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Kind of a belated entry [little Milagro, little Sauza], but long story short sangrita is hard to get out of a wine glass when it's been sitting in the sink and has dried.

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Last night... a little Murray McDavid Aushroisk (misspelled undoubtedly). Peat, iodine yet smooth. Nice stuff indeed. Also a spot of Marco deBartoli 10 year old Madiera

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Thanks to the incredible generostiy of Joe Riley....

Ridge Montebello 1990, 1991, 1992

Thanks to Daniel of Domaine Select;

Movia Sauvignon (trying to explain this wine is like trying to explain sex to a virgin, until you taste it you will never know how good it actually is), Castel in Villa 1998 Riserva somethning or other (superb), a Val d'Aosta white that I hope to remember in a less drunken state.

:lol: Now off to finish inventory.... I am glad I studied imaginary numbers in college :huh:

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Thanks to the incredible generosity of Dean Gold, I was able to bring those Montebellos to Dino and enjoy them with excellent food, as God and Paul Draper intended (my steak was a particularly luscious accompaniment to the wine).

In my opinion, and having zero frame of reference for older Montebello, the '91 was the rock star, yet even now still shows years of potential growth ahead of it. The '90 was okay but still seemed young for a 16 year-old California Cabernet Sauvignon (I believe the cork may have crumbled on that one). The '92 seemed very reserved but still had lovely top notes of fruit. All in all, an outstanding education in what Decanter magazine has called "the Latour of California". The pedigree is impeccable. I'll take this wine over most of those more expensive, rare "mailing-list" Cabs (with a pedigree measured in weeks, not years) any day of the week.

The Chianti Classico Riserva '98 that Mr. Daniel Hubbard provided was extremely well-balanced in my estimation. I kept getting a lovely aspect of mint from it, not overpowering just very pleasant.

That Les Crêtes Petite Arvine 2004 from Vallée d'Aoste (I hope I'm not leaving out a crucial bit of info here) was a minerally charmer, an off-the-beaten-path kind of wine (usually something that captivates my imagination) and once again, my paradigm for what good Italian white wine can be was shifted to include this. I hope to write more about it when I'm more informed and sober.

The Movia Sauvignon 2003 was my second time tasting this wine, and my second time being knocked on my ass by how stunning it was. As I explained to Dean at the time, it's such a delight to be minding one's own business and tasting Sauvignon, thinking how much you understand all of it's best aspects (Loire, Graves, St. Bris, Collio, Austria, New Zealand, South African..) and then you discover yet another amazing facet to the grape heretofore unrealized. I will have this wine in my store within the next 45 days and you can experience this phenomenon for yourself. Mark your calendars!

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Cuba Libre: 2005 Bacardi Select, Coke, lime from a lime-shaped squeeze bottle. 2005 was a good year for squeeze-bottle lime.

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2003 Worthy "Sophia's Cuvee" - good juice from Gus Kalaris with lots of yummy/jammy black fruits with good balance and a decent finish at a reasonable price. A wonderful combination.

Scott

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Ridge Montebello that has been sititng in a decanter for almost 24 hours! The 91 was soft and a little funky. The 90 is still firm and now a little silky, with no off odors or even any signs of acquired bottle bouquet. You could mistake this for a new release cab with a 20-30 year future ahead of it. The 92 is exotic with a touch of volatility coming out now, but silky and smooth finally. Either the 90 or 92, with 24 hours airtime are freaking amazing!

Also... Paolo Bea San Valentino Rosso di Montefalco 2000. Yum!

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2003 Worthy "Sophia's Cuvee" - good juice from Gus Kalaris with lots of yummy/jammy black fruits with good balance and a decent finish at a reasonable price.

If $29.99/bottle can be considered "reasonable".

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Ridge Montebello that has been sititng in a decanter for almost 24 hours!  The 91 was soft and a little funky.  The 90 is still firm and now a little silky, with no off odors or even any signs of acquired bottle bouquet.  You could mistake this for a new release cab with a 20-30 year future ahead of it.  The 92 is exotic with a touch of volatility coming out now, but silky and smooth finally.  Either the 90 or 92, with 24 hours airtime are freaking amazing!

Color me officially jealous :lol:

Also... Paolo Bea San Valentino Rosso di Montefalco 2000.  Yum!

Bea is the bizzomb, yo.

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If $29.99/bottle can be considered "reasonable".

Got mine for $24.99 - just under the arbitrary "reasonable" bar of $25. More of a "value" I suppose. :lol:

Scott

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Finished up the night with some Barbara d'Alba from Ca' Rome: 2001 Gamberaja which is drinking really well right now.

Then, a bit, just a wee bit :lol: , of XO from G-R. I think I've gone a week without any grappa. Just to show I can do it!

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A relatively decent sidecar. Rates a 'yeah, basically...' on my 'If i paid money for this at a restaurant, would I be happy with it' scale.

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Finished up the night with some Barbara d'Alba from Ca' Rome: 2001 Gamberaja which is drinking really well right now.

Then, a bit, just a wee bit  :lol: , of XO from G-R.  I think I've gone a week without any grappa.  Just to show I can do it!

Dean, I knew that I liked you for a reason :huh: That's one of of my favorite Barberas (and one of my favorite Piedmont growers) and Germain-Robin X.O. is truly a delight - I'd still eather drink that than Louis XIII or any other big-name cognac.

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From the "I guess you could, but...." files, I subject you to:

Not The Dogsled

3/4 oz Yukon Jack

3/4 oz Canadian Club

1/2 oz Gran Gala

1/2 oz Lemon juice

Alright, it was supposed to be entirely Yukon Jack, right? No, wait...come back! Thank you...And be called The Dogsled. But I didn't have as much Yukon Jack as I thought (it's popular at parties, you see. LATE into parties, mind, but still....popular), so I was like "I need something else that's Canadian or the drink won't be thematically sound anymore!"

Long story short...this isn't bad! <_< Little sweet, little sour. More Yukon Jack, less on the Gran Gala. Maybe on the rocks with soda instead of up. I give it 6.5 stars out of a possible 10.5.

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I am hoping for a little pity here -

After travelling to the food and wine Mecca of Knoxville Tennesse, and struggling to find a room to sleep, I am in the "Honeymoon Suite" (did I mention ALONE?) at the Comfort Suites here by the airport. $100/night and worth every slimy penny since I have a delightful "SearsPaintSale-Red" colored HEART SHAPED (translate: spare no expense on ambiance) jaccuzzi in the middle of my room. I shudder to think of the blissful-romantic nights out here on rte 129N outside of the airport in the "Honeymoon Suite" of Comfort Suites....

So with that, I set the mood:

I had my Subway turkey sandwich that hit the mark for mediocrity (I hate that weird shredded lettuce thing!) And now, I sink blissfully into a glass of Marquis Philips 2004 Shiraz in one of those lovely styrofoam cups.

Anyone care to join me?

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Olivia, I am here with crystal glass in hand filled with Domaine des Blagueurs Syrah 2003 , the Eurodoon import from Minervois of Bonny Doon Vineyards:

I toast to your solitude with a French wine with attitude, imported by a very cool dude <_< White pepper, anise and cassis flavors here.

Now get in that tub and hit the bubble button and c-h-i-l-l ;)

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Maybe Mark Slater will fill in the details, but there was a champagne cuvee that runs maybe 500 cases and combined the toasty flavor of a well-aged vintage champagne with the sparkle of something just out of the caves. Veuve something (not Cliquot). A couple bottle of Savennieres, but not just any Savennieres, but an area with its own appellation. It was the color of honey and just as the honeusuckle nose came up through the glass, the tart granite-and-chalk-anchored chenin blanc flavor came through and if it had't been so delicate my face might have melted with joy. A Latricieres Chambertin, 2002, that made me remember why Burgundy is important. A Condrieu that tasted of flowers and young love, ordered by accident -- we just wanted a glass, but the bottle was undeniable. And then some Banyuls with the chocolate. And somebody else paid!

You can spend a boatload of money on mediocre wine, even if you have some clue what you're doing. That's why, whatever the wine markup is at Citronelle, it is worth it -- I don't think I've ever had so extraordinary a run of wines in a single evening, and Slater's palate and dedication to his list and his customers are the reason.

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Brokers gin giboson, gently chilled, served up. "Shaken not stirred" may be how James Bond ordered his martini's, but all shaking does is water down a drink. A gently stirred martini/gibson made with this handcrafted small batch gin is a thing of beauty.

E.T.A. I drank this last night... I am not hitting the cocktail circut at noon.... just yet!

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2002 Alto Moncayo which is 100% grenache and 15.5% alcohol. Delicious. In truth this is part of a 12 bottle mixed case which I received yesterday from the Wine Library. All Spanish, all Parker 90 points or above. Yes, I know, a terrible way to buy wine but I (as in the past) have bought twelve different bottles and will judge future purchases by what I think of this. Last night I opened a bottle of 2001 Masia Carreras Costa Brava Emporada which Parker gave 94 points to. $27.99. Three friends of mine and I gave it about an hour or so and it opened really nicely. First thirty minutes it was closed and we were very critical of it. On our second glass, in the second hour we began to agree with Parker. Of course, for $34.99, we expected a fairly serious wine. Neither of these are worth buying another bottle of. Rather, the 2002 Sierra Cantabria Cuvee Especial for $16.99 and the 2003 Altos de Luzon for $13.99 (from Paul's-the Wine Library is now sold out) were each worth the half dozen cases that myself and several friends purchased. Anyway, there's another 10 bottles in this case and over the next week or so we'll drink all of them.

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Just finishing up a 2002 Vision Cellars Sonoma County Pinot Noir. An excellent wine, particularly at $24.99. For some reason, Vision doesn't have the buzz of some other relatively new Pinot producers, but they make a buch of real good wines.

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