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Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

#1 Post by johngonzales » July 1st, 2020, 10:11 am

We’ve been locked down in L.A. for 3-1/2 months now, getting hit financially, but we all still have a lot of wine. We’ve been drinking more wine and more crafty cocktails. We dedicated to dipping into better stuff on regular days, because we can and because it’s an available “plus” to these days. We have a tendency to save our best bottles for group dinners/offlines. Anyhow, what’s the best bottle you’ve had over the past few months?

Ours was actually brought over by a fellow berserker. Probably partly as we ALL have been isolated, and also to share a gem with us as my wife had just been laid off and lost her sister. That’s what makes a community of winos great. That was our best wine over this time, in gesture and quality. 96 Harlan. It may have not been in my very very top ever, but it was really fantastic and in its sweet spot.

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#2 Post by Robert Sand » July 1st, 2020, 10:23 am

Dom Perignon 1996 and Pegau 1998 , both with my family and birthday

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#3 Post by Anders D » July 1st, 2020, 10:27 am

Just did a wine dinner at our house over the weekend and someone was kind enough to bring a Vega Sicilia Unico 1970. Have to say that was pretty amazing, only wish there was more to go around as there were 9 of us sharing it along with many others bottles.
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#4 Post by Sean S y d n e y » July 1st, 2020, 10:28 am

2017 Ramonet Clos de la Boudriotte.

I actually chose it for the opposite reason: my partner went to visit her parents and with me being laid off and her being freelance/work from home I had our small 1.5 bedroom apartment to myself for the first time in three months. It was a small personal treat, enjoyed alone.

It was beautiful, and I'm so happy I've got a couple more that I will definitely be sharing in the years to come.
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#5 Post by pgrzesik » July 1st, 2020, 10:43 am

I was blown away recently by a 2011 Brand Cabernet from Pritchard Hill. I could not believe how good it was!

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#6 Post by Alex Valdes » July 1st, 2020, 10:48 am

Probably a 2000 Cheval Blanc.

I did La Paulee right before being locked down - those bottles will carry me through September at least.

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#7 Post by PCLIN » July 1st, 2020, 10:59 am

1985 Cheval Blanc, that bottle was nearly a perfect wine.
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#8 Post by adam landa » July 1st, 2020, 11:01 am

2001 Philip Togni Cabernet...another decade for sure.

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#10 Post by Bob Hughes » July 1st, 2020, 11:06 am

Yeah, for better or worse, I've been drinking a lot of wine since St. Patty's Day, which was the day we went into "stay-at-home" here on the East coast.

Two of the best have been the 2000 Giacosa Santo Stefano and the 2010 Stella di Campalto Brunello Riserva. And the '86 & '82 Gruaud Larose that I had last weekend would also be in the discussion.

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#11 Post by Br1an Th0rne » July 1st, 2020, 11:10 am

Had the 2013 SQN ♂(Male, Syrah) back in early April, I see it is the wine that I’ve rated the highest since the shelter in place started.

Double decanted an hour before dinner. A dark purple core with no signs of age. Notes of blackberry, violets, spice box, roasted meat; hints of campfire and espresso. Powerful on the palate, with a lush mouthfeel, amazing concentration, but in perfect balance; great delineation and depth, with a long and heady finish. Amazing stuff!

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#12 Post by AndyK » July 1st, 2020, 11:12 am

Top 3 since quarantine:

2006 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard
2013 Richard Leroy Chenin Les Noëls de Montbenault
NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme
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#13 Post by bryan c » July 1st, 2020, 12:12 pm

Definitely more YOLO these days. Top 3 in order:

2011 Cappellano Pie Franco
1996 Raveneau MdT
1998 Roulot Les Luchets

Maybe it's the quarantine luck, none of the white burgs were ox'ed or premoxed.
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#14 Post by Kevin Patrick » July 1st, 2020, 12:23 pm

Top 3:

2015 Salt Vine
2009 Schrader BTK
2007 Karl Lawrence Beckstoffer To Kalon

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#15 Post by Victor Hong » July 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm

Some white, which tasted like chlorine bleach.
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#16 Post by Tomás Costa » July 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm

1990 Château d'Yquem, for sure.
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#17 Post by dvansteenderen » July 1st, 2020, 12:57 pm

The top three would be:

2008 Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé
2016 Tertre Rôteboeuf
2017 Jean-Claude Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes
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#18 Post by Scott G r u n e r » July 1st, 2020, 1:32 pm

Believe it or not, a 2005 Quilceda Creek. I have found many of the older bottlings to go into a less than optimal oak/char dominant phase once the fruit fades a bit- still not sure if/when they will come out of that. On the other hand, the 2005 we had was very pretty. Still a good bit of fruit, but more nuanced, elegant, and balanced than any older QC I have had in a long time. I might have kept buying them if I knew I could expect that at 15 years past vintage.
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#19 Post by A Willi@mson » July 1st, 2020, 1:34 pm

With my parents, wife, kids and me all together on top of the cellar there was a healthy amount of consumption...
For me:
best QPR: marengo’s barbera from cool vintages (10 and 13) with pizza. Match made in heaven.
Best Barolo: I opened over 25 2007 cru barolos to get a sense of mature horizontal. Brovia’s 07 crus beat both G Rinaldis, both Cappellanos, vietti brunate and lazzarito, both Elio grassos, both clerico pajana and ciabot (I’d argue 99-07 was Domenico’s prime so that’s saying more than it would nowadays).
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#20 Post by A1ex H » July 1st, 2020, 1:37 pm

Some wines consumed during the Pandemic that stood out for me:
2003 Engel Clos Vougeot
1986 Pichon Lalande
2006 Saxum James Berry
1997 Giacosa Barolo Falletto
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#21 Post by Greg K » July 1st, 2020, 1:46 pm

I don’t really rank or score wines so always have trouble with lists, but based on my tasting notes:

2006 Reynard
2002 Mugnier Fuees
2007 Fonsalette
1983 Chateau Figeac
2005 Cathiard Malconsorts
2005 Raveneau Butteaux
2010 Rollin Sous Fretille
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#22 Post by Al Osterheld » July 1st, 2020, 3:00 pm

Off the top of my head, 1985 Chave Hermitage Blanc, motivated in part by a thread on white Rhones.

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#23 Post by John Glas » July 1st, 2020, 3:16 pm

Davenport Cellars Mr. B since it was $10 and 93 points all day long.

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#24 Post by Joe W i n o g r a d » July 1st, 2020, 4:36 pm

I’ve opened a ton of good stuff but 1998 Forman wins

A lws was consigning a big collection of 90s Formans and I grabbed one based on Tom Reddick’s note linked below

I then had to go back and buy the rest

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#25 Post by Joshua Kates » July 1st, 2020, 4:47 pm

Been hitting the cellar a lot, too, that and gourmet goodies keeping us going...
These are most memorable:

'85 Beychevelle St. Julien
'09 PYCM Chassagnes-Montrachet Vides Bourses
99 M. Gros Vosne-Romaneé Clos de Réas
95 Domaine Leroy Nuits St Georges Au Bas de Combe

'06 Dom Perignon was not too shabby either

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#26 Post by Ramon C » July 1st, 2020, 5:07 pm

Didn't open much wines worthy of noting in this list. But, had the following that provided best experiences so far.

1985 Ch. Haut Bailly

then

2000 Ch. Clerc Milon
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#27 Post by Greg Mitrakas » July 1st, 2020, 5:40 pm

1962 Unico with pristine provenance, courtesy of a generous friend. My birthyear and a perfect wine to my palate.

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#28 Post by Rob M » July 1st, 2020, 5:54 pm

If I had to pick one I'd say the 1982 Giacosa Falletto. An incredible bottle, especially on the palate. Has to be among the top white labels.
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#29 Post by Scott Brunson » July 1st, 2020, 6:01 pm

PCLIN wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 10:59 am
1985 Cheval Blanc, that bottle was nearly a perfect wine.
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#30 Post by Dale Bowers » July 1st, 2020, 6:06 pm

2011 PYMC Corton Charlie Not even a great vintage, but a great wine.
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#31 Post by blarmston » July 1st, 2020, 6:14 pm

Wow, I’ve been drinking a lot of wine since March 17th (the day I got back from Jackson Hole and the world changed). May need to cut down... or drink more.

For me, it was a 2016 Kinsman Rhadamanthus. It was spellbindingly good. Decanted it at noon, first glass at 7pm, best sips were the last, around 10pm. It will cruise in the cellar for 25+ years, so no rush to drink my remaining bottles. Just wish that I had grabbed some of those mag’s when they were offered a month or so ago.

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#32 Post by Ryan Gilmour » July 1st, 2020, 6:17 pm

Top 3:

2007 Cayuse Armada Syrah
2008 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah
2016 Force Majeure SJR Vineyard Syrah

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#33 Post by Glen Gold » July 1st, 2020, 6:19 pm

Easily the 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion. For "wow, that's interesting," the 1989 Latour Chassagne Montrachet I got from K&L for $40. It's not that it was especially complex - it was just amazing it was alive 31 years after the fact, and let's hope people can say the same thing about us, right?
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#34 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » July 1st, 2020, 6:25 pm

Sparkling: 1990 Dom Perignon from magnum
White: 2001 Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese AP#17
Red: 2000 Mouton Rothschild
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#35 Post by Andrew Demaree » July 1st, 2020, 6:35 pm

2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva ‘Ovello‘

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#36 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » July 1st, 2020, 6:51 pm

Andrew Demaree wrote:
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2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva ‘Ovello‘
I have pulled a couple of 2007 Riservas for sampling - Rabaja and Rio Sordo.
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#37 Post by Andrew Demaree » July 1st, 2020, 6:59 pm

Had the Rabaja over Father’s Day weekend and thought it was excellent...just a shade behind the Ovello we had two weeks earlier.

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#38 Post by Jim F » July 1st, 2020, 7:01 pm

Wow, good question and I have not been keeping track. But, I recall.....
- 2012 Larkmead LMV
- -2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Eloge
- 2009 Branaire Ducru
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#39 Post by Mattstolz » July 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm

so far:
04 La Rioja Alta 904
16 Donnhoff Hermannshohle GG
07 Ruinart BdB

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#40 Post by Larry Link » July 1st, 2020, 8:16 pm

A small group of friends have been doing weekly tastings via Zoom. We decided to go big because you never know how much time you have left. The top 5:

1. 2009 DRC Grands Echezeaux
2. 2014 PYCM Chevalier Montrachet
3. 1985, 95 and 05 Clavelier VR Les Beaux Monts

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#41 Post by Greg K » July 1st, 2020, 8:44 pm

Mattstolz wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm
07 Ruinart BdB
A really great wine imho - and I liked this a lot better than the 2008 Dom when I had these side by side.
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#42 Post by johngonzales » July 1st, 2020, 9:17 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 6:25 pm
Sparkling: 1990 Dom Perignon from magnum
White: 2001 Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese AP#17
Red: 2000 Mouton Rothschild
You’re obviously nit grouchy from a lack of good wine. :)

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#43 Post by Scott G r u n e r » July 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm

2005 St Innocent Anden was pretty solid tonight. Not sure best of pandemic, but really pretty.
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#44 Post by johngonzales » July 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm

Greg K wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 8:44 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm
07 Ruinart BdB
A really great wine imho - and I liked this a lot better than the 2008 Dom when I had these side by side.
02 Ruinart BdB was probably our 2nd best wine after the 96 Harlan

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#45 Post by Greg K » July 1st, 2020, 9:32 pm

johngonzales wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm
Greg K wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 8:44 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm
07 Ruinart BdB
A really great wine imho - and I liked this a lot better than the 2008 Dom when I had these side by side.
02 Ruinart BdB was probably our 2nd best wine after the 96 Harlan
Pre 07 Ruinart used just a bit too much dosage for my personal preferences - but I think in 2007 it just has some absolutely crystalline precision. It's a really wonderful expression of chardonnay in champagne for me, a counterpoint to what Collin achieves with Enfres/Pierrieres (which is my favorite grower BdB).
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#46 Post by Geoff F. » July 1st, 2020, 10:15 pm

"Best" in terms of dollar value:
2012 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito
2012 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Special Club Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay
2017 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne
2017 Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées
2016 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots

"Best" in terms of wines I've liked the most:
2014 Sandhi Wines Blanc de Blancs
2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo
2018 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Sequitur Vineyard
2016 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots
2017 Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées
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#47 Post by jordan jacobs » July 1st, 2020, 11:06 pm

adam landa wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 11:01 am
2001 Philip Togni Cabernet...another decade for sure.
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#48 Post by jordan jacobs » July 1st, 2020, 11:09 pm

1982 Pichon Lalande
Followed by a great 1990 Pichon Baron

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#49 Post by Howard Cooper » July 2nd, 2020, 4:27 am

At the top of my list would be these four fabulous wines:

2014 Jean-Claude Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Rouge
2012 Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils Morey St. Denis Les Millandes
2010 Henri Jouan Morey St. Denis
2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese

These four wines also were quite excellent:

2007 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe
2012 Somek Bik'at HaNadiv
2017 Domaine Bernard Moreau Bourgogne Blanc
2013 Ridge Lytton Springs

On the other hand, I found these four wines to be severe disappointments

2013 G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kyè (rough)
2001 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett (over the hill)
2010 Château Prieuré-Lichine (monolithic, no complexity, no finish)
2014 Château de Fosse-Seche Saumur Arcane (almost premoxed already)
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#50 Post by Markus S » July 2nd, 2020, 5:29 am

A1ex H wrote:
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1986 Pichon Lalande
Have the strict tannins started to melt yet? Last time I had this I had doubts about it ever coming around.
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