after 95 KJ bought them out and sold there great vineyards. Every bottle I bought has been great so far! 91 cab up next
Opened a 2009 WineSmith Pennyfarthing Chardonnay that appeared to be leaking based on the sticky capsule. Sadly, the wine had seeped all the way through the cork and was too oxidized to drink (although I gave it a shot, briefly).
Switched gears to an '08 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Crianza. Took an $8 flyer on a couple of these from a Last Bottle marathon 8 years ago. That’s 888 for those of you keeping track at home!
Smooth and tasty. Probably not as fruit forward as it once was but still has prominent notes of black cherry, plum and currant. Light oak and barely perceptible tannins. Has some minerality, almost reminiscent of Clark’s wines with that little buzz on the tongue. Very nice, especially given its age and cost.
@ScottW58 Pretty good. Got them for a bit less than $40 on wine.com with coupons. Lastbottle has a few remaining in stock for $35 I think it was. We’ll re-up almost certainly. Want us to add some for you?
We had a 2007 Buena Vista Dijon Clone Ramal Vineyard Chardonnay. The wine was stunning: it truly tasted like an aged premier cru white Burgundy, with all of the richness and minerality you could want. Evidence of oak and tannin, but well-integrated with the classic mature chardonnay flavors. An equivalent white Burgundy of this quality, even young, would have been at least $125-150, and with a dozen years on it, you would pay $300+ in a restaurant at least.
@rjquillin I’m down the last 4-5 bottles of what was originally 2 cases… also a very few bottles of the Pinot, which was at least as good at last drinking sometime last year. They’re not 20+ year wines, IMHO, so enjoy them in the next few years.
@rpm Glad to see you here - I’ve been wondering how you’ve been since it’s been a while.
I’m glad that wine is holding up the way you expected it to! I’ve got only one older Buena Vista - a 2003 Ramal Clone 5 Pommard. The other one was great.
OK, some of you aren’t going to like this, but…
2017 Earthquake Zinfandel, with vegetable soup
and a pita.
But, it’s delicious. And, SWMBO said “I could drink
only this, all the time.”, although, I think that’s going
a little too far.
A tale of two 2013 Chardonnays of Wooten origin. Started with a Bell that was way past its prime, so out it went. Moved on to Engracia, which was still delightful.
With Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk, which is a crazy-looking recipe that’s really delicious. Also ng for Passover, or any other time if you keep kosher, though apparently you can swap in coconut milk with good results.
Tasty stuff, arrived today hot off the press. Well, not hot, but warm to the touch. In pulp. My wine now goes through Savannah and it was 90 today. Ugh
Anyway glad I bought a case, rocked with some fresh scallops and a Morgan Ranch sirloin side.
Can’t wait for the casemates “hold for cooler weather shipping option”
@losthighwayz Interesting, present but not an influencer to me. Saw less than a 1/3 new if I recall. But I get it. I’m the same way with TCA and interestingly enough my bride is even more sensitive to it. We’ve had more than a few spirited discussions with others whether a wine is corked or not. Although fortunately not as often these days. Two reasons for that I suppose. One is corks have been cleaned up and two the last year we haven’t shared wine with anyone but ourselves
@hscottk I love their Cherry Chipotle, but I slowly realize there are some barrel aged I’m not a fan of, and tend to be less in the super sweet side, the tequila is strong in smell and taste, and I like tequila but apparently not like this. Have someone that will gladly finish this so it will be consumed in a happy home. I try to support the small meaderys.
Where they came from?? Rioja been around since the 1870’s the 2010 was wine of the year this year for there 2010 fwiw. So I found a 09 in my local Pavilions (another story) picked one up to try for not a terrible price, it’s fantastic. Wine.com + coupon + RMN very happy.
Fully Vaccinated…Having some people over…
Clos d’Agon Amic (2011)
66% Grenache 21% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot 4% Syrah 6 yrs. 14.5 ABV Empordà / Catalunya
I have several bottles (bought a case?). Tried it a couple
of years ago, and didn’t like. Decided to open it up before
people arrive, in case it needs decanting. Delicious!!!
I’d say it’s holding up surprisingly well. Being a 2012, it’s obviously not as young/fresh as it once was, but make no mistake it’s still very enjoyable. In addition to the fruit and minerality, there’s some nuttiness showing through that adds another element. I’ve got 5 more of these, 6 of the Marsanne, and 3 of the Chardonnay.
Now that Spring is finally arriving here in MN, I figured it’s about time I start drinking through what I left of these Wellington white varietals.
I hadn’t scrolled up yet, so, just the day, but you are a year ahead of me. (and it was the first white I laid hands on) The '13 is a bit soft, needs to chill a bit more, how’s the '12 doing? Need to start hitting those and the '10s.