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Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 4:34 pm
by Bill Tex Landreth
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'.

Go ahead and top that.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 4:41 pm
by Chad Richardson
Most likely far over the hill, but resting in my cabinet and possibly appearing on Saturday, now that you've challenged me:

1997 Pfenix Cabernet Pfeffer Gimelli Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Cienega Valley)

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 4:44 pm
by Chris Seiber
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 4:48 pm
by Taylor Senatore
Dang, I wish I had something obscure to pop.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 5:12 pm
by Matt Latuchie
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 5:15 pm
by Rick Gregory
Hmm....one or perhaps two of:

1986 Rieussec 'R' (the dry wine from them)
1988 de Montille Bourgogne
or a 1992 Columbian wine.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 6:02 pm
by Jorge Henriquez
Rick Gregory wrote:Hmm....one or perhaps two of:

a 1992 Columbian wine.
The university has a vineyard?!?!? In upper Manhattan no less?!?!?! [wow.gif] neener

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 6:11 pm
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
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!

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 6:33 pm
by Jorge Henriquez
Does a Ribolla from Primorje, Slovenia count?

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 6:39 pm
by Michel Abood
Not too obscure, but I was thinking of popping a sparkling Cab Franc from the Loire this weekend.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 6:50 pm
by Chris Freemott
Rick, if the columbian wine produces tartrate crystals, snort em. Just for kicks.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 7:52 pm
by Jim Karegeannes
Love it - pulling out a Missouri Norton from the 90s

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 7:58 pm
by JMunro
I'm sure many a student at Columbia source fine Colombian crystals ;)

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 8:17 pm
by Matt Neel
And I'd pretty strongly recommend an Adderall to ensure that you get your notes typed up for us by morning.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 8:18 pm
by Veronica Castro
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]

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 8:46 pm
by C G Nieto
Petite syrah from Mexico (L. A. Cetto).

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 6th, 2011, 9:40 pm
by paul hanna
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....

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 10:18 am
by Larry P
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

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 11:42 am
by Kyle Schlachter
Popped a NV Blanc de Blancs from Dragon Seal Winery in Hebei, China. meh

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 12:28 pm
by Michael Bowden
Not my bottle...but I did find it earlier this week.....anybody?

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Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 12:55 pm
by Bob Hunnicutt
1982 Pat Paulsen Cabernet, signed by him.
(If you're too young you may have to look him up).

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 1:04 pm
by Nancy Dolce
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.


http://italianfood.about.com/library/we ... 031497.htm

Remember not to look the gift wine in the mouth. Just pop and pray, Larry! Oh, and have a back up.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 1:18 pm
by Larry P
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]

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 7th, 2011, 1:18 pm
by Reese Ferry
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 ?

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 12:12 pm
by Marlene Rossman
And the winner is:
Treveri Cellars (CA) Sparkling Mueller Thurgau (RS 2.3%)

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 12:38 pm
by M. Dildine
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 12:47 pm
by Roberto Rogness
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 4:43 pm
by Nancy Dolce
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 5:14 pm
by Jon Troutman
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?

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 6:46 pm
by Roberto Rogness
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 7:22 pm
by Cris Whetstone
I popped a Madiran tonight which I'm sure is *obscure* to 90% of the board. [wink.gif]

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 9:11 pm
by Bob Hunnicutt
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. :)

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 10:40 pm
by dteng
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.
Nice of you to visit Earth every now and then Nancy... [snort.gif]

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 9th, 2011, 9:33 am
by Peter Simpson
Michael Bowden wrote:Not my bottle...but I did find it earlier this week.....anybody?

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I bet this bottle pre-dates the Iranian revolution!

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 9th, 2011, 7:13 pm
by Nancy Dolce
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.
Nice of you to visit Earth every now and then Nancy... [snort.gif]
Yes, nice to land softly and have some down time. Life has taken me over instead of the other way around, Dan.

BTW, the Corton Charlie was rocking! Exceeded expectations after reading some of the notes on CT!

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 9th, 2011, 8:57 pm
by David White
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.

Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 10th, 2011, 6:41 pm
by Larry P
Mine did not work out so well. At least it freed up a slot in my scraper...
  • 2003 La Vialla Barriccato Vino da Tavola - Italy, Tuscany, Vino da Tavola (5/8/2011)
    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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Re: Weekend Challenge---Pop Your Most Obscure Bottle

Posted: May 10th, 2011, 6:55 pm
by Nancy Dolce
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!