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#1 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » May 6th, 2011, 4:34 pm

So, I am digging around in my wines and I find something that I bought long ago during my early days of wine collecting...a 375 mL bottle of Ponderosa Valley Vineyards Riesling Late Harvest, vintage 1998, from New Mexico. In the ice box right now chillin'.

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#2 Post by Chad Richardson » May 6th, 2011, 4:41 pm

Most likely far over the hill, but resting in my cabinet and possibly appearing on Saturday, now that you've challenged me:

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#3 Post by Chris Seiber » May 6th, 2011, 4:44 pm

My dad brought a bottle of Chinese ice wine back from a trip there a few years ago. I might as well open that one this weekend, and I'll loop back with whatever the name of it is.

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#4 Post by Taylor Senatore » May 6th, 2011, 4:48 pm

Dang, I wish I had something obscure to pop.
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#5 Post by Matt Latuchie » May 6th, 2011, 5:12 pm

happen to be going to a double-blind "strange varietal" tasting tomorrow afternoon...so, there should be an interesting mix of wines being opened. notes to follow.
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#6 Post by Rick Gregory » May 6th, 2011, 5:15 pm

Hmm....one or perhaps two of:

1986 Rieussec 'R' (the dry wine from them)
1988 de Montille Bourgogne
or a 1992 Columbian wine.
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#7 Post by Jorge Henriquez » May 6th, 2011, 6:02 pm

Rick Gregory wrote:Hmm....one or perhaps two of:

a 1992 Columbian wine.
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#8 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 6th, 2011, 6:11 pm

Probably the best i can do here is the 2000 Musar Blanc or a sparkling Chardonnay from S. Africa. I'm sure at least one of those two will disappear this weekend!
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#9 Post by Jorge Henriquez » May 6th, 2011, 6:33 pm

Does a Ribolla from Primorje, Slovenia count?
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#10 Post by Michel Abood » May 6th, 2011, 6:39 pm

Not too obscure, but I was thinking of popping a sparkling Cab Franc from the Loire this weekend.
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#11 Post by Chris Freemott » May 6th, 2011, 6:50 pm

Rick, if the columbian wine produces tartrate crystals, snort em. Just for kicks.

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#12 Post by Jim Karegeannes » May 6th, 2011, 7:52 pm

Love it - pulling out a Missouri Norton from the 90s

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#13 Post by JMunro » May 6th, 2011, 7:58 pm

I'm sure many a student at Columbia source fine Colombian crystals ;)
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#14 Post by Matt Neel » May 6th, 2011, 8:17 pm

And I'd pretty strongly recommend an Adderall to ensure that you get your notes typed up for us by morning.
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#15 Post by Veronica Castro » May 6th, 2011, 8:18 pm

Already opened the bottle then saw this thread... Having the 2008 Rezzadore Tai Rosso Monte Oseliera . The grape is Tocai Rosso from the Colli Berici (Veneto region) bought from Posner. Light and delicious! [cheers.gif]
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#16 Post by C G Nieto » May 6th, 2011, 8:46 pm

Petite syrah from Mexico (L. A. Cetto).
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#17 Post by paul hanna » May 6th, 2011, 9:40 pm

Rick Gregory wrote:Hmm....one or perhaps two of:

1986 Rieussec 'R' (the dry wine from them)
I've got a '68 Yquem "Y"....not idea what that's like....

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#18 Post by Larry P » May 7th, 2011, 10:18 am

Mine has to be a Fattoria La Vialla "Barriccato" 2003 which was a gift from a friend in our German office.

This is from an organic farm in Tuscany that produces, along with wine, olive oils, vinegars, and food. I don't know anything about it, except it's labeled Vino da Tavola, which I think maybe makes it a Sangiovese/Cabernet blend.

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#19 Post by Kyle Schlachter » May 7th, 2011, 11:42 am

Popped a NV Blanc de Blancs from Dragon Seal Winery in Hebei, China. meh
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#20 Post by Michael Bowden » May 7th, 2011, 12:28 pm

Not my bottle...but I did find it earlier this week.....anybody?

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#21 Post by Bob Hunnicutt » May 7th, 2011, 12:55 pm

1982 Pat Paulsen Cabernet, signed by him.
(If you're too young you may have to look him up).
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#22 Post by Nancy Dolce » May 7th, 2011, 1:04 pm

Larry P wrote:Mine has to be a Fattoria La Vialla "Barriccato" 2003 which was a gift from a friend in our German office.

This is from an organic farm in Tuscany that produces, along with wine, olive oils, vinegars, and food. I don't know anything about it, except it's labeled Vino da Tavola, which I think maybe makes it a Sangiovese/Cabernet blend.

http://www.lavialla.it/uk/home_uk.asp
Vino da Tavola = table wine
Vino Da Tavola (VdT, in the wine books) is the lowest class of wine, a wine made by the producer as he sees fit to make it.


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#23 Post by Larry P » May 7th, 2011, 1:18 pm

Hi Nancy,
Nancy Dolce wrote: Vino da Tavola = table wine
Vino Da Tavola (VdT, in the wine books) is the lowest class of wine, a wine made by the producer as he sees fit to make it.
Understood, but it's also my understanding that Sangiovese/Cabernet blends a.k.a. "SuperTuscans" were released as Vino da Tavola because they didn't conform to the DOCG. I don't actually know what this wine is, but it was always my guess that it's it.
Nancy Dolce wrote:Remember not to look the gift wine in the mouth. Just pop and pray, Larry! Oh, and have a back up.
Good advice! I don't know anything about my friend's palate, but I do know he's considered the serious wine guy in that office, and he specializes in Italian wine, and takes a lot of trips to Italy for tasting, so it's not a random grocery store bottle. I suspect what I have here is an internationalized Cab blend, I doubt would appeal to a traditionalist. But... backups I do have [cheers.gif]
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#24 Post by Reese Ferry » May 7th, 2011, 1:18 pm

Bob Hunnicutt wrote:1982 Pat Paulsen Cabernet, signed by him.
(If you're too young you may have to look him up).
lol Bob. How was it ?

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#25 Post by Marlene Rossman » May 8th, 2011, 12:12 pm

And the winner is:
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#26 Post by M. Dildine » May 8th, 2011, 12:38 pm

I just came across something called Barat Chablis in my fridge. How do you pronounce that? Chab - less?

I think it's a white wine from Europe. Whatever.
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#27 Post by Roberto Rogness » May 8th, 2011, 12:47 pm

How about a Tuscan "orange wine" made in Montepulciano from the Pulcinculo* grape?


*meaning "flea in the ass" as it is a white grape with a black spot on the bottom.
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#28 Post by Nancy Dolce » May 8th, 2011, 4:43 pm

I have something called Corton-Charlemagne in my stash. Since I only have one, I guess it could be deemed obscure, no? It is a 1996 Louis Latour and will be sacrificed with lobster tail this evening. Fingers crossed for a positive experience.
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#29 Post by Jon Troutman » May 8th, 2011, 5:14 pm

Roberto Rogness wrote:How about a Tuscan "orange wine" made in Montepulciano from the Pulcinculo* grape?


*meaning "flea in the ass" as it is a white grape with a black spot on the bottom.
Is this available stateside?
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#30 Post by Roberto Rogness » May 8th, 2011, 6:46 pm

Yes, we brought in a little. It is called Maturato and is made by Luca Tiberini. Our notes:

This crazy, wonderful Bianco is made from the same grape as Luca’s insane Vin Santo, Pulcinculo (“flea in the ass” so named because the grape has a black spot on its bottom). It is fermented and aged in very old 500 liter oak tuns resulting in deep golden color, a rich oxidative nose with nuts and even Bourbon aromas and a BONE dry finish. Absolutely unique, VERY limited.
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#31 Post by Cris Whetstone » May 8th, 2011, 7:22 pm

I popped a Madiran tonight which I'm sure is *obscure* to 90% of the board. [wink.gif]
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#32 Post by Bob Hunnicutt » May 8th, 2011, 9:11 pm

Reese Ferry wrote:
Bob Hunnicutt wrote:1982 Pat Paulsen Cabernet, signed by him.
(If you're too young you may have to look him up).
lol Bob. How was it ?

I chickened out. Decided it's "best" left intact. I think I'll frame it or something. :)
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#33 Post by dteng » May 8th, 2011, 10:40 pm

Nancy Dolce wrote:I have something called Corton-Charlemagne in my stash. Since I only have one, I guess it could be deemed obscure, no? It is a 1996 Louis Latour and will be sacrificed with lobster tail this evening. Fingers crossed for a positive experience.
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#34 Post by Peter Simpson » May 9th, 2011, 9:33 am

Michael Bowden wrote:Not my bottle...but I did find it earlier this week.....anybody?

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#35 Post by Nancy Dolce » May 9th, 2011, 7:13 pm

dteng wrote:
Nancy Dolce wrote:I have something called Corton-Charlemagne in my stash. Since I only have one, I guess it could be deemed obscure, no? It is a 1996 Louis Latour and will be sacrificed with lobster tail this evening. Fingers crossed for a positive experience.
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BTW, the Corton Charlie was rocking! Exceeded expectations after reading some of the notes on CT!
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#36 Post by David White » May 9th, 2011, 8:57 pm

Together with fellow Berserker Greg Golec, I popped 1988 Far Niente Chardonnay this weekend. (And a bunch of other wines -- the Far Niente was just the most obscure.)

It was very cool. For 20 minutes, the wine was lively -- still had big Napa Chard fruit, lively mouthfeel, juicy acidity, and an inviting burnt/caramelized movie-theatre popcorn. Sadly, it then fell apart.
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#37 Post by Larry P » May 10th, 2011, 6:41 pm

Mine did not work out so well. At least it freed up a slot in my scraper...
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    Decanted. Color is dark, opaque ruby garnet lightening towards the edges. Nose of sour cherries, green peppers, camphor, and damp earth. Palate shows some cherries, goes through a green-ness in the midpalate, with green peppers and cabbage, finishes with a balsamic character. Left it sit in the decanter a couple hours, most of the funkiness blew off, leaving a simpler, rounder wine with cherries, raspberries, and little structure.
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#38 Post by Nancy Dolce » May 10th, 2011, 6:55 pm

Larry P wrote:Mine did not work out so well. At least it freed up a slot in my scraper...
Sorry about the green peppers, cabbage and balsamic. You could have used it in an interesting salad dressing!

On to less obscurity. My Corton was a pleasure. Wish I had more!
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