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#1 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 16th, 2020, 1:36 pm

Maybe Mike Grammer can refer to this thread in 8 months or so when he's compiling the WOTY thread.

I thought it'd be fun to see what people have liked that have been opened during the age of Covid.

For me:

2012 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos de la Boudriotte
2004 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (for our anniversary, actually not in quarantine, but at McCrady's in Charleston, just before everything shut down) Thanks to Jay Miller for insisting I try this and for Dennis Atick for the bottle.
2015 Y. Clerget Volnay 1er Clos du Versueil
2017 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey VV

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#2 Post by Dan Sch » April 16th, 2020, 3:05 pm

I’ve been liking most of what I’ve opened. I really liked all the Sabelli-Frisch wines so far, but was thrilled with one this week.

2010 Domaine Des Monts Luisants 1er Monts Luisants
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#3 Post by Dennis Atick » April 16th, 2020, 3:10 pm

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April 16th, 2020, 1:36 pm

2004 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (for our anniversary, actually not in quarantine, but at McCrady's in Charleston, just before everything shut down) Thanks to Jay Miller for insisting I try this and for Dennis Atick for the bottle.
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#4 Post by RyanC » April 16th, 2020, 3:13 pm

Lots of solid wines but the following stand out.

‘09 Bachelet ‘Corbeaux’
‘14 PYCM St. Auburn ‘En Remilly’
‘10 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee
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#5 Post by Dennis Atick » April 16th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Have started to open more wine, held off at first, but it helps pass the days now, so I've just ripped into random things I don't usually get around to opening. Nothing mind-blowing, but some good, solid wines.

2005 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or
2012 Rattalino Barbaresco Quarantadue 42
2015 Pierpoan Classico Calvarino - yum-o outside on a warm night
2010 Guiseppe Quintarelli Primafiore- about right. Good with food
2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Gorges
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#6 Post by John Glas » April 16th, 2020, 3:15 pm

https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/e ... vent=44256 Davenport Cellars wine sale. Great wines and all under $15.00

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#7 Post by Albert R » April 16th, 2020, 5:06 pm

2012 Myriad GIII
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#8 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 17th, 2020, 6:48 am

My wife’s been opening her wines lately; but I have opened “a few” of my own. The ones I took particular note of are:

1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB (magnum);

1998 Domaine François Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens (decanted for sediment and 2&1/2 hours aeration);

1997 Château d’Yquem; and,

2004 Col d’Orcia BdM Poggio al Vento Riserva (decanted for 2&1/2+ hours aeration).
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#9 Post by bob poirier » April 17th, 2020, 7:03 am

2015 MacDonald
2008 Dunn Napa
2017 Saxum White JBV
2015 Carlisle JBV

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#10 Post by Jeff P » April 17th, 2020, 7:32 am

2017 Maybach Materium
2008 Cristal
2001 Delgadillo
2017 Matrot Puligny Les Chalumeaux
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#11 Post by Mattstolz » April 17th, 2020, 8:10 am

Was just commenting the other day on how we've had some pretty good luck with our quarantine wines so far. the three of us talking decided its because we are lucky to just have cellars full of really delicious wine!

Best white:
2014 Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo hands down

Best reds:
2004 Rioja Alta 904
2016 Big Table Farm
2008 Joseph Voillot Champans

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#12 Post by AndyK » April 17th, 2020, 8:20 am

My top wines so far:

2013 Richard Leroy Chenin Les Noëls de Montbenault
2002 Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
2010 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers
2008 Vietti Barolo Rocche
2015 Azienda Agricola Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
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#13 Post by Doug Lee » April 17th, 2020, 8:28 am

1994 Felsina Fontalloro
2006 Fevre Les Clos
1995 L'Evangile

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#14 Post by JeremyMullman » April 17th, 2020, 8:41 am

2009 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard
2013 Cayuse Syrah Wallah Wallah Special #5
2015 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2016 Rivers-Marie Silver Eagle Pinot Noir
2016 Loring Cargassachi Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 Bucklin Old Hill Ranch "Bambino" Zinfandel (this is a QPR marvel, btw)

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#15 Post by Alex Frank » April 17th, 2020, 9:47 am

2008 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis and 2016 JB Neufeld Yakima Valley have been the two that I've been daydreaming about the most long after drinking them.

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#16 Post by PCLIN » April 17th, 2020, 9:59 am

I have consumed 12 bottles so far during this extensive social distancing, these are the best in rankings.

1. ‘85 Cheval Blanc


2. ‘85 Jadot Corton Pougets
3. ‘95 Ducru Beaucaillou
4. ‘13 Comte Liger Belair NSG Clos des Grandes Vignes

5. ‘93 Joseph Drouhin Charmes Chambertin
6. ‘09 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny
7. ‘96 Chapoutier Le Pavillon

Big gaps in quality between #1 and #2, #5 to #7 are equal in quality.
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#17 Post by T. Altmayer » April 17th, 2020, 2:18 pm

Not in any particular order:

‘90 Merryvale Profile — one of the better California Cabs I’ve had in a while with some age on it. Really loved this wine back in the day.

‘08 Trimbach Frederic Emile — Perfect with Thai food and blew away my family who had not had it before

‘15 Rhys Horseshoe Pinot — so savory and delicious, probably my favorite of their vineyards

‘16 A Tribute to Grace Besson Vineyard — lovely feminine Grenache from California

2006 Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Clos de la Marechale — best of the bottles I’ve had to date and just coming into a good drinking window..
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#18 Post by Greg K » April 17th, 2020, 5:04 pm

1981 Pichon Lalande
2007 Levet Chavaroche
2012 Lignier Clos de l'Ormes
Dan Sch wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 3:05 pm
2010 Domaine Des Monts Luisants 1er Monts Luisants
Interesting. The 2012 version of this wine is one of the most vile bottles of Pinot I've ever opened. I couldn't make it through half a glass before it became an offering to the porcelain god.
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#19 Post by Dan Sch » April 17th, 2020, 5:27 pm

Greg K wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 5:04 pm
1981 Pichon Lalande
2007 Levet Chavaroche
2012 Lignier Clos de l'Ormes
Dan Sch wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 3:05 pm
2010 Domaine Des Monts Luisants 1er Monts Luisants
Interesting. The 2012 version of this wine is one of the most vile bottles of Pinot I've ever opened. I couldn't make it through half a glass before it became an offering to the porcelain god.
Yours might have been the TN that made me think it was going to be garbage, so might as well open it. But of course I could just have terrible taste. If that’s it, then let me know next time you hate something!
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#20 Post by Eric Egan » April 17th, 2020, 5:30 pm

Best so far would have to be an 1899 Latour. Because why not? Will our species survive this and if we do, do we deserve to? In any case, might as well drink some good wine. This was a pretty special bottle - I look forward to eating the dregs in the morning!
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#21 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 17th, 2020, 6:00 pm

Eric Egan wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Best so far would have to be an 1899 Latour. Because why not? Will our species survive this and if we do, do we deserve to? In any case, might as well drink some good wine. This was a pretty special bottle - I look forward to eating the dregs in the morning!
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#22 Post by Vince T » April 17th, 2020, 7:30 pm

2016 Climens
2013 Raymond-Lafon
2018 D&R shake ridge
2018 Wilde Farm Bedrock vineyard
2015 Prüm Graacher Himmelreich kabinett
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#23 Post by JonathanG » April 17th, 2020, 7:34 pm

Wow. Kind of hard to follow Eric. Perhaps its time to close the thread unless someone wants to throw down a super old DRC or something.
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#24 Post by Greg K » April 18th, 2020, 2:59 am

Dan Sch wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Greg K wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 5:04 pm
1981 Pichon Lalande
2007 Levet Chavaroche
2012 Lignier Clos de l'Ormes
Dan Sch wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 3:05 pm
2010 Domaine Des Monts Luisants 1er Monts Luisants
Interesting. The 2012 version of this wine is one of the most vile bottles of Pinot I've ever opened. I couldn't make it through half a glass before it became an offering to the porcelain god.
Yours might have been the TN that made me think it was going to be garbage, so might as well open it. But of course I could just have terrible taste. If that’s it, then let me know next time you hate something!
It's not terrible taste if you like it!
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#25 Post by Ethan Abraham » April 18th, 2020, 3:51 am

2016 Boillot mouchere
2012 Carlisle two acres
A few 2018 rieslings - falkenstein kab feinherb and haart piesporter
05 chezeaux vaucrains.

All drinking well...have opened some bottles that will be better in 10 years but weren't showing great now (looking at you 2013 benetiere and a bunch of 2014 burgs)

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#26 Post by Jay Miller » April 18th, 2020, 7:17 am

First - I'm glad you enjoyed the '04 Comte! My favorite vintage so far from the naughts.

For wines consumed by myself during quarantine my favorites so far are

2007 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay
NV La Fortunata Prosecco
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#27 Post by J. Rock » April 18th, 2020, 8:06 am

I'm trying to pace myself, but my favorites so far have probably been:

- 2006 Saxum Broken Stones
- 2015 Almaviva
- 2015 Myriad Cab Napa Valley
- 2010 Torrin Banshee
- 2003 Schramsberg Brut -- I wish I could find other older entry level Schramsbergs more easily. This was really great and an incredible value.
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#28 Post by David Glasser » April 18th, 2020, 8:06 am

We’ve been enjoying a bunch of cellar goodies in lockdown.

Best I’ve popped so far is 1989 Lynch Bages.

Other standouts in no particular order:
1991 Ch. Montelena Montelena Estate Cab
1996 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
2009 Clos Fourtet
2007 Vieux Télégraphe
2017 Bouchard Meursault Perrières
1996 Pride Reserve Cab

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#29 Post by Peter Petersen » April 18th, 2020, 8:28 am

I thought I'd cracking some great bottles, but instead I've focused on daily drinkers.
Some very young and excellent wines:
'17 Linne Calodo, Cherry red.
'17 Alban, Patrina.
'18 Alban, Estate Viog.
'16 Pax, Hillside, Syrah.

Lots of Sangiovese from Tuscany, I especially recommend Innocenti as a traditional producer and great QPR.
I keep looking at my red Burgs and then leaving them alone, same with PN in general.
Maybe I'll open a really good Cab tonight. Should also drink some Zin, but lost the urge to drink most of those close to a year ago.

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#30 Post by Justin Neufeld » April 23rd, 2020, 7:42 am

Alex Frank wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:47 am
2008 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis and 2016 JB Neufeld Yakima Valley have been the two that I've been daydreaming about the most long after drinking them.
Thanks for the mention Alex! It was good to see you on last Saturday's Zoom tasting. I appreciated the support. Cheers!
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#31 Post by KenL. » April 23rd, 2020, 8:50 am

The Becklyn NV cab. I’ve opened one each of the 14,15 and 16 in the last month. Both the 14 and are drinking great right now. The 16 could use a little more time in bottle to settle down, but no regrets opening one last night.
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#32 Post by Alex Frank » April 23rd, 2020, 9:35 am

Justin Neufeld wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 7:42 am
Alex Frank wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:47 am
2008 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis and 2016 JB Neufeld Yakima Valley have been the two that I've been daydreaming about the most long after drinking them.
Thanks for the mention Alex! It was good to see you on last Saturday's Zoom tasting. I appreciated the support. Cheers!
Yeah man that was fun! Looking forward to the next one, appreciate you and Brooke putting it together.

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#33 Post by Subu Ramachandran » April 23rd, 2020, 9:55 am

2015 Cedric Bouchard cote de bachelin
2010 Hudelot Noellat clos vougeot
2000 JM Millot Clos Vougeot
1983 Chateau Cheval blanc

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#34 Post by Greg K » April 23rd, 2020, 10:14 am

Subu Ramachandran wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 9:55 am
2015 Cedric Bouchard cote de bachelin
2010 Hudelot Noellat clos vougeot
2000 JM Millot Clos Vougeot
1983 Chateau Cheval blanc
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#35 Post by Mark Donnelly » April 23rd, 2020, 10:24 am

I've gone a little overboard during the last 7 weeks of stay at home, both with daily drinkers and some of the better bottles. Here are the standouts, in no particular order:

2010 Grange Des Peres Rouge
2008 Dageneau Pur Sang
1989 Chave Hermitage Rouge
2016 Wayfarer Chardonnay
2012 Morlet Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles
2007 Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides

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#36 Post by Yao C » April 23rd, 2020, 10:30 am

Greg K wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 5:04 pm
2007 Levet Chavaroche
Daring, to open a young-ish Levet, and Chavaroche no less. How was it?
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#37 Post by Sh@n A » April 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am

Hits:
2006 Mascarello Monprivato
2011 Jamet Cote Rotie
2009 Greer Cabernet (not as good as the Jamet)
1998 Arnoux Suchots (glad to have paid a very big discount to auction)

QPR fails:
2007 Mascarello Monprivato
2007 Jouan Clos St Denis

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#38 Post by PCLIN » April 23rd, 2020, 10:59 am

Had an excellent ‘02 Hubert Lignier MSD 1er Cru VV today.
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#39 Post by Greg K » April 23rd, 2020, 11:14 am

Yao C wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 10:30 am
Greg K wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 5:04 pm
2007 Levet Chavaroche
Daring, to open a young-ish Levet, and Chavaroche no less. How was it?
13 years in and a relatively light vintage, not all that risky. Was definitely better on day 2, but not all that crazy to open. I wouldn't open 05s though :)
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#40 Post by Tomás Costa » April 23rd, 2020, 2:08 pm

Aw man, i've had tons... most of which will probably not ring a bell.

Fonte do Ouro Nobre 2018 (always a great reference for Encruzado)
Aphros Aether 2013 (Vasco Croft's take on an aged wine from Vinhos Verdes, a rarity)
Zulmira 2018 (typical Vinho Verde - highly acidic and effervescent, balancing out the residual sugar)
Pedra Cancela Amplitude 2015 (example of a top level Dão red from a budget friendly brand. Appropriately tannic yet elegant, well balanced to the point where I found it annoyingly consensual)
M.O.B. Vinha Senna 2017 (a Dão red produced by three of the Douro boys - Jorge Moreira, Xito Olazabal and Jorge Serôdio Borges. Had it the night after the Pedra Cancela, found it much fresher and quirkier though with comparable refinement, complexity and cellar potential)
Quinta do Perdigão 2013 (another Dão, 100% Alfrocheiro, with the variety's typical dark hue. Aromatic, round, fresh and delicious).
António 2018, by Casal Figueira (100% Vital from the Lisbon region, in A-dos-Cunhados near Vimeiro. Like alcohol lemonade, pure edgy citrus and salinity. Harmonized in contrast with a fatty squid stew)
La Fontaine Aux Enfants 2017 (Alsatian Pinot Blanc from biodynamic producer Marc Kreydenweiss. Similar to a Vinho Verde Alvarinho + Trajadura blend in its pétillant and striking acidity)
Soalheiro Bruto Barrica 2014 (delicious, Alvarinho slightly woody sparkling wine by Luís Cerdeira, perfect match for pork loin medallions with goat cheese and bacon)
Fitapreta Ancestral 2019 (part of the Maçanita siblings' efforts in reviving old Alentejo grapes, a blend of Tamarez, Alicante Branco, Rabo de Ovelha and a few other varieties, with a minerality distinct from the fatty, tropical profile of other Alentejo whites)
Taboadella 2018 (a yet unreleased Dão red wine essay by Luísa Amorim, owner of Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in the Douro region. This particular pilot project was 100% Tinta Roriz, northern Portugal's name for Tempranillo. No wood here - fruity yet pure, striking yet elegant, this will be phenomenal when they release it later this year)
A Laranja Mecânica 2018 (Maçanita's take on the orange wine, with a 7 day maceration period inbetween the two pressings - an old school blend of Arinto, Roupeiro, Verdelho, Antão Vaz, Boal de Alincante, Trincadeira-das-Prata and Fernão Pires. Honey, quince and orange peel, provocative yet still balanced)
Quinta da Muradella Alanda 2013 (Pure, Galician red from Verín, by microproducer Jose-Luis Mateo. Bastardo, Mencia and Tita Fina blend. Herbal and tea notes, translucid ruby color, perfect match for white meat)
Milagres Alvarinho 2014 (Delicious Alvarinho from Idealdrinks, with more structure and volume than is typical in the Vinhos Verdes, yet with all that makes the region great. This still had more cellar time ahead if we had let it. Possibly my favorite white in my quarantine so far)

Last but not least, Cortes de Cima Reserva 2014, our Easter lunch red. Blend of Aragonez, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. All of the seductive creaminess of Alentejo with spice, acidity, dry fruit, licorice. One of the very finest Alentejo reds, memorable. To me it's A
a far cry above Cortes de Cima's more famous Incógnito, a 100% Syrah which to me proves that the Portuguese penchant for the endless blend is alive and well.

I've had a few more since, but I'll leave them for another post...

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#41 Post by Eric Ifune » April 23rd, 2020, 3:32 pm

Been trying to open wines I've been hoarding. Best so far, 1996 Jadot Chambertin, 1976 d'Yquem, and DR L70 tawny Port. 1982 Mouton and 1834 Barbeito Malvasia have been second tier.

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#42 Post by Subu Ramachandran » April 23rd, 2020, 4:07 pm

Greg K wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 10:14 am
Subu Ramachandran wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 9:55 am
2015 Cedric Bouchard cote de bachelin
2010 Hudelot Noellat clos vougeot
2000 JM Millot Clos Vougeot
1983 Chateau Cheval blanc
You don't say! Wonder who you opened that with. [wink.gif]
Haha, all the wines were opened with the same person! Granted wouldn't have bought Cheval Blanc but for someone :)

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#43 Post by G. Bienstock » April 23rd, 2020, 4:55 pm

Two wonderful domestic Chards. 2012 Rhys Alpine and tonight 2013 Walter Scott Vojtilla. More like Chassagne Montrachet than the Puligny Montrachet Rhys. Drink now and the next couple of years.
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#44 Post by P. ONeill » April 23rd, 2020, 6:39 pm

The highlights

2010 Cayuse Cailloux (I'm coming to the conclusion that Cayuse need the 10 year rule to show their elegance and calm the funk)
2010 Dauvissat Foret (In a perfect spot for me, lovely crystalline fruit with slicing acidity)
2013 Cotat Sancerre Caillottes (this has been the great surprise of quarantine drinking - just awesome)
2014 Raveneau Chablis ("Age your Raveneau" gets less urgent in a pandemic.....this was great, serious white wine)
1985 Leoville Barton (Easter Sunday wine, a terrific bottle, aging beautifully but with plenty of life left).
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Re: Best Quarantine Wines

#45 Post by Chris Seiber » April 27th, 2020, 1:48 pm

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Re: Best Quarantine Wines

#46 Post by Geoff F. » April 27th, 2020, 3:34 pm

2016 Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeot
2016 Wind Gap Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard (not thought provoking but a semi-carbonic Grenache was a refreshing treat)
2018 Goodfellow Chardonnay Whistling Ridge
2015 Caves Cooperatives de Donnas Donnas nebbiolo (which I'd gladly put up against Barolo and Barbaresco at twice the price)
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